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Man City pay heavy price for lack of spine

Yahoo - DRC - 9 hours 24 min ago

LONDON (Reuters) - The absence of Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero cost Manchester City dear as they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to struggling Burnley on Sunday. The Premier League champions looked certain to cut the gap on leaders Chelsea to one point with a 10th successive win in all competitions when they surged ahead through David Silva and Fernandinho but they wilted in the second half. ...


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Boko Haram militants stage attacks in northern Cameroon

Yahoo - DRC - 9 hours 26 min ago
YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Some 1,000 suspected Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria attacked five towns in northern Cameroon over the weekend and briefly occupied a military camp on Sunday before being removed by the air force, an army spokesman said. The heavily armed group attacked the military camp in Achigachia near the Nigerian border at around 4 a.m.. Following an intense battle, the army abandoned the camp, Lieutenant Colonel Didier Badjeck told Reuters by phone. "After that, the head of state ordered the air force to carry out strikes. ...
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Soccer-Man City pay heavy price for lack of spine

Yahoo - DRC - 9 hours 30 min ago
LONDON, Dec 28 (Reuters) - The absence of Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero cost Manchester City dear as they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to struggling Burnley on Sunday. The Premier League champions looked certain to cut the gap on leaders Chelsea to one point with a 10th successive win in all competitions when they surged ahead through David Silva and Fernandinho but they wilted in the second half. ...
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U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan ends combat role; thousands of foreign troops remain

Yahoo - DRC - 9 hours 47 min ago

By Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission on Sunday, more than 13 years after an international alliance ousted the Taliban government for sheltering the planners of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on American cities. About 13,000 foreign troops, mostly Americans, will remain in the country under a new, two-year mission named "Resolute Support" that will continue the coalition's training of Afghan security forces. The Afghan army and police are struggling to fight against Taliban militants who this year killed record numbers of Afghans. ...


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Key decisions on drones likely from Congress

Yahoo - DRC - 9 hours 53 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.


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Obama: Longest war in US history is ending

Yahoo - DRC - 9 hours 57 min ago
HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.
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Man City blow golden chance to close on Chelsea

Yahoo - DRC - 9 hours 59 min ago

By Ed Osmond LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City squandered a gilt-edged opportunity to close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea when they let slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to struggling Burnley on Sunday. Chelsea stuttered to a 1-1 draw at Southampton and champions City looked poised to close the gap at the top to one point when they scored twice in the first half against Burnley, but Ashley Barnes lashed in a late equaliser. ...


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Mourinho fumes at referee missing 'Big Ben' penalty

Yahoo - DRC - 10 hours 9 min ago

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was left seething after his team were denied what he described as a "Big Ben" penalty during the 1-1 Premier League draw at Southampton on Sunday. Cesc Fabregas was shown a yellow card after tumbling in a challenge with Southampton defender Matt Targett, infuriating Morinho whose players have been accused of diving in several recent incidents. "I think it is a scandal because it is not a small penalty - it is a penalty like Big Ben," Mourinho told the BBC. ...


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Soccer-Mourinho fumes at referee missing 'Big Ben' penalty

Yahoo - DRC - 10 hours 12 min ago
LONDON, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was left seething after his team were denied what he described as a "Big Ben" penalty during the 1-1 Premier League draw at Southampton on Sunday. Cesc Fabregas was shown a yellow card after tumbling in a challenge with Southampton defender Matt Targett, infuriating Morinho whose players have been accused of diving in several recent incidents. "I think it is a scandal because it is not a small penalty - it is a penalty like Big Ben," Mourinho told the BBC. ...
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Ronson and Mars funk their way back to top UK music chart

Yahoo - DRC - 10 hours 16 min ago

By Liisa Tuhkanen LONDON (Reuters) - English DJ Mark Ronson returned to the coveted number one spot in the British singles chart on Sunday with his track "Uptown Funk", featuring U.S. singer Bruno Mars, the Official Charts Company said. The single, made for Ronson's upcoming fourth studio album "Uptown Special", also broke Britain's all-time streaming record by racking up almost 2.5 million audio streams over the last seven days. ...


