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Ex-boss of IBM to review Bloomberg

Bloomberg has drafted in the help of a former head of IBM to undertake an internal review following damaging revelations that journalists with its news agency accessed private information about how users of its financial terminals used the commercial service.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has admitted that his national security team has been receiving payments from the US government for the past 10 years

Afghan President Hamid Karzai admits to millions of dollars of US payments to national security

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Monday that his national security team has been receiving payments from the US government for the past 10 years.

Defying the bombers: Spectators demonstrating their support for Boston at the London Marathon

Sir Richard Branson: More travel, not less, is the best way to defeat terrorism

What a wonderful reaction from marathon runners, supporters, businesses, charities, government and people all over the world in supporting those affected by the Boston bombings. As well as showing support for victims, getting on with life is the best way to show terrorists they will not win.

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is listed as an

Wikipedia in sexism row after labelling Harper Lee and others 'women novelists' while men are 'American novelists'

Feminist campaigners say they are 'disappointed' and 'shocked' at the online encyclopaedia's policy

Jeff Bauman being helped from the carnage after the explosion

Donations roll in for Jeff Bauman - Boston bombing victim who helped identify suspects after losing his legs

Friends of Bauman - who has only partial medical insurance - set up online fund which has already reached over $330,000

A picture of Chris Holmes' resignation cake was posted on twitter

Employment: A resignation letter that really rises to the occasion

We’re used to disgruntled employees’ resignations doing the rounds these days. In the internet age, those bitter parting words can be uploaded and forwarded in an instant.

A shot of the blast

We need a stricter definition of bullying

Has the term 'bullying' become an unhelpful catch-all? In the New York Times, Emily Bazelon suggests so.

February 27, 2013: Visitors are reflected in a mirror at the Samsung stand during the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona. The GSMA Mobile World Congress, representing the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, takes place from February 25 to 28 in Barcelona.

What's new with the Samsung Galaxy S4?

Details of eye-tracking software revealed by Samsung employee

Van Cliburn: Piano virtuoso who helped thaw US-Soviet relations

New York reserves its tickertape parades for returning heroes – and in 1958 America had no greater hero than a young concert pianist from Texas named Van Cliburn. That spring he had travelled to Moscow to take part in the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition, an event intended to showcase Russian superiority in classical music. And, against every rational probability of that Cold War era, Cliburn won.

A US MQ-9 Reaper drone

US using secret airbase in Saudi Arabia to carry out drone strikes against al-Qa'ida militants in Yemen

First drone strike launched from the base believed to have been the one that killed Anwar al-Awlaki

David Plouffe has been called back into active service by Barack Obama, charged with revitalising the Democrat drive for elections

Barack Obama says goodbye to David Plouffe

America's President has long been known to rely on two male aides more than any other: David Axelrod and David Plouffe. These men have contrasting comportments and characters. Axelrod is a scruffy extrovert; Plouffe is a meticulous introvert. And both men are united in the fact that they have now left Barack Obama's side.

President Barack Obama may be forced to accept the imminent departure of his Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner

Is Barack Obama a lousy manager?

As the President is sworn in for his second term, several critical commentators have alighted on the issue of his management skills. And on these, something like a consensus is emerging, in which it's commonly said that he doesn't really have any.

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Man throws 'bleach' in the face of New York Rabbi who campaigns against child sex abuse

Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg believes attack is related to sexual abuse conviction of an ultra-Orthodox Jew

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