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Jan 25, 2013

Sony unit fined in U.K. for info leak

The Information Commissioner’s Office, Britain’s privacy watchdog, said Thursday it has fined Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. £250,000 (about ¥35 million) for leaking the personal information on its online gaming customers in 2011. The penalty was imposed over a cyber-attack targeting a U.S. unit of ...

Jan 25, 2013

Takanashi triumphs at ski jump meet

Ski jump teenage sensation Sara Takanashi defended her title at the Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in the Czech resort of Liberec on Thursday. Takanashi, 16, set the standard with a second jump of 102 meters as she racked up 268 points to finish ...

Jan 25, 2013

Obama to bypass Congress on guns

The White House has decided to circumvent Capitol Hill as it concentrates its gun-control efforts on speeches and other public appearances by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden outside of Washington, according to officials with knowledge of the plans. With Obama’s gun ...

Jan 25, 2013

Communists celebrate 40 years since Paris peace deal

Hanoi AFP-JIJI Communist Party leaders gathered in Hanoi Friday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords, the culmination of painstaking talks that eventually ended America’s direct military involvement in Vietnam. Thousands of people attended the ceremony in the country’s capital to ...

Tribal chiefs, king's loyalists win Jordan vote

Jan 25, 2013

Tribal chiefs, king's loyalists win Jordan vote

Tribal leaders, regime loyalists and independent businessmen are set to sweep Jordan’s parliamentary election, which was shunned by Islamists, preliminary results showed Thursday. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said the results will become official once they are published in the official gazette, which is ...

Jan 25, 2013

U.S. resists EU push for digital privacy

The push for strict new limits on how Internet companies collect and use consumer data in Europe has hit stiff resistance from U.S. industry groups and the Obama administration, dimming hopes that the effort could lead to expanded privacy safeguards for users worldwide. Privacy ...

Cameron reaches out to EU in Davos

Jan 25, 2013

Cameron reaches out to EU in Davos

As he came face to face with world leaders for the first time since unveiling plans for an EU referendum, British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Thursday he is not turning his back on Europe. The global elite who are gathered at the World ...

U.S. Mumbai plotter avoids death but gets 35 years for cooperation

Jan 25, 2013

U.S. Mumbai plotter avoids death but gets 35 years for cooperation

Chicago AFP-JIJI An American man who admitted to scouting targets ahead of the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks and then cooperated with U.S. authorities to avoid execution was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in prison. David Coleman Headley, 52, pleaded guilty in 2010 to 12 ...

Jan 25, 2013

Taiwan urged to halve army in strategic rethink

With Beijing growing in strength, a U.S. scholar is calling for a major rethink on Taiwan in which the island cuts its troop numbers in half and rebrands its army as a self-defense force. The proposal marks a rare break from the conventional view ...

Mafia on Sicily sees gold in going green

Jan 25, 2013

Mafia on Sicily sees gold in going green

Inside a midnight-blue BMW, a Sicilian entrepreneur delivered his pitch to the accused Mafia boss. A new business was blowing into Italy that could spin wind and sunlight into gold, ensuring the future of the Earth as well as the Cosa Nostra: renewable energy. ...

I still haven't found what I'm looking for ...

Jan 25, 2013

I still haven't found what I'm looking for ...

by Tim Adams

Thinking about Google over the last week, I have fallen into the typically procrastinatory habit of every so often typing the words “what is” or “what” or “wha” into the Google search box at the top right of my computer screen. Those prompts are ...

Why the future of aviation needs the Dreamliner

Jan 25, 2013

Why the future of aviation needs the Dreamliner

by Gwyn Topham

As Boeing showed off its multibillion-dollar baby on the Dreamliner's promotional world tour in 2011, one quirky feature was regularly pointed out: a sleekly designed but redundant ashtray, a compliance with regulations laid down in a different age.

Scholar receives Serbian honor

| Jan 25, 2013

Scholar receives Serbian honor

The government of the Republic of Serbia awarded the Order of the Serbian Flag, Third Class to Shigeo Kurihara, a professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo, for his contributions to developing closer and deeper ties between Japan and Serbia, at a decoration ceremony ...

Jan 25, 2013

Study slams 'alarmist' species extinction fears

Fears that most of the Earth’s species will become extinct before they have even been discovered by science are “alarmist,” according to an international study released Friday. Researchers set out to examine estimates that there were 100 million species worldwide and they are dying ...

Jan 25, 2013

Bipartisan filibuster deal struck in Senate

The Senate approved a deal Thursday that will keep the chamber’s long-standing 60-vote threshold for halting a filibuster but streamline some of the chamber’s more cumbersome procedures. Largely accepting the recommendations from a bipartisan team of senior senators, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and ...