• Sex assault charge for radio host

    Sex assault charge for radio host

    26 November 2014 Last updated at 16:43 Ghomeshi was the presenter of the popular arts and culture radio show Q Former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation presenter Jian Ghomeshi has been arrested and charged with sexual assault,...
  • Black Friday: Europe’s stores educate shoppers

    Black Friday: Europe’s stores educate shoppers

    Stores in Europe are forced to adopt the Black Friday tradition. Black Friday is spreading to Europe — although some shoppers need a little nudge to understand why they are getting a deal. More European...
  • Nato fears Russian Black Sea control

    Nato fears Russian Black Sea control

    26 November 2014 Last updated at 15:14 Nato’s Gen Breedlove is in Ukraine for high-level talks with the Ukrainian leadership Nato’s top military commander, Gen Philip Breedlove, has warned that Russian “militarisation” of the annexed...
  • Minecraft at Tate: in gaming, the Renaissance has returned

    The spaces created by video games are sublime and majestic. We wander in desolate cityscapes, eerie caverns, on rolling freeways. These worlds are three-dimensional, physically (if not emotionally) deep and complex. What could be more...

Headline News

  • Sex assault charge for radio host


    26 November 2014 Last updated at 16:43 Ghomeshi was the presenter of the popular arts and culture radio show Q Former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation presenter Jian Ghomeshi has been arrested and charged with sexual assault, Toronto police say. Mr Ghomeshi, 47, has been accused of violently attacking women during sex. He was the host of the CBC’s hugely popular radio show Q and sacked by the broadcaster shortly before the allegations became public. He denies the allegations, saying in an earlier statement the actions were consensual. He is set to appear in court on Wednesday afternoon. On Tuesday, Mr Ghomeshi dropped a Canadian $55m (£31m) lawsuit against the CBC for wrongful termination. In a statement, Toronto Police said the former presenter surrendered himself to officials on Wednesday. He is charged with four counts of sexual assault and one of “overcoming resistance – choking”. Nine women have spoken to Canadian media accusing Mr Ghomeshi of physical …

    November 26, 2014 11:02 am
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Politics

  • U.N. investigators urge Obama to release CIA report


    GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations human rights investigators called on President Barack Obama to live up to principles preached by the United States around the world and release a long completed report on CIA interrogation methods. In an open letter issued in Geneva, the seven investigators and academic legal experts, said publication of the report by a Senate committee would be welcomed by victims of torture and their supporters everywhere. Among the signatories were the world body’s special rapporteurs for torture and for freedom of expression. “As a nation that has publicly affirmed its belief that respect for truth advances respect for the rule of law, and as a nation that frequently calls for transparency and accountability in other countries, the United States must rise to meet the standards it has set both for itself and others,” the open letter declared. The Senate committee spent four years investigating waterboarding and other CIA practices used against …

    November 26, 2014 9:42 am
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Stocks

  • Black Friday: Europe’s stores educate shoppers


    Stores in Europe are forced to adopt the Black Friday tradition. Black Friday is spreading to Europe — although some shoppers need a little nudge to understand why they are getting a deal. More European retailers have been forced to compete with Black Friday online shopping offers since Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) introduced the trend to its European customers in 2010. “As online retail shopping is global, the trends of other regions have been more easily assimilated,” says Alastair McCaig at IG Group in London. The New West End Company, which represents stores in London’s busiest shopping district, predicts the Black Friday weekend will be London’s busiest shopping period in the run-up to Christmas — much bigger than previous years. Related: The ultimate guide to shopping on Thanksgiving A report by Visa Europe forecasts Friday will be the biggest ever online shopping day in the U.K., and on Friday $568,000 (£360,000) will be spent on Visa …

    November 26, 2014 10:42 am
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Sports

  • US cities urged to keep price tags down for 2024 Olympics


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  The magic number for the U.S. cities hoping to host the 2024 Olympics is $5 billion. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington have all submitted spending plans under that mark for their bids to host the Olympics. Keeping the price tag down is a key goal of any future Olympic bid. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The U.S. Olympic Committee is less than two months away from deciding which city, if any, it will back as a candidate for the 2024 Games. The International Olympic Committee has put an emphasis on staying away from skyrocketing spending. It’s an especially touchy subject in the United States, where, unlike most countries, the federal government does not help bankroll the Olympics. None of the cities are offering specifics about their budgets, though all are coming in between $4 billion and $5 billion. Those numbers almost always grow after the Olympics are awarded. The preliminary budgets also …

    November 26, 2014 10:23 am
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World News

  • Nato fears Russian Black Sea control


    26 November 2014 Last updated at 15:14 Nato’s Gen Breedlove is in Ukraine for high-level talks with the Ukrainian leadership Nato’s top military commander, Gen Philip Breedlove, has warned that Russian “militarisation” of the annexed Crimea Peninsula could be used to exert control over the whole Black Sea. Speaking in Kiev, Gen Breedlove said Russian military assets being installed in Crimea would have an effect on “almost the entire Black Sea”. Mr Breedlove is in Ukraine for high-level talks with Ukrainian leaders. Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in March 2014. Russia’s defence ministry said on Wednesday that it had deployed a batch of 14 military jets to Crimea, as part of a squadron of 30 that will be stationed on the peninsula. An initial batch of fighter jets were flown to Crimea’s Belbek air base “from military air bases in Krasnodar Territory,” Russian agency Interfax reported. Gen Breedlove had said earlier on Tuesday …

