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Two dead, 89 injured as heavy snow hits Japan: Reports

Tokyo: Heavy snow and severe weather struck Tokyo and other areas across Japan on Saturday, leaving two dead and around 90 injured, reports said. More than 600 flights were grounded as the weather agency issued a severe storm warning for the capital. As much as 12 centimetres (4.8 inches) of snow was…

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IAEA officials arrive in Iran for cooperation talks

ITEHRAN, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) — Officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have arrived in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials on bilateral cooperation, Press TV reported on Saturday….

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Spain princess testifies in historic fraud probe

A Spanish princess headed into court Saturday for a historic judicial hearing to help determine whether she and her husband illegally used company funds for personal expenses, including lavish parties at their modernist Barcelona mansion. Princess Cristina, the first Spanish royal to face questioning in court since…

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NSA collects less than 30 percent of U.S. call data, officials say

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency is collecting less than 30 percent of all Americans’ call records because of an inability to keep pace with the explosion in cellphone use, according to current and former U.S. officials. The disclosure contradicts popular perceptions that the government is sweeping up virtually all domestic phone data. It is also likely to raise questions ...

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800,000-year-old footprints in England: 5 human footprints include 2 children

The 800,000-year-old footprints in England, which were found in an ancient estuary mud, are “the earliest evidence of human life in northern Europe” and indicate that a group of people consisting of at least five people, including two children and one male, were walking along England’s eastern coast between 800,000 and one million years ago, reported The Washington Times on ...

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South Africa Government Counts its Successes as Elections Loom

Thuso Khumalo JOHANNESBURG — The 2014 national elections in South Africa, set for May 7, come as the country celebrates the 20th anniversary of democracy, with the black majority African National Congress – ANC at the helm. The ruling party hopes to continue in power by showing what it has achieved in 20 years. The 2014 national elections in South ...

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State Department Official Apologizes for E.U. Comments

A senior State Department official –who appeared to say “fuck the EU” in a leaked phone call — has apologized to her European counterparts, a spokesperson said Thursday. What appears to be a private conversation between…

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Dozens hurt in Bosnia protests

Sarajevo – More than 130 people, including 104 police officers, were injured on Thursday in a second day of anti-government demonstrations in the Bosnian town of Tuzla, as protests over unemployment and political inertia spread across the country. The protests highlight public resentment over the political bickering that has stifled governance and economic development since the 1992-1995 war in the ...

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Renowned Japanese composer Mamoru Samuragochi admits fraud

TOKYO: He was celebrated as a prolific musical genius whose compositions appeared in popular video games and the competition routine of a top figure skater in the coming Sochi Olympics. His deafness won him praise as Japan’s modern-day Beethoven. It turns out that his magnum opus was his own masquerade. On Thursday, Japan learned that one of its most popular ...

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Google launches corporate video conferencing product ‘Chromebox’

Google took aim at office meeting rooms with the release of a Chromebox for video conferencing. “These days, we often connect with each other from far-flung locations, coordinating time zones and dialing into conference calls from our phones,” product management vice…

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