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Obama defends secret NSA surveillance programs - as it happened

1.35am BST<p>Summary<p><b>We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage</b> of reaction to the exposure of broad NSA surveillance programs. The day was defined by …

6 Amazing Facts From an Amazing Obituary of a 'Human Computer'

When confronted with the story of Shakuntala Devi there's one question everyone asks: "How does she do it?"<p>Reuters<p><i>The New York Times</i> has up a gem of an obituary, 500 words chock-full of wonderful bits about its subject, a mathematician by the name of Shakuntala Devi, who passed away in Bangalore on …

Microsoft Lync 2013 for Android now available for download

When Microsoft Lync for Android was first released back in 2011, it was still stuck in the 2010 era of user-interface design. As you can imagine, it looks severely outdated now when compared with Microsoft’s other mobile applications. Fortunately, a much needed updated has finally been released by …

Microsoft Lync

As long as this North Korean border factory stays open, nuclear armageddon is unlikely

Tensions on the Korean peninsula are getting uncomfortably high. On Thursday the US sent two nuclear-capable stealth B-2 bombers on a flyover of South Korea as a show of force. North Korean’s boyish leader Kim Jong-un has ramped up his aggression in response, putting the country’s missile …

Obamacare Won't Affect Most 2012 Taxes, Despite Firm's Claim

If you haven't done your taxes yet, this ad from H&R Block might make you feel even more anxious.<p>"The Affordable Care Act means big changes this year when you file your taxes," says the young woman in the ad, with a smug smile. She then claims to have read "all 900 pages" of the law so she can …

This year's flu season was long and tough, CDC says

The longer-than-average flu season finally appears to be ending, federal officials said on Friday, but it’s not quite done yet. Only six states, mostly in the Northeast, are now reporting widespread influenza.<p>The deaths of another five children were reported this past week, bringing the total for …

N Korea 'readies' rockets to strike US bases

North Korea's leader has responded to America's use of nuclear-capable B-2 bombers in joint South Korean military<br>drills with more angry rhetoric, saying his rocket forces are ready to attack US positions.<p>The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) news agency said on Friday that Kim …

North Korea in 'state of war' with South

North Korea has announced that it has entered a "state of war" with South Korea and would deal with every inter-Korean issue accordingly.<p>"As of now, inter-Korea relations enter a state of war and all matters between the two Koreas will be handled according to wartime protocol," the North said in a …

Pope's foot-wash a final straw for traditionalists

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has won over many hearts and minds with his simple style and focus on serving the world's poorest, but he has devastated traditionalist Catholics who adored his predecessor, Benedict XVI, for restoring much of the traditional pomp to the papacy.<p>Francis' decision to …

Lord Carey attacks PM over Christian 'support'

<b>The former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has accused David Cameron of making Christians feel marginalised.</b><p>He said it was a "bit rich" for the prime minister to tell religious leaders to oppose secularisation.<p>This follows comments made by the PM at a pre-Easter Downing Street reception for …

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Fear and loathing in Damascus: 'Why are they doing this? Why are they trying to starve us?'

The civil war raging in Syria is sparking shortages and fury in Damascus's Old City, writes Alex Thomson, Chief correspondent for Channel 4 News.<p>In a bazaar in central Damascus a young man approaches, clearly agitated, maybe even angry. "Here, look at this," he says. "This is for Syria."<p>Around his …

Middle East

Pope Francis presides over Easter Vigil

Pope Francis celebrated a trimmed back Easter Vigil service on Saturday after having reached out to Muslims and women during a Holy Week, in which he began to put his mark on the Catholic Church.<p>Francis processed into a darkened and silent Saint Peter's Basilica at the start of the service, in …