• Dane Olesen carves out three-shot lead in Perth

    (Reuters) – Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark appeared set to end a two-year trophy drought by carving out a three-stroke lead after the penultimate round of the Perth International on Saturday. The 24-year-old, who won his...
  • New York axe attack ‘terrorist act’

    New York axe attack ‘terrorist act’

    25 October 2014 Last updated at 06:40 Zale Thompson approaches the officers in Queens, in a photo released by New York police Police in New York say an axe attack on two officers was a...
  • EU pledges 1 billion euros to fight Ebola

    EU pledges 1 billion euros to fight Ebola

    European states have stepped up their efforts to fight Ebola. European countries have responded to appeals for more help to fight Ebola by pledging to increase aid for West Africa to a billion euros ($1.3...
  • Williams and Halep advance to final

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Serena Williams, her insatiable will to win as strong as ever, regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6(6)...
  • Attacks ‘threaten Egypt’s existence’

    Attacks ‘threaten Egypt’s existence’

    25 October 2014 Last updated at 13:03 The National Defence Council declared a state of emergency in parts of Sinai Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi says the country is facing a threat to its existence...

Headline News

  • Poll: 65 percent of Americans think Islamic State militants pose important threat


    WASHINGTON –  Sixty-five percent of Americans now say the threat from the Islamic State group is very or even extremely important, and nearly half think the U.S. military response in Iraq and Syria has not gone far enough, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Most want to see America’s partners step up their contribution to the fight, Less than half, 43 percent, approve of the way President Barack Obama is handling the danger posed by the extremist militants. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Greg Franke, 24, of Columbia, South Carolina, was among the 55 percent of those who disapproved. Franke, a 24-year-old assistant editor at a research library, said he thought Obama was too hesitant in responding to the militants, who have employed brutal tactics to swiftly seize territory. “I understand the need to be hesitant, but this was a group that was marching across parts of the Middle East, which is already unstable,” Franke said. “I think …

    October 25, 2014 8:20 am
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Politics

  • Pentagon official upbeat on streamlining U.S. military acquisitions


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon and Congress have better-than-ever odds of reaching agreement on how to streamline myriad overlapping laws that slow the process for buying military equipment and services, a top Defense Department official said. “I am optimistic,” Andrew Hunter, a former congressional aide who helped draft many of those laws before joining the Pentagon four years ago, told reporters on Thursday. He said he saw emerging consensus among industry, lawmakers and defense officials about the need for changes. Hunter, who runs the Pentagon’s joint rapid acquisition initiative, has also led a drive to simplify current laws, which U.S. arms buyer Frank Kendall has said put “an extraordinary and unnecessarily complex burden on our program managers and staff.” U.S. defense officials have been in talks with congressional committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and hope to submit some reform legislation as part of the fiscal 2016 budget process, said Hunter, …

    October 25, 2014 5:14 am
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Stocks

  • EU pledges 1 billion euros to fight Ebola


    European states have stepped up their efforts to fight Ebola. European countries have responded to appeals for more help to fight Ebola by pledging to increase aid for West Africa to a billion euros ($1.3 billion). EU member states made commitments this week to give an extra 400 million euros, on top of 580 million previously pledged, officials said. The United Nations has said it needs at least $1 billion to effectively fight the virus that has already killed 4,800 people, mainly in West Africa. Donors have been slow to follow through on their promises, prompting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to appeal for more countries to join the campaign. UN’s $1 billion fund for Ebola falls woefully short The U.S. has already committed more than $100 million, but the Pentagon said it was working to shift another $500 million of funds toward the Ebola effort. China also pledged to boost its aid and provide …

    October 25, 2014 8:20 am
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Sports

  • Dane Olesen carves out three-shot lead in Perth


    (Reuters) – Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark appeared set to end a two-year trophy drought by carving out a three-stroke lead after the penultimate round of the Perth International on Saturday. The 24-year-old, who won his first and only European Tour title in Sicily two years ago, carded a five-under-par 67 in the third round for a total of 16-under. South Korean Kim Si-hwan, who is fighting to keep his European Tour card, was on 13-under followed by England’s James Morrison at third, a further stroke behind. “I tried to go out there and be aggressive like I did the first two days, but I didn’t have the game today,” said Olesen, who mixed six birdies with a bogey on Saturday. “I didn’t feel good — I was struggling out there. I made some great up and downs to keep it going. “It was a fight all the way through, but I still had fun and …

    October 25, 2014 8:20 am
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World News

  • New York axe attack ‘terrorist act’


    25 October 2014 Last updated at 06:40 Zale Thompson approaches the officers in Queens, in a photo released by New York police Police in New York say an axe attack on two officers was a terrorist act carried out by a radicalised Muslim convert. Zale Thompson, 32, was shot dead after wounding the two officers, one critically, in Queens on Thursday. Commissioner William Bratton said Thompson was not on any watch lists but had browsed al-Qaeda web sites and watched beheadings. A bystander shot in the incident is critical but stable in hospital. ‘Loner’ Witnesses said the man deliberately targeted the foot-patrol officers, charging them and then swinging the axe two-handed, One officer, Kenneth Healy, 25, was hit on the head and was listed as critical but stable in hospital. The other officer was hit on the arm. The officers fired several rounds, killing the attacker and wounding a female bystander, police said. Commissioner Bratton …

