Head of Russia’s largest social network VKontakte leaves his post

Head of Russia’s largest social network VKontakte leaves his post

Founder of VKontakte Social Network Pavel Durov (Photo from vk.com/durov)

Founder of VKontakte Social Network Pavel Durov (Photo from vk.com/durov)

Russian social network giant VKontakte has confirmed the resignation of its founder, Pavel Durov. After publicly stating that he was quitting and then changing his mind, Durov has now accused the firm of not notifying him personally of the final decision.

The company said that Durov’s resignation was granted in
accordance…

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​Unionists rally as Scottish independence mood gains ground

​Unionists rally as Scottish independence mood gains ground

Pro-independence supporters as they gather for a rally in Edinburgh (AFP Photo / Andy Buchanan)

Pro-independence supporters as they gather for a rally in Edinburgh (AFP Photo / Andy Buchanan)

Opponents of Scottish independence speak of pensions being lost in the potential separation from the UK. It comes after a recent poll showed that the gap between Yes and No votes is narrowing, with unionists losing ground.

The landmark ICM survey revealed Sunday a decline of the No vote
from 46 per…

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How to steal a cave painting: Thieves damage 5,000-yo rock in Spain

How to steal a cave painting: Thieves damage 5,000-yo rock in Spain

A damaged rock painting in Los Escolares Cave (image by @puertanatura)

A damaged rock painting in Los Escolares Cave (image by @puertanatura)

A 5,000 year old rock painting in the cave defined as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in southern Spanish Andalusia, has been “irreparably” damaged by thieves who tried to steal an artwork by cutting it out of a rock.

The painting located in Los Escolares Cave in Jaen province is
now “irreparable,”said local mayor Juan…

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Pacific naval powers sign pact aimed at preventing conflicts

Pacific naval powers sign pact aimed at preventing conflicts

US guided missile cruiser (R) leads Japanese destroyers during the 'Keen Sword', a US-Japan military exercise at the Pacific Ocean  (AFP Photo / Toshifumi Kitamura)

US guided missile cruiser (R) leads Japanese destroyers during the ‘Keen Sword’, a US-Japan military exercise at the Pacific Ocean (AFP Photo / Toshifumi Kitamura)

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As US military action increases in the western Pacific,…

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‘Editing DNA’ to eliminate genetic conditions now a reality

‘Editing DNA’ to eliminate genetic conditions now a reality

Christine Daniloff / MIT

Christine Daniloff / MIT

Scientists have employed a revolutionary genome-editing computer technique that accurately identifies one faulty genetic “letter” among billions and effortlessly repairs a genetic condition in animals, paving way for human trials.

The success, by MIT in Boston, is the latest achievement in the
field of genome editing that has been catapulted into the
spotlight through…

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New leaks: Cuban-US organization leaders helped ‘Cuban Twitter’

New leaks: Cuban-US organization leaders helped ‘Cuban Twitter’

Reuters / Enrique De La Osa

Reuters / Enrique De La Osa

Leaders of the largest nonprofit for young Cuban-Americans, which explicitly refused to accept US government funds, in fact supported Washington’s secret program aimed at toppling Cuba’s government, a leaked report reveals.

Roots of Hope were approached by the program organizers in 2011
and discussed how to shift it into private hands, according to
interviews and…

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