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Jan 29, 2015

Canada spying on global downloads: report

Canada’s electronic spy agency has been intercepting and analyzing data on up to 15 million file downloads daily as part of a global surveillance program, according to a report published on Wednesday. Critics said the revelations, made in 2012 documents obtained by former U.S. ...

2,200 pillaged ancient artifacts are seized in Europe

Jan 29, 2015

2,200 pillaged ancient artifacts are seized in Europe

Over 2,200 looted artifacts, many from ancient Egypt, were seized as part of a European crackdown that also snared 35 suspected traffickers, Europol announced Wednesday. Among the most valuable of the recovered cultural items was a majestic bust of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet worth ...

Jan 29, 2015

'Expensive' placebo beats 'cheap' one in Parkinson's disease: study

When patients with Parkinson’s disease received an injection described as an effective drug costing $1,500 per dose, their motor function improved significantly more than when they got one supposedly costing $100, scientists reported on Wednesday. Underlining the power of expectations, the motor improvements, measured ...

Litvinenko postmortem 'most dangerous ever in Western world'

Jan 29, 2015

Litvinenko postmortem 'most dangerous ever in Western world'

The postmortem examination carried out on poisoned Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko was “probably the most dangerous ever conducted in the Western world” an inquiry into the cause of his death heard on Wednesday. Litvinenko died in a London hospital on Nov. 23, 2006, three ...

Jan 28, 2015

Tajik TV airs films in English as learning aid

Tom Cruise’s Tajik and Russian are on the way out in Tajikistan, where state television has made English — without subtitles — the preferred lingo to boost opportunity in the impoverished former Soviet state. Viewers can now watch Hollywood films in the original language, ...

Jan 28, 2015

Israel violated rules of war in shelling of Gaza homes: rights group

An Israeli rights group said Wednesday that the majority of Palestinians killed during Israel’s bombardment of Gaza during the 2014 conflict with Hamas were women, children or the elderly, and that some of the strikes violated the rules of war. The B’Tselem group called ...

Obama to request big hike in Pentagon's budget

Jan 28, 2015

Obama to request big hike in Pentagon's budget

President Barack Obama will ask Congress for an almost 8 percent boost in money for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East. Obama will ask for $534 ...