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  • Billionaire trio unite for US immigration reform
    Billionaire trio unite for US immigration reform

    Three of the world's richest men -- Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Sheldon Adelson -- put aside their political differences to unite in scathing condemnation of US lawmakers' failure to implement immigration reform. In an opinion column in Friday's New York Times, the trio, who have a net worth of about $160 billion between them, said that a Congress paralyzed by partisanship is failing US citizens by refusing to make the compromises necessary to overhaul a system that Democrats, Republicans and President Barack Obama all say is broken. "Americans deserve better than this," the men wrote, adding that despite their political differences they would be able to draft a bill acceptable to each of them. They took particular aim at the Republican-led House of Representatives, which has stonewalled several attempts to craft legislation.

  • Apple iPhone a danger to China national security: state media

    Chinese state media branded Apple Inc's iPhone a threat to national security because of the smartphone's ability to track and time-stamp user locations. A report by broadcaster CCTV on Friday criticized the iPhone's "Frequent Locations" function for allowing users to be tracked and information about them revealed. Apple said in a statement sent to Reuters on Saturday that it was committed to protecting the privacy of its users, and that no unique information related to the user or the device was transmitted when using the location functions. We want to make sure all of our customers in China are clear about what we do and we don't do when it comes to privacy and your personal data," it said.

  • British tourist severs fingers on Walt Disney World ride in Florida

    A tourist from the United Kingdom lost two fingertips in an accident on a boat ride at Florida's Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, a local emergency official said on Friday. The 57-year-old man's fingertips were severed on Thursday morning on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the resort's Magic Kingdom theme park. The injury occurred as he was holding onto a boat with his fingertips outside the vessel, said Reedy Creek Fire Department Assistant Chief Bo Jones. The severed fingertips - on the ring and pinky fingers of his right hand - were not recovered, Jones said.

  • Republican governors' words shift on gay marriage
    Republican governors' words shift on gay marriage

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided American families and politics for years.

  • 'X-Files' auteur Chris Carter back with new series

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Chris Carter is back.

  • Anxiety grips Lebanon following blasts, arrests
    Anxiety grips Lebanon following blasts, arrests

    BEIRUT (AP) — The roadblocks and sandbags are back, cafes and hotels are nearly empty and many of the tourists are gone.

  • US House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'
    US House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money.

  • Erdogan vows to rewrite constitution for 'new Turkey'
    Erdogan vows to rewrite constitution for 'new Turkey'

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said he planned to rewrite the Turkish constitution if elected president, as he outlined his vision for a booming and powerful "new Turkey" in the next decade. In a key policy speech for his campaign for the August 10 presidential election, Erdogan said that the "old" Turkey characterised by military coups and instability was now a "thing of the past". Changing the constitution would allow Erdogan to ramp up the powers of the presidency, until now a largely ceremonial post, but which he has pledged to transform if he wins the country's first direct presidential poll as expected. "A new constitution on the path to new Turkey will be one of our priorities if elected president... A new constitution means a new future," he said.

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