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  • U.S. sees space for cooperation with India on Islamic State

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India and the United States could cooperate in the struggle against Islamic State, particularly on issues such as financing and foreign fighters, U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said on Monday. “In terms of our cooperation with India, it has been focused on this part of world, different organizations such as Lashkar-e-Taiba,” Rhodes told reporters in New Delhi, referring to the Pakistan-based organization accused of plotting the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai. “We do think there is space for cooperation with India on issues like foreign fighters, terrorist financing that could be relevant to ISIS,” he added. (Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani; Writing by Krista Mahr; Editing by John Chalmers)

    January 26, 2015 5:13 am


  • Greece’s new anti-austerity government worries markets

      Greek stocks and government bonds fell, and the euro dipped, after the anti-austerity party Syriza swept to victory in national elections, setting the stage for a clash with its international lenders. The euro hovered around $1.12 against the dollar, after earlier falling near the 11-year low reached last week after the European Central Bank announced a massive stimulus program. Greek stocks dropped more than 3% in early trading, while the country’s banks were harder hit. Yields on Greek 10-year government bonds rose to 8.7%. Syriza’s victory was fueled by populist anger over severe austerity measures that critics felt prioritized payments to creditors over an economic rebound in Greece. Greece accepted its first bailout in 2010. Since then it has received €240 billion ($277.8 billion) in emergency loans from the European Union and International Monetary Fund to rescue its battered economy. In return, the country agreed to deep cuts in government salaries, tax hikes, a …

    January 26, 2015 5:34 am


  • Evergreen Venus upsets Radwanska in Melbourne

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Venus Williams advanced into her first grand slam quarter-final since the 2010 U.S. Open with an upset 6-3 2-6 6-1 victory over sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska at the Australian Open on Monday. The 34-year-old, who suffers from Sjogren’s syndrome, an auto-immune disease that can cause fatigue, was forced into a lengthy baseline battle with one of the best retrievers in the women’s game. Williams, however, put pressure on Radwanska’s serve throughout, illustrated by the seventh game of the first set which lasted 15 minutes with the score locked at deuce 12 times before the American converted her sixth break point. Radwanska appeared to have taken Williams’ legs out from her in the second set before the 18th seed found a second wind in the decider, jumping out to a 4-1 lead as the Pole’s accuracy disintegrated, then breaking to love and serving out to set up a quarter-final against fellow American Madison …

    January 26, 2015 5:54 am

World News

  • Egypt doctor ‘convicted in FGM case’

    26 January 2015 Last updated at 11:31 An Egyptian doctor has been convicted in a retrial of carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) surgery, a lawyer and a campaign group say. Raslan Fadl was sentenced to two years in prison with labour for manslaughter, with a further three months for FGM. His clinic was also closed for a year. The doctor had denied carrying out FGM on 13-year-old Suhair al-Bataa. A spokeswoman for the activist group Equality Now called the decision a “monumental victory”. Suhair al-Bataa died in 2013. Her father also faced trial and was given a suspended sentence on Monday. In an initial trial both Fadl and the father had been cleared. The practice of FGM was banned in Egypt in 2008 but is still widespread. More than 90% of Egyptian women aged under 50 have undergone the procedure, according to government statistics.

    January 26, 2015 5:54 am


  • YouTube stars Rooster Teeth, Our 2nd Life and Nash Grier set for film fame

    Rooster Teeth, Our 2nd Life, Nash Grier and Cameron Dallas are among the most prominent success stories of YouTube’s world of short-form video. Now they’re setting their sights on long-form success: films. They’re all making movies for Fullscreen Films, a new division of multi-channel network (MCN) Fullscreen that is planning to launch a series of films starring popular creators from YouTube and Vine. Rooster Teeth’s film plans are not a surprise: the studio raised nearly $2.5m (£1.7m) on crowdfunding site Indiegogo in 2014 to make Lazer Team, with its plot in which “four small-town losers stumble across an alien crash site”. The film is currently at the post-production stage. Our 2nd Life was a hugely-popular group of American video bloggers (vloggers) who split up in 2014. Fullscreen is producing a documentary called #O2LForever about their final North American tour. Grier and Dallas, who both have large audiences on Vine and YouTube, will co-star in a …

