• 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...
  • 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...
  • Activists make rare Koreas crossing

    Activists make rare Koreas crossing

    Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire (2nd L) and Leymah Gbowee (4th L) took part A group of 30 women activists have crossed the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea in an attempt...
  • Unrest follows US police acquittal

    Unrest follows US police acquittal

    Protests erupted soon after the court ruling on Saturday At least a dozen people have been arrested in the US city of Cleveland during protests after an officer was cleared of all charges relating to...

Headline News

  • Truck driver at fault of crash that killed 10 in California, officials say


    April 11, 2014: A California Highway Patrol Officer photographs the crash scene where a tour bus and a FedEX truck crashed on Interstate 5 in Orland, Calif. (AP) LOS ANGELES –  Michael Myvett proposed to his college sweetheart on bended knee in front of the Louvre museum in Paris. Four months later, the pair died in a fiery head-on collision between a FedEx semi-truck and a bus that killed eight others in California, including five promising high school students. Now more than a year later, the California Highway Patrol has finally addressed a still-unanswered question: What caused the crash? Agency officials faulted the driver of the FedEx semi-truck at a news conference Friday. But they still were unable to say why his big rig veered across an interstate median and into oncoming traffic on April 10, 2014, hitting a bus that was taking high school students to visit a university. The semi-truck driver, 32-year-old Tim Evans, …

    May 24, 2015 5:30 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

  • Wolff says teams interested in Mercedes ‘customer cars’


    MONACO Three Formula One teams have asked Mercedes about the possibility of acquiring ‘customer cars’ if the rules allow it, according to Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff. The Austrian brushed aside a suggestion that none of the smaller constructors, many of them struggling financially, wanted to relinquish their status and run cars provided by others. “It’s interesting they say that because three of them came to see me (on Friday) about whether we could supply customer cars to them,” Wolff told reporters ahead of Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix. The subject is controversial, with critics saying such a change would lead to a two-tier sport dominated by the major manufacturers. Advocates argue that is already the case and say the sport needs to do something to ensure there are enough cars on the starting grid and reduce the costs of competing. There are currently 10 teams, with tail-enders Manor Marussia surviving by the skin of their …

    May 24, 2015 5:30 am
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World News

  • 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 trafficking camps near the Thai border. He did not know how many bodies had been recovered. Several mass graves have been found in Thailand along a route used to smuggle Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar (also known as Burma). But these would the first discovered in Malaysia. Thailand has already launched a crackdown on the trafficking networks. An investigation by the BBC’s Jonathan Head has found entire communities in Thailand helping the traffickers. The Thai trafficking networks, he found, bought boatloads of migrants from other smugglers and held them in the jungle until their families paid a ransom. Many migrants are believed to have perished from disease or starvation. Every year thousands of people are trafficked through Thailand and …

    May 24, 2015 5:31 am
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Technology

  • BMW 4-Series convertible: car review


    Price from £33,950MPG up to 67.3Top speed 155mph My friend sometimes talks about her father’s “reversing face”. As a child, sitting in the back, vinyl seats sticking to her bare legs, she’d watch her dad prepare to reverse – always a big deal back then. The gearstick would be wrestled with, the mirror adjusted, an arm would be stretched across the back of the passenger seat and, finally, mouth open, tongue lolling, there’d be some grunting followed by: “Get your head down, for God’s sake!” It makes me think about my “driving face”. Do I even have one? I asked my wife and she said I often go a bit “Geoffrey Palmer”. That’s not the look I’ve been going for. The faces we wear at the wheel could be used to make our driving safer. BMW has announced a three-year project with Loughborough University to determine your state of mind from the look on your …

    May 24, 2015 3:49 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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