    October 25, 2014 8:20 am
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Technology

  • On the road: Seat Cupra 280 PS car review


    Great Queen Street runs through central London, from Covent Garden along to Holborn. At its eastern end is the site of the former Blitz Club, where a plaque was recently placed to commemorate Spandau Ballet’s first gig there, 35 years ago. On the afternoon of its unveiling, I arrive to collect the band’s singer, Tony Hadley. The ceremony is running late, so I sit in the fury of London traffic and acquaint myself with the Seat Leon Cupra. It might be competing with the likes of the Renault Mégane RS or the Vauxhall Astra VXR, but the Cupra’s more obvious comparison is the Golf GTI – the car on which it’s based, and with which it shares an engine. The Seat has considerably more clout – at 276bhp, 59bhp more than the GTI – and it has an extra gear. On our shuffle west through the city later, we won’t experience the Cupra’s full mettle, …

    October 25, 2014 5:14 am
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Science

  • Li-ion batteries contain toxic halogens, but environmentally friendly alternatives exist


    Physics researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered that most of the electrolytes used in lithium-ion batteries — commonly found in consumer electronic devices — are superhalogens, and that the vast majority of these electrolytes contain toxic halogens. At the same time, the researchers also found that the electrolytes in lithium-ion batteries (also known as Li-ion batteries) could be replaced with halogen-free electrolytes that are both nontoxic and environmentally friendly. “The significance [of our findings] is that one can have a safer battery without compromising its performance,” said lead author Puru Jena, Ph.D., distinguished professor in the Department of Physics of the College of Humanities and Sciences. “The implication of our research is that similar strategies can also be used to design cathode materials in Li-ion batteries.” The article, “Superhalogens as Building Blocks of Halogen-free Electrolytes in Li-ion Batteries,” by Jena, postdoctoral researcher Santanab Giri, Ph.D., and then-graduate student Swayamprabha Behera, Ph.D., will appear in …

    October 25, 2014 5:35 am
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Health

  • U.S. military starts training its Ebola rapid-response team


    SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – As health officials were trying to manage a patient infected with Ebola in New York, U.S. military personnel in Texas were in the first stages of training a new rapid-response team that could head to hospitals the next time an outbreak occurs. The 30-member U.S. Military Ebola Rapid Response Team assembled at the Army’s San Antonio Military Medical Center on Wednesday and consists of five physicians, 20 nurses and five certified trainers. The group will supervise treatment and help hospitals deal with the intricacies of treating Ebola. “There is always a fear factor when you are dealing with this disease,” Major Joseph Narvaez, a physician on the team, said on Friday when training was open to the media. “The more we train the more confident we are.” Team members said they have not been requested to go to New York City, where the latest case of Ebola in the United States …

    October 25, 2014 5:14 am
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Entertainment

  • Deadmau5 thinks Paris Hilton and a donkey have something in common


    Disney takes legal action against Deadmau5’s trademark ears Deadmau5, whose real name is Joel Thomas Zimmerman, enjoys success as one of the biggest artists in the EDM genre, and he is clearly not a fan of fellow artist Paris Hilton — who happens to make up to $1 million for each gig she plays at, according to the New York Post‘s Page Six. Not bad for a night’s work, right? The “Raise Your Weapon” hit maker took to his blog to dis Hilton in a big way on Friday. Taken as written from his blog, he began his rant with, “So Paris makes a billion dollars playing a CD at a club. thats great. how is this news again? 5 Reasons Paris Hilton’s new video is awesomely bad “Look, as much as shes probably loathed by the EDM world… and me, you can’t possibly hold it against her for involvement in the electronic music scene. I remember …

    October 25, 2014 6:57 am
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Graham Nash on CSNY, the Hollies and the choosing of life over death


    In the fall of 1969, the members of rock’s newest super-group, CSNY – an improbable and highly combustible vehicle for the individual and collective genius of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young – were settling into the San Francisco area, preparing to record their first album together. These loose sessions would produce the landmark record Déjà Vu (1970), later ranked # 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Crosby, the nominal leader of the group, had set up digs in a rambling country house in Novato, thirty miles north of the city, with his two lovers, Christine Hinton and Debbie Donovan. Jerry Garcia, who would play pedal steel guitar on Nash’s pop classic, “Teach Your Children,” was a frequent visitor, as were other members of the Grateful Dead, who lived down the street. The sex, drugs, and freedom were highly intoxicating, and for the members of …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am
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Odd News

  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear breaking into his house


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said on Friday. “I felt in danger enough that since it wouldn’t leave I had to shoot it,” said Victor Peters of Lady Lake of the Wednesday night incident in a video interview posted online by the Orlando Sentinel. Killing a bear in Florida is illegal. Wildlife officer Greg Workman of the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation said he expects to hand the case to prosecutors by early next week for their consideration at the completion of his investigation. “It sounds like he did what he could do to try to keep the bear from coming back,” Workman said. “We’re looking at all sides to make the best decision.” Bears and humans cross paths, occasionally fatally for the …

    October 24, 2014 9:26 pm
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