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African countries order Israeli-made armored vehicles

RAM MK3Two unidentified countries in Africa ordered more light armored vehicles for their military forces from Israel Aerospace Industries.

IAI, which did not report the value of the two separate contracts, said nearly 100 RAM MK3 vehicles would be delivered.

Deliveries have begun, it said, and will continue throughout the year.


Samsung Smart TVs suspected of recording conversations

Samsung tv spies Privacy concerns surround Samsung after its Smart TV privacy policy notes personal information spoken in front of the TV can be transmitted to a third party.

In words that are set to arouse Orwellian fears, the policy warns anyone speaking in front of the TV with its voice activation may have their conversations transmitted to a third party.


Climate change damaging biodiverse Costa Rica forest

costa rica cloimate changeThe cloud forests of Monteverde are known around the world for their biodiversity. But locals and scientists are warning the delicate ecosystem is increasingly without the clouds.

Increasing temperatures have caused the clouds in the mountain forests around Monteverde to rise, and scientists believe the warming climate is leading to the redistribution of species in the highlands, renowned for the striking biodiversity that draws in hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.


HSBC bank 'helped clients dodge millions in tax'

HSBCBritain's biggest bank helped wealthy clients cheat the UK out of millions of pounds in tax, the BBC has learned.

Panorama has seen thousands of accounts from HSBC's private bank in Switzerland leaked by a whistleblower in 2007.

They show bankers helped clients evade tax and offered deals to help tax dodgers stay ahead of the law.


Iran's Khamenei says could accept fair nuclear compromise

Iran's KhameniIran's supreme leader said on Sunday he could accept a compromise in nuclear talks and gave his strongest defense yet of President Hassan Rouhani's decision to negotiate with the West, a policy opposed by powerful hardliners at home.

As his foreign minister met counterparties in the talks at a conference in Munich, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he "firmly" backed a fair nuclear deal.


NBC’s Brian Williams told varying versions of rocket fire in Israel-Hezbollah war

Brian WilliamsNBC News anchor Brian Williams certainly has placed himself in dangerous situations in covering wars and natural disasters over the years. But how much danger? With Williams, the answer varies.

In addition to statements about his reporting from Iraq and New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina that are under review by NBC, Williams has given varying accounts of the risks he faced in reporting on Israel’s war with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in 2006.


Officials: 25 people killed in Egyptian soccer match riot

25 dead Egypt soccer matchA riot broke out Sunday night outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with a stampede and fighting between police and fans killing at least 25 people, authorities said.

The riot, only three years after similar violence killed 74 people, began ahead of a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at Air Defense Stadium east of Cairo. Such attacks in the past have sparked days of protests pitting the country's hard-core fans against police officers in a nation already on edge after years of revolt and turmoil.


California firefighters battling Sierra Nevada wildfire gain upper hand

California battles firesFirefighters have gained the upper hand on a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed 40 homes, burned nearly 11 square miles and forced about 150 people to leave two small California towns at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada.

The fire started near a highway on the border of Inyo and Mono counties Friday afternoon. It blew up when 50 to 75mph winds whipped through wooded areas near Swall Meadows and the neighbouring community of Paradise for about three hours, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection captain Liz Brown said.


Teenager arrested in mall shooting that wounds three people in Macy's

Pa. mall shootingThree people were hospitalized Sunday with gunshot wounds after a 17-year-old male opened fire on a man at a Pittsburgh-area mall, police said, striking his intended target as well as two bystanders.

The Monroeville Mall went on lockdown Saturday evening after the shooting. The gunman managed to escape but police say they were able to identify him by matching surveillance video with images on social media.


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