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Phone surveillance in 2017: Are you being watched?

Phone tracking is now easier than ever using off-the-shelf software that anyone can buy. As Congress introduces a bill to require a warrant for the mobile tracking of Americans, over 80 percent of the population say they are concerned about being watched.

Review: David Duchovny disappoints at The Paramount in New York Special

Huntington - On Feb. 23, actor David Duchovny (from 'Californication' and 'The X-Files') performed at the Paramount in Huntington on Long Island with his band, for a very poor turnout.

U.S. agents demand IDs from all passengers on domestic flight

New York - In a highly unusual move, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in New York ordered passengers disembarking from a domestic flight on Wednesday to show their identification.

New language learning app lets you speak to real teachers

Y Combinator-backed language learning startup Verbling has launched new mobile apps designed to help you get started in a foreign language. Unlike rival apps, Verbling connects you to real language tutors so you can make actual conversation.

Trump badmouths Sweden, Germany, Paris

Oxon Hill - US President Donald Trump intensified his verbal attacks on Sweden, France and Germany Friday, painting swaths of Europe as a jihadist-infested hellscape.

Two Indians shot, one fatally, in possible Kansas hate crime

Olathe - A Kansas man allegedly mistook a pair of Indian-born engineers relaxing in a suburban Kansas City bar for Middle Easterners and told them to "get out of my country" before he shot them both, one of them fatally, on Wednesday.

Global warming is shrinking American river vital to 40 million

The Colorado River, the American Southwest's most important waterway, supplying water to over 40 million people. is shrinking due to the effects of global warming. The flow of the river could be reduced by more than a third by the end of the century.

Op-Ed: Rival Libyan militias engage in fierce clashes in Tripoli

Tripoli - The clashes are said to be between the Deterrent Forces led by Eghnaiwa Al-Kiki and the forces of the Al-Burki battalion. The Libyan Red Crescent(LRC) said that its efforts to communicate with both sides failed.

Google's headset removal tech lets you see faces in mixed reality

Google has developed a system that lets you see the faces of people participating in mixed reality environments. The headsets used in current mixed reality setups completely mask the face of the wearer, hiding the visual cues which indicate emotion.

Working to improve online sales, JC Penny will close 130 stores

Dallas - J.C. Penny will be closing 130 to 140 stores over the next few months in an effort to improve its profitability while working to improve online sales figures.

Russia to veto Syria sanctions over chemical weapons

New York - Russia vowed Friday to use its veto to block a proposed UN resolution drafted by the United States, France and Britain that would impose sanctions on Syria for the use of chemical weapons.

German secret service spied on global media: report

Berlin - Germany's foreign intelligence service BND long spied on journalists of the BBC, The New York Times, Reuters and other media, news weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday.

Ex-CIA agent convicted in rendition case arrested in Portugal

Lisbon - A former Central Intelligence Agency agent wanted in Italy after being convicted of illegally kidnapping an Egyptian cleric who was sent to Egypt under the Bush-era extraordinary rendition program has been arrested in Portugal.

'World's cheapest smartphone' maker arrested on fraud charges

The owner of Indian smartphone company Ringing Bells has been arrested on allegations of fraud and making death threats against customers. Ringing Bells made the headlines last year with its promise of a $4 smartphone to ignite India's mobile revolution.

Sweden fires back at Trump with 'facts'

Stockholm - Sweden has sought to set the record straight after Donald Trump linked immigration to a supposed rise in violence in the Scandinavian country, publishing "facts" to correct "simplistic" and "inaccurate information".

CPC bill: New judges must undergo training in sexual assault

Ottawa - The bill requires all lawyers appointed to the bench undergo extensive training on sexual assault issues before they are allowed to assume their judicial duties. The bill follows a high profile case where a judge made improper comments to a victim.

Review: Comedian Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ may be year’s best horror movie Special

‘Get Out’ is a jarring, realistic horror picture that uses the anxieties of interracial couples to create a film that’s like nothing else and will be hard to top even though 2017 is just getting started.

West Mosul breached as war on IS rages in Iraq and Syria

Mosul - Iraqi forces on Friday entered west Mosul neighbourhoods, a key stronghold in the shrinking "caliphate" of the Islamic State group, which replied with deadly suicide attacks in Iraq and Syria.

North Korea steps up sanctions-busting: UN report

New York - North Korea is flouting tougher new UN sanctions with more ingenuous tactics, circumventing trade bans by relying on middlemen and front companies, notably in Malaysia and China, a report by UN sanctions experts says.

Review: ‘The Girl with All the Gifts’ finds new way to tell tired story Special

‘The Girl with All the Gifts’ is a unique take on the zombie narrative that sets a coming-of-age story at a pivotal moment that will decide humanity’s fate.
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