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Denmark to hold general election on June 18

Copenhage - Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday called a general election for June 18, as opinion polls show her centre-left coalition trailing an opposition bloc bolstered by the success of the far-right.

Boeing debuts powerful electromagnetic pulse weapon

The U.S. Air Force has officially announced it — along with three other companies — has developed an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) device unlike anything seen before.

Danny Welbeck ruled out of the FA Cup final

London - Arsenal will be without Danny Welbeck for the FA Cup final as the English striker was ruled out due to an injury. All other players will be available.

Teen hacker admits swatting female gamers who turned him down

Coquitlam - A teen hacker from British Columbia has pleaded guilty to 23 charges of public mischief, extortion, criminal harassment and making false police reports. His targets were usually young female gamers.

Fake security question answers are weakening online security

Security researchers from Google have found that people frequently lie to personal security questions on new accounts online in the misguided belief that a fake answer will add increased security. The researchers found that the contrary is actually true.

Op-Ed: South African president shows concern for unpaid Filipino boxers

South African President Jacob Zuma took up the cudgels for two Filipino boxers who fought in South Africa last March but were not paid their prize money by their South African promoters.

Crash your friend's iPhone by sending this specific text

A new bug in Apple's iOS means anybody can crash an iPhone by sending a very specific message over text or iMessage. On doing so, the app will crash and — if the phone is on the lockscreen — causing the entire device to restart in a major annoyance.

IS 'executes' 20 in Palmyra Roman theatre

Baghdad - The Islamic State group "executed" 20 men in front of a crowd in the UNESCO-listed Roman theatre of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra on Wednesday, a monitor said.

Ukraine under 'continual attack' despite truce: NATO

Kiev - A top NATO commander warned on Wednesday that "continual attacks" against Ukraine were hampering Kiev's efforts to modernise its army enough to one day join the Western military bloc.

Kurds oust IS from Christian villages in Syria: Monitor

Birut - Kurdish forces have driven the Islamic State group from more than a dozen Assyrian Christian villages that the jihadists had captured in northeastern Syria, a monitor said Wednesday.

Maui's dolphin of New Zealand nearly extinct, humans at fault

The world's smallest dolphin, the Maui's dolphin, is on the verge of extinction. Some analysts now put the number of surviving Maui's dolphins at under 50, with only 10 of those mature females.

French barman sentenced after man drinks 56 shots and dies

Clermont-ferrand - A French barman received a suspended jail sentence Wednesday after he was convicted of manslaughter for letting a man do 56 shots during a drinking contest that led to his death.

B.C. cancer cases to grow by 57 percent by 2030, new report warns

Some alarming numbers are in a report released today by researchers from the B.C. Cancer Agency. Published in the B.C. Medical Journal, it says the province will see a dramatic rise in cancer cases by 2030.

Syria says it doesn't expect help from U.S. to beat Islamic State

Damascus - Syria does not expect help from the United States in battling Islamic State insurgents or in retaking the ancient city of Palmyra, officials said Wednesday.

Over two-thirds of Mount Everest's glaciers could be gone by 2100

Kathmandu - If greenhouse-gas emissions continue to rise, glaciers in the Everest region of the Himalayas could experience dramatic changes in the decades to come.

Op-Ed: Syriza divided on accepting creditor demands for Greek debt deal

Athens - While Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras insists he wants a deal with Greece's creditors, many in the ruling Syriza party want the government to refuse to accept further demands and instead develop alternative plans in case there is no deal.

Iraqi forces take positions on Ramadi outskirts

Baghdad - Iraqi forces took up positions around Ramadi on Wednesday, seizing two districts after clashes with jihadists.

Mobile ads are dramatically under-priced, says marketing leader

Last week, the leader of the Mobile Marketing Association advised advertisers that they were being dramatically under-charged for ad videos on mobile platforms. He suggests that supply outweighs demand and that the current low prices cannot last long.

65-year-old German mum's quadruplets face big health risks: Doctors

Berlin - Doctors at a Berlin clinic said on Wednesday quadruplets, whose very premature births to a 65-year-old German mother have captured headlines and stirred debate, face big health risks.

Merriam-Webster has added 1,700 new words to database

In its blog, Merriam-Webster confessed to having a "growth spurt." And with the addition of 1,700 new words added to its digital database, most people would have to agree.
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