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Japan's ageing emperor hints at abdication

Toukyo - Emperor Akihito said Monday his advancing age and weakening health mean he may no longer be able to carry out his duties, setting the stage for Japan to prepare for an historic abdication.

Key quotes from Clinton's Democratic convention speech

Philadelphia - Hillary Clinton vowed to be the president for "all Americans" as she accepted the Democratic Party's presidential nomination -- the first woman to lead a major party in the race for the White House.

Clinton to make economy her 'primary mission'

Philadelphia - Hillary Clinton will promise Americans her "primary mission" in the White House would be to lift up those left behind by an uneven economy, as she becomes the first woman to accept the Democratic nomination.

'You are not alone', Pope tells refugees on Lesbos

Kallon - Pope Francis on Saturday told refugees trapped on the Greek island of Lesbos that they are "not alone" in their plight, and called on the world to respond with "common humanity" to the migrant crisis."You are not alone...

Brazil VP 'accidentally' releases post-impeach speech

Bras - Brazil's vice president -- who would take over if Dilma Rousseff is impeached -- on Monday accidentally released the speech he'd give to the nation if she were forced to stand aside, reports said.

Op-Ed: Clinton lays out 10 year war plan in AIPAC speech

Hillary Clinton has concluded her speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She has outlined a predominantly hostile policy against Iran and firm military commitment to Israel's needs.

Clinton to confront racism in major speech

Hillary Clinton is bringing the issue of systemic racism to the agenda on Tuesday in a high-profile speech in Harlem, New York. She is set to identify her solutions to racism and discrimination as individual problems to be tackled.

France to step up anti-IS bombing after Paris attacks: Hollande

Versailles - President Francois Hollande said Monday France would step up the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria in the wake of Paris attacks he dubbed "acts of war".

Paris attacks planned in Syria, organised in Belgium: Hollande

Versailles - The Paris attacks were decided in Syria, prepared in Belgium and perpetrated with French help, French President Francois Hollande said Monday.Friday's "acts of war...

Key points of Juncker's annual EU speech

Strasbourg - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday laid out plans in his State of the Union speech to tackle the refugee crisis, fears about Russia, and a possible "Brexit.

Software lets paralyzed people speak by breathing

Another example of a potentially revolutionary new technology allows paralyzed people to speak by analysing their "breath signals". Software can recognise specific patterns of breathing and then translate those rhythms into a spoken word.

Intel publicly releases code behind Stephen Hawking's voice

Intel has publicly released the code for the software that powers Stephen Hawking's speech engine. It allows developers to go ahead and delve into how it works, opening the gateway to new systems based upon it but expanded by the knowledge of others.

The Musio AI robot wants to be your helpful 'curious new friend'

A new advanced artificially intelligent robot is seeking funding on Indiegogo. Boasting a unique personality and the ability to talk naturally, Musio wants to be your "curious new friend" with human-level intelligence and the ability to learn information.

Microsoft Build keynote: Everything you need to know about Windows and more

The keynote of Microsoft Build yesterday was filled with announcements detailing the future and evolution of Microsoft's core services including Windows and Office, as well how the company intends to stock its app store. Here's everything you should know.

U.S. commander lauds progress as NATO ends its Afghan war

Kabul - The U.S. commander of international forces in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the achievements of 13 years of fighting against the Taliban, as NATO formally ended its war at a ceremony in Kabul."Together...

Understanding how dogs interpret human speech

Dogs tend to turn to the left when they hear emotional speech-like sounds, and right when they hear verbal commands from a robot, according to some fascinating new research into how dogs interpret sounds.

How and where to volunteer at Thanksgiving or all year round

As Thanksgiving approaches are you thankful you can pay all your bills and buy groceries? Are you glad you can choose your leaders, have a free press and worship God freely? Want to volunteer to help others at Thanksgiving? Here are some ways.

Obama hails 'true spirit' of 9/11 at new museum

New York - US President Barack Obama Thursday hailed the love and sacrifice he said was "the true spirit of 9/11" as he inaugurated a searing Ground Zero museum about Al-Qaeda attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people.

What did Kanye West say at Harvard?

Cambridge - Kanye West spoke to students Sunday at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. During the lecture, Kanye told the students he admires their work. He also shared his views about design.

Video: Snowden speaks at 2013 Sam Adams Award dinner in Moscow

Moscow - Courtesy of WikiLeaks, video clips have been released including a speech given by Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower, at the dinner where he received the 2013 Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence, at an unnamed location in Moscow, Russia.

Watching television changes people's accents

Scots might find themselves adopting Cockney slang after research found that watching television could be a factor in accent change.

Whistleblower Award 2013 — Awarding Edward J. Snowden (video)

Berlin - In the video, Jacob Appelbaum, Internet activist and journalist, speaks on behalf of Edward J. Snowden at the Whistleblower Award ceremony in Berlin, Germany.

Video: Assange speech on WikiLeaks film censored by Oxford Union

London - When making a speech at the Sam Adams Award ceremony, an award which is dedicated to whistleblowers, Julian Assange chose to use the WikiLeaks Collateral Murder video footage as a background to the video - the video was then censored.

Watch Obama lose it with pesky fly during White House speech

A pesky housefly that landed on the forehead of President Obama while he delivered a speech on Thursday in the White House's State Dining Room achieved what the political opposition has failed to achieve, make the president lose his cool under pressure.

Watch President Obama deliver his second inaugural address

The White House released the full 22-minute video of President Barack Obama's speech during his second inauguration today on Capitol Hill.

Jodie Foster comes out as a lesbian....again

Los Angeles - Although many in the media are calling Jodie Foster's speech at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards her "coming out" speech, the announcement was "old news" for many.

Assange's full Christmas address from Ecuadorian embassy, London

London - WikiLeaks founder and editor, Julian Assange, gave a Christmas address to his supporters on Thursday evening from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

President Obama: 'We’re not doing enough, we will have to change'

Newtown - Addressing the hundreds of people gathered at Newtown High School for an Interfaith vigil honoring those lost in Friday's tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama said as a nation, we are not are meeting that obligations.

Op-Ed: Did Romney's failure to prepare lead to election loss?

As President of the United States, one must prepare for nearly every possible scenario, good or bad, and it appears as if Mitt Romney was prepared for the good, but not prepared for what would happen if he did not win the election.

President Morsi debuts at UN

New York - On Monday, Egypt's new President Mohammad Morsi embarked on his first journey to the United States since being elected in June. He will be giving a speech at the United Nations on Wednesday.
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President Obama speaking about the crisis in Libya
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Julian Assange gives a speech to the Sam Adams Award ceremony.
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President Obama delivering his speech on his jobs bill
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President Barack Obama outlines the details of the American Jobs Act during an address to a Joint Session of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 8, 2011
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Ron Paul speaking to supporters at a "whistle stop" in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Julian Assange gives a speech to the Sam Adams Award ceremony - as censored by the Oxford Union.
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US President Barack Obama writing a speech
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