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Golf-Shush, it\'s you know who as pumped-up Reed launches U.S. bid
By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Patrick Reed, who memorably tried to 'shush' the 2014 Gleneagles crowd by putting his index finger to his lips, looks like he is ready to make a big noise for the U.S. in Friday's opening Ryder Cup foursomes. Captain Davis Love III surprised no one at Thursday's opening ceremony when he named Reed and Jordan Spieth, his powerhouse pairing, to take on European strongmen Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose in the first match out. "Patrick's name is at the top of the list, our most fired-up guy is going to be in front of the most fired-up crowd maybe in the history of golf so that's a good start," Love told reporters as he looked to end Europe's run of three successive wins in the team event.
Publ.Date : Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:52:16 -0400
Golf-Rose and Stenson to lead off for holders Europe
In a bid to give holders Europe a fast start to the biennial competition, captain Darren Clarke will send out golfing heavyweights Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson first in a mouth-watering matchup. Olympic champion Rose and British Open winner Stenson, who went 3-0 when paired together at Gleneagles two years ago, will face sizzling American duo Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, two young guns who relish going toe-to-toe. Twice major winner Spieth and Reed, aged 23 and 26 respectively, formed an unbeaten partnership as rookies at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland.
Publ.Date : Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:51:41 -0400
Lady Gaga to perform Super Bowl 2017\'s halftime show
(Reuters) - Grammy-Award winning pop singer Lady Gaga will play the halftime show at the 2017 Super Bowl, the musician and National Football League said on Thursday. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA!" the musician said on Twitter. Let's do this!" Super Bowl LI is slated to be held in Houston, Texas on Feb. 5.
Publ.Date : Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:38:21 -0400
Willett should be left out until Sunday: Jacklin
By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - If it was down to Tony Jacklin, Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup captain, Danny Willett would not play in this week's matches against the United States until Sunday's final-day singles. The 72-year-old Englishman, described by ESPN this week as the man who saved the Ryder Cup in the 1980s, said the Willett incident that blew up earlier this week was "a mess". In an article published on a magazine website, he lampooned U.S. golf fans in a crude rant for which both Willet and Europe captain Darren Clarke later apologized.
Publ.Date : Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:02:17 -0400
Shush, it\'s you know who as pumped-up Reed launches U.S. bid
By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Patrick Reed, who memorably tried to 'shush' the 2014 Gleneagles crowd by putting his index finger to his lips, looks like he is ready to make a big noise for the U.S. in Friday's opening Ryder Cup foursomes. Captain Davis Love III surprised no one at Thursday's opening ceremony when he named Reed and Jordan Spieth, his powerhouse pairing, to take on European strongmen Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose in the first match out. "Patrick's name is at the top of the list, our most fired-up guy is going to be in front of the most fired-up crowd maybe in the history of golf so that's a good start," Love told reporters as he looked to end Europe's run of three successive wins in the team event.
Publ.Date : Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:40:29 -0400
India evacuates border villages after raid on militants in Pakistan
By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - India has evacuated more than 10,000 villagers living near the border with Pakistan, amid concerns that there could be a military escalation after its special forces launched a cross-border operation against suspected militants. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government ordered federal and state security forces to upgrade surveillance along the frontier in Jammu and Kashmir state, part of the 3,300-km (2,100 miles) border between the nuclear-armed neighbors. The evacuation was launched after India said it had launched strikes across the Line of Control, or de factor border, into Pakistan-ruled Kashmir against suspected militants preparing to carry out attacks in India.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:59:11 -0400
Polish explorer says he found deepest underwater cave
WARSAW, Poland (AP) ? A Polish explorer says he and his team have discovered the world's deepest underwater cave, 404 meters (1,325 feet) down, near the eastern Czech town of Hranice.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:53:04 -0400
Survey: Chinese factories eke out expansion in September
HONG KONG (AP) ? Chinese factories eked out a tiny expansion in activity for September as new orders picked up marginally, offering a glimmer of hope for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Friday.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:51:37 -0400
Deutsche Bank shares tank below 10 euros for first time
BERLIN (AP) ? Deutsche Bank shares have fallen sharply in early trading following reports that hedge funds are moving some of their business elsewhere.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:51:36 -0400
