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Yahoo and Google furious over reports NSA secretly intercepts data links http://gu.com/p/3kxpq/fb Google said in a statement: 'We have long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping.' Leaked files suggest NSA can collect information 'at will' by intercepting cables that connect Google and Yahoo's data hubs. Photograph: Walter Bieri/AP

How One Kenyan Tribe Produces The World's Best Runners

Kenyan Wilson Kipsang won this year's Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 23 seconds — an average of 4:42 per mile. It was easily the fastest marathon time ever recorded, an incredible feat for another powerful Kenyan runner.<p>But perhaps equally remarkable was that his fellow Kenyans also came …

Edward Snowden's NSA testimony offer welcomed in Germany

German politicians have said they are keen to hear from Edward Snowden in a parliamentary inquiry about the US National Security Agency surveillance, as the US whistleblower indicated his own willingness to speak as a witness to the Bundestag.<p>In a letter that has been passed on to the German …

Germany Offers Third Gender Option On Birth Certificates

A German law takes effect today that establishes a third gender option for parents filling out birth certificates for newborn babies. They can choose "indeterminate" if the child shows both male and female characteristics.<p>The parents will make that choice by leaving the boxes for male and female …

Church of England could have female bishops by 2014, says committee

The group given the task of ending the Church of England's impasse over female bishops believes legislation to bring women into the episcopate could be approved as early as 2014 – a year sooner than expected.<p>Last November the General Synod rejected draft legislation that would have allowed female …

Singapore's cyber defence firepower gets $130m boost

Singapore yesterday unveiled a $130 million plan to enhance the nation's cybersecurity firepower in the face of a rising tide of global …

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Would a tax on sugary drinks make Mexico healthier?

<b>A controversial tax on soft drinks is currently being debated in Mexico's Congress. But can a tax really reduce the nation's waistlines?</b><p>Sometimes coming top isn't such a good thing.<p>Over a third of Mexican adults are overweight, putting them way up the global league tables for obese nations.<p>A …

Can Xi Jinping's Mao-style clean-up campaign revive public trust?

<b>On a sunny Saturday morning in Beijing's Tuanjiehu neighbourhood park, a few hundred retirees have gathered to sing songs from their childhood. Many of the lyrics celebrate China's Communist Party founder, Mao Zedong.</b><p>"The mountain and the river are smiling," they croon. "Chairman Mao's thoughts are …

7 Must-have Apps for Audio Lovers

Are you someone who constantly has your ear buds on?<p>Do you love listening to music, audio books, or podcasts while driving or working out?<p>Well, here are seven awesome iPhone apps to fill your ear buds with energizing music, educational audio books, or funny podcasts all day long.<p>1. Umano (free)<p>If …

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18 ways to save money in an hour http://gu.com/p/3jzab/fb When the clocks go back this weekend, you can get an extra hour's sleep. Or you could use the bonus 60 minutes to boost your bank balance. Joanne O'Connell makes some suggestions for ways to save and make money in an hour. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

EU summit overshadowed by spying row as US faces tough questions

As Europe’s leaders gather in Brussels, there is likely to be one subject dominating the EU summit – did the US spy on the German Chancellor Angela Merkel?<p>Amid the handshakes, other European heads of state want to know if America’s National Security Agency monitored their phone calls, too.<p>The …

Greenland's green light for uranium extraction sparks environmental concerns

Greenland’s parliament has voted to end a decades-long ban on mining for radioactive materials such as uranium.<p>Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, is looking to boost its economy, which is currently dependent on fishing and Danish subsidies.<p>The Danish Minister for Industry and Minerals …

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Norway 'will not destroy Syria's chemical weapons on its soil'

Norway has declined a request from the United States to help destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.<p>The Norwegian government said it would like to help, but explained that the country did not have the resources or staff necessary to do the job.<p>Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende said the tight …

US drone strikes could be classed as war crimes, says Amnesty International

US officials responsible for the secret CIA drone campaign against suspected terrorists in Pakistan may have committed war crimes and should stand trial, a report by a leading human rights group warns. Amnesty International has highlighted the case of a grandmother who was killed while she was …

EU revises data protection laws in wake of US spy revelations in France

France continues to seethe following a report published in the newspaper Le Monde which revealed the extent to which the US National Security Agency collected the private telephone data of millions of French citizens.<p>In response to the revelations of mass, state operated surveillance programmes the …

Greek parliament votes to cut Golden Dawn state funds

The Greek parliament has voted to cut off state funds to the far-right Golden Dawn party.<p>The law was passed by 235 votes to zero. It freezes payments to parties whose leadership is involved in a criminal group or terrorism.<p>The party’s leader Nikos Michaloliakos and two other senior members were …

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Further protests take place in Cambodia to protest rigged election

Thousands of Cambodian opposition supporters have taken to the streets to protest against what they say was a rigged election.<p>The three-day rally is the latest demonstration in a three-month surge to demand an inquiry into the alleged cheating by Prime Minister Hun Sen in the July vote.

US police gave boy just 10 seconds to drop toy gun before shooting him dead

There were just 10 seconds between US police spotting a teenager with what they thought was a rifle and opening fire on him, it’s emerged.<p>The drama unfolded as Andy Lopez Cruz, 13, was walking in a field on his way to a friend’s house in Santa Rosa, California.<p>Police said they called for him to …

Toxic skies - air pollutants are classed as one of the leading causes of cancer

A report published by The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced, for the first time, that air pollution causes lung cancer.<p>It puts air pollution in the same category as tobacco smoke, UV radiation and plutonium.<p>Previously only specific components of air pollution, such as …

Malaysian court rules only Muslims can use the word 'Allah'

A Malaysian court has ruled that a Christian newspaper may not use the word "Allah" to refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tensions and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.<p>The unanimous decision by three Muslim judges in Malaysia's …

China state media blasts US shutdown, calls for a 'de-Americanized' world

<i>News analysis</i><p>BEIJING –With days to go before the United States debt default deadline, Beijing aired its frustrations with the shutdown Sunday, saying it was time to consider a “de-Americanized” world order.<p>With $1.28 trillion in U.S. Treasuries, China is easily the biggest foreign holder of …

Five dead and half a million in shelters as Cyclone Phailin hits India

At least five people have been killed and half a million forced into shelters as Cyclone Phailin makes landfall on India’s eastern coast.<p>Bringing with it 200 kilometre-per-hour winds and torrential rain, the storm is threatening to devastate farmland and fishing hamlets.<p>Disaster management …

Hundreds of arrests amid anti-migrant riots in southern Moscow

Police in Moscow say they made some 300 arrests amid rioting in the south of the city as people vented their anger after a local was murdered, allegedly by a migrant from Russia’s North Caucasus region or from Central Asia.<p>Bottles were thrown and there were several injuries as the security forces …

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