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Golf-PGA Tour\'s revamped 2015-16 season makes room for Olympics
The PGA Tour will have two new title sponsors for its 2015-16 season along with several date changes to accommodate golf's return to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year, the Tour said on Thursday. Texas-based PC maker Dell takes over as sponsor of the year's second World Golf Championships event, the March 23-27 WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin, while internet jobs site CareerBuilder backs what was long known as the Bob Hope Classic. The newly named CareerBuilder Challenge, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, will be played at three venues in La Quinta, California from Jan. 21-24.
Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:21:49 -0400

Castro homers in bottom of ninth as Astros beat Angels

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros(The Sports Xchange) - Catcher Jason Castro slugged a walk-off home run with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with a 3-0 win Thursday night at Minute Maid Park. Castro was batting .111 (6-for-54) with runners in scoring position before crushing a 1-2 fastball from Angels right-hander Fernando Salas (2-2) out to right field, scoring both third baseman Jed Lowrie and designated hitter Marwin Gonzalez. ...

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:55:20 -0400

FIBA bans Russian basketball teams - Federation

Russia said its national basketball teams have been banned from all competitions by the sports ruling body FIBARussia on Wednesday said its national basketball teams have been banned from all competitions by the sports ruling body FIBA. "The Russian basketball federation received a letter from FIBA, which said that all Russian national teams have been banned," Sergei Chernov, honourary president of the Russian basketball federation, told the TASS news agency. "For the moment Russia's FIBA membership was also temporarily suspended.

Publ.Date : Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:27:24 -0400

Golf-Johnson, Rose to light up Hong Kong Open
Dustin Johnson will make his Hong Kong Open debut in October, joining a field that will also include former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, the organisers said on Thursday. American Johnson, whose three-putt on the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open last month handed victory to Jordan Spieth, said he was drawn by the history of a tournament won in the past by Greg Norman, Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and Rory McIlroy. "You look at some of the names who have won the tournament... you realise there's a great history there," the 31-year-old said in a statement issued by Asian Tour, who will co-sanction the Oct. 22-26 event with the European Tour.
Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:00:54 -0400

Goosen and Ishikawa set early pace with 63s

Goosen of South Africa watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland(Reuters) - Veteran South African Retief Goosen drew on good memories of past Presidents Cups played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club as he charged into a tie for the early lead at the Quicken Loans National in Virginia on Thursday. Goosen covered his back nine in a sparkling four-under 31 to finish level with 23-year-old Japanese Ryo Ishikawa, who reeled off five consecutive birdies on his front nine before recording a hole-in-one at the par-three fourth after the turn. Justin Leonard and Kevin Chappell fired 64s while fellow American Steve Wheatcroft carded a 65 in the PGA Tour event hosted by Tiger Woods, where play was suspended for 97 minutes earlier in the day due to the threat of lightning.

Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:54:41 -0400

Deflategate judge tells NFL, players: Don\'t argue. Settle

NFL: New England Patriots-Training CampBy Jonathan Stempel and Steve Ginsburg NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tom Brady's effort to void his four-game suspension was set back on Thursday as litigation embroiling the New England Patriots star quarterback was sent to a New York judge, who urged a speedy resolution to the "Deflategate" scandal. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan ordered the National Football League and NFL Players Association to begin settlement talks "forthwith actively," and cool their public sniping. "The earth is already sufficiently scorched." The NFL and the union declined to comment.

Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:42:55 -0400

Union files Brady appeal in Minnesota federal court

The NFL Players Association filed an appeal on behalf of Tom Brady, pictured (L), in US District Court in Minnesota, hoping to vacate the New England Patriots star's four-game "Deflate-gate" banThe NFL Players Association filed an appeal on behalf of Tom Brady in US District Court in Minnesota, hoping to vacate the New England Patriots star's four-game "Deflate-gate" ban. The legal move follows NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision Tuesday to uphold the four-game ban he imposed upon the four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback for likely knowing Patriots employees had underinflated footballs in a playoff game last January, giving him and his offensive unit an edge in gripping, grabbing and holding the ball. Brady maintained his innocence in a Facebook statement Wednesday and was backed by Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Publ.Date : Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:12:30 -0400

