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Growing UK concern about 'lone wolf' terrorist attacks - top policeman

Yahoo - DRC - 3 hours 27 min ago
By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Law enforcement authorities in Britain are increasingly worried about the risk of a "lone wolf"-style militant attack and have foiled four or five plots this year, London's top police officer said on Sunday. The assertion, by Bernard Hogan-Howe, the commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police, comes on the eve of a terrorism awareness campaign and as the government prepares to introduce a law that would make it easier for the police to identify who is using a computer or a mobile phone at any given time. ...
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Israel charges cop with manslaughter in Palestinian youth's death

Yahoo - DRC - 3 hours 31 min ago
By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel charged a policeman on Sunday in the fatal shooting of a teenage Palestinian protester, accusing him of deliberately switching his rubber bullets for the live round that killed the youth. The prosecutors' decision to level a charge of manslaughter rather than murder drew criticism from the boy's father, who said there was ample proof the killing was premeditated. Nadim Nuwara, 17, was shot in the chest during a demonstration in May at which Palestinians hurled stones at Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. ...
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McIlroy eyes green jacket after stellar 2014

Yahoo - DRC - 3 hours 32 min ago

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - As he picked up the European money list trophy for the second time in three seasons on Sunday, Rory McIlroy had two words to say when asked for his goals for 2015: "Green Jacket". To golfers, that phrase means one thing -- winning the U.S. Masters, the only major championship to elude the Northern Irishman. "It's not something I thought possible, I will work hard and make sure I'm ready for that," McIlroy told reporters after tying for second at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the European Tour season-ender. ...

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Hamilton takes second F1 title in style

Yahoo - DRC - 3 hours 35 min ago
By Alan Baldwin ABU DHABI (Reuters) - A tearful Lewis Hamilton joined the elite ranks of double Formula One world champions on Sunday after a nerve-racking drive to victory in the floodlit season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In a race overshadowed by the ever-present specter of mechanical failure after the Briton's Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg suffered an early loss of power, Hamilton powered to his 11th win in 19 races. The 29-year-old, who took his first title with McLaren in 2008, became Britain's first multiple champion since Jackie Stewart in 1971 and only the country's fourth. ...
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UPDATE 2-Suicide bomber kills 40 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

Yahoo - DRC - 3 hours 39 min ago
* Most casualties civilians * No one has claimed responsibility * Paktika province site of July attack on civilians (Previous KABUL, adds details, background) By Samiullah Paiwand GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Nov 23 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 40 people at a crowded volleyball match in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, a provincial official said. Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, said at least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Yahya Khel district, where residents had gathered to watch a tournament final. He said most of the casualties were civilians. ...
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Iraqi Kurds prepare Sinjar mountain offensive

Yahoo - DRC - 3 hours 44 min ago
By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are drawing up plans to break Islamic State's siege of Sinjar mountain, where hundreds of minority Yazidis remain stranded months after fleeing their homes. Seeking to regain territory and repair pride in his military forces, Masoud Barzani, president of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, is overseeing efforts to retake the mountain, senior party members said. Islamic State attacked the Sinjar area in August, sending thousands of Yazidis fleeing up the mountain, a craggy strip some 40 miles (65 km) long. ...
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Over 800 seaborne migrants saved in Italy, northern Cyprus

Yahoo - DRC - 3 hours 52 min ago
By Isla Binnie and Michele Kambas ROME/NICOSIA (Reuters) - Italy's coastguard said it has rescued more than 600 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and North Africa this weekend and started a search for one man feared drowned during the passage. Further east, 270 Syrian refugees were rescued off Turkish-Cypriot controlled northern Cyprus overnight when their ship's engine broke down, the Kibris Postasi website in Nicosia reported. ...
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Israeli cabinet approves Jewish nation-state law

Yahoo - DRC - 3 hours 55 min ago
By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A divided cabinet approved on Sunday a bill to anchor in law Israel's status as the nation-state of the Jewish people, legislation critics say could undermine its democratic foundation and the rights of its Arab minority. Right-wing supporters of the initiative, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have pledged such a law, which has widened rifts within his governing coalition, would guarantee full equality for all of Israel's citizens. ...
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Factbox: Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 11 min ago
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Factbox on Mercedes driver and Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton: - - - - Born: Stevenage, England. Jan. 7, 1985 (29 years old) * Hamilton's paternal grandfather emigrated to England from the Caribbean island of Grenada and worked for the London Underground transport system. His full name is Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton. The name Davidson was taken from his grandfather, who drove a school bus in Grenada. * His parents divorced when he was two. Father Anthony worked for the railways while mother Carmen worked for the local council. ...
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List of Formula One champions