    November 26, 2014 10:23 am
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Technology

  • Minecraft at Tate: in gaming, the Renaissance has returned


    The spaces created by video games are sublime and majestic. We wander in desolate cityscapes, eerie caverns, on rolling freeways. These worlds are three-dimensional, physically (if not emotionally) deep and complex. What could be more modern, more futuristic? Except we’ve been here before. Trying to land a space shuttle on a strikingly real Florida landscape last night, I had a sense of deja vu. This is all so familiar – the spatial solidity, the rich perspectives, the precision of objects. Video games have recreated one of art’s oldest impulses. The compulsion to create model worlds has driven some of the most delightful art of the last 3,000 years. From ancient Egyptian models of farms and breweries (complete with workers) that were put in tombs to provide food and beer for the dead, to miniature Chinese mountains with tiny monks climbing little stairways to heaven, art has tried again and again to provide the satisfaction and …

    November 26, 2014 9:43 am
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Science

  • New 3D topological insulator is the nearest to perfection yet


    Cutting edge: 3D topological insulator is best yet Researchers in the US say that they have made the best 3D topological insulator to date. The material is called bismuth antimony tellurium selenide (BiSbTeSe2) and could be of fundamental importance for testing a number of condensed-matter and particle-physics theories. The material could also find use in spintronics devices and be used to build robust topological quantum bits (qubits) for quantum computers. Topological insulators are materials that are electrical insulators in the bulk but can conduct electricity on their surface via special surface electronic states. “Most topological insulators made to date have not been completely insulating in the bulk, because of impurities (unintentionally introduced during material synthesis or processing) that doped the bulk and made it conducting,” explains Yong Chen of Purdue University, who led the research. “Our topological insulator appears not to conduct at all in the bulk but does so only at its surface.” The …

    November 26, 2014 10:03 am
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Health

  • Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows


    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows. The analysis of data from 184 countries showed that excess weight was associated with 345,000 (5.4 percent) of new cancers in women in 2012, and 136,000 (1.9 percent) of new cancers in men in 2012. Among women, postmenopausal breast, endometrial and colon cancers accounted for nearly three-quarters (250,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers, while colon and kidney cancers accounted for more than two-thirds (nearly 90,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers in men. Excess weight was associated with about 8 percent of cancers in women and 3 percent of cancers in men in developed nations, compared with 1.5 percent of cancers in women and 0.3 percent of cancers in men in developing nations. In 2012, the highest number of obesity-related cancers was …

    November 26, 2014 9:42 am
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Entertainment

  • Kris Jenner And Boy Toy Corey Gamble Do Dinner With Her Gal Pals And Then Party In Hollywood Until 1:30am!


    Posted on Wed Nov 26th, 2014 6:35am PDT       By X17 Staff She may be a grandma, but that’s not stopping her from dating men half her age — or enjoying wild nights out in Hollywood! Kris Jenner, 59, and new boyfriend Corey Gamble, 33, went to dinner at Craig’s in West Hollywood on Tuesday evening, and they were joined by Kyle Richards and Faye Resnick. After dinner, Kris and Corey went to The Nice Guy club, but they only stayed for about 30 minutes, at which point they hit Bootsy Bellows at 11:30pm, where they partied in a private room before leaving at 1:30am. Kris was in a great mood (and it kills is to say this, but she looked great too!) but Corey seemed a little annoyed. Maybe he’s not a Housewives fan? Or is he getting sick of PMK already?   SEE THE GALLERY Kris Jenner Has A Hot Date With Corey Gamble Stories …

    November 26, 2014 9:22 am
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Editorial

  • Obama’s immigration amnesty: Why aren’t African-Americans outraged by president’s actions?


    Addressing the nation last Thursday, President Obama sought to justify his misreading of the Constitution by unilaterally granting legal protection to 5 million illegal immigrants. In this, he reminded me of what Richard Nixon told David Frost in a 1977 interview. The exchange is worth recalling: “FROST: So what in a sense you’re saying is that there are certain situations … where the president can decide that it’s in the best interests of the nation or something, and do something illegal. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT NIXON: Well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal. FROST: By definition. NIXON: Exactly. Exactly.” The framers of the U.S. Constitution sought to limit the power of government and expand individual liberty. President Obama sees it the other way. Whether he violated the constitutional limits of his power will be debated and possibly decided in the courts and by the new Republican majority in Congress, but there …

    November 26, 2014 9:42 am
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Odd News

  • Swiss group wants sausage dogs to be petted, not eaten


    ZURICH (Reuters) – An animal rights group has petitioned the Swiss government to ban a traditional, if rare, practice of eating cats for dinner and turning dogs into sausages. Tomi Tomek, president of the animal rights group SOS CHATS Noiraigue, which campaigned successfully last year to ban the sale of cat fur, said 3 percent of the population still eat cat and dog, mainly in the regions of Appenzell, Lucerne, Jura and Berne. “You can’t report it to the police because there’s no law against it,” she said. Dog meat is traditionally used to make sausages and a fatty remedy for rheumatism, while cat can be served for Christmas dinner. The activists handed in a petition with 17,900 signatures calling for the consumption of family pets to be outlawed. (Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

    November 26, 2014 10:02 am
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