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Pakistan charges doctor who helped CIA find Osama bin Laden with murder

Authorities in northwest Pakistan have charged the doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden with murder and fraud, officials and a defence lawyer said Saturday. “A murder and fraud case was registered against Shakeel Afridi this week after a tribal woman accused him of killing her son,” a…

National emergency: New mass graves in Mexico dredge up plight of missing

Amid Mexico’s continuous drug conflict, the recent discovery of dozens of bodies in mass graves has led some to describe the plight of the country’s disappeared as a national emergency. At least 54 corpses have been recovered in clandestine pits in three states this month alone, including 33 in a…

Meet the dinosaur that could bully a T-Rex

Here’s a dinosaur that scared even the tyrannosaurs (via The Christian Science Monitor) Paleontologists say that Siats might be the second largest North American carnivorous dinosaur ever discovered. (Jorge Gonzales) Paleontologists report this week in Nature Communications the find of a new gigantic, carnivorous dinosaur species that…   Watch this…

Holiday job market off to strongest start in 14 years

Holiday hiring picks up, could lead to full-time jobs (via The Christian Science Monitor) Shopper Roxanna Garcia, center, waits in line to pay for her over a $1,000.00 gifts at the Target store in Burbank, Calif. Holiday hiring is expected to be at its highest in 14 years this season.…

Prince Harry lands in Antarctica ahead of South Pole charity trek

Britain’s Prince Harry arrived in Antarctica on Friday ahead of a grueling trek to the South Pole with injured troops. The 29-year-old royal landed at Novo airbase, near the coast of the frozen continent, after storms delayed his departure from South Africa by two days, according to the Walking With…

Argentina to slap steep taxes on luxury imports

The Argentine government said Friday it will slap stiff tax increases on luxury cars, boats and planes, in its latest bid to staunch a flight of hard currency. “We will send a bill to Congress to modify the tax code, with the goal of increasing taxes on luxury cars, boat…

Twitter toughens encryption to thwart online snooping

Twitter on Friday announced it has toughened the encryption of traffic at the globally popular one-to-many messaging service to thwart online snooping. Twitter followed in the footsteps of Google and Facebook, adding a layer of security called Perfect Forward Secrecy to protect data that users would like kept from prying…

Serbia’s financial crisis forces it out of Eurovision singing contest

Cash-strapped Serbia, winner of the 2007 Eurovision song contest, will abstain from next year’s glitzy competition because of the high costs involved, Serbian state television said Friday. “This decision was made because of financial reasons, notably the high costs necessary to participate in the contest,” the RTS channel said in…

United Nations: 1.5 million Filipino children face malnutrition after typhoon

The United Nations warned Friday that 1.5 million children are at risk of malnutrition in typhoon-ravaged areas of the Philippines and called for greater efforts to provide food and water. A UN appeal to cope with Typhoon Haiyan has been increased from $301 to $348 million as the extent of…

French prime minister puts wine up for auction

After a path-breaking wine auction by the French presidential palace of some of the best bottles from its cellar, the prime minister will follow suit in December, the Drouot auction house said Friday. A total of 1,400 bottles from the prime minister’s official Matignon residence in Paris will go under…

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