Hong Kong Open set for Dustin and Justin show

Justin Rose of England, pictured on July 29, 2015 in Gainesville, Virginia, will headline the revitalised Hong Kong OpenFormer US Open champion Justin Rose and the man who agonisingly lost on the final green at the event this year, big-hitting Dustin Johnson, will headline a revitalised 2015 Hong Kong Open, it was announced Thursday. American Johnson and Englishman Rose, ranked fifth and seventh in the world respectively, confirmed their entries to Asia?s oldest professional tournament which is re-emerging as one of the region's premier golf events after several years in the doldrums. It has also been reinstated as the final event of the regular European Tour season for the first time since 2012, which makes it a pivotal date immediately preceding the highly lucrative "Final Four" playoff series of tournaments in the "Race to Dubai" for which only the top 60 on the money list will qualify.

Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:58:29 -0400

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Latest Quicken Loans National leaderboard
July 31 (Infostrada Sports) - Latest leaderboard in the first round from the U.S. PGA Tour Quicken Loans National at the par-71 course on Thursday in Gainesville, Virginia holesplayed rounds -8 Retief Goosen (South Africa) 18 63 Ryo Ishikawa (Japan) 18 63 -7 Kevin Chappell (U.S.) 18 64 Justin Leonard (U.S.) 18 64 Ernie Els (South Africa) 18 64 -6 Mark Hubbard (U.S.) 18 65 Andy Sullivan (Britain) 18 65 Steve Wheatcroft (U.S.) 18 65 Jeff Overton (U.S.) 18 65 -5 Patrick Rodgers (U.S.) 18 66 Arjun Atwal (India) 18 66 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain) 18 66 Ollie Schniederjans (U.S. ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:36:25 -0400

Patient Tiger\'s turnaround boosts confidence

Tiger Woods hits his second shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the Quicken Loans National at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club on July 30, 2015 in Gainesville, VirginiaStruggling tournament host Tiger Woods recovered from another woeful start with a back-nine birdie binge to spark some confidence that the form which won 14 major titles might return consistently. Former world number one Woods opened with bogeys on three of his first four holes but rallied to start the back nine with four consecutive birdies to fire a three-under par 68 to share 27th at the US PGA Quicken Loans National. "It was nice to actually turn it around," Woods said.

Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:27:56 -0400

Park not feeling pressure on eve of British Open

Korea's World No.1 Park Inbee, pictured in action on July 25, 2015, is playing down her chances on the eve of the Women's British OpenKorea's World No.1 Park Inbee was playing down her chances on the eve of the Women's British Open.

Publ.Date : Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:18:31 -0400

Toronto land Price, Dodgers pull off blockbuster

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays(Reuters) - The Toronto Blue Jays added another big weapon to their roster by acquiring Detroit Tigers ace David Price on Tuesday while the Los Angeles Dodgers landed pitcher Alex Wood as part of a 13-player, three-team blockbuster. The Blue Jays, who at 51-51 were two games out of the American League's second Wild Card playoff spot, took a big step toward returning to the playoffs for the first time since 1993 with the deal that came one day before MLB's trade deadline. Toronto are sending their top pitching prospect, left-hander Daniel Norris, and two other promising lefties to Detroit for 2012 Cy Young Award winner Price, who is 9-4 this season with a 2.53 earned run average.

Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:03:15 -0400

PGA unveils shifted schedule for Olympic return

Golf's return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 has caused several major scheduling shifts in the 2015-16 US PGA Tour season tournament lineup releasedGainesville (United States) (AFP) - Golf's return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 has caused several major scheduling shifts in the 2015-16 US PGA Tour season tournament lineup released Thursday.

Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:50:01 -0400

Toronto adds lefty Price in trade deadline playoff push

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays(Reuters) - The Toronto Blue Jays, who fortified their impressive offense earlier this week, added a big weapon to their pitching staff by trading for Detroit Tigers left-hander David Price, the club announced on Thursday. The Blue Jays, who at 51-51 were two games out of the American League's second Wild Card playoff spot, took a big step toward returning to the playoffs for the first time since 1993 with the deal. Toronto are sending their top pitching prospect, left-hander Daniel Norris, and two other promising lefties to Detroit for 2012 Cy Young winner Price, who is 9-4 record with a 2.53 ERA this season.

Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:43:21 -0400

Blue Jays build on Price boost by downing Royals

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays(The Sports Xchange) - The Toronto Blue Jays backed up the acquisition of ace pitcher David Price from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon by blasting three home runs to defeat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 in the evening. The capture of Price came two days after a trade with the Colorado Rockies took shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the club, who hope the new recruits will help them go deep into the playoffs. Early indications suggest the team have responded positively with catcher Dioner Navarro blasting a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Blue Jays a lead they never relinquished.

Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:58:55 -0400

Golf-Rose \'excited\' for title defence at new venue
Justin Rose has produced sparkling form over the past three months after a slow start to the PGA Tour season and says he is "excited" about his title defence at this week's Quicken Loans National in Gainesville, Virginia. World number seven Rose clinched last year's tournament after a playoff at Congressional Country Club in Maryland, and knows he faces a very different test at a new venue over the next four days at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. "So, it's a new test ... I don't certainly put any pressure on myself this week." Rose brings excellent form to the PGA Tour event hosted by Tiger Woods, having posted four top-10s in 13 starts this season, including a victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April and a playoff loss at the Memorial Tournament in June.
Publ.Date : Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:11:15 -0400

Judge orders Deflategate talks, urges all sides to cool it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York federal judge who will review New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension over the "Deflategate" scandal on Thursday ordered the National Football League and its players union to begin settlement talks.
Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:34:09 -0400

Rose defends National crown on different course

English golfer Justin Rose plays a shot on the third fairway on the second day of the PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, south west of London, England, on May 22, 2015After being a last-day British Open contender and the lowest-scoring runner-up in Masters history, Justin Rose is working toward another major title opportunity in two weeks at the PGA Championship. The Englishman tees off Thursday on his 35th birthday as defending champion at the US PGA Quicken Loans National, but on a different course as the Tiger Woods-hosted event moves from Congressional Country Club to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. "I feel like you're half defending champion," Rose said.

Publ.Date : Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:35:38 -0400

Harper hits two home runs as Nationals beat Marlins 7-2
(The Sports Xchange) - Right fielder Bryce Harper hit a three-run, tiebreaking home run and added a second upper-deck blast, leading the Washington Nationals to a 7-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday at Marlins Park. Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor hit a solo homer in the eighth. "He's got such a forceful, violent swing," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said of Harper.
Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:29:01 -0400

Google rejects French order on world \'right to be forgotten\'
PARIS (AP) ? Google is rejecting an order by the French data privacy agency to remove search results worldwide upon request, saying European law allowing the 'right to be forgotten' doesn't apply globally.
Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:24:28 -0400

Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

This image made from gun-camera video taken on July 4, 2015 and released by United States Central Command shows an airstrike on a bridge near Islamic State group-held Raqqa, Syria, that was a key transit route for the militants. After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. (U.S. Central Command via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) ? After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:37:07 -0400

In Miami, Clinton set to call for lifting Cuba embargo

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks with her brother Hugh Rodham during a private fundraiser at the home of long time supporter Virginia McGregor in the Green Ridge section of Scranton, Pa., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The event was closed to the media. (Butch Comegys /The Times & Tribune via AP) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDITMIAMI (AP) ? Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday will call on Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed against Cuba since 1962.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:33:14 -0400

Surfer punches shark to escape attack in Australia

Experts say shark attacks are increasing as water sports become more popular, but fatalities remain rareA surfer punched a shark after being attacked on Australia's east coast Friday, suffering bite wounds to his legs and hands in what a witness said was like "a Mick Fanning replay". The incident occurred near a popular tourist spot north of Sydney, close to where a bodyboarder was mauled this month, and recalled dramatic images weeks earlier from South Africa when Australian three-time world champion surfer Fanning fought off a shark. "The man eventually made it to shore where a passerby applied a tourniquet to his leg." Emergency services were called and started working on the man while a police officer drove their ambulance to a nearby hospital, where the surfer, named by local media as Craig Ison, was in a serious but stable condition.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:24:01 -0400

Wikileaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies
TOKYO (AP) ? The Wikileaks website has published documents that it says shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.
Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:07:55 -0400

