• Israel ‘behind Gaza shelter attacks’

    Israel ‘behind Gaza shelter attacks’

    Israel said Palestinian militants used UN facilities as shields for their “terrorist activities” At least 44 Palestinians were killed by “Israeli actions” while sheltering at seven UN schools during last summer’s war in Gaza, a...
  • Facebook Messenger now lets you make video calls

    Facebook Messenger now lets you make video calls

    Facebook now lets you make video calls within its messaging app, Messenger. People on iOS and Android devices can start a video chat with friends by tapping on the video camera icon on the top...
  • Japan and US unveil defence deal

    Japan and US unveil defence deal

    It will be the first update of US-Japan guidelines since 1997 Japan and the US have unveiled new guidelines on their defence co-operation as Japanese leader Shinzo Abe visits the US for talks. The guidelines...
  • Kuznetsova among seeded losers in Prague

    Prague, Czech Republic (SportsNetwork.com) – Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia was among the seeded players shown an early exit Monday at the Prague Open. Joining the fourth-seeded Kuznetsova as upset victims Monday were Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu...
  • The angels of revenge porn

    The angels of revenge porn

    Imagine staying up all night looking for naked pictures of yourself online. Not because you’re a porn star, but because a crazed ex has posted images you once shared in confidence all over the Internet....
  • ‘Most Nepal troops’ in quake effort

    ‘Most Nepal troops’ in quake effort

    Nine out of 10 Nepalese troops are said to be involved in search and rescue operations, as the country pleads for more foreign aid to deal with a massive earthquake that killed 4,000 people. Almost...

Headline News

  • Baltimore police threatened as funeral held for man who died in custody


    BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The Baltimore Police Department on Monday reported receiving a “credible threat” that several gangs were planning to try to “take out” law enforcement officers, the same day of a funeral for a city man who died in police custody. The department urged officers to take steps to ensure their safety. The death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray has led to protests in the latest outcry over U.S. law enforcement’s treatment of minorities. Police say Gray died of a neck injury on April 19 after being arrested on April 12. At the funeral, a long line of mourners stretched out of the front door of the New Shiloh Baptist Church. “I am here to show that Freddie’s loss of life was not in vain,” said Joe Jones, head of the Center for Urban Families, which provides aid to local residents. “There’s a lot of frustration, a lot of disappointment,” he said. “This is a …

    April 27, 2015 2:57 pm
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Politics

  • Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office names acting replacement for Lynch


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office said on Monday Kelly Currie will temporarily replace Loretta Lynch, who was sworn in as attorney general. Currie, who returned to the office in November to become Lynch’s second-in-command, will be the acting U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of New York. Lynch was officially sworn in Monday as attorney general, replacing Eric Holder. The 170-lawyer U.S. Attorney’s office oversees cases in the New York boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as in Long Island. The office has recently pursued defendants ranging from former U.S. Representative Michael Grimm, who pleaded guilty in December to a tax charge, to Abid Naseer, a Pakistani man convicted in March of conspiring with al Qaeda to bomb U.S. and European targets. The office is also pursuing a civil rights investigation into the July 2014 death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man whose death after a chokehold by …

    April 27, 2015 12:36 pm
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Stocks

  • Facebook Messenger now lets you make video calls


    Facebook now lets you make video calls within its messaging app, Messenger. People on iOS and Android devices can start a video chat with friends by tapping on the video camera icon on the top right corner of a message thread. The feature is also available for the desktop version of Messenger, which Facebook recently launched. Mobile-to-desktop video calling (or the other way around) will be launched at a later date. The new function launched in 18 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Norway, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Mexico, Oman, and Nigeria, on Monday. By making this update, Facebook (FB, Tech30) is now on par with Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30)-owned Skype, Google (GOOG) Hangouts, and other popular messaging apps that have had video calling for quite some time. The change is also part of Facebook’s larger strategy: It wants to expand Messenger into an all-encompassing communication portal. Over the past year, the company has made …

    April 27, 2015 2:57 pm
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Sports

  • Kuznetsova among seeded losers in Prague


    Prague, Czech Republic (SportsNetwork.com) – Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia was among the seeded players shown an early exit Monday at the Prague Open. Joining the fourth-seeded Kuznetsova as upset victims Monday were Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu and Italy’s Camila Giorgi, while fifth-seeded Alize Cornet of France managed to avoid the quick elimination. China’s Shuai Zhang knocked out Kuznetsova with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph, while Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic thumped the sixth-seeded Begu, 6-3, 6-3. Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer rallied past the eighth-seeded Giorgi, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Cornet, though, had little trouble in her 6-3, 6-3 win over Slovakian wild card Kristina Schmiedlova. Next up for the Frenchwoman will be Czech wild card Denisa Allertova, who eased past American CoCo Vandeweghe, 6-4, 6-1. Other winners on a busy first day included Russian Elena Vesnina, Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic and Polona Hercog of Slovenia. Vesnina pounded Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova, 6-2, 6-1, while Krunic came from behind for a …

    April 27, 2015 1:57 pm
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World News

  • Israel ‘behind Gaza shelter attacks’