Deutsche Bank admits \'perception issue\' as shares slide
By Gernot Heller and Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank shares were indicated down 6.2 percent ahead of the opening of the Frankfurt market on Friday, after Germany's largest lender admitted it had an image problem with investors as fresh concerns over its stability emerged. The lurch followed a Bloomberg report on Thursday that a number of hedge funds that clear derivatives trades with Deutsche had withdrawn some excess cash and adjusted positions, a sign that counterparties are wary of doing business with it. One large hedge fund in Asia had pulled out its collateral from Deutsche amounting to $50 million in the last two days, while another fund which had a "smallish amount" with the bank was monitoring the situation closely and had not pulled out yet, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:58:36 -0400
Saudi foreign ministry condemns passage of U.S. Sept. 11 law
Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry condemned the passage of a U.S. law that would allow families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue the kingdom for damages, calling it a matter of "great concern" in a statement on Thursday. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve legislation that will allow the families of those killed in the 2001 attacks on the United States to seek damages from the Saudi government. "The erosion of sovereign immunity will have a negative impact on all nations, including the United States," said the Saudi statement, which was carried on state news agency SPA after a day of stony silence from Riyadh.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:27:13 -0400
Duterte \'happy to slaughter\' drug suspects; mentions Hitler
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:37:49 -0400
Hearing set for teen held in South Carolina school shooting
TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) ? A judge will decide whether authorities can continue holding a teenager arrested after a school shooting that left two students and a teacher wounded and a tiny South Carolina community coping with the aftermath.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:13:47 -0400
Europe\'s comet chaser gets final commands to end its mission
BERLIN (AP) ? Europe's comet-chasing space probe Rosetta has received its last commands putting it on course to crash-land on the icy surface of the alien world it's been following for more than a decade.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:53:18 -0400
Kidnappers free Pakistani media group executive
ISLAMABAD (AP) ? An executive at a leading Pakistani media group says that a director who was abducted earlier this week has been freed by his captors and has arrived safely in Islamabad.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:43:23 -0400
Shares in Deutsche Bank plunge almost 9 pct in Frankfurt
Shares in Germany's biggest lender Deutsche Bank plummeted nearly nine percent in Frankfurt early Friday amid fears about its viability, dragging markets around the world down with it. By 0725 GMT, its shares had shed 8.83 percent to 9.91 euros ($11.07), after news that a number of hedge funds had pulled money out of the German giant owing to concerns over its financial strength. Traditional Frankfurt rival Commerzbank was pulled down with Deutsche, losing 7.3 percent to trade at 5.38 euros.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:39:34 -0400
Asia stocks slide as Deutsche sours mood, oil pulls back
Asian stocks extended losses on Friday as worries about the health of Deutsche Bank weighed on financial shares and as oil prices inched back from near-one month highs on scepticism over OPEC's new plan to curb output. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 1 percent and was on track for a 0.9 percent drop for the week. On Thursday, Wall Street lost about 1 percent as Deutsche Bank shares slumped to a record low after a report that trading clients had withdrawn excess cash and positions held in the largest German lender.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:20:11 -0400
Speaking at the funeral, Israel\'s PM Benjamin Netanyahu says ex-President Shimon Peres was a \'great man of the world\'
JERUSALEM (AP) ? Speaking at the funeral, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu says ex-President Shimon Peres was a 'great man of the world'
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:15:28 -0400
Car bomb wounds two in Cairo suburb: security sources
A car bomb exploded in an eastern suburb of Cairo on Thursday evening, wounding two people, security sources said. It was not clear who the bomb was targeting, but the sources said it was planted in a private car parked near the home of a senior interior ministry official and a prosecutor. Egypt is facing an Islamist insurgency led by Islamic State's branch in North Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:47:41 -0400
Factbox: Nestle Health Science key investments
(Reuters) - Nestle believes its Health Science unit will eventually generate annual sales of 10 billion Swiss francs ($10.3 billion). It already has sales of more than 2 billion francs.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:13:47 -0400
Family of slain black man wants police to release full video
