SpaceShipTwo, a rocket plane that was meant to carry well-heeled tourists on short if expensive rides to space, crashed in the Mojave Desert on Friday during a test flight, killing one of the two pilots.
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Isis has turned the internet into the most effective propaganda tool ever.
Ever since the Pentagon started talking about Isis as apocalyptic, I’ve suspected that websites and blogs and YouTube are taking over from reality. I’m even wondering whether “Isis” – or Islamic State or Isil, here we go again – isn’t more real on the internet than it is on the ground. Not, of course, for the Kurds of Kobani or the Yazidis or the beheaded victims of this weird caliphate. But isn’t it time we woke up to the fact that internet addiction in politics and war is even more dangerous than hard drugs?
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An American nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients has taken a bike ride despite a state order to stay at home in quarantine.
Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend rode their bicycles away from their house in the north-eastern state of Maine as media watched on.
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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s leader of nearly three decades declared a state of emergency Thursday, hours after protesters who oppose his bid for another term stormed the parliament and set part of it on fire, marking the greatest threat to his rule since he himself seized power in a coup.
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Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand name from new smartphones, less than a year after acquiring the Finnish firm’s mobile devices division.
New Nokia Lumia phones will instead be known as Microsoft Lumia, the company said.
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Moscow, to western eyes, does not look much like Rome. But if there is any country in the world where the tug of the Roman ideal can be felt, it is Russia.
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A deal to free 50 of the girls in return for the release of 100 Boko Haram detainees fell through, as Will Ross reports.
The Nigerian military says it know where the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram are but will not attempt a rescue.
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World news does not always fully capture people’s level of happiness. Last year, Gallup found a majority of people in the world experienced positive emotions. Of course, in some countries and regions people were much more positive than others.
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Fourteen projects are set to benefit from a Sh1.9 billion grant from the Government of Denmark.
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