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The Miraculous Life of Gabriel García Márquez

When Gabriel García Márquez was born, in 1927, in the sleepy little town of Aracataca, not far from Colombia’s Caribbean coast, there were certain …

Literature

Homeland Security Chief: 'I Don't Understand Those Who Say We Are Not Enforcing' Immigration Laws

As he paves the way for the country to further relax its immigration laws in his administrative review–like not deporting illegal immigrants who have …

Amesbury in Wiltshire confirmed as oldest UK settlement

<b>A Wiltshire town has been confirmed as the longest continuous settlement in the United Kingdom.</b><p>Amesbury, including Stonehenge, has been continually occupied since 8820BC, experts have found.<p>The news was confirmed following an archaeological dig which also unearthed evidence of frogs' legs being …

Archaeology

German student Diren Dede killed in 'castle doctrine' case

<b>The father of a German exchange student shot dead in Montana after he trespassed in a man's garage has said the US cannot continue to "play cowboy" with firearms.</b><p>Markus Kaarma has been charged with deliberate murder in the Sunday killing of Diren Dede, 17, of Hamburg.<p>But he says Montana's …

NRA

£364m military radio contract boost for south Wales plant

<b>A defence firm in south Wales has secured two new Ministry of Defence contracts in a deal worth £364m.</b><p>Engineers at General Dynamics UK in Oakdale, Caerphilly county, will maintain the specialist Bowman radio for the armed forces.<p>Last year, the firm secured a share of a £45m MoD deal for work, …

United Kingdom

In pictures: Sony World Photography Awards 2014

Eastern Europe

Ann Maguire's family read tributes left at school

The family of teacher Ann Maguire, who was stabbed to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College, in east Leeds have visited the school to look at the many flowers and tributes left for her.<p>Holding hands as they huddled beneath an umbrella, the 61-year-old's husband Don and daughters Kerry and Emma …

Corpus Christi

Commons debates smear tests for under-25s after petition

By Charlotte Hayward and Del Crookes<i>Newsbeat reporters</i><p>Doctors should be issued with new guidance to allow women and girls aged under 25 to have smear tests for cervical cancer.<p>An MP has told the House of Commons that it should be the life-saving legacy of Sophie Jones.<p>Labour's Steve Rotheram from …

Cancer

Merseyside mosque bomb plotter Ian Forman jailed

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/regions/north_west/1073000/1073402_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522739046_4d0b7a9b4fdd87c6b23af75e251fc930<p><b>A Nazi sympathiser who plotted to blow up mosques and Islamic centres has been jailed for 10 years.</b><p>Ian Forman, 42, developed a homemade bomb …

Extremism

Earth Will Cross the Climate Danger Threshold by 2036

“Temperatures have been flat for 15 years—nobody can properly explain it,” the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> says. “Global warming ‘pause’ may last for 20 more …

Climate Change

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FORTUNE — Last year’s revelations of the National Security Agency’s sweeping data collection programs were not particularly good for U.S. technology companies. Following the Edward Snowden leak, the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Information Technology and Innovation Foundation predicted that …

James Brokenshire defends elite-row immigration speech

<b>Immigration minister James Brokenshire has said he was not "passing judgement on anyone" when he said that a "wealthy metropolitan elite" had benefited from "uncontrolled" mass immigration.</b><p>His recent speech on immigration had received "broad support", he told MPs.<p>At the Home Affairs Committee, he …

United Kingdom

Scottish independence: Generation 2014 first time voters question the politicians

<b>There are six months to go until voters in Scotland go to the polls in the referendum on Scottish independence.</b><p>Generation 2014 is a group of 50 young people who will be voting for the first time.<p>They put their questions to Scottish Labour MP Jim Murphy, representing Better Together and SNP MSP …

United Kingdom

Man who said he kissed nurse in Times Square photo dies at 86 | Reuters

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - In the black-and-white photo, the sailor would always be a young man, locked in a kiss with a nurse in New York’s Times Square to mark the end of World War Two.<p>U.S. Navy sailor Glenn Edward McDuffie (L) kisses a nurse in Times Square in an impromptu moment at the close of …

