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John Kerry: election campaign descending into 'embarrassment' for US

The chaos of the 2016 US presidential election “is an embarrassment to our country”, secretary of state John Kerry said on Sunday, as he reflected on candidates’ anti-Muslim sentiments and world leaders’ growing concerns.<p>Asked about what he hears from leaders abroad regarding the US election, Kerry …

Government

A Hacker Made ‘Thousands’ of Internet-Connected Printers Spit Out Racist Flyers

The latest exploit of notorious hacker ‘Weev’ shows how awful the Internet of Things can be.<p>The notorious hacker and troll Andrew Auernheimer, also known as "Weev," just proved that the Internet of Things can be abused to spread hateful propaganda. On Thursday, Auernheimer used two lines of code to …

Virgin and Boom want to bring back supersonic flights for $5,000 round-trip

A startup is trying to reinvent supersonic airline service 13 years after the Concorde's last flight.<p>Boom has introduced an idea for a supersonic …

Brussels Terror: Belgian Police Find Bomb-Making Factory, ISIS Flag

Investigators carrying out raids after Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels believe they've found a bomb-making factory complete with chemicals used in explosives, nails and bolts.<p>Authorities are still hunting for one of three suspects caught on surveillance video as they pushed luggage carts …

Terrorism

Philippine militants: Satisfy demands in 1 month, or hostages die

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a jarring video that surfaced this week, several foreigners plead for their countries to pay ransom to the Abu Sayyaf Islamist group to secure their release -- or else, they say, they'll be killed in a month.<p>Two men speaking on the video said they were hostages and Canadian citizens. One …

Islam

Italy's high court refuses to release migrant rescue ship

ROME (AP) -- Italy's highest court has rejected a request by a German group to release its migrant rescue boat seized eight months ago by prosecutors investigating allegations that non-governmental organizations colluded with migrant smugglers.<p>The German group, Jugend Rettet, said Tuesday that it …

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive steps down amid ongoing probe | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG’s top U.S. executive is stepping down nearly six months after the German automaker admitted to installing software to allow 580,000 diesel U.S. vehicles to emit excess emissions, the company said on Wednesday.<p>Michael Horn, President and CEO of Volkswagen …

Environmentalism

ISIS Detainee Tells U.S. of Terror Group's Chemical Weapons Plans

A senior defense official tells NBC News that an ISIS official captured by U.S. Special Operations Forces is a chemical weapons specialist and a “key operator” in terrorist and military operations.<p>Defense officials identify the detainee as Sleiman Daoud al-Afari, an expert in chemical and …

Middle East

International Women's Day: A look back at female firsts in politics

<b>(CNN) —</b> On International Women's Day, CNN Politics takes a look back at the first women to ever hold prominent positions in the world of politics.<p>From Jeannette Rankin, a Montana Republican who in 1917 became the first woman to serve in Congress, to New York Democrat Shirley Chisholm, who in 1969 …

Human Rights

Apple court papers: FBI is seeking 'dangerous power' that violates its constitutional rights

Apple dug in Thursday for its blockbuster legal battle against the U.S. government, arguing in new court papers that a federal judge overstepped her authority and violated the company’s constitutional rights when she granted an order compelling it to help unlock a terrorist’s<p>iPhone.<p>Attorneys for …

Privacy

Republican Sandoval withdraws as possible Supreme Court pick | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a moderate Republican, took himself out of consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday as Senate Republicans dug in on their vow not to act on any nominee by President Barack Obama.<p>President Obama talks to Nevada …

Mitch McConnell

Poll: Trump leads Rubio in Florida by double digits

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is in serious danger of losing his home state to Republican presidential rival Donald Trump, a new poll shows.<p>Trump leads Rubio 44% to 28% in the Sunshine State, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of Florida released Thursday.<p>Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas placed …

Government

Drinking more coffee may help prevent alcohol-related cirrhosis

<b>(CNN) —</b> Make that black coffee order a double.<p>Upping your coffee intake may help reduce your chances of developing alcohol-related cirrhosis, according to a review done by the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics of multiple existing studies.<p>Drinking just two more cups of coffee every …

Coffee

Instagram and Pinterest are killing Gap, Abercrombie, & J. Crew

And the problem might be signaling something even more troublesome than dowdy apparel. Instead, it is a total shift in how teen consumers think.<p>Young people want to purchase experiences rather than actual stuff, and when they do buy clothing or shoes they want to be able to showcase purchases on …

How are Muslims around the world reacting to Obama's visit to a mosque?