Attack in West Bank kills Palestinian child, homes torched

A relative holds up a photo of a one-and-a-half year old boy, Ali Dawabsheh, in a house that had been torched in a suspected attack by Jewish settlers in Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus, Friday, July 31, 2015. The boy died in the fire, his four-year-old brother and parents were wounded, according to a Palestinian official from the Nablus area. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)DUMA, West Bank (AP) ? Suspected Jewish assailants attacked a Palestinian village in the West Bank early Friday and torched two homes, hurling fire bombs inside and setting off a blaze that killed a toddler and critically wounded his 4-year-old brother and parents.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:54:30 -0400

Four Indians detained in Islamic State stronghold in Libya
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Four Indian nationals have been detained in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, an Indian government spokesman said on Friday, an area which is under the control of Islamic State militants. The Indian men, who have been in Libya for more than a year and were working at Sirte University, were detained at a checkpoint about 50 km (30 miles) outside Sirte late on Wednesday while on their way back to India, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Vikas Swarup said in a statement. The government said the men had been taken back to Sirte. ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:07:34 -0400

Final 2022 Games showdown for Beijing, Almaty

China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong speaks during the bid presentation to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, at the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015Beijing and Almaty went head-to-head on Friday, wheeling out sporting and political leaders in a final showdown to secure the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. China's President Xi Jinping promised a "fantastic" Games if Beijing was chosen. The former Kazakhstan capital sought to exploit weaknesses in the mega-bid of their favoured rivals by offering "real" snow and shorter travelling times between sports venues for athletes.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:39:39 -0400

British Airways-owner CEO opposes new Heathrow runway as too expensive

Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group, speaks during a panel discussion at the 2015 International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Miami BeachBritish Airways-owner IAG does not support the building of a new runway at London's Heathrow Airport, its chief executive said, because the costs of the project does not make sense for the airline. "We think the costs associated with the third runway are outrageous and certainly from an IAG point of view we will not be supporting it and we will not be paying for it," IAG chief executive Willie Walsh told reporters on a call on Friday. British Airways is the biggest airline at Heathrow.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:23:10 -0400

Australia \'confident\' that plane wreckage is from MH370

Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found on the Saint-Andre region of the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015Authorities hunting for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 said Friday they were "increasingly confident" that wreckage found on an Indian Ocean island was from the ill-fated jet, raising hopes of solving one of aviation's great mysteries. The two-metre (six-foot) long piece of wreckage is to be sent to France for analysis, with expectations building it will be the first tangible proof the plane went down in the Indian Ocean. Investigators are hoping they will then move closer to understanding the mystery swirling around the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, which vanished 16 months ago with 239 people aboard, most of them Chinese.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:43:52 -0400

Greek PM defends \'emergency\' plan for potential euro zone exit

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras gestures as he delivers his speech during a central committee of leftist Syriza party in AthensGreek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday confirmed he authorized his former finance minister to prepare contingency plans in case the country was forced to leave the euro, calling it the obligation of a responsible government. "We didn't design or have a plan to pull the country out of the euro, but we did have emergency plans," Tsipras told parliament. "If our partners and lenders had prepared a Grexit plan, shouldn't we as a government have prepared our defense?" Former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis this week provoked shock in Greece by confirming he had made secret preparations to hack into citizens' tax codes to create a parallel payment system in case Greece was forced to leave the euro.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:20:50 -0400

More than just Cecil; big troubles for king of the jungle

This handout photo provided by Stuart Pimm shows a lion in Kenya. The circle of life is closing in on the king of the jungle. When a Minnesota dentist killed famed Cecil the lion, the Internet exploded with outrage. But scientists who have studied lions have seen it before. They?ve watched the African lion population shrink by more than half since 1980 and dwindle even faster in East Africa where lions used to be most abundant. They?ve seen trophy hunting, like the dentist?s, promise to spur lion conservation with influxes of lots of cash, then not work as planned. And even more importantly, they?ve seen lion habitat shrink and lions be killed by local residents because of conflict with livestock and agriculture.(Stuart Pimm via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The circle of life is closing in on the king of the jungle.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:37:51 -0400

Lloyds bank first half net income up 15 percent
LONDON (AP) ? Lloyds Banking Group says first-half net income rose 18 percent to 677 million pounds ($1.05 billion) as the government-backed bank accelerated its recovery from the financial crisis.
Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:35:44 -0400

