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Insight - Media squeeze tightens as Russia harks back to WW2 | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ilya Azar does not know whether he has been fired yet from one of Russia’s most popular independent online news organisations, but he is pretty sure he soon will be.<p>Participants of an anti-war rally hold a national flag as eggs thrown by pro-Russia protesters cover the floor …

Colossal 'Hole' in Space Could Be Link to Universe Beyond Our Own

Leave this world, travel 6 billion–10 billion light years toward the Eridanus constellation, and you’ll run into a giant cosmic wall of nothingness.<p>A …

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People cannot debate traditional issues because of liberal 'censoriousness', says Lord Neuberger

Traditional attitudes to issues such as sexuality are being shut out of debate, Britain’s most senior judge warns<p>Traditional attitudes to issues such as sexuality are being shut out of debate by a new form of liberal “censoriousness” which only allows “inoffensive” opinions to be heard in public, …

Cameron vows never to ban religious slaughter of animals

On his first visit to Israel as Prime Minister, David Cameron strongly defended kosher food despite vets saying the practice should end<p>David Cameron has vowed never to ban the religious slaughter of animals for food despite growing calls to outlaw the practice.<p>On his first visit to Israel as Prime …

An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web

Exclusive: web's inventor warns neutrality under sustained attack from governments and corporations<p>The inventor of the world wide web believes an online "Magna Carta" is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created and the rights of its users worldwide.<p>Sir Tim …

Watch Edward Snowden's SXSW virtual conversation right here (updated)

At SXSW today, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will make his "first appearance front of a live audience" since he unveiled the under belly of the government surveillance program. Snowden will speak with the ACLU's Ben Wizner and Christopher Soghoian, but as the name suggests, this is a virtual …

Ukraine and the west: hot air and hypocrisy

The situation in Ukraine is volatile and murky, says author Marina Lewycka. But, by oversimplifying the country's historic tug-of-war with Russia, the west plays directly into the hands of Vladimir Putin<p>Public clashes between Ukrainians and Russians in the main square in Sevastopol. Ukrainians …

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Average small central London flat to cost £36m by 2050, investor predicts

London Central Portfolio launches £100m fund to buy one- and two-bed apartments in capital's most exclusive districts<p>You may think a shoebox-sized flat in central London costing more than £1m is an insane illustration of a property price bubble, but it could be the bargain of the century.<p>According …

The court judgement on loving an immigrant

Nestled away in the court of appeal today is a case which will decide whether British citizens are allowed to live with the person they love.<p>Having …

England health data fiasco provides perfect case study in the importance of trust

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Nonnakrit/Shutterstock<p>It’s one of the great questions of our times: if you have loads of interesting data that can be …

Nasa release images to coincide with Gravity Oscar win

After the film Gravity picked up a handful of Oscars, including for best cinematography and best visual effects, Nasa releases images of the real thing

North Korea goes to the polls - with only one candidate to choose from

On March 9, North Koreans will hold a general election. But why does North Korea have a vote and what do its citizens understand by democracy?<p>At the end of this week, Kim Jong-un, North Korea's young leader, is standing for election.<p>His constituency is Mount Paektu, the holy mountain on the Chinese …

Coalition spends millions sacking and rehiring Government officials

Millions of pounds has been spent on sacking and rehiring more than 100 Government officials since the Coalition was formed three years ago.<p>Millions of pounds has been spent on sacking and rehiring more than 100 Government officials since the Coalition was formed three years ago.<p>Figures show that …

Cameron undermined as Tory rebels vote for 'unlawful' human rights laws

David Cameron forced to rely on Labour and the Liberal Democrats to block a Conservative backbench move to toughen human rights laws<p>David Cameron’s authority has been called into question after he was forced to rely on Labour and the Liberal Democrats to block a Conservative backbench move to …

Election ’74: the birth of modern British politics | Progress | News and debate from the progressive community

It was the year Abba’s Waterloo won the Eurovision song contest; Suzi Quatro, Alvin Stardust and the Osmonds topped the charts; and Jon Pertwee made …

Iain Duncan Smith Spent £75,000 On Media Training For Lord Freud And DWP Staff

Iain Duncan Smith splashed out £75,000 of taxpayers' money on media training for gaffe-prone junior minister Lord Freud and officials at the …

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Man shot dead at Florida theatre showing Lone Survivor | Reuters

MIAMI (Reuters) - A moviegoer shot and killed one person and wounded another on Monday when an argument over text messaging in a Florida theatre showing the hit new war film “Lone Survivor” erupted in gunfire, authorities said.<p>Doug Tobin, a spokesman for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, said the shooter …

How to be a hacker

When our reporter turned up for a masterclass in hacking, he was astonished how easy entry-level hacking could be<p>I had signed up to become a hacker for the day.<p>I had no idea what to expect, or how difficult it might be. But it turned out that the hardest part about taking control of somebody else's …

Government to block EU attempts to impose new human rights laws on UK

The Government has vowed to oppose a push by EU officials to integrate a new set of human rights into the UK courts<p>The Justice Secretary has promised to fight fresh attempts by European officials to impose a new set of EU human rights in Britain.<p>Chris Grayling branded the European Commission’s plan …

Why does Wonga even exist? It's a question no one on the left asks

Reining in payday loan firms is seen as the only 'realistic' way to tackle poverty. It's beyond depressing<p>"Does Christmas have to start with a payday loan?" Doh, it's a rhetorical question, stupid. But in case you didn't get that, the poster campaign launched by the bishop of Manchester spells it …

Rise Of The Insect Drones

Nature spent millions of years perfecting flapping-wing flight. Now engineers can reproduce it with machines.<p>Five years ago, Richard Guiler and Tom Vaneck were sitting at a bar a few blocks from their office, trying to take their minds off work. For nearly a year, the two engineers had been …

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Opera Max beta compresses most of the data going through your Android device

Opera's mobile browsers are quite popular because of their ability to compress data, but it's unfortunately been limited to just that -- the browser itself. This becomes less and less useful as smartphones continue to evolve, since our data usage patterns encompass so much more than just the simple …

How feds use one “seed” and 3 “hops” to spy on nearly everyone

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Lightspring<p>The U.S. government has tried to reassure critics of its massive phone surveillance program …

E Ink's new Fina display technology promises lighter, thinner e-readers

That Kindle Paperwhite is pretty thin and light already, but future e-readers could be even skinnier thanks to a new screen technology from E Ink known as Fina. The tech uses a super thin glass substrate that'll supposedly result in displays that measure less than 50 percent in both thickness and …

Charities criticised for launching campaign to frustrate reform of Human Rights Act

Charities have been criticised for running a campaign which could frustrate Tory plans to reform the Human Rights Act.<p>Charities have been criticised for running a campaign which could frustrate Tory plans to reform the Human Rights Act.<p>The 'Equally Ours' campaign is being backed by eight charities …

Top 10 film noir

Guns, dames and hats: you can't have a film noir without them, can you? Take a look at the Guardian and Observer critics list of the best 10 noirs and you'll realise things aren't that simple …<p>• Top 10 westerns • Top 10 documentaries • Top 10 movie adaptations • Top 10 animated movies • Top 10 …

Student loans: hundreds of millions of pounds unaccounted for

NAO finds that the government does not have employment records for around 368,000 students and former students<p>Hundreds of millions of pounds of public money paid out in student loans is unaccounted for because the government does not have enough information about the recipients, a report by the …