• US shuts embassy in Libyan capital

    US shuts embassy in Libyan capital

    26 July 2014 Last updated at 13:22 The US embassy has shut in the Libyan capital Tripoli due to security concerns, the state department says. Embassy staff were evacuated to neighbouring Tunisia “due to the...
  • Reimer signs on for 2 more years with Leafs

    Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – The Toronto Maple Leafs and goaltender James Reimer agreed to terms Friday on a two-year contract. Reimer, 26, went 12-16-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 36...
  • Nigeria ‘on red alert’ over Ebola

    Nigeria ‘on red alert’ over Ebola

    26 July 2014 Last updated at 11:27 The Ebola virus has already spread from Guinea to Liberia and Sierra Leone Nigeria says it has put all entries into the country on red alert after confirming...
  • Murdoch shoring up his war chest

    Murdoch shoring up his war chest

      Rupert Murdoch is raising cash to pursue U.S. ambitions. 21st Century Fox (FOXA), home to Murdoch’s film and TV businesses, is merging its satellite TV operators in Italy, Germany and the U.K., creating a...
  • Anderson pitches Rockies past Pirates

    Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Brett Anderson cruised into the seventh inning before he was lifted because of a developing blister on his hand, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1 on Friday in...

Headline News

  • US shuts embassy in Libyan capital


    26 July 2014 Last updated at 13:22 The US embassy has shut in the Libyan capital Tripoli due to security concerns, the state department says. Embassy staff were evacuated to neighbouring Tunisia “due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias”, it adds. The state department has also issued a travel warning urging US nationals not to go to Libya. It comes amid fierce clashes between rival militias in the capital, with recent fighting at Tripoli airport. Libya has been gripped by instability since the 2011 uprising, with swathes of the country controlled by militias.

    July 26, 2014 7:27 am
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Politics

  • House tells Obama: ‘No troops in Iraq without our approval’


    (AFP) The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a “sustained combat role” without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal effect. The nonbinding measure hasn’t been debated in the Senate. Its language opens up several questions related to the Constitution’s separation of powers between executive and legislative branches, even if Obama and his top military advisers already have ruled out sending combat troops to help Iraq fight extremist insurgents. Friday’s legislation was approved by a 370-40 vote after Republican and Democratic lawmakers emphasized the need to reassert what they argued is their constitutional control over authorizing military force. “This resolution makes one clear statement,” said its sponsor, Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. “If the president decides we should further involve our military in Iraq, he needs to work with Congress to authorize it.” “The time to debate our re-engagement in Iraq, should …

    July 26, 2014 6:07 am
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Stocks

  • Murdoch shoring up his war chest


      Rupert Murdoch is raising cash to pursue U.S. ambitions. 21st Century Fox (FOXA), home to Murdoch’s film and TV businesses, is merging its satellite TV operators in Italy, Germany and the U.K., creating a European market leader and pocketing £4.9 billion ($8.3 billion) of cash. BSkyB (BSYBF), in which 21st Century Fox owns a 39% stake, is buying Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland. In addition to the cash payment, the U.K. firm will transfer its 21% stake in the National Geographic Channel to Fox. Just four years ago, Murdoch was hoping to launch a full takeover of BSkyB but dropped the plans after a phone hacking scandal at his newspaper group. Since then, competition in U.K. TV distribution has intensified. Telecom operator BT (BT) is mounting a challenge in sports — the backbone of Sky’s service — and Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) and Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) pose a growing threat in streaming movies. Murdoch now …

    July 26, 2014 6:47 am
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Sports

  • Reimer signs on for 2 more years with Leafs


    Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – The Toronto Maple Leafs and goaltender James Reimer agreed to terms Friday on a two-year contract. Reimer, 26, went 12-16-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 36 games with the Maple Leafs last season. A fourth-round pick of Toronto in 2006, Reimer has compiled a 65-48-15 record with a 2.85 GAA and .914 save percentage in 140 career games. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    July 26, 2014 7:27 am
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World News

  • Nigeria ‘on red alert’ over Ebola


    26 July 2014 Last updated at 11:27 The Ebola virus has already spread from Guinea to Liberia and Sierra Leone Nigeria says it has put all entries into the country on red alert after confirming the death of a Liberian man who was carrying the Ebola virus. The man died after arriving at Lagos airport on Tuesday, in the first Ebola case in Africa’s most populous country. Surveillance has been stepped up at all “airports, seaports and land borders”, says Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu. Since February, more than 660 people have died of Ebola in West Africa – the world’s deadliest outbreak to date. It began in southern Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. ‘Contact avoided’ The Liberian man collapsed on arrival in Lagos last Sunday. He was taken from the airport to hospital, where he was put in quarantine. Officials have identified the 40-year-old man as an employee of the Liberian government. …

