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Brain implant controls robotic arm - with the power of thought

Erik Sorto, a 34-year old American, has been unable to move his arms or legs for more than a decade, since a gunshot wound left him paralysed from the neck down. Even now, he misses the little things.

“I want to be able to drink my own beer - to be able to take a drink at my own pace, when I want to …

The Brain

Islamic State forces purge dozens in ancient Syrian town

Islamic State group militants searched through the Syrian town of Palmyra for government troops and fighters, using lists of names and informers to track them down and shooting some in the head on the spot, activists said Friday, estimating at least 150 have been killed in the past two days.

The …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Audi makes synthetic gasoline without using petroleum

Audi researchers have successfully made 100-octane gas from plant matter. Their next goal: Gasoline from water, CO2, and hydrogen.

Researchers at Audi have managed to do something that at first blush sounds impossible, or at least, highly illogical: They've created a small batch of synthetic …

Gasoline

Al-Shabab storms Kenyan village near Garissa

Yumbis, 70km north of city where 148 people were killed in university siege, raided by Somalia-based armed group.

The Somalia-based al-Shabab group has raided a village in northeastern Kenya, days after a similar operation in a nearby town.

A statement released by the Kenyan interior ministry on …

Africa

North Korean Dictator’s Brother Spotted At Eric Clapton Concert

Kim Jong-chul is clearly a big Clapton fan

Footage has emerged that appears to show the older brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un attending two Eric Clapton concerts in London. According to the BBC, Kim Jong-chul has been seen attending Clapton concerts abroad in the past, in Germany and in …

Eric Clapton

Saudi Arabia: multiple casualties after suicide bomber attacks Shia mosque

A suicide bomb attack during Friday prayers at a Shia mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia has killed 20 people and injured more than 50, according to local residents and hospital officials.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, US-based monitoring group SITE said on its Twitter account. …

Religion

Briton jailed for life for U.S. soldier's death

Fingerprints left on sticky tape used in the making of a bomb led Friday to a life sentence for a London taxi driver for the 2007 murder of a U.S. soldier in Iraq.

With the help of that evidence, a UK court ruled that Sgt. 1st Class Randy Johnson, 34, was killed by a roadside explosive device that …

Randy Johnson

London cab driver guilty of making bombs to kill US soldiers in Iraq

Verdict in trial of Anis Abid Sardar, from north-west London, accused of murdering Sergeant First Class Randy Johnson in roadside bombing

A British man is facing a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty of building bombs in a "deadly" campaign to kill American soldiers in Iraq.

In what is …

Middle East

More Than 100 Charged In Mob Killing Of Christian Couple In Pakistan

Prosecutors in Pakistan's Punjab province have charged 106 people in connection with the gruesome mob killing of a Christian couple who were incinerated in a brick kiln for allegedly desecrating a copy of the Quran.

In November, Sajjad Mesih and his wife, Shama — who was pregnant when the couple in …

Pakistan

Cuba just opened a U.S. bank account

The Cuban government no longer has to deal solely in cash in the United States. It now has an account at an American bank.

Stonegate Bank, a Florida-based bank that opened only a decade ago, will host the Cuban government's finances.

It's another step forward in renewing U.S.-Cuba ties that will make …

Banking

Police stop girl heading to Syria after newspaper alert

A British schoolgirl's plan to travel to Syria to join Islamic State has been disrupted after an undercover newspaper investigation, police have said.

Scotland Yard said it was alerted to the "vulnerable" 16-year-old from east London by the Daily Mail.

Officers said they were working with her family …

United Kingdom

One year of Thai military rule passes with a whisper

A year after the military seized power in a bloodless coup, critics appear to have been effectively silenced.

Bangkok, Thailand - It is quiet, it is calm. One year after the military announced martial law, suspended the constitution and took control of the country, there is scant sign of public …

Asia

US admits killing two children in Syria air strikes

Pentagon makes first admission that civilians have died as a result of aerial campaign against Isil

US air strikes against Islamist extremists in Syria killed two children by mistake, officials said on Thursday, marking the first time the American military acknowledged inflicting civilian casualties …

International Relations

Israel's new deputy foreign minister: 'This land is ours. All of it is ours'

Israel’s new deputy foreign minister on Thursday delivered a defiant message to the international community, saying that Israel owes no apologies for its policies in the Holy Land and citing religious texts to back her belief that it belongs to the Jewish people.

The speech by Tzipi Hotovely …

Middle East

China says U.S. actions in South China Sea 'irresponsible, dangerous'

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. military plane flew over part of the South China Sea near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident.

