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Athens has seen a night of protests following the suicide of a Greek pensioner outside parliament.

The 77-year-old retired pharmacist shot himself during Wednesday morning's rush hour, leaving a note that read: "I have no other way to react apart from finding a dignified end before I start sifting through garbage for food."

Greeks paid tribute to him as a victim of the government's biting austerity measures. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered last night near the spot where he died, reportedly hurling rocks and petrol bombs at riot police.

Want to know:
The United States has filed charges against the alleged plotters behind the September 11 terrorist attacks in a step toward what is being called "the trial of the century."

The Defense Department said that terrorist ringleader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others accused "could be sentenced to death" if found guilty of planning the 2001 attacks, in which almost 3,000 people died.

They are due to appear within 30 days before a military court at Guantanamo Bay – where they are currently inmates – for preliminary proceedings.

Dull but important:
In recent months, Russia has seen its most determined anti-government protests for years. So the local media reported on it.

Now, many news outlets find themselves under government scrutiny.

Press freedom improved under President Dmitry Medvedev. But as Vladimir Putin returns to the top spot, what line will he take with unruly Russian media?

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They've long been rumored, and now there's video proof that they really do exist: Google has unveiled its "augmented reality" glasses

"Project Glass," as the scheme is known, remains in the research and development stages. But Google has tantalized tech heads with a video showing some snazzy rimless prototypes that tell you where to walk, when you have a date and whether it's going to rain.

The company is asking for public input on the project, so we gotta say: do they come in tortoiseshell?

Strange but true:
Sometimes, the moment's just not right. Especially when that moment has been rigorously scheduled and assigned its own "love channel."

The UK's only pair of giant pandas, at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, have so far failed to make the most of their once-yearly reproductive window, despite some sensous "wrestling" and "muzzle-touching."

This morning could be their last chance. For the love of all that's black, white and fluffy, DO IT already!