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Militants attack NATO airbase in Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Militants injured two security forces personnel in a grenade attack Monday on a major NATO airbase at an airport in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, the local police chief said. “A few men threw hand grenades at the airport gate and the troops returned fire and…

Finland to boost web surveillance after Norway attacks

HELSINKI — Finnish police said Monday they will monitor the Internet more rigorously for evidence of extremists plots following last week’s twin massacres in neighbouring Norway. Deputy police commissioner Robin Lardot said his forces will play closer attention to fragmented pieces of information — known as “weak signals” — in…

Amnesty International website blocked in Saudi Arabia

LONDON — Rights group Amnesty International said on Monday that its website has been blocked in Saudi Arabia after the group criticised a draft Saudi anti-terrorism law. “Access to Amnesty International’s website has been blocked in Saudi Arabia… following the organization’s criticism of a draft anti-terror law that would stifle…

U.S. denies killing Iranian scientist

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday denied Iranian accusations it assassinated a scientist and urged the Islamic regime not to use the incident to “distract attention” from its contested nuclear program. Assailants shot dead Dariush Rezaei-Nejad, who was reportedly associated with the defense ministry, and wounded his wife as…

‘Anonymous’ attacks Italian cyber police website

ROME — Hacker groups LulzSec and Anonymous announced on Monday that they had hacked into the website of Italy’s cyber police and published classified information online in an attack dubbed “Operation Italy”. The police unit admitted it had been hacked but did not confirm or deny that any information had…

Parliament unlikely to punish James Murdoch for lying

by Marian Wang It’s three against one for James Murdoch. That’s the latest tally of how many former News International executives have publicly accused the son of Rupert Murdoch of giving inaccurate testimony before Parliament last week.  The younger Murdoch says he stands by his testimony, but what if it turns…

China closes two fake Apple stores

Chinese authorities have closed two fake Apple stores in the country’s southwestern Yunnan province, state media reported Monday, following a storm of publicity over the rip-off shops. An investigation of 300 IT stores in the city of Kunming found five outlets using the Apple trademark without the US giant’s permission,…

Japan passes second recovery budget

Japan’s parliament on Monday enacted a $25 billion extra budget to pay for relief and rebuilding after the March 11 quake-tsunami, as Prime Minister Naoto Kan faced mounting pressure to resign. Earlier in the day a ruling party heavyweight suggested Kan could be closer to stepping down with the budget…

‘Anonymous’ hackers access Austrian bank data

The Austrian branch of the hacker group Anonymous accessed the bank data of 96,000 people in an attack on the website of the country’s GIS television licence agency, officials said on Monday. The hacker group, which was targeted last week by US authorities in a crackdown that included 16 arrests,…

Physicists closing in on ‘God particle’

Experiments at the world’s biggest atom smasher have yielded tantalising hints that a long-sought sub-atomic particle truly exists, with final proof likely by late 2012, physicists said Monday. “We know everything about the Higgs boson except whether it exists,” said Rolf Heuer, director general of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). “We can…

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