Technology 

Get to know the CNET family: Q&A with Katie Collins – CNET

Take a step behind the scenes at CNET to get to know some of our staff members better and learn what they do to make our site a success. Hello, CNET readers and members! I hope this column finds you well and enjoying all that the new year has brought you so far. Here I am with another installment of Get to know the CNET family. It’s been a while since I’ve published one of these, but here I am, back in saddle with a special treat.  All the way…

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Greece earthquake MAP: Where have magnitude 4.3 Athens tremors struck in Greece?

The first earthquake to rattle Greece hit 25km (15 miles) northeast of Athens at 8.24pm GMT on Monday, with tremors being felt “widely across” the capital. A data map from the US Geological Survey (USGS) pinpointed the location as 4km west-northwest of Marathon, Greece – the site of the ancient battle of Marathon in East Attica. Residents in Athens, home to a population of 3.75 million people in the metropolitan area, reported the quake as “strong” but quick with car alarms being set off. Journalist Patrick Osgood tweeted: “Just had…

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Giant sinkhole in Rome opens up and SWALLOWS elderly woman two metres below busy road

A 77-year-old woman was walking on the pavement when she suddenly fell into the two-metre deep crater, which appeared on Tuesday morning.  Emergency services scrambled to the street in Catania, in the Piazza Bologna, to rescue the injured woman.  The woman was rushed to Policlinico Umberto I hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.  The road was closed off while officials investigated the causes of the crater.  It comes after a huge crater, five metres deep and three metres in diameter, appeared in the Montagnola district of Rome last…

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Science 

The Real Meaning of the Separation of Church and State

It is too important a concept to be misused More We are told that one should avoid discussing two things at the dinner table: religion and politics. Clearly they have never eaten at our dinner tables. Religion and politics can be polarizing, precisely because they deal with important matters that are deeply personal and close to our passions. But these discussions do not have to be polarizing or combative. Intolerance of another person’s faith is a personal choice, not a legal requirement. We are also told that we “should not…

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BREAKING: Earthquake rocks Greece – huge tremor felt in Athens

The tremors were reportedly felt “widely across Athens”.  The US Geological Survey confirmed the 4.4 magnitude quake struck 30 miles south-southeast of Patras. Greek journalist Yannis Koutsomitis tweeted: “Strong #earthquake felt in Athens two minutes ago.” The quake comes on the same night as thousands of anti-austerity protesters clashed with police outside the capital’s parliament building.  Demonstrators threw petrol bombs and stones at officers, who responded by firing tear gas at the crowd.   This is a breaking story. Please refresh for the latest updates.

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Police attacked as 200 migrants storm Spanish border to claim EU asylum

The migrants are breached the gates leading into Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the border of Northern Morocco. One police officer was injured in the incident after being “attacked by an immigrant with one of the hooks they use to clamber up the fence” – while four migrants received hospital treatment for minor injuries. It is reportedly common for migrants looking to scale the two 20ft high fences bordering the city to use hooks as well as shoes studded with nails to gain purchase as they clamber over the border.…

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Science 

Lactalis CEO breaks silence over salmonella-tainted baby milk

Lactalis has recalled over 12 million packages of baby formula in 83 countries over salmonella fears (AFP Photo/Fred DUFOUR) Paris (AFP) – The chief executive of France’s Lactalis group on Sunday vowed compensation for victims of salmonella-tainted baby milk, as he revealed that recalls were now under way in 83 countries. Emmanuel Besnier, giving his first interview in nearly 20 years as head of the family-controlled company, told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that the recall involved more than 12 million packages of Picot, Milumel, Celia and other brands of…

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Science 

Greece set to allow medical cannabis use

Over a dozen EU countries have authorised the use of cannabis for medical purposes (AFP Photo/Robyn Beck) More Athens (AFP) – Greece’s parliament is expected to approve the medical use of cannabis in the coming weeks, a deputy minister said Sunday, adding that the change would attract investment to the country. “In a few weeks’ time, an amendment will be brought to parliament to define the legislative framework for the cultivation and manufacturing of pharmaceutical products based on medical cannabis, which will open the way for Greek and foreign investments,”…

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Entertainment 

PS4 games shock as TWO big 2018 announcements are leaked

PS4 games fans have plenty of new titles to look forward to in 2018, and probably quite a few projects that haven’t been announced yet. The latest PlayStation news suggests that that might be the case, with one unannounced project moving along smoothly. Hideaki Itsuno, rumoured to be in charge of a new Devil May Cry 5 project, recently confirmed that whatever he is working on, it’s going well. Speaking to fans on Twitter, Itsuno revealed that “The project is fine. Please expect!” which doesn’t really give much away. However,…

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Skateboarding teaches young refugees how to fall — and get back up

ATHENS, Greece — Skateboarders often say the sport is a metaphor for life: When you fall down, you have no option but to get back up. Amid Europe’s migrant crisis, Greece is now home to thousands of young refugees with plenty of getting back up to do. Free Movement Skateboarding is a charity teaching children and teens who fled war-torn countries how to ride — and how to apply some of the tough lessons learned on the board to the even tougher challenges in life. In a third-floor apartment in…

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