• Greece ‘cannot afford IMF repayment’

    Greece cannot make a repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) due on 5 June as it does not have the money, the interior minister says. “The four instalments for the IMF in June are...
  • Halep huffs and puffs into French Open second round

    PARIS Last year’s runner-up Simona Halep huffed and puffed past Russian Evgeniya Rodina as the French Open began on Sunday, the Romanian reaching the second round 7-5 6-4. The third seed was never really threatened...
  • 2 people chain themselves to Shell ship near Seattle

    May 22, 2015: A woman identified as Chiara Rose has suspended herself in a climbing harness from the anchor chain of the Royal Dutch Shell support ship Arctic Challenger in the harbor at Bellingham, Wash. (AP)...
  • Malaysia finds ‘migrant’ mass graves

    Malaysia finds ‘migrant’ mass graves

    Several mass graves thought to contain bodies of migrants have been found in Malaysia, authorities say. Home Minister Zahid Hamidi was quoted by Malayia’s Star newspaper as saying the graves were found in 17 abandoned...
  • Ebola-free Liberia allowed to host internationals

    CAPE TOWN Liberia can host international soccer matches again after being declared free of the deadly Ebola virus, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Friday. CAF, however, said the bans on Guinea and...

Headline News

  • 2 people chain themselves to Shell ship near Seattle


    May 22, 2015: A woman identified as Chiara Rose has suspended herself in a climbing harness from the anchor chain of the Royal Dutch Shell support ship Arctic Challenger in the harbor at Bellingham, Wash. (AP) BELLINGHAM, Wash. –  Two people have chained themselves to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling plans and currently moored in Washington state. Eric Ross of the Backbone Campaign said on Saturday morning that Matt Fuller joined student activist Chiara Rose in suspending themselves from the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger, which is in Bellingham Bay. Rose suspended herself from the ship with a climbing harness on Friday night. The Coast Guard cutter Osprey spent the night monitoring Rose but took no action, Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer said Saturday morning. “We’re really most concerned for her safety and the safety of everyone involved,” Shearer said. Ross said both Rose and Fuller …

    May 24, 2015 6:51 am
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Politics

  • Senate passes two-month transportation spending patch


    WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate early on Saturday passed a two-month spending extension for federal transportation projects that puts off a decision on long-term funding for road, bridge and rail transit projects until the height of the summer construction season. The unanimous voice vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama for signing into law before current transportation spending authority expires on May 31. The White House said Obama would sign the short-term fix if work continues towards a long-term bill. Obama has requested a six-year, $478 billion transportation bill, and last week said he was in talks with congressional leaders and willing to look at all revenue sources to fund it. “I don’t have much progress to report, unfortunately, at this point,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said of the talks about a long-term plan. The two-month extension resulted from lawmakers’ inability to agree on funding for either a six-year bill, or even a much …

    May 24, 2015 4:29 am
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Stocks

  • Netflix to wish you ‘A Very Murray Christmas’ this December


    The comedian’s Christmas special will have guest stars like George Clooney and Amy Poehler. Move over Rudolph and Frosty, here comes Bill Murray. Netflix announced on Friday that the comedic actor will star in “A Very Murray Christmas” on the service this upcoming December. According to the company, the hour-long special will be “an homage to the classic variety show” and will feature Murray playing himself in all of his sardonic glory. The plot of “Murray Christmas” will have Murray worrying that no one will show up to his TV show due to a blizzard that has hit New York City. Yet, according to the company, “through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit.” George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Miley Cyrus and other stars will make up Murray’s yuletide guest list. The festive event will be directed by Sofia Coppola, who also directed …

    May 24, 2015 1:29 am
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Sports

  • Halep huffs and puffs into French Open second round


    PARIS Last year’s runner-up Simona Halep huffed and puffed past Russian Evgeniya Rodina as the French Open began on Sunday, the Romanian reaching the second round 7-5 6-4. The third seed was never really threatened but let her guard down too many times for comfort against a willing opponent on a sun-drenched court Philippe Chatrier. Halep, the top name in action in the women’s draw on day one, broke twice to open a 4-1 lead, only for Rodina to hit back and level at 5-5. The Russian let another service game slip from her hands with a double fault and Halep clinched the set with a drop shot. She broke decisively in the ninth game of the second set and wrapped it up with an ace. “I was a little bit stressed today because it is never easy to start such a tournament,” Halep, who lost to Russian Maria Sharapova in last year’s final, told …

    May 24, 2015 6:51 am
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World News

  • Greece ‘cannot afford IMF repayment’