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Crude bomb blast kills woman in India's high-tech capital

Yahoo - DRC - 10 hours 18 min ago
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A crude bomb exploded outside a busy restaurant in India's high-tech capital of Bengaluru on Sunday, killing a woman and wounding a man, police said. The low-intensity blast occurred in the centre of Bengaluru packed with Sunday evening crowds, prompting a security alert in other Indian cities. Police said the improvised explosive device had been placed between two flower-pots near the Coconut Grove restaurant. Police commissioner M.N.Reddy said nobody had yet claimed responsibility for the blast. "Essentially, it was aimed at causing panic and fear," Reddy told ...
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Restless night awaits relatives of passengers on missing AirAsia plane

Yahoo - DRC - 10 hours 27 min ago
By Gayatri Suroyo SURABAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) - More than 100 distraught relatives of passengers aboard missing Flight QZ8501 were hunkered down at a makeshift crisis centre at Indonesia's Surabaya airport in East Java on Sunday, waiting anxiously for news. AirAsia Malaysia chief Tony Fernandes was at the airport himself trying to comfort the families, but the airline could offer little besides food, a hotel for the night and assurances that all was being done to find the lost plane. ...
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Arizona Gov. Brewer leaving legacy of battling Washington

Yahoo - DRC - 12 hours 44 min ago

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer fought President Barack Obama on immigration and border security for most of her tenure, earning national prominence by enacting tough laws that were mainly struck down by the courts and famously wagging her finger in the president's face during a meeting on an airport tarmac.


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Maverick Van Gaal chooses odd time to stick

Yahoo - DRC - 13 hours 20 min ago

By Ed Osmond LONDON (Reuters) - Louis van Gaal is a fierce critic of English football's congested holiday fixture schedule so it came as a big surprise when he named an unchanged Manchester United team to play Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday. Less than 48 hours after beating Newcastle United 3-1, Van Gaal sent out the same 11 players at Spurs, the first time the Old Trafford team have been unchanged in 85 league matches going back to November, 2012. ...


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Six feared dead after merchant ships collide off Italy

Yahoo - DRC - 13 hours 31 min ago
ROME (Reuters) - Two people drowned and four were missing at sea and feared dead after two merchant ships collided in rough seas off the Italian coast on Sunday, Italian officials said. A Turkish ship with 11 crew members sank after the collision with a vessel carrying a Belize flag in poor visibility a mile from the Italian Adriatic port of Ravenna, a coastguard official said. ...
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Ex-minister blames Merkel for rise of anti-immigrant groups

Yahoo - DRC - 13 hours 33 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - A former cabinet minister and member of Angela Merkel's conservative bloc blamed Germany's chancellor on Sunday for steering a course that has strengthened the eurosceptic AfD party and a new anti-immigrant grass-roots movement. In rare direct criticism of Merkel, Hans-Peter Friedrich, forced to resign as agriculture minister in February over leaked information, said Merkel made a "disastrous mistake" by wooing centre-left voters and ignoring those on the right. ...
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Islamic State executed nearly 2,000 people in six months - monitor

Yahoo - DRC - 13 hours 37 min ago

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group has killed 1,878 people in Syria during the past six months, the majority of them civilians, a British-based Syrian monitoring organisation said on Sunday. Islamic State also killed 120 of its own members, most of them foreign fighters trying to return home, in the last two months, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The militant group has taken vast parts of Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate in territory under its control in June. ...


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Egypt to try 15 students in military courts over violence

Yahoo - DRC - 13 hours 47 min ago
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian prosecutor referred 15 alleged members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood to a military court on Sunday on violence-related charges, the state news agency reported. Egypt expanded the jurisdiction of military courts in October to permit them to try civilians accused of acts ranging from attacking state facilities to blocking roads. The change followed some of the worst assaults on security forces since last year's overthrow of President Mohammed Mursi of the Brotherhood. ...
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Libya fighting destroys two days oil supply

Yahoo - DRC - 14 hours 9 min ago

By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A fire caused by fighting at one of Libya's main export terminals has destroyed more than two days of the country's oil production, officials said on Sunday, as clashes escalated between factions battling for control of the OPEC member nation. A missile hit an oil storage tank last week at the port of Es Sider during fighting between forces allied to Libya's two competing governments and the resulting blaze has destroyed 800,000 barrels of crude, the National Oil Corporation said. ...


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The Search for AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501

Yahoo - DRC - 14 hours 22 min ago

As night fell over the Java Sea on Sunday, Indonesian authorities suspended until Monday morning a search for an AirAsia Indonesia jet carrying 162 people. The Airbus A320-200 had departed the Indonesian city of Surabaya around 5:30 a.m. on what would have been a short trip to Singapore. But air traffic control lost contact with the pilot approximately 40 minutes later, according to Indonesian officials.


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