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Android & Windows Phone Join Apple’s Kill Switch

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Google and Microsoft are planning to incorporate a “kill switch” technology into the next versions of their smartphone operating systems as evidence mounts that such features actively deter thieves. Under growing pressure from public officials, the companies have said they will add mechanisms to remotely disable their devices, similar to one introduced... 

Pope Francis slams ‘greedy bankers and market speculators’

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Pope Francis has called on “greedy” bankers to establish a stricter ethics code, and stop getting rich through financial market speculation. He attacked the practice of hedging as ‘intolerable’ equating it to stealing food from the poor. “It is increasingly intolerable that financial markets are shaping the destiny of peoples rather than... 

Australia seizes millions from bank accounts, US to follow

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Do you have a bank account that you don’t actively use or a safe deposit box that you have not checked on for a while? If so, you might want to see if the government has grabbed your money. This sounds absolutely crazy, but it is true. All over the world, governments are shortening the time periods required before they can seize “dormant bank accounts”... 

Moscow Astounded As Top Mob Boss Becomes Ukraine Leader

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In a series of new reports from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on the election of Petro Poroshenko [photo top right] as the next president of Ukraine, the overriding sentiment of Kremlin diplomatic officials can only be described as one of “astonished glee” as this most troubled of nations (provided with “substantial” help from its US-EU allies)... 

Chilean activist burns $500 million student debt documents

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Chilean artist Francisco Tapia Chilean activist and artist Francisco Tapia, also known as ‘Papas Fritas,’ has stolen and burnt $500 million worth of “pagares,” or debt papers. He then uploaded the video onto social media, claiming he had “freed” students by setting the papers alight. The artist made his claim in a video that went viral on... 

UK’s richest own one third of country’s wealth

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Briton’s wealthiest people own a third of the country’s GDP, with a combined fortune of 874 billion dollars, which is an increase of 15.4 percent on last year’s total, according to an annual survey. The Sunday Times Rich List shows that the United Kingdom’s richest are richer than ever before, which is in sharp contrast with many ordinary Britons who... 

Freshly independent East Ukraine already wants to join Russia

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Donbass residents vote in the referendum on the status of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Donetsk People’s Republic has proclaimed itself a sovereign state and has asked Moscow to consider its accession into Russia, the Republic’s council said. “We, the people of Donetsk, based on results of the May 11 referendum and the declaration... 

Fast-food ‘wage theft’ protests staged across US

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Low-income fast-food employees and their supporters in the United States held rallies in at least 30 cities on Tuesday against “wage-theft” by McDonalds and other major fast-food restaurants. American fast-food workers, who’ve been pushing for living wages of around $15 an hour since late 2012, are now shifting their attention to the issue of wage... 

Kiev plans to cut pensions 50%

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A participant in a rally in support of Ukraine’s integration with the EU, on Kiev’s Independence Square. The self-proclaimed government in Kiev is reportedly planning to cut pensions by 50 percent as part of unprecedented austerity measures to save Ukraine from default. With an “empty treasury”, reduction of payments might take place in March. According... 

Russian ruble cries as Ukraine sells itself to IMF

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Despite the fact that the weakening of the ruble has been predicted since late 2013, the rapid devaluation of the Russian currency is now associated with political instability in Ukraine. Pravda.Ru asked experts whether the Ukrainian revolution and instability adversely affected the ruble and whether we should fear further deterioration of the situation in... 

GCHQ and NSA intercepted Yahoo users’ private photographs

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British and American surveillance agencies teamed up to develop a system that collected millions of images from the webcams of unsuspecting and innocent internet users, new leaked documents reveal. This “Optic Nerve” program — administered by the UK’s GCHQ with the assistance of the National Security Agency — routinely intercepted and stored those... 

Scots to lose UK pension after autonomy: Gordon Brown

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Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has warned the Scottish people that a vote for independence from the United Kingdom would mean losing their state pensions. “You are expecting, quite rightly, that you will get a British pension – but if there is independence, the British pension stops, the national insurance... 

Tablet and Smartphone In-App Purchases are a Rip-off

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In recent years a new trend has started to show-up in the gaming community which is affecting everyone… in-app purchases! Games, mostly the ones on mobile platforms such as Android, iOS and Windows Phone these days come disguised as “free” while in fact they are nightmare-impossible to finish without any real money investment in the game. The problem... 

Princess Cristina of Spain charged with tax fraud

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A Spanish court has charged Princess Cristina, the younger daughter of King Juan Carlos, with tax fraud and money laundering amid a lengthy corruption case involving her husband. Judge Jose Castro, an examining magistrate in Palma de Mallorca, announced the decision on Tuesday, saying there was evidence that Cristina had committed crimes. According to Spanish... 

Greek farmers protest controversial property tax

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Greek farmers have taken to the streets of Athens to protest a controversial property tax demanded by the country’s international creditors, Press TV reports. Several hundred farmers marched through the capital on Friday towards the parliament building in Syntagma Square, carrying banners reading “Not one euro for the fields.” The demonstrators threw... 
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