    Israel said Palestinian militants used UN facilities as shields for their “terrorist activities” At least 44 Palestinians were killed by “Israeli actions” while sheltering at seven UN schools during last summer’s war in Gaza, a UN inquiry has found. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he deplored the deaths and stressed that UN facilities were “inviolable”. The inquiry also found that three empty UN schools were used by Palestinian militants to store weapons, and that in two cases they likely fired from them. The 50-day conflict claimed the lives of more than 2,260 people. At least 2,189 were Palestinians, including more than 1,486 civilians, according to the UN. On the Israeli side, 67 soldiers were killed along with six civilians. ‘Utmost gravity’ In November, Mr Ban announced that an independent board of inquiry would look into 10 incidents at schools run by the UN agency for Palestine refugees, Unrwa, between 8 July and 26 August …

    April 27, 2015 2:57 pm
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Technology

  • Apple Pay to accept Discover cards this fall


    Apple Pay will work with all four major credit cards in the US, as of this fall. James Martin/CNET Discover credit card holders will be able to tap into Apple Pay later this year. Starting this fall, Apple Pay users in the US will be able to add their Discover cards to Apple’s mobile payments system to buy items at supported stores and other sellers, Discover announced Monday. Apple Pay already accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express, so Apple will have a lock on all four major credit cards in the US. A spokesman for Discover told CNET that he couldn’t be any more specific on timing beyond this fall but added that the company is starting the task of integrating Apple Pay now. Unveiled in October, Apple Pay enables owners of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch to pay for items on the go via a wireless technology known as NFC …

    April 27, 2015 11:56 am
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Science

  • Kathmandu earthquake nightmare not yet over


    The devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday could be repeated within the next decade or two, geologists say. The enormous quake, which struck an area in central Nepal between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, has had a far-reaching impact. Over 3000 people are already known to have lost their lives, with victims as far afield as Bangladesh, India, Tibet, and Mount Everest where avalanches were triggered. And the possibility of aftershocks, in addition to the risk of landslides on slopes made unstable by the quake, mean the danger is far from passed. Last year, reporting for Cosmos, I travelled to Nepal to meet with the geologists working on the ground there trying to identify where the next big earthquake would strike. They feared that a major quake was imminent [see Kathmandu’s earthquake nightmare]. With tragically prescient timing, members of that team working in the region last month identified a …

    April 27, 2015 12:17 pm
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Health

  • More American doctors favor Democrats


    (Reuters Health) – – American physicians remained more likely to donate to Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections even as voters passed control of Congress to the Republican party, a study finds. While the percentage of doctors contributing to Republicans has for the most part been declining since the mid-1990s, 55 percent of physician donors backed Democrats in the last election cycle, just as they did in 2012, according to the study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. “There is this traditional notion out there that if you are a physician, you are a Republican, and we’re now seeing that the profession as a whole is on the Democratic side,” said senior study author Dr. David Rothman, a researcher at Columbia University’s Center on Medicine as a Profession. “We believe it’s going to be a long term trend.” The shift in political party allegiance among physicians is probably a byproduct of changes in how medicine is …

    April 27, 2015 12:37 pm
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Entertainment

  • Gigi Hadid Celebrates Her Birthday With BFF Kendall Jenner In NYC


    Posted on Mon Apr 27th, 2015 8:50am PDT       By X17 Staff She just keeps getting prettier with age! Gigi Hadid celebrated her 20th birthday at Red Stix on Sunday night, and the model looks like she had a blast! The reality star’s boyfriend Cody Simpson wasn’t in attendance, but her bestie Kendall Jenner was! The blonde beauty has a lot to celebrate this year. Her career has skyrocketed, she’s in a healthy relationship, and she has a crew of super tight knit friends. What more could a girl ask for?   Stories from around the Web

    April 27, 2015 11:16 am
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Editorial

  • Nepal: How long will we care?


    As I write, the sun is just beginning to rise again over a leveled landscape in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, revealing scores of huddled bodies. Some are dead, and others are not, but all of their lives have been destroyed.  It is a scene of horror, and it is unlike anything I have personally witnessed in the 19 years I have been working in the country. We have taken care of thousands of impoverished children, drilled dozens of wells, and built hundreds of church buildings to serve and show love to people of our faith and of other faiths. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In a few weeks, when Nepal is out of the headlines, will we remember the millions who are homeless, without access to clean water, basic health care, or a place to send their children to school?     A colleague there wrote to tell me of two churches, with congregations inside, that were meeting during the earthquake, …

    April 27, 2015 12:37 pm
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Odd News

  • Scientist Hawking tells upset fans Malik may be in parallel One Direction


    (Reuters) – What is the cosmological effect of singer Zayn Malik leaving the best-selling boy band One Direction and consequently disappointing millions of teenage girls around the world? The advice of British cosmologist Stephen Hawking to heartbroken fans is to follow theoretical physics, because Malik may well still be a member of the pop group in another universe. The physicist took a break from speaking about his work as one of the world’s leading scientists to answer the question from one upset fan during a talk at Sydney Opera House at the weekend. “Finally a question about something important,” Hawking, who appeared via hologram, said to loud laughs from the audience. “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay attention to the study of theoretical physics because, one day, there may well be proof of multiple universes. “It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe …

    April 27, 2015 12:16 pm
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