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Migrant Crisis in Southeast Asia Shows Signs of EbbingWhile no one is willing to say there are no more migrant boats at sea, an absence of landings and a paucity of sightings suggest that the worst may be over.Charter Communications Agrees to Acquire Time Warner CableThe $56.7 billion offer is the latest in the sector as companies struggle to keep pace with the changing habits of how Americans watch and pay for television.With ISIS in Cross Hairs, U.S. Holds Back to Protect CiviliansMany Iraqi commanders and some American officers say that exercising caution with airstrikes has harmed the coalition’s larger effort to destroy the Islamic State.Jason Rezaian of Washington Post Goes on Trial in IranThe trial, which is not open to the public, began in a Tehran courtroom, the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported. The charges include espionage.Fire Kills 38 at Seniors Home in ChinaWith a rapidly aging population and an underfunded social security system, China faces increasing pressure to provide safe, affordable care for retirees.In Cable Deal, Charter Seeks National HeftCharter Communications’ $55 billion bid for Time Warner Cable is aimed at helping fulfill Charter’s long-held strategy to become a legitimate national player in the industry.Rest Home Fire in Central China Kills 38Chinese state media is reporting that a rest home fire in central China has killed 38 people and injured six.News Analysis: After a Year of Outsize Expectations, Narendra Modi Adjusts His Plan for IndiaThe Indian prime minister gave a speech on Monday that was notable for the subjects it avoided: Large-scale job creation, manufacturing and urbanization.
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Devastating tornado kills 13 in MexicoJust across the U.S.-Mexico border, a tornado devastated the city of Ciudad Acuna on Monday, killing 13 people and destroying hundreds of homes.According to the Associated Press, rescue workers searched through the rubble to find victims after the twister flung cars like matchsticks and ripped a baby from its mothers hands.Read full article >>Charter buys Time Warner Cable to create mega cable and Internet firmCharter Communications said Tuesday it has agreed to a $55 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, creating a new giant in an industry racing to hook up homes to high-speed Internet as cable television declines.Read full article >>Charter confirms acquisition of Time Warner Cable in $55 billion dealCharter Communications confirmed Tuesday its $55 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, a merger that would create a powerful cable and broadband Internet contender in an industry long lacking competition.Read full article >>Post reporter’s ‘espionage’ trial begins behind closed doors in IranWashington Post reporter Jason Rezaian went to trial Tuesday on espionage charges in a closed-door session held more than 10 months after he was detained, Iran’s official news agency reported. The proceedings were adjourned after about two hours, the news agency IRNA said, but gave no details on the charges or any actions inside the court. No family members or independent observers were permitted inside the courtroom — bringing denunciations from press freedom groups and others.Read full article >>Lassa fever death in New Jersey recalls Ebola death in TexasA man in New Jersey has died of a deadly infectious disease from the same part of the world the Ebola virus originated.Lassa fever was named after a town in Nigeria where Western doctors first identified the illness in 1969. The disease, spread by rodent excrement and contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids — but not casual contact — can merely cause fever, but serious cases bring “hemorrhaging (in gums, eyes, or nose, as examples), respiratory distress, repeated vomiting, facial swelling, pain in the chest, back, and abdomen, and shock,” as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained. Death from multi-organ failure can come two weeks after symptoms appear.Read full article >>Actor Omar Sharif has Alzheimer’sOmar Sharif, the famed actor who starred in “Doctor Zhivago” and “Lawrence of Arabia” has Alzheimer’s disease, his agent confirmed to the Associated Press.The Egyptian-born actor, 83, was also among the world’s most famous contract bridge players, co-writing a column on the game widely syndicated by the Chicago Tribune.Read full article >>Frantic phone call as family, friends swept away by violent Texas floodwatersAs violent thunderstorms lashed central Texas Saturday night and floodwaters rose to the highest levels the state has ever seen, Austin resident Julie Shields got a frightening phone call from her sister Laura.Read full article >>Maryland’s ‘free range’ parents cleared of neglect in one caseA Maryland couple investigated for neglect after they let their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases, according to the family’s attorneys and documents.Read full article >>
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Dozens Of Eastern European Women Trafficked To West For Sham Marriages Each YearLONDON (AP) — Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met. She knew he did not want her, or her child. He wanted her European identity card. The marriage was arranged so the 23-year-old Pakistani groom could gain the right to live and work in Europe. Balogova was promised a clean place to stay in Britain and maybe even some money. But she says within days of arrival, she was moved from Manchester to Glasgow in Scotland, where she was kept in an apartment with her future husband. When he wasn't around, his younger brother would stand over her, and her identity documents were taken away. "He didn't let me out at any time. He told me it wa...Philanthropist Turns Her Heart Problem Into SolutionsOne day in 1998, Sally Soter was walking up a hill when she felt oddly out of breath. Then came the ache in her side. The symptoms hit just as she and her husband, Bill, were headed out of town. Fearing a problem with her appendix, Bill insisted that Sally get checked out right away. She didn't understand why the doctor kept listening to her heart. She even suggested he pay more attention to her midsection. "No," he said, "you are here because you have an extra heartbeat." Her life has been different ever since. And, thanks to her, so has the fight against heart disease in women. *** Sally turned out to have atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib or AF. Instead of a normal beating pattern, her heart's two small upper chambers ...May Is Mental Health Awareness Month -- Here's Why Companies Should CareMost people spend the majority of their waking hours working. During those long hours, the office setting either promotes good mental health or contributes to poor emotional well-being. Despite the large role that office culture plays in employee well-being, most companies rarely -- if ever -- mention the subject of mental health. Employers certainly can't prevent all mental health problems. Genetics and past traumatic experiences are just a couple of the factors that can influence a person's mental health. But there are steps employers can take to reduce stress and promote resilience. The Cost of Mental Health Problems to Employers Nearly 1 in 5 people experienced a diagnosable mental health problem in the last year, and many other...Letter from Spain: The Times Are A-Changin'Allow me to call your attention to this woman. We have seen her dressed the heroine, interrupting the rallies of other parties, or resisting the police in some of the numerous protests that she has staged against home evictions. Her name is Ada Colau, and she has dedicated her life to social and political activism. This Sunday, the polls have turned her into the leader of the most voted for force in Barcelona. In short, if she is able to weave together the necessary agreements, she will be the first female mayor of the city. She is the first "indignada" that clearly unseats the power of traditional parties in Spain. But she is not alone: in Madrid, another woman, a 71-year-old ex-judge could become mayor, ousting the People's Party tha...'Jeopardy!' Champ Proves He's No Broadway ExpertTwo-day "Jeopardy!" champ Choyon Manjrekar bested his opponents for a third time on Monday night, upping his winnings to more than $56,000, but also proving that he's no expert on Broadway musicals. Entering Final Jeopardy with a commanding lead, Manjrekar faced this question: "A Christian hymn and a Jewish holiday hymn are both titled this, also the name of a 2009 Tony-nominated musical." "What is Kinky Boots?" Wrong! The correct answer was "Rock of Ages." It was clear from Manjrekar's expression that he had just made a wild guess. “Kinky Boots, yes indeed!” Trebek quipped as the audience laughed. “Whenever people go to temple or go to church, they sing 'Kinky Boots'!” Fortunately, the contestant did not wager any money on the cl...China Plans Naval Expansion Amid South China Sea TensionsBEIJING, May 26 (Reuters) - China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach on Tuesday and held a groundbreaking ceremony for two lighthouses in disputed waters, developments likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing's maritime ambitions. In a policy document issued by the State Council, the Communist-ruled country's cabinet, China vowed to increase its "open seas protection," switching from air defense to both offense and defense, and criticized neighbors who take "provocative actions" on its reefs and islands. China has been taking an increasingly assertive posture over recent years in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, where Beijing has engaged in land reclamation in the Spratly archipelago. ...'Free Range' Parents Cleared Of Neglect In One CaseSILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Court reports and attorneys say a Maryland couple investigated for neglect after letting their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases. The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1FTnKxm ) reports Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have been monitored by Child Protective Services for their advocacy of so-called "free-range" parenting, which encourages independence and exploration. Documents say the case against the Meitivs for allowing their 10 and 6-year-old children walk home from a park about a mile away in December was dismissed. But authorities say the Meitivs are under investigation for neglect related to their children walking home April 12 from another park. ...Here's How Lisa Loeb Really Feels About Performing 'Stay' For More Than 20 YearsIn early 1994, Lisa Loeb was an unknown singer-songwriter living in New York City. That same year, she also became a musician whose song, "Stay," shot to number one on the Billboard charts -- the first artist to ever reach this achievement without having a recording contract. Loeb's rise to stardom was instant, and it's all thanks to a movie that Loeb views with a slight hint of irony. "Reality Bites" was released in 1994, and Loeb's "Stay" was featured on the film's soundtrack. Though the movie was about a group of Gen Xers whose lives lacked direction, Loeb says she couldn't relate to the premise. The singer was surrounded by people, including the film's stars, who knew exactly what they wanted to do in life. "I was hanging out with ...
