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FBI targeted Snowden's email provider Lavabit a day after his identity went public

During the summer, secure email provider Lavabit — the preferred email service for PRISM leaker Edward Snowden — decided to shut down after 10 years to avoid being "complicit in crimes against the American people." It became clear pretty quickly that his service was the subject of an investigation …

Syrian rebels face growing threat from foreign jihadists

The man’s face was badly mangled and he was unconscious when fellow Syrian rebels brought him on a gurney from the outskirts of this small village across the border to the neighboring Turkish town Karkamis.<p>His name and prognosis were not clear, but what was known was that he was a casualty of his …

Awkward New International Student Saw His Entire Family Murdered In The Congo

PITTSBURGH—Thomas A. Edison High School’s new international student, Joseph Ombale, who saw his family, friends, and neighbors brutally murdered and …

High School

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Aleppo: A city where snipers shoot children

<b>Bustan al-Qasr is the last remaining crossing point between the rebel and regime-held sides of Aleppo. Snipers are rife and the atmosphere tense, yet hundreds are forced to use it every day to get to work, to study and buy food.</b><p>"Today, at about midday, I treated someone who had been shot in the …

Middle East

Mirroring summer blockbusters, military creating gadget-draped future fighters

In "Elysium, Matt Damon's character sports a black-metal exoskeleton plugged into his mind and spine, boosting his strength and allowing him to download others' thoughts. That technology may only exist on the Silver Screen, but the military is working on real, high-tech upgrades to improve the …

Military

Mark Rubin on why Call of Duty finally recognized female players (interview)

Among the 10 million people who play Call of Duty multiplayer every day, you can bet there are a lot of women. Overall, women represent 45 percent of players. But in the decade-long history of the blockbuster video game, you couldn’t play as a woman. Now, in the multiplayer version of the upcoming …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news and sport from around the world this week

Instagram virus creates fake 'likes' and followers in lucrative marketing scam

Modified Zeus malware feeds companies' growing appetite for social media buzz<p>A virus typically used to steal credit card information has been repurposed to target Instagram, generating fake "likes" and followers, and selling them online. As Reuters reports, these fake "likes" are then sold in …

'Muppets' Musician Bret McKenzie Developing Fantasy Musical

Angela Weiss/Getty<p>Bret McKenzie is a busy guy, hard at work on the music for the Muppets sequel "Muppets Most Wanted" and promoting his role in the Keri Russell rom-com "Austenland." While those commitments are currently at the top of his priority list, the Oscar-winning multi-hyphenate tells …

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Trump: 'Nothing has changed on North Korea that we know of'<p>A missed flight leads to charges for one passenger<p>Dashcam video captures tornado touching …

European Union

Ex-Romanian princess Irina on Oregon cockfighting charges

<b>A former Romanian princess has appeared in court in the US accused of running a cockfighting business.</b><p>Prosecutors say Irina Walker, 60, and her husband ran 10 cockfighting events in Oregon in 2012 and 2013.<p>Blades were attached to the birds' legs, according to the federal indictment, and paying …

Corruption