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Google’s Schaft robot wins Darpa rescue challenge – BBC News

BBC NewsA robot developed by a Japanese start-up recently acquired by Google is the winner of a two-day competition hosted by the Pentagon’s research unit Darpa. Team Schaft’s machine carried out all eight rescue-themed tasks to outscore its rivals by a wide …Google seeks to commercialize humanoid robotsComputerworldRobots’ New Challenge: Pentagon Boot CampWall Street JournalGoogle’s […]

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Iranian negotiator says “little progress” in nuclear talks – Xinhua

XinhuaTEHRAN, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) — Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said “little progress” has been made in the ongoing expert-level nuclear talks between the representative of the Islamic republic and six world powers, Press TV reported on Sunday. Abbas Araqchi …US will seek triggers to reimpose sanctions on Iran: RiceReutersAnalysis: Congress and the role of diplomatJerusalem […]

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Analysis: Congress and the role of diplomat – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem PostAmerican lawmakers’ bill on new round of Iran sanctions send clear message to US President Barack Obama: We don’t trust your administration to handle the Islamic Republic on its own. US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on deals over Iran’s nuclear …US will seek triggers to reimpose sanctions on Iran: RiceReutersObama’s Iran Sanctions […]

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Apple strikes multi-year deal with China Mobile – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukApple has announced a long-awaited distribution deal with China Mobile, the world’s biggest phone carrier, which could generate billions in revenue for the world’s most valuable tech company. Demand for iPhones, once hugely popular in China, have …China Mobile’s iPhone FactorWall Street JournalDeal lets Apple in on China’s largest mobile networkLos Angeles TimesApple signs iPhone […]

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Rangers top Wild – Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneNew York, NY Sports.com —. Carl Hagelin broke a tie in the second period and the New York Rangers went on to beat the Minnesota Wild, 4-1, at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Cam Talbot made 24 saves for the Rangers, who improved to 2-4-2 on …Rangers win at home, 4-1, over Minnesota WildNewsdayStruggling […]

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Paddy Power hits slam-dunk low with North Korean stunt – Irish Times

Irish TimesUS basketball star Dennis Rodman speaks to North Korean basketball players in Pyongyang last Friday. Photograph: AP Photo/David Guttenfelder. Una Mullally. Topics: Debate; More Topics. Mon, Dec 23, 2013, 01:00. First published: Mon, Dec 23, 2013, 01: …North Korea Unveils More Kim Family StatuesWall Street Journal (blog)Kim Jong-un orders rounding up of people connected […]

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Three core, secular members of 2011 Arab Spring movement jailed in Egypt – CBS News

CBS NewsIn this Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, file photo, Ahmed Maher, with sunglasses, the leader of the April 6 youth group that had a leading role in the 2011 uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak, tries to turn himself into prosecutors over an arrest warrant …In Egypt, the ‘revolution’ is eating its youngChristian Science MonitorEgypt […]

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Egypt jails three activists over unauthorised protest – Financial Times

Financial TimesThree leading figures in Egypt’s 2011 revolution have been given prison sentences just weeks after their arrest on charges of holding an unauthorised protest and attacking police officers as the military-backed authorities extend their crackdown beyond …Egypt Jails Secular Activists Under New Law Restricting ProtestsWall Street JournalEgypt activists get three years in prison for […]

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Khodorkovsky says he will work to release other political prisoners – Washington Post

Washington PostMOSCOW — Mikhail Khodorkovsky has yet to decide how he will spend the rest of his life, but one thing is clear: The former Russian oil tycoon, who has castigated the Kremlin throughout the decade he has spent in prison, is not going into politics. Instead …Khodorkovsky: Russia Still Has Political PrisonersVoice of AmericaKhodorkovsky […]

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Thai protesters stage new mass rally in Bangkok – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.comBANGKOK — Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Thailand’s capital on Sunday, paralyzing traffic and facing off with police outside the prime minister’s residence in their latest bid to force her from office. The rally came a day after Thailand’s main …Protests Shut Down Central BangkokVoice of AmericaThai Antigovernment Protesters Stage Mass RallyWall Street […]

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Khodorkovsky on Putin: ‘They were humane about my family’ – BBC News

BBC NewsMikhail Khodorkovsky has reacted philosophically when asked about his personal feelings towards Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former oil tycoon was released from prison on Friday after serving 10 years for fraud and tax evasion. “I’ve always …Khodorkovsky Says He Won’t Return to PoliticsWall Street JournalKhodorkovsky: Will seek to free political inmatesHouston ChronicleMikhail Khodorkovsky […]

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Khodorkovsky vows to help Russian political prisoners – BBC News

BBC NewsFormer oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has said he will do all he can to ensure the release of other Russian political prisoners. At a press conference in Berlin, he thanked his supporters and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for helping to secure his …Khodorkovsky: Don’t boycott 2014 Sochi OlympicsHouston ChronicleKhodorkovsky Says He Won’t Return to […]

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Thai Antigovernment Protesters Stage Mass Rally – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalThai antigovernment protesters gathering during a rally outside Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s residence on Dec. 22. Associated Press. BANGKOK—Large crowds of protesters spilled out onto the streets of Thailand’s capital Sunday in a bid to force …Thai protesters stage new mass rally in BangkokUSA TODAYThai Protesters Surround Yingluck’s House as She Tours NorthBloombergTens […]

