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Kenya’s Westgate mall attackers spent four month’s planning in Nairobi

All four gunmen who attacked Kenya’s Westgate mall trained in Somalia before crossing into Kenya four months before the September massacre in which they also died, a Western official said Tuesday. crowded complex, firing from the hip and hurling grenades at shoppers and staff. Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab claimed the attack,…

China praises Korean assassin whom Japan calls a ‘criminal’

China and South Korea are to cooperate on a memorial to a Korean national hero who assassinated a Japanese official a century ago, provoking a diplomatic row Tuesday. Relationships between all three neighbours are heavily coloured by history, while both Beijing and Seoul are embroiled in separate territorial rows with…

Accuracy questioned in new Alan Turing film ‘The Imitation Game’

Film starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley accused of romanticizing pioneering scientist’s life Alan Turing’s niece Inagh Payne has questioned the accuracy of The Imitation Game, the forthcoming biopic of her uncle, the codebreaker and pioneering computer scientist, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Payne particularly expressed…

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is to get sequel 60 years later

Follow-up planned to Christmas classic starring James Stewart, with sequel drawing on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Feelgood 1946 Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life is to get an unlikely sequel more than 60 years on, it has been revealed. It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story is being…

Indonesia reviews cooperation with Australia after spy claims

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Tuesday that Indonesia is reviewing cooperation with Canberra following allegations that Australian spy agencies tried to listen to his phone calls and those of his wife and ministers. He said in a tweet that Jakarta is “reviewing the bilateral cooperation because of Australia’s hurtful…

Frenchman deemed too fat to fly gets plane ticket

A Frenchman deemed too fat too fly has finally secured a plane ticket back to Europe after an alternate plan to return by ship fell through, his father said. Kevin Chenais — who has a hormone imbalance and came to the United States for treatment — is due to take…

Tribes from 17 countries converge on Brazil for Indigenous Games

Leaving a cloud of dust in his wake, a burly warrior of a man rushes into view carrying a huge log on his shoulder. His face painted and grimacing with the effort, he heaves it on to a teammate and keeps running as if his life depended on it as…

‘Selfie’ tops ‘twerk’ as Oxford’s word of the year

Selfie is the 2013 word of the year, Oxford Dictionaries announced Tuesday, edging out some stiff competition from twerk. Usage of the word has increased 17,000 percent over the past 12 months, said Oxford Dictionaries, which publishes the mammoth Oxford English Dictionary (OED), styled as the definitive record of the…

Bitcoin supporters testify before U.S. Senate

Bitcoin supporters told a US Senate hearing the virtual currency unit should not be viewed negatively by authorities despite its links to crime. The currency has been linked to a series of high-profile criminal cases in recent months, most notably in the raid on the Silk Road website, dubbed the…

Justice Dept. arrests five in $45 million ‘cyber heist’

Five people were arrested Monday following a global “cyber heist” in which hackers stole $45 million by overriding the cash withdrawal limits of prepaid debit cards, US officials said. According to the US Justice Department, those arrested were said to be members of the New York cell of an “international…

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