President Obama's first visit to an American mosque since taking office predictably drew criticism from his opponents on the campaign trail and conservative commentators. But what was the reaction from the world's 1.5 billion Muslims?<p>For the most part, a collective shrug.<p>The symbolism of …

Middle East

Clinton and Sanders get ugly

The rivals scrap over their progressive credentials, with Clinton accusing Sanders of a 'very artful smear.'<p>DURHAM, N.H. — Escalating the brawl that's defined the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders viciously attacked each other’s progressive credentials at Thursday night’s …

Middle-class

Zika: planes returning from infected areas to be sprayed with insecticide

Public health minister asks airlines to spray planes as an additional precaution<p>Aircraft returning to the UK from countries affected by the Zika virus are to be sprayed with insecticide, Jane Ellison, the public health minister has announced.<p>The Government said that the move was part of a …

Marco Rubio becomes early hope for mainstream U.S. Republicans | Reuters

EXETER, N.H./MILFORD, N.H. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, emerging from the first presidential nominating contest in Iowa as the leading Republican mainstream contender, portrayed himself in New Hampshire on Tuesday as the party’s best hope to recapture the White House.<p>Marco Rubio waves to …

Government

Massive Space Telescope Is Finally Coming Together

This week, NASA is set to reach a milestone on one of its most ambitious projects. If all goes to plan, workers will finish assembling the huge mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope — an $8 billion successor to the famous Hubble telescope.<p>"So far, everything — knock on wood — is going quite …

Universe

Islamic State releases video of Paris attackers

LONDON — The Islamic State released a video purporting to show nine Paris attackers before they launched their assaults on the French capital.<p>The video was released Sunday by the extremist group’s media center and shows militants training, beheading and shooting captives in its territory.<p>The group, …

France

East Coast Begins to Pick Up Pieces After Fierce Winter Storm

Blizzard left more than two dozen people dead, shut down major cities<p>Cities across a broad swath of the East Coast turned their efforts to digging out Sunday after a crippling winter storm that shut down air and road travel and claimed more than two dozen lives.<p>Carriers had canceled more than …

Weather

Bernie Sanders: 17 things the Democratic socialist believes

<b>Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is catching up - and even surpassing - Hillary Clinton in some polls. What are the Vermont senator's policies and beliefs?</b><p><b>1. He is a socialist.</b> Sanders is running as a "Democratic socialist", but in his long political career he became comfortable …

Flint water crisis swamps Michigan governor's future

"He's all done," said one Michigan Republican strategist. "Water's important, you know. It's over."<p>Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, until recently a rising GOP star and potential vice presidential contender, is scrambling to salvage his legacy amid questions about his administration’s role in causing and …

Government

Lead contamination exists throughout the U.S. — but Flint has a special history

<i>Update: With Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton debating in Flint, Mich., on Sunday night, we are re-upping this post from January.</i><p>Lead tastes sweet. Hundreds of years ago, some forms of lead were actually used instead of sugar, with predictably negative results. That taste means that a kid in a …

General Motors

Obama: 'I Would Be Beside Myself' if My Kids Lived in Flint

President Obama pledged Wednesday to cover "all of the people of Flint's backs" as the Michigan city struggles with the pollution of its drinking water.<p>Speaking in nearby Detroit, Obama digressed briefly from remarks on the auto industry to share his outrage with the unfolding crisis, in which lead …

Snorkeling

This is how science lost God: Atheism, evolution and the long road to Richard Dawkins’ latest Twitter controversy

The roots of today’s battles over atheism, science, religion and climate change actually date back centuries<p>In the seventeenth century, most natural philosophers believed that every type of living organism on the face of the Earth had always existed, from the very beginning of the Earth’s creation. …

Angela Merkel seeks tougher laws to deport migrants after Cologne sex attacks

German chancellor describes New Year’s Eve assaults as ‘bombshell’ in heated meeting of her Christian Democratic Union party<p>Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, has proposed tougher laws that would make it easier to deport migrants after a wave of sex attacks in Cologne that were allegedly carried …

German Economy

North Korea's Nuclear Test Triggers Warning From South Korea

World powers were working Thursday to craft a response to North Korea's announcement of a hydrogen bomb test amid efforts to verify the claim.<p>North Korea said Wednesday that it had successfully tested an H-bomb, setting off alarm bells over the country's nuclear capabilities and waves of …

North Korea