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'No more woe is me': Senator McCain vows quick return to Washington - 21/07 7:27 am

By Richard Cowan and David Schwartz WASHINGTON/PHOENIX, Ariz. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain promised on Thursday he would return rapidly to Washington despite his newly diagnosed brain cancer, flashing the fighting spirit that has defined him since he was held in captivity as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. McCain, a veteran senator and former Republican presidential candidate known as a strong and sometimes fiercely independent voice on defense and security issues, was found to ..

India ready for talks with China on border standoff - 20/07 11:57 pm

India said Thursday it is ready to hold talks with China if both sides pull back their forces to end a standoff along a disputed territory high in the Himalayan mountains.

Philippine police arrest 43 foreigners for kidnap of Singapore woman - 20/07 3:51 pm

By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police said on Thursday they had arrested 43 foreigners for kidnapping a Singaporean woman at a casino resort in the capital, highlighting security concerns that have scared high-stakes gamblers away from Manila. Police said the gang, including people from China and Southeast Asia, was believed to be a loan-shark syndicate targeting foreign high-rollers, with 11 similar cases reported since 2015. The Philippines is one of the fastest-growing casino ..

Unilever first half profits soar 22.4 percent - 20/07 3:44 pm

Food and consumer products giant Unilever said on Thursday profits soared in the first half of 2017, raking in 3.3 billion euros after the Anglo-Dutch firm spurned a takeover bid by US rival Kraft Heinz. The 22.4 percent hike in the first six months compared to the same period last year showed "a substantial step-up in profitability despite the persisting volatile global trading environment," chief executive Paul Polman said. "The transformation of Unilever into a more resilient, more competit

MH370 search reveals hidden undersea world - 20/07 1:42 pm

The painstaking search for missing flight MH370 has uncovered a previously unknown undersea world of volcanoes, deep valleys and soaring ridges, according to detailed maps released by Australia. Although no trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane was found during the search in the southern Indian Ocean -- the most expensive ever of its kind -- large volumes of data showing a detailed picture of the sea floor had to be collected to guide the probe. "It is estimated that only 10 to 15 percent of the ..

Elon Musk says successful maiden flight for Falcon Heavy unlikely - 20/07 11:33 am

Development of the booster rocket, which is powered by 27 engines, has proven to be "way harder than the team initially thought," he told the International Space Station Research and Development conference on Wednesday. Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful rocket booster in the world, capable of delivering a 54 ton payload into orbit. Musk said that combining three Falcon 9 rockets together had multiplied vibrations throughout the vehicle making it difficult to test without a launch.

Trump to nominate Raytheon lobbyist for Army secretary - 20/07 7:47 am

By Mike Stone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate a Raytheon Co lobbyist, Mark Esper, for the position of secretary of the Army, the White House said on Wednesday. The position has been challenging for Trump to fill. Before Esper joined U.S. missile maker Raytheon in 2010 as vice president government relations he held posts at industry advocacy groups like the Aerospace Industries Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Minneapolis police officer has yet to talk to investigators - 20/07 6:11 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Four days after a Minneapolis police officer fatally shot a woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape, the officer has yet to talk with investigators, and his attorney has given no indication he ever will.

William, Kate take Brexit 'charm offensive' to Germany - 20/07 5:49 am

Prince William and his wife Kate began Wednesday a three-day visit to Germany billed as a "charm offensive" by local media as Britain begins thorny Brexit talks in earnest. Under brilliant summer sunshine, William, who is second in line to the British throne, and Kate touched down in Berlin from Poland accompanied by their young children George and Charlotte.

Helicopter carrying WWE exec makes emergency ocean landing - 20/07 5:05 am

GILGO BEACH, N.Y. (AP) The son of World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon was rescued Wednesday from a helicopter that made an emergency landing in the ocean near a New York beach.

Iran's president says his country will 'stand up to' US - 20/07 1:17 am

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Iran's president said Wednesday that it will stand up to the United States and reciprocate for any new sanctions that Washington imposes on the Islamic republic.

SolarCity co-founder Peter Rive to quit Tesla - 20/07 12:46 am

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc said SolarCity co-founder Peter Rive is leaving the company, eight months after the electric car maker bought the biggest U.S. residential solar panel maker. SolarCity was founded by Peter Rive and his younger brother Lyndon in 2006 with financial backing from their cousin and Tesla chief Elon Musk. Former SolarCity Chief Executive Lyndon Rive announced his resignation in May. Peter Rive will be leaving the company to explore new opportunities, a Tesla spokesperson said in ..

