• Iraq minorities ‘wipeout threat’

    Iraq minorities ‘wipeout threat’

    27 February 2015 Last updated at 09:22 Iraqi minorities, such as the Yazidis, have been subject to genocide by IS, the report argues Islamic State militants are trying to eradicate Iraqi minority groups from large...
  • Kardashians get paid $100 million for a new TV deal

    More: 8 Kylie Jenner belfies that put Kim Kardashian’s booty to shame (PHOTOS) The $100 million deal was negotiated by momager and star of the show, Kris Jenner, and is reportedly the largest deal in history...
  • German MPs back Greek loan extension

    German MPs back Greek loan extension

    27 February 2015 Last updated at 10:51 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Police and protesters clashed in Athens on Thursday night The German parliament has voted to extend financial aid to...
  • Nishikori, Ferrer advance to semis at Acapulco

    Acapulco, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) – Top-seeded Kei Nishikori made easy work of Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals at the $1.4 million Mexican Open. Nishikori will face fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson, who snuck into the...

Headline News

  • Second autopsy shows Mexican man was shot in back, lawyer says


    Feb. 25, 2015: Agapita Montes-Rivera, left, places a crucifix on the coffin of her son, Antonio Zambrano-Montes during his funeral service conducted by Rev. Lutakome Nsubuga. (AP) An independent autopsy into the shooting death of an unarmed Mexican man reveals that he was shot in the back by Washington state police seven times, including twice from behind, a lawyer for the family says. The lawyer for the family of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Charles Herrmann, announced the second autopsy’s findings Thursday, a day after a spokesman for the special task force investigating said Zambrano-Montes was shot five or six times, none from behind. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Our report differs sharply with statements made by local law enforcement authorities,” Herrmann said in a statement. Zambrano-Montes, 35, was a Mexican immigrant. He was shot by police after throwing rocks at officers. His death has prompted calls for a federal probe accompanied by protests in the city of Pasco. Dr. Carl Wigren, …

    February 27, 2015 6:29 am
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Politics

  • White House sees China as trump card in trade debate


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is confident lawmakers will warm up to a proposed Pacific free trade deal on the grounds it is a chance for the United States, rather than China, to dictate the rules of Asian trade, a top official said on Thursday. “It’s a choice between us writing it and, frankly, China writing it, which I think is very compelling to many members of Congress,” Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews said during a call to announce more support for rural exporters, such as by promoting more trade shows and workshops. The White House is lobbying hard to win support for trade in Congress, particularly among Democrats worried about the impact of trade deals on U.S. jobs. Andrews said the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, deal was a chance to get an agreement with Mexico on new labor and environmental standards that were not part of the North American Free Trade …

    February 27, 2015 5:10 am
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Stocks

  • India looks for economic magic in new budget


    India is bracing for its economic Super Bowl. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to reveal its second budget, an event so highly anticipated that TV news channels have doubled their advertising rates around Saturday’s presentation. The budget launch itself will not be scintillating television — there are no flashy special effects. What you get instead is India’s finance minister presenting a long list of fiscal plans and announcements. And yet, Indians have always paid close attention on budget day. This year, with a reform-minded, single-party government in place, expectations are even higher. The country’s stock markets will even hold a special Saturday trading session. Modi has made ambitious promises: to make India an easier place to do business (the World Bank ranks India 142nd globally), to kick-start a new era of fast growth and to bring the trappings of the developed world to India’s towns and cities. Should the prime minister …

    February 27, 2015 5:29 am
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Sports

  • Exclusive: Nepal officials urge FIFA for full probe of own chief


    (Reuters) – All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) vice presidents are calling for world soccer’s governing body to launch a fully- fledged probe into their own president Ganesh Thapa before his self-imposed four-month suspension runs out next week. FIFA said on Nov. 4 that Thapa had willingly stepped down from all his positions for 120 days after the sport’s ruling body said it would look into allegations of misconduct. FIFA has not released any findings ahead of the 120-day period which ends next week. In a letter to FIFA seen by Reuters, ANFA vice presidents said the ruling body now needed to launch a full investigation and not a mere review of claims, listing a number of issues that require closer scrutiny. “We would kindly request a full investigation of Mr Thapa and his leadership of the ANFA by the FIFA Ethics Committee Investigatory Chamber ahead of his return in the upcoming weeks,” ANFA Vice Presidents …

    February 27, 2015 6:29 am
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World News

  • Iraq minorities ‘wipeout threat’


    27 February 2015 Last updated at 09:22 Iraqi minorities, such as the Yazidis, have been subject to genocide by IS, the report argues Islamic State militants are trying to eradicate Iraqi minority groups from large parts of the country, human rights organisations have warned. A report details summary executions, forced conversions, rape and other abuses suffered by minorities. Such acts are tantamount to war crimes, and in some cases, genocide, it argues. Iraqi minorities face a “threat to their existence”, said the Institute of International Law and Human Rights (IILHR), one of the groups involved. Focusing on Iraq’s Christian, Kaka’i, Shabak, Turkmen and Yazidi populations, the report looks at their plight after the fall of Mosul to IS in June 2014, a key point in the rise of a group that now controls swathes of the country. Minorities were soon targeted, the report details. Christians were told to leave Mosul or face execution. At least …