Blast kills at least 5 in Nigeria market: police, rescue worker
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - At least five people were killed by a bomb in Gamboru market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri on Friday morning, a policeman and a rescue worker said. Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, is frequently targeted by Islamist group Boko Haram. A hospital source said a dozen people were brought in with injuries as well as four bodies so far.
Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:30:33 -0400

Ebola disrupts Liberia birth records, poses trafficking threat-UN

Health worker checks the temperature of a baby entering Mali from Guinea at the border in KouremaleBy Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - West Africa's Ebola epidemic has disrupted birth registrations in Liberia, leaving hundreds of thousands of children without citizenship and in danger of being trafficked or illegally adopted, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Friday. The closure of health facilities and limited health services due to the Ebola outbreak has halted Liberia's progress in registering births in recent years, according to UNICEF.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:32:12 -0400

Searchers scour beaches in hopes of unlocking MH370 mystery

French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La ReunionSAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) ? Searchers are scouring the Reunion coastline in hopes of finding more debris that officials hope will unlock the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:01:57 -0400

Taliban power transition raises hopes for Afghan peace talks

Afghan National Army soldiers keep watch near the rubble of the house belonging to Mullah Omar close to the mosque where he founded the Taliban movement 20 years ago in the village of Sangesar, on December 11, 2014The Taliban named Mullah Akhtar Mansour as their new leader Friday, a historic power transition that raises hopes the relative moderate's leadership will pave the way for an end to Afghanistan's bloody war. The Taliban also announced his deputies -- Sirajuddin Haqqani, who leads the Taliban-allied Haqqani network and has a $10 million US bounty on his head, and Haibatullah Akhundzada, former head of the Taliban courts. The appointment of Mansour, seen as a pragmatist and a proponent of peace talks, comes a day after the Taliban confirmed the death of their near-mythical leader Mullah Omar, who led the fractious group for some 20 years.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:22:25 -0400

Tokyo Electric executives to be charged over Fukushima nuclear disaster

Logos of Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, are seen on company uniforms as employees listen to a video speech by company president Hirose after taking part in a moment of silence in TokyoBy Kentaro Hamada and Osamu Tsukimori TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese civilian judiciary panel on Friday forced prosecutors to indict three former Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) executives for failing to take measures to prevent the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The decision is unlikely to lead to a conviction of the former executives, after prosecutors twice said they would not bring charges, but means they will be summoned to appear in court to give evidence. Tokyo prosecutors in January rejected the panel's judgment that the three should be charged, citing insufficient evidence.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:04:56 -0400

Syria air strikes hit Nusra after attack on Western-backed rebels: monitor
Warplanes believed to be part of a U.S.-led alliance struck Nusra Front positions in northern Syria on Friday following an attack by the al Qaeda-linked group on Western-backed rebels in the area, a group tracking the war said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that reports on the war, said the air strikes hit Nusra Front positions near the town of Azaz, north of Aleppo. Overnight, the Nusra Front had launched an attack in the area targeting rebels including a group said by opposition sources to have been trained under a U.S.-led program to build a force to fight Islamic State, the Observatory reported.
Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:34:22 -0400

Congress heading on vacation, putting off messy decisions

FILE - In this May 11, 2011 file photo, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congress is heading out for a five-week summer recess in anything but a cheerful vacation mood, leaving a pile of unfinished business that guarantees a painful fall. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? As lawmakers head out of the Capitol for a five-week summer recess, they leave behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:31:56 -0400

Suicide bomber strikes at Maiduguri market in Nigeria

Women and children rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Boko Haram extremists in the northeast of Nigeria arrive at the military office in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Thursday, July 30, 2015. Soldiers rescued 71 people, almost all girls and women, in firefights that killed many Boko Haram militants in villages near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, Nigeria?s military said Thursday. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) ? A woman suicide bomber killed many people at a crowded market early Friday in a blast that thundered across the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses said.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:15:33 -0400

White House says will review \'Cecil the Lion\' petition

Protesters rally outside the River Bluff Dental clinic against the killing a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, MinnesotaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that it will review the public petition to extradite the American dentist who allegedly killed "Cecil," a Zimbabwean lion. The petition has exceeded the required 100,000 signatures, and the White House has said it will respond to all petitions that meet that level. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said it is up to the Justice Department to respond to an extradition order. The incident is currently being investigated by Zimbabwean authorities and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:36:09 -0400

