26 Jul 2013

Defense planners mull pre-emptive strike ability

“Japan will consider acquiring the ability to strike at enemy missile sites, given North Korea’s enhanced missile technology program, according to an interim report released Friday for revising long-term defense policy. The midterm report, compiled by the Defense Ministry, calls for ‘the need for enhancing comprehensive abilities’ to counter ballistic

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26 Jul 2013

Irish watchdog won’t probe U.S. firms over Prism

A watchdog in Ireland, home to the European headquarters of Apple and Facebook, says it will not investigate them for transferring personal data to a U.S. spy agency because they have signed up to EU privacy principles. via Irish watchdog won’t probe U.S. firms over Prism | Reuters.

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26 Jul 2013

U.S. General says al Qaeda just surviving in Afghanistan

Pockets of al Qaeda militants will endure in Afghanistan beyond next year’s departure of most Western combat forces, but they have lost the ability to mount serious attacks of the kind that triggered the Afghan war, a senior U.S. commander said. via U.S. General says al Qaeda just surviving in

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26 Jul 2013

Italy mafia gang made millions from car crash insurance scam

A mafia clan in southern Italy staged hundreds of fake car crashes every year to get millions of euros in insurance payouts to buy drugs and weapons, police said on Friday. via Italy mafia gang made millions from car crash insurance scam | Reuters.

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26 Jul 2013

Tunisians stage street protests after opposition politician slain

Thousands of protesters massed in the Tunisian capital on Friday, a day after the assassination of an opposition politician, while shops and banks closed their doors and all flights in and out of the country were cancelled. via Tunisians stage street protests after opposition politician slain | Reuters.

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26 Jul 2013

U.S. indicts hackers in biggest cyber fraud case in history

Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they have charged five men responsible for a hacking and credit card fraud spree that cost companies more $300 million and two of the suspects are in custody, in the biggest cyber crime case filed in U.S. history. via U.S. indicts hackers in biggest cyber

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26 Jul 2013

Japan’s PM calls for high-level talks with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Friday for a leaders’ summit or a foreign ministers’ meeting between his country and China as soon as possible, adding that such talks should be held without preconditions. via Japan’s PM calls for high-level talks with China | Reuters.

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26 Jul 2013

Banks shiver as UBS swallows $885 million U.S. fine

UBS will pay $885 million in a settlement with a U.S. regulators over allegations the Swiss bank misrepresented mortgage-backed bonds during the housing bubble, paving the way for billions more to be paid by other banks. via Banks shiver as UBS swallows $885 million U.S. fine | Reuters.

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26 Jul 2013

Egypts Mursi accused of murder, kidnapping before rallies | Reuters

The Egyptian army is detaining ousted President Mohamed Mursi over accusations of kidnapping, killing soldiers and other charges, the state news agency said on Friday. via Egypts Mursi accused of murder, kidnapping before rallies | Reuters.

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25 Jul 2013

A squirrel in California has the plague. Should you be worried?

“Health officials in Los Angeles County announced yesterday that a squirrel found covered in fleas has tested positive for bubonic plague, the scourge that develops into the deadly pneumonic plague known as the Black Death and wiped out an estimated 200 million people in Europe during the 14th century. Last

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