Michael Wamser

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US-led military air strikes destroy key Isis targets in Syria and Iraq

The US and its coalition partners have conducted three air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) militants in Syria and eight in Iraq since Saturday, according to the US military.<p>In a statement on Sunday which used another acronym for the Islamic State, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the air …

Middle East

'Budapest Hotel,' 'Imitation Game' snag Writers Guild wins

Director Wes Anderson accepted the trophy for best original screenplay for his comedic caper about a concierge who befriends the lobby boy at the Grand Budapest Hotel in the fictitious Republic of Zubrowka.<p>The film, starring Ralph Fiennes, is nominated for nine awards at the Oscars, to be held on …

Jordan jails Muslim Brotherhood leader for UAE criticism

<b>A Muslim Brotherhood leader in Jordan has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for criticising the United Arab Emirates.</b><p>Zaki Bani Rushaid was found guilty of damaging relations with a foreign country.<p>It was the first such case against a top opposition figure in Jordan for years.<p>Rushaid had …

Muslim Brotherhood

Hong Kong bitcoin exchange disappears with at least $8.1 million

Early reports had suggested as much as £254 million ($386 million) could be lost, based on MyCoin's own figures on customers. There may be more victims that have yet to come forward and report their losses, however.<p>MyCoin offered clients to invest in a contract that would provide a HK$1 million …

Hong Kong

Canaccord: Apple took home 93% of mobile profits last quarter

How did Apple, with 20% of the global smartphone market last quarter, manage to rake off 93% of the profit?<p>The math, as Canaccord’s T. Michael …