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U.S. Court Tosses Out Lawsuit Accusing Chiquita Bananas of Funding Death Squads

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A U.S. appeals court has ruled in favor of Chiquita Brands International in a long-running legal …

Germany arrests suspected double agent spying for U.S.: lawmakers

Amazon and Google are in an epic battle to dominate the cloud—and Amazon may already have won

In technology, it’s sometimes good to let a pioneer figure out the pitfalls of a new market. Apple’s iPod transformed music listening after countless lesser MP3 players failed to make a real dent.<p>Google is now trying to do something similar in cloud computing. The company last month announced price …

Cloud Computing

President Obama Is Trying to Tame the NSA

The president’s metadata plans will curb the NSA’s ability to infringe on civil liberties and still allow intelligence agencies to track the …

Are Intelligence Officials Justified in Blaming Snowden for Not Predicting Crimea?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A front-page article in Monday's <i>Wall Street Journal</i> gives anonymous American intelligence officials …

Ukraine Finally Signs Trade Deal With EU

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>As Russia accelerates its efforts to secure Crimea, Ukrainian acting leaders finally signed the …

Iran Is Building a Fake U.S. Aircraft Carrier

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In an Iranian shipyard on the Persian Gulf, a non-working mock-up of an American aircraft carrier is …

A Side-by-Side Comparison of the Russian and Ukrainian Militaries

Ukraine's army is much smaller than Russia's, but war would still be costly for Moscow.<p>The worst-case scenario in the Russia-Ukraine crisis would be a war between the two states. How do their respective forces compare?<p>Russia has about four times as many soldiers as Ukraine does, twice as many …

Alzheimer's can be predicted three years in advance with new blood test

All it takes to predict an individual's likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease within the next two to three years is a blood test, according to a study published yesterday in <i>Nature Medicine</i>. The test, <i>New Scientist</i> reports, detects the concentrations of 10 chemicals that are associated with …

Former US Defense Secretary: Crimea Is A Lost Cause

"I do not believe that Crimea will slip out of Russia's hands," Gates said.<p>"You think Crimea's gone?," host Chris Wallace asked.<p>"I do," Gates responded.<p>Next week, Crimea will hold a referendum on whether or not to reincorporate itself into Russia. Moscow, not surprisingly, supports the referendum, …

Russia

NATO aircraft to monitor Ukraine crisis

NATO has said it will start reconnaissance flights over Poland and Romania to monitor the situation in neighbouring Ukraine where Russian forces have taken control of Crimea.<p>The AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) flights will take place solely over NATO territory, the alliance said on …

NATO Drone Strike Accidentally Kills Five Afghan Soldiers

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Five Afghan soldiers were accidentally killed and eight injured in an overnight American drone …

Crimea sets March 16 vote on seceding from Ukraine, joining Russia

KIEV, Ukraine -- The Russian-controlled parliament of Ukraine's Crimea area voted Thursday to secede and join Russia, and set a March 16 public vote on the latest move aimed at wresting the strategic peninsula from Ukraine.<p>Officials in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev said such a vote would be …

In Ukraine, Obama’s Biggest Test

Barack Obama sud­denly faces the toughest crisis of his pres­id­ency as he con­fronts Vladi­mir Putin over Ukraine, and how he re­sponds over the …

Republicans Urge Obama to Rebuke Russia for Alleged Treaty Breach

Sev­er­al seni­or House Re­pub­lic­ans are call­ing on the White House to pen­al­ize Rus­sia over its al­leged vi­ol­a­tions of a nuc­le­ar-re­lated …

Japanese Broadcast Official: We Didn't Commit War Crimes, the U.S. Just Made That Up

In the clearest signal yet of U.S. unhappiness with the rightward tilt of Japan’s political leadership — and by extension, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe …

7 Fascinating Nuggets From Another Bewildering Jobs Report

The first Friday of each month just keeps getting weirder.<p>The two numbers you'll hear today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' two jobs surveys are <b>113,000</b> jobs added in January and <b>6.6</b> percent unemployment.<p>The first number (from the payroll survey) is ugly: In a recovery like this, you want to …

Like It or Not, Glenn Greenwald Is Now the Face of the 1st Amendment

Freedom of the press will be weakened if his critics succeed in branding him a traitor or a thief as opposed to a journalist.<p>Among the dozens of reporters, editors, and commentators who have worked on articles sourced to Edward Snowden, just one, Glenn Greenwald, has been subject to a sustained …

Intel Chiefs: Syria a 'Huge Magnet' for International Terrorists

The protracted three-year civil war in Syria has created an international hotbed of terrorism that threatens the United States homeland and is likely …

The Littlest Boy

Hanging awkwardly from the parachute harness of Davis's intelligence sergeant is a 58-pound nuclear bomb.<p>To provide options between "red" and "dead," …

Will al Qaeda's Disowned Syria Affiliate Rival Its Old Boss?

For more than a decade, al Qaeda has been aggressively extending its reach through a sort of franchising strategy, signing up an ally here and a …

King Kendrick and the Ivory Tower

Last week, the International Studies Association (ISA) provoked an online firestorm by floating a new policy banning editors of its journals from …

'EVE Valkyrie' will be an Oculus Rift exclusive

With $75 million in funding, Oculus VR decided that building a virtual reality headset wasn't enough. The company hired an Electronic Arts veteran to start publishing games under the Oculus brand as well. Now, the company has announced the first game to be co-published as part of that program, and …

Verizon denies throttling Netflix traffic after net neutrality ruling

A suggestion by a Texas engineer that Verizon may be throttling some internet services following last month's net neutrality ruling has quickly been denied by the company. In a post earlier today, iScan Online engineer David Raphael noted that he discovered issues with performance on his Verizon …

Sniper Attack On Calif. Power Station Raises Terrorism Fears

Was an attack last April on an electric power station near San Jose, Calif., the work of vandals or something far more dangerous — domestic terrorism or a trial run by an individual or organization bent on damaging the nation's electric grid?<p><i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, picking up from an earlier …

The NSA 'Probably' Collects Data on Congress's Phone Calls

The phone dragnet gives the executive branch all the information it needs to blackmail or discredit multiple legislators. It's a temptation to abuse.<p>With the NSA, getting to the truth takes time. At first, there are mere hints that the agency is spying in some way that would be controversial. …