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Selection of the EU Commission president is crucial

The fight for control of the European Union Parliament is over. The next fight – to select the president of the EU Commission – looms as even a more crucial factor in determining the course of the increasingly fragmented region. If the new president insists on more sovereignty-robbing integration, …

Could Diet Soda Really Be Better Than Water For Weight Loss?

Answering the question of whether diet soda helps or hinders dieters' efforts to lose weight has been the focus of much research. And buzz.<p>Unfortunately, the answer is still murky.<p>On one hand, as we've reported, long-term studies suggest that some diet soda drinkers' efforts to lose weight are …

NHS to fund Weight Watchers classes to tackle obesity crisis

Doctors have been urged to prescribe state-funded slimming programmes for obese patients – including those run by companies such as Weight Watchers …

Obama fights foreign policy critics, pledges aid to Syria groups

WEST POINT, N.Y., Reuters) - President Barack Obama fought back against critics of his foreign policy on Wednesday by insisting U.S. reliance on diplomacy over military intervention was working to resolve global crises like Ukraine and Iran, and he pledged to ramp up support for Syria’s …

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Le Pen and Wilders pledge to block European federalism

National Front leader rejects UKIP alliance; needs two more parties for EU political group<p>Wed, May 28, 2014, 18:54<p>National Front leader Marine Le Pen …

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Obama announces changes in US foreign policy

US President Barack Obama has outlined a new foreign policy strategy in an address at West Point military academy in New York state.<p>He said he would look for alternatives to what he described as “military adventures”.<p>As part of his plans, a 3.6 billion euro fund would be made available to fight …

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10 Thoughts On Obama's West Point Policy Address

President Obama gave the graduation speech Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, using the occasion to describe "the next phase" of the U.S. war against terrorism and his ideas about national defense and foreign policy in general. Here are a few general impressions.<p>Most commencement …

Feds Reluctant to Make a Deal With Snowden

Tuition fee changes could cost more, says union leader

<b>Higher education in England could cost the public more than the old system despite a tripling in tuition fees, a union leader says.</b><p>University and College Union general secretary Sally Hunt will tell her annual congress in Manchester that funding is a "disastrous mess".<p>Institutions can now charge …

Higher Education

Egg industry faces legal crackdown over alleged 'cartel' attempt

The egg industry faces court action after an alleged attempt to keep prices artificially high by slaughtering chickens and burying eggs.<p>The consumer watchdog has begun court proceedings against the Australian Egg Corporation (AECL), its managing director and two other directors as well as …

Analysis: In Egypt, a pyrrhic landslide victory

CAIRO (AP) — The election of Egypt's former military chief to the nation's presidency may be remembered for its central irony: He won in a historic …

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Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>Funeral held for 'little angel' killed on Isle of Bute<p>Mourners dress in pink to …

Tory MP says EU bosses have their 'heads in the sand' following new £3.8billion tax grab

It came just days after elections to the European Parliament which saw a surge across Europe in support for anti-Brussels groups including …

Sisi headed for big win in Egypt election

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former Egyptian army chief, is on course for a sweeping victory in the country's presidential election, early provisional results suggested.<p>Sisi won 96.2 percent of about 21 million votes cast, state television reported early on Thursday, with the ballots from 312 of 352 …

Microsoft and Skype may have just invented the world’s first real universal translator

Universal translators are a common trope in science fiction. In <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy</i>, they come in the form of the babelfish, a tiny crustacean you jam in your ear. In <i>Farscape</i>, they are bacteria injected into your body. In <i>Star Trek</i>, they take a less squishy form as a wand or tiny …

Alibaba Ramps Up Its Asian Logistics With A $249M Investment In SingPost

Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, is today taking a play from the books of Amazon and eBay as it makes a key move to expand its presence across other countries in Asia. Today the company, gearing up for an IPO in the U.S., announced that it would invest 312.5 million Singapore dollars (U.S. …

May's Essential Tech Women Review: Are Women Advancing In IT?

Megabrands Burberry and Ford are progressing with huge technology transformations, spearheaded by high-profile women in IT.<p>In this month’s review of the main stories affecting women in the technology industry, we take a look at those two super-projects, but ask whether women in tech are really …

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FORTUNE — You may not care which videoconferencing solution your company uses — provided, of course, that it actually works — but plenty of vendors do. In fact, the competition among old and new providers is fiercer than ever.<p>Last week, Cisco Systems (CSCO), a top player in videoconferencing and …

Apple Includes The Entire iPad Lineup In Education Discounts

The iPad is graduating; to Apple’s discount Education store, that is. The tablet now gets a price cut for qualifying education shoppers looking to buy either an iPad Air or iPad mini either in-store at its retail locations or online at Apple.com. The discounts aren’t massive, but they still get you …

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella: I’m in charge

In case there was any doubt — and there probably was — Satya Nadella wants the world to know that he is running Microsoft(s msft), not former company …

Big data hell: Origami launches analytics platform to save marketers from data complexity

Big data is a wonderful idea. As usual, however, the devil is in the details, and marketers are seeing a lot of the forked tail and pointy red ears lately.<p>Marketers gather more data now than ever before but use it less in decision-making. The reason, Origami Logic CEO Opher Kahane says, is …

Write Launches its Minimalist Note-Taking App on Mac

I’ve tried a variety of note-taking apps on my iPhone, but Write is easily one of my favorites. The uncluttered menu system and lightweight writing experience are fantastic when you just want to knuckle down and really focus.<p>Now, Write is available for Mac. The product is going up against popular …

Next wave of wearables slated for the Computex spotlight

Traditionally viewed as a geek’s paradise, the Computex trade show will turn into a battlefield for the body next week.<p>An entire pavilion will be dedicated to little-known device makers showing off the latest smartwatches, smartglasses, wristbands, health monitors and tech-friendly clothing, with a …

Mobile Devices

A Simple Blast of Laser Could Help Your Teeth Grow Back

Teeth don't grow back, as your dentist might like to remind you while revving up the drill for a root canal. But scientists have now found a way to …

Apple Is Prototyping Some Crazy New Products

Misek has never shied away from making grandiose Apple product predictions, even when they fall flat more often than not. Still, it's interesting to see what he's learned from speaking with his supply chain sources, who claim "Apple's innovation may be accelerating." The full list of alleged …

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Mobile is everything, BuzzFeed dominates, and other big trends shaping the Internet today

Every year, Kleiner Perkins investor Mary Meeker puts together an extensive Internet trends report. On Wednesday, she announced her findings for the …