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    Today is Saturday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2014. There are 172 days left in the year.

  • North Korea condemns visit by US aircraft carrier
    North Korea condemns visit by US aircraft carrier

    North Korea on Saturday condemned a port visit by a US aircraft carrier to the South as a "reckless" act of provocation following proposals by Pyongyang to ease cross-border tensions. The USS George Washington arrived in the southern port of Busan on Friday for joint military exercises starting next week. A spokesman of the Policy Department of the North's National Defence Commission (NDC) said the visit was "little short of its 'gunboat diplomacy' in the last century" and "in defiance" of the North's overtures. "The US should properly understand that the more persistently it resorts to reckless nuclear blackmail and threat, the further the DPRK (North Korea) will bolster up its cutting edge nuclear force for self-defence", the spokesman was quoted as saying by the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

  • Sri Lanka Muslim leader warns of radicalisation after riots

    Sri Lanka's most senior Muslim politician Friday warned that his government's failure to restrain Buddhist monks accused of sparking religious hate attacks will foment Islamic extremism and threaten security. Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem said he had been under intense pressure from supporters to quit President Mahinda Rajapakse's coalition after it failed to prevent last month's deadly religious violence. Four people were killed and 80 wounded in the worst religious riots to hit the island in recent decades. Hakeem told the Foreign Correspondents' Association in Colombo that "Islamophobia" was gripping the mainly Buddhist country where Muslims accounted for 10 percent of the 20 million population.

  • Hubble Telescope Spies Gorgeous Galactic 'String of Pearls' (Photos, Video)
    Hubble Telescope Spies Gorgeous Galactic 'String of Pearls' (Photos, Video)

    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a strange celestial "string of pearls" wrapped around the hearts of two merging elliptical galaxies. The curly string is about 100,000 light-years long and sports blue "pearls" — actually huge young star clusters — every 3,000 light-years along the way, researchers said. "We were surprised to find this stunning morphology," study leader Grant Tremblay, of the European Southern Observatory in Garching, Germany, said in a statement. "We've long known that the 'beads on a string' phenomenon is seen in the arms of spiral galaxies and in tidal bridges between interacting galaxies.

  • Inauthentic, but fast and delicious kung pao pork
    Inauthentic, but fast and delicious kung pao pork

    Let's just get something out of the way right at the top. This is not an authentic kung pao recipe. If you are looking for an authentic kung pao recipe, just move along.

  • Pentagon Successfully Tests First Small-Caliber, Self-Guided Bullets [VIDEO]
    Pentagon Successfully Tests First Small-Caliber, Self-Guided Bullets [VIDEO]

    The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the first successful live-fire tests of the military’s first smart, self-guided bullets. In a video released by DARPA Thursday, Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO) .50-caliber bullets maneuvered independently mid-flight to accurately strike targets purposefully offset from where the firing sniper rifle was aimed. Wired reported in 2012 the first successful prototype test of the military’s first-ever guided small-caliber bullets, developed by Sandia National Laboratories and Lockheed Martin. The bullets can strike a target accurately while accommodating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors, according to DARPA.

  • Microsoft says cybercrime bust frees 4.7 million infected PCs

    By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said it has freed at least 4.7 million infected personal computers from control of cyber crooks in its most successful digital crime-busting operation, which interrupted service at an Internet-services firm last week. The world's largest software maker has also identified at least another 4.7 million infected machines, though many are likely still controlled by cyber fraudsters, Microsoft's cybercrime-fighting Digital Crimes Unit said on Thursday. Richard Domingues Boscovich, assistant general counsel of the unit, said Microsoft would quickly provide government authorities and Internet service providers around the world with the IP addresses of infected machines so they can help users remove the viruses. "Those victims are currently not aware they are infected," Boscovich said in an interview.

  • James' return to Cleveland could complicate GOP
    James' return to Cleveland could complicate GOP

    Celebrations aside, LeBron James' decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA could complicate the Republican Party's plan to nominate its presidential contender on Lake's Erie's shores in 2016.

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