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Billionaire venture capitalist admits Kristallnacht was a "terrible word" to use but defends war on the rich remarks

The building on Pioneer Ave. that houses Sophidea, the company that received a deluge of Chinese Internet traffic Tuesday

Internet surfers end up in Cheyenne, Wyoming after Chinese censors hit wrong key

'If you monkey with a system that’s supposed to provide global connectivity, it’s very easy to make mistakes'

Amazon plans to ship customers' packages before they even order them

A patent filed by the e-commerce giant last December reveals the plan for 'anticipatory shipping' - using big data to predict what customers will buy

Syrian rebel groups are drawing recruits from a variety of national backgrounds

EU citizens fighting in Syria pose threat of terror attacks when they return home, says domestic affairs chief

The first challenge for European governments is how to prevent young men and women from leaving to take part in the conflict

Governor Chris Christie cannot ignore the impact of ‘Bridgegate’

US Sketch: Chris Christie builds bridges in state address, but row lingers on

Lying low as the lane closure storm blows all about him hasn’t really been an option for New Jersey’s Chris Christie, least of all today. His diary said “State of the State”, the speech every Governor must give at the start of each year just as the President must give the State of the Union. There was no ducking it. 

Bitcoin duplicate inspired by Kanye West launches to avoid legal action

Creators claim that  “the name ‘Coinye’ is intended solely as parody, not an indication or implication of endorsement or involvement"

Downton Abbey may be on our screens until 2020

Downton Abbey will not be cancelled after fifth season, producer confirms

The show's producer has said there are 'no plans' to end the period drama

Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith in the fourth series of 'Downton Abbey' which aired last year

Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes hints next series could be its last

Lord Fellowes reveals that ITV drama may not carry on beyond a fifth series

Report: Google considering making its own computer chips

The search giant could switch from the currently favoured x86 processors designed by Intel to their customized system based on ARM designs

This picture taken in Brussels shows a Belgian 'euthanasia kit'. MPs will debate rolling out the practice to under-18s and dementia-sufferers this week

Belgian MPs to debate extending euthanasia laws to under-18s and Alzheimer’s patients

The country already has some of the most relaxed laws on medically-assisted suicide in the world

Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad are Romeo and Juliet

Orlando Bloom earns mixed reviews for his Broadway debut in Romeo and Juliet

New York critics split on the Lord of the Rings star's performance in David Leveaux's production of the Shakespeare classic

JP Morgan in ‘London Whale’ deal

Banking giant JP Morgan Chase has agreed to pay at least £440m to resolve investigations by British and American regulators over losses of £3.9bn by the infamous “London Whale” trader, it emerged last night.

America's great hillbilly cook-off deters ‘big-city types’

A man concerned that his hometown in Arkansas is losing its “hillbilly heritage” has founded an event designed to discourage gentrification: the World Championship Squirrel Cook-Off.

iPhone launch: Size matters as rumours gather that Apple will launch phablet-sized mobiles

Phablet sales in the Asian-Pacific region rose by 620 per cent from 2012 to 2013, with most of the sales thanks to Samsung's Galaxy Note

(Top) Former excavation works in the outskirts of Kiruna; (below) an artist’s impression of the new city

And you thought moving house was stressful: Huge iron ore mines underneath Kiruna in Sweden’s far north have caused cracks - now officials are relocating the whole city

Some buildings will be totally demolished while others are being dismantled and reassembled

Snoop Lion is a shrewd business man. He has managed to persuade a dozen fans to part with nearly $100 to download a virtual joint on his Snoopify app

Snoop Lion charges fans $100 per imaginary spliff

Fans of rapper Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, are paying $100 (£65) to customise their photographs with an imaginary joint.

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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