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Dave Barry’s Review of 2013, the Year of the Zombies

<b>It was the Year of the Zombies.</b> Not in the sense of most of humanity dying from a horrible plague and then reanimating as mindless flesh-eating ghouls. No, it was much worse than that. Because as bad as a zombie apocalypse would be, at least it wouldn’t involve the resurrection of Anthony Weiner’s …

Issue of race looms over Machen’s crackdown

<b>Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Vincent H. Cohen Jr.</b> never intended to tear down the District’s black political infrastructure.<p>It just happened that way.<p>When the longtime friends left lucrative jobs as defense attorneys to take over the U.S. Attorney’s Office four years ago, public corruption was third on …

Just Asking: D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier

Cathy Lanier, 46, has been Washington’s police chief since 2007. She grew up in Tuxedo, Md., and joined the police<br>force in 1990 as a cop walking the beat.<p><i>When you’re driving your personal car on a highway and you see a police car, do you immediately check to see how fast you’re going?</i><p>Of course. You …

Samantha Power: learning to play the diplomat’s game

<b>In the winter of 2009,</b> a stubborn, decade-old question preoccupied a grimly determined group within the Obama administration: Why hadn’t the United States signed a treaty banning land mines?<p>The mines produce particularly gruesome and indiscriminate results, maiming and killing soldiers, as well as …

Disabled people 'overlooked by tech firms'

Almost three quarters of Britons believe not all members of society are benefitting from technology<p>Technology has the potential to level the playing field for people with disabilities, but a new survey has revealed that many people believe disabled audiences are overlooked by technology companies …

Declining congregations do not spell death of Christianity, Rowan Williams says

Former Archbishop Rowan Williams says it ultimately does not matter if the Church ‘loses one round’ in its battle to get its message across<p>Collapsing church congregations do not mean that Christianity is in danger of dying out, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams of Oystermouth has …

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Fifth of crimes ignored by police, watchdog warns

Hundreds of thousands of victims have no hope of justice because police refuse to investigate offences<p>Three quarters of a million victims of crime were denied any "hope of justice" last year because police ignore a fifth of offences, a damning watchdog report has found.<p>Tens of thousands of …

Five children die every day in Britain who would survive in Sweden

Thousands of children die in Britain because of poor health services, mothers smoking and road traffic accidents who would survive if they lived in Sweden, reports have found<p>Children in the UK are being "let down" because of "inadequate" health care for youngsters, expert said.<p>The Royal College of …

US states may go back to electric chair and firing squads

Shortage of drugs for lethal injections leads states to consider alternative methods of executing prisoners<p>US states may revert to killing their death row inmates with electric chairs, firing squads and gas chambers as it becomes increasingly difficult to source chemicals for lethal injections.<p>The …

BP left exposed as Russia warns of sanctions over Ukraine

Oil giant quietly extends five-year loan to lower debt costs despite escalating US sanctions against Russia<p>BP is being drawn ever deeper into its costly Russian venture with oil giant Rosneft, quietly extending a five-year loan to help the company lower debt costs despite escalating US sanctions …

Ukraine crisis: why do so many politicians admire Russia's Vladimir Putin?

Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine has only increased the ranks of his foreign admirers<p>What do Silvio Berlusconi, Gerhard Schroeder, Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond have in common?<p>They are all members of Vladimir Putin’s international fan club of politicians that have developed unfortunate …

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Germany's interest in Adolf Hitler at record levels

Germans more interested in Adolf Hitler than at any time since the Allied defeat of his Third Reich at the end of the Second World War, study finds<p>Germans are more interested in Adolf Hitler that at any time since the end of the <b>Second World War</b>, a new study has concluded.<p>The German Media Control …

$1,500 Google Glass 'made with just $80 in parts'

Google's $1,500 wearable computer is made from parts costing just $79.78, according to technical experts<p>Anyone wanting to buy into the future of wearable computing currently faces a steep bill. Buying a Glass device alone will cost $1,500 (£889), and they come without the ability to hold lenses, …

