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Golden Dawn MPs attend parliament opening in Greece

Greece’s parliament has reopened with a religious blessing and the return of three far-right MPs arrested amid anger over the murder of a musician.<p>Accused of belonging to a criminal group, the trio from the Golden Dawn party took their seats, having been freed pending trial. The party leader and …

FBI pranked by furious Bitcoin users

Hundreds of protest messages have flooded an FBI-controlled Bitcoin account since it seized $3m from Silk Road<p>The FBI has been deluged by more than 200 messages of protest from pro-drugs advocates after a raid on Silk Road, an online marketplace for illicit goods.<p>The agency is attempting to access …

Bolivia arrests senior official accused of diverting coca

<b>The head of Bolivia's coca control and industrialisation agency has been arrested over accusations of illegally selling seized coca and other crimes.</b><p>Prosecutors say Luis Cutipa diverted 45 tonnes of coca leaves and passed them on through his relatives to drug lords.<p>Mr Cutipa is also accused of …

Latin America

China says US has 'responsibility' to resolve debt ceiling row

Vice-finance minister Zhu Guangyao outlines concern over 'safety of Chinese investments in the United States'<p>A senior Chinese government official on Monday publicly warned Washington about the dangers of the current row over the US’s debt ceiling.<p>In the Chinese government's first public comments on …

Netanyahu interview sparks Iran jeans campaign

Social media networks have been inundated with pictures of young Iranians wearing jeans. It comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a recent interview that people in the Islamic Republic are banned from wearing denims.<p>Netanyahu said he thought that if Iranian people had …

2014 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel

Refined and efficient.<p>Your typical new-car launch consists of a dozen or so juvenile-minded writers driving cars they don’t own, burning fuel they didn’t pay for, on roads that have in part been selected for their limited police presence. It’s a suitable arrangement for evaluating a car’s major …

After running the brilliant Volvo XC60 for a number of months, I approached my new assignment with an element of skepticism. The new recruit is Korean, not Scandinavian. It is finished in a rather 'out-there' dazzling white hue as opposed

After running the brilliant Volvo XC60 for a number of months, I approached my new assignment with an element of skepticism. The new recruit is …

The Exige range has received a stylistic makeover, most notably in the Roadster model that sees the supercharged sports car's roof lopped off and replaced with a fabric number akin to its Elise brethren. But has the lack of tin top ruined the

The Exige range has received a stylistic makeover, most notably in the Roadster model that sees the supercharged sports car's roof lopped off and …

Sharks: feared or revered – but very rarely understood

Human activity has driven many species of shark into decline. Perhaps it is time for us to rethink our relationship with these beautiful creatures<p>In pictures: Thomas Peschak's remarkable photographs of sharks<p>I saw my first shark when I was 16 years old, drifting in the deep off the southernmost tip …

Why big data has made your privacy a thing of the past

Watching the legal system deal with the internet is like watching somebody trying to drive a car by looking only in the rear-view mirror. The results are amusing and predictable but not really interesting. On the other hand, watching the efforts of regulators – whether national ones such as Ofcom, …

Amazing American Civil War Photos Turned Into Glorious Color

Color photography may not have been widely used until the 1930s but that hasn't stopped an active group of Redditors from looking to change the past. On the Colorized History Subreddit, Redditors use photo manipulation to add color to historical black and white images.<p>Two of the most prolific …

War

The Economist

Listening to the people

CERTAINLY the 13th general election, held on May 5th, was Malaysia's most closely contested since the country’s independence from Britain in 1957. …