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2015 The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is planning rules for commercial drones that will limit flights to uncrowded areas within the operator's line of sight, meaning that uses such as package delivery or long-range news reporting are off limits 2014 Lebanon's new Prime Minister Tammam Salam declares that he has been able to form a new cabinet, breaking the 10-month impasse between Hezbollah and Sunni rival parties; Salam intends to hold presidential elections on time 2014 Renaud Lavillenie, French champion pole vaulter, breaks the previous height record, held by athlete Sergey Bubka, at the Pole Vault Stars meet in Donetsk, Ukraine; Lavillenie reached 6.16 meters indoors, exceeding Bubka's world record of 6.15 m indoors achieved in 1993 2013 British catering firm Compass Group and Whitbread, one of the country's largest hotel chains, find horse DNA in products sold as "beef" 2013 A near-Earth asteroid, 2012 DA14, comes within 17,200 miles of the Earth's surface, a record-close approach for an...

Poles rally against new surveillance law

TVC NEWS : Thousands of Poles marched through Warsaw on Saturday (January 23) to protest against their government's plan to increase its surveillance powers. Some said they feared Poland was following Hungary towards an "illiberal democracy." Since Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) party took power in November, its moves to take more control of the judiciary and the media have divided Poland and raised alarm bells in the Europe Union, which has started investigating charges that Warsaw is undermining democratic principles. "Without democracy none of us can be free, therefore we have to fight for democracy. We have to fight for the fundamentals of the system of our country," one of the organizers, Mateusz Kijowski, appealed to the demonstrators gathered in front of the presidential palace. There were no figures available on the size of the crowd. "We are against the activity taken by the governing majority against the freedom. This starting from destroying...

Turkish PM vows no respite in war on Kurdish militants

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday (January 10) security operations against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants will continue until every area is "cleansed from terrorists". In an address to members of his AK Party, Davutoglu said Turkey is determined to deal with the PKK which first took up arms in 1984 to push for greater autonomy in the largely Kurdish southeast. "We determine the duration of the operations by how much we achieved our goals. Our fight against terror will continue with utmost determination until all mountains and cities are cleansed from these murderers and every street in every city and every district becomes safe," Davutoglu said. The violence has preoccupied the NATO member's armed forces and complicated international efforts to fight Islamic State in neighbouring Syria, where a Kurdish group linked to the PKK is fighting the jihadists. Western allies want Turkey to focus more squarely on the threat...