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Iraqi forces launch operation to drive ISIS from AnbarA major military operation to liberate Iraq's Anbar and Salaheddin provinces from ISIS forces has begun, Iraqi state media and a key Shia militia group say.Iraq forces begin Anbar operationsIraq launches operation to retake Anbar and Salaheddine provinces from ISIS. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh has more.Iraqi soldier explains why Ramadi fell to ISISAsa'ad al-Yassiri is bitter, angry and disillusioned. The Iraqi soldier says it's not that he doesn't want to fight, but the leadership isn't providing the support needed to fight ISIS.Exclusive video shows battle before defeat in RamadiIraqi soldier Asa'ad al-Yassir recorded video of a firefight he took part in before ISIS gained control of the Iraqi town of Ramadi. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.Jets scramble to spate of flight threatsLaw enforcement scrambled on a busy long weekend travel day to ensure airplanes were secure after at least 10 threats were phoned in threatening flights.Daughters: B.B. King was poisonedCoroners have performed an autopsy on the body of blues legend B.B. King after they said family members alleged "foul play."
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Grandmother of child found dead in swing speaks outBoy's mother was found pushing her dead son, 3, in a park.Report: Suspect in D.C. killings took cab from N.Y. to D.C.Daron Wint in custody for killings of wealthy D.C. family, housekeeper.Homecoming queen swept away amid torrid Texas floodsAlyssa Ramirez was leaving her prom in San Antonio when water swept her away.The 'Hillary shop' opens for businessThe Clinton campaign opens its online customer shop.Emotional photo of Marine and bride praying goes viralA photographer captured a special moment between bride and groom at their wedding.U. of Texas students hitchhike for charity, return in time for finals"I'd say this journey was spiritual...it was like a bunch of life truths spread across a 1,400-mile trek halfway across America."Study: 'Pics or it didn't happen' distracts you from real lifeA study suggests this approach could distract you from being in the present moment and impair your memories of what happened.Weekly news quiz: Test your headline knowledgeAn actress that's "too old" and the return of a footballer all make this week's quiz.
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Trader accused over Libor was 'greedy'Former City trader Tom Hayes is accused of being "dishonest and manipulative" in his alleged attempts to rig Libor rates, a court hears.Amazon changes sales reportingAmazon, the global online retailer, is changing the way it records European sales in a move that could see it paying more tax.Family man dies at Dignitas clinicA British father-of-three who feared he would be paralysed by an inoperable tumour dies at the Dignitas centre in Switzerland.Bayliss named as England head coachEngland appoint Australian Trevor Bayliss, 52, as their new coach, succeeding Peter Moores who was sacked in early May.FCA seeks £80m 'death bond' finesThree men are facing fines of nearly £80m from the City regulator for misleading thousands of investors into buying so-called "death bonds".Charter to buy Time Warner CableCharter Communications agrees to buy media giant Time Warner Cable in a cash and shares deal worth $78.7bn.Sturgeon attacks UK spending cutsIn her first major economic speech since the general election Nicola Sturgeon condemns the "scale and speed" of spending cuts planned by the UK government.Iraq starts anti-IS Anbar offensiveIraqi government forces formally launch an operation to drive Islamic State (IS) out of the western province of Anbar, days after the fall of Ramadi.
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- Latest: Eurozone official says no deal by Thursday
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Now the Greek finance ministry is saying (according to Reuters) that a banking transaction tax and a levy on ATM withdrawals is “no longer” being discussed in talks with EU/IMF lenders. Not clear what that means if the talks have in fact been cancelled, however.
