• Users frustrated by Apple iOS update

    Users frustrated by Apple iOS update

    18 September 2014 Last updated at 14:06 Apple first showcased the iOS8 in June Apple iPhone and iPad users have taken to social media to express their frustration over installing the company’s latest software update....
  • Ukraine president urges US support

    Ukraine president urges US support

    18 September 2014 Last updated at 16:14 President Poroshenko said the war “is not Ukraine’s alone – it is also Europe’s and America’s” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged the US to provide military assistance...
  • Thai PM sorry for bikini comment

    Thai PM sorry for bikini comment

    18 September 2014 Last updated at 11:15 The bodies of Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were found in Koh Tao on Monday. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has apologised for suggesting that tourists...
  • An over-the-counter birth control fight

    An over-the-counter birth control fight

    18 September 2014 Last updated at 15:04 BBC News Washington, DC Some Republican congressional candidates this year think a proposal to allow the sale of birth control pills without a doctor’s prescription will bring greater...

Headline News

  • Ukraine president urges US support


    18 September 2014 Last updated at 16:14 President Poroshenko said the war “is not Ukraine’s alone – it is also Europe’s and America’s” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged the US to provide military assistance to his country to counter pro-Russian eastern separatists. In an address to a joint session of Congress, he said ill-equipped young Ukrainian servicemen were fighting a “war for the free world” against Russian aggression. President Obama has condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine. But he has said that military support will only include non-lethal equipment. Mr Poroshenko told the joint session of Congress in Washington that Ukrainian government forces needed more equipment – both lethal and non-lethal. “Blankets and night-vision goggles are important, but one cannot win the war with blankets,” he said, to applause. Who gets the honour of addressing a joint meeting of US Congress? Reserved for dignitaries, mostly foreign heads of state or government Also held on special …

    September 18, 2014 10:21 am
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Politics

  • Senate set to vote on Obama’s aid to rebels


    Secretary of State John Kerry(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) President Barack Obama’s request for congressional backing to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria is halfway home after its easy approval by the GOP-controlled House sent the issue to the Senate, where leaders in both parties say approval is ensured. Obama won support from staunch Republicans who typically are reflexively against him and lost the votes from some of his most loyal Democratic allies in the 273-156 House tally. Republicans backed Obama by a more than 2-1 margin; Democrats backed him as well, but to a lesser degree. Top leaders of both parties stood with the president despite reservations that his strategy of arming moderate rebel groups could backfire or won’t be enough to blunt the advance of Islamic State forces. Obama has pledged airstrikes as well but is adamant that he won’t send U.S. combat troops to battle the Islamic extremists. “We must …

    September 18, 2014 7:37 am
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Stocks

  • Apple says iOS 8 will shield your data from police


      Apple says its new mobile operating system puts text messages, e-mails, photos and other data out of the reach of police — even if authorities present the company with a search warrant. In a blog post, Apple says that iOS 8, which began rolling out Wednesday, has new encryption that will no longer allow the company to bypass a customer’s passcode to access the data. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8,” it said. Related: iOS 8 – How to get it, and whether you should Earlier versions of the operating system allowed the company to bypass the password, as does rival operating systems, according to Apple. But if customers back up the information on iCloud, the protection from warrants disappears, since Apple will comply with warrants to turn over information on its servers. Related: …

    September 18, 2014 8:39 am
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Sports

  • Ukraine calls on FIFA, UEFA to impose sanctions on Russia


    KIEV, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The Ukrainian football federation (FFU) has appealed to FIFA and UEFA to impose the highest possible sanctions on the Russian Football Union (RFU) over what it describes as gross violation of football regulations. The controversy was caused by the RFU’s decision to allow Crimean clubs to compete in its league following political problems in the region. Ukraine expressed its position in an open letter on the federation’s website on Thursday shortly after FIFA, UEFA,Ukrainian and Russian representatives met in Nyon, Switzerland. “Football Federation of Ukraine is asking FIFA and UEFA as the highest football authorities to apply sanctions appropriate to a gross violation of the FIFA regulations by the Russian Football Union,” it said in a statement. “(This is) manifested in the illegal affiliation of some Crimean clubs and peninsula’s football federations and staging matches on the territory of Ukraine without permission of the Football Federation of Ukraine.” Ukraine insists …

    September 18, 2014 10:21 am
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World News

  • Users frustrated by Apple iOS update


    18 September 2014 Last updated at 14:06 Apple first showcased the iOS8 in June Apple iPhone and iPad users have taken to social media to express their frustration over installing the company’s latest software update. Many have resorted to deleting photos, videos and other files in order to free up space for the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS8, which requires up to 5.8GB of storage. Apple has also removed apps for its new health software because of a bug. One expert said Apple’s updates were often prone to “teething problems”. Some vexed Apple users took to Twitter to express their annoyance, at one point causing the subject to be trending above the Scottish referendum. David Roberts tweeted: “This update would be great… If you didn’t have to delete half of the stuff on your phone just to install it.” Daniel Zennon took a more humorous approach, tweeting: “So Apple put the #U2 …

    September 18, 2014 10:22 am
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Technology

  • How can I protect my privacy and security on Android?


