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McDonald’s dumps repeatedly mocked ‘McResource’ employee advice website

McDonald’s has pulled the plug on an employee website after it was mocked by critics of the fast-food giant’s salary practices, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday. Dubbed “McResource” and managed by a subcontractor, the site aimed to give employees tips on managing stress and other daily challenges. “A combination of factors…

New York judge rules mass NSA phone metadata surveillance is lawful

A US district judge in New York ruled on Friday that controversial telephone surveillance by the National Security Agency was lawful and a vital component of the war on Al-Qaeda. The ruling (PDF) from Judge William Pauley of the southern district court in New York came 10 days after a…

Russia buries AK-47 creator Mikhail Kalashnikov in new ‘pantheon’ for heroes

Russia on Friday buried Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the iconic AK-47 assault rifle that was the favoured weapon of guerrillas worldwide, at a newly-opened cemetery for national heroes. To the sound of a final salute fired from the AK-47 machine guns that made him world-famous, Kalashnikov was laid to…

Indian man jailed for life for raping Spanish student at knifepoint

A rapist who attacked a young Spanish woman at knifepoint after breaking into her apartment in Mumbai was jailed for life in India on Friday. Mohammed Badshah Ansari was handed the sentence after a trial heard how the 28-year-old broke into the flat through a window in November last year…

Six more Greenpeace activists leave Russia

Five British Greenpeace activists and one Canadian left Russia on Friday after an amnesty that halted their prosecution for a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic. Following a flight out of Saint Petersburg precisely 100 days after first being detained, the activists landed at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport,…

Gaza’s sole power plant shuts down again due to a lack of fuel

Lack of fuel from Israel brought Gaza’s lone power plant to a halt on Friday, days after it was fired back to life following a seven-week shutdown, the electricity company said. “The plant stopped working on Friday morning due to a lack of fuel caused by Israel’s closure of the…

Top India Bitcoin operator ‘BuySellBitCo.in’ halts trade after bank warning

India’s biggest Bitcoin trading platform said on its website Friday it had suspended operations after the central bank warned against the risks of using virtual money. BuySellBitCo.in closed its platform, citing an advisory by the Reserve Bank of India issued on Christmas Eve highlighting the risks of trading in digital…

Audi to invest $30 billion in new technology

Audi, the top-of-the-range carmaker owned by German auto giant Volkswagen, announced Friday a massive investment programme in new models and technology over the next five years. The company said it would invest around 22 billion euros ($30 billion) between 2014 and 2018 and also said it had achieved its goal…

India shocked and disgusted again after 20-year-old woman gang-raped on Christmas Eve

A 20-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped on Christmas Eve in south India, media reports said on Friday, the latest in a string of sexual attacks reported in the country. The reports of the latest assault came two days before India was due to mark the first anniversary of the death…

How safe are your cherished memories stored online? Not very, experts warn

BHow many of your cherished memories, and even important work documents, only exist online? Taken together, photo and video sharing sites, blogging and microblogging sites, as well as social media, have formed an…  …

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