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Is Amazon ruining dating in Seattle?

The company’s rapid expansion has brought severe gender imbalance to the city — and things are only getting worse<p>Tech consultant/writer and Seattle native Jeff Reifman is having a hard time finding a date in his city. But unlike most men, who might blame their romantic travails on being overweight …

South Korea to break up coastguard after ferry disaster

<b>South Korea plans to break up its coastguard in the wake of the ferry disaster in which more than 300 people died, says President Park Geun-hye.</b><p>In a televised address, Ms Park apologised formally for the sinking.<p>A new safety agency would handle rescue duties, with investigative functions passing to …

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Vietnam anger rises over South China Sea | US & Canada

The war of words between China and Vietnam over disputed islands in the <b>South China Sea</b> has gained steam and, while never dormant, the heated rhetoric has become notably more direct.<p>As the 14th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit was in progress last weekend in Naypydaw, Myanmar's …

FCC: Net neutrality with 'fast lane'

Passions about the future of the Internet were running high Thursday as the FCC approved Chairman Tom Wheeler’s controversial net neutrality proposal — with critics saying it could lead to a world of online haves and have-nots.<p>Net neutrality refers to the principle that Internet providers should …

US and Britain to boost support to Syrian rebels, says Kerry

Saudi Arabia understood to be playing lead role in co-ordinating efforts to arm carefully vetted rebel units in Syria<p>The US, Britain, and European and Arab states are to increase all aspects of support for the mainstream Syrian opposition fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, John Kerry …