Royal Navy ship takes Britons from Libya to Malta

A Royal Navy ship helping Britons to leave Libya amid worsening violence in the country has arrived in Malta, according to the Foreign Office (FCO). HMS Enterprise helped 110 people, the majority of whom were British. None are understood to be diplomats. The FCO temporarily closed its embassy in the capital of Tripoli on Monday. It had urged Britons to leave the country. It comes amid fighting between rival factions in Libya, which has killed hundreds of people in recent weeks. ‘Food and shelter’ The Plymouth-based ship left the UK in June for an 18-month survey deployment and had been …

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Gaza crisis ‘intolerable’, says Philip Hammond

The situation in Gaza is “simply intolerable and must be addressed”, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says. His comments follow a row between Ed Miliband and No 10 after the Labour leader said PM David Cameron was “wrong” not to oppose Israel’s attacks. No 10 said it was shocked Mr Miliband would “play politics with such a serious issue”. Thirty Palestinians have been reported killed on Sunday and militants have continued to fire rockets into Israel. ‘Humanitarian ceasefire’ The Foreign Office confirmed that Mr Hammond had spoken to the Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israeli justice minister Tzipi Livni on …

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Artists who don’t sign with YouTube’s new subscription service to be blocked [Updated] | Ars Technica

    Update: A report from Digital Music News claims that Financial Times got the story about YouTube’s upcoming service wrong, and offers an alternative perspective. According to Digital Music News’ anonymous source, YouTube will not block the videos that don’t sign on with the subscription service. However, the source says the correct intepretation of YouTube’s statements are that the site will be blocking music videos from YouTube’s monetization program, as whole, if labels can’t agree to make their videos available to both the free and premium tiers of the subscription service. Hence, labels and artists will still be able to post videos, but …

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What ever Happened to the Facebook Phone? Not Very Much has been talked about, It Seems

Facebook has long wanted to be a major part of how you use your smartphone. Now, it looks as if the company has all but abandoned one of its major strategies to do so. The corporation has disbanded the team of engineers originally assigned to work on Facebook Home, its custom-made mobile software for Android devices, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. Home was the result of the social giant’s multi-year effort to more deeply integrate Facebook features into an Android smartphone. After …

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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested in Sweden

  One of the four convicted Pirate Bay co-founders Peter Sunde, also known as Brokep, has been arrested in Sweden for his involvement in the torrent site, according to several reports. According to Reuters, the 35-year-old was arrested on Saturday in the southern Swedish county of Skane. The police apparently found him during a raid on a farm to search for fugitives. In 2012, Sunde was sentenced to eight months in prison by a Swedish criminal court, a decision that was made final after the Swedish Supreme Court announced that it would not grant leave of appeal in the case against …

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Cops Or Soldiers?

FROM the way police entered the house—helmeted and masked, guns drawn and shields in front, knocking down the door with a battering ram and rushing inside—you might think they were raiding a den of armed criminals. In fact they were looking for $1,000-worth of clothes and electronics allegedly bought with a stolen credit card. They found none of these things, but arrested two people in the house on unrelated charges. They narrowly avoided tragedy. On hearing intruders break in, the homeowner’s son, a disabled ex-serviceman, reached for his (legal) gun. Luckily, he heard the police announce themselves and holstered it; …

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