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The new GE: Google, everywhere

AT GOOGLE they call it the toothbrush test. Shortly after returning to being the firm’s chief executive in 2011, Larry Page said he wanted it to …

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'Living suicide bomb' rejoins al-Qaida after Saudi deprogramming

Ahmed al-Shayea was known as the "living suicide bomb" – the young Saudi driver of a fuel tanker bomb in Iraq who survived to renounce violence and warn his countrymen of the dangers of jihad.<p>In the process he became Saudi Arabia's poster boy for a high-profile jihadi de-programming initiative …

Twenty Pakistani soldiers killed, PM cancels Davos trip

DERA ISMAIL KHAN/MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb planted by Taliban insurgents ripped through a vehicle carrying Pakistani troops on Sunday, killing 20 soldiers and prompting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to cancel his trip to the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos this …

Can a gun protect India's women from rape and violence?

It weighs barely 500g, is slim enough to slip into a purse, features an attractive darkwood handle on a black titanium-alloy body and comes in a bejewelled maroon case. Engraved on its barrel is the name Nirbheek: Hindi for fearless, and a synonym for Nirbhaya, the name given to the unnamed …

Egypt charges secularists alongside Mursi in new case

CAIRO (Reuters) - Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi was on Sunday ordered to stand trial for insulting the judiciary, legal sources said, alongside 24 others including liberal activists who opposed his Islamist rule but have also been critical of the new army-backed order.<p>Muslim Brotherhood …

Islamist rebels reject 'hollow' Syria peace talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A powerful alliance of Syrian Islamist rebels rejected upcoming peace talks on Sunday, meaning that even if the talks reach an unlikely breakthrough in the three year old civil war, it will be harder to implement it on the ground.<p>A Free Syrian Army fighter reacts to a vehicle on …

Protesters clash with police at large Ukraine rally

KIEV (Reuters) - Protesters clashed with riot police in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday after tough anti-protest legislation, which the political opposition says paves the way for a police state, was rushed through parliament last week.<p>A group of young masked demonstrators attacked a cordon of …

Apple needs to clamp down on its talking cats

It's 4.30 on a gloomy winter's afternoon. I'm sitting with my grandson having one of those conversations in which grandsons explain complicated stuff to their grandads. He is four years old, omniscient in the way that four-year-olds are, and tolerant of my ignorance of important matters.<p>The …

Eight run for Central African Republic presidency, violence flares

BANGUI (Reuters) - Central African Republic lawmakers shortlisted eight candidates, including two sons of former leaders, to run for interim president in a vote on Monday and pull the country out of months of turmoil and sectarian killings.<p>French troops secure an area after protesters from an angry …

Articles about dwell guide smart design tiny spaces on Dwell.com - Dwell

It's coming up Swiss at this year's Dwell on Design.<p>Dwell on Design speaker Dan Formosa is accustomed to swimming against the current.<p>We know you’ve got one on your holiday list—that friend who will find just about any reason to have a get-together.<p>Give kids with a discerning palette what they …

Ukip suspends councillor who claimed floods were caused by gay marriage

A Ukip councillor who blamed the Christmas and new year floods on the passage of gay marriage laws has been suspended from the party, Ukip said on Sunday, reversing an earlier view that he was entitled to his opinion.<p>Henley-on-Thames councillor David Silvester, who defected from the Tories in …

Five Announcements Nintendo Should Make Right Now

As expected, yesterday Nintendo’s stock plunged by 18% after the news that they were cutting their Wii U and 3DS forecasts by huge margins as the fiscal year draws to a close in a few months. I wrote about how their own warped perception of their success is almost more dangerous to the company than …

Seven seriously hurt in Bangkok blast; military urges end to crisis

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Twenty-eight people were wounded, seven seriously, in explosions on Sunday at a camp of anti-government protesters in Bangkok, the latest violence in a prolonged political crisis dividing the country and threatening the Thai economy.<p>Soldiers stand next to a cache of weapons …

8 Things You Didn't Know About Decorating

Secret tricks of the trade.<p>From adding dark, drama-inducing lampshades to creating ceilings with style, design experts reveal their best home-decorating tips and offer up insider tricks-of-the-trade.

Living Rooms

Rosetta comet chaser set to wake up on Monday after three years' sleep

At 10am GMT on Monday morning an alarm clock will rouse a snoozing spacecraft that is hurtling through the darkest reaches of the solar system. Launched 10 years ago, and in hibernation for the last three, the time for action has come at last.<p>The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe aims for a …

Inside a Stylish 295-Square-Foot Brooklyn Studio

Even a shoebox deserves eye-popping style.<p>Even a shoebox deserves eye-popping style. Nick Olsen broke all the rules when decorating this tiny studio apartment. Read the interview with the designer here.

Putin, the Winter Olympics and why there are two kinds of homophobia

Vladimir Putin is out and proud – as a homophobe, that is. He recently announced that gay people would not be subjected to harassment during the forthcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, they can feel "calm and relaxed", so long as they "leave children alone, please". Putin said that, while Russia did …

Best of the Week: Architecture, Web Design, Photography and more

It's time for our best news of this week. We have a lot of graphic and web design, a bit of architecture, ads, tech news, awesome reads and other …

Simple Graphics by George Bokhua

Simple Graphics, Marks, and Logotypes.<p>Our daily readers certainly remember the negative space animal icons by George Bokhua. Here is another …