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British couple walled into French home by 'neighbours from hell'

Villagers in Brugairolles tear down wall blocking the front door and windows of elderly couple John and Faith Dyson which was erected over land dispute<p>A British couple's dream of a quiet retirement in the sun of southern France turned into a nightmare when their neighbours walled them into their …

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Former Marine in urination video found dead in North Carolina

Former Marine sniper Robert Richards, a central figure in a 2012 video scandal involving Marines urinating on the corpses of Afghan insurgents, has been found dead at his home in North Carolina.<p>Richards, 28, died in Jacksonville, outside Camp Lejeune, on Wednesday night, according to his lawyer and …

The lavish homes of American archbishops

Clearly, "lifestyles of the rich and religious" doesn't cut it for Pope Francis.<p>The pontiff has said it "breaks my heart" to see priests and nuns driving the latest-model cars.<p>He's blasted "airport bishops" who spend more time jet-setting than tending to their flocks.<p>And he's warned against church …

House authorizes lawsuit against Obama

The Republican-led House approved a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama over claims he abused his powers at the expense of Congress and the Constitution.<p>The vote was 225-201.<p>Republicans argue Obama's executive orders in a number of areas were …

Greek court acquits farmers who shot 28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers

A Greek court’s decision to acquit farmers who admitted shooting 28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers when they asked for months of back pay has sparked outrage in the country.<p>Politicians, unions and anti-racist groups condemned the verdicts, describing them as a black day for justice in a case that …

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Purple Heart sent to 'Slender Man' victim: When a gift needs no thanks

After an anonymous military veteran sent his Purple Heart medal to the survivor of the Slender Man stabbing in Wisconsin, the girl’s family hoped to thank him.<p>In a statement, the family said they felt “touched and moved by this act of kindness that they would like to personally thank the …

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New York Court Rules Spanking Children Is A "Reasonable Use Of Force"

A four-judge panel in New York unanimously found that a father who spanked his young son was in the right.<p>A ruling last Wednesday from the state Appellate Division found that the spanking "was a reasonable use of force," despite a family court judge determining last year that the father had abused …

Joaquín Castro: Rick Perry ‘militarizing’ border

Texas Rep. Joaquín Castro on Monday said Gov. Rick Perry is “militarizing our border” with his decision to deploy state National Guard troops there.<p>“We should be sending the Red Cross to the border not the National Guard to deal with this humanitarian crisis,” the Democratic congressman said in an …

Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots

Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says.<p>Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or led by informants", bordering on entrapment by law …

This sanctioned Russian company makes the missile that may have destroyed Malaysia Airlines flight 17

US and Ukrainian officials believe a “Buk” surface-to-air missile shot Malaysia Airlines flight 17 out of the sky in eastern Ukraine yesterday, killing all 298 people on board.<p>Truck-mounted Buk missile systems were originally designed in Russia in the 1970s. They are now made by Almaz-Antey, a …

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Edward Snowden Wants You To Ditch Dropbox For This Service

He thinks Dropbox, the cloud storage firm with over 200 million users, is "hostile to privacy," and urged people to switch to what he calls more-secure storage services like SpiderOak.<p>"Dropbox is a targeted wannabe PRISM partner," Snowden told The Guardian. "They just put Condoleezza Rice on their …

Man who allegedly posed as airport screener is Bay Area businessman

A man suspected of posing as an airport security screener and pulling aside female passengers for pat-down searches has been identified as a 53-year-old San Francisco executive.<p>Eric Slighton, 53, was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday after San Francisco police …

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Snowden reports NSA employees intercept, share private nude photos

Edward Snowden is currently holed up in Russia, but the <i>Guardian</i> recently paid him a visit, and today published an interview today in which the former government contractor discussed numerous privacy violations, including the "routine enough" practice of intercepting nude photos shared privately …

Marines test new beach assault vehicle

Call it part tank, part boat and part beer cooler. But it's unquestionably all cool.<p>It's a new U.S. Marine Corps vehicle for getting stuff like troops, tanks and trucks from ships to shore and back.<p>The Corps showed off a prototype of its Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC) last week during …

Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds

When a customer service call is described as "Kafkaesque" and "hellish," you pretty much know how it's going to go down before even taking a listen. But in case you haven't heard the condescending, tedious call that's lit up the Internet, here it is:<p>The recording starts after the call has already …

Chilling Video Appears To Show Israeli Police Brutally Beating Palestinian-American Teenager

Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old U.S. citizen from Florida, is a cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian 16-year-old whose abduction and murder has triggered days of protests and riots.<p>The State Department confirmed Saturday night that Khdeir was being held by Israeli authorities. Spokeswoman Jen …

Autopsy shows Palestinian teen 'burned alive'

<b>Tel Aviv</b> - An autopsy of a Palestinian teenager murdered this week in an apparent revenge attack suggests that he was burned alive, according to Palestinian officials.<p>The preliminary results showed that 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdair, who was buried by more than a thousand mourners on Friday, had …

Violence spreads in wake of slaying of Palestinian teenager

Rage over the killing of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem spread Saturday as protests in Arab-Israeli communities turned into violent clashes with Israeli police.<p>Junctions and roads near the village of Kalansuwa were blocked by security forces after hundreds of demonstrators tossed rocks, …

Baghdadi's misconstrued caliphate project | Canada

The group too extreme even for al-Qaeda continues to make headlines. But this time, it is not the usual slaughter and terror they bring along wherever they advance. The extremist group which was known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has declared a name change and the "official" …

Kurds drawn into clashes with Sunni rebels

Iraqi Kurds have been involved in heavy clashes with Sunni rebel groups in the eastern province of Diyala.<p>Kurdish military leaders say their target is to reach the Hamrin mountains, which they consider the natural boundary of their homeland, but achieving that goal has been costly.<p>Al Jazeera's …

NSA intercepts: ordinary internet users 'far outnumbered' legal targets

When the US National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, according to an investigation by the Washington Post.<p>…

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …