• EU slams Apple’s Irish tax deal

    EU slams Apple’s Irish tax deal

    Europe’s top regulator has accused Ireland of striking a deal with Apple back in 1991 that helped the tech giant artificially lower its tax bill for more than 20 years. The European Commission published details...
  • Thousands of Ebola orphans ‘shunned’

    Thousands of Ebola orphans ‘shunned’

    30 September 2014 Last updated at 12:07 Liberia has been worst-hit by Ebola, accounting for 1,830 deaths At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who have lost one or both parents to...
  • Afghans sign deal to keep US troops

    Afghans sign deal to keep US troops

    30 September 2014 Last updated at 11:55 US troops – here seen at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul – are handing over to Afghan security forces across the country The new Afghan...
  • Ireland gave ‘state aid’ to Apple

    Ireland gave ‘state aid’ to Apple

    30 September 2014 Last updated at 10:44 The European Commission is not convinced Apple is paying a fair rate of tax on what it sells The European Commission (EC) has told Ireland it believes it...
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s gay porn stash outed him

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson wants his own modern family “Well, I was caught stealing gay porn when I was 14,” Ferguson told Aisha Tyler on her podcast, Girl on Guy. “So, I always considered that my coming...

Headline News

  • Afghans sign deal to keep US troops


    30 September 2014 Last updated at 11:55 US troops – here seen at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul – are handing over to Afghan security forces across the country The new Afghan government has signed a security deal with American officials that will allow US troops to remain in the country beyond 2014. The agreement was signed by Afghanistan’s newly appointed national security adviser, Hanif Atmar. The previous president, Hamid Karzai, refused to sign the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the US, straining ties and raising security fears. Most Nato forces are to withdraw this year, leaving 9,800 US troops behind. The total number of troops in the US-led mission at the start of next year will be around 12,500, with the remainder coming from allies such as Germany and Italy. US ambassador to Kabul Jim Cunningham signed the long-delayed agreement on behalf of the government in Washington. The BSA allows for …

    September 30, 2014 6:22 am
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Politics

  • Missing UVA coed suspect linked to another case


    Former Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, of Roanoke County, Va., is shown.(Virginia State Police) A forensic clue uncovered in the investigation of a missing University of Virginia student has led investigators to believe they have “a significant break” in the unsolved death of another young woman who had vanished from the campus five years ago, police said Monday, and perhaps an unsolved rape from years before. Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, was charged last week with abduction with intent to defile in the case of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who was last seen on Sept. 13 after she attended a party. Leading up to Matthew’s arrest, police had searched his car and home and removed items, including clothing, that they consider evidence, though they have not been specific. On Monday, Virginia State Police said in a statement that the arrest “provided a significant break in this case with a new forensic link for state police …

    September 30, 2014 3:40 am
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Stocks

  • EU slams Apple’s Irish tax deal


    Europe’s top regulator has accused Ireland of striking a deal with Apple back in 1991 that helped the tech giant artificially lower its tax bill for more than 20 years. The European Commission published details of its case Tuesday after announcing in June that it was probing tax arrangements between Apple (AAPL, Tech30) and Ireland, and Starbucks (SBUX) and the Netherlands. Apple has paid as little as 2% on profits attributed to its subsidiaries in Ireland, where the top rate of corporate tax is 12.5%. The European Union’s investigation continues, and Apple will have a chance to challenge the allegations. But if the EU concludes that the tax deal broke rules on state aid, Ireland will have to recover billions of dollars in tax owed by Apple. The Irish government says it did not break the law on state aid and has addressed “misunderstandings” with the European Commission. “Ireland welcomed that opportunity to clarify important …

    September 30, 2014 6:42 am
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Sports

  • Nadal wins on return, Djokovic stays perfect in Beijing


    BEIJING (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal enjoyed an emphatic return to singles action as he powered past Richard Gasquet at the China Open on Tuesday, while world number one Novak Djokovic overcame a sluggish start to continue his perfect run in Beijing. Spanish world number two Nadal, playing his first singles match in three months following a wrist injury, extended his record to 13-0 against the Frenchman with a brisk 6-4 6-0 win after Djokovic had beaten Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2 6-1. An early break for Nadal in the third game put him on course for the first set but only after the left hander saved a break point with an ace when trying to serve it out. A dejected Gasquet was then broken in the opening game of the second set as Nadal’s confidence soared, the Spaniard pummeling some trademark forehand winners as he wrapped up the first round win with a 27th fizzing winner. …

    September 30, 2014 6:22 am
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World News

  • Thousands of Ebola orphans ‘shunned’


    30 September 2014 Last updated at 12:07 Liberia has been worst-hit by Ebola, accounting for 1,830 deaths At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who have lost one or both parents to Ebola this year face being shunned, the UN has said. Carers were urgently needed for these orphans, Unicef said. A basic human reaction like comforting a sick child has been turned “into a potential death sentence”, it added. The World Health Organization (WHO) says more than 3,000 people have died of Ebola in West Africa – the world’s most deadly outbreak of the virus. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote The fear surrounding Ebola is becoming stronger than family ties” End Quote Manuel Fontaine Unicef The figure on the number of Ebola orphans follows a two-week assessment mission by the UN children’s agency to the three countries worst-affected by the outbreak. An earlier version of this story said that …

