• Liberia releases last Ebola patient

    Liberia releases last Ebola patient

    5 March 2015 Last updated at 13:36 Ms Yardolo said she was “one of the happiest persons on earth” after being discharged Liberia has released its last Ebola patient after going a week without any...
  • Top US circus to end elephant act

    Top US circus to end elephant act

    5 March 2015 Last updated at 13:36 Elephants have been part of the show for about a century One of America’s largest circus companies has said it will phase out the use of elephants in...
  • Britain’s fraud squad probes Bank of England

    Britain’s fraud squad probes Bank of England

    Bank of England governor Mark Carney told U.K. lawmakers he is cracking down on potential market abuses. Britain’s top fraud busters are investigating the Bank of England over potential wrongdoing stretching back to the financial...
  • Barack Obama: A lone wolf president

    Can the president rewrite federal laws? Can he alter their meaning? Can he change their effect? These are legitimate questions in an era in which we have an unpopular progressive Democratic president who has boasted...
  • Guinea to start final trials of Ebola vaccines this week

    LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – Final stage trials of an Ebola vaccine being developed by Merck and NewLink Genetics will begin in Guinea on March 7, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. Signaling global health authorities’...

Headline News

  • Top US circus to end elephant act


    5 March 2015 Last updated at 13:36 Elephants have been part of the show for about a century One of America’s largest circus companies has said it will phase out the use of elephants in its shows. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus told the Associated Press news agency that it plans to stop using the animals by 2018. It said growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. The company’s 43 elephants will live at an animal conservation centre in Florida. Elephant acts have long been a part of the company’s show, and have often been featured in its advertising materials.

    March 5, 2015 7:38 am
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Politics

  • Wisconsin Assembly to begin final debate on right-to-work bill


    MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) – Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday will begin a final debate on a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would prohibit private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union contracts. Walker, a presidential hopeful, is expected to sign the so-called right-to-work bill next week if it gets to his desk after what could be a 24-hour debate in the state Assembly starting on Thursday morning. The state Senate approved the bill last week, and the Assembly, where Republicans hold a 63-36 majority, is expected to follow suit to make Wisconsin the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law. Supporters cast the measure as an incentive for keeping and attracting businesses and jobs, while opponents call it a thinly disguised assault on organized labor. Thousands of workers demonstrated last week when senators debated the bill, but capitol crowds have been far thinner than four …

    March 5, 2015 6:39 am
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Stocks

  • Britain’s fraud squad probes Bank of England


    Bank of England governor Mark Carney told U.K. lawmakers he is cracking down on potential market abuses. Britain’s top fraud busters are investigating the Bank of England over potential wrongdoing stretching back to the financial crisis. The Serious Fraud Office is examining auctions conducted by the central bank in 2007 and 2008. They were designed to help keep money flowing through the banking system at the start of the financial crisis. The Bank of England commissioned an independent inquiry into the money market auctions last year. Once that inquiry was completed, it referred the matter to the SFO — which prosecutes cases of complex fraud — in November 2014. “Given the SFO investigation is ongoing, it is not appropriate for the bank to provide any additional comment on the matter at this time,” it said in a statement. Related: Forex fraud: Now it’s getting serious British banking is still struggling to wipe clean the stain …

    March 5, 2015 6:58 am
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Sports

  • Dumped F1 driver takes action against Sauber: reports


    (Reuters) – Dumped Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde has taken legal action ahead of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix to press his claim to a drive with Sauber, Australian media reported on Thursday. Van der Garde was test driver for the Swiss team last season and is claiming Sauber reneged on a deal to give him a race seat in 2015. Newspapers said the 29-year-old driver had sought an urgent hearing on Monday at the Victorian Supreme Court to claim unfair dismissal. First practice for the season-opener in Melbourne starts on Friday, March 13. Sauber have signed Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson and Brazilian Felipe Nasr as their race drivers, with Italian Raffaele Marciello as reserve. Sauber were not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis)

    March 5, 2015 7:39 am
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World News

  • Liberia releases last Ebola patient


    5 March 2015 Last updated at 13:36 Ms Yardolo said she was “one of the happiest persons on earth” after being discharged Liberia has released its last Ebola patient after going a week without any new cases of the virus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Beatrice Yardolo, 58, left a Chinese-run treatment centre in the capital Monrovia after two weeks of treatment. Nearly 10,000 people have died from Ebola, the vast majority in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. WHO officials say there were 132 new cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone in the week to 1 March. It is the first time since May 2014 that Liberia has had no new cases of the virus, the officials added. Ms Yardolo, an English teacher, said she was “one of the happiest persons on earth” as she headed home from the treatment centre in Monrovia’s Paynesville district. She was the last patient undergoing treatment for …

    March 5, 2015 7:39 am
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Technology

