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January 29, 2015 08:41
Reuters / Regis Duvignau
French police question 8yo in Nice for praising terrorists
An eight-year-old boy in the southern French city of Nice has been questioned by police following comments in which he expressed “solidarity” with the Charlie Hebdo gunmen.
Man walks past television screens displaying a news program, about an Islamic State video showing Japanese captive Kenji Goto, on a street in Tokyo January 28, 2015. (Reuters/Yuya Shino) ISIS threatens to execute Jordanian hostage unless Iraqi prisoner released by Thursday sunset
ISIS is threatening to “immediately” kill a Jordanian hostage if Iraqi Sajida al-Rishawi is not delivered for a swap on the Turkish border by Thursday at sunset, according to unverified audio attributed to Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.
The Blackphone (Reuters/Albert Gea) World’s most ‘NSA-proof’ phone vulnerable to simple SMS hack
A smartphone marketed as the most anti-surveillance, NSA-proof personal device – the BlackPhone – has been found vulnerable to a simple SMS attack that allows the hacker to steal contacts, decrypt messages, and even take full control of the device.
Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks during the opening ceremony of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit in San Antonio de Belen province of Heredia January 28, 2015. (Reuters/Costa Rica Presidency) Cuba urges US to end economic blockade, return Guantanamo
Cuban leader Raul Castro has called on the US to end the economic embargo against the country and demanded that Guantanamo Bay be returned to Cuba as relations between the two nations undergo a historic thaw.
House damaged in artillery fire in Gorlovka, eastern Ukraine. Screenshot from RT video
Life under fire: Civilians trapped in E. Ukraine conflict zone adjust to war reality
Residents of towns along the frontline in eastern Ukraine have been living in constant fear ever since full-scale fighting resumed there. RT’s Roman Kosarev has spoken to those trying to survive in the very heart of the conflict zone.
Reuters / Simon Akam ‘Claims exaggerated’: Bioenergy challenges sustainable food future, study says
Innovative energy policy that promotes turning plants into fuel turns out to be quite controversial. It requires the use of agricultural land with little positive impact on the greenhouse effect, according to a new report from a global research group.
Reuters / David Mercado Blast from the past: Ancient skull suggests Neanderthals and Homo sapiens interbred
A partial skull unearthed in the Manot Cave in Israel's West Galilee has given paleontologists the first key evidence that modern humans co-inhabited the area with Neanderthals with whom they possibly interbred up to 55,000 years ago.
Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch Bill Gates on AI doomsday: ‘I don’t understand why we aren’t concerned’
Artificial intelligence poses a real threat to humankind, Bill Gates warns, and he “does not understand” those who are not concerned with this notion. But Microsoft’s head of research, Eric Horvitz, says the fears are exaggerated.
Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi Helicopter carrying ton of hash crashes in Spain, killing 2 pilots
A helicopter trying to smuggle almost a ton of hashish into the Malaga province of Spain crashed into an electricity pylon during a police chase, killing both pilots on board.
Lake Baikal (RIA Novosti/Ekaterina Chesnokova) Lake Baikal's water level nears critical low, conservation advised
The water level at Lake Baikal, the world's deepest body of freshwater, is at its lowest in decades and nearing a critical threshold, authorities in Russia's Irkutsk region warn. Residents are advised to cut down their water and electricity consumption.
Reuters/Eric Gaillard ​Voltaire’s ‘Treatise on Tolerance’ climbing French bestseller lists
A book by French philosopher Voltaire, written in 1763 about the dangers of religious fanaticism, is ascending France's bestseller lists. The surge in sales comes just weeks after extremist attacks left 17 people dead in Paris.
Reuters/Benoit Tessier Friends are best predictors of our long-term health, lifespans – study
Friends are the most accurate readers of our potentially fatal habits. A study has found that our pals are more likely to predict when we'll die and if we'll get ill, since we're often blind to our own traits.
Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun) Israel blames Hezbollah for Spanish peacekeeper’s death on Lebanese border
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has blamed Hezbollah for the death of a Spanish UN peacekeeper killed in retaliatory Israeli mortar fire in southern Lebanon on Wednesday.
Reuters/Vivek Prakash Canada's spy agency tracks file-sharing websites worldwide – Snowden docs
Millions of pictures, videos, and other files downloaded online globally are being watched by Canada's electronic spy agency CSE, says the latest mass surveillance report based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

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