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NSA could 'spy on offline computers', says latest leak

<b>The US National Security Agency (NSA) used secret technology to spy on computers that were not even connected to the internet, it has been reported.</b><p>Citing documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden, the New York Times said 100,000 machines were fitted with small devices that emitted radio …

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World may have to suck gases from air to meet climate goals - U.N. | Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Governments may have to extract vast amounts of greenhouse gases from the air by 2100 to achieve a target for limiting global warming, backed by trillion-dollar shifts towards clean energy, a draft U.N. report showed on Wednesday.<p>Smoke from a chimney is silhouetted against the …

Ukraine court bans protests in central part of capital Kiev | Reuters

KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian court published on Wednesday a ban on protests in central Kiev, boosting opposition fears of a crackdown on rallies where hundreds of thousands have demonstrated against President Viktor Yanukovich.<p>Pro-European integration protesters hold a rally in Independence square …

Damascus says West reaches out on security | Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Some Western nations opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have discussed security cooperation with his government, Syria said on Wednesday, a move which if true would suggest a rise in Western concerns about foreign militants in rebel ranks.<p>Men search the rubble at a site hit by …

U.N. says it abandons aid delivery after Syria insisted on dangerous route | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Shooting forced the United Nations to abort a delivery of food and polio vaccines to a besieged area of Damascus after the Syrian government insisted it use a dangerous route, a U.N. spokesman said.<p>Aid workers in Syria have accused authorities of hampering deliveries to …

Abortion clinic buffer zones challenged in US supreme court

Massachusetts anti-abortion protesters, kept at bay by 35ft rule, want right to more closely approach people entering clinics<p>It has been years since a patient has arrived at the door shaken and in tears, since the words “baby killer” have been screamed at her outside her place of employment, or …

Syrian rebels kill Belgian commander linked to al Qaeda - activists | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Belgian commander of al Qaeda-linked forces in Syria was killed in fierce clashes between rival rebel groups for the northern town of Saraqeb on Wednesday, activists said.<p>Supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant however denied reports that the local Saraqeb …

A virtual Osama bin Laden, recruiting jihadis? It's not such a crazy notion

US intelligence's fear of supervillain avatars sounds outlandish – but there's a solid precedent for using video games as political weapons<p>Spies are paid to worry about unlikely scenarios, but the prospect of an immortal digital simulacrum of Osama bin Laden recruiting jihadis in cyberspace for …

Prisoners Should Be Given Access To The Internet, Report Says

Allowing prisoners access to computers and the internet would help with reintegration into society and reduce reoffending once they are released, …

UK 'should leave Council of Europe' if it defies ruling on prisoner voting rights

Human rights commissioner says Britain cannot cherry-pick decisions of European court of human rights<p>The UK should withdraw from the Council of Europe if it chooses to ignore pan-Europe judgments giving prisoners the right to vote, the continent's most senior human rights official has warned.<p>Niels …

Lords debates drugs policy

Members of the Lords, including a brain physiology expert and former chief inspector of prisons, debated drugs policy yesterday (Thursday 17 October).<p>…

5% of the UK population smokes cannabis regularly - so why are we criminalising it?

The good people at CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform have updated their plans outlining how a cannabis market in the UK could be regulated and taxed.<p>It's …

Supreme Court judge lashes out at European court for prisoner voting

A Supreme Court judge has lashed out at a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgement forcing the UK to allow prisoners to vote, in an unusual …

Free schools are dangerous ideological experiment, says Tristram Hunt

Shadow education secretary tells Michael Gove free schools are out of control after row over al-Madinah in Derby<p>A new generation of free schools pioneered by Michael Gove has turned into a "dangerous ideological experiment" that has run out of control in light of the row over al-Madinah school in …

Homs: inside a city trapped between Syria's regime and its rebels Once seen as the capital of Syria's revolution, Homs is now caught in a vicious stalemate between regime and rebel forces. James Harkin visits a divided city, where kidnappings are rife and chemical disarmament a low priority http://gu.com/p/3jcgm/fb Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

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"Productive talks" in the US Senate but still no deal over budget and debt limit

Anger is growing on all sides of the US political divide as the government shutdown continues and the Thursday deadline to raise the debt ceiling grows nearer.<p>On Sunday it was the turn of US military veterans to protest at a closed World War II memorial, blaming the president for the crisis. They …

The other reason we should worry for Malala – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

Why did the Taliban shoot Malala Yousafzai?<p>So far that’s the question everybody has been afraid to ask, mainly because we already know the answer. …