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ICANN reveals new top-level domains in London

Proposed new top-level domains for internet addresses to rival .com and .uk will be revealed in London on Wednesday. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) received 1,930 proposals for 1,410 different internet suffixes by the 30 May deadline. There are already about 300 suffixes in use. The…

National Archives publishes vintage wartime propaganda online

Winston Churchill with a jowl or two flatteringly removed, a fierce group of women in pinnies marching out under the banner “Up housewives and at ‘em!” to recycle their domestic waste into “planes, guns, tanks, ships & ammunition”, and a startling image of the assassination in 1942 of a Nazi…

NATO chief vows not to abandon Afghanistan

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen Wednesday vowed not to abandon Afghanistan as foreign nations plan to transition forces out of the country after a decade of conflict. “We will not abandon Afghanistan, we will not leave behind a security vacuum,” he told a National Press Club lunch in Canberra. NATO plans to withdraw…

Suspect in U.S. football party shooting surrenders

A man suspected of gunning down three people, including two former US college football players, in a fight over a girl at a pool party has surrendered to police after a three-day manhunt. Desmonte Leonard, 22, has been charged with three counts of capital murder and two counts of first-degree assault…

Yahoo! and CNBC team up for finance news

Internet pioneer Yahoo! and US cable news network CNBC on Wednesday launched a new drive to provide more original content both on the Yahoo! Finance website and on the air. CNBC will dramatically expand its presence on the site, which has a monthly audience of some 40 million users, by providing news articles,…

Firefighters start to contain massive U.S. wildfire

Firefighters have made some progress in containing the biggest wildfire in a decade in Colorado, as federal agencies scramble to help tackle blazes in several western US states. More than 500 firefighters were attacking the Colorado fire and plans were to have as many as 700 to 800 by Wednesday, while multiple aircraft, including five of the…

Israeli watchdog slams PM over handling of flotilla

Israel’s state watchdog on Wednesday sharply criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his handling of a 2010 military raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla which left nine Turkish nationals dead. “In the process of decision making, which was led by the prime minister and under his responsibility, regarding the handling of the (flotilla), there were significant…

Shot U.S. lawmaker’s aide wins Arizona election

Shot US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords’s former aide Ron Barber will succeed her in Congress after a vote that denied Republicans an upset ahead of November ballots. Results from all precincts showed Barber, like Giffords a Democrat, defeating Republican Jesse Kelly by 52-45 percent in Tuesday’s vote, triggered by Giffords’s decision to step down after last year’s deadly shooting rampage.…

Ex-Murdoch aide Rebekah Brooks in court

Rebekah Brooks, the former top aide to Rupert Murdoch and friend of Prime Minister David Cameron, appeared in court for the first time Wednesday to face charges relating to the phone-hacking scandal. Her appearance came amid fresh political shockwaves from the scandal, with a rift opening in the coalition government over dealings with Murdoch’s News Corp and Deputy…

Police: 184 held in Poland after Euro 2012 violence

Police detained 184 football fans after the Russia-Poland Euro 2012match sparked clashes which Poland’s sports minister said Wednesday had left her feeling “ashamed”. Joanna Mucha described the violence which broke out ahead of Tuesday’s match in Warsaw as “shocking”. “These were your average hooligans who have nothing in common with real fans,” the sports minister…

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