An unnamed eurozone official has warned that progress is still too low, and ruled out a deal by Thursday.
They also criticised the Athens side for not produ...County cricket – live!
All the action with Lizzy Ammon at Hove for Sussex v Warwickshire and Graham Hardcastle at Taunton for Somerset v Yorkshire
Graham Hardcastle reports from Taunton
Wow. We have just witnessed a quite remarkable half hour before lunch thanks to the Overton twins, Jamie and Craig, who have handed Somerset a 47-run lead on first innings and made mincemeat of Yorkshire’s bowling attack during a tenth-wicket stand of 76 in just 35 balls.
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Things are not going well for Sussex. Ed Joyce, having been dropped by Trott on 0, was given LBW first ball after lunch. Then Luke Wright got an absolutely unplayable ball from Rikki Clarke; it popped up fiercely off a length and all Wright could do was glove it str...Kenyan police attacked by al-Shabaab gunmen
At least five officers injured in heavy exchange of fire with militants in Garissa County
Al-Shabaab gunmen attacked Kenyan police vehicles near Somalia’s border, injuring at least five officers and burning five cars, police said on Tuesday
Two officers were critically injured and three others sustained minor injuries in the attack in Garissa County, national Police Chief JK Boinnet said in a statement.Continue reading...National Gallery hints that disputed art collection belongs to Ireland
Director Nicholas Penny’s remarks seized on as acknowledgement of Dublin’s moral right to impressionist paintings bequeathed by Sir Hugh Lane
The National Gallery in London has given its clearest indication that Ireland has a moral, if not legal, right to a priceless collection of impressionist paintings that have been a cause célèbre of Irish nationalism since the 1920s.
The 39 paintings, including some of the most celebrated works of the French artists Renoir, Monet and Manet, were left to the gallery by the art collector Sir Hugh Lane, who was killed on the Lusitania when it was hit by a German torpedo 100 years ago this month.
Penny’s remarks are the clearest public acknowledgement of Dublin’s right to these paintings and are very wel...Do you remember the first time? Some reunion shows might just be better …
As Ride proved with their stunning comeback show, a mixture of nostalgia, improved technology and softening egos can make a band’s return better than they ever were originally
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On 23 May, Ride played a fabulous comeback show at Manchester’s church-like Albert Hall. As the evening sun streamed through the former chapel’s stained glass windows, their early 1990s whoppers – Chelsea Girl, Leave Them All Behind, Like a Daydream and the rest – were performed with care and passion. Some of the most special moments involved the audience, who sang all the “ohhh ohhhh”s in Taste and even guitar parts in Vapour Trail. In one particularly memorable moment, the band charged into a five- (or ...Was this an earthquake in Spanish politics? Not quite, but it’s coming soonThese elections have further eroded the two main parties’ hegemony. But it’s September’s Catalan vote that could radically alter Spain’s political landscape
So, has there been an earthquake in Spanish politics after Sunday’s local and regional elections as many had expected? The short answer is no. The two establishment parties, the ruling conservative People’s party and the opposition Socialists, have seen their long-time hegemony further eroded, but together they still hold more than 50% of the vote. On the other hand, the new parties that represent Spain’s protest vote, the left-leaning Podemos and the centre-right Ciudadanos, have had good but not great results – around 12% and 6% of the vote respectively. As some had suspected all al...Taco Bell and Pizza Hut join companies doing away with artificial ingredients
Fast-food chains join McDonald’s and Subway in nixing artificial dyes and flavors as they face pressure from smaller rivals positioning themselves as wholesome
Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they’re getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.
Instead of “black pepper flavor”, for instance, Taco Bell will start using actual black pepper in its seasoned beef, says Liz Matthews, the chain’s chief food innovation officer.
Related: Pleased to meat you: the biggest, baddest burgers in America – in pictures
Related: Taste the rainbow forever: yellow mac & cheese is dead, but the nostalgia lives onContinue reading...BBC axes Never Mind the Buzzcocks after 20 years
Music panel show, which has featured team captains including Phill Jupitus, Noel Fielding, Sean Hughes and Bill Bailey, has run to 28 series
The BBC has pulled the plug on Never Mind the Buzzcocks after 20 years and 28 series of the music panel show.
