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Yahoo sues Facebook for infringing 10 patents

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc sued Facebook Inc over 10 patents that include methods and systems for advertising on the Web, opening the first major legal battle among big technology companies in social media. The lawsuit, filed in a San Jose, California federal court on Monday, marks a major escalation of patent litigation that has already swept up the ...

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Europe’s water resources ‘under pressure’

Continued inefficient use of water could threaten Europe's economy, productivity and ecosystems, a report has warned. The European Environment Agency (EEA) said that water resources were under pressure and things were getting worse. It said…

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Rebekah Brooks among six arrested in phone-hacking investigation

Former Sun editor held by Operation Weeting detectives on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice Fomer Sun and News of the World editor, was among six arrested today in Operation Weeting’s phone-hacking investigation. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Rebekah Brooks is among six people arrested by Scotland Yard detectives on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, ...

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Annan ends Syria visit with no clear progress

BEIRUT – UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has ended talks with President Bashar al-Assad and left Syria with little sign of progress on halting the country’s growing political bloodshed. “I am optimistic for several reasons,” Annan said in Damascus on Sunday. “The situation is so bad and so dangerous that all of us cannot afford to fail.” There was no ...

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Germany’s Merkel makes brief visit to Afghanistan

GEIR MOULSON Associated Press= BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel made a one-day trip Monday to visit German troops in northern Afghanistan and offered President Hamid Karzai her condolences over the killing of 16 civilians by a U.S. solider, the government said. Merkel arrived in Mazar-e-Sharif early in the morning. She originally planned also to visit Kunduz, another northern area ...

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Time to tackle water crisis, global forum told

AFP – A global meeting on water opened in France on Monday with demands to provide billions of poor people with clean water and decent sanitation and address the spiralling demands of the future. “The challenges are huge and the problems are deep-rooted,” French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said as he opened the sixth World Water Forum in the southern ...

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Obama warns against rushed Afghanistan exit

Barack Obama has warned against “a rush for the exits” in Afghanistan as questions mount about US war strategy after a soldier’s shooting rampage killed 16 civilians. In a string of interviews on Monday to local television stations, the US president said the massacre would not change strategy or plans for keeping troops. “It’s important for us to make sure ...

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Ban urges action now to save Syria

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged Syria’s president to swiftly end his regime’s bloody crackdown and appealed to the divided UN Security Council to unite and help the country “pull back from the brink of a deeper catastrophe.” The UN secretary general led a ministerial debate in the council on challenges from the Arab Spring which is certain to be…

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Afghan slaughter ‘unforgivable’, says Hamid Karzai

AN American soldier was being interrogated today after opening fire on civilians in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 16, including children, in an attack described by Afghan president Hamid Karzai as "unforgivable." Nine children and three women were among the dead, Mr Karzai said. The shooter was an Army staff sergeant based out of the Fort Lewis-McChord joint base in ...

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Japan remembers horrific quake, tsunami

RIKUZENTAKATA, JAPAN— People across Japan prayed and stood in silence Sunday to remember the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation one year ago, killing 19,000 people and unleashing the world’s worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century. In the devastated northeastern coastal town of Rikuzentakata, a siren sounded at 2:46 p.m. – the exact time the magnitude-9.0 quake ...

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