    February 27, 2015 6:30 am
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Technology

  • Robear: the bear-shaped nursing robot who’ll look after you when you get old


    A number of companies have explored the idea of humanoid robots as future home-helpers for elderly people. The latest experiment from Japan is distinctly more bear-shaped, though. Meet Robear, an experimental nursing-care robot developed by the RIKEN-SRK Collaboration Center for Human-Interactive Robot Research and Sumitomo Riko Company. Unveiled this month, the robot is designed to lift patients out of beds and into wheelchairs, as well as helping those who need assistance to stand up. Robear weighs in at 140kg, and is the successor to heavier robots RIBA and RIBA-II. “We really hope that this robot will lead to advances in nursing care, relieving the burden on caregivers today,” said Toshiharu Mukai, leader of the project’s robot sensor systems research team. “We intend to continue with research toward more practical robots capable of providing powerful yet gentle care to elderly people.” That’s an increasingly urgent challenge in Japan, where the elderly population is growing fast. According …

    February 27, 2015 5:09 am
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Science

  • Embrace unknowns, opt for flexibility in environmental policies


    We make hundreds, possibly thousands, of decisions each day without having full knowledge of what will happen next. Life is unpredictable, and we move forward the best we can despite not knowing every detail. It’s no different in the natural world. Earth is warming, fish stocks and species counts fluctuate and we’re experiencing more extreme weather. Conservation managers need to act quickly and make decisions about how to address these issues — even though questions remain. That’s the argument of two University of Washington researchers whose perspectives article appears Feb. 27 in Science. “Modern science is producing lots of new knowledge, but we question whether that knowledge is going to accumulate fast enough to be useful as systems change rapidly,” said Daniel Schindler, a co-author and UW professor of aquatic and fishery sciences. “We have to learn how to manage our ecosystems and natural resources in a reality where uncertainties dominate. That often means we …

    February 27, 2015 5:09 am
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Health

  • Decision on widespread Ebola vaccination in August at earliest: WHO


    GENEVA (Reuters) – An independent advisory body will decide in August at the earliest on whether to recommend widespread introduction of Ebola vaccine, depending on results of clinical trials and the epidemic’s course, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Reporting on a three-day meeting of experts, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a news briefing: “Vaccine introduction is by no means a given and will depend on the results of clinical trials and recommendations from WHO’s Strategy Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on vaccines and immunization. “The earliest that the SAGE is expected to make recommendation on a wide-scale introduction is August. Decisions on whether or not to introduce the vaccine will be made by the respective ministries of health of countries,” he said. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

    February 27, 2015 5:10 am
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Entertainment

  • Kardashians get paid $100 million for a new TV deal


    More: 8 Kylie Jenner belfies that put Kim Kardashian’s booty to shame (PHOTOS) The $100 million deal was negotiated by momager and star of the show, Kris Jenner, and is reportedly the largest deal in history for a reality brand. According to Page Six, it includes herself and her daughters Kim, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner for the next four years. Bruce Jenner is not part of the deal and will not be appearing in Season 10 of the show, as previously reported. Though the news just broke, the sisters are already celebrating. Kylie Jenner, who is just 17 years old, bought herself a $2.7 million bachelorette pad. More: Kylie Jenner is set to take over the world Meanwhile, Kim is celebrating her newly minted 27 million followers on Instagram with a thong selfie. 27 mil!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I love you all!!!!! A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) …

    February 27, 2015 5:49 am
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Editorial

  • What if Obama keeps us safe but unfree: Does our government fear freedom?


    Feb. 25, 2015: President Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force base, Md., for a trip to Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) What if the current massive spying on Americans began with an innocent secret executive order signed by President Reagan in 1986? What if Reagan contemplated that he was only authorizing American spies to spy on foreign spies unlawfully present in the U.S.? What if Reagan knew and respected the history of the Fourth Amendment? What if the essence of that history is the colonial revulsion at the British use of general warrants? What if general warrants were issued by a secret court in London and authorized British agents in America to search wherever they wished and to seize whatever they found? What if the revulsion at this British government practice was so overwhelming that it led to the Revolutionary War against the king? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What if the whole purpose of the Fourth …

    February 27, 2015 5:49 am
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Odd News

  • NYC trucker accused of avoiding toll with device inspired by James Bond


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A trucker accused of using a James Bond-style retractable bumper to evade a $95 toll on the George Washington Bridge has been charged with using burglary tools, police said on Thursday. Hauling a load of candy across the bridge toward New York City on Wednesday, Pablo Ortega flipped a switch on his dashboard as he approached the toll gates over the Hudson River. That engaged a device that tilted up the truck’s bumper and attached license plate, said Joseph Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police. “The officer positioned at the toll booth sees the bumper lift to a 90-degree angle. This makes it unreadable to the EZ-Pass reader,” Pentangelo said, referring to the electronic device that collects the toll from vehicles at the bridge entrance at Fort Lee, New Jersey. The Port Authority, which operates the bridge, charges a $95 toll for an …

    February 27, 2015 1:08 am
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