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) ? Angry protests flared again Thursday night after a family attorney charged that an unarmed black man was unjustly killed by San Diego police, and that officials were trying to sway public opinion by only releasing a single, favorable frame from video of the shooting.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:18:09 -0400
Syrian monitor: Russian airstrikes killed 9,300 in past year
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:52:12 -0400
Japan OKs $1.5 billion contract for new Tokyo stadium
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:27:26 -0400
Israelis, world leaders gather for Peres funeral
JERUSALEM (AP) ? Shimon Peres was being laid to rest on Friday in a ceremony attended by thousands of admirers and dozens of international dignitaries ? in a final tribute to a man who personified the history of Israel during a remarkable seven-decade political career and who came to be seen by many as a potent symbol of hopes of Mideast peace.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:03:15 -0400
World leaders gather for funeral of Nobel laureate Peres
World leaders including US President Barack Obama and Prince Charles were bidding farewell to Israeli ex-prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres on Friday as his funeral began under massive security. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was among attendees at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemetery and was seated in the front row, reportedly at the request of Peres's family. Abbas knew Peres well and negotiated with him.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:00:03 -0400
London to launch inquiry into foreign property ownership - report
London's mayor Sadiq Khan will launch an inquiry into foreign ownership of property in the British capital which has helped push up housing costs, the Guardian newspaper cited him as saying on Thursday. "It's clear we need to better understand the different roles that overseas money plays in London's housing market, the scale of what's going on, and what action we can take to support development and help Londoners find a home," the Guardian quoted Khan as saying. "That's why we are commissioning the most thorough research on this matter ever undertaken in Britain ? the biggest look of its kind at this issue ? so we can figure out exactly what can be done." London property prices rose more than 12 percent in the 12 months to July after notching up annual gains of around 20 percent in mid-2014, according to official data.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:42:05 -0400
Cyprus court orders extradition of Egyptian hijacker
A court in Cyprus on Friday ordered the extradition of an Egyptian who hijacked an aircraft with a fake explosive belt, diverting it to the island in March. Seif Eldin Mustafa, 59, failed to convince the Nicosia district court that he could not get a fair trial in his home country, the semi-official Cyprus News Agency reported. Mustafa commandeered a domestic Alexandria-Cairo flight with 72 passengers and crew on board on March 29, ordering the pilot to divert to Larnaca airport on the Mediterranean island.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:42:33 -0400
Asian stocks lower on renewed worries about banking sector
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:03:04 -0400
Newcomers _ 6 Euros, 2 Yanks _ could be key to Ryder Cup
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:51:10 -0400
Russia, Syria geopolitics frame pope\'s Caucasus trip
Pope Francis' trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan will be filled with religiously symbolic encounters with Catholics, Orthodox, Muslims and Jews. Current events in Syria and other geopolitical concerns might ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:01:26 -0400
Gabon opposition leader rejects Bongo\'s legitimacy, calls for talks
By Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon's opposition leader Jean Ping called on Thursday for national talks to form a "new republic" and urged foreign powers to impose sanctions on allies of President Ali Bongo, sworn in this week after a disputed election in the oil-producing nation. Ping remained intransigent during his speech in the capital Libreville, saying he refused to recognise Bongo's presidency. Ping ridiculed Bongo's earlier appeals for talks, saying that the president, who came to power in a contentious 2009 election following his father Omar Bongo's death after 42 years in power, had won fraudulently.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:24:18 -0400
Dismissing risks, Trump goes all-in on Bill Clinton\'s past
NEW YORK (AP) ? Donald Trump says he took the moral high ground at the first presidential debate by not mentioning the infidelities of former President Bill Clinton. But he hinted at them, talked about them immediately afterward and then sent his campaign's top backers out to do the same.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:26:27 -0400
UK consumer confidence surges to pre-Brexit levels - survey
British consumer morale rocketed back to pre-Brexit levels in September, a survey found, confounding expectations that the vote to leave the EU would wreak more lasting damage on Briton's willingness to spend. Market research firm GfK's gauge of consumer confidence suffered its sharpest drop in over 26 years in July as economists said Brexit would pitch the economy into recession, but data suggests Britain has avoided a rapid slump. The GfK index, based on an online poll of 2,000 people, rose to -1 in September from -7 in August - the biggest increase since June last year and restoring levels seen in the months before the June 23 referendum.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:39:39 -0400