    July 26, 2014 7:27 am
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Technology

  • New life for museum arcade machines


    26 July 2014 Last updated at 10:28 Engineers managed to get some of the machines working for a few hours Arcade machines kept in the UK Computer Museum are being restored after enthusiasts answered a plea for help. The museum, based in Cambridge, hopes games such as Space Invader, Asteroids and Tempest will be brought back to working order for the public to enjoy. Organiser Phillip Riscombe-Burton used a games fans’ forum to call for help to fix the machines, which have been out of use for at least 17 years. Volunteers found temporary fixes for five of the eight machines, he said. They will continue to work on the games until they are fully restored. The museum’s arcade games include Centipede, Tempest, Xevious and Alien Syndrome The museum has 150 working computers, ranging from the 1960s until the modern day. The collection also includes 13 arcade games from the 1970s to 1990s, eight of …

    July 26, 2014 6:07 am
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Science

  • Magnets for fusion energy: A revolutionary manufacturing method developed


    Related images(click to enlarge) The National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS), of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) in Japan, has achieved an electrical current of 100,000 amperes, which is by far the highest in the world, by using the new idea of assembling the state-of-the-art yttrium-based high-temperature superconducting tapes to fabricate a large-scale magnet conductor. NIFS is undertaking the development of a high-temperature superconducting coil that is appropriate for the fusion reactor magnet. Using the state-of-the-art yttrium-based high-temperature superconducting tapes which have been developed and produced in Japan through the new thinking that simply stacks the tapes, NIFS manufactured a conductor of exceptional mechanical strength. For the conductor joints, which are important for the production of the large-scale coils, NIFS developed low-resistance joint technology through collaborative research with Tohoku University. As a result of the prototype conductor test, at the absolute temperature of 20 degrees Kelvin (minus 253 degrees Celsius) the electrical current …

    July 26, 2014 6:28 am
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Health

  • Parents of obese kids may be more ready to tackle diet than exercise


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Parents of overweight and obese kids may want to help their kids be healthier, but they’re more often willing to make changes in children’s diets than in their activity levels, according to a new study. Researchers found that addressing parents’ beliefs about themselves and their kids, and encouraging doctors to talk about the importance of physical activity could remove important obstacles to obese childrens’ weight loss. “We thought about doing this study because when we worked with families to try to engage them in weight loss, we noticed differences in parent’s readiness to change dietary behaviors versus physical activity behaviors,” said Dr. Kyung Rhee, who was at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, when she led the study. “They weren’t always ready to do both – some families were ready to do one versus the other, but when you’re really trying to engage in weight loss, it’s important to engage …

    July 26, 2014 6:07 am
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Entertainment

  • LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian talked to his kids about affair


    On Wednesday on Extra, the couple explained to host Mario Lopez how they told Cibrian’s boys, Mason and Jake, about their affair. VH1′s LeAnn Eddie: The (not good) ways they’re perfect together Rimes shared that it was the kids who brought the issue up. She said, “The kids actually came to us and asked, very nonchalantly over dinner, and Eddie was very honest with them in a way that you can be with a 7-year-old and an 11-year-old. He’s always the first person to say how much he loves me, and they see that in our house, and they feel that, so I think it’s important not to lie children. They understand way more than you think.” The “I Need You” singer continued, “We both never want them to come back and say, ‘You weren’t honest with us about this.’ They’re very open with us, which is cool.” Cibran divorced the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills …

    July 26, 2014 6:47 am
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Editorial

  • What if democracy is a fraud?


    The U.S. Capitol dome before dawn. (REUTERS) What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything it wants, as long as more people bother to show up at the voting booth to support the government than show up to say no? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if the purpose of …

    July 26, 2014 2:05 am
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Odd News

  • Chinese police arrest man after nursing home patients castrated


    BEIJING (Reuters) – Police in China have arrested a man on suspicion of castrating or partially castrating four patients at a nursing home, state media said on Thursday, the latest scandal to hit the country’s medical sector. Doctors discovered on Tuesday that three men at the nursing home in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang had had either one or both of their testicles removed with a blunt razor, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The fourth victim was not found until later after police carried out a full inspection of the facility, the news agency said. The victims are in hospital, though their injuries were not life threatening, Xinhua added. “The victims identified the perpetrator as a worker at the nursing home, while a staff member at the home said the man, in his 30s, was also housed there for mental illness,” it said. Police have not identified the suspect or said why he carried …

    July 26, 2014 2:25 am
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