Oscar glory for ‘The Hurt Locker’

Hollywood can begin celebrating as the winners of the 82nd Academy Awards are announced. Beating James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’, ‘The Hurt Locker’ was…

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Suicide bomb kills 11 in Lahore

A suicide car bomb attack on a police intelligence unit in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore killed at least 11 people and wounded scores more during the morning rush hour today. The attack on the Federal Investigation Agency broke what had been a relative lull in major violence in Pakistan. It also showed that insurgents retain the ability to strike the country’s heartland, far from the Afghan border regions where al-Qaeda and the Taleban…

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Somali doctor: British Yacht Couple Reunited

A British yachting couple seized by Somali pirates and held in separate locations have been temporarily reunited after weeks apart, a doctor who treated the two said.

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Asia stocks up as US jobs data lift recovery hopes

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks gained Monday as a better-than-expected report about the U.S. job market lifted confidence in the economic recovery. Major markets added as much as 2 percent in the region’s second day higher. The euro got a boost after France voiced support for debt-laden Greece, while oil prices edged toward $82 a barrel. As…

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Republicans Reject Obama Charge of Blowing Opportunity to Fix Health System

Republicans returned fire Monday after President Obama accused them of dropping the ball on health care reform over the past decade, arguing that they were more than a little busy dealing with challenges like Social Security and the War on Terror.

Obama Targets GOP in Last-Ditch Pitch for Health Care Bill

President Obama, launching a last-ditch push to pass health care legislation in the next 10 days, left no doubt Monday that he was ready to roll over any opposition by taunting Republicans that they had 10 years to fix health care and didn’t

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Obama to Sell Public on His Health Care Plan

In a speech in Philadelphia Monday, the president will try to drum up support for his plan, while also urging uneasy lawmakers to cast a “final vote” for a massive reform bill in an election year.

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Large Blast Hits Pakistani Police Building, 11 Dead

A homicide car bomber struck a building where police interrogate high-value suspects in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore on Monday, killing at least 11 people and wounding scores

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Obama Hails Iraq VoteAs ‘Important Milestone’

President praises Iraqi security forces for protecting nation on day that was ripe for attacks, even as insurgents kill 36
Polls Close in Iraq as Insurgent Attacks Kill 36
LIVESHOTS: Noonan on D.C. Reaction to Iraqi Elections
SLIDESHOW: Violence Mars Iraqi Election
YOU DECIDE: Does Election Signal War Is Won?

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U.S. to Allow Export of Web Services to Iran and Cuba

According to The New York Times, the United States Treasury Department will tomorrow give Internet services license to export consumer-aimed services like instant messaging and photo sharing to countries with which trade has previously been restricted, including Iran, Cuba and Sudan.

The United States defines these nations as “closed societies” because their governments sometimes try to restrict the free flow of information between citizens, however in many cases trade is restricted by the United States in response to those actions. This new license would allow U.S.-based Internet companies like Yahoo to export certain services that can be described as “free mass-market software,” despite trade sanctions.

The U.S. State Department and members of Congress previously recommended this move to aid efforts to open up the societies in question. The value of exporting these tools has already been established.

Last year, the State Department asked Twitter to postpone its scheduled downtime so Iranian protesters could continue to use the service. Digital communication technologies like Twitter, Facebook, e-mail and SMS text messaging were used by Iranians to organize protests and to get information to the American and European media.

After Google threatened to leave China if the country doesn’t ease up its regulation and restrictions on the Internet, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech declaring the administration’s commitment to the free flow of information on the Internet. This is one example of that commitment.

We’re curious to know how our readers in the United States and elsewhere feel about this move. If you’re willing, share your thoughts in the comments, and participate in our poll: “Is the Internet a fundamental right?”

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