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The Cool War in cyberspace

We are now in the midst of what could be called the Cool War. This successor to the Cold War shares the trait that it does not involve hot conflict on the battlefield, but is different in the nature and expectations surrounding the sub-rosa thrusts and parries by which it is conducted. This new war is “cool” rather than “cold” ...

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Hunger strike at Guantanamo after Quran seizures

WASHINGTON: Detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp are staging a hunger strike to protest the confiscation of personal items, including Qurans, in early February, their lawyers and prison officials said Monday. “My client and other men have reported that most of the detainees in Camp 6 are on strike, except for a small few who are elderly or sick,” ...

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Hungary approves disputed constitutional amendment

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungarian lawmakers on Monday overwhelmingly approved a long amendment to the constitution which critics say threatens certain democratic checks and balances. After smaller protests during the day, several thousand people gathered in the evening near the offices of President Janos Ader, asking him to veto the amendment. The bill enshrines in the Fundamental Law, as the new ...

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British Politician and Ex-Wife Sentenced to Prison

LONDON — A sensational trial that featured a leading politician who had an extramarital affair, a speeding ticket, his now-divorced wife and her decision to punish him, ended on Monday with a judge sending both of them to prison. At Southwark crown court in London, the judge, Sir Nigel Sweeney, sentenced the two defendants — Chris Huhne, 58, formerly the ...

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As North Korea Blusters, South Breaks Taboo With Nuclear Talk

SEOUL, South Korea — As their country prospered, South Koreans largely shrugged off the constant threat of a North Korean attack. But breakthroughs in the North’s missile and nuclear programs and fiery threats of war have heightened fears in the South that even small miscalculations by untested leaders on either side could have disastrous consequences. Multimedia Multimedia Feature North Korea’s ...

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S Korea-US drill stirs tensions with North

South Korean and US troops have launched a joint military exercise as North Korea, which has slammed the drill and threatened both countries with nuclear attack, severed its hotline with Seoul. The start of the two-week annual “Key Resolve” exercise follows a week of escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, with North Korea lashing out over tightened UN sanctions adopted ...

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6 teens killed, 2 hurt in northeast Ohio SUV crash

WARREN, Ohio – A speeding sport utility vehicle taken without permission and carrying eight teenagers crashed into a guardrail Sunday morning and flipped over into a swampy pond in northeast Ohio, killing five boys and the young woman driving, the state highway patrol said. The Honda Passport veered off the left side of a road and overturned just south of ...

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Egypt plunges into turmoil as minister denies police abuse

CAIRO – Egypt’s Interior Minister pleaded on Sunday for an end to “rumours” of police abuse, saying his forces had never fired a single shot at protesters since the start of the 2011 uprising. Mohammed Ibrahim, who is facing an unprecedented strike by thousands of police officers across the country calling for his resignation, told reporters the media was waging ...

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