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Thai protesters in violent clashes with police

Thousands of anti-government protesters face water cannons and rubber bullets as they clash with police in Thailand 10:55AM GMT 02 Dec 2013 Thousands protesters battled through police tear gas in a renewed attempt to seize the office of the prime minister, Government House, and other key government buildings in the Thai capital Bangkok. The protests, aimed at toppling Yingluck Shinawatra’s ...

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Ukraine protesters dig in heels, PM condemns ‘signs of coup’

December 02: Ukrainian protesters today blockaded government buildings and camped on Kiev’s central square, seeking to oust President Viktor Yanukovych after police brutality and a row over EU ties plunged the country into its worst political crisis in a decade. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said the protest bore “all the signs of a coup” as tens of thousands of demonstrators ...

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Romania President Won’t Sign IMF Memorandum

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian President Traian Basescu says he won’t sign a letter of intent and International Monetary Fund memorandum to protest a government decision to hike fuel prices. In November, the government said it would increase 1 liter (0.26 gallon) of fuel by seven eurocents (5 U.S. cents), which Basescu said was aimed at raising revenue for elections next…

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Amazon Drones Are Part of Jeff Bezos’s Pre-Lobbying Strategy

What do Amazon’s new drone delivery program, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, and Uber’s ice-cream sandwiches have in common? They all look like a kind of blogger-bait vaporware — improbable PR stunts designed to garner lots of attention and make the companies behind them look cool and innovative while getting customers excited about the future. But I don’t think hype is the ...

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Croatians vote to ban gay marriage

Constitution will be amended after 65% of voters back statement that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman A gay rights protest in Zagreb on Saturday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images A majority of Croatians have voted in a referendum to ban gay marriages in what is a major victory for the Catholic Church-backed conservatives in the European Union’s newest ...

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Amazon testing drones for delivery, Jeff Bezos says

Amazon’s PrimeAir drones. Photo: 60 Minutes Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon.com, says the company is testing drones to deliver goods, as it works to improve efficiency and speed in getting products to consumers. Bezos unveiled the plan on the US version of 60 Minutes, showing interviewer Charlie Rose the flying machines that can be used as delivery…

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Australia spy agency offered to share data on citizens

AFP – Australia’s spy agency offered to share information about its own citizens with its foreign intelligence partners, according to leaked documents published Monday. The latest revelations by US intelligence fugitive Edward Snowden, reported by The Guardian Australia, show that the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD)…

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Ukraine opposition calls for general strike

Ukraine’s political opposition has said it will call a country-wide general strike to force the resignation of the country’s president after police broke up pro-Europe protests using batons and stun grenades. Arseny Yatsenyuk, one of three opposition leaders and a former economy minister, said on Saturday that the organisers have begun preparations for “an all-Ukraine national strike” to topple President ...

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Paul Walker’s death in car crash stuns Hollywood

Actors, artists and celebrities reacted late Saturday to the death of “The Fast and the Furious” actor Paul Walker, who along with another man was killed in a single-car crash in the Santa Clarita Valley. Sheriff’s officials said speed was a factor in the accident. Walker’s “Fast and Furious” co-star Vin Diesel posted this to Instagram: therealvindiesel Brother I will ...

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