• Obama attends India’s Republic Day

    Obama attends India’s Republic Day

    26 January 2015 Last updated at 05:38 Huge crowds and thousands of security personnel are attending the Republic Day parade US President Barack Obama is attending India’s annual Republic Day parade in Delhi, the first...
  • US braced for ‘historic blizzard’

    US braced for ‘historic blizzard’

    26 January 2015 Last updated at 05:42 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Extreme weather is on the way in eastern US as Ben Bland reports A “potentially historic blizzard” could dump...
  • Serena avenges French Open loss to reach quarter-finals

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams avenged last year’s French Open loss to Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open on Monday, overhauling the hard-hitting Spaniard 2-6 6-3 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals. The 24th seed Muguruza...
  • LRA commander due in Hague court

    LRA commander due in Hague court

    26 January 2015 Last updated at 04:36 Mr Ongwen arrived in The Hague last week Top Ugandan rebel commander Dominic Ongwen is due to appear at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to...

Headline News

  • US braced for ‘historic blizzard’


    26 January 2015 Last updated at 05:42 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Extreme weather is on the way in eastern US as Ben Bland reports A “potentially historic blizzard” could dump up to 90cm (3ft) of snow on the US north-east coast, the National Weather Service (NWS) has warned. It issued a blizzard warning for New York and Boston from Monday afternoon until Tuesday. “This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Heavy snowfall is also predicted from Philadelphia to Main. Hundreds of flights are expected to be cancelled. Some to New York and Boston have already been affected. At a new conference, Mayor de Blasio told city residents to stay off the roads. “Prepare to be safe, take every precaution. Now is the time to get ready for this extreme weather,” he said. Some residents have already …

    January 25, 2015 11:50 pm
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Politics

  • Boehner says fixing U.S. infrastructure ‘critically important’


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. House of Representatives Republican said it was “critically important” to improve the country’s infrastructure and said Congress is looking at options to pay for repairs, according to an interview aired Sunday night on the CBS program “60 Minutes.” House Speaker John Boehner said he agreed with the White House there was room for bipartisan compromise on the issue of fixing crumbling roads and bridges, but that Congress in the past has not opted for an increase in federal gasoline taxes to fund the effort. Lawmakers face a May deadline to fund massive road, bridge and transit projects, with money in the highway trust fund that pays for the projects set to run out then. Republicans have been struggling to find a way to pay for legislation with a five-year price tag in the range of $75 billion to more than $100 billion. “We believe that through tax reform, a …

    January 25, 2015 9:09 pm
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Stocks

  • Euro slips after anti-austerity party wins Greek elections


      The euro slid early Monday after the left-wing party Syriza swept to victory in Greek elections, a major rebuke of austerity policies. The euro hovered around $1.117 against the dollar, near the 11-year low it reached last week after the European Central Bank announced a massive stimulus program. Syriza’s victory was fueled by populist anger over severe austerity measures that critics felt prioritized payments to creditors over an economic rebound in Greece. Greece accepted its first bailout in 2010, receiving €240 billion ($277.8 billion) in international aid to rescue its battered economy. In return, the country agreed to deep cuts in government salaries, tax hikes, a freeze on state pensions and bans on early retirement. Nearly five years on, the overall economic picture is getting better. But life for many Greeks is much worse. Unemployment has soared and wages have fallen even as people are working longer — all of which fueled demand for …

    January 25, 2015 11:30 pm
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Sports

  • Serena avenges French Open loss to reach quarter-finals


    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams avenged last year’s French Open loss to Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open on Monday, overhauling the hard-hitting Spaniard 2-6 6-3 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals. The 24th seed Muguruza stunned Williams in the second round at Roland Garros and another upset looked on the cards as the rising 21-year-old tore through the first set with a barrage of winners from the baseline. Top seed Williams woke up and her serve, so often her savior, became almost impenetrable. After saving six break points in a marathon second game of the deciding set, Williams then broke Muguruza twice before sealing the match when her opponent blasted a forehand long. Williams will play last year’s losing finalist Dominika Cibulkova for a place in the semi-finals. (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by John O’Brien)

    January 25, 2015 11:30 pm
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World News

  • Obama attends India’s Republic Day


    26 January 2015 Last updated at 05:38 Huge crowds and thousands of security personnel are attending the Republic Day parade US President Barack Obama is attending India’s annual Republic Day parade in Delhi, the first US head of state to do so, on the second day of his visit. Mr Obama arrived in India on Sunday for a three-day visit seen as a sign of warming ties between the two allies. On Sunday, both sides announced a breakthrough on a pact that will allow US companies to supply India with civilian nuclear technology. Indian PM Narendra Modi said it was a “new journey” of co-operation Mr Obama will meet the main opposition Congress party leaders later on Monday and will also speak at a business summit. Trade vow Republic Day marks the adoption of India’s constitution in 1950, three years after independence from Britain. Uniformed soldiers in colourful headgear are marching down Rajpath, or King’s …

    January 25, 2015 11:50 pm
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Technology

  • Whatever happened to the future?


