Germany puts forward deputy finance minister to go to ECB

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) – Germany has proposed deputy finance minister Joerg Asmussen to replace Juergen Stark on the European Central Bank’s executive board, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Saturday.

Papandreou says to save Greece, stay in euro

THESSALONIKI, Greece (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said on Saturday he would do whatever it takes to rescue his country from bankruptcy and stay in the euro zone, as doubts in Europe grew over its membership in the bloc.

Obama offers disaster aid after recent Texas fires

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama late on Friday approved federal disaster assistance for parts of Texas charred by recent wildfires, acting after criticism from Texas Governor Rick Perry that the federal government was ignoring the drought in his state.

Sanctioned: P2P lawyer fined $10,000 for "staggering chutzpah"

A federal judge has fined Texas lawyer Evan Stone $10,000 for sending out subpoenas and then settlement letters to people accused of sharing a German porn film called Der Gute Onkel—all without the judge’s permission.

In September 2010, Stone brought suit on behalf of Mick Haig Productions against 670 accused file-swappers, and he asked permission to take early discovery. Judge David Godbey said no; instead, Godbey brought in the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen to represent the interests of the Does, since none of them had yet been named and therefore had no counsel to speak for them. EFF and Public Citizen lawyers soon began hearing from people who said that Verizon had turned over their information to Stone, information generally obtainable only by subpoena.

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Week in gaming: complaining, Dead Island online woes, Space Marine review

This week we took on the overwhelming negativity that surrounds modern gaming, we found that the PC version of Dead Island was still suffering from a multitude of issues when we tried to play a LAN game, we reviewed the wonderful Space Marine, and a whole mess of other stuff happened. Take a look!

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Half a trillion dollars of broken Afghan dreams

KABUL (Reuters) – In the decade since U.S.-led troops streamed into Afghanistan, girls have gone back to school, elections have been held, clinics have been built and shops and media empires have sprung up. There is even a property boom in Kabul.

Rocket lifts off with satellites to probe moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – An unmanned U.S. rocket blasted off on Saturday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to deliver twin robotic probes to the moon in the hope of learning what is inside.