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  • Google and Microsoft to block searches for child porn

    November 19, 2013 10:26 AM 30

    Google and Microsoft, which process 95% of internet searches, have announced measures to make it more difficult to find child abuse images online in response to pressure from the UK government. Prime minister David Cameron has welcomed the move, but warned he will introduce new legislation if the measures are not implemented, according to the BBC. At the time, he said internet

  • Analysis - From the fringe of Europe, Romania and Bulgaria seek EU acceptance

    May 8, 2013 6:12 AM 28

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Addressing an audience of dignitaries in Luxembourg in 2005, Bulgaria's then prime minister extolled the virtues of European Union membership, declaring his nation ready to take its place at the heart of the continent. "Bulgaria is returning politically to the family of European nations to which it has always belonged," Simeon Saxe-Coburg

  • Nigerian Islamist raid in northeast town kills 55

    May 8, 2013 5:43 AM 24

    BAMA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected members of the Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram armed with machineguns laid siege on the north-eastern town of Bama on Tuesday, freeing over 100 prison inmates and leaving 55 people dead, the military said. Around 200 heavily armed members of Boko Haram arrived in buses and pick-up trucks and carried out a coordinated

  • Ariel Castro charged in Cleveland kidnapping

    May 8, 2013 5:27 AM 21

    Reunions for two of three Cleveland hostages CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland resident Ariel Castro was charged on Wednesday with kidnapping and raping three women who were rescued from his house on Monday after nearly a decade in captivity. Castro's two brothers Pedro and Onil, originally arrested in the case, were not charged, said Cleveland city prosecutor

  • Retail sales post steepest fall in a year - BRC

    May 8, 2013 4:57 AM 19

    LONDON (Reuters) - Retail sales plunged unexpectedly last month, hurt by an earlier Easter this year, although the underlying trend appears to be improving, the British Retail Consortium said on Wednesday. Sales values fell 2.2 percent from a year earlier on a like-for-like measure, which strips out changes in stores' floor space and is favoured by company

  • Rare wobble as StanChart profit falls in first quarter

    May 8, 2013 4:52 AM 17

    HONG KONG/LONDON (Reuters) - Standard Chartered Plc suffered a drop in first-quarter operating profit after the Asia-focused bank hit trouble in Korea, while bad debts rose and higher staffing and wages pushed up costs. London-based Standard Chartered, which earns about four-fifths of its income from Asia and the Middle East, said operating profit for both its consumer

  • U.S., Russia seek new Syria peace talks; rebels sceptical

    May 8, 2013 3:44 AM 17

    Kerry says Russia, U.S. have "common interests" in Syria MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia and the United States agreed to seek new peace talks with both sides to end Syria's civil war, but opposition leaders were sceptical on Wednesday of an initiative they fear might let President Bashar al-Assad hang on to power. Mindful the conflict may be far from over, Britain

  • China calls U.S. the "real hacking empire" after Pentagon report

    May 8, 2013 2:44 AM 22

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Wednesday accused the United States of sowing discord between China and its neighbours after the Pentagon said Beijing is using espionage to fuel its military modernisation, branding Washington the "real hacking empire". The latest salvo came a day after China's foreign ministry dismissed as groundless a Pentagon report which

  • Pakistan's Imran Khan injured in fall at election rally

    May 8, 2013 1:07 AM 17

    Pakistan's Imran Khan injured in fall at election rally LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan injured his head after falling off a mechanical lift raising him onto a stage at a rally on Tuesday four days before national elections, party and medical officials said. Khan fell as the lift was just short of the 15ft (4.5 metre)-high

  • EU Commission or ESM could wind down ailing banks - report

    May 7, 2013 11:25 PM 22

    BERLIN (Reuters) - People involved in negotiating a European banking union are discussing entrusting the European Commission or the euro zone's bailout fund with winding down ailing banks rather than creating a separate authority, a German newspaper said. That would help Europe make progress towards a banking union as it would not require EU treaties