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Cold War re-emerges over Berlin museum at iconic site

A temporary museum at one of the iconic sites of the Cold War, Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie, will open Friday amid a raging debate about a fitting way to mark Europe’s divided past. The “BlackBox Cold War” pavilion at the old Allied border crossing between West and East Berlin depicts the…

Greece still can’t make debt deal

Greek government talks on a new austerity package will continue next week, officials said on Thursday as demands by EU-IMF creditors for controversial cuts put pressure on the ruling coalition. “(Another meeting) is possible on Wednesday,” socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos told reporters after a three-hour meeting with Prime Minister Antonis…

U.S. judge rejects ban on anti-Muslim YouTube video

A US judge rejected Thursday a request by an actress in the anti-Islamic video that set off violent Muslim protests to ban YouTube from showing the trailer in the United States. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Louis Lavin refused the request by lawyers for actress Cindy Lee Garcia for a…

Australian research team reaches breakthrough in quantum supercomputing

SYDNEY – An Australian-led research team said Thursday they had made a technological breakthrough in the race for a quantum supercomputer that could revolutionise data encryption and medicine. Engineers from Sydney’s University of New South Wales said they had created the first working quantum bit or qubit — the fundamental…

Undocumented immigrants fear for their children as AZ ‘papers’ law takes effect

Latinos living without immigration papers in Arizona have begun bombarbing helplines and lawyers’ offices with anxious requests about how to provide for their children should they be arrested under a controversial new police power that came into effect this week. A phone line hosted by the Arizona branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has…

Space shuttle Endeavour makes its final flight to retire in California

US space shuttle Endeavour took off Thursday morning for the second leg of its voyage into retirement in California, riding piggyback on a specially fitted Boeing 747. The shuttle left Houston early in the morning, after spending the previous day on display at Ellington Air Field. Endeavour left Cape Canaveral,…

Unemployment claims fall slightly

New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits fell slightly last week, government data released Thursday showed, in a report highlighting little change in the troubled jobs market. Initial jobless claims fell to 382,000 in the week ended September 15, dropping 3,000 from the prior week’s upwardly revised number, the Labor…

United Arab Emirates Islamists confess to forming military arm

Islamists detained in the United Arab Emirates have confessed to forming a secret organisation that includes a military wing aimed at establishing an Islamist state, a newspaper reported on Thursday. Members of the banned Al-Islah, or Reform, association, said they planned to topple the UAE regime, a federation of seven…

Facebook to require firms to pay for previously free ‘offers’

Facebook said Thursday it was revamping its “Offers” service, by making companies pay for what had been free advertising until now. Withe the social network giant struggling to prove it can boost revenues, the change requires payments, starting at $5 per ad, for the deals offered through Facebook. “The new…

Apple faces criticism for errors in new maps system

Apple faced growing criticism on Thursday from users around the world who complained that the tech giant’s new mapping system is riddled with errors. A day after the new system was released, users from countries including the United States, Britain, China, France and Japan protested that the new maps misplace…

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