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Russia warns UK against arming Syrian rebels – The Guardian

Russia warns UK against arming Syrian rebels – The Guardian

The UK and Russia remain at odds over the supply of arms to Syria‘s opposition, with Moscow suggesting that any move by the British government to give the rebels military equipment would breach international law. The foreign secretary, William Hague, held talks in London with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in a meeting also attended […]

UK Anti-Doping chief executive backs use of lie detectors – The Guardian

UK Anti-Doping’s chief executive, Andy Parkinson, says the organisation would back the introduction of lie-detector tests and believes the authorities need to be more innovative in their fight against offenders. Evidence from a polygraph test was accepted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport during the cases of the Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador and the […]

Europe Seeks Update of Law on Fliers’ Rights – New York Times

And that is the rub of the European Union’s proposal, which is meant to clarify air travelers’ rights to aid and compensation when flights are delayed or canceled — as happens tens of thousands of time a year. The proposed changes would also seek tougher oversight and enforcement of airlines’ compliance with the law. “It […]

Amazon cuts Kindle Fire HD 8.9 price, sends it to Europe, Japan – CNET

Amazon cuts Kindle Fire HD 8.9 price, sends it to Europe, Japan – CNET

Amazon is launching its Kindle Fire HD 8.9 in Europe and Japan today, which means a lower price for the tablet in the U.S., the company announced. In the U.S., the Wi-Fi version now starts at $269 and the 4G device starts at $399. Customers in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Japan can […]

Europe Hit By Heavy Snow, Slows Trains, Flights, Roads – Huffington Post

PARIS — Snow-choked European cities are struggling to get planes, trains and roads moving again after a surprisingly intense, late-season storm. A few flights were canceled Wednesday and many were facing long delays at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports and the Frankfurt Airport. Eurostar train service under the English Channel resumed Wednesday after […]

EUROPE MARKETS: Italy Auction, Data Weigh On Europe Stocks – Fox Business

MADRID –  European stock ended mostly lower Wednesday as investors moved to cash in on recent gains, while weaker-than-expected manufacturing data and a rise in Italian borrowing costs weighed on sentiment. ASM International NV, Commerzbank AG and Inditex SA were among the biggest decliners. The Stoxx Europe 600 index shed 0.05 point, or less than […]

Europe to Contract as Much as 1.5%, El-Erian Says: Tom Keene – Bloomberg

Europe to Contract as Much as 1.5%, El-Erian Says: Tom Keene – Bloomberg

Europe may contract 1 percent to 1.5 percent in the next 12 months with the private sector unable to borrow and austerity policies limiting growth, according to Pacific Investment Management Co.’s Mohamed El-Erian. “The private sector is still starved for credit,” El- Erian, the chief executive officer of the world’s largest manager of bond funds, […]

Rubin steps aside as Android chief; Pichai takes over – USA TODAY

Google executive Sundar Pichai.(Photo: Jeff Chiu AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Andy Rubin, the leader of Google’s Android mobile group, has left his position at the top spot, a move that creates uncertainty for the world’s most popular smartphone operating system. Android leadership will be filled by Sundar Pichai in addition to his existing roles with […]

A galaxy not so far away: What to expect in Samsung’s Galaxy S IV – Ars Technica

A galaxy not so far away: What to expect in Samsung’s Galaxy S IV – Ars Technica

The next iteration of the Samsung Galaxy Android handset is almost upon us. Plenty of leaks, viral videos, and salacious rumors have cropped up in the last few months in anticipation for the device. The Galaxy S III is one of Samsung’s best-selling handsets to date, and the company reigns as the number one handset […]

Booking a Hotel in Asia? How to Plan – New York Times

I waited until the last minute — three weeks before our trip — to book our hotels. I didn’t realize our visit to Kyoto coincided with peak cherry blossom viewing and a school holiday (I found what appeared to be the only available room in the city). And in Tokyo, I overlooked room dimensions as […]