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From time to time there I face a problem how to convert the plist file from binary representation back to XML. This problem usually occurs when you need to extract project plist file from IPA archive and see what's inside. This is complicated by the fact that the IPA builder (xcrun utility) compresses everything possible to reduce the size of the application, and probably this accelerates application launch. So after I painfully searched the solution for fifth time I've decided to store it to my blog. Read more...
PARIS Violence broke out between police and demonstrators in several French cities on Thursday at protests against planned labor law reforms, days before legislators begin debating the proposals.
WASHINGTON The U.S. military will announce on Friday that has it taken disciplinary action against 16 service members over a deadly Oct. 3 air strike in Afghanistan that destroyed a hospital run by the international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, U.S. officials tell Reuters.
CURITIBA, Brazil Brazilian prosecutors have filed unspecified charges against political strategist Joao Santana, the architect of President Dilma Rousseff's 2010 and 2014 campaigns, according to a statement delivered before a news conference on Thursday.
HELSINKI Finnish lawmakers on Thursday held a rare debate on whether the Nordic country should quit the euro after 53,000 people signed a petition to force the issue into parliament.
BAKU Azerbaijan said one civilian was killed and six were wounded by gunfire from the breakaway Armenian-backed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh early on Thursday, as tensions simmered weeks after an eruption of clashes.
BAGHDAD U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Thursday to show support for the government as it builds on wins against Islamic State amid the distractions of a political crisis.
BEIRUT/GENEVA Air strikes destroyed a hospital and killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo including children and doctors, and the United Nations called on Moscow and Washington to salvage a "barely-alive" cease-fire.
KIEV Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday the sister of jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko had been allowed back to Ukraine, after Russian border guards had prevented her from crossing the border last night, saying she was under investigation.
ROME Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday he was dropping his candidate for mayor of Rome, underscoring the former leader's fading influence on the center right ahead of municipal elections in June.
MILAN Italian police have arrested four people suspected of conspiring to join Islamic State in the Middle East in a probe that revealed a plan to carry out a militant attack in Italy, a Milan prosecutor said on Thursday.
LONDON Britain's opposition Labour Party suspended veteran member and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone on Thursday in a row over anti-Semitism, the latest scandal to expose deep splits in the party since it elected a hard-left leader.
BERLIN German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier cautioned on Thursday against piling pressure on Britain in the run-up to the country's referendum on European Union membership in June.
VIENNA Ever tighter restrictions on migrants and refugees in Europe are giving the wrong signal about countries' obligations under international humanitarian law, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.
BRUSSELS The deputy head of the European Commission insisted on Thursday that the EU executive would not lower its standards to offer visa-free travel to Turks in the coming weeks as part of a deal to stem migration.
ANKARA Brawls between lawmakers from Turkey's ruling AK Party and the pro-Kurdish opposition have delayed efforts to pass legislation on a migration deal with the European Union and parliament has been adjourned until Monday.
PARIS A magnitude 5.2 earthquake rattled the southwestern French city of La Rochelle on Thursday in the strongest quake in mainland France since April 2014, the Central French Seismic Office said.
Baidu Inc, sometimes referred to as China's Google, reported a 24.3 percent increase in quarterly revenue as more advertising money flowed into its core search engine business.
LinkedIn Corp , the operator of the world's biggest online network for professionals, reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit as demand grew for its hiring services and the company raised its 2016 forecasts.
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would allow U.S. judges to issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction, despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI's hacking authority.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is in late-stage talks with Alphabet Inc's self-driving car division for a technology partnership, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the discussions.
NAIROBI Online activists who claim ties to Anonymous said on Thursday they had begun to leak documents from Kenya's foreign ministry as part of a campaign to expose government and corporate corruption across Africa.
DETROIT U.S. consumers who are under 40 are more open than older people to self-driving cars and their underlying systems, according to a survey released on Thursday by J.D. Power.
NEW DELHI A unit of autos-to-technology group Mahindra intends to set up a network of automobile shredding plants, an executive told Reuters on Thursday after announcing plans to build India's first such facility with a state firm.
BERLIN/STOCKHOLM Shares in German ecommerce investor Rocket Internet took another tumble on Thursday as concerns grew over the value of its portfolio and after a downgrade by the bank that worked on the company's 2014 stock market debut.
FRANKFURT Chipmaker NXP Semiconductors, the world's top manufacturer of electronics in cars and a producer of chips used in Apple iPhones, gave an upbeat outlook for its growth prospects on Thursday.
After underwhelming results from Apple Inc, Google Inc and other big tech names, investors finally found a friend in Facebook Inc after the company shredded Wall Street's forecasts for revenue, profit and user growth.
NEW YORK Anyone who has had embarrassing photos posted on social media or been deluged with angry messages can attest to the high emotional cost of cyber bullying. But there is also a cost in real dollars for some to clean up their online reputations, including legal fees, security measures and even counseling.
FRANKFURT Chipmaker NXP Semiconductors expects to outperform its peers until 2019 by growing at a compound annual rate of between 5-7 percent, its financial chief said on Thursday.
LONDON Britain's WPP, the world's biggest advertising company, enjoyed a solid first three months to the year after it outperformed rivals in securing a wave of contracts up for grabs in the United States.
Chipmaker Cypress Semiconductor Corp said it agreed to buy Broadcom Ltd's Internet of Things (IoT) business and related assets for $550 million in cash.
SAN FRANCISCO Uber's proposed settlement of a high-profile class-action lawsuit last week has drawn opposition from some drivers and other concerned parties as the ride-hailing service seeks to avoid reclassifying drivers as employees.
