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  • Shadowy al-Qaeda cell, hit by US in Syria, seen as 'imminent' threat 24-09-2014 10:33 AM

    Washington: While the world has focused on a US-led air assault on Islamic State strongholds in Syria, American officials said they also struck a blow there against a little-known cadre of hardened al-Qaeda militants that posed a more immediate threat to the West. The strikes early on Tuesday on what...
  • Dr Dre is king of hip hop with USD 620 million in earnings: Forbes 24-09-2014 09:29 AM

    New York: With $620 million in estimated pre-tax earnings, veteran rapper and record producer Dr. Dre topped Forbes list as the highest paid hip hop artist, ousting Sean "Diddy" Combs from the top spot. Forbes said Dre's estimated annual earnings for the 12 months between June 2013 and 2014 are...
  • Hackers threaten to leak nude photos of actress Emma Watson 24-09-2014 09:28 AM

    NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hackers threatened to leak nude photos of actress Emma Watson days in response to she gave a speech at the United Nations urging men to join the fight for gender equality, The Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday. Users of 4chan, the website behind other...
  • Britain's Cameron overheard saying Queen 'purred' at Scottish 'No' vote 24-09-2014 09:08 AM

    Manchester, England: Britain's monarch is famously above politics, but Prime Minister David Cameron was overheard on Tuesday saying Queen Elizabeth had "purred" with happiness when he phoned her to inform her Scotland had voted to reject independence. In New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, TV crews accidentally...
  • Actress Emma Watson's plea for equality wins men's support 24-09-2014 08:02 AM

    London: British actress Emma Watson's plea for men to join the fight for equal rights for women has sparked a flood of pledges across the world, including from fellow celebrities and politicians. Watson, 24, who rose to fame as Hermione in the Harry Potter movies, gave her first major speech...
  • Bin Laden's son-in-law Abu Ghaith sentenced to life in US prison 23-09-2014 09:24 PM

    Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday in New York following his conviction on terrorism charges. A Manhattan federal jury in March found the Kuwaiti-born 48-year-old guilty of conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists and...
  • US bombards ISIS targets in Syria in first airstrikes 23-09-2014 08:47 PM

    US President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to continue the fight against Islamic State fighters following the first US-led airstrikes targeting the militant group in Syria, and pledged to build even more international support for the effort. "Once again, it must be clear to anyone who would plot against America...
  • Liverpool granted planning permission for Anfield expansion 23-09-2014 07:42 PM

    London: Eighteen-times English champions Liverpool have been granted planning permission for phase one of the expansion of their Anfield stadium, Liverpool city council announced on Tuesday. Phase one of the project will see the Main Stand expanded with a further 8,500 seats, taking the capacity of Liverpool's iconic stadium to...
  • Banned Suarez set to play Barca B friendly with Indonesia 23-09-2014 07:28 PM

    Barcelona marquee signing Luis Suarez is set to play a friendly for the club's B team against Indonesia on Wednesday to maintain his fitness until his ban ends in October, coach Luis Enrique said on Tuesday. The Catalan club splashed out 81 million euros ($105 million) on the controversial Uruguayan...
  • Lady Gaga sheds quirky image for jazz album with Tony Bennett 23-09-2014 05:49 PM

    (Reuters) - Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, bridging a 60-year age gap to form one of music's unlikeliest pairs, launched a jazz album on Monday that lets the pop diva put aside her wacky image to sing sweet harmonies with the elder statesman of cool. "Cheek to Cheek," on sale...
  • Microsoft Xbox One set to launch in China on September 29 23-09-2014 05:36 PM

    Beijing: Microsoft Corp has set September 29 as the new launch date for its Xbox One game console in China, the US software giant said on Tuesday, in the first launch since a 14-year ban on sales of foreign games consoles was lifted this year. The world's biggest software company...
  • Manchester United need massive investment on new players, says Neville 23-09-2014 03:30 PM

    Manchester United, who spent 150 million pounds ($245.18 million) on new players in the summer, might need to spend another 100 million pounds before they can compete for the Premier League title, according to former defender Phil Neville. United's defenders have been savaged in the media after squandering a 3-1...
  • Love, eggs and ideas: the keys to North Korean weightlifting success 23-09-2014 03:27 PM

    Incheon: "Recipe for weightlifting success," by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Take one egg. Add an idea. Break a stone with said egg. Voila. North Korean weightlifters Om Yun Chol and Kim Un Guk faced the media at a news conference on Tuesday that was supposed to focus on...
  • Israeli military says shot down Syrian warplane over Golan Heights 23-09-2014 12:55 PM

    Jerusalem: Israel's military said it shot down a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights on Tuesday. A Patriot missile intercepted the aircraft after it flew into Israeli-controlled airspace over the Golan, a military spokesman said. Israeli media reports identified the aircraft as a MiG-21. The spokesman said it was a...
  • Israeli troops kill Hamas men blamed for slaying teens: Army 23-09-2014 11:58 AM

