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07
Dec
NASA shares image of massive 'Hexagon' on Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided your multicolored space distraction of the day: images of a swirling, six-sided weather feature on the surface of Saturn. Scientists say the "Hexagon," the formation's working title at NASA, is unlike anything they've seen elsewhere. They say the feature is "turbulent and unstable," packing 200-mph winds. That's nearly 50 mph stronger than the wind speed required for a Category 5 hurricane. "A... [read news]

07
Dec
UK Championship: Ricky Walden 'chilled' and ready to seize chance

Ricky Walden says his run to the 2013 World Championship semi-finals has given him the maturity, mental strength and belief to mix with snooker's elite. The world number 12, who plays Mark Selby for a UK Championship final place on Saturday, lost 17-14 to Barry Hawkins at the Crucible in May. Despite mixed results since, Walden, 31, said he is in a good place. "I take lots of heart from the Worlds," he told BBC Sport. "It... [read news]

07
Dec
Estonia's dirty energy drive for self-sufficiency

The drive from Tallinn to Auvere in North-Eastern Estonia was long and dark. The winter sun had yet to rise and we saw little of the outside world from our misty car windows. But as we arrived at Narva, Estonia's border with Russia, a picture began to form of the economic strength of this region. In front of us, swaths of land were being bitten into and scooped up by colossal Soviet diggers. That's because underneath this grey-brown land... [read news]

07
Dec
Paris Hilton's brother beaten up; claims Lindsay Lohan behind assault

Paris Hilton's little brother was badly beaten at a party and claims that Lindsay Lohan orchestrated the assault. The party took place at a Miami mansion where the recently rehabbed actress has been staying while in town for an art festival. It was a particularly raucous affair that lasted from Friday night until well into Saturday morning. According to TMZ people overheard Hilton saying derogatory things about Lohan and shortly afterwards... [read news]

06
Dec
Nelson Mandela death: Aids campaigner

Though at first muted in his approach to the issues surrounding HIV/Aids, Nelson Mandela eventually became a dedicated and extremely effective advocate for a more vigorous approach to the disease. When Mr Mandela was released from prison in February 1990, HIV/Aids had yet to make its full impact on South Africa Following his election as president four years later, Mr Mandela faced huge challenges and - like so many other world leaders at... [read news]

06
Dec
'He belongs to the ages': Obama, US leaders mourn Mandela's death

President Obama joined lawmakers and former heads of state Thursday in mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, calling him one of the "most influential, courageous and profoundly good" people to have ever lived.  "He achieved more than could be expected of any man. Today he's gone home," an emotional Obama said, in remarks from the White House.  Obama added: "He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages."  Late Thursday the... [read news]

05
Dec
NSA reportedly collects 5 billion cell phone location records a day

The NSA collects nearly 5 billion records a day on the locations of cell phones overseas to create a huge database that stores information from hundreds of millions of devices, including those belonging to some Americans abroad, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Documents provided to the Post by NSA leaker Edward Snowden detail how this database is able to track people worldwide and map out their relationships with others.   The... [read news]

05
Dec
Mel Brooks Honored During AFI Tribute

Stars gathered at the American Film Institute gala on Thursday to honor Mel Brooks for his career achievements. The 41st Life Achievement Award was handed by Scorsese and De Niro, who expressed their regret for missing the opportunity to work with the Hollywood star, the Associated Press reports. Mel Brooks has left his signature on many of the most appreciated movies in Hollywood, such as, “Blazing Saddles”, “Young Frankenstein”... [read news]

04
Dec
Lakkis was killed a day after Hassan Nasrallah

Playing Nelson Mandela in an adaptation of his autobiography has made Idris Elba more selective about his future roles, the actor has revealed. "After playing Mandela, it's very hard to read a script that doesn't have any of the qualities that man has," he told the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz. "It's quite interesting what it's doing to my taste in characters," he added. The 41-year-old was speaking ahead of the UK premiere of Mandela:... [read news]

03
Dec
Fifa World Cup 2014: England draw pot could change

England are in an unseeded pot of European countries but could still be moved ahead of Friday's draw for the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Roy Hodgson's side are included in Pot 4, along with eight other European teams, for the draw in Brazil. Beforehand, one of those teams will be drawn into Pot 2, and will face one of the four South American seeds. No more than two European teams, or one from South America, can be drawn in the same group for next... [read news]


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