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YouTube to live stream presidential debates

Watch live: Romney and Obama face off in first presidential debate YouTube has announced it will stream the three debates between US President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, along with the vice presidential debate. “No matter where you are in the world or how you’ll be accessing the Internet,…

Voter registration slumps amid lack of enthusiasm for Obama and Romney

The Democratic and Republican parties are struggling to engage new voters in this year’s presidential race, with an apparent deficit of enthusiasm suppressing the number of people who have registered to vote ahead of the 6 November election. A Guardian survey of six of the most crucial swing states upon…

Ikea apologizes for removing women from Saudi catalog

Ikea, the global furniture company, has apologised for deleting images of women from the version of its catalogue circulating in Saudi Arabia. The issue was highlighted on Monday by the free newspaper, Metro, which compared the Swedish and Saudi versions of the catalogue and showed that women had been airbrushed out of…

Latino voter eligibility at all-time high but turnout still expected to be low

The number of eligible Latino voters has reached a historic high, with almost 24 million able to participate in November’s presidential election, an increase of 4 million over the previous ballot in 2008. The new figures, released by the Pew Hispanic Center, underline the seismic demographic shift that is transforming the…

Pope’s butler to take stand in ‘Vatileaks’ trial

Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler Paolo Gabriele takes the stand on Tuesday at his historic trial for stealing secret memos in what he said was a bid to battle “evil and corruption” in the Vatican. It will be the first time that Gabriele speaks out since his arrest in May…

Romney says he looks forward to debates with Obama

Mitt Romney said he was eager to go up against President Barack Obama in their three debates, beginning with Wednesday’s looming debut showdown in the political battleground of Colorado. “I look forward to these debates…. It’ll be a conversation with the American people that will span almost an entire month,”…

Colombian rebels: Peace talks to start Oct. 15

Talks between Colombia’s government and the leftist FARC rebels — aimed at ending one of Latin America’s oldest conflicts — are set to begin on October 15, the group said. The statement sent to reporters in Havana, Cuba, where the parties met to negotiate the terms of the peace talks…

Smartphones control smart homes at Asian tech fair

Homes where every device is linked up and can be controlled by smartphone were touted in Japan on Tuesday when Asia’s biggest tech fair threw open its doors. Manufacturers said more and more items — from ovens to cars — were now able to integrate thanks to better wireless technology,…

Scientists: Allergy-free milk closer than ever

A team of New Zealand scientists claimed to be a step closer to producing allergy-free milk Tuesday, using a genetically-modified cow for their medical breakthrough. The team at the AgResearch Institute said they had bred the first cow in the world to produce high-protein milk with significantly reduced amounts of…

U.S. judge lifts Samsung tablet ban

A judge lifted a ban on US sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computers as legal brawling continued between the South Korean electronics titan and Apple. US District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Monday issued an order clearing the way for Samsung to renew sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1…

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