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Child bombers used by Boko Haram increases 10-fold: UNICEF

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — The number of child bombers used by the Islamic extremists of Boko Haram has increased from four to 44 in a year with …

Africa

Judge orders Apple to help FBI unlock iPhone in Massachusetts case

<i>(Reuters)</i> — A U.S. magistrate judge in Boston in February ordered Apple to assist law enforcement officers in examining the iPhone of an alleged gang member, according to a court filing unsealed on Friday.<p>“Reasonable technical assistance consists of, to the extent possible, extracting data from the …

U.S. to continue appeal of iPhone data case in New York

<i>(By Nate Raymond, Julia Love & Joseph Menn, Reuters)</i> – The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it would keep fighting to force Apple Inc to open an iPhone in a New York drug case, continuing its controversial effort to require Apple and other tech companies to help law enforcement authorities …

Martha Lane Fox has joined the board of Twitter

British businesswoman Martha Lane Fox has joined the board of social media platform Twitter.<p>Lane Fox's appointment to Twitter's board was revealed in …

​The FBI's problems just got worse: WhatsApp is encrypting all its data

WhatsApp has no idea what you're talking about.<p>Why? As of this morning, all communications on Facebook-owned WhatsApp are encrypted. That means the messages sent by the service's more than 1 billion users are scrambled up as they travel through WhatsApp's systems and across the Internet, and only …

Privacy

Stranded sailors rescued from Pacific island after building 'help' sign on sand

When the three men were tumbled out of their 19-foot skiff at night by a large wave they had no choice but to strike out for land two miles away in the darkness.<p>Hours later they made landfall on the tiny, uninhabited Pacific island of Fanadik, hundreds of miles to the north of Papua New Guinea.<p>But …

Here’s How A Month Of Exercise Affected My Brain

It’s been long known that physical activity produces mental benefits, but are all exercises equal when it comes to brain boosts?<p>Recently the <i>New York Times</i> reported on a Finnish study published in the <i>Journal of Physiology</i> that found, as long thought, that physical exercise could have a positive …

Photos: Colombia’s “lost city of marijuana”

The jungle around Toribío in southwestern Colombia is filled with vast pot plantations that stretch as far as the eye can see. At night, the greenhouse lights glow like a sea of fluorescent plankton.<p>Colombia’s 50-year civil war devastated this region. Fighting between the Colombian army and the …

South America

The caffeine curse: why coffee shops have always signalled urban change

Coffee shops take flak for being markers of gentrification. But they might not be so different now from the social and intellectual hubs of 350 years ago<p>It’s a bright February morning at the Proud Archivist (now the Proud East), a coffee shop facing the canal just off Kingsland Road in London, and …

Coca-Cola

The Week in Review: High-GI Diet Linked To Lung Cancer Risk

A diet with a high glycemic index (GI) is linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, according to a new study.<p>The study, carried out at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, examined 4,320 people, 1,905 who were recently diagnosed with lung cancer and 2,415 with no health issues. …

Cancer

The Week in Review: Obama’s Historic Cuba Visit

President Barack Obama visited Cuba this week, marking the first visit by a sitting U.S. president since the country’s 1959 revolution. He was joined on the trip by first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia.<p>Historically relations have been hostile between the U.S. and Cuba, but …

Cuba