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GOP Chief Reince Priebus Calls Donald Trump to Tell Him to 'Tone It Down'

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called presidential candidate Donald Trump and asked him to pull back his rhetoric on immigration, a source familiar with the conversation told NBC News on Wednesday.<p>The source, who asked not to be identified, said Priebus made the request to …

Legendary Pictures teams up with Google to bring 'Warcraft' film into virtual reality

SAN DIEGO -- Virtual reality is back at Comic-Con, and this time it's taking you to a faraway fantasy planet called Azeroth.<p>The annual flagship comics convention that's expanded over the years to include film, television, video games and, now, virtual worlds kicked off here Wednesday with a special …

UNHCR: Syrian refugees cross four million mark

The number of people fleeing the civil war in Syria has now passed four million, according to the UN refugee agency.<p>An overwhelming majority of the refugees have fled to neighbouring countries, with Turkey hosting nearly two million alone, UNHCR said in a report released on Thursday.<p>This is the …

Iranian 'Tinder' Seeks to Encourage Marriage But Not Dating

Iran has launched its first official matchmaking website to try to encourage more young people to marry.<p>Nearly half of all Iranians from 18 to 35 are …

Thailand sends nearly 100 Uighur migrants back to China

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand confirmed on Thursday it had forcibly returned nearly 100 Uighur migrants to China, heightening tensions between Ankara and Beijing over the treatment of the Turkic language-speaking and largely Muslim minority.<p>Turkish protesters attacked the Thai honorary consulate in …

Human Rights

Hacked surveillance firm says its tool could be used by terrorists

Following a massive data breach on Sunday that exposed 400GB of its internal documents, product source code and correspondence, Italian security firm Hacking Team has issued a statement on its site, saying that its digital surveillance and intrusion tools could potentially be used by terrorists and …

Remote Controls

5 Topics For…Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Representatives from Iran and six other countries are meeting in Vienna for the latest round of negotiations surrounding Iran’s nuclear activities. The deadline for a deal between the so-called P5+1 countries (U.S., U.K., France, China, Russia and Germany) has been pushed back twice as the group …

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

British backpacker murder trial in Thailand stalls over key DNA evidence

A Thai court hearing the case of two Burmese men accused of murdering two British backpackers stalled on the second day of a three-month trial after a police officer failed to present what the defence says is key DNA evidence.<p>The head judge on a panel of three in a court on the tropical …

Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens

We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.<p>Thanks to technology, we’re reading more than ever—our brains process thousands of words via text messages, email, games, social media, and web stories. According to one report, the amount people that read tripled from 1980 to the …

Osborne cuts welfare, boosts minimum pay in post-election budget

LONDON (Reuters) - Chancellor George Osborne said he would reshape the world’s fifth-largest economy by chopping welfare but also announced a new national minimum wage in a budget that reflects an unexpectedly decisive election victory.<p>In the first solely Conservative budget for nearly 20 years, …

Budget Deficit

What ISIS Learned From the Cartels

Social media. Beheadings. Dogma. Empty promises. ISIS is copying the Mexican cartel playbook to a T, writes The Cartel author Don Winslow.<p>A bound man …

Astronomers make a real five-star find

Five stars are inextricably linked in a star system unlike any that has been seen before.<p>Located just 250 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Ursa Major, the system 1SWASP J093010.78+533859.5 was the subject of a 2013 study led by Marcus Lohr of the Open University in the UK. At the …