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British troops spend last
Christmas in Helmand

Telegraph [UK], by Ben Farmer

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 12/25/2013 5:21:15 AM

British troops spent their eighth and perhaps last Christmas in Helmand this year as the UK prepares to end its combat mission to Afghanistan at the end of 2014. Around 5,200 servicemen and women spent Christmas day in Afghanistan, with most of them in the southern province which has seen heavy fighting between British forces and the Taliban since 2006. Almost all Britain’s remaining troops are scheduled to be withdrawn over 2014 before the Nato combat mission finishes at the end of the year. The Government currently has no plans to keep military trainers or advisers in the province where nearly 450 British

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British troops spend last
Christmas in Helmand
Telegraph [UK], by Ben Farmer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 5:21:15 AM     Post Reply
British troops spent their eighth and perhaps last Christmas in Helmand this year as the UK prepares to end its combat mission to Afghanistan at the end of 2014. Around 5,200 servicemen and women spent Christmas day in Afghanistan, with most of them in the southern province which has seen heavy fighting between British forces and the Taliban since 2006. Almost all Britain’s remaining troops are scheduled to be withdrawn over 2014 before the Nato combat mission finishes at the end of the year. The Government currently has no plans to keep military trainers or advisers in the province where nearly 450 British

   

 

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Taliban attack American embassy
in Kabul on Christmas Day
Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 5:15:56 AM     Post Reply
Two Taliban rockets landed inside the American embassy compound in Kabul early on Christmas day, in a reminder that Afghanistan remains riddled with insecurity even as foreigners marked the festive season. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which included another strike in the city, but caused no casualties. “At approximately 6:40 local time in Kabul, approximately two rounds of indirect fire impacted the US Embassy compound,” a statement from the embassy said. “All Americans are accounted for and no injuries were sustained. “The Embassy continues to investigate the attack.” Rocket strikes on the capital have been rare in recent years but 2013 has

Target hackers DID steal encrypted PINs
as well as 40million credit and debit
card numbers, reveal executives
Daily Mail [UK], by Daily Mail Staff and Reuters    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 5:05:30 AM     Post Reply
The hackers who attacked Target Corp and compromised more than 40 million credit cards and debit cards also managed to steal encrypted personal identification numbers, according to a senior payments executive familiar with the situation. One major U.S. bank fears that the thieves would be able to crack the encryption code and make fraudulent withdrawals from consumer bank accounts, said the executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the data breach is still under investigation. Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said ´no unencrypted PIN data was accessed´ and there was no evidence that PIN data has been ´compromised´.

Last-minute rush sees one
million go online to sign up to
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Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Jane Evans    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/24/2013 8:16:44 AM     Post Reply
More than one million Americans have gone online in the past 24 hours to sign up for health insurance, it has been revealed. A last-minute rush of shoppers visited the the ever-breaking healthcare.gov yesterday--what was supposed to be the final day people could enroll for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. However, the deadline has now been extended to tonight to give more people a chance to sign up. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Twitter the website had ´surpassed a million site visits´, according to ABC News. A staggering 850,000 of these visits happened before

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Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/24/2013 8:08:16 AM     Post Reply
A Chicago sandwich shop has fired all its employees over email just days before Christmas. Staff at Snarf´s Sub Shop in River North received the bad news on Sunday night in a group email notifying them that the drastic action was effective immediately. The company blamed ´increased competition and losses´ for the firings. Director of operations Doug Besant said in the email the restaurant will likely close for a month as they remodel and reconcept the business into a burger joint. But the move comes less than a month after Snarf´s workers rallied for higher wages. The email, obtained by

Daily Mail makes Google´s Zeitgeist
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8th most searched for term of 2013
Daily Mail [UK], by Victoria Woollaston    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/24/2013 7:58:15 AM     Post Reply
The Daily Mail has been named one of the UK´s most popular internet searches of 2013, according to Google´s most recent statistics. The news title was revealed to be the eighth most popular UK search term in Google´s 2013 Zeitgeist List, a who´s who of the year´s most relevant people and places on the web. The Daily Mail’s website, MailOnline, is the world’s biggest English language newspaper site, with 57.3 million monthly unique visitors globally. It was one of only two news sources to make the top 10 list, alongside BBC News. Facebook topped the list as the most popular

   

 

  


 
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Britain is being pursued
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tractors to toys and garlic
Daily Mail [UK], by Tamara Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/24/2013 7:06:33 AM     Post Reply
Britain is accused of breaching almost 50 EU rules over items ranging from tractors to toys--and even garlic. In what will be seen as more meddling from Brussels, the Government is being pursued for failing to follow dozens of European Commission directives and other legal agreements. If ministers fail to address the allegations, lawsuits could end up in crippling fines at the European Court of Justice. [Snip] Other complaints, about which few details have been disclosed, concern toy safety, the cleanliness of beaches, the energy performance of buildings and vehicles nearing their ‘end of life’. Details of the 47 legal

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Inside the huge warehouses used to
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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/24/2013 5:06:16 AM     Post Reply
Towering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church´s Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there´s a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read, "Deluxe survivor 700." Radio ads hawk long-term supplies of food with 25-year shelf lives. And houses are equipped with special shelving for cans of beans, rice and wheat. Storing away enough food and water in case of disaster, job loss or something worse is not just part of the fundamental teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it´s an idea that is increasingly catching on

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UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to add 5,500 UN troops to the 7,000-strong force in South Sudan, amid escalating fighting there. His plea comes as new details emerge of alleged mass killings committed during more than a week of violence. Mr Ban warned that anyone responsible for abuse would be held to account. Tens of thousands of people have fled fighting, as rebels thought to support sacked former vice-president Riek Machar have seized major towns. A journalist in the capital Juba, Hannah McNeish, said witnesses had told her about a massacre in which more than 200

Nearly half immigration
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Associated Press, by Laura Wides-Munoza    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2013 6:40:06 PM     Post Reply
MIAMI - The nation´s already backlogged immigration courts might soon be thrown into more havoc as roughly half of their 220 judges will be eligible for retirement next year. The Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the nation´s 59 immigration courts, says the court already has 32 vacancies, contributing to the current backlog of nearly 350,000 cases. Judges are overwhelmed, and immigrants with legitimate asylum claims can spend years in legal limbo. Meanwhile, immigrants without legitimate legal claims remain in the country, while Americans foot the bill for them to be locked up longer.

Even the president can´t use the Obamacare
website! Obama ´symbolically´ enrolls but
has to send aides to file papers in PERSON
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2013 6:27:26 PM     Post Reply
Unlike millions of ordinary Americans, the President of the United States didn´t have to test his patience with an error-prone website or spend hours on the phone with a volunteer ´navigator´ in order to sign up for new health insurance. A White House official confirmed Monday that Barack Obama simply dispatched his aides to the Washington, D.C. insurance exchange´s office, where they filed his papers in person--while Obama himself luxuriated in his annual Hawaiian vacation with his family. ´His situation is unique,´ the official insisted. ´The president couldn´t have used the DC exchange´s website because the databases these

   

 

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