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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: What the new phones look like inside

The people at iFixit have been up all night. Two iFixit people flew to Australia to get the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus early, then they flew home and started tearing the phones apart, said iFixit’s Scott Dingle.<p>The team started tearing down the phones at 3PM Thursday. They finished at dawn on …

Boat driver in deadly Hudson River crash sentenced to two years in jail

The man who pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter after driving a speedboat into a barge on the Hudson River, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced to two years in jail Tuesday, prosecutors said.<p>Jojo John, 36, was piloting a 19-foot Stingray …

Obama affirms authority to widen Isis campaign without Congress

Officials working to shore up support for expanded strategy against Isis in lead up to president’s foreign policy address<p>The White House said on Tuesday that Barack Obama does not believe he needs congressional authorisation for the “next, more offensive” phase in an ongoing military campaign …

Flight MH370 six months on: beatings and detentions but still no answers

Absence of explanation for missing Malaysia Airlines plane fuels suspicion among relatives of the 154 Chinese passengers<p>Families of the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 say that six months of agonising uncertainty have been made harder still by the company's attitude, and by …

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Apple Reveals Common Reasons for App Rejections on New Developer Page

Apple has posted a new page on its developer website (via <i>Cult of Mac)</i> outlining reasons why it rejects apps from the App Store, giving tips on how to better prepare an app for a review. The page also gives the top ten reasons for app rejections during the 7-day period ending last week:<p><b>Top 10</b> …

Ancient rock churches put Ethiopia back on tourist map

The world heritage site of Lalibela is key to Addis Ababa's plans to banish images of famine and boost visitor numbers<p>Kiya Gezahegne joined an unruly, jostling throng surrounding a priest who wielded a 12th-century gold and bronze cross, one of the most sacred artefacts in Ethiopia. A young man …

Greece's migrant fruit pickers: 'They kept firing. There was blood everywhere'

Last year, Greek farm guards shot at illegal migrant strawberry pickers, wounding 35. When a court acquitted them this summer, there was outrage. At the camp, where they continue to live like slaves, the workers share their stories<p>Is a man worth nothing when he is branded illegal? Tipu Chowdhury …

U.S. military conducts operation in Somalia

U.S. military forces conducted an operation Monday against the Al-Shabaab network in Somalia, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.<p>"We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," he said.<p>No other information was …

Fundraising Web pages for Ferguson cop still closed; it's unclear why

Organizers have remained silent on why donation pages raising more than $400,000 for the police officer who killed an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., were shut down without explanation over the weekend.<p>A related Facebook page has been deleting comments from those who raise questions …

Mexico investigates mass fish death in lagoon

At least 48 tonnes of fish have turned up dead in a lagoon in western Mexico and authorities are investigating whether wastewater treatment plants are to blame.<p>On Monday, fishermen used shovels, wheel-carts and trucks to pull tonnes of dead fish out of the Cajititlan lagoon that has been the scene …

Sand collapse kills 9-year-old girl at Oregon beach

When you think of potentially fatal threats at the beach, you probably think of sharks or riptides. You probably don't worry about the sand. But that unexpected killer has now claimed at least three lives in the United States this summer.<p>Nine-year-old Isabel Grace Franks died at a Lincoln City, …

Americans held by North Korea implore U.S. to send an envoy soon

In a rare opportunity to speak with foreign media, the three Americans being detained by North Korea implored the United States to send someone to negotiate for their release.<p>Matthew Miller, Jeffrey Fowle and Kenneth Bae spoke Monday to CNN and the Associated Press in Pyongyang, the capital. They …