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NY Post blocks website access for iPad users

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The New York Post has blocked access to its website from the iPad’s Safari Web browser in a bid to drive users of Apple’s tablet computer to the newspaper’s paid application. An iPad user attempting to reach NYPost.com using Safari is met with a page that says…

Huffington Post traffic surpasses NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — The Huffington Post received more traffic than the website of The New York Times in May, the first time it has surpassed NYTimes.com in unique visitors, tracking firm comScore said Thursday. ComScore said HuffingtonPost.com received 35.6 million unique visitors in May, up from 29.9 million the previous month,…

Syria to send army to town after scores killed

AMMAN (Reuters) – A restive Syrian town awaited a threatened military crackdown on Tuesday after bloody events in which state media say over 120 security personnel were killed. Exactly what happened in the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour at the weekend is unclear, but it seems to have been one of the bloodiest…

Syrian TV says 120 killed in northwestern town

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian state television said the number of people killed in an attack by gunmen on a security post in the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour had risen to 82, raising the overall death toll in the town to 120. Powered by Mochila…

GOP 2012 candidate Jon Hunstman to skip Iowa caucus

Jon Huntsman, the former ambassador to China under President Barack Obama who resigned his post to present himself as a Republican presidential candidate, has announced that he will likely not participate in the lead-off caucuses in Iowa. Huntsman, who served as the governor of Utah from 2005 until he was…

Five killed in Yuma, Arizona shootings

LOS ANGELES — Five people were killed Thursday in Yuma, Arizona, in a multiple shooting incident which triggered a temporary school lockdown, local media and officials said. Yuma County Courthouse and at least two schools and a post office were put on lockdown after the shootings, and one victim was…

New York Times names first woman executive editor

NEW YORK (AFP) – The New York Times announced on Thursday that Bill Keller was stepping down as executive editor and would be replaced by Jill Abramson, the first woman to hold the top editorial post at the newspaper. Abramson, a native New Yorker, joined the Times in 1997 from…

Chinese hackers targeting U.S. Gmail accounts

SAN FRANCISCO — Google said Wednesday that a cyber spying campaign originating in China had targeted Gmail accounts of senior US officials, military personnel, journalists and Chinese political activists. “We recently uncovered a campaign to collect user passwords, likely through phishing,” Google security team engineering director Eric Grosse said in…

Obama appoints Gen. Martin Dempsey to top military post

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Monday announced that he has chosen US Army General Martin Dempsey, who commanded an armored division in key battles in Iraq, for the United States’ top uniformed military post. “With nearly 40 years in uniform, Martin Dempsey is one of our nation’s most…

Egypt reopens Gaza border crossing

RAFAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Egypt on Saturday reopened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza, allowing people to cross freely for the first time in four years, in a move hailed by Hamas but criticised by Israel. Among the first to cross the reopened border post were two ambulances ferrying…

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