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- ‘Can you heal my cat’s paw?’ UK Foreign Office unveils list of most ridiculous consular requestsThe UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has released a list of the most inane enquiries it fielded in 2014, after revealing that 38 percent of all calls made to diplomatic missions abroad “were not related to consular support at all.”
- Italian MPs vote for Palestinian state but conditions ‘disappoint’ PLOThe Italian parliament has become the latest major European legislative assembly to push for the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, after a decisive vote Friday. However, deputies nixed a motion for the immediate recognition of Palestine.
- Texas rep. introduces bill for ‘American Sniper’ to receive nation’s highest combat awardWere the actions of Chris Kyle, known as the United States’ deadliest sniper, worthy of the Congressional Medal of Honor? A representative from Texas believes so, and has introduced legislation to that end. But veterans aren’t so sure.
- Opposition figure killed in MoscowOpposition politician Boris Nemtsov died in the center of Moscow after he was shot at four times. A number of leading figures from all sides of political spectrum called his murder a "provocation".
- Teen charged with hacking school computer to alter gradesA tech-savvy 16-year-old is being charged as an adult for allegedly hacking into his school network and using his smartphone to alter reports and grades, according to police in Staten Island, New York.
- GOP plots White House takeover during CPAC 2015Taking aim at the president, Hillary Clinton and the Islamic State, the most likely contenders for the GOP nod are ramping up calls to ensure the party reclaims the White House in 2016 – and reverses what the Obama administration has accomplished.
- Opposition politician Boris Nemtsov killed in the center of MoscowFamous Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov has been shot dead in the center of Moscow. The shots came from a vehicle. Reportedly, Nemtsov had previously received death threats on social media sites.
- Greek PM says 'forget about third bailout'Greece won’t be seeking a third international bailout after the four-month extension of its current program expires, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said.
- ‘Little time for hardware withdrawal in E.Ukraine’ – Russia’s OSCE repBoth sides of the Ukraine conflict were given little time to withdraw their weapons, Andrey Kelin, Russia’s representative to the OSCE, said. Despite their fulfillment of the Minsk agreements, there is significant mistrust between the parties, he added.
- Mega says US urged PayPal to cease working with it based on end-to-end encryptionPayPal will no longer process customer payments for the cloud-storage service Mega based on the latter’s use of client-side encryption. Kim Dotcom’s Mega says the decision stems from powerful American corporate influences leaning on the e-commerce site.
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