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U.S. Arab Groups Want Super Bowl Commercial Pulled, Called Racist (Video)

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Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, calling the coke ad ‘racist.’ One group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers.

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Doctors Under Threat of Prosecution for Tampering with Evidence by Aborting Rape Victims

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After much uproar, New Mexico attorney, wingnut lady legislator, Right to Life board member and alleged GOP Rep. Cathrynn Brown is walking back as fast as she can from her proposed bill to charge rape and incest survivors with “tampering with evidence” – a felony carrying a

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Compelling War Photographs from Syria

Reuters photographer Goran Tomasevic returned to Syria earlier this month, where he has been traveling the war-torn streets of Damascus with the Free Syrian Army. His past 24 hours were especially harrowing, as he accompanied an FSA group on an attack mission. Tomasevic captured the scene as one rebel was shot and killed in front

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Europeans Warned About U.S. Data Snooping

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Leading privacy expert Caspar Bowden has warned Europeans using US cloud services that their data could be snooped on.

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In a report, he highlights how the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendment Act (FISAAA) allows US authorities to spy on cloud data.

This includes services such as Amazon Cloud Drive,

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Retaliation Threatened Over Israeli Air Strike

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Syria threatened Thursday to retaliate for an Israeli airstrike and its ally Iran said the Jewish state will regret the attack.

Syria sent a letter to the U.N. Secretary-General stressing the country’s “right to defend itself, its territory and sovereignty” and holding Israel and its supporters accountable.

“Israel and those who protect it at

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North Korea Enacts Martial Law

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North Korea has been placed under martial law and Kim Jong-un has told his front-line troops to “be ready for a war,” according to South Korean media reports.

In an emergency meeting of his top defence and security officials on Saturday, the North Korean leader issued a series of orders that included the

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N.Y. Times Under Attack for Last 4 Months

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For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees.

The New York Times published an article in October about the wealth of the family of China’s prime minister, Wen Jiabao, in both English and Chinese.

After

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Researchers to Test if Our Reality is Simulated

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A team of U.S.-based scientists have announced plans to test whether we live in a simulated universe.

A theory that seems to have been pulled straight from the movie The Matrix, scientists at the University of Washington and the University of New Hampshire have put forward a proposal that could begin to probe the

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DARPA: Robot Satellite Salvagers

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A research team at the Pentagon has reported launched a new project aimed at harvesting parts from old communication satellites in an attempt to use them to make new ones.

The project, which is being led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),

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Life Discovered in Unlikely Environment

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Scientists drilling in Lake Whillans, a remote body of water buried 2,600 feet below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, have discovered evidence of living bacteria.

The water samples were first removed from the ice sheet at 6:20am on Monday, January 28, by the U.S. research team Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling, or

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12 Kids, She Says “Someone Needs to Pay” (Video)

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Has America Transformed into a Huge Debtor’s Prison

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Shakespeare’s Polonius offered this classic advice to his son: “neither a borrower nor a lender be.” Many of our nation’s Founding Fathers emphatically saw it otherwise. They often lived by the maxim: always a borrower, never a lender be. As tobacco and rice planters, slave traders, and merchants, as well as land and currency

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20 Million Security Cameras Populate China

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Under the extremely repressive and violent Chinese Communist Party, the vast country underwent brutal genocides of its own people, again and again.

Though that’s all pushed into the woodwork now, the party has installed more than 20 million cameras across the country, according to NPR.

China is becoming a surveillance

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Arkansas Town Enacts Martial Law

UPDATED: Backlash met plan for officers with AR-15s to patrol Paragould, stopping everyone out walking for their ID

Updated, Jan. 30: According to local news reports, the police department canceled two subsequent town hall meetings to discuss the heavy handed policing plan. Following outrage from Paragould residents, the police cited “public safety concerns” to

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Nearly Half of U.S. Population Has no Financial Safety Net

In his inaugural address, President Obama talked about a country where even “a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else.” But in reality, that’s not always the case. A new report finds that one of the biggest obstacles for many Americans

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Colombia to Decriminalize Ecstasy

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Colombia may decriminalize the use of synthetic drugs, including ecstasy, as part of its plans to tackle social problems caused by its widespread drug problems.

The proposal by Justice Minister Ruth Stella Correa could replace laws which ban cocaine and marijuana, although people are not prosecuted for possessing small amounts.

Politicians are considering the legislation

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Israel Conducts Airstrike on Syrian – Lebanese Border

Israeli air force jets attacked a target on the Syria-Lebanon border on Wednesday night, an unidentified diplomatic source told Reuters. The attack came amid reports of a sizeable deployment of IDF planes in Lebanon.

“There was definitely a hit in the border area,” the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity, without elaborating further.

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Assange to Run for Australian Senate

Julian Assange will run for a Senate seat in the 2013 federal election and his mum reckons he’ll be awesome.

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Christine Assange confirmed her son’s candidacy on Wednesday after WikiLeaks tweeted the news.

“He will be awesome,” she said.

“In the House of Representatives we get to choose between US lackey party

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Department of Energy Wants to Let Radioactive Scrap Metal Back into Consumer Products

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The overwhelming scientific consensus is that any amount of radiation – no matter how small – can cause cancer and other serious health effects.

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Another “Gun Fire” Military Drill Reported in Houston

This is Just like the Live fire drill that occurred in Miami a couple of days ago… The sight of Army helicopters and the sound of gunfire created a lot of concern Monday afternoon in one Houston neighborhood.

We received a lot of phones calls, Tweets and Facebook posts from worried neighbors,

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