Palestinian toddler killed; Jewish arsonists suspected

A picture of 18-month-old Palestinian baby Ali Dawabsheh, who was killed after his family's house was set to fire in a suspected attack by Jewish extremists, is seen at the burnt house in Duma village near the West Bank city of NablusBy Ali Sawafta DUMA, West Bank (Reuters) - Suspected Jewish attackers torched a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank on Friday, killing an 18-month-old toddler and seriously injuring three other family members, an act that Israel's prime minister described as terrorism. This would be the worst attack by Israeli assailants since a Palestinian teenager was torched to death in Jerusalem a year ago. The Israeli military boosted forces in the area to search for the suspects, described by a spokesman as "two masked terrorists", and prevent any escalation in violence.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:05:30 -0400

Turkey: 5 killed in clashes between authorities and PKK
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ? Kurdish rebels raided a Turkish police station and fired on railway workers in two separate attacks that left five dead, officials said Friday, amid renewed conflict between the security forces and insurgents that has wrecked the fragile peace process.
Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:36:43 -0400

Airbus takes 290M euro charge for military transport crash
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ? Plane maker Airbus Group SE said Friday its net profit rose 5 percent in the second quarter to 732 million euros ($805 million) despite a one-time charge stemming from the crash of one of its military transport planes in Spain.
Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:27:33 -0400

IOC chooses 2022 host city, winner to be announced Friday

Chinese delegation, from left, Yao Ming, Li Nina, Yang Lan, Liu Peng, Yang Yang, Vice President of the China Olympics Council Yu Zaiqing, China Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Wang Anshun, Zhang Haidi, Li Lingwei, Hou Liang and Zhang Li attend the Beijing's bid presentation for the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July, 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) ? The IOC selected a host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, with the winner to be announced later at an official ceremony.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:07:47 -0400

Afghan Taliban release statement praising new leader

Afghan boys walk along in front of Mullah Mohammad Omar's house, in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 31, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? The Afghan Taliban on Friday praised their new leader, saying he was one of the most "trusted" associates of the late Mullah Mohammad Omar, a statement likely meant to rally followers behind the leadership at a time of a deeply fractured insurgency.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:35:22 -0400

Kurt Cobain\'s family wants death-scene photos kept sealed

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 1993 file photo, Nirvana band members, Chris Novoselic, from left, Dave Grohl, and Kurt Cobain pose, with an unidentified man, right, after receiving an award for best alternative video for "In Bloom" at the 10th annual MTV Video Music Awards in Universal City, Calif. Cobain?s widow and daughter are urging a Seattle judge not to release death-scene photos and records that a lawsuit claims will prove the Nirvana frontman was murdered more than 20 years ago. Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle is set to hear arguments Friday, July 31, 2015, over whether to proceed with a trial after Richard Lee, who runs a Seattle public access TV show, sued the city and the Seattle Police Department for the material he says will show Cobain didn?t die of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1994, The Seattle Times reported. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)SEATTLE (AP) ? Kurt Cobain's widow and daughter are urging a Seattle judge not to release death-scene photos and records that a lawsuit claims will prove the Nirvana frontman was murdered more than 20 years ago.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:47:29 -0400

News Guide: Super PACs land wealthy donors to fund 2016 bids
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Nearly all of the contenders for president are encouraging their deep-pocketed donors to give not just to their campaigns, but to groups known as super PACs, as well.
Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:23:00 -0400

Honda records 20 pct profit rise on yen, despite recalls
TOKYO (AP) ? Japanese automaker Honda reported Friday a 20 percent jump in fiscal first quarter profit on the back of a cheap yen that offset the damage from a massive air bag recall.
Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:01:08 -0400

Cameron calls emergency meeting over Calais migrant crisis

Migrants sit on a road barrier near a fence with coils of razor-wire in Coquelles, near CalaisBy Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron convened a meeting of his government's emergency response committee to discuss what more it could do to tackle a spike in attempts by migrant to enter Britain illegally via the Channel Tunnel from France. Cameron is under growing pressure to deter the migrants, many of whom have travelled from Africa and the Middle East, after repeated disruption to cross-Channel passenger and freight traffic, which has become front page news. ...