  • Joss Whedon laments ‘nightmare’ Avengers sequel as latest trailer lands


    Director Joss Whedon has admitted shoehorning a slew of superheroes into the new Avengers movie was a “nightmare”, as the latest trailer for upcoming sequel Age of Ultron hits the web. Speaking to SFX magazine, Whedon said getting newcomers Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Vision and evil robot menace Ultron himself to sit pretty alongside established characters Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Captain America was “the hardest juggling act I have ever, ever tried to pull off”. He added: “They’re very disparate characters. The joy of the Avengers is they really don’t belong in the same room. It’s not like the X-Men, who are all tortured by the same thing and have similar costumes. These guys are just all over the place. And so it’s tough. Honestly, this is as tough as anything I’ve ever done, and I haven’t worked this hard since I had three shows on the air.” Whedon did reveal that …

    March 5, 2015 6:18 am
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Science

  • Dawn arrives on Ceres


    Sailing on the gentlest of pushes from its ion engines, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft last week completed an eight-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest and most intriguing object in the asteroid belt. Dawn is the first mission launched specifically to explore this region of rock and rubble between Mars and Jupiter. When the spacecraft launched in September 2007, mission scientists wanted a closer look at two asteroid belt bodies in particular: the protoplanets Ceres and Vesta, throwbacks to the early solar system when our own planet was beginning to form. In July 2011 Dawn reached Vesta, its first target. At 525 kilometres wide, Vesta is one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System and was revealed by Dawn to be egg-shaped with a dry and rocky surface. An immense crater 460 kilometres wide and up to 13 kilometres deep dominates Vesta’s southern hemisphere – the remnants of a massive impact around one billion …

    March 5, 2015 2:38 am
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Health

  • Guinea to start final trials of Ebola vaccines this week


    LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – Final stage trials of an Ebola vaccine being developed by Merck and NewLink Genetics will begin in Guinea on March 7, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. Signaling global health authorities’ determination to see through trials despite a sharp drop in cases in the West Africa epidemic, the WHO said a second shot, developed by GlaxoSmithKline will be tested “in a sequential study, as supply becomes available”. More than 23,900 confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola have been reported since the outbreak began in December 2013, including some 9,800 deaths. Nearly 500 health workers have been among the dead in what is the worst ever Ebola epidemic. All three worst-hit countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – aim to conduct final-stage trials of vaccines, and Liberia is already testing the GlaxoSmithKline and Merck-NewLink shots, while Sierra Leone is expected to announce plans soon. But recent steep declines in new Ebola …

    March 5, 2015 6:39 am
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Entertainment

  • Celia Imrie’s wolf-whistling comment misses the point


    Speaking to Glamour magazine, the 62-year-old star of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel said: “I’m thrilled if I’m whistled at. Of course I am. People have become so moany. I mean, I’m not mad about being called love or dear, but I quite like darling. And really, lighten up everyone. There’s enough horribleness in the world.” On the other hand, the award-winning Calendar Girls actress criticised shops for displaying “wall-to-wall pink” girls’ clothes and said, “This whole thing of calling little girls ‘princesses’ is just so terribly wrong. “Where are the tomboys of our generation? Why are people made to feel their genders so firmly from the beginning?” she asked. More: Emmerdale’s sex attack storyline sparks debate about consent Well, for starters there are plenty of young tomboys out there (I’m the mum of one). But the thing is these little girls may be the very women who grow up to despise the catcalling …

    March 5, 2015 6:58 am
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Editorial

  • Barack Obama: A lone wolf president


    Can the president rewrite federal laws? Can he alter their meaning? Can he change their effect? These are legitimate questions in an era in which we have an unpopular progressive Democratic president who has boasted that he can govern without Congress by using his phone and his pen, and a mostly newly elected largely conservative Republican Congress with its own ideas about big government. These are not hypothetical questions. In 2012, President Obama signed executive orders that essentially said to about 1.7 million unlawfully present immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthdays and who are not yet 31 years of age that if they complied with certain conditions that he made up out of thin air they will not be deported. In 2014, the president signed additional executive orders that essentially made the same offer to about 4.7 million unlawfully present immigrants, without the age limits that he had made up out …

    March 5, 2015 6:58 am
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Odd News

  • Leaks from taps cause massive damage to Germany’s spy agency


    BERLIN (Reuters) – The German spy agency’s new headquarters was flooded by water after several taps were removed by thieves on its upper floors, police said on Thursday. The nearly-completed 1.3-billion-euro Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) building in the heart of Berlin suffered millions in water damage on several floors of the mostly vacant structure, according to the Berliner Zeitung newspaper. “Several water taps were stolen and that caused extensive damage,” a Berlin police spokesman said. He said police had not ruled out a political motive or a criminal motive, such as revenge for unpaid bills. “We’re investigating in all possible directions,” he said. The headquarters of the BND, Germany’s intelligence agency, was scheduled to move from its Bavarian base in Pullach to Berlin in 2011 but the move has been delayed to 2017. The 260,000-square meter building will house 4,000 staff. (Reporting by Juliana Woitaschek; writing by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Toby Chopra)

    March 5, 2015 6:38 am
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