    September 30, 2014 6:22 am
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Technology

  • Netflix to release full-length film


    30 September 2014 Last updated at 07:51 Netflix says it now has 50 million users in over 40 countries worldwide The video streaming site Netflix will release its first feature-length film next year after striking a deal with the Weinstein Company. The sequel to Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning martial arts drama Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will be shown on Netflix and in Imax cinemas in August. Netflix has over 50 million subscribers, in more than 40 countries. The firm already produces its own TV programmes, notably the politically-themed House of Cards. “The movie-going experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Company. “We are tremendously excited to be continuing our great relationship with Netflix and bringing to fans all over the world the latest chapter in this amazing and intriguing story.” The sequel, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, will …

    September 30, 2014 3:41 am
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Science

  • Dolphins are attracted to magnets


    Related images(click to enlarge) Add dolphins to the list of magnetosensitive animals, French researchers say. Dolphins are indeed sensitive to magnetic stimuli, as they behave differently when swimming near magnetized objects. So says Dorothee Kremers and her colleagues at Ethos unit of the Université de Rennes in France, in a study in Springer’s journal Naturwissenschaften — The Science of Nature. Their research, conducted in the delphinarium of Planète Sauvage in France, provides experimental behavioral proof that these marine animals are magnetoreceptive. Magnetoreception implies the ability to perceive a magnetic field. It is supposed to play an important role in how some land and aquatic species orientate and navigate themselves. Some observations of the migration routes of free-ranging cetaceans, such as whales, dolphins and porpoises, and their stranding sites suggested that they may also be sensitive to geomagnetic fields. Because experimental evidence in this regard has been lacking, Kremers and her colleagues set out to study …

    September 29, 2014 11:56 pm
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Health

  • Sanofi-Regeneron drug has positive trial results in chronic sinusitis


    PARIS (Reuters) – An experimental drug from Sanofi and Regeneron significantly reduced congestion in in a mid-stage trial on patients with chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps, a condition poorly controlled by existing drugs, the companies said on Tuesday. In a Phase IIa trial of dupilumab in patients who did not respond to intranasal corticosteroids, the injectable drug brought a statistically significant reduction in the size of nasal polyps and improved other symptoms such as congestion and sleep disruption, Sanofi said. Dupilumab is also being tested by the drugmakers against two other allergic conditions – atopic dermatitis and asthma. The drug was named “clinical advance of the year” in 2013 by industry publication Scrip Intelligence, and some analysts say it could capture annual sales of up to $2 billion if approved. Chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps causes inflammation of the mucosa and polyps in the nasal cavity and sinuses, resulting in congestion, a reduced sense of …

    September 30, 2014 3:40 am
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Entertainment

  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s gay porn stash outed him


    Jesse Tyler Ferguson wants his own modern family “Well, I was caught stealing gay porn when I was 14,” Ferguson told Aisha Tyler on her podcast, Girl on Guy. “So, I always considered that my coming out.” But for Ferguson, it was nothing like he expected it would be. He said, “It was so humiliating. I had been stealing porn for a while. I had quite a little collection. And I would bring it into the house and then I’d get nervous, so I’d hide it under the mattress or I’d hide it behind a shed in the backyard. And then it would get rained on and I’d have to go get the barbecue tongs to [get it out].” But his actual coming out to his parents wasn’t them finding that porn under his mattress or in the shed — it was in a very public way. According to Us Weekly, he said he was caught …

    September 30, 2014 5:21 am
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Editorial

  • Emma Watson’s new feminism: Count me in


    Sept. 20, 2014: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson attends the HeForShe United Nations campaign launch party at the The Peninsula Hotel in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini Invision/AP) Intelligence and inspiration are rare commodities these days at the United Nations. But a 24-year-old British actress awakened the sleepy diplomatic community at Turtle Bay on September 20 with a stirring, impassioned speech about gender equality and feminism. Emma Watson’s eloquence and courage were rewarded with a standing ovation. It was richly deserved. “Fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating,” said the newly named U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. “If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.” She is right. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But how did we come to conflate feminism with man-hating? Why are women, asked Watson, choosing not to identify as feminists? Turns out, there is blame enough to go around. Let’s begin with …

    September 30, 2014 3:41 am
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Odd News

  • McGinley even angled for advantage with fish tank


    GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Such was the meticulous attention to every detail during Paul McGinley’s victorious campaign as European Ryder Cup captain, the Irishman even made careful plans for the fish tank in the team room. “Everything in the room was planned, from the carpet to the wallpapers to the images on the wall, to a big fish tank with (European) blue and gold fish,” the smiling Irishman told a news conference on Monday. “It was the colors I was interested in rather than the breed. It was just a little, small touch,” McGinley said. “We had two rooms, a dining area and a lounge area. There was a big picture in the corner of John Jacobs, the first European captain, a big picture of the first Britain and Ireland team in 1927 and big pictures of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal. “We had a lot of different images around the team room. It …

    September 29, 2014 7:54 pm
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