• Djokovic keeps cool to douse Nieminen’s fire

    LONDON Novak Djokovic gave himself seven or eight marks out of 10 after outclassing Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 6-2 6-3 on a scorching Centre Court to move safely into the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday....
  • Macy’s cuts ties with Donald Trump

    Macy’s cuts ties with Donald Trump

    Recent polls show Mr Trump is performing well among Republican presidential candidates US retailer Macy’s has ended its relationship with Donald Trump after the businessman and presidential candidate made controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants. The...
  • Apple iPhone 6S photos have been leaked

    Apple iPhone 6S photos have been leaked

    The iPhone is undergoing a makeover. Even if you can’t see it yet. Leaked images of the new iPhone don’t look too different from the current iPhone 6 at first glance, according to photos obtained...
  • Syria rebels shoot dead IS militants

    Syria rebels shoot dead IS militants

    Jaysh al-Islam fighters have been battling IS in the Ghouta agricultural belt around Damascus A hardline Islamist rebel group in Syria has released a video showing its fighters shooting dead a group of alleged Islamic...
  • F1 fans want change without gimmicks, survey shows

    LONDON Formula One fans want change but without gimmicks or knee-jerk reactions to a sport many now describe as expensive and boring, according to a survey carried out with the backing of leading drivers. The...
  • Barrier Reef spared ‘danger’ listing

    Barrier Reef spared ‘danger’ listing

    The reef contains a higher degree of biodiversity than any other World Heritage site United Nations heritage body Unesco has voted not to put Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on its world danger list. The decision...

Headline News

  • Macy’s cuts ties with Donald Trump


    Recent polls show Mr Trump is performing well among Republican presidential candidates US retailer Macy’s has ended its relationship with Donald Trump after the businessman and presidential candidate made controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants. The retailer has sold Trump-branded clothes since 2004 and Mr Trump has appeared in the company’s commercials. Macy’s is the latest company to distance itself from the businessman. TV networks NBC and Univision said they would not air the Miss USA pageant, which is co-owned by Mr Trump. “We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form,” Macy’s said in a statement. “We welcome all customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture.” In response, Mr Trump said his principles were more valuable than the clothing line, which he called a “small business in terms of dollar volume”. On Wednesday, Macy’s began selling Trump products at a steep discount on its website. Macy’s has …

    July 1, 2015 11:44 am
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Politics

  • U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years


    HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuter) – The United States and Cuba are set to announce the restoration of diplomatic relations on Wednesday, the result of a two-year courtship between former Cold War rivals who severed ties in 1961. The senior U.S. diplomat in Havana on Wednesday delivered a letter from President Barack Obama addressed to Cuban President Raul Castro about the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The text of the letter was not immediately disclosed. Jeffrey DeLaurentis, chief of the U.S. interests section, handed the letter to Cuba’s interim foreign minister, Marcelino Medina, at the Cuban foreign ministry. The two shook hands in front of a Cuban and a U.S. flag. Obama was due to speak at 11 a.m. from the White House’s ceremonial Rose Garden. It was unknown whether Castro would reciprocate with comments of his own. The Cuba deal marks a major achievement for Obama, who has been criticized for foreign policy stumbles, …

    July 1, 2015 9:03 am
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Stocks

  • Apple iPhone 6S photos have been leaked


    The iPhone is undergoing a makeover. Even if you can’t see it yet. Leaked images of the new iPhone don’t look too different from the current iPhone 6 at first glance, according to photos obtained by 9to5Mac. But the new iPhone’s internal components appear destined for an upgrade. According to the latest rumors, the iPhone 6S is slated for a fall release and its widely anticipated feature is Force Touch: the touch screen will also be sensitive to pressure. Based on the leaked images, here’s what we think we know about the iPhone 6S (or whatever Apple will call it). Leaked images of the new iPhone don’t look too different from the current iPhone 6 at first glance, according to photos obtained by 9to5Mac. The big picture The 4.7 inch iPhone 6S is unlikely to change notably in appearance from the iPhone 6, according to the photos provided to 9to5Mac from “a proven source familiar …

    July 1, 2015 11:44 am
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Sports

  • Djokovic keeps cool to douse Nieminen’s fire


    LONDON Novak Djokovic gave himself seven or eight marks out of 10 after outclassing Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 6-2 6-3 on a scorching Centre Court to move safely into the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday. The world number one and top seed dropped serve in the opening game and was largely subdued in a performance littered with uncharacteristic errors. Serb Djokovic was still far too good for 33-year-old world number 92 Nieminen, who was playing in his final Wimbledon, and the defending champion was satisfied with his day’s work. “I would rate probably around seven or eight. I think it was a very solid performance,” Djokovic told reporters. “I’ve done just enough to win in straight sets.” Nieminen came out with all guns blazing and reeled off a succession of rasping groundstrokes to win the first two games. “He started off very well, very aggressive, winners in the first couple games,” Djokovic said. “I managed …

    July 1, 2015 11:45 am
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World News