Iran's president threatens response to new US sanctions - 19/07 11:51 pm

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Tehran would "respond appropriately" to new US sanctions but that Iran remained committed to its nuclear deal with world powers. "The Islamic Republic of Iran will always stick to its international commitments," Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting.

India's ageing trains get green makeover with solar panels - 19/07 11:19 pm

India has added solar panels to the roof of a train in a national first as it tries to reduce its massive carbon footprint and modernise its vast colonial-era rail network. The lighting, fans and information displays inside the train -- once powered by diesel -- will run off the sun's energy after the panels were fitted to the carriage. The train has begun journeys around the capital New Delhi, helping move just some of the 23 million passengers who use India's rail network every day.

Saudi woman in miniskirt video arrested after public outcry - 19/07 11:04 pm

A Saudi woman has been arrested for defying the kingdom's strict dress code by walking around in a miniskirt and crop top in a video that sparked public outrage.

Iraqi officer seeks vengeance in Mosul, where killings mount - 19/07 7:15 pm

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) For one Iraqi lieutenant, the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul has been a slow, methodical quest for revenge. For three years, he has hunted for two IS militants from his village who he believes killed his father. Along the way, he has shot to death detained militants after interrogating them, he acknowledges unapologetically.

Sold by IS in Raqa, Yazidi female fighters back for revenge - 19/07 7:09 pm

She was trafficked into Raqa as a sex slave by the Islamic State group but managed to escape. Now Yazidi fighter Heza is back to avenge the horrors she and thousands of others suffered. "When I started fighting, I lifted some of the worries from my heart," she says, surrounded by fellow Yazidi militia women in Raqa's eastern Al-Meshleb district.

China 'aggressive' in border row, says India diplomat - 19/07 3:58 pm

A top Indian diplomat said China is being unusually aggressive in a month-old border dispute with India that shows no sign of easing, media reports said Wednesday. Beijing has made virtually daily warnings to its neighbour over the deadlock on a remote Himalayan plateau, where Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a tense face off. Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar told lawmakers in a closed briefing on the dispute that India wanted a diplomatic settlement, the reports said.

Over 20 members of Congress ask the FBI to review Ivanka Trumps .. - 19/07 2:17 pm

Over 20 Democratic House members asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to review questions regarding the security clearance of the president's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump.

Wildfire forces evacuation of California town near Yosemite - 19/07 1:51 pm

By Al Golub MARIPOSA, Calif. (Reuters) - The 2,000 residents of a small California town in the foothills flanking Yosemite National Park were ordered to evacuate on Tuesday as crews battled an out-of-control wildfire that has already destroyed eight structures. Residents of tiny Mariposa, in the Sierra Nevada mountains southwest of Yosemite in central California, were ordered to flee after flames from the so-called Detwiler Fire jumped over Highway 140 and marched toward the community, ..

Officials: Australian woman shot after cops heard loud sound - 19/07 11:35 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) An Australian woman who called 911 to report a possible assault was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer after the officer's partner was startled by a loud sound near their squad car, the partner told investigators Tuesday.

Philippines shelves rebel talks after attack on Duterte guards - 19/07 8:05 am

The Philippine government's peace talks with communist rebels teetered near collapse Wednesday as President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to end negotiations after suspected guerrillas shot and wounded five of his bodyguards in an ambush. Aides said Duterte was not in the convoy when gunmen opened fire on two Presidential Security Group vehicles on the southern island of Mindanao, where troops have also been battling Islamic State group-inspired gunmen for nearly two months. "The president ..

Professor reinstated after GOP student assault accusation - 19/07 6:50 am

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) A California professor facing termination over a run-in with pro-Donald Trump student demonstrators has been reinstated after an arbitration decision announced Tuesday, though the school maintains the teacher acted improperly.

Australian prime minister demands answers on Minneapolis police shooting - 19/07 6:18 am

(Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer over the weekend "shocking" and "inexplicable" and said his diplomats were seeking answers from U.S. authorities. A Minneapolis police officer shot Justine Damond, who was originally from Sydney, around midnight Saturday while responding to an emergency call she had placed about a possible assault behind her house in a quiet residential neighborhood. Turnbull ..