The show, which has been presented by Mark Lamarr, Simon Amstell and, in its latest incarnation Rhod Gilbert, has featured team captains including Phill Jupitus, Sean Hughes, Bill Bailey and Noel Fielding.
Related: Phill Jupitus interview: 'I am not everyone's cup of teA'Continue reading...
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Cyber-Attack Warning: Could Hackers Bring Down a Plane?For years, hackers have been warning that passenger jets are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Airlines and plane manufacturers have largely ignored the risks, but recent events are leading German authorities and pilots to take the threats extremely seriously.Nazi Art: Sculptures from Hitler's Chancellery DiscoveredThe sculptures had been missing for decades. But on Wednesday, investigators found pieces of Nazi art that had once adorned Hitler's Chancellery in Berlin.Refugee Abuse: Torture Scandal Rocks German PoliceA 39-year-old Hanover cop allegedly abused two migrants, forcing one of them to eat rotten pork, and threatened a colleague with a gun. As the investigation grows, it is revealing deeper problems among German police. By SPIEGEL StaffNew Lives in Uruguay: Freedom Elusive after 12 Years at GuantanamoSix former Guantanamo prisoners have been sharing a house in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo for the last six months. The planned closure of the US detention facility could hinge on the outcome of this experiment.Emrah and his Brothers: Germany's Struggle for the Soul of Returning IslamistsGerman Islamists are returning from war abroad, some reformed but others more dangerous than ever. Social workers, imams and extremists are fighting for their souls -- and for Germany's safety. Government officials have few answers to the problem.Interview with Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei: 'The State Is Scared'In a SPIEGEL interview, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, 57, discusses the continuing repression faced by civil rights activists in China, why he believes progressive change in the country is inevitable and shameful human rights violations in the United States.Upwardly Mobile: Postmates Readies for Battle with Tech GiantsFounded by German entrepreneur Bastian Lehmann, on-demand courier service Postmates is going head-to-head with Uber and Amazon. The company has big ambitions but faces stiff competition.The Spy Next Door: The Double Life of Agent Jack BarskyAn East German national spent two decades spying for the KGB in the United States before his capture, establishing two families in two countries and leading a complicated double life. The story of how a former communist became the guy next door.
UN says alarming spike in female suicide bombings in NigeriaAn "alarming spike" in suicide bombings by girls and women used by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria has children in danger of being seen as potential threats, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.China and Holland promote pedal power in the capitalExperts from China and Holland are joining forces to develop a plan to help Beijing regain its status as world bicycle capital.Charter to buy Time Warner Cable in $78.7 bln dealCharter Communications Inc said it would buy Time Warner Cable Inc in a deal valued at $78.7 billion, as the second and third largest U.S. cable operators look to better compete with market leader Comcast Corp.Manila will not benefit from playing with fire over South China SeaManila's continuous attempts to drag the United States and some other countries further into the South China Sea disputes are irresponsible and counterproductive, and will only exacerbate the already complicated situation.ROK still cautious on summit with Japan amid series of talksThe Republic of Korea on Tuesday expressed its still cautious stance toward a summit with Japan despite a series of ministerial-level talks between the two countries in security, economy and tourism.China has no overseas military bases: SpokespersonDefense Ministry spokesperson Yang Yujun said Tuesday that the country has not built any military bases overseas.Islamic State advance no danger to New Zealand forces in Iraq: PMNew Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday dismissed calls to pull New Zealand troops out of Iraq as Islamic State (IS) insurgents advanced to within 100 km of their base.
