NOME, Alaska (AP) — In a year marked by injuries and dangerous conditions, the final stages of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were coming down to either a record-tying number of wins or the first woman to claim victory in 24 years.
Dangling his feet off the edge of a skyscraper more than fifty storeys above the streets of Hong Kong, Jonathan Tsang looks as relaxed as if he was kicking back in his own living room. But for 25-year-old Tsang, it brings a sense of calm. Tsang, who asked AFP to use a pseudonym, is one of a growing number of so-called "urban explorers", a subculture of adrenaline junkies, photographers and history enthusiasts who treat the world’s forgotten -- and often forbidden -- places as their own personal playgrounds. Hong Kong, a city with more skyscrapers than anywhere else in the world, is a particularly attractive destination for both local and international "rooftoppers", a daring subset of adventurers with a head for heights willing to risk arrest, injury and even death as they scale some of the world’s tallest buildings.
Hanover (Germany) (AFP) - European IT security firms have flocked to the world's biggest high-tech fair with hopes of benefiting from the fallout from shock revelations of mass US and British spying. Exactly a year ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel vaunted her new, ultra-secure Smartphone at the opening of the same fair, the CeBIT, in the northern city of Hanover. German firm Secusmart, which provides the security features for the German government's telephones, says it has now been approached by several other governments. Secusmart chief Hans-Christoph Quelle declined to name the governments in question but stressed his business had seen a knock-on effect from the leaks by rogue US analyst Edward Snowden.