Oscar contenders pull their weight – Quad City Times

Quad City TimesThe depth of the Academy Awards’ Best Picture nominees makes it tough to pick a probable winner from the pool. Remarkably, while three contenders — “Gravity,” “12 Years…

Oscars: What to watch out for – BBC News

BBC NewsThe voting is over. With only one day to go, here’s a look at what this year’s Oscar race could throw up. The Best Picture race is tougher to…

Mark Zuckerberg Plans To Connect the World – Auto World News

Auto World NewsMark Zuckerberg smiles onstage before delivering a keynote speech during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Feb. 24, 2014. (Photo : Reuters). Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark…

How Lenovo Built a Chinese Tech Giant – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalChina’s Lenovo Group Ltd., once known as Legend, grew from a tiny government-funded venture in the 1980s to a global powerhouse that last year became the No. 1…

At least 4 killed as large explosion hits Cairo police headquarters – Fox News

Fox NewsCAIRO – A car bomb struck the main Egyptian police headquarters Friday in the heart of Cairo, killing at least four people in a hugely symbolic attack on the…

Pope defrocked 400 priests in 2 years – USA TODAY

USA TODAYVATICAN CITY (AP) — A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for sexually molesting children.…

Ariel Sharon: Israel’s Soldier and Strongman, 1928-2014 – TIME

TIMEAriel Sharon died Saturday after having spent the last eight of his 85 years. Incapacitated by a coma that followed a massive stroke, Sharon’s last hours were spent with members…

Ariel Sharon needs a ‘miracle’ to prevent further decline – Haaretz

HaaretzDirector of Sheba Medical Center says the former leader’s health has deteriorated for sixth straight day. By Ido Efrati and The Associated Press | Jan. 6, 2014 | 12:38 PM.…

Nuns Miss Pope’s New Year’s Phone Call – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaA group of nuns in Spain got quite the New Year’s surprise when they checked their answering machine and realized they had missed a call from the pope.…

Canada Supreme Court strikes down prostitution laws – BBC News

BBC NewsThe Supreme Court of Canada has struck down the country’s anti-prostitution laws, including bans on brothels and soliciting for clients on the street. It follows a case taken by…

The political options: Parliament has a year to respond to prostitution ruling – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and MailParliament could let the laws expire in a year and essentially decriminalize prostitution. This would be the preferred option of some sex workers and their advocates, who…

North Korea troops pledge loyalty en masse as Seoul on alert – Times LIVE

Times LIVENorth Korean People’s Army soldiers take part in a rally to swear allegiance to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of the second death anniversary of former leader…

Ancient Mars lake could have supported life, Curiosity rover shows – Fox News

Fox NewsNASA’s Curiosity rover has found evidence of an ancient Martian lake that could have supported life as we know it for long stretches — perhaps millions of years. This…

Usher’s stepson honoured with run/walk – Calgary Herald

Calgary HeraldATLANTA — It’s been more than a year since the son of Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Raymond died in a boating accident on a Georgia lake. Raymond is working to…

Charles Saatchi ‘heartbroken’ over Nigella Lawson. – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsCharles Saatchi is “utterly heartbroken at having lost” Nigella Lawson. The millionaire art dealer said in emotional testimony Friday that his divorce from the sexy celebrity chef…