    26 January 2015 Last updated at 00:00 By Matthew Wall Business reporter, BBC News George Bennie’s 1930 Railplane failed to attract backers… Whatever happened to interplanetary travel, hover cars, and hypersonic jets? Once it seemed as if there were no limits to how far or fast we could travel, such were the leaps in technological development in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Inventors dreamed up all sorts wonderful vehicles, from rocket-propelled bicycles to flying cars, propeller-powered railways to monowheels. In 1895, HG Wells even imagined a machine that could travel through time. Tomorrow’s Transport is a series exploring innovation in all forms of mobility against a backdrop of global warming and rising population. Click here for more Tomorrow’s Transport features and videos Steam power, the internal combustion engine and flight promised unprecedented levels of mobility and freedom. Nation competed with nation to travel further, higher and faster by land, sea and air. Speed was king. …

    January 25, 2015 9:09 pm
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Science

  • Structured photons slow down in a vacuum


    Easy does it: structured light slows in vacuum The speed of light in a vacuum is 299,792,458 m s–1, right? Not necessarily, according to a team of physicists in the UK, which has found that the speed of an individual photon decreases by a tiny amount if it is initially sent through a patterned mask. The phenomenon – which is different to other observations of slow light – should also occur for sound waves, the researchers say. The speed of light has been measured since as far back as the 17th century, but it was not until the 1970s that physicists settled on a value that was accurate in a vacuum to just a few parts per billion. In 1983 that value became the official value, fixed against a new definition of the metre in the International System of Units. And an important value it is, for according to Einstein’s special theory of relativity, the speed of light …

    January 25, 2015 9:11 pm
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Health

  • Just five Ebola cases left in Liberia, government says


    MONROVIA (Reuters) – Liberia, once the epicenter of West Africa’s deadly Ebola epidemic, has just five remaining confirmed cases of the disease, a senior health official said on Friday, highlighting the country’s success in halting new infections. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed more than 8,600 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Earlier this year at the height of the outbreak in Liberia, hospitals without beds for new patients were forced to turn away victims and bodies were left in the streets. But a massive international response — including the deployment of hundreds of U.S. troops to build treatment centers — plus a public awareness campaign, contributed to a steep decline in infection rates. “We have five confirmed Ebola cases in Liberia as of today,” said Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who heads Liberia’s Ebola taskforce. “It means that we are going down to zero, if everything goes well, if other people …

    January 25, 2015 9:09 pm
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Entertainment

  • Figure skater Ashley Wagner shuts down haters with historic win


    The veteran figure skater did so by winning the U.S. Figure Skating Championship title — and while it’s her third, it’s arguably her most meaningful. More: 10 Mighty women every girl should know “This, of my three titles, this one tastes the sweetest. This is the one that means the most to me because this is the one that shows every single person that doubts me, every single person that says I’m too old, every single person that says I am not capable of being a leading lady,” she said. And, really, how fantastic is that? This year’s championship was held Saturday night in Greensboro, North Carolina, and was rife with talent, including Wagner and two other 2014 Olympians. Thanks to a stunning routine, Gardner shut down the competition with a score of 221.02 — silver medalist Gracie Gold trailed by a considerable gap with 205.4. More: 15 Inspiring movie quotes from strong female characters Not …

    January 25, 2015 11:30 pm
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Editorial

  • When will Obama stop making false claims about Citizens United?


    FILE — Jan. 22, 2015: President Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) At almost the same time that protesters mad about the Citizens United decision were disrupting the start of the Supreme Court’s session on Wednesday, the White House issued a “Statement from the President” condemning the decision on its fifth anniversary. And once again, President Obama repeated the same false claim about “foreign corporations” that he made in his State of the Union speech back in 2010. This White House seems to believe that if you think up a good political attack theme, stick with it no matter what the truth is. One can certainly debate the effect of Citizens United, which lifted the ban on independent political expenditures (i.e., independent political speech), and whether it has been beneficial to our democratic system. As a former member of the Federal Election Commission that enforces our …

    January 24, 2015 8:47 pm
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Odd News

  • Iowa billboard mannequin startles motorists, loses job


    (Reuters) – A car dealer is taking down an oversized mannequin that had been placed atop a roadside billboard advertisement in rural Iowa after a number of alarmed drivers called the 911 emergency number to report a man who looked like he was going to jump. “I hate to take it down, but in the interest of public safety I decided to,” Brad Deery, owner of 10 car dealerships in Iowa, told Reuters by telephone on Friday. Deery said the sheriff in Des Moines County asked him to remove the mannequin because drivers were becoming distracted and that some could be tempted to try to climb the sign and take a selfie. The billboard on U.S. Route 61 advertises Deery’s West Burlington dealership. The sign reads “I can see Deery Toyota, Nissan, Mazda from here,” Deery said. The mannequin is posed as though it is looking off at distant car lots. The Hawk Eye, a …

    January 23, 2015 4:24 pm
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