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The Top 32 Players In The 2014 NFL Draft

Using the current "big boards" of seven NFL draft experts, we created an expert consensus index of the top 32 prospects in the draft right now.<p>Those experts are the following: ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN's Todd McShay, SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn, SI's Chris Burke, CBS Sports' Rob Rang, NFL …

Steve Nash: 'It's either back with the Lakers next year or I'm done'

The Lakers point guard has said that if the team uses the stretch provision to waive him this summer he will retire.<p>Steve Nash has seen the court just 10 times this season, and with the 40-year-old's health in serious question, so too is his future with the Los Angeles Lakers. In the second episode …

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Kansas vs. Oklahoma State: Stars That Will Steal the Show in Big 12 Clash

With an opportunity to clinch the Big 12 regular-season title on Saturday night, the Kansas Jayhawks figure to come out flying. They will have a difficult road test against a talented Oklahoma State squad, however.<p>Although things haven't gone as expected for the Cowboys with an awful 6-9 record in …

NBA Asks LeBron James To Stop Wearing His Fearsome Black Mask

While black masks are not banned, the league prefers clear masks so that it is easier to see an opponent's eyes, according to Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick.<p>GIFs of James dunking and roaring in the mask went viral after his dominant performance in a blowout win against the New York Knicks, in …

Microsoft experimenting with free version of Windows 8.1

Microsoft is currently experimenting with a free version of Windows 8.1 that could boost the number of people using the operating system. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell <i>The Verge</i> that the company is building "Windows 8.1 with Bing," a version that will bundle key Microsoft apps and …

Newly Excavated 4,600-Year-Old Egyptian Pyramid Threatened by Development

The pyramid is in the news this week after overblown reports about its "discovery."<p>Decades before the great pyramids at Giza took shape, a modest stepped pyramid arose at a site now known as Edfu. Archaeologists from the University of Chicago have been studying the 4,600-year-old stone structure …

Egypt army says airstrikes kill Sinai rebels

Egypt's military spokesman has said airstrikes in the northern Sinai Peninsula have killed 16 armed fighters with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that the government has designated a "terrorist" organisation.<p>Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said on Saturday that the airstrikes had targeted hideouts …

Failed pirate trial a bad omen?

The failed prosecution of an alleged Somali pirate — and the fact that that failure could leave him living freely, and permanently, inside U.S. borders — is highlighting anew the risks of trying terror suspects in American courts.<p>Just a few weeks ago, Ali Mohamed Ali was facing the possibility of a …

Congolese warlord to face war crimes hearing

A Congolese warlord facing 18 counts, including war crimes and crimes against humanity, is due to appear before the International Criminal Court today for a confirmation of charges hearing.<p>Bosco Ntaganda allegedly committed the crimes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between September …

Trial begins for Congo militia leader accused of rape and massacres

A Congolese militia leader widely known as “The Terminator” has gone on trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.<p>Bosco Ntaganda is charged with recruiting child soldiers and organising a campaign of ethnically-motivated rape and murder.<p>As his trial opened, chief prosecutor Fatou …

Hundreds of Eritreans enslaved in torture camps in Sudan and Egypt

Hundreds of Eritrean refugees have been enslaved in torture camps in Sudan and Egypt in the past 10 years, enduring weeks or months of violence and rape and extorted by traffickers often in collusion with state security forces.<p>Some of the refugees have died, and many have been scarred for life – …

Somalia: Car bomb explodes near airport in Mogadishu

<b>At least six people have died after a car bomb exploded close to the gate of the international airport in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, police say.</b><p>Eyewitnesses told the BBC it was targeting a UN refugee agency convoy.<p>Most of those who died were passers-by and several UN body guards were wounded in …

Surreal shot of African migrants looking for a cell signal wins World Press Photo of the Year

World Press Photo has awarded its illustrious Photo of the Year award to American photographer John Stanmeyer for his surreal image of African migrants in Djibouti searching for cell signals from neighboring Somalia. It's a scene that quite literally couldn't have happened just a few years ago; a …

Christian threats force Muslim convoy to turn back in CAR exodus

Thousands of Muslims tried to flee the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) on Friday, only for their mass convoy of cars and trucks to be turned back as crowds of angry Christians taunted: "We're going to kill you all."<p>The drama unfolded as Amnesty International said it had uncovered …

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UN launches e-reader initiative in Tanzania

The United Nations has launched an initiative piloting the use of e-readers in two settlements in western Tanzania.<p>The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has partnered with nonprofit enterprise Worldreader to provide four secondary schools in Tanzania with e-readers containing …

Nigeria seals state border with Cameroon

Nigeria has closed its northern border with Cameroon to block the movement of Boko Haram members who use the area as a launch-pad for attacks.<p>In a statement released on Sunday the Nigerian military claimed fighters have set up bases in sparsely populated areas of its northeastern neighbours …

US expands military net over Africa, checking China’s influence

The United States, like its allies Britain and France, has long maintained influence and indirect control in Africa through financial institutions …

Despite Challenges, Things in Africa Are Looking Up

Recent headlines on the tragic violence in the Central African Republic and South Sudan and continued fighting in Mali revive for some the …

IBM's invention hopes to solve Africa's issues

LAGOS - An American supercomputer system will soon start examining Africa's issues.<p>IBM's Watson is to help solve infrastructure and development …

The Journal Pioneer

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Google, Microsoft agree: Cloud is now safe enough to use

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nevermind Microsoft's awkward "Scroogled" anti-Google campaign. When it comes to cloud security, the two giants are practically best buds.<p>At the annual RSA Conference held at the Moscone Center here on Wednesday, Microsoft Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault and …

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There's Already a Knockoff of the Samsung Galaxy S5

Don't want to wait until April to get a Samsung Galaxy S5? You can get a smartphone that's pretty close, right now — but buyer beware.<p>Goophone, the …

SE Asia Travel Costs - 6 Months, 7 Countries

<b>7 countries, 12,000 km, 194 days</b> – how much did it all cost? Surprisingly little. In fact, we found out that it’s <b>cheaper to travel than it is to stay</b> …

World stocks dip, Wall St. flat; ruble at five-year low | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stock markets dipped on Wednesday, stung by growing worries over some emerging markets as escalating tensions in Ukraine sent the Russian ruble to a five-year low, while equities on Wall Street ended flat.<p>People walk past an electronic information board at the London …

Could there be a third world war?

World Affairs editor John Simpson visits the World War 1 battlefields and asks if there could be another world war.<p>Friction between China and Japan is growing, with the US this time on the side of Tokyo, while the importance of the Middle East is diminishing.<p>Our correspondent also warns that war …