Guylaen O'Connor

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Europe may start collecting personal data on all passengers traveling in and out of the continent

The British home secretary, Theresa May, who has long championed the European passenger name record plan, welcomed the development, while data protection watchdogs criticised the proposed large-scale "indiscriminate collection of personal data".<p>Britain is expected to be among those first in the …

Obama's 'ISIL czar' has long history tackling Mideast crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's new "ISIL czar," Robert Malley, has a long and sometimes controversial history at the center of U.S. …

Demonstration in DC: MSF Delivers Kunduz Petition Signatures to White House

Please join MSF in Washington, DC, on December 9 for a rally on the south side of Lafayette Square, across from the White House. Doctors Without …

America has roughly one mass shooting every day, and the prospective candidates for president have a clear set of acceptable ways to handle them<p>Mass shooting events in America happen at an alarming rate, with roughly one every day. When an attack hits the headlines, like the recent shootings in San …

Guns

MSF Initial Reaction to US Military Investigation into Kunduz Attack

The US version of events presented today leaves MSF with more questions than answers. It is shocking that an attack can be carried out when US forces …

Saudi Arabia took an 'unprecedented step' and is preparing for a coup

In what the newspaper calls an "unprecedented step," The Telegraph was given a document by the advisers that addresses concerns from the West about issues like human rights and the role of women in Saudi society, as well as setting out future governmental programmes.<p>Saudi Arabia's royal family has …

Here are the secret apps that only Apple employees get to use

When a prototype iPhone 4 was carelessly left in a bar by an Apple employee, the company quickly scrambled to retrieve it, fearful that journalists and competitors could use it to find out what goes on during the making of a new product.<p>Apple employees are given access to a suite of apps to help …

Putin created 'new rules of the game' in Syria

On Wednesday, Russia began bombing Syrian rebels in a major escalation of the 54-month war that has the US searching for answers.<p>The bombing campaign, which apparently targeted rebels unaffiliated with ISIS, "completely bypasses every bit of legitimate discussion we've had with them so far," a …

Vladimir Putin steals Barack Obama's thunder on the world stage

<b>(CNN) —</b> Vladimir Putin is back -- and stealing Barack Obama's thunder.<p>The Russian president showed up at the United Nations on Monday for the first time in a decade, proposing a coup against U.S. global leadership and seeking to wrest control of a coalition battling ISIS away from America's …

Volkswagen Fraud Is Getting Worse, And This Is Just The Beginning

VW isn't the only car company getting scruitinized<p>The scale of the Volkswagen emissions fraud is expanding, a black, dirty sinkhole that is dragging a spirit of innovation, the CEO, billions of dollars, and millions of cars into an inescapable mire. And, over a week after the initial revelation, …

Polio still prevalent in Pakistan: WHO

<b>LAGOS</b>: As Nigeria celebrates news that polio is no longer an endemic in the West African country, Pakistan and its war-battered neighbour Afghanistan …

Here's everything we're expecting to see at Google's big event this week

The company typically holds an event in the fall to introduce its new Nexus phones and the next version of Android.<p>Although we learned about Android Marshmallow at Google I/O in May, the company usually waits until the fall to show off the final version of the software.<p>But there are a few other …

To Catch A Bomb-Maker

This is the story of a little-known FBI forensics lab and how it changed the war on terror<p>The insurgent began with a cordless phone—one of the knockoffs of a Chinese-built Senao so popular in northern Iraq. Hunched over a worktable somewhere near the refinery town of Baiji, about 150 miles north of …

25 insane military training exercises from around the world

Jumping through a ring of fire. Breaking bricks with your head. Drinking cobra blood.<p>Those are some examples of the insane exercises many troops from around the world have to go through as part of military training.<p>Some are actually meant to train troops, but many are just a show of force meant to …

Welcome to hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web

So let's talk about ad blocking.<p>You might think the conversation about ad blocking is about the user experience of news, but what we're really talking about is money and power in Silicon Valley. And titanic battles between large companies with lots of money and power tend to have a lot of …

A former Apple executive is selling his incredible $35 million California smart home

He started designing the contemporary home with a bevy of automated features in 2005, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>But by the time it was completed — just a few weeks ago — he no longer needed the 10,000-square-foot mansion, as his kids are all grown up.<p>Located in Santa Barbara, California, …

Controversial Clinton ally trashed 'alcoholic' John Boehner in emails to Hillary

Boehner became speaker of the House of Representatives after the GOP's spate of victories in the 2010 race. In the weeks surrounding the election Blumenthal sent multiple messages to Clinton about Boehner. Among other things, Blumenthal called Boehner an "old scandal ridden hack Republican" and …

It’s Been One Year Since Africa Had a Polio Case. Can This Last?

At midnight Tuesday night—Aug. 11, 2015—the continent of Africa passed a quiet milestone: one full year since the recognition of its last case of polio.<p>As a journalist, my job is to try to be objective, and to not be a partisan or booster. But I think it is just stating facts to say this is a …

Public Health

Protesters in Cuba Send a Message to President Obama By Wearing These Masks

Nearly 90 individual activists were arrested in Cuba on Sunday, just days ahead of Secretary of State John Kerry's expected visit to the new American …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1.</b> Sunday marked the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, which sparked protests across the United States in the months after.<p><b>2.</b> At least 11 people were killed during a stampede in India when thousands of …

Here are the fascinating never-before-seen photos of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush on 9/11

The photos — taken by the Vice Presidential photographer and released this week by the National Archives— were released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by documentary filmmaker Colette Neirouz Hanna.<p>The images show intimate photos of administration higher-ups like Vice …

GOP Scorecard: How the candidates fared in the first debate

CLEVELAND (AP) — On a crowded debate stage, 10 Republican candidates for president sought breakout moments and tried to avoid missteps that could …

Quality Restaurant Products Since 1965

<b>Quality Since 1965</b><p>KNG is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of restaurant goods in the world, providing food service organizations of all …

Joe Biden’s Respect Calculation

For observers of Joe Biden—and anyone who wonders whether he will challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Presidential nomination—there was a small, telling moment in April, 2014, during a routine interview with "CBS This Morning." Vice-President Biden and President Barack Obama were side by …

Is This Any Way to Choose a President?

Over the past few weeks, we have gotten a vivid reminder as to why our presidential election system is so badly in need of repair. Instead of engaging in sober and intelligent debate about the myriad of serious issues that are impacting our nation and the world, candidates for the presidency spent …

The man with the toughest job in the world

Photograph: AP<p>UN special envoy Steffan di Mistura meets President Assad in Damascus in November 2014.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/29/1438189760491/09701e73-0e23-4289-a5b8-96bb875d60ac-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: AP<p>UN special envoy Steffan di Mistura meets …

Middle East

One of the world's strangest border disputes is officially over

The two countries switched sovereignty over 111 enclaves in Bangladesh and 51 in India after a border agreement struck in June, the AFP reports, ending a 68-year-old dispute affecting the lives of more than 50,000 people.<p>The June agreement had originally been reached in 2011, but it took four years …

Turkey, Kurd rebels gear up for return to all-out conflict

LICE, Turkey (AP) — The military helicopters swooped in over the Kurdish heartland and dropped white incendiary powder on a raging brush fire — …

Exit, Stage Left

Political life in America never ceases to astonish. Take last week’s pronouncements from the Republican Presidential field. Please. Mike Huckabee predicted that President Obama’s seven-nation agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear capabilities “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the …

5 Myths About Genghis Khan

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …