Prisoner Swap Frees U.S. Soldier Held by Taliban for 5 Years

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Breaking with its long-held policy of refusing to negotiate with terrorist organizations, the White House has agreed to release five Taliban prisoners in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban in Afghanistan since June 30, 2009

The peaceful transfer of Bergdahl into the hands of American special-operations forces took place on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET

Once in transit away from his former captors, Bergdahl asked if the team taking him away was a U.S. special-forces team, at which point one of the soldiers confirmed his guess and said, “Yes, we’ve been looking for you for a long time,” according to The New York Times. At that point, Bergdahl reportedly broke down in tears. Read more…

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In Photos: Moscow Gay-Pride Rallies Have Been Reduced to This

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MOSCOW — A handful of demonstrators took to the streets in two small gay-pride rallies in Moscow on Saturday, but turnout was poor, even compared to last year. At least six participants were detained by police.

The authorities had already banned one march scheduled for Tuesday, which was meant to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Russia. But activists vowed to press ahead with demonstrations Saturday, The Moscow Times reported.

Even though homosexuality has been legal in Russia for more than two decades, President Vladmir Putin signed a law last year banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual practices”, and Moscow has not allowed a gay-pride parade for nine consecutive years. Read more…

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3 High-Tech Eyeglasses That Do Things Google Glass Can’t

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In the 1988 sci-fi flick They Live, a local drifter named John Nada stumbles upon a magic pair of sunglasses that give him the ability to see aliens. Turns out, the entire ruling class in America are nothing but aliens disguised as humans, and they’re controlling society through subliminal messages in TV ads.

Being both an action film and the ’80s, it takes a predictable turn: Nada grabs a shotgun, flips on his shades and restores democratic order, all while coining the catchphrase, “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubblegum.”

There’s “Nada” flaw in the entire film. Read more…

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¿Qué cambiarías del Nexus 5?

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¿Qué cambiarías del Nexus 5?

Si la semana pasada nuestro protagonista del ‘Qué cambiarías‘ fue el iPhone 5s (por cierto, el 40% de los votantes eligió su precio, pero le siguió muy de cerca (35%) la propuesta de modificar el tamaño de su pantalla), esta semana tocaba contrarrestar la dosis manzanera con un poco de sabor androide. ¿Y qué mejor manera de hacerlo que con el máximo representante del robot verde? En efecto, hoy nuestras críticas y opiniones van dirigidas hacia el Nexus 5, un terminal clasificado por muchos como el equilibrio perfecto a la hora de hablar de un smartphone.

Y es que el Nexus 5 tiene buenas razones para ser un teléfono de éxito: dispone de una pantalla que rinde bien, una buena ficha técnica, un precio competitivo y, sobre todo, un buen ritmo (el mejor, de hecho) de actualizaciones de su plataforma. En el lado malo de la balanza tenemos que no a todo el mundo le puede gustar moverse en un SO tan virgen y sin aderezos, que su diseño no tiene acabado premium, que su cámara no sobresale de la media o que no ofrece ampliación de memoria interna.

¿Tú qué opinas al respecto? ¿Tienes claro lo mejor y en especial lo peor de este teléfono? Para que nos lo cuentes te ofrecemos como siempre dos opciones -no excluyentes, por supuesto-: votar en la encuesta que encontrarás tras el salto y/o dejar tu observación en los comentarios, ya sea para desarrollar mejor tu elección o para añadir cualquier aspecto que creas que hemos pasado por alto. Tienes la palabra, ¿qué cambiarías del Nexus 5?

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Volcanic Ash Disrupts Flights in Australia and Bali

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Billowing clouds of volcanic ash have forced airlines in northern Australia and Bali to cancel flights Saturday.

Mount Sangeang Api began spewing ash on Friday. The volcano is located on an unoccupied island in Indonesia

“The volcano is undergoing a sustained, rather significant eruption at the moment,” Emile Jansons, manager of the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, told Reuters.

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar have all canceled flights, affecting hundreds of passengers, according to the BBC. Flights could still be canceled through the rest of the weekend. Read more…

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17 DIY Bathroom Hacks to Make Your Experience Less Crappy

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There’s no ifs, ands or butts about it — the bathroom is the worst room in the house.

Yet we spend a significant amount of time in the lavatory. All of those hours basking in the bath, prepping for a night out in front of the mirror or releasing the Kraken can add up fast.

But the washroom doesn’t have to be so bad. These tips, tricks and hacks will help make your time in the loo a little more tolerable. Read more…

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Turkish Police Detain CNN Reporter On-Air on Gezi Anniversary

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Turkish police detained journalist Ivan Watson while he was reporting live on-air Saturday.

In the video, above, Watson is describing the scene in central Istanbul, when plainclothes police officers begin surrounding him (around the 3:00 mark). The CNN correspondent, who is based in Istanbul, was reporting from Taksim Square, where he says Turkish riot police were on-hand to prevent demonstrations on the one-year anniversary of last summer’s Gezi Park protests.

Turkish police detained me and my crew in the middle of a live report in Taksim Square. One officer kneed me in the butt.

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