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Germany sees progress on Greece, EU officials to confer on ThursdayBERLIN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A senior German official said on Tuesday there was no reason to believe Greece would be in default after a 300 million euro payment to the IMF falls due on June 5.Malaysian police reveal grim secrets of jungle trafficking campsBUKIT WANG BURMA, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysian police forensic teams, digging with hoes and shovels,Teenager in Austrian 'Playstation' terrorism case gets two yearsVIENNA (Reuters) - A 14-year-old boy from Austria who downloaded bomb-making plans onto his Playstation games console was sentenced to a two-year jail term on Tuesday after pleading guilty to terrorism charges, a court spokeswoman said.Charter agrees to buy Time Warner Cable for $56 billion(Reuters) - John Malone's Charter Communications Inc struck a $56 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc, seeking to combine the third and second largest U.S. cable operators to better compete against market leader Comcast Corp.Amazon pays $16 million tax in Germany, while making $11.9 billion salesLONDON (Reuters) - Internet retailer Amazon.com Inc.'s main German operating unit paid just 11.9 million euros ($16 million) in tax in 2014, despite the group recording $11.9 billion in sales to German customers last year, regulatory filings show.Five killed in Texas and Oklahoma floods, Houston on alertSAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday likened the ferocity of flash flooding that left at least five people dead in Texas and Oklahoma to a tsunami, and authorities said a dam had given way in a state park.China to extend military reach, build lighthouses in disputed watersBEIJING (Reuters) - China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach on Tuesday and held a groundbreaking ceremony for two lighthouses in disputed waters, developments likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing's maritime ambitions.Iraqi Shi'ite militia claim leadership of campaign against Islamic StateBAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Shi'ite militia announced on Tuesday they had taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operation an openly sectarian codename that could infuriate its Sunni population.
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Beat the post holiday bluesThere's no need to dread going back to work if you follow these great tips to get back to business.Six top business lessonsWhat's the best advice Australia's most successful entrepreneurs have ever followed?What price exotic beer?A local craft brew portal wants to know which overseas ales local drinkers admire.The Aussie email marketing gurusWhich local success story has more than 120,000 clients in 170 countries?How the Count Basie Orchestra swings under Scotty BarnhartWhen players in the Count Basie Orchestra feel the presence of an extra player on stage they know that they're "in the groove".Denis Napthine's $15m transport ad campaign soon forgotten: reportAn ad binge may have failed to make the impact the Coalition sought because while transport was a hot-button issue in Victoria, it was not considered as important as unemployment, health, inflation and education.Banks, Fortescue drive ASX higherAustralian shares enjoyed their fourth day of gains, led by a strong rebound in the big banks and a surge in Fortescue on reports of Chinese interest in a stake in the miner.Tall and brassy, Meara seemed born to make an audience smileAnne Meara's childhood was touched by tragedy yet she went on to a stellar career as a comedian, bringing joy and laughter to audiences from stage, screen and television.
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Australia looks to scrap tampon tax after student protestThe Australian government on Tuesday bowed to pressure and took the first step to end a controversial sales tax on women's sanitary products, a day after a student carrying a giant tampon confronted the treasurer on television with a petition demanding change.Volcano erupts in Galapagos Islands, home to unique pink iguanasA volcano perched atop one of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands erupted in the early hours of Monday, the local authorities said, potentially threatening a unique species of pink iguanas.China to extend offshore military reach to counter 'provocations'China outlined its defence strategy to boost its naval capability farther from its shores on Tuesday, saying it faced a grave and complex array of security threats including in the disputed South China Sea.Rule by velvet fist: 6 strategies of 'soft dictators'The ‘soft dictators’ of our times concentrate power by stifling opposition and eliminating checks and balances, sans violence.Pope hasn't watched TV since promise to Virgin of Carmen in 1990Pope Francis recently revealed that he has not watched television since July 15, 1990, ever since he promised the Virgin of Carmen that he would eschew it.Fire at China nursing home kills 38: ReportThe fire broke out late on Monday at a private rest home in Lushan county, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday, citing local authorities.Inside the caliphate; honeymoon in RaqqaThe Islamic State group has set up a generous welfare system to help settle and create lives for the thousands of jihadis men and women who have flocked to IS territory from the Arab world, Europe, Central Asia and the United States.Inside the Caliphate; honeymoon in RaqqaThe Islamic State group has set up a generous welfare system to help settle and create lives for the thousands of jihadis men and women who have flocked to IS territory from the Arab world, Europe, Central Asia and the United States.
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Palestinians dismiss reported Netanyahu initiative
Palestinians on Tuesday angrily dismissed reported remarks by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he would like to negotiate the future annexation of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Haaretz newspaper on Tuesday quoted "an Israeli source" briefed on last week's meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini as saying that Netanyahu wants to resume talks with the Palestinians, with his goal being to reach understandings on the borders of settlement blocs that Israel would annex under any peace agreement.
