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‘Obsessive and obscenity-laden’: Assange hits back at Intercept over article

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has rejected claims by The Intercept that he backed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He accused the outlet of furthering one of the authors’ personal obsession. “The editorial propriety of letting Micah F Lee, of all people, instrumentalize the Intercept to further his obsessive, obscenity laden campaign against WikiLeaks must be questioned,” Assange said on Thursday. – ...

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Macron vows to bring back ‘compulsory’ national service for French youth

Two decades after France scrapped compulsory military service, President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to introduce “obligatory” national service for all young people. It could also be a “civic engagement,” Macron said. “I want a mandatory service, open to women and men,” the French leader said on Tuesday, adding that its duration could be “around three months” but could be “longer ...

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Trump back to slamming Middle East wars as he pushes infrastructure spending

US President Donald Trump has revived the anti-war rhetoric of his election campaign days. Promising to boost infrastructure investment, he bashed the “stupidity” of spending $ 7 trillion on Middle East conflicts. “This will be a big week for infrastructure,” Trump tweeted on Monday morning. “After so stupidly spending $ 7 trillion in the Middle East, it is now time ...

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Russia back to 1st in overall Sochi Olympics medal count after CAS ruling

Russia is back to the first place in the unofficial 2014 Winter Olympics medal tally after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) cleared 28 Russian athletes and dropped their life-bans over alleged doping violations. Read more On Thursday CAS reinstated results of 28 Russian athletes, making them eligible to compete in the 2018 Winter Games, overturning their life-bans over ...

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Bring back the biplane? Chinese researchers eye old design for hypersonic flight

Chinese researchers have proposed a new design for hypersonic aircraft that could reintroduce the biplane to modern aviation. In a scientific article published by Science China Press, four Chinese researchers propose the creation of a “high-pressure capturing wing” (HCW), which could be used to help aircraft with large volumes achieve hypersonic speeds. Using a biplane-like design, the hypersonic craft’s lower ...

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Changing kids’ religion behind spouse’s back illegal, Malaysian court rules

In a historic precedent, Malaysia’s highest court has ruled in favor of a Hindu woman whose former husband converted their children to Islam without her consent, ending a nearly decade-long battle. The five-judge panel of Malaysia’s Federal Court decided Monday that the ex-husband of M. Indira Gandhi, a Hindu, unlawfully changed the religion of their three children to Islam without his ...

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‘Kills zombies or your money back’ Musk promotes $500 flamethrower (VIDEOS)

Tech billionaire Elon Musk has unveiled the “world’s safest flamethrower,” available for pre-order to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. Just in case, fire extinguishers are sold separately for an “exorbitant amount of money.” Musk’s Boring Company – which has so far primarily specialized in “boring” tunnel construction – touted the new device on its official website on Saturday as a ...

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If Jerusalem is off table then US has no seat at it – Palestinian official fires back at Trump

Peace with Israel is not possible if the status of Jerusalem is off the agenda, a top Palestinian official has said, rejecting Donald Trump’s claim that the US has removed the controversial issue from the negotiation table. “Jerusalem is not off the negotiations table, rather the US is outside the international consensus,” said Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Secretary ...

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Windows 10 can now show you all the data it’s sending back to Microsoft

Microsoft’s and its partners’ engineers use the telemetry data from Windows 10 to diagnose crashes, learn about its users hardware configurations and more. It’s on by default and while Microsoft tells you that it collects this data and gives you a choice between basic (the default setting) and “full” diagnostics, it never allowed you to actually see exactly what was ...

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Gold-backed cryptocurrency aims to entice investors back to precious metals

Australia’s biggest precious metal refinery, Perth Mint, is developing its own cryptocurrency backed by physical commodities like gold. It expects to bring investors back to the traditional market of precious metals. According to CEO Richard Hayes, the mint wants to provide a transparent offering that would allow investors to buy and sell with confidence, knowing that what they are buying ...

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