MANILA A Philippine anti-money laundering body has lodged a complaint against owners of a remittance firm it called a "cleaning house" to hide the trail of $81 million looted from a Bangladesh bank, in one of the biggest cyber heists in history.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The U.S. Air Force will save 40 percent by buying a GPS satellite launch from Elon Musk’s SpaceX compared with what United Launch Alliance has been charging, the head of the Space and Missile Systems Center said on Thursday.
LONDON A group of chemical insecticides known as neonicotinoids that have been banned in Europe due to fears about potential harm to bees have been found in new research to have very differential risks for bumblebees.
(This April 20 story has been corrected in headline and first paragraph to show that 50 percent of northern coral is dead or dying, not entire reef)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. SpaceX plans to send an unmanned Dragon spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018, the company said on Wednesday, a first step in achieving founder Elon Musk’s goal to fly people to another planet.
MOSCOW A technical fault forced Russia's space agency on Wednesday to postpone at the last minute the inaugural launch of a rocket into space from its new Vostochny launch-pad, Russian media reported.
GAINESVILLE, Fl - It was a test of concentration and brainwaves for students at the University of Florida during what was billed as the first mind controlled drone race.
WASHINGTON A beautifully preserved fossil skull unearthed in Argentina is giving scientists unparalleled insight into the sensory capabilities and behavior of a group of dinosaurs that were the largest land animals in Earth's history.
NEW DELHI A fire on Tuesday damaged a museum of natural history in the Indian capital that had scores of exhibits of plants and animals, among them a 160-million-year-old dinosaur fossil.
A bladeless wind energy convertor inspired by the sailing boats of Ancient Carthage is set to breeze past traditional turbines in terms of efficiency, according to its Tunisian developers.
British astronaut Tim Peake became the first man to complete a marathon in space on Sunday, running the classic 26.2 mile distance while strapped to a treadmill aboard the International Space Station.
AMSTERDAM A Dutch sculpture presented on Earth Day spouts water 6 meters high without using conventional water or power sources in what creators hope will inspire new ways to ease resource shortages in drought-prone climates.
WASHINGTON The babies of a huge, long-necked dinosaur called Rapetosaurus that lived on the island of Madagascar did not just sit in a nest and look cute. They were born ready for action.
CAMBRIDGE, England AstraZeneca, working with genome pioneer Craig Venter, is launching a massive gene hunt in the most comprehensive bet yet by a pharmaceutical firm on the potential of genetic variations to unlock routes to new medicines.
PRETORIA South Africa's estimates for key crops such as maize have become increasingly accurate thanks to satellite imagery and as farmers' often biased input has been cut out of the picture, a conference was told on Thursday.
BEIJING China will launch a "core module" for its first space station some time around 2018, a senior official told the state-run Xinhua news agency on Thursday, part of a plan to have a permanent manned space station in service around 2022.
WASHINGTON Monkeys resembling today's capuchins accomplished the astonishing feat of crossing at least 100 miles (160 km) of open ocean 21 million years ago to get from South America to North America eons before the two continents joined together.
AbbVie Inc placed another big bet on new cancer drugs on Thursday with a $5.8 billion acquisition that could lessen its dependence on arthritis treatment Humira, the world's top selling drug.
- Looking to avoid a profession where the risk of assault is high? You might want to stay away from police work, the military and . . . healthcare.
(Reuters Health) – - Teens with celiac disease, or any chronic disease, face extra hurdles transitioning into the adult healthcare system, but there are very few guidelines for how to make this transition smoother, according to a European consensus report.
LONDON/PARIS French drugmaker Sanofi went public with a $9.3 billion offer to buy Medivation on Thursday, setting up what could be a lengthy takeover battle after the U.S. cancer firm rebuffed its approaches.
COPENHAGEN Novo Nordisk said on Thursday a late-stage trial showed its new once-weekly diabetes drug significantly reduced patients' cardiovascular risks, boosting the company's hopes of maintaining its lead in the fast-growing diabetes market.
JAKARTA For 25 years, diabetes slowly eroded the health of retired Indonesian businessman Susanto Salim before he signed up to a catering service last year that provides meals cooked to his specific needs.
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A parasitic worm which affects millions of the world's poorest people may hold an important but little-known key to cutting the spread of HIV, researchers said ahead of a conference on the issue in London.
People with psychiatric illnesses are more likely to have complications after hip replacement surgery, according to a recent analysis.
WASHINGTON U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan called on Wednesday for an end to Obamacare's financial protections for people with serious medical conditions, saying these consumers should be placed in state high-risk pools.
Tennessee's Republican governor on Wednesday signed a law allowing mental health counselors to refuse service to patients on "sincerely held principles," the latest in a string of U.S. state measures criticized as discriminatory against the gay community.
Although most teen mothers know that co-sleeping with their baby or putting the baby to sleep with soft bedding or blankets increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), many do so anyway, a small U.S. study suggests.
Providing anti-HIV pills to people who abuse injection drugs in the U.S. would reduce infections and save lives but end up costing the healthcare system billions of dollars a year, researchers say.
Women are less likely than men to participate fully in cardiac rehabilitation programs, which could impede their recovery from heart attacks and heart procedures, say Canadian researchers.
(Reuters Health) – - Certain lifestyle factors are linked to higher rates of damage in the genetic material in men’s sperm, a study suggests.
WASHINGTON Pfizer Inc has agreed to pay $784.6 million to resolve allegations that Wyeth, which it acquired in 2009, underpaid drug rebates to Medicaid, the federal health insurance program, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.
Whole Foods Market Inc won the dismissal of a lawsuit by a well-known animal rights group that accused the grocery chain of deceiving consumers into believing the meat it sells is raised more humanely than normal, resulting in overcharges.