Thousands enjoy merry Christmas in Bethlehem
Tens of thousands of tourists and Christian pilgrims packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations Saturday, bringing warm holiday cheer to the traditional birthplace of Jesus on a raw, breezy and rainy night.
Theory of relativity called into question
A pillar of physics — that nothing can go faster than the speed of light — appears to be smashed by an oddball subatomic particle that has apparently made a giant end run around Albert Einstein’s theories.
Scientists at the world’s largest physics lab on Thursday said they have clocked neutrinos traveling faster than light. That’s something that according to Einstein’s 1905 special theory of relativity — the famous E (equals) mc2 equation — just doesn’t happen.
Syrian protesters attack US embassy
Syrian government supporters smashed windows at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus on Monday, raised a Syrian flag and scrawled graffiti calling the American ambassador a “dog” in anger over the envoy’s visit last week to an opposition stronghold, witnesses said.
US aid cutoff followed by drone strike in Pakistan
A suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at a house in northwestern Pakistan very close to the Afghan border Monday, killing 12 alleged militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
The attack came a day after the Obama administration announced it was suspending $800 million in military aid to Pakistan because of strained ties. Monday’s strike indicates the White House has no intention of stopping a program that has increasingly caused tension between the two countries.
Elsewhere in Pakistan’s northwest, a suicide bomber blew himself up as he was being searched at a political rally, killing seven people, including a 9-month-old girl, officials said.
Murdoch empire scandal spreads to new papers
The scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s media empire exploded in several directions Monday, with fresh reports of phone hacking attacks against some of the nation’s most powerful figures, including royals and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Spreading phone hacking scandal touches UK nerves
Britain’s phone hacking scandal intensified Wednesday as the scope of tabloid intrusion into private voice mails became clearer: Murder victims. Terror victims. Film stars. Sports figures. Politicians. The royal family’s entourage.
Almost no one, it seems, was safe from a tabloid determined to beat its rivals, whatever it takes.
The focal point is the News of the World — now facing a spreading advertising boycott — and the top executives of its parent companies: Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, and her boss, media potentate Rupert Murdoch.
Militants enter Pakistan, attack border villages
Hundreds of militants crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan on Wednesday and attacked several border villages, triggering shootouts with local militias in which at least two people were killed, police said.
UK’s Cameron demands new phone hacking inquiry
British lawmakers staged an emergency debate Wednesday to vent their outrage over a widening phone hacking scandal in which a tabloid allegedly targeted missing schoolgirls and the families of London terror victims in addition to celebrities and royals.
Mexico searches for 7 missing in boating accident
Mexican rescuers were scouring the Gulf of California on Tuesday for seven U.S. tourists whose fishing boat capsized two days ago, saying they were extending their search because the missing tourists could still be alive in the warm, calm waters.
Palestinians: 2 killed in Gaza blast
Palestinian medics say two people have been killed in a large explosion in the central Gaza Strip.
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