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Trump blames U.S. intelligence for 'phony' Russia dossier

/ Jan 12, 2017

Trump blames U.S. intelligence for 'phony' Russia dossier

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday angrily denounced the publishing of claims he had been caught in a compromising position in Russia and attacked U.S. intelligence agencies over the leak of the information. “I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any ...

Researchers warn of fingerprint theft from 'peace' sign

/ Jan 12, 2017

Researchers warn of fingerprint theft from 'peace' sign

Could flashing the “peace” sign in photos lead to fingerprint data being stolen? Research by a team at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) says so, raising alarm bells over the popular two-fingered pose. Fingerprint recognition technology is becoming widely available to verify identities, ...

China sends aircraft carrier into Taiwan Strait

Jan 12, 2017

China sends aircraft carrier into Taiwan Strait

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Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday that China’s only aircraft carrier had transited the Taiwan Strait amid soaring tensions between Beijing and Taipei. The ministry said the Liaoning carrier had passed through the 160 kilometer-wide (100-km-wide) waterway that separates Taiwan from southeastern China. It said ...

Samsung heir becomes suspect in corruption scandal

/ Jan 12, 2017

Samsung heir becomes suspect in corruption scandal

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong has become a criminal suspect in a widening probe into the corruption and influence-peddling scandal engulfing impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye, prosecutors said Wednesday. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and the son of the Samsung Group chairman Lee ...

Jan 12, 2017

Trump meddling in Toyota's affairs

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet criticizing Toyota Motor Corp.’s plan to build a new car plant in Mexico for exports to the North American market — threatening a heavy border tax if the top Japanese automaker goes ahead with the plan — is an ...

What Alibaba's Jack Ma can teach Xi Jinping

/ Jan 12, 2017

What Alibaba's Jack Ma can teach Xi Jinping

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump isn’t an emperor, or Jack Ma a lowly tributary. But in paying tribute to the incoming leader of the reigning superpower, Ma hopes to avoid the wrath of Trump Nation. There’s no other way to describe Asian billionaires like Alibaba’s ...

Speaking truth to power

/ Jan 12, 2017

Speaking truth to power

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The resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers, the British ambassador to the European Union in Brussels, has raised serious issues not only about Britain’s strategy for Brexit but also about relations between officials and politicians and their political advisers. Rogers was an experienced negotiator and ...

/ Jan 12, 2017

The messy march of folly to Brexit and beyond

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Barbara Tuchman published her masterpiece, “The March of Folly,” in 1984. It explored what the American writer and historian called “one of the most compelling paradoxes of history: the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests.” Today she might have explored ...

Here's to a new age of 'reality'

| Jan 12, 2017

Here's to a new age of 'reality'

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Feel the power of VR Everyone is now familiar with virtual-reality headsets, but what about other wearable VR equipment? Cerevo have announced an upcoming release of Taclim, which it says are the world’s first VR shoes and VR gloves. This tech allow users to ...

Cliff Martinez: composing through the chaos

Jan 12, 2017

Cliff Martinez: composing through the chaos

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So much movie music sounds like just that: movie music. It’s rare these days to come across a score with character that really makes you sit up and listen. One musician who consistently manages to pull that off is punk drummer-turned-composer Cliff Martinez, whose ...

'Dirty Grandpa' is quite a stinker

/ Jan 12, 2017

'Dirty Grandpa' is quite a stinker

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‘Dirty Grandpa.” The un-ironic title is like a spray-painted graffiti sign warning everyone to stay away from this sewage-swilling clogged cesspit masquerading as a movie. Woe betide anyone who catches this on an airplane, they may wind up using all the airsick bags in ...

Kisenosato keeps perfect record after overturned call

/ Jan 12, 2017

Kisenosato keeps perfect record after overturned call

Kisenosato momentarily appeared to have suffered his first loss at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament as the referee erroneously declared his opponent the winner of their bout Wednesday, but the decision was soon corrected to give the ozeki a 4-0 record. The only ...

Falcons' Ryan looking to scratch playoff itch

/ Jan 12, 2017

Falcons' Ryan looking to scratch playoff itch

Matt Ryan’s poise under pressure has produced 25 fourth-quarter comebacks, a “Matty Ice” nickname and his first All-Pro selection. The Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback also is a leading MVP candidate. The glaring void on Ryan’s resume is his 1-4 postseason record. At 31, Ryan may ...

Newlywed table tennis icon Fukuhara putting family first

Jan 12, 2017

Newlywed table tennis icon Fukuhara putting family first

Olympic table tennis player Ai Fukuhara, who held her wedding ceremony in Taipei earlier this month, says she will put family first before her sport. Fukuhara, 28, told Taiwan’s Apple Daily in an interview published on Wednesday that she felt for the first time ...

Asia eyes extra slots in bigger World Cup

/ Jan 12, 2017

Asia eyes extra slots in bigger World Cup

The Asian Football Confederation said Wednesday that the continent deserves to be among the chief recipients of extra World Cup places following FIFA’s decision to expand the event to 48 teams. All confederations will be eager to capture as many as possible of the ...