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White House blows cover of CIA chief in Afghanistan

The White House accidentally blew the cover of the top CIA officer in Afghanistan Saturday, when his name and title were released in an e-mail sent to reporters who traveled with President Obama on his surprise visit to Bagram Air Field.<p>The CIA officer's identity was released as part of a list of …

Kill the patent trolls says CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association

Gary Shapiro, the CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, is calling on the US Senate to follow moves by Congress and the White House against patent trolls. According to Shapiro the actions of patent trolls have now reached epidemic proportions. It is reckoned that 90 percent of all patent …

Intellectual Property

Russia could mount incursion into Ukraine within days, NATO commander says

Russian forces on Ukraine's border could carry out an "incursion" into the country and accomplish their objectives in three to five days, NATO's top military commander said Wednesday.<p>Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe, said its members spotted signs of movement by a small …

Groups warn of backlash as U.N. calls for probe into Sri Lanka civil war abuses

Rights groups are warning of a backlash against activists in Sri Lanka following a landmark United Nations resolution calling for an international inquiry into abuses at the end of the country's civil war.<p>The U.N.'s Human Rights Council passed a resolution Thursday calling for a "comprehensive …

Fukushima meltdown not seen causing many cancers: UN scientists

VIENNA (Reuters) - Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster is unlikely to lead to a rise in the number of people developing cancer like after Chernobyl in 1986, even though the most exposed children may face an increased risk, U.N. scientists said on Wednesday.<p>Security personnel stand guard near a steel …

6 Dead, Residents Evacuated After Quake Strikes Off Chile's Coast

Nearly a million residents were forced to evacuate after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast, triggering a small tsunami.<p>Six …