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  • Syria denies targeting civilians, tells U.S. to criticize militants instead

    Friday, 1:23 AM

    Children play in front of damaged buildings along a deserted street in Maaret al-Naaman town in Idlib provinceBEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria rejected as "fabricated" U.S. accusations that its forces are targeting civilians with air strikes and said Washington would do better to criticize hardline Islamic State militants who have killed American citizens. The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it was "horrified" by Syrian government bombings in Raqqa province which it said had killed "dozens of civilians and demolished residential areas". "The Syrian Arab Army does not target civilians and will not do so," state news agency SANA quoted Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi as saying late on Thursday. ...


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  • NATO unconcerned by Russian warships in English Channel

    Friday, 3:28 AM

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A squadron of Russian warships entered the English Channel on Friday but a NATO official dismissed a Russian media report that they were there to conduct military exercises. Russian news agency RIA quoted the Northern Fleet as saying its vessels, led by anti-submarine ship Severomorsk, had passed through the Strait of Dover and were now in international waters in the Seine Bay to wait for a storm to pass. ...... read more

  • Czechs raise security after ministers get poison by mail

    Friday, 3:27 AM

    PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Interior Ministry will tighten security at government offices after unknown culprits sent envelopes with deadly doses of poison to two ministries in recent days, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said on Friday. The two poisoned letters were intercepted before reaching the addressees and no one was hurt. They envelopes were sent by mail from Sweden and Slovenia, addressed to Finance Minister Andrej Babis and Interior Minister Milan Chovanec. The Czech Republic, a member of NATO and the European Union, does not have a record of terrorist attacks in the past decades. ...... read more

  • Cameron says migrant curbs will require EU treaty change

    Friday, 3:05 AM

    David Cameron's announcement of tougher rules on EU migrants comes after official figures showed migration had grown on his watchLondon (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday said his plan to curb EU migrant arrivals by limiting access to benefits would require a reform of European treaties.


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  • Exclusive: Obama plan to 'Power Africa' gets off to a dim start

    Friday, 2:38 AM

    U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the University of Cape TownBy Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the U.S. president's flagship project for Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report. But the five-year plan has not yet delivered the power. ...


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  • MP Andrew Mitchell loses 'Plebgate' libel case

    Friday, 12:29 AM

    Former cabinet minister and Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell talks to the media after he lost his libel action over the "Plebgate" affair outside the High Court in London on November 27, 2014London (AFP) - Former government minister Andrew Mitchell has lost a lawsuit accusing a policeman of lying about an angry exchange they had which cost the lawmaker his job.


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  • Chambers leads with McIlroy lurking, Scott revived in Sydney

    Friday, 12:04 AM

    Greg Chalmers of Australia tees off on the second hole during the third round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in Los AngelesBy Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Greg Chalmers held a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Australian Open on Friday but defending champion Rory McIlroy was well-positioned for the weekend in a share of second place. Chalmers, twice a former winner of his national open, snared his seventh birdie on the last green for a five-under-par 66 to edge ahead of a congested leading pack at five-under for the tournament. ...


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  • McIlroy to cut out 'bad stuff' after rollercoaster round

    Thursday, 11:21 PM

    Northern Ireland's McIlroy tees off from the 12th hole during the first round of the Australian Open golf tournament in SydneyBy Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy said all he needed to do was cut the "bad stuff" out of his game for a really low score at the Australian Open after managing to par only five holes in a rollercoaster second round on Friday. The Northern Irishman hit an eagle, six birdles and six bogeys for a second successive two-under-par 69 at The Australian Golf Course to finish the day a shot behind leader Greg Chalmers on four-under. ...


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  • Eagles, Seahawks, Lions dominate on US Thanksgiving

    Thursday, 9:49 PM

    Mark Sanchez of the Philadelphia Eagles passes against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on November 27, 2014Los Angeles (AFP) - Mark Sanchez threw for one touchdown and ran for another and the Philadelphia Eagles seized sole possession of first place with a 33-10 rout of the Dallas Cowboys.


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  • OPEC inaction sends Brent to four-year low, hits stocks

    Friday, 3:21 AM

    Traders are pictured at their desks in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchangeBy Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude fell to a fresh four-year low on Friday, sending oil-related shares and currencies lower, after OPEC decided to refrain from cutting output despite a supply glut. With markets in the United States due to reopen following Thursday's holiday, futures on major U.S. stock indexes were steady to 0.3 percent lower. Brent crude touched a low of $71.12 a barrel after settling at a four-year closing low on Thursday, when Saudi Arabia blocked calls from poorer members of the OPEC oil cartel to cut production to stem a slide in global prices. ...


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  • Special Report: Why Italy's stay-home shoppers terrify the euro zone

    Friday, 3:04 AM

    File photo of a man walking in De Ferrari square in GenoaBy Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - "Three for the price of two" used to be the most common special offer in Giorgio Santambrogio's supermarket chains. The reason explains why efforts to resuscitate Italy's moribund economy are failing. "Shoppers are demanding steeper and steeper discounts." Italy is stuck in a rut of diminishing expectations. This summer, consumer prices in Italy fell on a year-on-year basis for the first time in a half-century, and they have barely picked up since.


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  • Japan may expand air bag recalls; worried about impact on industry

    Friday, 2:28 AM

    Logo of Takata Corp is seen through a car window outside the company's headquarter building in TokyoBy Mari Saito and Maki Shiraki TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor and Mazda Motor may have to recall another 200,000 cars in Japan to replace Takata Corp air bags if Takata complies with a U.S. order to recall cars across the United States rather than just in humid regions. Several automakers in the U.S. have issued regional recalls of certain models to investigate what is causing some Takata air bags to explode with excessive force. U.S. safety regulators have ordered Takata to have those recalls expanded nationwide. Takata has so far resisted a wider U.S. ...


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  • Bhopal's toxic legacy lives on, 30 years after industrial disaster

    Friday, 3:29 AM

    A girl who suffers from hearing and speech disorders reacts to the camera at a rehabilitation centre for children who were born with mental and physical disabilities in BhopalBy Danish Siddiqui and Nita Bhalla BHOPAL/NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Beyond the iron gates of the derelict pesticide plant where one of the world's worst industrial disasters occurred, administrative buildings lie in ruins, vegetation overgrown and warehouses bolted. Massive vessels, interconnected by a multitude of corroded pipes that once carried chemical slurries, have rusted beyond repair. In the dusty control room, a soiled sticker on a wall panel reads "Safety is everyone's business". On the night of Dec. 2, 1984, the factory owned by the U.S. ...


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  • Czechs raise security after ministers get poison by mail

    Friday, 3:27 AM

    PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Interior Ministry will tighten security at government offices after unknown culprits sent envelopes with deadly doses of poison to two ministries in recent days, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said on Friday. The two poisoned letters were intercepted before reaching the addressees and no one was hurt. They envelopes were sent by mail from Sweden and Slovenia, addressed to Finance Minister Andrej Babis and Interior Minister Milan Chovanec. The Czech Republic, a member of NATO and the European Union, does not have a record of terrorist attacks in the past decades. ...... read more

  • WHO advises male Ebola survivors to abstain from sex

    Friday, 3:00 AM

    LONDON (Reuters) - Men who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex for three months to minimize the risk of passing the virus on in their semen, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Ebola, a disease that has infected and killing thousands in a vast epidemic in West Africa, normally spreads via bodily fluids such as blood, saliva and faeces. Although sexual transmission of Ebola virus disease has never been documented, the virus has been detected in the survivors' semen. ...... read more