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"If none of us ever read a book that was 'dangerous,' had a friend who was 'different' or joined an organization that advocated 'change,' we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants. Whose fault is that? Not really [McCarthy's]. He didn't create this situation of fear. He merely exploited it, and rather successfully."

—Edward R (oscoe) Murrow (1908-65) American news anchor, broadcast journalist


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Sony cancels The Interview release  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:37:23 GMT
Sony cancels the release of The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, after major cinemas decide not to screen it. 
VIDEO: BBC World News business headlines  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:48:08 GMT
The latest international business headlines from BBC World News. 
New Blackberry 'back to its roots'  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:09:39 GMT
Blackberry launches what it calls a "no-nonsense" smartphone in a bid to win back business customers. 
Google considers data risk warnings  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:01:16 GMT
Google is proposing to warn people their data is at risk every time they visit websites that do not use the "HTTPS" system. 
Bill Cosby will not face LA charges  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:12:39 GMT
Charges will not be filed against comedian Bill Cosby over allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in 1974, US prosecutors say. 
Big Red Dog creator Bridwell dies  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:25:44 GMT
US illustrator Norman Bridwell, creator of the Clifford the Big Red Dog books, dies at the age of 86. 
Philae comet landing 'all a blur'  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:06:50 GMT
An image has been released that shows the hairy moment that the Philae comet lander bounced back into space. 
Festival lights viewed from space  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:40:12 GMT
Satellites view how Christmas in the US and Ramadan in the Middle East brighten the globe. 
Autism link to air pollution raised  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:26:40 GMT
A link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists. 
Drug allergy: Culprit protein found  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:25:59 GMT
Scientists uncover a single protein that could be responsible for drug allergies, on the surface of cells. 
Tests claim Ebosse died from beating  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:46:05 GMT
New post-mortem tests claims Albert Ebosse died in Algeria after a beating rather than being hit by a projectile thrown by fans. 
Carter to quit All Blacks for Metro  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:40:10 GMT
New Zealand's Dan Carter will end his international career to become rugby's highest-paid player by joining Racing Metro. 
The strange normality of life in the middle of Syria's war  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:39:33 GMT
Diana Darke returned from London to Syria recently to reclaim her house from profiteers who had moved in - she found her neighbours in Damascus coping surprisingly well despite the war. 
What's behind growing gun support in US?  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:42:10 GMT
Two years on from the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, a survey finds growth in support of gun rights. 
Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:49:32 GMT
Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land.