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  • Nepal’s architectural jewels destroyed

    Nepal’s architectural jewels destroyed

    The tremors on Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal lasted barely a minute by some accounts, yet this was enough to bring down centuries of Nepalese history. At least four out of seven Unesco World Heritage...
  • Lee handed backdated eight-month ban for doping

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei was handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping by the Badminton World Federation on Monday, keeping alive the former world number one’s dream of winning gold...
  • Nepal can’t rebuild without the world’s help

    Nepal can’t rebuild without the world’s help

    A major earthquake was the last thing Nepal needed. Even before one of the country’s major fault lines rumbled to life, Nepal was beset by challenges: An extremely weak economy, rampant corruption and a series...
  • Kazakh leader takes 97% in election

    Mr Nazarbayev cast his ballot to loud cheering in the capital Astana, saying he was sure that the people of Kazakhstan would support his campaign Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has had a widely expected crushing...
  • Brewers’ Lucroy has fractured toe

    Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) – Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy suffered a fractured toe during Monday’s game against Cincinnati and on Tuesday was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Lucroy was hurt in the sixth inning...

Headline News

  • Deadly Nevada prison brawl stokes mystery about guards, gunshots and ‘gladiator-style’ fight


    FILE – This undated photo provided by the Nevada Department of Corrections shows Carlos Manuel Perez Jr., 28. The Clark County Coroner in Las Vegas said Wednesday, March 25, 2015, that Perez’s death on Nov. 12, 2014, of multiple gunshots to the head, neck, chest and arms at High Desert State Prison was a homicide. Attorneys for the two inmates involved in a deadly prison brawl are accusing prison guards of instigating the fight to set up a gladiator-style contest and then trying to cover it up by blaming the surviving prisoner. (Nevada Department of Corrections via AP, File) (The Associated Press)

    April 27, 2015 3:15 am
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Politics

  • Kerry, Iran’s Zarif to meet at UN anti-nuclear arms conference


    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the opening of a UN conference on the global anti-nuclear weapons treaty on Monday, as they try to make progress in talks on a long-term atomic deal. Iran’s top diplomat will be the first state party to the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to address its 190 signatories at the United Nations headquarters in New York on behalf of 118 non-aligned nations that have signed the NPT, the world’s benchmark disarmament pact. Zarif and Kerry will meet on the sidelines to discuss negotiations on a landmark nuclear deal with the United States and five other global powers as they try to secure a final agreement with Iran by a June 30 deadline. In a tentative deal reached on April 2 in Lausanne, Switzerland, between Iran and the six powers, Tehran, which denies seeking nuclear weapons, agreed to …

    April 27, 2015 12:34 am
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Stocks

  • Nepal can’t rebuild without the world’s help


    A major earthquake was the last thing Nepal needed. Even before one of the country’s major fault lines rumbled to life, Nepal was beset by challenges: An extremely weak economy, rampant corruption and a series of climbing accidents on Mount Everest, its signature tourist attraction. The death toll from Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake is expected to rise beyond the current 3,432 tally, and initial damage reports indicate widespread devastation. The total economic cost of reconstruction in Nepal could top $5 billion, or 20% of GDP, according to an early estimate from IHS. The U.S. Geological Survey said the damage costs would most likely fall between $1 billion and $10 billion, but could range much higher. Related: How to help victims of the Nepal earthquake “Massive international disaster relief and rescue efforts will be needed urgently, as well as large-scale international financial and technical assistance for long-term reconstruction of the economy,” wrote Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific chief …

    April 27, 2015 2:54 am
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Sports

  • Lee handed backdated eight-month ban for doping


    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei was handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping by the Badminton World Federation on Monday, keeping alive the former world number one’s dream of winning gold at the Rio Olympics next year. The 32-year-old Malaysian, twice an Olympic silver medalist, had been under a provisional suspension since November after testing positive for anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone during the world championships three months earlier. Lee, the winner of 55 titles around the world, had his case heard by a three-member panel in Amsterdam on April 11 and faced a two-year ban which would have all but ended his career but the Kuala Lumpur-based BWF opted for a softer sentence. Lee will be eligible to compete again on Friday. “The panel is convinced this is not a case of doping with intent to cheat,” the world governing body said in a statement. However, the panel found that Lee had …

    April 27, 2015 3:16 am
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World News

  • Nepal’s architectural jewels destroyed


    The tremors on Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal lasted barely a minute by some accounts, yet this was enough to bring down centuries of Nepalese history. At least four out of seven Unesco World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley – three of them ancient city squares – were severely damaged. Nepali Times editor Kunda Dixit told the BBC that the destruction was “culturally speaking an incalculable loss”, although he said monuments could be rebuilt. In Bhaktapur, until now Nepal’s best preserved old city, reports say half of all homes have been destroyed and 80% of temples damaged. Among other buildings to collapse was the Dharahara tower, which once dominated the skyline of the capital Kathmandu but has now been reduced to a stump. Built by Nepal’s first prime minister in 1832, the site, also known as the Bhimsen Tower, was popular among tourists who would climb the more than 200 steps to the viewing …

    April 27, 2015 3:16 am
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Technology

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 introduces co-op campaign and cyber-soldiers


    Call of Duty is not going “open world” – not yet. But with Black Ops 3, the third title in the covert war spin-off series, it is taking a small step in that direction. As leaked by Call of Duty (CoD) news site CharlieIntel on Friday, this year’s CoD instalment will feature a four-player co-operative campaign mode, allowing friends to take on the story together. The series is abandoning its highly choreographed “corridor”-style of level design in favour of open environments offering more space and freedom to explore. Players will be able to create and customise their own avatars from the outset, rather than taking control of pre-set characters, while a new XP system allows upgrades to both the soldier and the weapons. Developer Treyarch, one of three studios sharing responsibility for the multimillion dollar annual franchise, has also introduced a new movement system. Black Ops 3 is set 50 years in the future where …

    April 27, 2015 3:54 am
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Science

  • Enter the graphene era


    Carbon acquires superpowers when it takes on the two-dimensional chicken-wire form, graphene. Credit: Chad Hagen True or false? It’s possible to make a sheet of carbon that is a single atom thick. If you’d asked that question before 2004, most scientists would have laughed you out of the room. It seemed as fanciful as the story of Flatland – a two-dimensional world vividly imagined by satirist Edwin Abbott in 1884. 2004 was the year maverick scientist Andre Geim and his student Kostya Novoselov introduced graphene to the world. Two-dimensional carbon is not only possible, it is promising to usher in a new industrial age. Two hundred times stronger than steel, a thousand times more conductive than copper, tougher than diamond, flexible, stretchable and see-through as well – its list of properties sounds even more remarkable than what is portrayed in Flatland. Many are forecasting a coming graphene age that will succeed that of steam, steel …

    April 27, 2015 12:14 am
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Health

  • Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said. To date, the virulent H5N2 influenza, which has infected turkeys and chickens on Midwestern poultry farms, has not affected humans. But because flu viruses are highly mutable, there is a worry that those in direct contact with infected birds could fall ill from the disease. How severe such human infections could be is not known. But even if some people become ill, government researchers and public health experts said, it is highly unlikely the illness could be passed between humans – in part due to the genetic make-up of this particular flu strain. Dr. Alicia Fry, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s influenza division, said that while health officials are cautiously optimistic that humans will not be …

    April 27, 2015 12:34 am
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Entertainment

  • Mama June is speaking out against her own daughter’s pregnancy


    More: Honey Boo Boo horribly exploited in televised “weight intervention” The family’s matriarch, Mama June, took her eldest daughter, Anna Shannon Cardwell, to task on Instagram after finding out she’s pregnant with her second child. “Well guess who will b a gigi and aunts again in December we will,” Mama June captioned a photo of herself and her girls on the social networking site. “@annamarie35 texted me late last night and told me she was 6 wks as of thursday.” But even though Mama June, whose real name is June Shannon, said she’s excited to be a grandma to another baby, she was concerned that 20-year-old Anna is too young to be pregnant again. More: Mama June’s been offered a new job — to be a porn star “They r too young to have another one i will support her and Michael but katilyn will always b gigis first baby,” June wrote. “im not going …

    April 27, 2015 1:14 am
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Editorial

  • ‘Remembering Everyone Deployed’ Fridays: Let’s wear red America


     (Courtesy Mansfield University)  (Courtesy Mansfield University) The events of September 11, 2001 undoubtedly changed the lives of Americans across the country. But the rubble of the Twin Towers has long been cleared, Freedom Tower now in their place, and most Americans have returned largely to the same lives they led before the attacks. Men and women of the United States military haven’t had this option. These men and women continue to volunteer to fight an enemy thousands of miles from home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The relatively normal lives we take for granted is a testament to the incredible job they’ve done to protect our quality of life. But we owe it to each of them to better understand the struggles they face not only in combat, but when they return home. Wearing a specific colored shirt might seem like a trivial act, but the meaning behind it is significant. It translates to mean that as you …

    April 26, 2015 4:27 am
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Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash


    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm
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