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Top U.S. military officer says half of Iraqi Army not suitable partner

About half of Iraq’s army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group’s territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday. Gen. ...

Sep 18, 2014

Yelp to pay U.S. fine for child privacy violations

Online ratings operator Yelp agreed to pay $450,000 to settle U.S. charges that it illegally collected data on children, in violation of privacy laws, officials said Wednesday. The Federal Trade Commission said that Yelp, from 2009 to 2013, collected personal information from children through ...

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish independence campaign

Sep 18, 2014

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish independence campaign

Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks? No one is certain. Excitement and anxiety mounted across the country Wednesday, the final day of campaigning before Thursday’s referendum on independence. With opinion polls suggesting the result is too close to call ...

Sep 18, 2014

First U.K. volunteer gets experimental Ebola vaccine

British scientists say a former nurse has become the first person in the country to receive an experimental Ebola vaccine in an early trial to test its safety. Ruth Atkins, 48, got the injection on Wednesday in Oxford, the first of 60 healthy volunteers ...

Sep 18, 2014

Germany to toughen penalties against child porn

Germany is seeking to widen its definition of child pornography and jail people for up to three years for owning or trading photographs of naked children that are considered pornographic, according to a new draft law. “The new rules will improve the protection of ...

Sep 18, 2014

China hacked military contractor networks, airline computers, Senate probe concludes

China’s military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline’s computers, Senate investigators said Wednesday. A yearlong investigation announced ...

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. man held after alleged attempt to swim to North Korea

South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said on Wednesday. The man was apprehended Tuesday night while lying on a bank of the Han ...

Sep 17, 2014

San Francisco puts earthquake warning signs on buildings

The city of San Francisco stepped up the pressure on property owners who fail to comply with seismic retrofitting regulations this week, posting large red-and-white warning signs on the buildings to make the violations public. The move comes just weeks after Northern California was ...

Sep 17, 2014

Austrian traffic cop has crap day

A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding, police said on Tuesday. A bucket containing the slurry exploded 3 meters from the officer after ...

Sep 17, 2014

Holy smoke: Vatican car seized with cocaine, cannabis

The Vatican was left red-faced Tuesday after it emerged that a car bearing its diplomatic plates had been stopped in France with 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of cocaine on board. The car — which also contained 200 grams (7 ounces) of cannabis — belonged ...

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

Sep 17, 2014

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

Just kilometers from where former Guantanamo Bay terrorist suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar’s al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism. The contrast in images illustrates why tiny but rich Qatar is an intriguing player in what President Barack ...