Have mercy on Karachi

Many say that the MQM’s parting of ways with the PPP-led government spells doom for Karachi. The city has been the scene of what appear to be unstoppable targeted killings that have been carried out as a result of bitter rivalries amongst political parties and groups even as the MQM, the PPP and the ANP were . . . → Read More: Have mercy on Karachi

At Opening of Cambodia War Crimes Trial, Anger, Doubt and Suspicion Linger

Stooped from old age and disease, the four surviving leaders of Pol Pot’s communist revolution of 1975, which left perhaps 2 million people dead, at last entered the dock to stand trial at a special tribunal here on Monday. Facing charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, they are accused of leaving this . . . → Read More: At Opening of Cambodia War Crimes Trial, Anger, Doubt and Suspicion Linger

Cloud showdown: Microsoft vs. Google?

The competition between Microsoft and Google is heating up. This time, the tech giants are dueling over cloud-based software tools (think calendars and online documents) and the small- and medium-sized businesses that buy them.

FORTUNE — It may not sound quite as sexy as search, web browsers or mobile phones, but there’s growing demand for moving . . . → Read More: Cloud showdown: Microsoft vs. Google?

Your company’s own app store

Want to develop a small-molecule-based drug? There’s an app for that. But you won’t find it in Apple’s App Store — it’s available only through a private storefront run by biotech giant Genentech.

The company, based in South San Francisco, Calif., has created some 20 mobile apps for its employees — and a dozen more . . . → Read More: Your company’s own app store

No Laughing Matter: Braving the World’s First Tickle Spa

Elena Gil admits she is an addict. “It started when I was a kid,” she says. “I’ve just always loved the way it feels.” For years, Gil, a 25-year-old occupational therapy student, sought out her vice wherever she could, even bribing her boyfriend with home-cooked meals in exchange for a few minutes of pleasure. But . . . → Read More: No Laughing Matter: Braving the World’s First Tickle Spa

Loadshedding to continue till 2018: WAPDA

ISLAMABAD: Chairman WAPDA Shakeel Durrani said that electricity loadshedding will continue till 2018, Geo News reported. Meanwhile member of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Water and Power, Sajjadul Hasan has called for riots in Okara and the burning of PEPCO’s office to protests against loadshedding.

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How big is BIG?

Astronomers have used all sorts of tricks over the years to try to convey the mind-boggling scale of the universe to us ordinary folks. If you could drive your car from here to the nearest star at 60 m.p.h., they’ve told us, it would take 11 million years. If the sun were a beach ball . . . → Read More: How big is BIG?

Sex and violence… part of free speech!

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a California ban on selling or renting violent video games to minors. The ruling was an important win for free speech, as the court said that violent video games, not matter how objectionable, are works of art in their own right. But the ruling also raised an intriguing . . . → Read More: Sex and violence… part of free speech!

Israel’s 59 Year Old Arrested for Having 30 Wives

Goel Ratzon’s Facebook profile shows the bespectacled Israeli with shoulder-length white hair and neatly trimmed beard and says he is currently dating and has 36 friends.

His real status is somewhat more complicated. When Israeli police raided the self-styled healer’s four homes in Tel Aviv in Jan 2010 they found two legal ex-wives, plus another 30 . . . → Read More: Israel’s 59 Year Old Arrested for Having 30 Wives

Mullah Mickey and Mai Minnie Anger Egyptian Muslims

An Egyptian Christian telecommunications magnate has angered Islamic hard-liners by posting an online cartoon of Mickey Mouse with a beard and Minnie in a face veil.

Ultraconservative Islamists, known as Salafis, called the cartoon posted by Naguib Sawiris on Twitter a mockery of Islam. They launched an online campaign calling on Muslims in Egypt to . . . → Read More: Mullah Mickey and Mai Minnie Anger Egyptian Muslims