Philip Watt

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Microsoft Office or Google Docs?

Walt Mossberg discusses productivity suites, and how you can track your steps on an iPhone without a fitness band.<p><i>You have some tech questions, I have some answers. Every Friday, I try to resolve these mysteries, succinctly and in plain language. Please send questions to walt@recode.net. Note that</i> …

Drought Now Covers 100% of California

And the snowpack is melting quickly, too.<p>California's drought has finished its conquest of the state: 100 percent of the land here is now in a drought condition, and 96 percent of it is in a severe, extreme, or exceptional drought.<p>"This week marks the first time in the 15-year history of the USDM …

Baltic states lead push to cut Russia gas reliance

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Later this year, a ship the size of an aircraft carrier will arrive at Lithuania's port of Klaipeda on the Baltic Sea. The 300-meter (984-foot) vessel is not a warship, but a floating natural gas import terminal — aptly named "Independence" — that will be key to the Baltic …

British and Australian navies seize largest ever heroin haul at sea

The drugs had an estimated British street value of more than £140 million<p>A joint operation by the British and Australian navies seized the largest ever haul of heroin at sea, weighing 1,032 kilogrammes, the Ministry of Defence announced last night.<p>The drugs, with an estimated British street value …

Australian Defence Force

Obama Calls on Europe to Impose More Sanctions on Russia - NBC News

Russia

1 dead, 6 hurt as SUV hits group at ice cream shop

BUENA PARK, California (AP) — An SUV driven by an elderly motorist plowed into a group of people waiting to enter an ice cream parlor Friday evening, killing a 73-year-old woman and injuring six others, authorities said.<p>The SUV rammed into people outside Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour shortly after 6 …

Russia

Students Trapped in Sinking Ferry Send Heartbreaking Text Messages

Heartbreaking text message exchanges between students trapped in the sinking ferry off the coast of South Korea and their anxious parents are …

North Korea

Syria's bloodshed spills into Iraq as al-Qaeda bombs Shia militant rally

Al-Qaeda has attacked a Shia militant group in Iraq that has sent fighters to support Syria's President Bashar al-Assad<p>Syria's sectarian war came to the capital of neighbouring Iraq as al-Qaeda bombed a rally for a Shia militant group that has sent fighters to defend the regime in Damascus.<p>A team …

Middle East