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 13 min ago
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - List of Formula One champions after Britain's Lewis Hamilton clinched the 2014 title for Mercedes at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday: - - - - 2014 - Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 2013 - Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 2012 - Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 2011 - Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 2010 - Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 2009 - Jenson Button (Britain) Brawn 2008 - Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 2007 - Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 2006 - Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault 2005 - Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault 2004 - Michael Schumacher ...
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Iran to push for Saudi oil output cut at OPEC - Mehr news agency

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 21 min ago

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran will try to persuade Saudi Arabia to cut oil production when the oil ministers from the two OPEC members meet this week in Vienna, Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Sunday citing a television interview with the country's oil minister. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meets on Nov. 27 to set its output policy and some of its members have called for output cuts to shore up oil prices. Brent crude oil has lost about 30 percent of its value since June to around $80 a barrel because of abundant supplies and weakening demand. ...

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Low-key Emirates clash shows how far mighty have fallen

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 24 min ago

By Sam Holden LONDON (Reuters) - It was a clash between two of the Premier League's biggest teams in name only and Manchester United's smash and grab 2-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday proved only how far both clubs have fallen behind their rivals. For many years, the fixture played a large part in deciding the title race but this season was significant only as United's first away win of the campaign which moved them up to fourth in the table. ...

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Obama: Americans want 'new car smell' in 2016

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 47 min ago
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he wants a Democrat in the White House in 2016 and is pledging to do everything possible to help that nominee succeed.
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Suicide bomber kills 40 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 48 min ago
(Corrects province name to Paktika, not Paktia, throughout) KABUL, Nov 23 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber walked into a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in eastern Afghanistan and detonated his explosives vest on Sunday, killing at least 40 people, a provincial official said. Paktika provincial spokesman Mukhles Afghan said at least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Paktika province, where more than 100 had gathered to watch a tournament final. He said most of the casualties were civilians. (Reporting by Kay Johnson; Editing by Alison Williams)
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Exclusive: China ready to cut rates again on fears of deflation - sources

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 50 min ago

By By Kevin Yao BEIJING (Reuters) - China's leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses, said sources involved in policy-making. Friday's surprise cut in rates, the first in more than two years, reflects a change of course by Beijing and the central bank, which had persisted with modest stimulus measures before finally deciding last week that a bold monetary policy step was required to stabilise the world's second-largest economy. ...

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Cameron's party says likely to fail to cut immigration

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 55 min ago

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives said on Sunday they were unlikely to keep a promise to reduce net migration to "tens of thousands", possibly damaging their reelection chances next year. Immigration has shot to the top of voter concerns before a 2015 national election after the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which wants to limit inflows and leave the EU, won European elections in Britain in May and later secured two seats in the British parliament. ...

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Iraqi forces say retake two towns from Islamic State

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 20 sec ago
By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces said on Sunday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran. There was no independent confirmation that the army, Shi'ite militia and Kurdish peshmerga forces had completely retaken Jalawla and Saadiya, about 115 km (70 miles) northeast of Baghdad. Many residents fled the violence long ago. At least 23 peshmerga and militia fighters were killed and dozens were wounded in Sunday's fighting, medical and army sources said. ...
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Chinese developer Dalian Wanda plans more than 150 hotels by 2018 - Xinhua

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 3 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese property developer Dalian Wanda Group plans to build more than 150 premium hotels around the world by 2018 in an expansion of its luxury hotel business, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday. The announcement comes as Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties, a subsidiary of Dalian Wanda Group, plans to raise up to $6 billion in a Hong Kong initial public offering this year. The targeted overseas markets for the new hotels include Europe, the United States and Australia, Xinhua said, citing the group. ...
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South Africa's Eskom declares 'power emergency'

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 6 min ago
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African utility Eskom declared a power "emergency" on Sunday and told large industrial users to cut their consumption by up to 10 percent to ease pressure on the strained national grid. The declaration is on top of two days of rolling blackouts, and was caused by generators producing 1,700 MW of power at two plants tripping out, Eskom said. It also said a front of cold weather sweeping across the country had increased electricity demand. The utility said the risk of further scheduled power outages on Monday and Tuesday was "medium to low". ...
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Under Modi, Israel and India forge deeper business ties

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 10 min ago

By Tova Cohen and Ari Rabinovitch TEL AVIV (Reuters) - At the UN General Assembly in New York last September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set aside time for a critical meeting. But it wasn't President Barack Obama he was keen to see. It was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since Modi came to power in May, ties between Israel and India have been in overdrive, with the two signing a series of defence and technology deals that have underscored their burgeoning commercial and political relationship. ...

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