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NSA 'hacking unit' infiltrates computers around the world – report

A top-secret National Security Agency hacking unit infiltrates computers around the world and breaks into the toughest data targets, according to internal documents quoted in a magazine report on Sunday.<p>Details of how the division, known as Tailored Access Operations (TAO), steals data and inserts …

Police clash with protesters in Turkey

Police in Istanbul have clashed with protesters denouncing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government over a corruption and bribery scandal targeting his allies.<p>The Dogan news agency says police on Sunday fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd calling on government ministers …

Better Together donors 'risk tarnishing campaign' to keep Scotland in UK

Senior trade union leaders have said the Better Together campaign against Scottish independence risks being tarnished by significant donations from Tory donors and senior financiers.<p>The GMB union, one of the UK's largest, said union members and Labour activists would be alarmed that Tory donors, …

Shinzo Abe: is Japan's PM a dangerous militarist or modernising reformer?

The escalating battle of nerves between Japan and China over a disputed island chain has focused the international spotlight on Shinzo Abe, Japan's pugnaciously conservative prime minister, who is carrying the heavy responsibility of war and peace on his hunched shoulders.<p>As east Asia's leading …

The pensions swindle sees labourers dropping dead a year after they retire

We live longer, so we have to work longer. It's a pretty rational, self-evident statement which has become the mantra for those seeking to justify raising the retirement age in the UK. However, when a policy is based on national averages, it can obfuscate some startling inequalities.<p>Back in the …

The 'fake' Mandela memorial interpreter said it all | Slavoj Žižek

He claimed an 'attack of schizophrenia' rendered his signing unintelligible, but his performance translated an underlying truth<p>• Gary Younge: Mandela's legacy must not be laid to rest<p>Our daily lives are mostly a mixture of drab routine and unpleasant surprises – however, from time to time, …