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Judge supports Lance Armstrong's right to lie

A federal judge has ruled that Lance Armstrong had a right to lie about himself in his books and has thrown out most of a lawsuit against the former cyclist filed by readers who accused him of fraud.<p>U.S. District Judge Morrison England issued the ruling this week after hearing arguments in the case …

Here Are Some Of The Poignant Artifacts You'll See At The New 9/11 Memorial Museum

When it opens in the spring of next year, The 9/11 Memorial Museum will honor the memory of those killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the February 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing.<p>The museum will feature oral histories from survivors and first responders, as well as …

World Trade Center

How to travel if you enjoy reading books more than actually traveling

I would never have become a traveler if I hadn’t been a reader first. We traveled a lot as kids, but I wasn’t as interested in looking out the window …

9.11.01: The Photographers' Stories, Pt. 1—"Get Down Here. Now."

On a bright, clear morning in September, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 was commandeered by terrorists and steered into the North Tower of …

Joss Whedon Talks James Spader's Casting in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' – /Film

The first piece of official casting for 2015’s Marvel movie, <b>Avengers: Age of Ultron</b>, was for the title character. Writer/director <b>Joss Whedon</b> turned …

Marvel Universe

Here's The Growing List Of Celebrities Endorsing Ben Affleck As Batman

Within 12 hours, 30 petitions were submitted to Change.org demanding Warner Bros. drop the former "Daredevil."<p>But director Zack Snyder isn't alone in casting a vote of confidence in the "Argo," "The Town," and "Pearl Harbor" actor.<p>Here are the 14 actors, directors, screenwriters, and Hollywood …

Ben Affleck

Is Modern Surveillance Really 'Orwellian'?

How, why, and when, a government monitors its own population is one of those vexing 'big' questions. It usually hums away in the background, but …

BSkyB under pressure over charges to BBC

BSkyB faces renewed pressure to drop the millions of pounds it charges the BBC and other public service broadcasters to carry their channels over satellite.<p>The Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, said BSkyB and other pay-TV platforms gained from access to the BBC and the other terrestrial …

David Cameron And 10 Dictators He Has 'Crawled Up To'

The Chinese are in town and David Cameron is trumpeting £14 billion of lovely, lovely trade deals.<p>Meanwhile back in China, executions, political …

You look like Ukip, European Commission president tells Tories

The president of the European Commission has sparked a row with the Conservatives by accusing them of copying Ukip and suggesting Nigel Farage's party will become Britain's "first force" in Brussels.<p>In an outburst to MEPs, José Manuel Barroso said British people are "probably going to vote for Mr …

Four-by-foreplay: Drunk man caught ‘having sex’ with Land Rover

<b>It was a case of phwoar-by-phwoar for one father after he was banned from going outdoors on weekend evenings for stripping naked and simulating sex</b> …

Debates

Representing the sides<p>Moderator<p>Lena Schipper, The Economist<p>Lena Schipper is Seoul bureau chief for <i>The Economist</i>. Previous to this role she worked as …

Hackers, code-breakers and job-hunters in general – can you solve this for a chance to become the next Alan Turing?

To most people, it looks like a screen full of random letters. But if you can spot the secrets hidden in the picture above, you could be recruited …

Dara Ó Briain: "The ladies love the guy who's good at maths"

If this is a golden age for science – as many, including Dara Ó<br>Briain, suggest it is – then it is because multiple factors have<br>converged. A new generation of communicators is certainly one part of<br>it, with Brian Cox and Alice Roberts the reigning king and queen.<br>There has also been a long run of …

NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel

The NSA files,NSA,Surveillance,Israel,Middle East and North Africa,World news,US foreign policy,US national security,Privacy,Data protection,US politics,US news,Obama administration<p>• Secret deal places no legal limits on use of data by Israelis<br>• Only official US government communications protected<br>• …

NSA and Israeli intelligence: memorandum of understanding – full document

NSA/Getty Images<p>The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. Among other forms of intelligence-gathering, the NSA secretly collects the phone records of millions of Americans, using data provided by telecom firms AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth. Photograph: NSA/Getty …

On September 11, I have a question for Tony Blair

I was at university when the 9/11 attacks happened in 2001. I remember the day vividly. I had just seen some friends after a trip abroad and on the way home I saw a large crowd of people gathered outside a shop watching the news coverage through the window. As I stumbled through, to get a glimpse …

Bedroom tax? It's not a policy but the product of a Bad Bullingdon Weekend

Nobody needed a UN special rapporteur to tell us to scrap the bedroom tax, though I would hope it would bring some people up short to discover that Raquel Rolnik's last mission was to tell the Indonesian government to do something about their slum housing – and by sheer coincidence I have been to a …

Fears grow that fake tickets are circulating for Louvre in France

French police are investigating a possible fake ticket scam at the Louvre, Paris's biggest cultural attraction and the world's most visited museum.<p>Museum staff last month began noticing that several dozen Chinese tourists with tour groups held counterfeit tickets "of a strange consistency, [with] …

How to use your anecdotes well – and sparingly

The most memorable moment of the 2010 general election leaders' debate was when David Cameron tried to justify a point about immigration by citing the agreement of "a 40-year-old black man" he had met in Plymouth who had served in the Royal Navy for 30 years (thus enlisting at the age of 10).<p>This …

Aleppo rebels angry as diplomacy seems to let Assad off the hook

In the basement of a bombed-out police station, a group of Syrian rebels were sheltering from a fighter jet roaring through the twilight sky. But no one was watching the jet. Instead the men were transfixed by a television that blared news of the latest wrangling over whether a US attack would be …

iPhone 5C – first impressions

Last night marked a break from tradition for Apple – it unveiled not one, but two new iPhones, including the vibrantly colourful iPhone 5C. How does the iPhone 5C stack up to the competition and the iPhone 5S?<p>Price<p>The iPhone 5C was rumoured to be a "cheap" iPhone, and while it is slightly cheaper …