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Philippines signs deal with Muslim rebels

The Philippines and the country's largest Muslim rebel group have signed a historic peace agreement, after 17 years of negotiations and decades of fighting that killed at least 120,000 in the southern island of Mindanao.<p>The deal between the government of President Benigno Aquino and the Moro …

The Vladimir Putin run unveiled by US ski resort

<i>Edit: It's come to our attention this was actually an April Fools' joke (despite being released several days before April 1). There is a Dictator Chutes part of the ski area in Big Sky, however, there is not a run named Putin nor are there plans for a shirtless ski race in the Russian president's</i> …

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U.N. watchdog urges Obama to review deadly drone policy

GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N. human rights watchdog called on the Obama administration on Thursday to review its use of drones to kill suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban militants abroad and reveal how it chose its targets.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama waves after his speech at the Bozar concert hall in …

Tigers slaughtered in show of social stature for Guangdong businessmen

More than 10 tigers have been killed as "visual feasts" in China to entertain officials and rich business people, state media reported.<p>Police in the port city of Zhanjiang, in the southern province of Guangdong, seized a freshly slaughtered tiger and multiple tiger products in a raid this month, …

Discovery of new dwarf planet hints at other objects in solar system

Planet-hunters scouring the heavens have found thousands of distant worlds around other stars, but astronomers may have overlooked one lurking much closer to home.<p>Scientists searching for glimmers of light beyond Pluto say they've discovered a new dwarf planet — and that its movements hint that an …

Argentina arrests teen hacker who netted $50,000 a month

<b>Police in Argentina have arrested a 19-year-old man accused of heading a gang of hackers who targeted international money transfer and gambling websites.</b><p>Dubbed "the superhacker", the teenager was making $50,000 (£31,500) a month, working from his bedroom in Buenos Aires, police say.<p>The arrest …

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Mexican ambassador wants ‘road map’ for end of visa rules

The Mexican ambassador to Canada says his country is "really mad" at the Harper government for the continued imposition of a visa on its travellers.<p>Ambassador Francisco Suarez told The Canadian Press in an exclusive interview that Mexico is so upset that if the issue isn't resolved by next year, …

Canadians detained in Egypt facing more jail time

Two Canadians arrested in Egypt and held without charge since mid-August will be detained for another two weeks.<p>Friends of Tarek Loubani and John Greyson said the men were told Sunday that they would be held for another 15 days, adding that no reasons were provided by Egyptian authorities.<p>They've …

Layoffs abound at HTC America as 20 percent of employees are let go

HTC America ended its Friday evening on the somber revelation that 20 percent of its workforce would be terminated. In all, roughly 30 employees and contractors were let go from the 150-member division, which stands as the latest sign of the company's financial struggles. A representative …

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.<p>On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech …

Microsoft yanks its hilarious anti-iPhone commercial (video)

Microsoft recently yanked a series of commercials that pretty much ridicule rival smartphone maker Apple. (If you haven’t seen any of them yet, I’d highly recommend checking out the embedded video below if you feel like a good laugh.)<p>The premise of the commercial series overall is that there’s a …

Software turns 2D objects 3D; lets you 'reach into' photos; bends your mind

Modeling products in three dimensions can be a time-consuming process. It's easy enough for humans to identify the presence of 3D objects in 2D scenes, but extracting these with algorithms is tricky. A new system developed by a team of researchers from the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel and Tel …

Could the 'Internet of Things' Really Save the U.S. Economy?

One economist says: Absolutely.<p>REUTERS<p>I know the coffee's ready because the light in the Quartz kitchen is purple, not pink. The light knows the coffee is ready is because there are sensors--heat and pressure--taped to the coffee maker. This is the internet of things. It will save us all from …

NSA Allegedly Spies On International Credit Card Transactions

Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper – increasingly joining the NSA revelations train – reports today that the intelligence agency is interested in international credit card transactions and may have found a way to monitor payments processed by companies including Visa. Spiegel alleges it has even set …

Should the B.C. government get out of liquor retailing?

An important policy review is under way in British Columbia, with significance for all businesses in the bar, restaurant and liquor sales industries.<p>The mandate is to consider all aspects of liquor policy – including control and distribution – and to provide recommendations to will help create a …

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The dangers of going gluten-free

It’s the biggest health craze of our time, though some doctors fear it’s creating real problems. (Even the Wheat Belly guru is worried)<p>The first time …

Sen. Pamela Wallin Reimburses Senate For Questionable Travel Claims

OTTAWA - Sen. Pamela Wallin has paid back her dubious travel claims, although she did so with gritted teeth, accusing some fellow senators of …

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