  • Syria rebels shoot dead IS militants


    Jaysh al-Islam fighters have been battling IS in the Ghouta agricultural belt around Damascus A hardline Islamist rebel group in Syria has released a video showing its fighters shooting dead a group of alleged Islamic State (IS) militants. Reversing the imagery of beheadings by the jihadist group, Jaysh al-Islam members wearing orange outfits are seen killing 18 men dressed in black. The video says they are being shot in revenge for the recent beheading of three Jaysh al-Islam fighters. The Saudi-backed group also accuses IS of being allied to Syria’s government. Eighteen months of fierce fighting between IS and rebel groups, who have denounced the jihadists’ brutal tactics and mistreatment of civilian opposition supporters, have left thousands dead. Led by the former imprisoned Salafist activist Zahran Alloush, Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) has been battling IS in the Ghouta agricultural belt around Damascus. Sectarian language The 20-minute video published on Jaysh al-Islam’s website on Tuesday …

    July 1, 2015 11:04 am
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Technology

  • Microsoft launching Surface 3 with built-in 4G LTE


    Microsoft is beginning to roll out its Surface 3 tablets with built-in 4G LTE to business customers. Sarah Tew / CNET Microsoft is slowly starting to roll out its new Intel-based Surface 3 tablets that come with 4G LTE built-in. The first Surface 3s with built-in 4G LTE were rolled out in Japan with partner Y!Mobile two weeks ago, according to a July 1 post on Microsoft’s Surface blog. Starting July 3 in Germany and the U.K., Microsoft will make its first Surface 3 with LTE models available to business customers. Some unspecified time after that date, Microsoft will add Surface 3 models with 4G LTE in France and Spain. The company has worked hard to entice consumers and businesses to its Surface tablets but has found only modest success since their initial release in 2012. Adding 4G LTE to the Surface 3, which was launched in May, is yet another effort to woo buyers. …

    July 1, 2015 8:43 am
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Science

  • Producing spin-entangled electrons


    A team from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science, along with collaborators from several Japanese institutions, have successfully produced pairs of spin-entangled electrons and demonstrated, for the first time, that these electrons remain entangled even when they are separated from one another on a chip. This research could contribute to the creation of futuristic quantum networks operating using quantum teleportation, which could allow information contained in quantum bits–qubits–to be shared between many elements on chip, a key requirement to scale up the power of a quantum computer. The ability to create non-local entangled electron pairs –known as Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen pairs –on demand has long been a dream. Russell Deacon, who carried out the work, says, “We set out to demonstrate that spin-entangled electrons could be reliably produced. So far, researchers have been successful in creating entangled photons, since photons are extremely stable and do not interact. Electrons, by contrast, are profoundly affected by their environment. …

    July 1, 2015 8:44 am
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Health

  • Health Highlights: July 1, 2015


    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: California Governor Signs Tough Vaccination Bill Into Law California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a highly controversial bill into law that mandates vaccinations for nearly all children in the state’s public school system. “The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown wrote. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.” According to the Associated Press, the law eliminates “personal belief” exemptions that were formerly in place in California. Those exemptions allowed parents to exclude their children from routine vaccinations based on personal or religious beliefs. Under the new law, only children with serious medical conditions can get an exemption and any other unvaccinated child has to be homeschooled, the AP reported. Many parents and …

    July 1, 2015 9:03 am
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Entertainment

  • Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner Have Been In Couples Therapy For Years … And They Didn’t Have A Prenup!


    Posted on Wed Jul 1st, 2015 7:45am PDT       By X17 Staff Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner finally confirmed what we all knew yesterday — that they were divorcing after ten years of marriage — and now new details have emerged about their troubled relationship. The couple nearly split three years ago, and according to a source for Us Weekly the stars have been attending regular couples therapy sessions. “They were going to divorce when Sam was born but you know how it is — baby comes and solves the issues for a bit but it’s just a Band-Aid. It hasn’t been working for ages,” a source tells the mag. “Ben truly wanted his idea of family life and the idea of family he had growing up in Boston so he stayed in it longer than he wanted to because of the kids and the idea of family,” the source continued. “But he couldn’t save it.” So …

    July 1, 2015 10:24 am
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Editorial

  • Message to French leaders (and cab drivers): Let innovation lead


    When Courtney Love, the queen of grunge, is afraid to set foot on city streets, she must be in a pretty rough town. In fact, Love was in Paris on Thursday morning when she tweeted that the cab she was riding in had been ambushed by a mob of taxi drivers. Love wrote: “They’re beating the cars with metal bats. this is France?? I’m safer in Baghdad.”   French cab drivers smashed livery vehicles, set tires ablaze and snarled traffic across the country Thursday in a nationwide strike aimed at Uber after weeks of rising tensions directed at the U.S.-based ride-hailing company. The protests are relatively small – some estimate only five percent of cab drivers are responsible for most of the problems – but their impact is undeniable. Love’s tweet might be an exaggeration, but her sentiment is understandable. In recent weeks, nearly 100 Uber drivers — and in some cases, their passengers, as …

    July 1, 2015 9:04 am
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Odd News

  • Will pope chew coca leaves in Bolivia? ‘Wait and see,’ Vatican says


    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis will decide for himself if he chews coca leaves in order to ward off altitude sickness when he lands next week at La Paz, Bolivia, the highest international airport in the world, the Vatican said on Tuesday. A Bolivian minister said on Sunday that Francis had told government officials that he would like to chew coca leaves – the major ingredient of cocaine – when he visits.. But spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, responding at a briefing on the trip where several questions revolved around the Argentine pope and the Andean coca leaf, said he did not know if any such request had been made. “I am not aware of that,” he said. “The pope will do what he thinks is most opportune.” At just over 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level, La Paz airport, appropriately called “El Alto”. The city is below the airport, at about 3,650 meters (11,975 feet). …

    June 30, 2015 8:40 pm
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