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Religious intolerance on the rise worldwide, says US report

Three-quarters of the world’s 7 billion population live in countries with high levels of government restriction on religion or where there exist serious “social hostilities” involving faith issues, according to researchers, with the US and the UK among countries showing a worrying rise in religious discrimination.

Anti-Islam film protests: Pakistan army called in to protect diplomatic enclave

The Pakistani army was drafted in to protect foreign embassies on Thursday after thousands of violent protesters clashed with police on the eve of an expected day of anti-western fury across the Islamic world.

Syrian air strike on petrol station kills dozens, say rebels

An air strike on a petrol station in northern Syria has killed more than 50 people, activists have claimed.

Justice department Fast and Furious investigation clears Eric Holder

The US justice department’s inspector general has cleared the attorney general, Eric Holder, of Republican accusations he had prior knowledge of a botched operation that shipped hundreds of weapons to Mexican drug cartels that were later used in killings.

Exclusive: Wal-Mart stops selling Amazon Kindles

(Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc will no longer sell Inc’s Kindle products, making the world’s largest retailer the second major chain to stop selling Amazon’s devices, according to an internal memo and a source familiar with the situation.

Microsoft, HP skirted taxes via offshore units: Senate panel

(Reuters) – Technology giants Microsoft Corp and Hewlett-Packard Co used offshore units to shield billions of dollars from U.S. taxes by taking advantage of loopholes in the tax code, a U.S. Senate panel said on Thursday.

NASA rover snaps pictures of an eclipse from Mars

(Reuters) – NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, dispatched to determine if the planet most like Earth in the solar system could have supported microbial life, has taken on a second job – moonlighting as an astronomer.

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