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Electric vehicles complete round-the-world tour

GENEVA – Electric vehicles from Australia, Germany and Switzerland completed a pioneering 27,000 kilometre “emissions free” round-the-world trip on Thursday, after 188 days on the road and at sea. The three-wheeler dubbed “TREV” from Adelaide, a German electric scooter and a “Monotracer” high-tech motorcycle glided silently into the UN’s European…

Palin to make rare foreign trip to India

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US conservative champion Sarah Palin, who has faced charges of a lack of foreign policy experience as she considers a White House run, will visit India next month, an aide said. Rebecca Mansour, a top adviser to the former Alaska governor, tweeted that Palin would visit India…

In Iran, Internet surfers battle cyber police

TEHRAN – Western sanctions have done little to stop the flow of computers and software to Iran, where the real challenge for cyber surfers is getting around local censors who block thousands of websites, including Facebook and YouTube. Last month, authorities launched the Islamic republic’s first Internet police unit to…

Obama to GOP: Stop the ‘symbolic battles’ in Congress

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama urged newly empowered Republicans on Saturday not to wage “symbolic battles” against him but to instead work together to help spur job growth and economic recovery. Obama issued his appeal in his weekly radio address after Republicans took power in the House of Representatives on…

South Korea readies major military drill near tense border

SEOUL — South Korea on Wednesday prepared for a major show of military strength involving fighter jets and tanks near the tense North Korean border as Washington ruled out “feel-good” talks with Pyongyang. The live-fire exercise, planned for Thursday with self-propelled guns and 800 soldiers, follows signs of an easing…

N. Korea ‘won’t hit back’ at S. Korea live-fire drill

South Korea staged a live-fire exercise Monday on a flashpoint island near the disputed border, but North Korea said it would not hit back despite having vowed deadly retaliation. Pyongyang’s announcement eased fears of war on the peninsula, where tensions have been acute since a deadly bombardment by North Korea…

FCC’s ‘Net neutrality’ plan would permit super-tiers, network traffic throttling

Internet providers will not be subjected to so-called “Net neutrality” rules and may experiment with tiered, usage-based pricing and “network management” practices, according to new rules being considered by the Federal Communications Commission this month. Advocates of Net neutrality had hoped the regulatory agency would mandate Internet service providers treat…

Taiwan’s security bureau website hit with half million cyber attacks a month

Taiwan’s top security unit said Monday it received nearly half a million cyber attacks a month, only a minority from China and around 60 percent from the island itself. In the 10 months to October hackers launched 4.99 million attacks on the National Security Bureau’s website, making it one of…

In Austria, castles aren’t just for kings

In Austria, you don’t have to be a king to live in a castle _ you just need a bit of luck Robert Tidmarsh’s eyes light up when he talks about the sprawling park surrounding Schoenbrunn Palace, one of Austria’s most famous landmarks — and his to enjoy every time…

Afghan foreign troops death toll hits 500 for 2010

KABUL (Reuters) – The number of foreign troops killed in Afghanistan this year has reached at least 500, compared with 521 in all of 2009, according to an independent monitoring site Monday and a tally compiled by Reuters. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said an ISAF service member was…

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