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Android mobiles hit by spamming computer virus

Cyber-thieves are using games including Angry Birds to turn Android phones into spam-sending drones. Phones have been infected with spam-forwarding software that hid inside free versions of popular Android games. Once installed, the booby-trapped app contacts a web server for a list of phone numbers then starts sending junk text messages to them. Angry Birds Space, Need for Speed Most… Read more →

Panetta signs order to send Patriot missiles to Turkey

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has signed an order to send two Patriot air defense missile batteries and 400 American troops to Turkey as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization effort to protect Turkish territory from a potential cross-border missile attack by Syria. Panetta signed the deployment order Friday en route to Turkey from Afghanistan, according to Pentagon press… Read more →

Iran Congratulates North Korea On Rocket Launch

Iran congratulated North Korea on Wednesday for its “successful” launch of a long-range rocket, an incident which provoked global condemnation, and denied having a role in preparing the launch. Tehran “congratulates the people and the government” of North Korea on “the successful launching of the satellite-carrying rocket,” Iran’s armed forces deputy chief, Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, told the Fars news… Read more →

For North Korea, next step is a nuclear test

(Reuters) – North Korea’s next step after rattling the world by putting a satellite into orbit for the first time will likely be a nuclear test, the third conducted by the reclusive and unpredictable state. A nuclear test would be the logical follow-up to Wednesday’s successful rocket launch, analysts said. The North’s 2009 test came on May 25, a month… Read more →

Syria fires Scud missiles on its own people

Syria’s regime has fired at least six Scud ballistic missiles on its own people since Monday in a significant escalation that means it has used every weapon in its arsenal short of chemical weapons. US officials said the regime had used the weapons to target “rebels hiding in playgrounds”. British officals said intelligence reports indicated that the regime first fired… Read more →

North Korea launches rocket , raising nuclear arms stakes

(Reuters) - North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to opponents. The rocket, which North Korea says put a weather satellite into orbit, has been labeled by the United States, South Korea and Japan as a test of technology that could one day deliver a… Read more →

‘Vulture spying for Israel’ caught in Sudan

Officials in Sudan say they have captured an electronically-tagged vulture suspected of being dispatched by Israel on a spying mission. The avian discovery was made in Kereinek, a town in the Darfur region of western Sudan, Israeli media have reported. Sudanese officials are said to have concluded that the bird was a secret agent after discovering it was fitted with… Read more →