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Your Smartphone: A New Frontier for Hackers

Hackers are out to stymie your smartphone.

Last week, security researchers uncovered yet another strain of malicious software aimed at smartphones that run Google's popular Android operating system. The application not only logs details about incoming and outgoing phone calls, it also records those calls.

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Taiwan Opposition: Computers Hacked by Chinese

Taiwan's main opposition party said Tuesday its headquarters has been the target of a sustained hacking attack from China and one instance of hacking from the government in Taipei.

Deputy Director Alex Huang of the Democratic Progressive Party's Policy Research Committee linked the computer attacks to Taiwan's quadrennial presidential and legislative elections, scheduled for January.

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Asian Stock Markets Stabilizing after Dramatic Plunges

Asian stocks markets are stabilizing after a day of dramatic plunges Tuesday as futures point to a measure of calm returning to Wall Street following the Dow's sixth worst decline in the last 112 years.

To be sure, investors remained on edge amid fears of a possible global recession. But by midafternoon, major Asian indexes had pulled back from a dizzying tailspin earlier in the day.

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Australian Minister Says Lesbian Partner is Pregnant

A senior government minister in Australia has announced that her lesbian partner is pregnant.

Finance Minister Penny Wong said in a statement Tuesday that her partner, Sophie Allouache, had conceived through in-vitro fertilization and is expecting her first child in December.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Heads to Syria

Turkey's foreign minister has left for Damascus to press the Syrian leadership into ending the violent crackdown of the five-month old uprising.

Ahmet Davutoglu's visit on Tuesday comes days after Turkey said its patience with its neighbor was running out. Envoys from India, Brazil and South Africa are also slated to arrive in Damascus on Tuesday to appeal for an end to the violence.

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‘Marilyn Monroe of the Arabs’ Actress Hind Rostom Dies

Hind Rostom, a legendary actress from the golden era of Egyptian cinema, has died in Cairo. She was 82.

Egypt's MENA state news agency said Rostom died Monday of a heart attack at a Cairo hospital shortly after being admitted with chest pains.

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Math, Science Focus of New 'Sesame Street' Season

More than three dozen celebrities, including Nicole Kidman and Robin Williams, athlete Carmelo Anthony and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (SOHN'-ya soh-toh-my-YOR') , are set to appear on the new season of "Sesame Street."

"Sesame Street" begins its 42nd season on PBS on Sept. 26.

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Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber Win Teen Choice Awards

Selena Gomez conjured five wins at the Teen Choice Awards — one more than boyfriend Justin Bieber.

The star of "Wizards of Waverly Place" was selected as choice TV actress, female hottie and music group with her band The Scene.

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Huffman: Sad but Psyched by 'Housewives' Ending

Never underestimate Wisteria Lane's grapevine.

On Sunday, ABC officially confirmed reports that the upcoming season of "Desperate Housewives" would be its last.

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Real Madrid Signs 7-Year-Old Football Prodigy

Real Madrid has signed a seven-year-old football prodigy from Argentina who goes by the name Leo — just like Lionel Messi.

Leonel Angel Coira signed with the Spanish club and will begin training Sept. 6, Madrid spokesman Juan Tapiador told The Associated Press on Monday.

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