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Cuba accuses U.S. of training dissidents over the Internet

Cuba accused the United States Friday of supplying opponents of the government with the technological means to access the Internet as part of an effort to “subvert the constitutional order.” The accusation, leveled in a foreign ministry statement, comes amid a simmering dispute over the jailing of American contractor Alan…

Huffington Post launches weekend TED talks section

News website Huffington Post on Friday launched a weekend section devoted to diving deeply into mind-bending ideas shared in “talks” at prestigious TED conferences. TED Weekends is to become a Huffington Post staple with “ideas worth spreading” served up in video presentations each Friday and then illustrated, discussed and expanded…

Washington Post Co. offsets newspaper losses with Kaplan earnings to swing profit

The Washington Post Co. said Friday it swung to a profit of $93.8 million for the third quarter from a loss a year earlier, despite ongoing woes at its flagship daily newspaper. The profit, which compares with a loss of $6.2 million a year earlier, came from gains in cable…

Museum to open balcony where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot

The motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee where US civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 is being opened to the public, a spokeswoman said Friday. It is the first time that visitors to the erstwhile Lorraine Motel, now the National Civil Rights Museum, will…

Iranian film challenges social conventions by focusing on trans people

Facing Mirrors brings transsexuality to the big screen for the first time, even though Khomeini fatwa legalised it in 1987 Adineh and Rana are women from very different sides of the track. Wealthy, modern and rebellious, Adineh has fled the family home, harbouring a secret desire to become a man.…

Pew study: Social media of presidential campaign ‘relentlessly negative’

As the marathon campaign season wraps up researchers confirm what many have suspected: civility has taken a vacation If the political postings you’ve seen lately on Facebook and Twitter seem particularly outrageous, it’s because they are. From the beginning of the political conventions to the eve of the final debate,…

Industry: Global air passenger traffic growth has slowed

Global air passenger traffic growth has slowed considerably, and rose by just 4.1 percent year-on-year in September, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Friday. Global air cargo demand meanwhile grew just 0.6 percent in September compared with the same month in 2011, the Geneva-based organisation said in a statement.…

Cancer study: Close monitoring of prostate tumors may make radiation, surgery unnecessary

Close monitoring of prostate cancer tumours may make radiation and surgery — which can cause incontinence and impotence — unnecessary, a new study has shown. Prostate cancer is one of the slowest-growing forms of the disease, and many men with tumours may never develop symptoms during their lifetime, meaning that…

French court rejects Google appeal against tax searches

A Paris appeals court has rejected a request by Internet search giant Google to invalidate the search and seizure of documents by French tax authorities, according to a copy of the decision obtained by AFP on Friday. The court rejected Google’s arguments against the 2012 tax raid and ordered the…

Dutch medical schools are asking for samples of travelers’ poop

Three top Dutch medical schools are asking thousands of travellers to tropical countries to donate stool samples on return for a study into the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. The combined study, launched this week by the Academic (AMC), Erasmus and Maastricht medical centres will focus on 2,000 travellers mainly…

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