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  • Kremlin to 'protect Russian cyberspace from unpredictable West'
    Kremlin to 'protect Russian cyberspace from unpredictable West'

    Moscow (AFP) - Russia is mulling measures to protect its cyberspace from the "unpredictable" West, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman told AFP on Friday, as experts warned the Kremlin may be considering disconnecting the country from the global web.

  • 'Miracle' panda triplets open their eyes in Chinese zoo
    'Miracle' panda triplets open their eyes in Chinese zoo

    A set of panda triplets, known as the world's only surviving trio, have opened their eyes for the first time more than a month after their birth in a Chinese zoo.

  • The 'CIA Canoe Pool' and other revelations from declassified government papers
    The 'CIA Canoe Pool' and other revelations from declassified government papers

    So what do we know after the CIA declassified more than 200 articles this week from its in-house journal, Studies in Intelligence?

  • Netflix tells Canada regulator it shouldn't subsidize 'old media'
    Netflix tells Canada regulator it shouldn't subsidize 'old media'

    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Online video streaming service Netflix Inc told Canada's broadcast regulator on Friday that it opposes paying to support "old media" and its own commercial interests and market dynamics were enough to ensure it distributed Canadian content. The submissions from Netflix came on the last day of a two-week hearing on the future of Canadian television in which the Californian company has been painted as a disruptive threat to the country's established cable and broadcast television interests. ...

  • Other automakers to challenge Tesla in over-the-air software upgrades

    By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - Electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc on Friday announced it is rolling out a software upgrade over-the-air to its current Model S owners, a unique ability that other automakers are expected to offer within a few years. Tesla, based in Silicon Valley, has completed more than a dozen over-the-air software upgrades since the Model S was first sold in mid-2012, said Egil Juliussen, director of research for automotive electronic technology for IHS Automotive. ...

  • North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'

    By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - An American recently sentenced to six years hard labor by a North Korean court pretended to have secret U.S. information and was deliberately arrested in a bid to become famous and meet U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae in a North Korean prison, state media said on Saturday. Matthew Miller, 25, of Bakersfield, California, had prepared his story in advance and written in a notebook that he was seeking refuge after failing in an attempt to collect information about the U.S. government, state media said. ...

  • Israel-Palestinian 'solution' to be put to UN Security Council

    Paris (AFP) - A "solution to the conflict" between the Israelis and Palestinians will be put to the UN Security Council, French President Francois Hollande said Friday after meeting Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in Paris.

  • Islamic State creates police force in northwest Iraq
    Islamic State creates police force in northwest Iraq

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq's northwest Nineveh province have created a police force to "implement the orders of the religious judiciary," according to a well-known militant Islamist website. Photos on the website showed armed men in black clothing with "Islamic Police Nineveh State” printed on the arm. The police forces were in freshly painted police cars and one photo showed militiamen on a river boat. It was not clear when the photos were posted or when the police force was established. ...

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