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Schwarzenegger takes on Google in battle of Venice Beach

Film star and former bodybuilder speaks out against internet firm’s move to bohemian enclave of Los Angeles Venice Beach has long been known as the bohemian heart of Los Angeles. It was a place by the sea where the city’s obsession with Hollywood stars gave way to a strange mix…

Stuxnet cyberweapon set to stop operating

Stuxnet cyberweapon set to stop operating) Goodbye Stuxnet. And Iranian officials would doubtless hasten to add: “Good riddance.” At one second…  …

CERN to give update on search for ‘God-particle’

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research said Friday it may announce next month whether tests with its atom-smasher have found the elusive “God particle”. Known formally as the Higgs boson, the particle is the theoretical missing link in the standard model of physics and is believed to be what gives…

U.S. denies ‘safe passage’ scheme for Assad

The United States said Thursday there was no truth to reports it was ready, along with Britain, to offer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad safe passage to travel to Geneva to meet opposition leaders. Washington said it was not its role to decide Assad’s fate, but outside pressure nevertheless built on…

Egypt to announce presidential poll result on Sunday

Egypt’s electoral commission will announce the results of a presidential poll pitting Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi against ex-premier Ahmed Shafiq on Sunday, it said on Saturday. “Faruk Sultan, the head of the presidential election commission, will announce the results of the presidential election run-off on Sunday at 3:00pm (1300…

Rio: UN summit approves strategy on poverty, environment

The biggest UN summit on sustainable development in a decade approved a strategy to haul more than a billion people out poverty and cure the sickness of the biosphere. But critics branded the plan a cruel failure, saying it had been gutted of ambition by national interests. “It’s a demonstration…

Apple vendors in Iran scoff at U.S. sanctions

Vendors of Apple products in Iran on Saturday scoffed at US media reports that the consumer technology giant was banning US sales to customers of Iranian background, pointing out that iPads and iPhones are widely available in Tehran. One salesman who gave only his first name, Hossein, told AFP that…

U.S. warns of imminent attack in Mombasa, Kenya

The US embassy in Kenya on Saturday warned of the threat of an imminent attack on Mombasa and urged nationals to shun the country’s second city. “This is to alert all US citizens in Kenya, or planning to travel to Kenya in the near future, that the US Embassy in…

Looting in Bolivia as police strike over low pay

Looting broke out near Bolivia’s presidential palace Friday as junior members of the police force angry over low wages joined a nationwide mutiny. A crowd of some 200 officers, wearing civilian clothes and covering their faces, attacked the National Intelligence Directorate, smashing windows and pulling out furniture, documents, computers and…

Ecuador calls its UK ambassador home to discuss Assange

QUITO — Ecuador recalled its ambassador to Britain to discuss what to do about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has sought refuge in their diplomatic mission in London. “We are calling our ambassador back for consultations because this is a very serious matter,” President Rafael Correa said on Friday. Assange…

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