The Chinese navy issued eight …

Asia

Al Shabaab fighters attack village in Kenya’s Garissa

Militants from Somalia-based al Shabaab attacked a village in northeast Kenya but were beaten back by security forces, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

It said the militants entered the village of Yumbis, 70 km (45 miles) north of the town of Garissa, late on Thursday.

“Security forces swiftly …

Al-Shabaab

FBI Arrest Two ISIS Recruits Near L.A. on Terrorism Charges: Sources

The FBI arrested two men in Southern California, including one at Los Angeles International Airport, on suspicion of terrorism related charges, law enforcement officials told NBC News.

The men are suspected of planning to travel abroad to join ISIS, sources said. They were identified Friday as …

FBI

Greece To Be Granted A Bailout Extension; Eurozone Lacks Credibility

Since the general election of January 25th when the Syriza led coalition government was elected it has has failed on six occasions to present to its international creditors a meaningful set of reforms that would have paved the way for the next tranche of bailout money to be advanced and so avoid a …

Greece

U.S. publicly challenges China's moves in disputed islands

The U.S. military has begun to carefully but publicly challenge Chinese island-building on disputed reefs and shoals in the South China Sea, creating fresh tension in a potential global tinderbox as both countries shift forces into the area.

In the latest incident, a Chinese military dispatcher …

Asia

Barclays handed biggest bank fine in UK history over 'brazen' currency rigging

Financial Conduct Authority's £284.4m penalty comes amid $6bn in fines for six banks for foreign exchange manipulation

Barclays has been handed the biggest UK bank fine in history as six banks were ordered to pay $6bn (£3.9bn) over manipulating the foreign exchange markets.

The Financial Conduct …

Currency Trading

Exclusive: China warns U.S. surveillance plane

The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence.

The series of man-made islands and the massive Chinese military build-up on them have alarmed the Pentagon, which is carrying out the …

Asia

China's richest man lost $15 billion in one hour

China's richest man, Li Hejun, is having a really bad week.

Li, chairman of solar panel firm Hanergy, lost $15 billion on Wednesday when the stock plummeted 47% in Hong Kong trading -- in about an hour. The company itself lost $18.6 billion in market value.

Trading in Hanergy shares was halted …

Asia

Russian court arrests suspected Lithuanian spy

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Moscow court on Wednesday arrested a suspected Lithuanian spy, a spokeswoman said, highlighting growing tension between Moscow and the former Soviet state now a member of the European Union and NATO.

Lithuania, a Baltic state with a significant Russian minority population, has …

Russia

Hatton Garden heist: Eight charged over jewellery raid in London

Eight men have been charged with conspiracy to burgle, following the Hatton Garden jewellery raid.

Detectives from the Metropolitan police’s flying squad charged Terry Perkins, 67, Daniel Jones, 58, and Hugh Doyle, 48, all from Enfield, along with William Lincoln, 59, of Bethnal Green, east London, …

England

Britain says Syrian video footage exposes Assad barrel bomb lies

LONDON (Reuters) - Video footage of a barrel bomb being dropped by Syrian government forces shows President Bashar al-Assad's denial that they are being used is a lie, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Wednesday.

Britain's Foreign Office said the footage was discovered on a mobile …

Barrels

The Air Force Just Launched a Secret Space Plane

The unmanned spacecraft is on its fourth journey, and has a mystery mission

The U.S. Air Force sent its unmanned X-37B spacecraft into orbit for the fourth time on Wednesday

The X-37B is one of two spacecraft, built for the Air Force by Boeing, first launched in 2010. Its mission? That’s a secret.

The …

Aeronautics

Dolphin die-off in Gulf of Mexico spurred by BP oil spill: scientists

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A record dolphin die-off in the northern Gulf of Mexico was caused by the largest oil spill in U.S. history, researchers said on Wednesday, citing a new study that found many of the dolphins died with rare lesions linked to petroleum exposure.

Scientists said the study of …

Oil Spills

Hundreds saved from Boko Haram now in military custody

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian intelligence officer and a camp official say the 275 women, girls and children rescued from Boko Haram have been taken into military custody amid suspicions that some are aiding the Islamic extremists.

They say soldiers took the group Tuesday from the Malkohi …

Boko Haram

Islamic State conflict: Anbar displaced allowed into Baghdad

Iraq's government has allowed people displaced by the violence in the western province of Anbar to enter Baghdad, after waiving restrictions.

More than 40,000 people fled their homes after Islamic State militants seized the city of Ramadi on Friday.

Many were stranded on open land until being allowed …

Middle East