    Greece cannot make a repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) due on 5 June as it does not have the money, the interior minister says. “The four instalments for the IMF in June are €1.6bn, this money will not be given and is not there to be given,” Nikos Voutsis told Greek TV. Greece has to come to a deal with the IMF and EU to secure the final tranche of its bailout from the institutions. The finance minister meanwhile told the BBC that progress was being made. ‘Do their bit’ Yanis Varoufakis said Greece had worked hard to meet its end of the deal with its lenders, and that now it was up to the international institutions to reciprocate. “Greece has made enormous strides at reaching a deal,” he told the Andrew Marr Show. “It is now up to institutions to do their bit. We have met them three-quarters of the way, they …

    May 24, 2015 6:52 am
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Technology

  • Want cheaper wireless service? Patience is a virtue


    The US wireless market is on the cusp of big changes and competitive clashes. Those, in turn, could lead to lower prices and better deals for you. At least that’s how I hope things will play out over the next few years. From Google’s Project Fi experiment to build a hybrid Wi-Fi/cellular network, to rumblings about someone finally making use of Dish Network’s stockpile of wireless spectrum, to the last major wireless auction for the foreseeable future — there’s a lot of activity in the mobile world. And with luck we’ll see additional legitimate options in the wireless business, which could mean more-competitive prices. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I look at each of these scenarios and explain how it could shape the future of the wireless industry. How long do I have to wait for change? Dear Maggie, I’ve been reading your articles regarding cell phone bills and upgrades. Clearly, there is a …

    May 24, 2015 7:51 am
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Science

  • Can’t Touch This–New Encryption Scheme Targets Transaction Tampering


    In August 1977 popular mathematician Martin Gardner introduced the concept of RSA cryptography in the pages of Scientific American. Developed by three researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the new algorithm would go on to dominate the securing of transactions over the Internet. Nearly four decades later, with cryptocurrencies and smart-device communications adding to a growing list of online transactions, the search is well underway for an even more secure and scalable replacements for RSA. Conceived by Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard Adleman, RSA cryptography enables Web users to conduct their business in relative privacy rather than having to send their sensitive information openly over the Internet. Enter your credit card into a Web site’s order form, for example, and that information is turned into a code that’s unreadable to anyone except for the vendor who processes your order. A weakness with RSA, though, is that it was not designed to verify the identity …

    May 24, 2015 4:10 am
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Health

  • Ebola-free Liberia allowed to host internationals


    CAPE TOWN Liberia can host international soccer matches again after being declared free of the deadly Ebola virus, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Friday. CAF, however, said the bans on Guinea and Sierra Leone would remain in place. Liberia was earlier this month declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), who wrote to CAF to suggest international football could safely resume. The decision to lift the ban on playing international matches in the country comes just weeks before the start of the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers. Liberia’s first home qualifier is scheduled for September when they play Tunisia. Guinea and Sierra Leone will still be forced to play their home games outside of their respective countries with new cases of the disease still being discovered. “WHO confirms that the situation of the Ebola epidemic in Guinea and Sierra Leone requires that CAF keeps its precautionary principle, and asks the concerned …

    May 24, 2015 4:30 am
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Entertainment

  • Mama June to TLC: Cancel 19 Kids and Counting or else


    As the walls all begin to fall around the Duggars’ empire in the wake of Josh Duggar’s child molestation allegations, one former TLC star is already pointing out the network’s obvious and blatant double standard. While news reports were breaking, and the story of Josh Duggar’s molestation allegations were going viral on the internet, TLC was busy airing a marathon of 19 Kids and Counting. Now, I admittedly don’t know how television programming works, but I have to believe that someone could have pulled the plug on that airing. It is clearly in bad taste to be showing it when such terrible things are being alleged against one of the major cast members, implicating his parents and being against some of his sisters. All of it is just terrible if true. More: Josh Duggar Scandal: Jim Bob kept the sex offenses secret for over a year And Twitter picked up on it right away. Is …

    May 23, 2015 6:47 pm
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Editorial

  • Visiting the troops with Aaron Tippin in Iraq: My proudest moment as an American military veteran


    Like all veterans, my memories are filled this Memorial Day with endless instances of pride at being able to serve this great country of ours – pride at being an American and even more pride at having been able to wear the uniform. Of my many memories, over 60 years’ worth, none is more striking than that of a dusty afternoon in 2008 in a bombed out building in Sadr City, Baghdad.  It wasn’t about my own service.  It was about someone else’s. I was accompanying my friend Aaron Tippin, a country music legend, as he visited and entertained troops during the Thanksgiving season.  It was an annual event for him during the war and I was often fortunate enough to accompany him.  On this particular afternoon, at one of many stops, we were at a Forward Operating Base with a battalion of the storied 82nd Airborne Division. The scene was literally out of a …

    May 23, 2015 4:46 pm
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Odd News

  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65


    BERLIN A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. The announcement of her pregnancy last month had sparked a public debate in Germany about its merits. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth. The four babies, born by Caesarean section on May 19, weighed between 655 grams an 960 grams. (Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by David Holmes)

    May 23, 2015 12:03 pm
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