    Jerusalem: Israeli troops on Tuesday killed two Palestinians blamed for abducting and killing three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank in June, the military said, an incident that spiralled into a seven-week war in Gaza. Israel had spent months searching for Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, militants in...
  • India withdraws pharma pricing regulator's power to cap non-essential drug prices 23-09-2014 11:35 AM

    Mumbai: India has withdrawn the drug pricing authority's powers that allowed it to fix the prices of medicines not deemed essential, after its decision to impose price caps on more than 100 drugs in July triggered industry protests. The Department of Pharmaceuticals has withdrawn guidelines issued on May 29 that...
  • Australia 'interested' in joining Asian Games 23-09-2014 10:59 AM

    Australia has welcomed the idea of possibly competing at the Asian Games after Asian Olympic officials agreed to let Oceania nations join them in smaller multi-sports events. While there are no firm plans as yet to allow Oceania countries to compete at the main Asian Games, which are second in...
  • Virginia preschool teacher arrested; charged with assault for biting toddler 23-09-2014 09:08 AM

    Washington: A Virginia preschool teacher has been arrested and charged with assault and battery after she allegedly punished a 13-month-old boy by biting his shoulder, police said on Monday. Theresa Brown, 24, is accused of biting the toddler on Sept. 11 at The Goddard School in Woodbridge, Virginia, a private...
  • La Liga: Atletico Madrid need improvement before Almeria trip 23-09-2014 08:54 AM

    When Atletico Madrid won a La Liga and King's Cup double in 1996, hopes were high it would mark the beginning of a golden period for the club known as the "mattress makers". Those hopes were quickly dashed and Atletico were relegated to the second division in 2000 before returning...
  • PM Modi to observe strict fast during US trip, to only consume lemonade, tea 23-09-2014 07:57 AM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe a strict religious fast during his maiden trip to the United States, aides said on Monday, in a test both of the 64-year-old leader's stamina and of protocol in the Obama White House. Throughout a gruelling schedule that features the United Nations...
  • PM Narendra Modi to get rockstar reception in New York, likely to draw huge crowds 23-09-2014 07:54 AM

    New York: It is a rock 'n' roller's dream to "sell out The Garden," but for a foreign politician to pack New York City's most famous sports and entertainment arena is another thing entirely. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his first trip to New York as leader of the world's...
  • West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate out for six weeks 23-09-2014 06:28 AM

    West Ham United could be without midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate for up to six weeks after he suffered an injury in the Premier League win against Liverpool at the weekend, the London club's co-owner David Gold said on Monday. The powerful 24-year-old Senegal international was injured towards the end of his...
  • Uncle Nadal puzzled as Spain pick female Davis Cup captain 23-09-2014 06:22 AM

    Toni Nadal has given a lukewarm response to the decision by the Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) to appoint former women's Tour player Gala Leon as Spain's new Davis Cup captain. The RFET handed the 40-year-old Leon responsibility for the country's Davis Cup team following Carlos Moya's decision to step aside...
  • More than 10 million iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus sold in first three days: Apple 23-09-2014 06:06 AM

    Apple said it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday, underscoring strong demand for phones with larger displays. Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models if...
  • La Liga: Valencia up to second thanks to 30 win at Getafe 23-09-2014 05:54 AM

    Madrid: Valencia continued their solid start to La Liga and climbed to second when recent Spain recruit Paco Alcacer set them on their way to a 3-0 win at Getafe on Monday. Forward Alcacer, who scored on his competitive Spain debut in this month's 5-1 Euro 2016 qualification victory against...
  • Seeds tumble at Wuhan Open but Maria Sharapova survives 22-09-2014 11:43 PM

    Organisers of the WTA's inaugural Wuhan Open, still reeling from last week's retirement of the city's tennis trailblazer Li Na, suffered the loss of further headline acts on Monday with the early exit of seeded players. Fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was ousted in three sets by Caroline Garcia of France,...
  • Islamic State urges attacks on US, French citizens, taunts Barack Obama 22-09-2014 10:19 PM

    Baghdad: Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the militant group. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted US President Barack Obama and other Western "crusaders" in a statement carried by...
  • Real Madrid's defence needs to improve, says Carlo Ancelotti 22-09-2014 07:29 PM

    Madrid: Performances have improved but it is too early to conclude Real Madrid have put their early-season stutter behind them, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday. Real lost two La Liga matches in a row, at Real Sociedad and at home to Atletico Madrid, before bouncing back with a 5-1...
  • Neymar, Rakitic in doubt for Barcelona trip to Malaga 22-09-2014 05:24 PM

    Barcelona pair Neymar and Ivan Rakitic have picked up minor injuries that could sideline them for Wednesday's La Liga game at Malaga, the league leaders said on Monday. Brazil forward Neymar hurt an ankle and had to be substituted early in the second half of Sunday's 5-0 win at Levante,...
  • Qatar will not host 2022 World Cup, says FIFA's Zwanziger 22-09-2014 04:39 PM

    The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Monday. "I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar," the German told Sport...