Penitent hacker aims to protect world’s ATMs
VASLUI, Romania - Valentin Boanta, sitting in his jail cell, proudly explains the device he has invented which, he says, could make the world’s ATMs impregnable even to tech-savvy criminals like himself.
China says EU solar duties would 'seriously harm' trade
BEIJING - China warned the European Union on Thursday (16/05/2013) that duties on Chinese solar panels would “seriously harm” bilateral trade, upping the tone of criticism a week after the EU said it would move ahead with hefty penalties in June.
Obama to meet with military leaders about sexual assaults
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will meet with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other leaders of the U.S. military on Thursday (16/05/2013) to discuss their efforts to stop sexual assaults in the armed forces, a White House spokeswoman said.
Pope rails against 'dictatorship of the economy'
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis issued a strong call for world financial reform on Thursday (16/05/2013), condemning a heartless “dictatorship of the economy” and saying the economic crisis had made life worse for millions in rich and poor countries.
Bomber in Afghanistan kills 15, including six Americans
KABUL - A suicide bomber in a car attacked a convoy of foreign troops in Kabul on Thursday (16/05/2013), killing at least 15 people including six Americans, Afghan and foreign officials said, in one of the worst attacks in the Afghan capital in months.
US sees China launch as test of anti-satellite muscle
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government believes a Chinese missile launch this week was the first test of a new interceptor that could be used to destroy a satellite in orbit, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Wednesday.
'Jeeks', 'nuffies' and moms targeted by cricketing Facebook
WELLINGTON - Hunched over desks staring at computer screens paid for in part by New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum, employees at a small Wellington company are hard at work laying the foundations for what they hope will be the next social media revolution.
Tornadoes rip through Texas, killing six
DALLAS - At least six people were killed and scores injured when tornadoes ripped through a stretch of Texas near the Dallas-Fort Worth area after dark on Wednesday, destroying homes and uprooting trees, authorities said.
Japan takes first step to a permanent reactor shutdown
TOKYO - Experts judged on Wednesday (15/05/2013) that a reactor on Japan’s west coast is located on ground at high risk of an earthquake, setting in motion a process that will likely lead to the first permanent shutdown of a nuclear plant since the 2011 Fukushima crisis.
Syria’s savagery will thwart reconciliation
BEIRUT - Syrian soldiers slowly stab a man to death, puncturing his back dozens of times. A rebel commander bites an organ ripped out of an enemy combatant. A young boy hacks the head off a prisoner. A soldier mutilates the genitals of a corpse.
Russia says CIA agent caught trying to recruit spy
MOSCOW - Russia said on Tuesday (14/05/2013) it had caught an American red-handed as he tried to recruit a Russian intelligence officer to work for the CIA, a throwback to the Cold War era that risks upsetting efforts to improve relations.
Japanese mayor sparks outrage with sex-slave remarks
TOKYO - China expressed outrage on Tuesday (14/05/2013) over remarks by the mayor of the Japanese city of Osaka who said Japan’s system of military brothels during World War Two was "necessary", as the Japanese government sought to distance itself from the comments.
Starman falls to Earth after five-month space odyssey
ALMATY/CAPE CANAVERAL - The Canadian astronaut who became a music sensation when his zero-gravity version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” went viral on the web returned to Earth along with two crewmates on Tuesday (14/05/2013) after a five-month stint on the International Space Station.
Eating insects could help fight obesity
ROME - The thought of eating beetles, caterpillars and ants may give you the creeps, but the authors of a U.N. report published on Monday (13/05/2013) said the health benefits of consuming nutritious insects could help fight obesity.
Top US admiral puts cyber security on the Navy’s radar
SINGAPORE - Cyber security and warfare are on par with a credible nuclear deterrent in the defence priorities of the United States, the U.S. Navy’s top admiral said on Monday (13/05/2013), after the Pentagon accused China of trying to hack into its computer networks.
UK PM Cameron moves to quell party revolt over Europe
British Prime Minister David Cameron moved to end a revolt over European Union membership in his ruling Conservative party on Monday (13/05/2013), saying all his ministers backed his strategy on the issue despite two expressing more sceptical views than his own.