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‘Anonymous’ hacks Syrian president’s email with ’12345′ password

Unknown members of the hacker collective “Anonymous” reportedly broke into the private email account of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad this week and learned that the embattled dictator is not one much for electronic security. That’s because he picked the second-weakest password around: “12345,” according to documents published by Israeli news…

Greece faces hour of decision on austerity, rescue

Greece reached the hour of decision on Wednesday over more budget cuts demanded by the EU and IMF and a debt deal to obtain a second rescue and close a key chapter in the eurozone crisis. A finalised plan on new Greek aid that was hammered out with theEuropean Union and International Monetary…

Iraq wants to limit private security contractors

Iraq deeply mistrusts private security companies and wants to limit their operations here, officials say, while the contractors themselves have faced bureaucratic delays and detentions. This mistrust stems from perceived arrogant behaviour by employees of these firms in the past and various incidents of violence involving them. The most infamous incident was…

Ai Weiwei to build London 2012 Olympics pavilion

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is reuniting with the Swiss architects with whom he created Beijing’s spectacular Bird’s Nest Stadium, to build a pavilion for this year’s London Olympics. Ai, along with the Swiss firm Herzog and de Meuron, will join forces again to design a pavilion for the…

British cabinet member complains about ‘anti-business culture’

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has vowed to fight an “anti-business culture” in Britain, warning that a row over executive pay and bonuses threatens the country’s fragile economic recovery. “Let me say something about the row over bonuses and pay,” Osborne said in a speech to the Federation of…

Meet the heroes of India’s quest to wipe out polio

Later this month, India will be removed from a dwindling list of countries where polio is considered endemic, a huge achievement made possible by people like Madara, a 76-year-old street hawker. At a temporary immunisation camp in a slum in the northern district of Ghaziabad, 23 kilometres (14 miles) from…

Africa losing out on billions in trade: World Bank

Africa is losing out on billions of dollars in potential earnings every year because of high trade barriers on the continent, the World Bank said Tuesday. “It is easier for Africa to trade with the rest of the world than with itself,” the World Bank said in releasing a new…

Drug gang warnings ahead of pope visit to Mexico

A drug gang warned its rivals to keep the peace during a papal visit to Mexico next month in banners hung around the central state of Guanajuato which Pope Benedict XVI is due to visit. The warnings, signed by the the Knights Templar gang, were quickly removed Tuesday and came…

U.S. to downsize Iraq embassy

The United States said Tuesday that it planned to downsize its embassy in Iraq, the largest US diplomatic mission in the world, in hopes of saving money after the end of the war. The New York Times, quoting unnamed officials, said the United States would slash the 16,000-strong staff by…

Uganda bill punishes homosexuality with life in prison

A Ugandan member of parliament has reintroduced a bill that increases criminal penalties for some homosexual acts, but dropped a provision that allows homosexuals to be executed by the state. Parliamentarian David Bahati on Tuesday reintroduced the so-called “kill the gays” bill that he had first introduced in 2009. It…

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