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  • US military struggles to preserve options in Islamic State fight 22-09-2014 08:12 AM

    Washington: As America re-engages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region's web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad: in the future, US forces may be needed on the front lines. President Barack Obama has ruled out a...
  • World leaders to gather at UN in shadow of Islamic State, Ebola crises 22-09-2014 07:08 AM

    United Nations:World leaders gather in New York this week to tackle a host of crises: the violence Islamic State militants are wreaking in Iraq and Syria, the exponential spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa and deadlocked negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. There is little hope the 193-nation UN...
  • Manchester City manager Pellegrini criticises Chelsea's small team mentality 22-09-2014 07:07 AM

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini criticised Chelsea's "small team" mentality and said they played like Stoke City during their tense 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Much like last season's masterful 1-0 win at the same venue, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho opted to play three midfielders to negate...
  • Sebastian Vettel finds his feet on streets of Singapore 22-09-2014 06:27 AM

    Singapore seems to bring the best out of Sebastian Vettel and although the German was unable to secure a fourth straight victory in Formula One's only night race on Sunday, his second place was the best result of an otherwise forgettable campaign. Red Bull have been out-performed by Mercedes this...
  • US says other countries willing to launch air strikes in Syria 21-09-2014 10:58 PM

    Washington: The United States has indications other countries are willing to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, its UN ambassador said on Sunday, predicting "we will not do the air strikes alone." Washington is trying to build an international military, political and financial coalition to defeat the...
  • New al Qaeda wing in South Asia claims major attack 21-09-2014 10:25 PM

    Islamabad: Al Qaeda's South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at US vessels in the Arabian Sea, in the first major assault by the newly created group. The SITE monitoring service quoted its spokesman, Usama Mahmoud, as...
  • Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines, heads for Taiwan 21-09-2014 07:58 PM

    Manila: Storm Fung-Wong churned towards Taiwan on Saturday after killing at least five people in the Philippines, and forcing some 200,000 people into temporary shelter, including in the capital Manila, to escape massive flooding. Most schools on the main island of Luzon remained closed for a second day as a...
  • Pakistani Islamists use floods to turn opinion against India 21-09-2014 07:49 PM

    Multan: Hafiz Saeed, widely considered one of South Asia's most dangerous militants, has no doubt who is to blame for devastating floods that have submerged swathes of Pakistani countryside and claimed hundreds of lives. "India irrigates its deserts and dumps extra water on Pakistan without any warning," the bearded Saeed...
  • World leaders to gather at UN in shadow of Islamic State, Ebola crises 21-09-2014 07:32 PM

    United Nations: World leaders gather in New York this week to tackle a host of crises: the violence Islamic State militants are wreaking in Iraq and Syria, the exponential spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa and deadlocked negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. There is little hope the 193-nation...
  • Syrian refugee flight to Turkey one of the worst since war began: UN 21-09-2014 07:27 PM

    Ankara: Turkey is facing one of the biggest influxes of refugees from neighbouring Syria since the war there began more than three years ago, the United Nations' refugee agency said on Sunday, as civilians continued to flee clashes between Islamic State (IS) militants and Kurdish forces. IS fighters seized dozens...
  • Iran seeks give and take on militants, nuclear program 21-09-2014 07:19 PM

    United Nations: Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters. The comments from the officials, who asked not to be named, highlight how difficult...
  • Ukraine says ceasefire violations hold up creation of buffer zone 21-09-2014 07:12 PM

    Kiev: The Ukrainian military accused separatists and Russian troops on Sunday of continuing to shoot at government forces despite a September 5 ceasefire and said Kiev would not go ahead with setting up a proposed buffer zone until the truce violations stopped. Ukraine's warring sides agreed on Friday to withdraw...
  • Taiwan, Kazakh weightlifters break world records at Asiad 21-09-2014 04:46 PM

    Incheon: Kazakh weightlifter Zulfiya Chinshanlo broke her own clean and jerk world record in the 53kg category at the Asian Games on Sunday, but it was not enough to snatch gold from Taiwan's Hsu Shu Ching, who also set a new combined world mark of 233kg. Chinshanlo had set the...
  • Asian Games 2014: UAE judokas disqualified over residency 21-09-2014 04:15 PM

    The United Arab Emirates' three-man judo team has been thrown out of the Asian Games for failing to meet the required residency rules, an official said on Sunday. Victor Scvortov, Mihail Marchitan and Ivan Remarenco have all switched allegiance from Moldova to the UAE over the past couple of years....
  • Injury ends Victoria Azarenka's season 21-09-2014 03:48 PM