    I take a great deal of trouble to keep the PCs in my household safe and secure. However, we now use a number of Android devices for browsing and emails, with banking to come. I haven’t got a clue as to how secure they are, or how to protect them, their contents and the transactions we use them for. Could you give some guidance, please? Phil You are not alone! I could give you some instant advice about keeping your devices up to date, running anti-malware software and always using password protection, but as a matter of fact, I don’t do necessarily do any of those. There are lots of stories about the amount of Android malware in circulation, but I’ve never come across any. Perhaps the Android market will need a wakeup call in the form of a rampant virus – like, for example, the Sasser worm that hit Microsoft Windows XP in 2004 …

    September 18, 2014 7:37 am
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Science

  • SARS Outbreak Isolators Helped "Ebola Air" Fly Infected Patients


    When the SARS virus spread worldwide in 2003 governments and companies quickly realized that they had very few choices for safely flying infected patients back to their home countries so that they could receive advanced medical treatment. That earlier pandemic spurred development of many more patient isolator units for air evacuations—backup options that have already helped fly home patients from the U.S., U.K. and other countries in the midst of the deadly Ebola pandemic gripping west Africa. The first patient transport isolator for aeromedical evacuation, called the Air Transport Isolator, was developed for the U.K.’s Royal Air Force in the 1970s and also used by the U.S. military for decades. The RAF recently used the same system to fly a British Ebola patient home onboard a military transport aircraft for treatment. But the SARS outbreak prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as a number of private air ambulance services worldwide …

    September 18, 2014 7:57 am
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Health

  • Bayer hits record high on move to list plastics business


    FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s Bayer (BAYGn.DE) plans to list its less profitable plastics business on the stock market in a deal that could value the division at around 10 billion euros ($13 billion) as it focuses on healthcare, veterinary drugs and crop protection. News of the planned spin-off of the MaterialScience division, where profit margins are less than half the company average, lifted Bayer shares to a record high. It follows a wider healthcare industry trend of divesting weaker businesses and bulking up in areas of strength. “In this way Bayer would position itself as a world-leading company in the field of human, animal and plant health,” the company said. Bayer’s supervisory board approved the move at a meeting on Thursday and the firm said it would float MaterialScience as a separate company within the next 12-18 months. Signaling its increased focus on healthcare, Bayer also announced it would step up investment in research and …

    September 18, 2014 7:37 am
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Entertainment

  • Ben Affleck Admits To Counting Cards In Blackjack, Says He’s "Too Good" At Gambling


    Posted on Thu Sep 18th, 2014 6:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Ben Affleck is finally talking about the gambling scandal that got the Gone Girl actor banned from the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas, among others, telling Details magazine: “I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player. And once I became decent, the casinos asked me not to play blackjack. I mean the fact that being good at the game is against the rules at a casino should tell you something about a casino. They don’t want you have a sporting chance.” While counting cards isn’t actually illegal, the actor drew the attention of all the Vegas casinos with his consistent success and because of his fame. At first the resorts courted the actor, but after they realized what a good player he was, they banned him: “They certainly offer you all kinds of stuff to show up. I …

    September 18, 2014 9:19 am
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Editorial

  • President Obama, Syria, ISIS and more unlawful presidential killing


    As the debate rages over whether the president needs congressional authorization for war prior to his deployment of the military to degrade or destroy ISIS, the terrorist organization that none of us had heard about until a few months ago, the nation has lost sight of the more fundamental issue of President Obama’s infidelity to the rule of law. On the lawfulness of his proposed war, the president has painted himself into a corner. Last year, he quite properly recognized that the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), a statute enacted by Congress in 2002 to permit President George W. Bush to use the military to track down, capture, degrade or kill all persons or organizations that planned the attacks of 9/11, cannot apply to organizations that did not exist at the time of 9/11, of which ISIS is one. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Is the White House planning to run this war directly as LBJ …

    September 18, 2014 7:37 am
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Odd News

  • San Francisco drag queens meet with Facebook over name policy


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco drag queens and a city lawmaker met with Facebook on Wednesday demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online, but said they were rebuffed. Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, has cracked down on users with fake names by locking scores of accounts in recent weeks, including hundreds owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the company said in a statement. San Francisco Board of Supervisors member David Campos and crossdressers from around the city said after the Wednesday meeting that the rule, which requires users to go by their legal names, endangers drag queen performers. “If we’re going to work together on this, we want acknowledgement that this policy is misguided,” Campos said at the news conference, flanked by a bevy of crossdressers. Drag queen performers, or men who dress in flamboyant female clothing for nightclub shows, usually use a stage name …

    September 18, 2014 7:57 am
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