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Senators urge Pentagon to end systematic faking of its accounts

(Reuters) – Four senators have called on the Defense Department to end a practice that involves deliberately inserting false numbers into the Pentagon’s accounting ledgers and financial reports. The senators sent a letter to Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale urging the Pentagon to stop an accounting practice widely known as “plugging.” The letter, dated June […]

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At E3, signs that virtual reality’s time may finally be coming

(Reuters) – In 2013, Oculus VR’s booth at Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry’s biggest annual convention, was relegated to a far corner of the showfloor near the restrooms. What a difference a year makes. At the 2014 expo this week, the startup, which Facebook bought in March for $2 billion, drew crowds of oglers […]

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Iraqi airstrike kills seven Kurdish security forces in Diyala: police

(Reuters) – At least seven members of the Kurdish security forces were killed in an airstrike in Iraq’s northeastern province of Diyala on Saturday, police said. The secretary general of the Kurdish security forces said however that only two people had died near the town of Jalawla in what he described as shelling, and that […]

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Turkey defends actions over consulate seizure in Iraq, 80 still held

(Reuters) – Diplomats and soldiers trapped inside Turkey’s consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had no option but to surrender this week after hundreds of heavily armed Islamist militants surrounded the building, the foreign ministry said on Saturday. The seizure by insurgents from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on […]

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Rebels shoot down Ukraine military plane, killing 49

Kiev/Donetsk Ukraine (Reuters) — Forty-nine Ukrainian military personnel were killed when rebels shot down a cargo plane during the night over the airport of the eastern city of Luhansk, a military spokesman said on Saturday. Luhansk is one of the centers of a pro-Russian separatist movement in Ukraine’s east which has risen up against the […]

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Afghans test democracy as they cast vote anew

Kabul (Reuters) — Afghans headed back to the polls on Saturday for a second round of voting to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai in a decisive test of Afghanistan’s ambitions to transfer power democratically for the first time in its tumultuous history. The vote pits former anti-Taliban fighter Abdullah Abdullah against ex-World Bank […]

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Singapore grapples with smartphone addiction

Singapore (AFP) — Easily distracted? Can’t be separated from your smartphone? Constantly checking your device for no real reason? Chances are you’re an addict – and you may even need professional help. Psychiatrists in Singapore are pushing for medical authorities to formally recognize addiction to the Internet and digital devices as a disorder, joining other […]

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Pope criticizes Allies for not bombing death camp railways

Madrid (AFP) — Pope Francis on Friday criticized Allied forces for failing to bomb the railway lines which led to concentration camps in World War II. He also defended Pope Pius XII, who has long been accused of remaining silent in the face of the Nazi Holocaust and the mass murder of millions of Jews. […]

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Thai junta lifts post-coup curfew

Bangkok - Thailand’s junta on Friday lifted the night-time curfew imposed after their military coup three weeks ago, to the relief of World Cup fans and the struggling tourism industry. The ending of the midnight-4 am curfew enforced by the ruling generals’ National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will allow Thais to watch football’s showpiece tournament in bars and […]

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Malaysian police capture senior militant: official

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Malaysian police on Friday captured three men allegedly involved in militant activities, including a senior leader trained by the extremist group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, an official said. Police deputy inspector general Bakri Zinin said the trio, aged between 29 and 31, were arrested during an anti-terror swoop in the town of […]

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