Mother charged in baby's hot-car death was getting hair done: police - 19/07 6:04 am

The mother, DiJanelle Fowler, kept the car running with the air conditioning on, but the car's battery died while she was inside the beauty shop in Tucker, Georgia, on June 15, said DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell. Police believe Skylar Fowler was dead by the time her mother returned to the car a few hours later, Campbell said. "Instead of calling 911, she called roadside assistance to get her battery jumped," Campbell said in a phone interview.

Russia says ready to retaliate after U.S. talks end without deal - 19/07 5:52 am

Russia said on Tuesday that it reserved the right to retaliate against the United States after a meeting in Washington ended without an agreement to return Russian diplomatic property the U.S. had seized.

After healthcare failure, Republicans face similar divisions on tax reform - 19/07 5:07 am

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in Congress unveiled a fiscal 2018 budget plan as a first step to major U.S. tax reform on Tuesday, only to face the same divisions between conservatives and moderates that helped killed their efforts to replace Obamacare. The $4 trillion spending blueprint, released by the House of Representatives budget committee, could become a new flashpoint for Republican in-fighting because it links future tax cuts for businesses and individuals with $203 ..

US senator criticizes Pruitt in Oklahoma ethics probe - 19/07 3:57 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A Democratic member of the U.S. Senate committee that conducted confirmation hearings for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a letter Tuesday that Oklahoma's former attorney general presented "inconsistent and contradictory statements" to the panel.

8th person in Trump Jr. meeting identified as Ike Kaveladze - 19/07 3:06 am

Ike Kaveladzes attorney confirmed that his client was the eighth person at the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Kaveladze, who believed he was attending the meeting as a translator, is senior vice president at Crocus Group, the real estate development company run by Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov.

Ukraine rebels announce new 'state' - 19/07 12:57 am

Russian-backed rebels fighting against Kiev on Tuesday announced a plan to create a new "state" they said would take the place of Ukraine and have its capital in their territory. Ukraine's pro-Western authorities immediately ridiculed the idea as a Kremlin project that they would never allow to get off the ground. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in turn called the plan the "personal initiative" of rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko and said that "Moscow learnt about it this morning from ..

London delivery drivers protest against rise in acid attacks - 19/07 12:53 am

Distressed over a rise in acid attacks, some 200 delivery drivers protested in front of the British parliament on Tuesday, demanding the government takes action. The protest was organised after five people, including delivery driver Jabed Hussain, were attacked with acid in the space of just 90 minutes on the night of July 13. London has seen a sharp rise in acid attacks in recent years.

Swiss couple found on glacier 75 years after disappearance - 19/07 12:04 am

A Swiss couple that disappeared in the Alps 75 years ago has been found preserved in a receding glacier, ending decades of uncertainty for their family, relatives and media said Tuesday. The bodies were found lying near each other in the Diablerets massif in southern Switzerland on Thursday, along with backpacks, a bottle, a book and a watch, according to Le Matin daily. A DNA search has been planned to definitively establish their identities, but Maryline Dumoulin told AFP police were "99 ..

Separatists proclaim a new state to replace all of Ukraine - 18/07 11:24 pm

MOSCOW (AP) Separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday proclaimed a new state that aspires to include not only the areas they control but also the rest of the country. But Russia, their chief backer, sought to play down the announcement, saying it was merely part of public discussion.

Small U.S. towns brace for rare solar eclipse, and crowds, in August - 18/07 10:06 pm

By Ann Saphir DRIGGS, Idaho (Reuters) - Hyrum Johnson, mayor of the tiny city of Driggs, Idaho, expects some craziness in his one-stoplight town next month when the moon passes in front of the sun for the first total solar eclipse in the lower 48 U.S. states since 1979. The town of 1,600 people in Teton County, just west of the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains Teton Range, is getting poised to receive as many as 100,000 visitors on Aug. 21 for the celestial event, said Johnson, who was both ..

New research reveals some of the best diets for health brain ageing - 18/07 9:20 pm

Four studies presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2017 suggest that sticking to certain diets can help to reduce the risk of dementia. Previous studies have already indicated that certain diets and foods can have a beneficial effect on cognitive function, helping to support healthy brain aging and to reduce dementia risk.

Kenyan vice president candidate debates himself after rivals' no-show - 18/07 7:57 pm

Kenyans hoping to watch a televised debate between vice-presidential candidates in next month's election were left disappointed on Monday when only one of six meant to be on stage was left fielding questions alone for an hour. Surrounded by five empty podiums, Eliud Muthiora Kariara, a former banker turned running mate to independent presidential candidate Japhet Kavinga Kaluyu, answered questions posed by two moderators and the audience. Broadcasters had planned to have six minor candidates, ..

