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Japan considers constitutional changes to enhance defence capacity

Tokyo wants to play greater role in international peacekeeping and step up defence posture<p>A government panel will urge Japan to allow its military to help allies that come under attack, in a major reversal of the country's ban on collective defence under its pacifist constitution.<p>The panel on …

Sniper Attack On Calif. Power Station Raises Terrorism Fears

Was an attack last April on an electric power station near San Jose, Calif., the work of vandals or something far more dangerous — domestic terrorism or a trial run by an individual or organization bent on damaging the nation's electric grid?<p><i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, picking up from an earlier …

Nigeria oil money: '$20bn not missing'

<b>Nigeria's state oil firm has denied an allegation by the central bank chief that it has failed to account for at least $20bn (£12.2bn) of oil revenues.</b><p>Lamido Sanusi told a senate committee on Tuesday that out of $67bn of oil sold between January 2012 and July 2013, $20bn was still missing.<p>The row …

Africa

Amazon Prime Could See $20 To $40 Price Hike

Amazon Prime might be getting more expensive. The retailer revealed during its quarterly earnings conference call that it might jack up the price of the yearly subscription by up to 50%.<p>Prime currently costs $79 a year. It’s the best service a person could buy. Free two-day shipping on most …

Thai red shirts leader says 'It's time to get rid of the elite'

As election day approaches in Thailand, supporters of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra vow to take to the barricades in her defence<p>Clad in a red beret, combat jacket and sunglasses, Ko Tee looks like a cliché of a 1970's revolutionary as he gathers with the angry activists under his command.<p>But …

Mexico to integrate vigilantes into security forces

<b>Mexican vigilante groups in western Michoacan state have agreed to join the official security forces after weeks of taking the law into their own hands.</b><p>The "self-defence" groups have recently taken over a number of towns in their attempt to drive the Knights Templar drug cartel from the area.<p>The …

Mexico

Working Class Americans Rely Most Heavily on Food Stamps

The recession may have been officially over since September 2010, but Americans are still feeling the pain. So much so that working-age people are, for the first time, the majority of those who rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the U.S.<p>A new analysis of government data by …

The Simpsons may have the smartest thoughts yet about Google Glass

"Finally, I'm not a slave to my stupid human eyeballs!" Lenny Leonard exclaims as he puts on his Oogle Goggles, a few minutes into Sunday's episode of <i>The Simpsons,</i> entitled "Specs and the City." In it, the citizens of Springfield look at Google Glass from a variety of angles, and come to a …

U.S. Investigating Dennis Rodman for Busting Sanctions

Dennis Rodman reportedly brought thousands of dollars in luxury gifts to Kim Jong Un for his birthday. Now, Washington's looking into whether those …

Bill Gates predicts 'almost no poor countries' by 2035

As snowy Davos becomes engulfed in the hustle and bustle of another World Economic Forum, Microsoft founder Bill Gates took the opportunity to deliver an upbeat message in his annual newsletter.<p>The 25-page report, written by Gates and his wife Melinda, who are co-chairs of theBill & Melinda Gates …

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Finding Common Interests, Obama And The Pope Set A Date

<b>Listen · 2:38</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>President Obama plans to meet this spring with Pope Francis.<p>On Tuesday, a White House spokesman announced the president will visit the Vatican as part of European trip in March. The president is said to be looking forward to talking with the pope …

Cybersecurity Firm Claims Russia Hacked Hundreds Of Western Companies

According to the firm, CrowdStrike, the victims of the previously unreported cyber espionage campaign include energy and technology firms, some of which have lost valuable intellectual property.<p>CrowdStrike declined to go into detail about those losses or to name any victims, citing confidentiality …

Cybersecurity

An undergrad, a drone and a dream: New FAA rules have a UNLV student smelling opportunity

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Some people are just born to build stuff.<p>In his sixth-grade yearbook, Greg Friesmuth answered the question of what he wanted …

China to regulate fishing in disputed South China sea

The Philippines and Vietnam have condemned the rules, saying they infringe on their own 200-mile exclusive economic zones<p>China has insisted it will regulate fishing in the disputed South China sea under its laws despite protests by neighbouring countries, a Philippine official said on …

South Sudan: thousands flee city as government troops launch offensive

Thousands of people fled from a city in South Sudan on Thursday as government forces launched an offensive against rebels, wreaking fresh havoc in the world's newest country.<p>Bentiu, capital of oil-rich Unity state, was said to be a ghost town as soldiers loyal to the president, Salva Kiir, tried to …

Fort Lee Mayor Accepts Christie's Apology

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich said Thursday he accepted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's apology for top aides conspiring to shut down lanes on the busy George Washington Bridge to cause traffic as part of a political vendetta against Sokolich.

Thailand’s pro-government Red Shirts ready to ‘fight’ coup attempts

Thailand's Red-Shirt movement expects a half-million government supporters to take to the streets on Jan. 13, the day anti-government forces have pledged to "shut down" Bangkok, and says it can marshal 10 times that number to protest if needed.<p>The Red Shirts stand ready to "fight," and are …

The NSA Will Keep On Collecting Your Telephone Data (At Least) Through March

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Good news, surveillance lovers! The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court renewed the NSA's …

NSA Trying To Develop Computer Program To Break Encryption Software: Report

Jan 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency is trying to develop a computer that could ultimately break most encryption programs, whether they are used to protect other nations' spying programs or consumers' bank accounts, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.<p>The report, which the …

Analysis: Anbar violence goes beyond sectarian conflict in Iraq

<b>The attacks on the main police station in Falluja on Wednesday, followed by the takeover of other police stations there and Ramadi on the following day, are part of the escalation in the Sunni-Shia sectarian conflict that has long plagued Iraq and reached its worst point in 2006-2007.</b><p>But the …

Middle East

Erdogan blames 'foreign-backed' elements for dirty plot against Turkey

Turkish prime minister uses New Year address to tackle allegations of ruling party corruption<p>Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan urged <b>Turks</b>to rally around him in fighting what he termed a dirty plot by foreign-backed elements targeting "the bread on your table, the money in your pocket, the sweat of your …

Encrypted chat service Cryptocat for iPhone rejected by Apple

Encrypted chat service Cryptocat has spent the past two years blocking outsiders from reading private conversations, and now it's facing a block of its own trying to get onto Apple's App Store. Developer Nadim Kobeissi took to Twitter today to blast the iPhone and iPad maker for unjustly rejecting …

Is Rawls’ Difference Principle Egalitarian?

[From PEL Citizen and friend of the podcast Roy Spence]<p>The publication of John Rawls’s <i>A Theory of Justice</i> in the early 1970s led welfare economists …

This Former DEA Agent Is Going to Work in the Marijuana Business

The revolving door between business and government just made an unexpected turn.<p>Patrick Moen is a 36-year-old former supervisor at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, where, until recently, he led a team based in Portland that fought methamphetamine and heroin traffickers.<p>Now, he is embarking on a …