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North Korea claims to have succesfully detonated hydrogen bomb

By: Ben Gourlay | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jan 5, 2016 @ 22:31 CST

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un might have just developed a hydrogen bomb in time for his birthday, if the secretive countries claims are correct. In a developing story, BBC News is reporting that the 5.1 earthquake 5.1 magnitude located near a known test site was triggered by the successful detonation of a hydrogen bomb. State-owned North Korean television has claimed responsibility by proudly proclaiming that "the republic's first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed at 10:00 am on January 6, 2016."

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North Korean's banned weapon program has previously raised the ire of the international community, including the United States who have brought down crippling sanctions on the state.

'Harry Potter' author slams Donald Trump as worse than Voldemort

By: Ben Gourlay | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Dec 8, 2015 @ 18:45 CST

The only saying goes that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" and to date even the strongest condemnation hasn't dented Donald Trump's bid as the leading candidate for the Republican party, but his recent comments calling for a ban on muslims entering the United States has seen a massive firestorm of negative commentary flown his way. He's even raised the ire of 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling to declare him worse than Voldemort.

Perhaps Rowling might be exaggerating somewhat, considering Voldermort murdered Harry Potter's parents, along with leading characters Severus Snape and Alastor Moody, not to mention his plan to wipe out every muggle (non magic folk), control the wizarding world and instate a new world order, but her comments have been widely re-tweeted, with 145,000 at the time of print.

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Chewbacca arrested in Ukraine election protest

By: Ben Gourlay | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 @ 18:39 CDT

You'd think that the characters of 'Star Wars' would have more pressing matters than Earth's mundane political squabbles, but that hasn't prevented Chewbacca from campaigning and being arrested by Ukraine police whilst driving Darth Vader to an election booth in Odessa, Ukraine.

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According to the Guardian, Chewie was fined 170 Hryvnia (around $8 USD) due to being unable to produce proper identification documentation. Darth Vader claimed his detention was illegal because "Chewbacca is his pet and general servant and thus does not require documents".

Despite the intergalactic intervention, President Petro Poroshenko is expected to retaining the coalition government. Guess Vader should have bought the Death Star over.

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The US has released the al-Qaeda application form for digital reading

By: Chris Smith | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 22, 2015 @ 1:16 CDT

Alongside asking for the name of your grandfather and what occupation your father holds, al-Qaeda's application form is a quite extensive piece of writing as seen on Vox and released by the US Government recently as it has now been declassified.

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This form was found as part of Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad and is now available for public reading. Alongside in-depth religious questions, the applicant is asked about previous military experience, personal hobbies and investigations on if the prospective al-Qaeda employee has any relations to Pakistan.

Written quite well, it's certainly an interesting insight into what helps back al-Qaeda. It may look basic to you on the news, but there is some form of administration that must keep the whole thing afloat and this form helps portray that. Another interesting point is that it asks the applicant if they "wish to execute a suicide operation".

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Kim Jong-un makes another claimed glorious achievement

By: Chris Smith | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 19, 2015 @ 1:47 CDT

If you're wondering what the North Korean leader has been up to lately, state-run media recently claimed yet another glorious achievement to add to the catalog alongside the leaders achievements including learning how to drive a car at three years old and assisting in landing a pilot on the sun.

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The photo and accompanying news report alleges that Kim Jong-un has climbed North Korea's highest mountain, Mt. Paektu, accompanied by hundreds of smiling North Korean fighter pilots.

It all looks pretty normal at first, but South Korean news reports have pointed out one photo in particular as a little odd (seen above). If you take a look a the smiling comrades in the rear it seems they're sitting perched atop a rock for comfort - however, upon closer inspection you'll notice clear air between their legs - so what are they sitting on?

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Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning unveiled in Berlin

By: Ben Gourlay | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 4, 2015 @ 0:53 CDT

Depending on which part of the political spectrum you hail from, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are either dangerous leakers, or freedom fighting whistleblowers, but either way, the trip have been commemorated in a art project which has been unveiled in Germany, according to a report published by RT News.