Thanks to the spread of capitalism, poverty is being cut

It is likely that over the rest of this decade, hundreds of millions will join the ranks of the middle classes in the emerging world<p>The latest evidence of the UK’s economic recovery came with the first ONS estimate suggesting quarterly GDP growth of 0.8pc annualised.<p>Not only is this likely to be …

Mers virus spreads to US via Britain

Global health alert over Mers, the camel-borne respiratory disease that has spread from the Middle East to the US<p>Public Health England was on Friday night contacting two passengers who flew to Heathrow alongside a man diagnosed with a deadly camel-borne virus that has killed dozens in the Middle …

Europe must increase defence spending in face of Russian aggression, warns Chuck Hagel

US Defence Secretary warns aggression in Ukraine should shatter myth that risk of conflict has reduced since Cold War as British Secretary of Defence warns Vladimir Putin not to breach "red line" around Nato nations<p>European countries must increase defence spending in the wake of Russian aggression …

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Letting children use iPads may harm language development

Playing games on iPads and other touch screen computers linked to poor speech development<p>Parents should think twice before allowing toddlers to play Angry Birds or other games on ipads or phones, it was warned after researchers found they were linked with poorer speech.<p>Doctors found that toddlers …

Thank you, birth control: Teen pregnancy rate, birth rate and abortion rate on the decline

And while we’re at it: Thank you, sex education<p>According to a new study from the Guttmacher Institute, the teen pregnancy rate, birth rate and abortion rate each have sharply declined since hitting historic highs in the 1990s. Researchers found that the teen pregnancy rate dropped 51 percent …

Cancer has an off switch

A new drug combination may be able to jump-start the body’s ability to fight the deadly disease<p>For decades researchers have tried to enlist the body’s natural defenses against deadly tumors, using a variety of experimental vaccines, gene therapies and monoclonal antibodies, with mixed results. Now …

Piketty answers David Brooks: The best-selling economist sounds off to Salon

“Capital” author also tells us about schools, immigration and his critics — and whether he’d ever run for office<p>“The entrepreneur inevitably tends to become a rentier, more and more dominant over those who own nothing but their labor,” economist Thomas Piketty writes in his explosive and unexpected …

Market View: Who saved Canada in crisis? Tories, Liberals or luck?

Market View Market View: Who saved Canada in crisis? Tories, Liberals or luck?<p>The Globe and Mail | <br>Show Description<p>For almost six years now, Michael Babad has pondered the question: who saved Canada during the global meltdown?<p>More from this section<p>Editor's Picks<p>Add to Watchlist<p>We've run into a …

OECD sees pick-up in Canada, but warns on housing, health care

<i>These are stories Report on Business is following Tuesday, May 6, 2014</i>.<p><b>OECD projects pick-up</b><br>The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development sees Canada's economy picking up, but its new forecast today is not without its warnings.<p>Economic growth will rise by next year to 2.75 per cent, …

Why you shouldn’t buy into talk of America’s decline

Is this one of those geological moments, a time when deep interior shifts rumble to the surface, shaking the foundations, altering the landscape, adjusting expectations? Will the very figures "2014" carry the powerful resonance of the digits "1945," when Great Britain's power began to wane, or …

Ottawa could act to reduce U.S.-Canada price gap, study says

The federal government likes to cast itself as the champion of consumers in combatting the frustratingly large gap between Canadian and U.S. prices.<p>But a new report from the Toronto-based C.D. Howe Institute says Ottawa could fix much of the problem by putting its own house in order first – …

From Milan to Mecca: the world's most powerful city brands revealed

The inaugural Guardian Cities brand barometer ranks world cities on everything from transport and weather to crime and social ‘buzz’ – and they won't all be pleased with the results

China denies making preparations for collapse of North Korea regime

China has angrily dismissed reports that it has drawn up contingency plans for the collapse of the regime in North Korea, including measures to contain an influx of refugees and prevent unrest from spilling over the countries’ porous border.<p>The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) devised the measures …

Eight writing strategies for people who say they can’t write

If you want to launch and grow a business, chances are you're going to have to put words on the page. Probably many words on many pages. Which means there's no room for saying you "hate writing" or "can't write."<p>In many cases, the more important the writing task, the more the would-be writer …