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:11:55 -0400

Egypt central bank keeps benchmark rates unchanged: statement

People and vehicles are seen caught in a traffic jam in front of the Central Bank of Egypt's headquarters in downtown CairoCAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's central bank kept its benchmark interest rates unchanged at a monetary policy committee meeting on Thursday. The overnight deposit rate remained 8.75 percent and the overnight lending rate was steady at 9.75, the bank said in a statement.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:43:46 -0400

Democrats far behind GOP in raising money for \'16 super PACs
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Hillary Rodham Clinton has a message for the country's wealthiest Democrats: I need you, unfortunately.
Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:33:44 -0400

Killer of Cecil the lion should be extradited, Zimbabwe says

Protesters rally outside the River Bluff Dental clinic against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, MinnesotaHARARE (Reuters) - The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion a month ago in Zimbabwe had financed an illegal hunt and should be extradited to the southern African nation to face justice, environment minister Oppah Muchinguri said on Friday. In a news conference, Muchinguri referred to 55-year-old Walter Palmer as a "foreign poacher" and said she understood the Prosecutor-General had started the process to have him extradited from the United States.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:00:55 -0400

Greek bailout talks to shift gear

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras holds a bottle of water as he is surrounded by photographers during a meeting of ruling radical left Syriza party's central committee in Athens, on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Tsipras called for an extraordinary party congress in September, after Greece is expected to seal a new bailout deal with its international creditors, in a bid to end a rebellion by his hardline lawmakers that is threatening to topple his coalition government. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) ? Lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund began an intensive round of talks with Greece on Friday to hammer out details of a third international bailout worth some 85 billion euros ($93 billion).

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:56:26 -0400

Commodities, China stocks lick wounds after brutal July

A man looks at stock prices displayed at a board showing market indices in TokyoBy Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Commodities and China investors waved a relieved goodbye to July on Friday following a brutal sell-off that has revived fears about the global economy and overshadowed more encouraging news from the U.S. and Europe. There were signs that the rout wasn't over yet as Chinese stocks - which have suffered their worst monthly drop in 6 years - wobbled again, oil prices slipped following a more than 15 percent July slump and metals from industrial copper to precious gold hit multi-year lows. ...

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:51:33 -0400

Leaders of Nigeria and Cameroon try to forge closer effort against Boko Haram

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari(L) shakes hands with Cameroon's President Paul Biya(R) as he arrives on an official visit to Cameroon in YaoundeBy Sylvain Andzongo YAOUNDE (Reuters) - The presidents of Nigeria and Cameroon tried to overcome differences in their efforts to crush the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram in two days of talks but they failed to announce a breakthrough on issues such as the right of cross-border pursuit. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, making his first trip to Cameroon since winning power in March, and Cameroonian leader Paul Biya voiced support for a planned multinational task force to fight Boko Haram but they provided no specifics on when it would become operational. When the talks wrapped up on Thursday, the made vague pledges to improve intelligence-sharing on Boko Haram and security cooperation along their long border.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:42:02 -0400

Confederate flags placed at Martin Luther King\'s church

Confederate flags sit in the back of a police car as tourists walk by Ebenezer Baptist Church Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Atlanta. U.S. authorities are investigating after several Confederate battle flags were discovered near the church and a civil rights center named after Martin Luther King, an iconic leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Thursday morning. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) ? Surveillance cameras caught images of two white males laying Confederate battle flags on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church, but it wasn't clear whether they had committed a crime.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:26:09 -0400

Plane debris on remote island points to breakthrough in MH370 mystery

French gendarmes and police stand near a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La ReunionBy Joe Brock SAINT-DENIS, Reunion (Reuters) - Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviation experts said, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for missing Flight MH370. Malaysian investigators are expected in Reunion on Friday and the object, identified by aviation experts as part of a wing, would then be sent to a French military laboratory near Toulouse for checks, French police sources said. National carrier Malaysia Airlines was operating a Boeing 777 when the ill-fated flight disappeared in March last year en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, creating one of the most baffling mysteries in aviation history.

Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:29:24 -0400

Israel PM calls Palestinian toddler death \'act of terrorism\'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an arson attack by suspected Jewish settlers that killed a Palestinian toddler in the West Bank "an act of terrorism in every respect""I am shocked over this reprehensible and horrific act," Netanyahu said in a statement. The Palestine Liberation Organisation holds the Israeli government "fully responsible" for the deathd, an official said.

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