The work of Italian sculptor Davide Dormino, the installation 'Anything to Say?' encourages members of the public to join the trio on the empty chair situated next to them, telling media that "the fourth chair is open to anyone here in Berlin who wants to get up and say anything they want. This chair is, I guess, a place of free speech".

Meanwhile, last month in the US, a bust of Edward Snowden was placed in New York's Fort Greene park, but removed within hours by parks department officials.

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Crowdfund campaign aims to save endangered Aussie parrot species

By: Ben Gourlay | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 @ 20:28 CDT

One of the more recent offshoots of e-commerce, crowdfunding campaigns have willed some excellent products to existence thanks to the web, with notable success stories including the Pebble Smartwatch, Oculus Rift and Ouya. Now, a philanthropic campaign has been launched to save the future of a incredibly endangered Australian parrot species.

Scientists and conservationists from The Australian National University have launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform Pozible to save the swift parrot from extinction. With less than 1000 breeding pairs in the wild in the Australian island state Tasmania (yes - the same place made famous for the Tasmanian Devil), it's incredibly important to rescue the species before they become extinct, thanks to threats posed by the natural and developing world. The campaign aims to raise $40,000 AUD to trial a range of breeding boxes that prevent the parrots threat, the Sugar Glider from entering.

The campaign is off to a good start, with over half of the target funds already raised - although more is still needed. The campaign will be supported by us here at TweakTown.

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Nutella creator Michele Ferrero passes away

By: Ben Gourlay | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Feb 15, 2015 @ 21:45 CST

Nutella addicts, put down your chocolaty spread for a moment and tip your hat to the creator of the delectable treat, Michele Ferrero, who has passed away at the ripe old age of 89.

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Ferrero's father Pietro Ferrero established the company that carried his name in 1946, Pietro Ferrero created the recipe for a creamy hazelnut and cocoa mix which was later tweaked and sold to market as Nutella when it was launched by Michele Ferrero in 1964. Since then, it's gone on to be the highest selling chocolate nut spread, beloved by millions. Under Michele's leadership Ferrero expanded its range of products exponentially, including Ferrero Rocher, Raffaello, Mon Chéri and the Kinder chocolate line, including the egg-favorite Kinder Surprise.

At the time of his death, Ferrero was the richest man in Italy, with a net worth of $30 billion.

Australian PM Tony Abbott says social media is 'Electronic Graffiti'

By: Chris Smith | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 @ 1:02 CST

Yesterday was Australia day, often known as 'the day of the drunk bogan' but also a time to celebrate and reflect on everything that is Australia. 'The Land Down Under's' Prime Minister Tony Abbott celebrated this occasion by awarding Prince Philip with an Australian Knighthood, seeing major backlash among global social media.

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Mr. Abbott dismissed the haters, labeling social media as "electronic graffiti," disregarding members of the public and their opinions as slander.

When addressing the issue at a press conference, Mr. Abbott dismissed the online opinions and scolded the media for publishing them by stating "I'll leave social media to its own devices. Social media is kind of like electronic graffiti and I think that in the media, you make a big mistake to pay too much attention to social media. You wouldn't report what's sprayed up on the walls of buildings."

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SkyMall has fallen from grace - Bankruptcy filing is in progress

By: Chris Smith | Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jan 25, 2015 @ 12:34 CST

If you're after some weird and wacky objects, they might be a little harder to source in the near future as Xhibit Corp. has filed for bankruptcy - we're not talking about the rapper.

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Skymall has blamed exterior sources, stating in their announcement that this shut down is apparently due to "the increased use of electronic devices on planes, fewer people browsed the SkyMall in-flight catalogue. [This] resulted in additional competition from e-commerce retailers and additional competition for the attention of passengers, all of which further negatively impacted SkyMall's catalogue sales."

Down but not out, SkyMall Chief Executive Scott Wiley states that he's "extremely disappointed in this result and are hopeful that SkyMall and the iconic 'SkyMall' brand find a home to continue to operate as SkyMall has for the last 25 years."

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