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Google Chromecast Leapfrogs Apple TV as the Aging Media Player Loses Ground to Rivals

Amid persistent rumors of substantial upgrades, the current Apple TV is beginning to show its age, losing ground in the streaming media device marketplace to rival Google Chromecast and Roku in the first three quarters of 2014, according to market researcher Parks Associates as reported by <i>CNET</i>. …

Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State

After 13 years of war, we haven't defeated the Taliban, but we have managed to create a nation ruled by drug lords<p>Helmand Province in southern …

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Iran seeks post on key U.N. committee, Israel deems it 'absurd' | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran is seeking a senior post on a United Nations committee that decides accreditation of non-governmental organizations, a move that Israel on Tuesday compared to gangster Al Capone running the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.<p>Iran was elected to the 19-member …

China Tumbles in Annual Corruption Index

China fell 20 spots in this year’s corruption rankings, despite President Xi Jinping’s massive campaign to weed out graft that has disciplined more …

Pimco Total Return withdrawals slow to $9.5 billion

Record-setting investor withdrawals from Pacific Investment Management Co.'s flagship Total Return Fund slowed in November to $9.5 billion, the giant Newport Beach money manager said Tuesday. Returns, meantime, were strong.<p>The outflow was about a third of the $27.5 billion that gushed out in …

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Iranian air force bombs Isis targets in Iraq, says Pentagon

Iran’s air force has attacked targets of Islamic State (Isis) in eastern Iraq, the Pentagon has said.<p>Tehran has denied carrying out raids and acting in coordination with the US, which is leading a western-Arab coalition to defeat the jihadi group.<p>The Pentagon said air strikes in Iraq’s Diyala …