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Greece faces new elections as left refuses to join austerity coalition

Greece’s socialist leader admitted Friday he had failed in a last-ditch bid to form a government, taking the nation a step closer to repeat elections amid intense EU pressure over its finances. Pasok chief Evangelos Venizelos’s announcement came after the key radical leftist party Syriza refused to join a pro-austerity…

2000 birds found dead on Chile beaches

SANTIAGO — About 2,000 birds were found dead on beaches in central Chile, a natural history museum director said Friday, accusing fishermen of snagging them in their nets and letting them drown. “It’s a horrible scene. They are spread across some six kilometers (four miles) of beach” around the coastal…

Anti-Islam teachings ‘widespread’ in U.S. law enforcement

A course at a military academy that taught US officers to prepare for “total war” with Islam does not represent an isolated incident, campaigners have warned. The Pentagon moved swiftly to distance itself from revelations that officers in a defense department class were taught that “Hiroshima”-style tactics would be needed…

74 percent of smartphone owners use geolocation tools: Study

More smartphones means more Americans are using the devices to get location information or to share their whereabouts with friends, a study showed Friday. A Pew Internet & American Life Project report found 74 percent of US smartphone owners use the device to get real-time location-based information, and 18 percent…

Canada’s ‘Globe and Mail’ rolls out paywall and asks staff to take unpaid leave

Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper has announced plans for an online paywall to generate extra revenue and has also asked staff to take unpaid leave amid an ongoing slide in advertising revenues. The publisher of the Toronto-based newspaper told staff Thursday that the new system would begin later this year,…

Nearly 5 million children died of preventable diseases worldwide in 2010

Preventable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria claimed the lives of nearly five million children younger than five in 2010, a paper in The Lancet medical journal said Friday. A total 7.6 million children died in the first five years of their life that year, the authors said, and warned…

Facebook rolls out cloud storage for users

Facebook is slowly moving into the cloud. The social networking giant confirmed Friday it was rolling out a storage service for users, creeping into the territory of Dropbox, Google and others, which offer free or paid storage of files that can be accessed from a variety of devices. The move…

UK police call on social media users to ‘self-regulate’ bullying

Police chiefs are calling on users of online social networking sites to be the “eyes and ears” of officers to help combat the menace of ‘trolls’ who bully or abuse via the web. Police forces across the UK are investing more funds into making sure they are plugged into sites…

Afghan soldier fires on NATO troops, kills American soldier

An Afghan soldier opened fire on NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing an American and leaving two others wounded, officials said. The death brings to 20 the number of NATO soldiers killed by Afghan colleagues in at least 15 separate attacks so far this year. The shootings have…

Facebook’s purchase of Instagram triggers FTC probe

Facebook’s billion-dollar deal to buy the startup behind photo-sharing smartphone application Instagram has evidently caught the eye of US regulators. The hefty price tag qualified it for a review by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which remained mum on the subject despite a Financial Times report on Thursday saying…

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