The Latest: Vatican court refuses to stop embezzlement case - 18/07 7:53 pm

VATICAN CITY (AP) The Latest on the Vatican embezzlement trial (all times local):

Facing Russia threat, Ukraine and Georgia join in push West - 18/07 7:33 pm

The presidents of Ukraine and Georgia on Tuesday agreed to work together to further their ambitions to join NATO and the European Union, in defiance of threats from former master Russia. "We agreed to demand jointly and even more actively Georgia's and Ukraine's integration in the European and Euro-Atlantic space," Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili told the press. The two countries' "independence and democracy face the very same threats," said Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko in ..

California lawmakers approve landmark extension to climate policy - 18/07 6:31 pm

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's legislature passed a package of bills that extends the state's signature plan to address climate change by a decade, sending Governor Jerry Brown a cap-and-trade plan that uses market forces to cuts greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation puts California at the forefront of plans by mostly Democratic governors to reduce carbon emissions and adhere to the goals of the Paris climate change agreement even after Republican President Donald ..

Michael Dell takes long view with 'Dell 2.0' - 18/07 1:53 pm

His first company became the world's largest maker of personal computers. Now Michael Dell says he is building a broader technology firm with similar ambitions. Dell Technologies is the result of the private buyout of the original Dell computer firm, bolstered by the massive $67 billion deal for computer storage firm EMC and other software and services acquisitions.

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Umno unfazed by Singapore 1MDB convictions, denies it .. - M-Ins
The Malaysian Insight Umno unfazed by Singapore 1MDB convictions, denies it is kleptocracy The Malaysian Insight They said Singapore authorities were well within their rights to take action if they felt that their money-laundering laws had been flouted. In Malaysia , however, authorities have ..
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I will contest in GE only if desperately needed: Dr M .. - Today
Free Malaysia Today I will contest in GE only if desperately needed: Dr M TODAYonline KUALA LUMPUR Former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has downplayed the possibility of him contesting the next polls, saying he will only do so if it is desperately needed. In a Sinar Online ..

Large earthquake reported between Turkish coast and .. - Telegraph Large earthquake reported between Turkish coast and Greek island of Kos A large earthquake has been reported off the Turkish coast and the Greek Islands in an area popular with British Tourist. Video Added from #Bodrum#Tsunami #Earthquake ..

Exxon Mobil must pay $2 million fine - Press Herald - Pressherald
Press Herald Exxon Mobil must pay $2 million fine Press Herald WASHINGTON Exxon Mobil Corp. must pay a $2 million fine for showing reckless disregard for U.S. sanctions on Russia while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant's CEO, the Treasury Department said Thursday. Exxon ..

Massive iceberg breaks off ice shelf - The Straits .. - Straitstimes
The Straits Times Massive iceberg breaks off ice shelf The Straits Times The growing crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf as seen in February. Last week, a 5,800 sq km iceberg - more than eight times the size of Singapore - calved from the ice shelf.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE. Published. 1 hour ago. ..
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Qatar says cyberattack 'originated from the UAE' - .. - Aljazeera
Gulf Times Qatar says cyberattack 'originated from the UAE' During a news conference in Doha on Thursday, officials said the planning for the hacking of Qatar News Agency (QNA) started as early as April. Investigators also reportedly traced the IP ( internet protocol) address ..
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10 Things to Try in Your Mobile App & The Technology .. - Business2community
Business 2 Community 10 Things to Try in Your Mobile App & The Technology Behind Them Business 2 Community Universal apps can be compatible with iPhone , iPad, iPod Touch, iWatch, and Apple TVand they provide better user experience because they're customized with assets for that particular ..
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Samsung's Unpacked event happens August 23, likely .. - Techcrunch
TechCrunch Samsung's Unpacked event happens August 23, likely bringing the Galaxy Note 8 with it TechCrunch Samsung's next Unpacked event is arriving right on schedule and all signs point to it bringing the Galaxy Note 8 along for the ride. The big show lines up with the phablet's ..
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Self-driving cars cut accident rates -- not insurance .. - Cnet
CNET Self-driving cars cut accident rates -- not insurance rates CNET That's the assessment of Forrester Research analysts who surveyed auto industry players about the disruptions coming from self-driving cars . A reduction in the 94 percent of accidents caused by human error sounds great, ..