Palestinian president, Netanyahu shake hands at Peres funeral
By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shook hands and exchanged brief words at the funeral on Friday of Shimon Peres, the former Israeli leader who won international acclaim for peacemaking with the Palestinians. U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders gathered for the burial in Jerusalem's Mount Herzl cemetery, two days after Peres, a former president and premier, died at the age of 93. "Long time, long time," Abbas told Netanyahu and the prime minister's wife Sara, after shaking his hand before the start of the state ceremony.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:17:49 -0400
LEADING OFF: Wild-card chases in AL and NL, rainy forecasts
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:36:08 -0400
Russia fighting in Syria for a year, still at odds with US
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A year after Russia waded into the war in Syria, aiming to flex its national security muscles and prop up beleaguered Syrian President Bashar Assad, Moscow appears no closer to one of its military goals: getting the U.S. to coordinate combat operations in the civil war. And prospects of a diplomatic resolution seem dim.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:24:18 -0400
First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly
Thai health authorities on Friday said microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia's first confirmed case of a link between the sickness and the birth defect. Tourism is expected to account for 17 percent of Thailand's GDP this year, and authorities will be desperate to prevent visitor numbers from tailing off after Friday's announcement. "Two of the three infants (tested) had microcephaly due to the Zika virus," Wicharn Pawan, a disease control official at the Health Ministry told AFP.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:57:39 -0400
Mother of California man shot by police says he was having breakdown
By Dan Whitcomb SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The mother of an unarmed black man shot to death in Southern California said on Thursday her son was having a mental breakdown when he was confronted by police and they should have helped him instead of quickly opening fire. Within two minutes of police arriving, Alfred Olango, 38, was shot to death in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon on Tuesday after he pointed an object that turned out to be an electronic cigarette at police, authorities said. It was the latest in a string of shootings of mostly unarmed black men by white police officers in the United States that have led to sometimes violent protests.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:12:46 -0400
Gut feeling: new CEO to steer Nestle down uncharted health path
Using them to cure disease and boost wellness is one of several bets KitKat maker Nestle is making in the field of health and nutritional science, as it seeks to offset slowing sales of traditional processed foods. Ulf Mark Schneider, a German medical industry veteran, is expected to speed the drive into health-oriented products when he becomes the first Nestle outsider chief executive in nearly a century in January. Schneider's hiring from healthcare firm Fresenius signals Nestle's commitment to pioneering the interface of food and medicine, in part by focusing on nascent areas like microbiome therapy, which has potential to boost human health and Nestle's margins.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:14:00 -0400
Green\'s big game gets Bengals settled against Dolphins
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:34:59 -0400
Clinton\'s \'nasty\' Trump ads are mostly his own words
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton is making "nasty" ads about him. Most of Clinton's commercials about Trump, though, merely include clips of him speaking. Her campaign seems to have concluded that Trump is his own worst enemy.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:20:17 -0400
Pakistan militant group jumps to prominence with attacks
ISLAMABAD (AP) ? One of Pakistan's most vicious militant groups has dramatically stepped up its attacks over the past month, striking mosques, Christians and security forces in attacks that have killed more than 60 people in what appears to be a backlash to military operations against it.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:35:02 -0400
Trump injects Bill Clinton scandals into 2016 race
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:16:40 -0400
The Latest: Clinton: Peres was Israel\'s \'biggest dreamer\'
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:51:22 -0400
3,800 civilians dead in year of Russian strikes in Syria: monitor
Around 3,800 civilians have been killed in one year of Russian air strikes in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad, a monitoring group said Friday. The toll includes more than 2,700 jihadists from the Islamic State group and around 2,800 fighters from various rebel factions, the British-based monitor said. The Observatory -- which relies on a network of sources inside Syria for its information -- says it determines what planes carried out raids according to their type, location, flight patterns and the munitions involved.
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:52:42 -0400