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Report shoots down Hamas' claims of 'journalist' deaths in war with Israel

A new report claims Hamas owes the world a retraction for its claim that Israeli forces killed 17 journalists during last year's war in Gaza.<p>The terrorist organization, which clashed violently with Israel last summer when the Jewish State moved to destroy tunnels it said Hamas used to mount attacks …

UN says Israel, not Iran, North Korea or Syria worst violator of human rights

What country deserves more condemnation for violating human rights than any other nation on earth? According to the U.N.’s top human rights body, that would be Israel.<p>Last week, Israel was the U.N.’s number one women’s rights violator. This week it is the U.N.’s all-round human rights …

Somalia hotel siege ends; U.N. diplomat, 19 others killed

<b>Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) —</b> A siege that started with gunmen detonating a bomb and spraying bullets in a hotel in Somalia ended Saturday with at least 20 people dead, authorities said.<p>Among the dead was a Somali-American woman, Fahia Bashir Nur, 45, of Alexandria, Virginia, according to her uncle, …

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Iran film portrays the Prophet Muhammad, drawing criticism

ALLAHYAR, Iran (AP) — Here in this Persian replica of Mecca, built at the cost of millions of dollars, an Iranian film company is attempting to offer …

Knox defense calls conviction grave error

ROME (AP) — Amanda Knox's defense lawyer urged Italy's highest court on Wednesday to overturn the American's conviction in the 2007 murder of her …

THE SHOT: Window Washing in Dubai

I have a history of climbing things with a camera. Urban things. Structures. Buildings. Bridges. But, to be clear, I’m not a climber per se. I’m not an outdoorsy person, or, at this point in my life, even particularly athletic. I don’t take my weekends and go off and climb a big rock.<p>But, I’ve …

Eight killed in Libyan air strike

Fatalities as Libyan government tries to retake capital from rebels as chaos continues<p>Eight civilians were killed in an air strike near Tripoli on Monday, the U.S. ambassador said, as Libya's internationally recognised government pressed on with an assault to recapture the capital it abandoned to a …

Beijing mayor promises frugal, smog-free Winter Games

BEIJING (Reuters) - If Beijing wins the right to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics they will be both frugal and free from the city’s notorious smog, the city’s mayor was quoted as saying in a state-run newspaper on Tuesday.<p>Wang Anshun delivers his government work report speech during the opening …

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367 House lawmakers warn Obama on Iran

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A veto-proof, bipartisan majority of House lawmakers have signed an open letter to President Barack Obama warning him that any nuclear deal with Iran will effectively require congressional approval for implementation.<p>A group of bipartisan senators have penned a bill mandating …

The Week in Review: Benefits of Coffee

Coffee drinkers received some good news this week from new research pointing to the benefits of the popular beverage. A new study from scientists in Korea found drinking between one and five cups of coffee every day is good for arteries.<p>Calcium deposits in arteries, which cause blockage, were at …

Iran limited to 6K centrifuges in draft accord

Microsoft to launch Windows 10 in 190 countries this summer

Microsoft plans a global launch this summer of Windows 10, complete with a new biometric authentication process intended to replace traditional passwords.<p>No specific date was given, but the company is committed to that midyear release for the operating system, Windows chief Terry Myerson said …

The New MacBook Will Succeed, Lack Of Connectors And All

When the MacBook Air first debuted in 2008 there was a lot of media carping about “compromises” and it being too thin for its own good.<p>I ran out and got it anyway. At that time, I thought it was the most amazing computer I had ever held in my hands, despite the solitary USB connector and occasional …

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