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American Intelligence warns jihadists are recruiting engineers to examine vulnerabilities in unmanned aircraft

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Senior US Republican Senator John McCain has admitted today on Twitter to playing poker on his iPhone during a key meeting on possible military intervention in Syria.

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Its domestic political coverage and foreign affairs expertise are still excellent

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Both Mugabe's ZANU-PF party and his rival Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC predict landslide victories

Firefox browser will offer to block web tracking

Mozilla, the non-profit group that created the Firefox web browser, has said it plans to allow its 450 million users to block the internet tracking that allows third parties to monitor their movements online. When the plans were first mooted in February, one advertising executive reportedly described them as “a nuclear first strike” against the advertising industry. Tracking allows firms to follow a user's tastes and target them with appropriate online ads.

Google challenges US surveillance gagging order

Google has asked the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) court to allow it to publish details of the number of data requests made by a secretive body, invoking the first amendment in a legal challenge that is aimed at easing concern among users following recent revelations regarding the activities of the National Security Agency.

'I am not afraid,’ says high-school dropout Edward Snowden, as he reveals his identity from a Hong Kong hotel room

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Google has beaten off Facebook and Apple in a poll to find America's most popular tech firm

Google beats Apple and Facebook in poll of America's favourite tech firms

Apple shows a dip in popularity among under-30s

Syria must become a 'resistance nation like Hezbollah' says President Bashar al-Assad

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A report on the conflict in Syria by the European Council for Foreign Relations argues two things: one, arming the rebels will only make the situation worse; two, Iran needs to be brought into diplomatic discussions. Donald Macintyre backs the report in today's column for Independent Voices. There is anything but consensus on the issue however, as these pieces from the Financial Times and Washington Post illustrate.

Despite promises to close the Guantanamo detention facility, 167 inmates remain

Barack Obama will need more than goodwill to close Guantanamo

Obama promised to close Guantanamo on his ride to office in 2008. Four years in the White House saw little progress; with blame laid partly at the feet of Congress and partly the President's own slackness. Now he's taking a second run at the notorious Cuban prison-camp, where 100 of the 166 detainees are currently on hunger strike. Here's how the editorial writers at the New York Times and Washington Post responded.

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Boston bombing injury count reaches 282 as wounded continue to come forward

The US authorities confirmed yesterday that nearly 300 people were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings. The news came on the day the surviving suspect was said to have indicated that he and his dead elder brother had acted alone, not in concert with an international terrorist group, and that they were motivated by US military action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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George ‘Dubya’ Bush writes his version of history with launch of presidential library

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