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New computer virus potential destructive to Iran

A Russian computer firm has discovered a new computer virus with unprecedented destructive potential which could be used as a “cyberweapon” by the West and Israel against foes such as Iran. Kaspersky Lab, one of the world’s biggest producers of anti-virus software, said its experts discovered the virus — known as Flame — during an…

Report: Obama personally oversees Al-Qaeda ‘kill list’

US President Barack Obama has personally overseen a top-secret process for determining which Al-Qaeda suspects should be placed on a “kill list,” the New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times, citing dozens of top officials and former advisers, said the administration had developed what it termed the “kill list” as part of a stepped-up drone war against…

US commandos parachuted into N. Korea: report

US and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about underground military installations, a US officer has said in comments carried in US media. Army Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of US special forces in South Korea, told a conference held in Florida last…

Egyptian runoff candidate’s HQ torched in Cairo

Unidentified assailants set fire to the headquarters of Egypt’s runoff presidential candidate Ahmad Shafiq on Monday after officials said he would face a Muslim Brotherhood candidate in the second round. An annex in Shafiq’s headquarters in Cairo went up in flames hours after election officials announced that the former premier,…

13 children among 19 dead in Qatar mall fire

A fire that erupted at a nursery in a huge Venice-themed shopping centre in the expat-dominated Qatari capital of Doha on Monday killed 19 people including 13 children, the interior ministry said. Four of the children who died were Spanish, said a foreign ministry spokeswoman in Madrid, while Paris announced…

Cyber attack on Iranian oil ministry is ‘most sophisticated’ computer worm yet

A cyber-attack that targeted Iran’s oil ministry and main export terminal was caused by the most sophisticated computer worm yet developed, experts have warned. The virus appears to have been directed primarily at a small number of organisations and individuals in Iran, the West Bank, Lebanon and the United Arab…

Tropical depression Beryl hits Jacksonville, Florida

Tropical Storm Beryl slammed into Florida on Monday, toppling trees and downing power lines in the coastal city of Jacksonville and forcing the cancelation of Memorial Day commemorations. After coming ashore near the Florida-Georgia state line overnight, Beryl lost steam and winds fell below 40 miles (65 kilometers) per hour,…

Two Tibetan men set themselves on fire in Lhasa

Two Tibetan men have set themselves on fire outside a temple in Lhasa and one has died, reports said Monday, as a wave of self-immolations in China’s Tibetan areas spread to the heavily guarded city. Sunday’s incident marked the first time such protests have taken place in the Tibetan capital,…

Bahraini human rights activist ends 110-day hunger strike

Opposition activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, facing a life sentence on charges of seeking to overthrow Bahrain’s Sunni rulers, announced Monday ending a 110-day hunger strike, as another rights campaigner is released on bail. Shiite Khawaja “will end his hunger strike this (Monday) evening,” his lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi said. Earlier Jishi announced…

Solar-powered transatlantic flight delayed by winds

The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse has been delayed by strong winds during a stop-off on its first planned intercontinental flight, organisers said on Monday. The plane landed in Madrid early Friday at the end of the first leg of its attempt to reach Morocco without using a drop of…

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