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The UK’s Foreign And Commonwealth Office has released the following statement on Twitter, after dozens of Iranian students stormed the British Embassy in Tehran:



“There’s been a incursion by a significant number of demonstrators into our Embassy premises in #Iran, including vandalism to our property. … Under international law, inc Vienna Convention, Iranian Government have clear duty to protect diplomats & Embassies in their country. … We expect Iranian Government to act urgently to bring situation under control & ensure safety of our staff & security of our property.”

Calling a euro zone collapse “the biggest threat to the security and prosperity of Poland,” Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski is urging Germany to do more to address the European debt crisis.

James Murdoch — head of News Corporation’s British subsidiary, News International — has been reelected chairman of BSkyB, the AP and others report. Murdoch had been under pressure to resign from the board in the wake of News Corp’s ever-widening phone hacking scandal.

Dozens of Iranian students stormed the British Embassy in Tehran, the Associated Press reports, bringing down the British flag an throwing papers from the windows.

Some students chanted “death to England,” according to the report.

Wisconsin Democrats have made a huge announcement in their effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker. They say that in the first 12 days of the petition effort, up through this past Saturday night, they now claim to have collected over 300,000 signatures -- more than halfway to the goal that they have 60 days total to meet.

In order to trigger a recall against Walker, the Dems must meet a high bar: Signatures of at least 25 percent of the number of voters in the previous gubernatorial election must be collected in a 60-day window. That means the Dems must get over 540,000 signatures -- over 9,000 per day, statewide -- plus some significant buffer that campaigns routinely collect in order to protect against signatures being disqualified over one imperfection or another.

But even against that lofty requirement, the Dems are claiming that in the 12 days since the recall launched, they have collected over 1,000 signatures per hour. Put another way, when measured against just the 9,000-per-day requirement, they claim to have taken only 12 days to reach where they had to be at about Day 33.

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The world will not end without a Facebook IPO.

Facebook, the world's largest social network, is still a privately-owned company. But that's expected to change -- and soon. The company will file to go public sometime between April and June 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal late Monday night.

The company is expected to raise $10 billion in an IPO that would value Facebook at $100 billion, the Journal reported.

That would easily make it the largest IPO in tech history, besting Google's $24.6 billion IPO, and put Facebook in contention for the largest IPO in history.

Facebook Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman has been spearheading the effort, including hosting discussions with bankers over which ones will be involved in underwriting the IPO, according to the Journal.

The report of an IPO between April and June supports earlier reporting from CNBC in June, in which Facebook was said to be targeting a first-quarter 2012 filing.

Facebook declined to comment on the report.

Ginger White, the Atlanta businesswoman who is claiming that she had a 13-year affair with Herman Cain, has given details of the alleged relationship to the local Fox station in Atlanta.

White told the station that Cain would fly her out to cities where he was speaking, and that they would then stay nice hotels. She claims that their physical relationship ended about eight months ago, right before Cain launched his presidential campaign.

One juicy detail is what she said he signed on her copy of his recent book: "Friends are forever! Everything else is a bonus."

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Updated 7:53 pm ET Monday, November 28 Google's renewable energy initiative, Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal, was one of the seven products and services that got the axe last week, along with Google Wave and Knol.

At the time, Google defended the decision in a blog post, writing "other institutions are better positioned than Google to take this research to the next level."

And as the company also noted, it is in the midst of a multi-stage "spring cleaning" effort designed to streamline the company's products and services, which began shortly after Google co-founder Larry Page took over as CEO and former CEO Eric Schmidt stepped aside to become chairman in January.

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Herman Cain and his attorney Lin Wood appear to be employing very different response strategies to the new accusation by Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White, who is claiming that she had an affair with Cain for 13 years.

Cain appeared Monday afternoon on CNN, and denied any and all accusations. But when the local Fox station in Atlanta ran the story, they included a statement given to them by Cain's attorney Lin Wood -- in which Wood does not expressly deny the claim, but instead says that an alleged consensual affair would be beyond the pale of public inquiry.

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Scientists at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California announced last week that they've developed the initial technology for a battery with a lifespan of nearly 100-times that of a conventional lithium ion battery.

Using a nanoparticle of copper, copper hexacyanoferrate, the scientists developed a battery electrode that survived 40,000 cycles of charging and discharging, compared to 400 cycles for a lithium-ion electrode. Even after 40,000 charges, the battery still managed to retain 80-percent of its original charge capacity, according to Stanford.

The researchers believe their technology will provide an enormous boost to the wind and solar energy sectors, allowing far larger quantities of excess clean energy to be generated and stored for later usage than can be attained today.

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