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Samsung’s latest acquisition could pave the way for its own iMessage-type service

This is a week for Samsung acquisitions, it seems. Fresh from announcing plans to buy audio and auto systems maker Harman for a cool $8 billion, the Korean giant revealed on Wednesday that it is also acquiring NewNet Communication Technologies, a messaging company, in an undisclosed deal.<p>The …

Messaging

Syrian peace talks hit impasse over political transition

GENEVA -- Peace talks aimed at ending the<p>Syrian warhit an impasse Monday when the most contentious issue -- the future governing structure -- came up for discussion between representatives of PresidentBashar Assadand the U.S.-backed opposition.<p>However, neither side walked out of the conference, and …

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The Hell-On-Earth Fitness Plan

<b>Watch a video about the Tabata Workout Method on Outside Television.</b><p><b>I first heard about Gym</b> <b>Jones</b> the way you hear about a secret trout stream or an all-night rave—through word of mouth and friends of friends. To me, gyms tend to come in two varieties, neither particularly appealing. Option A: the …

Exercise

Chechens drawn south to fight against Syria's Assad

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1037000/1037308_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522616704_cd9c767c278795c2d9ec26a1476fc79a<p><b>On the flight from Istanbul to Tbilisi, I had a conversation with a former employee of the UN's refugee agency who had worked with Chechens living in</b> …

Caucasus

British doctor dies in detention in Syria

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1037000/1037729_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522682283_b2ca98ac97bdf5110efac312ab0c8c3a<p><b>A British surgeon, imprisoned in Syria for over a year, has died in detention, his family has told the BBC.</b><p>Dr Abbas Khan, a 32-year-old orthopaedic …

Middle East

Number of foreign fighters in Syria nearly doubles

Jihadis from Europe taking up arms against the Assad regime show largest increase, a new report says<p>Up to 11,000 fighters from more than 70 nations have joined the struggle in <b>Syria</b> against President Bashar al-Assad, almost doubling estimates made earlier this year.<p>The number of individuals from …

Syria conflict: Aleppo strikes 'overwhelm' hospitals

<b>Hospitals in the Syrian city of Aleppo have been overwhelmed with casualties after a wave of air strikes which killed more than 100 people in recent days, Medecins Sans Frontieres says.</b><p>Indiscriminate and sustained attacks by government aircraft had caused significant damage in areas populated by …

Middle East