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In most-anticipated SXSW talk in years, Snowden fires up Austin

The former NSA contractor appeared at SXSW Interactive by teleconference. Despite being scheduled at the same time as "Girls" creator Lena Dunham, Snowden drew thousands eager to hear directly from him.<p>AUSTIN, Texas -- And on Monday, Edward Snowden showed up.<p>It was perhaps the most-anticipated …

Former US Defense Secretary: Crimea Is A Lost Cause

"I do not believe that Crimea will slip out of Russia's hands," Gates said.<p>"You think Crimea's gone?," host Chris Wallace asked.<p>"I do," Gates responded.<p>Next week, Crimea will hold a referendum on whether or not to reincorporate itself into Russia. Moscow, not surprisingly, supports the referendum, …

Russia

Vast waters hide clues in hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight

The mysteries surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and the true identities of some of its passengers, are as deep as the southeast Asian waters where multinational search teams are searching for the jet.<p>Navies from two of Malaysia's neighbors were pursuing new leads as …

Revolutionary membrane can keep your heart beating perfectly forever

You're looking at a rabbit's heart beating outside the animal that once hosted it. It's alive, pumping blood on its own thanks to a revolutionary …

Crimea Standoff: Russian Gunmen Surround Ukraine Military Base

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - Russian troops surrounded a military base in Ukraine's Crimea region Sunday in a tense standoff as the security crisis in the region deepened.<p>Armed men arrived at the base in Perevalne and demanded the Ukrainian soldiers inside lay down their weapons.<p>The Ukrainian forces …

Russia

Why England Still Builds Victorian Prisons

They’re easier to control than more modern prisons. Still, yeesh.<p>In rapidly industrializing Victorian England, rising crime levels (and public fretting over the “criminal classes”) led to a prison construction boom. Between 1842 and 1877, 90 prisons were built in the country. These facilities “were …

Mt. Gox reportedly subpoenaed by the feds, CEO confirms leaked proposal was legit

The strange days of (former?) Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox continue. In a conversation with an industry consultant posted by <i>Fox Business,</i> its CEO Mark Karpeles confirmed that a PDF leaked by The Two Bit Idiot is "more or less" legitimate. According to Karpeles, it was a "bunch of proposals to deal with …

Mexico says tests prove suspect is drug cartel head Guzman

MEXICO CITY -- Battling skepticism about its ability to prosecute the world’s most-wanted drug-trafficker -- and even if it’s really him in jail -- the Mexican government on Tuesday swore it would not allow Joaquin “El Chapo”<p>Guzmanto escape and would consider extradition to the U.S.<p>Interior …

Mexico

Yanukovich wanted for 'mass murder' in Kiev

The Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovich, is wanted by police for the "mass murder of peaceful civilians", according to an arrest warrant that is being persued by the country's acting interior minister.<p>Arsen Avakov said on Monday that an arrest warrant was being drafted for Yanukovich, who fled …

Ukrainian Skier Pulls Out of Olympics To Join Protestors In Kiev

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — A Ukrainian skier has withdrawn from the Olympics in response to the deaths of anti-government protesters in her …

Dogs

Five Striking Concepts for Harnessing the Sea's Power

Sea "snakes," special buoys, and mechanical carpets are aimed at making wave energy viable.<p><b>Off the southern coast of Australia, a new effort is under way to capture the energy embedded in ocean swells. Special buoys will be used to convert the sea's waves into a maximum of 62.5 megawatts (MW), or</b> …

Scotland

U.S. calls on Ukraine to immediately pull back forces

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Biden called on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to immediately pull back police, snipers, military, paramilitary …

Dogs

Truce? Both Sides in Ukraine Say They’re Ready to Negotiate

The president of Ukraine and the leader of the anti-government movement have agreed to a "truce" and "negotiations" aimed at bringing an end to the violence that has torn the country apart.<p>In a statement on his official website, President Viktor Yanukovych said his government and the opposition …

Russia

Protesters clash with police in Ukraine over new law

MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- At least one policeman has been injured and several protesters have been detained after scuffles outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, the capital.<p>Several hundred people were rallying on Tuesday outside the Supreme Rada to protest a new law governing the areas in the …

A UN report details atrocities in North Korea that are painful to even imagine

A new UN report on North Korea reveals that women prisoners were forced to kill their own newborns. It's just one atrocity in a 400-page report documenting the crimes against humanity that have taken place in North Korea over the past few decades, and that continue to take place. <i></i><p>"The gravity, scale …

Mexico Captures Suspected Drug Lord Linked To 76 Tons Of Cocaine Shipped Into The US

The U.S. State Department has been offering a $5 million reward for information that could lead to the capture o fMartinez Sanchez, believed to be the leader of a group that brought 76 tons of cocaine into the United States between 2000 and 2003.<p>Mexico's Interior Ministry said in a statement that …

Mexico

Six hundred Syrians flee besieged Old Homs in aid convoy

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Six hundred people left the besieged ruins of rebel-held central Homs on Sunday, escaping more than a year of hunger and deprivation caused by one of the most protracted blockades of Syria’s devastating conflict.<p>The evacuees, mainly women, children and old men, were brought out …

Alleged Silk Road owner pleads not guilty to all charges

Ross Ulbricht, the 29-year-old man accused of operating the digital underground drug marketplace Silk Road, has pleaded not guilty on all charges despite the fact that prosecutors say they have eight to 10 terabytes worth of evidence, reports <i>Forbes</i>.<p>Ulbricht faces more than 20 years in prison on …

Crime

Aid convoy to Syria's Homs comes under attack

An aid convoy has come under attack in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, threatening a UN-led operation to bring food and medicine to 2,500 people and evacuate civilians trapped by fighting between rebels and government forces.<p>Saturday's violence threatens to unravel a humanitarian deal for Homs …

Turkish police fire tear gas to break up Internet protest

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Police fired water cannon and teargas to disperse hundreds of people protesting in central Istanbul on Saturday against new controls on the Internet approved by parliament this week.<p>The new powers, once approved by the president, will let authorities block web pages within …

Why Combatting Rape In The Military Is A Duty Like Any Other

One former servicewoman's horrible account of rape and what happened after<p><b>Believe it or not</b>, Charlie is the polite one between the two of us. For my part, I really actually do want you to get so mad about this topic that when you see something like this -- that is to say rape or sexual assault -- …

Mark Twain

A year after deadly factory collapse, Bangladesh's garment workers 'still suffer abuses'

Two investigations have revealed Dhaka's clothes factories are still using violence, intimidation and child labour to keep fashion cheap<p>Almost a year after more than 1100 workers were killed when a Bangladesh garment factory collapsed, firms making cheap high street clothes are still using child …

Child Labor

Taliban Brag About Latest Battlefield Captive -- a Dog

Military officials in Afghanistan confirm that a military working dog went missing in December and is possibly the dog shown in a Taliban video that …

Osama Bin Laden

Associated Press News

Pakistani government and Taliban begin tentative negotiations

Representatives of both sides emerge smiling after three hours of discussions in Islamabad<p>Representatives of the Pakistani Taliban and the government they are fighting sat down together for three hours in Islamabad on Thursday, a first tentative step towards peace talks.<p>There was little concrete …

Journalism