    Victoria Azarenka will miss rest of the tennis season as she tries to make a full recovery from injuries that plagued her year, the former world number one said on Sunday. The two-time grand slam champion withdrew from this week's Wuhan Open in China with a foot injury and later...
  • Microsoft delays the launch of its Xbox One console in China 21-09-2014 03:07 PM

    Beijing: Microsoft has delayed the launch of its Xbox One game console in China, which had been set for release on Tuesday, but the world's biggest software company said it would be released by the end of the year. Microsoft did not give a reason for the delay in a...
  • Asian Games 2014: Park against Sun set to light up pool, South Korea top table 21-09-2014 12:19 PM

    South Korean sharpshooters snatched two early golds to put the hosts top of the Asian Games medals table on Sunday, but the highlight of the second day's action will come later in the pool when China's Sun Yang takes on local hero Park Tae-hwan in the 200 metres freestyle final....
  • Spain should not dump tiki-taka, says Joan Capdevila 21-09-2014 12:19 PM

    Former world champions Spain will have to wait to regain their past glory but they need not discard their attractive brand of football that earned them fans and laurels, World Cup winning defender Joan Capdevila told Reuters in an interview. Spain's golden spell during which they won the 2010 World...
  • A new smartphone app that detects text and reads it aloud for visually impaired people 21-09-2014 12:16 PM

    San Francisco: Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son's school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera captured, courtesy of a new app...
  • Angelina Jolie to direct 'Africa', a biopic based on paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey 21-09-2014 11:08 AM

    Los Angeles: Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has been hired to direct "Africa," a feature film about paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey and his campaign against ivory poachers that threaten Africa's elephants. The film, Jolie's fourth directorial effort, is from Skydance Productions, the company behind recent "Terminator" and "Mission: Impossible"...
  • Facebook's Oculus unveils a new, upgraded prototype of its virtual reality headset 21-09-2014 10:26 AM

    Los Angeles: Facebook Inc's Oculus VR unit announced an upgraded prototype of its virtual reality headset that has higher resolution and built-in audio, but the company said it is not ready to sell a device to consumers. The new Crescent Bay device also is lighter than the most recent prototype...
  • Liverpool struggling to cope with extra demands 21-09-2014 10:13 AM

    Coping with tricky Premier League fixtures a few days after Champions League exertions is a knack Liverpool must learn quickly if this campaign does not become a second-rate sequel to last season's thriller. On the evidence of a 3-1 defeat at West Ham United on Saturday they have some way...
  • Banana peel study, ugly art research win Ig Nobel spoof awards 21-09-2014 08:55 AM

    Boston: Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds, and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year's Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements. The annual prizes, meant to entertain and encourage...
  • Man who ate napkins to conceal insider trading pleads guilty 21-09-2014 08:52 AM

    A Brooklyn, New York mortgage broker, who would scribble secret stock tips on napkins and pass them to an accomplice in Grand Central station before eating them, pleaded guilty to insider trading on Friday, federal prosecutors said. Frank Tamayo, 41, was the middleman in what prosecutors called a three-man scheme...
  • About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance 21-09-2014 08:37 AM

    Suruc (Turkey): About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border. Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing...
  • Asian Games 2014: North Korean weightlifter Om Yun Chol sets world record 20-09-2014 08:49 PM

    Om Yun Chol might be one of the smallest men competing at the Asian Games but he is also one of the strongest - able to lift more than three times his own bodyweight. Only a handful of men have ever achieved the superhuman feat - putting the diminutive North...
  • French jets strike in Iraq, expanding US-led campaign against Islamic State 20-09-2014 04:25 PM

    Baghdad: President Francois Hollande said Rafale jets hit "a logistics depot of the terrorists" near the city of Mosul, which has been held by Islamic State for more than three months. It promised more operations in coming days. The French military action, which follows US air strikes in northern Iraq...
  • Apple is losing its 'cool' factor: Consumers 20-09-2014 11:15 AM

    San Francisco: Holly Riggle, a 29-year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday. But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less "original" than it was under former chief executive Steve...
  • China shuts around 1.8 million accounts in pornography crackdown: Report 20-09-2014 11:04 AM

    Beijing: China's Cyperspace Administration has closed nearly 1.8 million accounts on social networking and instant messaging services since it launched its anti-pornography campaign in April, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday. The campaign has been focused on shutting down websites showing pornography and services used to solicit prostitution. Most...
  • Michel Platini plans to keep luxury gift, make charity donation 20-09-2014 09:51 AM

    UEFA president Michel Platini has said he intends to ignore FIFA requests and not return a luxury watch valued at 25,000 Swiss francs ($26,600), given to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). Instead, he said on Friday in British media reports, he will make a donation for the same...