    January 26, 2015 5:14 am


  • Small drop in sea level had big impact on southern Great Barrier Reef

    Related images(click to enlarge) The idea that coral reefs have formed over millennia in a continuous process has been challenged by a study of the southern Great Barrier Reef. The research, led by the University of Sydney, shows that even small variations in sea level can cause significant change across the reef. “We create a new narrative for how the Barrier Reef and other coral reefs came about and explain the importance of surprisingly small changes in sea level,” said Associate Professor Jody Webster from the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences and an author on a recently published article on the findings in Geology. “That such a minor sea level change has stalled coral reef growth and sediment production is an unexpected and significant finding.” During rising sea levels, reefs grow vertically upwards until they reach sea level. Then they grow away from the reef front, producing massive amounts of sediment which gradually fill …

    January 26, 2015 5:15 am


  • Deadly Japanese encephalitis surges in northeast India

    GUWAHATI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Cases of deadly mosquito-borne Japanese encephalitis have risen nearly five-fold in five years in India’s northeast Assam state as a result of warming weather and changing rainfall, health experts say. Between 2010 and 2014, the number of annual cases rose from 154 to 744, with deaths rising from 41 to 160, according to data from the Assam health department. The disease, which in 2009 was recorded in only half of the state’s districts, now is seen in all of them. Doctors say climate change has played a major role in the spread of the disease, which once appear largely from May to July, but now is seen as late in the year as November, as mosquitoes survive longer in warmer conditions. Japanese encephalitis is characterized by inflammation of the brain and high fever. “Now the temperature … which is ideal for breeding of the Culex mosquito is present almost …

    January 26, 2015 5:14 am


  • Bradley Cooper’s diet could include 11 Crunchwraps and 17 other foods

    More: How to look like a total badass like Bradley Cooper The star revealed to Men’s Health that to bulk up for his role as Chris Kyle in American Sniper, he had to (obviously) work out a ton… in addition to eating an insane 6,000 calories per day. According to the mag, he did it with the help of a trainer and a personal chef by eating five meals every day, along with energy bars and pre- and post-workout protein drinks. “It was a real shock to my body,” he dished. “If it’s pizza and cake, that’s one thing. Putting 6,000 calories a day in your body gets old quick.” But what if it were all pizza and cake? Under the guidance and supervision of a trainer and a personal chef, we’re sure Cooper was eating some seriously healthy stuff. But how much junk food could he down with that 6,000-calorie goal in mind? We …

    January 26, 2015 1:33 am


  • When will Obama stop making false claims about Citizens United?

    FILE — Jan. 22, 2015: President Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) At almost the same time that protesters mad about the Citizens United decision were disrupting the start of the Supreme Court’s session on Wednesday, the White House issued a “Statement from the President” condemning the decision on its fifth anniversary. And once again, President Obama repeated the same false claim about “foreign corporations” that he made in his State of the Union speech back in 2010. This White House seems to believe that if you think up a good political attack theme, stick with it no matter what the truth is. One can certainly debate the effect of Citizens United, which lifted the ban on independent political expenditures (i.e., independent political speech), and whether it has been beneficial to our democratic system. As a former member of the Federal Election Commission that enforces our …

    January 24, 2015 8:47 pm

Odd News

  • Hoax caller impersonating spy chief put through to UK PM Cameron

    LONDON (Reuters) – The British government said it was reviewing security procedures after a hoax caller claiming to be the director of Britain’s GCHQ eavesdropping agency was put through to Prime Minister David Cameron. The Sun newspaper said the drunk caller had earlier tricked the intelligence agency into handing over a mobile phone number for its director Robert Hannigan, although the government said it was not one used for calls involving classified information. “The Prime Minister ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax,” a spokeswoman for Cameron’s office, 10 Downing Street, said in a statement about the calls on Sunday. “In neither instance was sensitive information disclosed. Both GCHQ and Number 10 take security seriously and both are currently reviewing procedures following these hoax calls to ensure that the government learns any lessons from this incident.” The Sun reported that the unnamed man, who it described as being well-spoken and in …

    January 26, 2015 5:14 am