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Vigilantes vs. narcos: a security threat in Mexico badlands | Reuters

BUENAVISTA, Mexico (Reuters) - Clutching shotguns, rifles and battered submachine guns, dozens of vigilantes prepare to head out on patrol in this rugged corner of restive western Mexico, where they are at war with a drug cartel.<p>A vigilante aims his weapon out of a car window while driving in a …

Command and Combust

<i>Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety</i>. By Eric Schlosser. Penguin Press, 2013, 632 pp. …

Security Experts Overwhelmingly Disagree With Snowden

Going against the general perception of the American people, security experts overwhelmingly believe that Snowden's leaks were not worth it.<p>Out of a survey of 100 experts, 80% of those interviewed by the National Journal believe that Snowden's revelations d id little to benefit the country, and …

The 750 Million Dollar Man

Revolutionary communist regimes have a strange habit of transforming themselves into corrupt crony capitalist ones and Angola — with its massive oil …

Cartel hitman testifies to 800 murders, daily quotas at kingpin's trial

The ongoing trial of a man accused of killing three U.S. Consulate workers and family members in Juarez is revealing the shocking depravity of one of Mexico’s most violent gangs, including the charge that it had a daily murder quota calibrated to instill fear in police and the public.<p>Jesus Ernesto …

Silent death from above: Sudan steps up use of parachute bombs on people

The people of war-torn Sudan learned long ago to take cover when planes roared overhead, but the latest tactic being used on them -- parachute bombs -- is raining silent death down on innocent villagers, say alarmed activists.<p>The country’s extremist Islamic regime in Khartoum has stepped up the …

17 Bizarre Aircraft We Love, and the Stories Behind Them

Oddball ideas take flight.<p>It's easy to love these funny-looking planes just for their sheer weirdness. But many of them were built to prove a point or to advance the science of aerodynamics.

Kickstarter crowdfunding website hacked

<b>Online crowdfunding website Kickstarter has said that hackers obtained some of its customers' data.</b><p>The site was hacked earlier last week, but the breach has been repaired, chief executive Yancey Strickler said.<p>The hackers got some passwords, phone numbers and email addresses, but "no credit card …

Jony Ive disappears from Apple’s online executive list (Update 2x: Back, PR comment)

(Update: He’s back. Whew!)<p>Early Monday morning, Jonathan Ive, Apple’s VP of design, disappeared from the list of executives on Apple’s website. While this type of thing has usually only happened when an executive left the company, there’s no reason to believe this is more than a website glitch at …

Co-Pilot Arrested After Ethiopian Airlines Jet Hijacked

A passenger jet flying from Ethiopia to Rome was hijacked early Monday by the co-pilot, who took control of the aircraft while the pilot was in the bathroom, diverted it to Switzerland and then fled out the cockpit window — into the hands of police, officials said.<p>Geneva airport chief executive …

Airplanes

Thailand protesters besiege temporary government HQ

Hundreds of protesting rice farmers breach perimeter of military compound used by Yingluck Shinawatra's mobile government<p>Thai opposition demonstrators have surrounded government offices – including a compound used as a temporary headquarters by the prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra – in defiance …