U.S. Army general's accuser gives tearful account of alleged sex crimes | Reuters

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general twice forced a female captain to engage in oral sex when she tried to break off their illicit sexual relationship during their deployment in Afghanistan in 2011, the woman said during an emotional account on Friday at his military …

Man who sued Facebook's Zuckerberg must face fraud charges: judge | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York businessman must face criminal fraud charges for trying to claim a billion-dollar stake in social media company Facebook Inc, a federal judge ruled on Friday.<p>Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg smiles in the stage before delivering a keynote speech …

MasterCard, Visa form group to push for better card security | Reuters

(Reuters) - Visa Inc and MasterCard Inc said they had launched a cross-industry group to improve security for card transactions and press U.S. retailers and banks to meet a 2015 deadline to adopt technology that would make it safer to pay with plastic.<p>MasterCard and VISA credit cards are seen in …

Suspected Russian spyware Turla targets Europe, United States | Reuters

LONDON/BOSTON (Reuters) - A sophisticated piece of spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most complex cyber espionage programs uncovered to date.<p>LAN cables are pictured on the Internet server near Lausanne, Switzerland …

Netanyahu says Israel would give up 'some settlements' for peace | Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would give up “some settlements” in occupied Palestinian land to help secure a peace agreement but would limit as much as he could the number of enclaves removed.<p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American …

Kremlin hopes Ukraine crisis will not start new Cold War | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman lashed out at the West on Friday and defended Russia’s actions in Ukraine, but said he hoped “extremely deep disagreements” would not lead to a new Cold War.<p>The remarks, broadcast on a main state channel while Putin presided over the opening …

Mom who drove kids into ocean off Florida charged with attempted murder | Reuters

ORLANDO/MIAMI (Reuters) - A pregnant woman who drove a minivan with her children inside into the surf off a Florida beach was charged with three counts of attempted murder, law enforcement officials said on Friday.<p>Ebony Wilkerson appears in a booking mugshot released by the Volusia County Sheriff's …

Ukraine standoff intensifies, Russia says sanctions will 'boomerang' | Reuters

MOSCOW/SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Russia said any U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula.<p>In a telephone …

Tensions ease after Crimean military post standoff: local PM | Reuters

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Armed men thought to be Russians drove a truck into a Ukrainian missile-defense post in the Crimea region on Friday but a standoff was resolved without a shot being fired, witness said.<p>Initial reports said the truck had smashed through the gates of the base in the …

Investing
Investing

Geneva Motor Show: carmakers hope European recovery is here to stay

Cautious optimism seems to to be the mood at the Geneva Motor Show.<p>After a six-year sales slump, Europe’s car market is finally showing signs of recovery.<p>Sales in Germany, Italy and Spain rose last month, although they dipped in France.<p>Some emerging markets, such as Brazil and Russia, suffered a …

EU's top energy official downplays risk of fresh Russian gas dispute

Europe’s improved energy infrastructure and a milder winter has reduced the risk of Russia using gas as a political weapon, according to a top EU official.<p>Moscow has turned off the taps in the past – in 2006 and 2009 – over price disputes with Ukraine.<p>The EU energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger …

Singapore takes most expensive city crown from Tokyo

Singapore has become the world’s most expensive city for expatriates.<p>It replaces Tokyo, which was number one for years but has dropped down to joint sixth in the annual rankings compiled by researchers at the Economist Intelligence Unit.<p>The reasons for Singapore’s rise were its strong currency, the …

Greek unemployment dips slightly, but still a long road to labour market recovery

There was another anti-austerity protest in Athens on Thursday over job cuts demanded by Greece’s international lenders, even as we learned there was a tiny dip in the country’s unemployment rate in December.<p>However the total is still close to record highs and the slight fall was credited to …

Myths about /dev/urandom

There are a few things about /dev/urandom and /dev/random that are repeated again and again. Still they are false.<p><b>/dev/urandom is insecure. Always</b> …

Mathematics