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20 million people fall victim to S. Korea data leak
Sunday, January 19, 2014

SEOUL - The personal data of at least 20 million bank and credit card users in South Korea has been leaked, state regulators said Sunday, one of the country's biggest ever breaches. Many major firms in the South have seen customers' data leaked in recent years, either by hacking attacks or their own employees. ...

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Minister's wife died 'unnatural' death, autopsy shows
Saturday, January 18, 2014

NEW DELHI, January 18 - The wife of Indian minister Shashi Tharoor, found dead in a luxury hotel after accusing her husband of being unfaithful, suffered an "unnatural, sudden death", a doctor who performed an autopsy on her body said Saturday.
 
"More tests" are needed to determine the cause of Sunanda Pushkar's death and the final results will not be known for two to three days, Sudhir Gupta, one of three doctors who performed the autopsy, told reporters....

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Literature goes online for free in Norway
Saturday, January 18, 2014

OSLO, January 18 - Most books published in Norway before 2001 are going online for free thanks to an initiative that may have found the formula to reconcile authors with the web.
 
At a time when the publishing world is torn over its relationship to the Internet -- which has massively expanded access to books but also threatens royalty revenues -- the National Library of Norway is digitising tens...

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'Slave,' 'Gravity' take top honors at critics' awards
Friday, January 17, 2014

SANTA MONICA - Harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave" won best picture at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards late Thursday, while 3D space spectacular "Gravity" took seven prizes. "American Hustle" -- which earlier in the day shared top Oscar nominations with "Gravity" -- won four prizes, including best comedy and best actress in a comedy for Amy Adams. ...

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Cigarettes more dangerous than ever
Friday, January 17, 2014

WASHINGTON - Smoking cigarettes can cause even more health problems than lung cancer, including blindness, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and liver cancer, said a major US government report on Friday. The latest Surgeon General's findings on the health consequences of smoking were to be formally announced at the White House, in a ceremony marking 50 years since the first landmark report of its kind warned Americans that cigarettes caused lung cancer....

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Players critical of heat policy at Australian Open
Thursday, January 16, 2014

MELBOURNE: Maria Sharapova demanded more clarity from organisers on their heat policy Thursday after surviving a brutal three-hour marathon in scorching conditions at the Australian Open.
 
The third seed battled through a third set lasting nearly two hours to overcome Karin Knapp 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in temperatures above 40 Celsius.
 
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Worst yet to come in Australia heatwave
Thursday, January 16, 2014

SYDNEY - Australians sweltering through an extreme heatwave were warned that the worst was yet to come Thursday, with hundreds of fires raging in several states and temperatures nearing record highs. Most of southeast Australia has been in the grips of a scorching heatwave that triggered a devastating wildfire on the west coast, razing 55 homes and claiming one life on Sunday....

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Berkeley's don named Mahathir Science Award winner
Thursday, January 16, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- Many of the world's scientific achievements would not have been possible if weren't for the researchers association with Malaysia.    The winners of Mahathir Science Award will attest that their findings happened due to their collaboration with their local peers and organisations.    One of them is Professor James M....

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Court orders Brazilian state to build more prison
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO -- A local court in Brazil's northeastern state Maranhao, where prison violence and inmate deaths have skyrocketed, ordered the state to build new prisons to alleviate overcrowding in cells in 60 days.     The court said prisons should preferably be built in the state's rural regions, away from state capital Sao Luis, and called for more prison wardens and improvements to facilities. ...

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Drugs found at Bieber home after egg-attack raid
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES: Detectives searching pop singer Justin Bieber's mansion here over an egg-throwing attack seized illegal drugs and arrested one of the singer's associates on Tuesday, officials said.
 
Sheriff's Department officer Dave Thompson said an individual was arrested after the drugs were discovered in plain view as deputies combed through Bieber's luxury home in the upmarket enclave of Calabasas....

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