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The EU imposes new economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, going beyond asset freezes and travel bans.

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 3.33.23 PM The Japanese startup Exchange Corp. has launched a new up-front payment service for online retailers called Paidy as it closes on $3.3 million in new financing. Launched by Russell Cummer, a former trader with Goldman Sachs in Japan, Exchange Corp. began as a peer-to-peer lending service in Tokyo, but is expanding to offer up-front payments as the market for those services begins to blossom… Read More

One of Brazil’s most prominent indigenous leaders, Davi Kopenawa of the Yanomami people, calls for police protection following a series of death threats.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad help England continue to dominate India on day three of the third Test at Southampton.

The Senate has confirmed Robert McDonald as the next leader of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs.



mzl.wstktulu Rejoice, O lovers of privacy! For Open WhisperSystems has released Signal for iPhone, which gives any and every iPhone wielder the power to fully encrypt their calls against prying ears — and is completely compatible with OWS’s time-tested and well-liked RedPhone for Android. Read More

The parents of one of the MH17 crash victims say after meeting David Cameron they are “angry and frustrated” at not knowing what has happened to their son’s body.

Ventura testified that Chris Kyle fabricated the passage about punching him. Kyle said in testimony videotaped before his death that it was accurate.



The Brazilian town of Salinopolis welcomes an estimated 280,000 visitors during the month of July.

As Glasgow becomes Scotland’s most successful Games, more records are broken by athletes and visitors alike.

The condition of a North Texas doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus while working for a relief organization in Africa is worsening.



Bank of England’s new regime will include powers to claw back bonuses 7 years after they have been paid and a law that would see reckless bankers jailed

A prominent Canadian government research organisation has been attacked by Chinese hackers, the government says.

More details about the teen’s ordeal are expected to be released as Nathaniel Kibby makes his first court appearance.



Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 11.31.13 AM Microsoft debuted a number of changes to OneNote for Apple products — iPad, iPhone, and Mac — today that broaden the functionality of the note-taking tool. Users of OneNote for Mac can now connect to OneDrive for Business accounts. Across all three devices, OneNote users can now add files to their ‘notebooks.’ On iPad and iPhone, users will be able to insert files sent… Read More

While the vast majority of Americans are meat eaters, USDA statistics show that a growing number of Americans are becoming vegetarians and vegans to adopt healthier diets, ensure food safety, and practice ethical eating habits.



As millions are struggling to pay off student loans, scammers have created phony “debt relief” companies that promise to help – for a price.



Tourists may have to get used to an occasional rat scampering about the garden.

Travelers now have a snug option for sleeping and showering between flights at Tokyo’s Narita Airport.



shutterstock_139471973 Google Brain, an artificial intelligence and machine learning project at Google, has been used to power services like Android’s speech recognition system and photo search on Google+.
Now, two of the most longstanding machine learning engineers, one of whom worked on Google Brain, have left the search giant to start a new company. The idea: to build machine learning, artificial… Read More

Home ownership in the United States has hit a 19-year low as tight finances drive Americans toward renting, one of the legacies of the recession.

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 10.35.29 AM As expected, Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced the USA FREEDOM Act to the upper chamber of Congress on Tuesday. The bill comes on the heels of a similar, weaker measure passed in the House that was widely condemned as denatured and passed by brute force. “If enacted, this bill would represent the most significant reform of government surveillance authorities since Congress passed the USA… Read More

An oil tanker carrying $100m of Iraqi Kurdish oil off the coast of Texas is set to be seized by US marshals after a judge approved a seizure request from the Iraqi government.

Rebels in eastern Ukraine accused the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Tuesday of serving U.S. and Ukrainian interests.

Scientists say the world’s first malaria vaccine provides children with continuing protection against the disease and may be in use by 2015.