"The prime minister explained that in this way, it would be clear what parts of the West Bank Israel could continue building in," the newspaper reported.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat told AFP the concept was "...Russia and West hold war games over Arctic
Russia conducted huge and unexpected war games on Tuesday, coinciding with a Nato drill in the Arctic at a time of heightened tensions in the region.
The snap check launched on the orders of President Vladimir Putin involved up to 700 units of military hardware, 12,000 troops and up to 250 aircraft, the defence ministry said.
Russia has recently intensified snap checks of its military might, testing its capabilities from the Arctic to the Far East as relations with the West have plunged to a post-Cold War low over the Ukraine crisis.
The latest exercises, over Russia's central military district from the Volga River to Siberia, began Monday -- the same day that NATO planes joined Nordic air forces to launch a simulated UN peacekeeping missio...G7 finance ministers, central bankers to meet in Dresden
Finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of Seven wealthiest nations meet in Dresden this week to discuss the health of the global economy and financial regulation, with Greece also on the agenda.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has invited his counterparts and their central bank chiefs from Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and the United States, for a meeting starting Wednesday and "an in-depth exchange of views" in the eastern German city.
But there will also be other experts seated around the table, Schaeuble said in an interview with German public radio Deutschlandfunk at the weekend.
For the first time, "we've also specifically invited a number of the world's leading economists and monetary policy expe...Wozniacki through to French Open second round
Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki won through to the second round of the French Open with little fuss on Tuesday, beating Italy's Karin Knapp 6-3, 6-0.
The Danish former world number one, who has never gone beyond the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, struggled to find her rhythm initially and the first six games on Court Suzanne Lenglen lasted almost an hour.
However, the 27-year-old Italian Knapp, who came into the second Grand Slam of the year on the back of claiming her second career title in Nuremberg last week, was the architect of her own downfall in the end with a total of 50 unforced errors.
Wozniacki now goes on to face Germany's Julia Goerges, who beat Coco Vandeweghe of the United States 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.Malaysia clears grave sites as Thais seek stranded migrant boats
Malaysian police Tuesday began the grisly task of clearing dozens of grave sites in suspected people-smuggling camps Tuesday, as Thai aircraft searched for thousands of migrants still believed stranded in the Andaman Sea.
Malaysian police say a total of 139 grave sites were found near 28 abandoned camps close to the Thai border, the latest grim turn in Southeast Asia's migrant crisis.
More than 3,500 Bangladeshi economic migrants and stateless Rohingya from Myanmar have arrived on Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian soil in recent weeks.
South Africa's Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu called Tuesday for international aid to Myanmar to be linked to the plight of its persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority, who have fled the co...Charter takes over Time Warner CableUS cable company Charter Communications announced Tuesday it is acquiring rival Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at $78.7 billion, in a major consolidation on the American market.Bayliss appointed England head coach
Australian Trevor Bayliss has been appointed as the new head coach of England, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Tuesday.
The 52-year-old former Sri Lanka coach succeeds the sacked Peter Moores, having been preferred to his compatriot Jason Gillespie, the Yorkshire coach, who was the initial favourite for the job.
"Trevor has an outstanding record as coach, has global experience and is very highly regarded in the game," said the ECB's director of cricket Andrew Strauss in a press release.
Currently coach of New South Wales, Bayliss will take charge of England in time for the start of their home Ashes series against Australia in July.Iran FM discusses Yemen conflict in neutral Oman
Iran's foreign minister held talks in neutral Oman Tuesday about ending the conflict in Yemen where a Saudi-led coalition is waging a bombing campaign against Tehran-backed rebels, Iranian media reported.
Oman, which maintains good relations with Iran, is the only one of the six Gulf Arab states that has not joined the coalition air war in its western neighbour.
"We discussed ways to send humanitarian aid, establish a ceasefire and start dialogues between the Yemeni groups," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Iranian state television from Muscat.
"We are concerned about the continuing air raids against the population in Yemen and irreversible damage to this country," he added.
"Iran and Oman want peace, security and stability in the...
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