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UN chief calls on donor nations to ramp up aid to typhoon-battered Philippines – ABC Online

ABC OnlineUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on donor nations to ramp up aid to the typhoon-battered Philippines as it grapples with a funding shortfall on the long road to recovery. “We must not allow this to be another forgotten crisis,” Mr Ban …World is behind you, Ban tells Philippine typhoon survivorsThe News InternationalUN […]

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Thai opposition protesters gear up for fresh mass rally – Times of India

Times of IndiaBANGKOK: Thousands of Thai anti-government protesters massed ahead of a major rally on Sunday aimed at suspending democracy, paralyzing parts of central Bangkok a day after the main opposition party declared a boycott of snap polls. At least 1,000 …Thai opposition to hold fresh mass rally in BangkokBBC NewsThai opposition party to boycott […]

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Thai opposition to boycott polls – The Nation

The NationBANGKOK : Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party on Saturday announced it would boycott snap elections in the crisis-gripped kingdom, piling further pressure on the government as protesters prepared to ramp up rallies aimed at suspending …Thailand Opposition Democrat Party to Boycott ElectionsWall Street JournalThai Opposition to Boycott February VoteVoice of AmericaThai Opposition Party Will […]

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Thai opposition party to boycott general election – Boston.com

Boston.comBANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party has announced that it will boycott February’s general election, deepening the country’s weekslong political crisis. The party’s leader, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, announced the boycott …Thai opposition to boycott 2 February electionsBBC NewsThai opposition meets to decide on election boycottReuters UKThai Red Shirts Wait in Wings […]

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Spanish government backs tough abortion laws – The Independent

The IndependentThe Spanish conservative government has backed proposals that would create a tougher abortion law, giving doctors the right to refuse to perform a termination on reasons of conscience. The bill would only allow a pregnancy to be terminated in the case of …Spain government approves new abortion lawTimes of IndiaSpanish gov’t approves strict new […]

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Blackberry and Foxconn agree a five-year deal – BBC News

BBC NewsStruggling smartphone maker Blackberry has agreed a five-year deal with Foxconn, the big Taiwan-based maker of electronic products and components. The two companies will initially work on the development of a new smartphone. Blackberry also …BlackBerry’s Foxconn Deal Spurs Evolution Into Services CompanyBusinessweekAt BlackBerry, Stock Jumps Despite Big LossWall Street JournalBlackBerry hits the reset […]

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BlackBerry posts quarterly loss of $4.4b – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeTORONTO — BlackBerry reported a massive $4.4 billion loss in the third quarter and a 56 percent drop in revenue in its first quarterly report under new chairman and chief executive John Chen. Despite the results, Chen said on a conference call with analysts …BlackBerry’s Foxconn Deal Spurs Evolution Into Services CompanyBloombergAt BlackBerry, Stock […]

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Apollo Theatre collapse: Initial safety checks complete – BBC News

BBC NewsInitial safety checks at a London theatre where a part of a ceiling collapsed have been completed. Seventy-six people were injured when ornate plasterwork at the Apollo fell during a production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse ’caused by heavy downpour’Telegraph.co.ukLondon Theaters Undergo Safety Checks After Ceiling […]

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BlackBerry shares surge 15.5% on Foxconn deal – USA TODAY

USA TODAYShares of BlackBerry surged 15.5% Friday to close at $7.22 after the company announced a five-year partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn. The primary focus of the deal will be creating a smartphone for Indonesia and “other fast-growing …Racing to Remake BlackBerryWall Street JournalBlackberry’s down (way down) but not quite outChristian Science MonitorBlackBerry steps back […]

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UPDATE 4-BlackBerry steps back on handset business, shares jump – Reuters

Reuters(Adds details). By Euan Rocha, Alastair Sharp and Allison Martell. TORONTO Dec 20 (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd said on Friday it was entering a handset production deal that lowers the risk it will have to take more massive writedowns on unsold smartphones, …Can BlackBerry Be Fixed?InformationWeekBlackBerry Outsources Hardware Business in Turnaround BidWall Street JournalBlackBerry CEO […]

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Canada court strikes down prostitution restrictions – Irish Times

Irish TimesValerie Scott (left), one of three current and former sex workers who initiated a challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws, has her picture taken with a copy of the ruling at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa today. Photograph: Chris Wattie/Reuters. Topics …Canada’s high court strikes down curbs on prostitutionAFPSupreme Court prostitution decision: 5 […]

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Spain Hits Google With $1.2M Fine for ‘Illegal’ Privacy Violations – Mashable

MashableSpain’s privacy watchdog hit Google with a $1.2 million fine for breaking the country’s data protection laws and “seriously infringe citizens’ rights.” The Data Protection Agency found Google guilty of three separate violations for collecting information about its …Google fined by Spanish data watchdog over audacious privacy tweakRegisterGoogle fined by Spanish data protection authority over […]

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Ex-tycoon Khodorkovsky released from prison – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a decree pardoning jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the man who has been described as his archrival. Khodorkovsky has spent the past 10 years in prison on charges of tax evasion …Putin Signs Decree Pardoning KhodorkovskyTIMEMoscow residents react to news of Khodorkovsky pardonBBC NewsRussia to […]