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Insight - Islamic State crushes and coerces on march towards Baghdad

Yahoo - DRC - 7 hours 39 min ago

By Maggie Fick and Isra' al-Rubei'i BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Using its own version of "soft" and "hard" power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado. The Islamic State, which in June captured a vast stretch of territory in the north including the largest city Mosul, used this strategy when its fighters met armed resistance from the town of al-Alam for 13 days running. Weeks later, only a few masked gunmen guard checkpoints surrounding al-Alam at night, so comfortable is the Islamic State in its control through fear. "One hundred percent of people are angry that the Islamic State is here but there is nothing we can do," said a scared resident who spoke by telephone on condition of anonymity.


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2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate

Yahoo - DRC - 7 hours 40 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S.


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Tiago signs new two-year deal with Atletico

Yahoo - DRC - 7 hours 41 min ago

By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Portuguese midfielder Tiago has signed a new two-year deal with Atletico Madrid, the La Liga champions confirmed on Tuesday, ruling out a possible return to former club Chelsea. The 33-year-old originally turned down offers of a new contract at the Calderon and was widely reported to be set for a switch back to Chelsea at the end of last season as a free agent, but the move failed to materialise. Valencia were also interested in Tiago, who was a key member of Atletico's La Liga winning side last season, but he preferred to remain in Madrid, where he initially arrived on loan from Juventus in 2010, making the move permanent the following year. I had the chance to play in different international leagues," Tiago said.


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Insight - Wave of migrant children threatens to swamp U.S. immigration courts

Yahoo - DRC - 7 hours 51 min ago

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A deluge of Central American children pouring into the United States threatens to burst the seams of already overstuffed immigration courts, and President Barack Obama's steps to ease the crisis are likely to make matters worse rather than better for some, U.S. officials and immigration lawyers said. "We are reaching a point of implosion, if we have not already reached it," said Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco, who has been deciding immigration cases since 1987 and is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. The problem, according to judges, lawyers and immigration groups, is the sheer number of cases clogging the courts, due in part to beefed-up law enforcement at the southwestern U.S. border with Mexico.


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Fernandez heads list of possible Ivory Coast coaches

Yahoo - DRC - 7 hours 54 min ago

(Reuters) - Four Frenchmen, including former international Luis Fernandez, have been named on a shortlist of five prospective candidates to take over as national coach of the Ivory Coast, the country's football federation said. Francis Gillot, Frederic Antonetti, Herve Renard and Fernandez are joined on the shortlist by Manuel Jose, the Portuguese coach who won four African Champions League titles during his time at Egyptian club Al Ahli.


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Shooting champion withdrawn after jacket goes missing

Yahoo - DRC - 8 hours 29 sec ago
(Reuters) - Commonwealth Games shooting gold medallist Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim has been left devastated after being ruled out of competing in Glasgow because her competition jacket was lost en route to Scotland. Malaysian Ayuni, who won the gold medal with Nur Suryani Taibi in the 10 metre air rifle pairs in New Delhi four years ago, was due to compete in the 10 metre air rifle and 50m rifle prone events. Team manager Musa Omar said he was left with no choice but to withdraw Ayuni from competition after the missing luggage, believed to be in London, failed to show in time for Monday's registration ahead of Thursday's start of competition. "She was a gold medallist last time and now she won't even get a chance to compete.
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China welcomes U.N. resolution on MH17, urges Ukraine ceasefire

Yahoo - DRC - 8 hours 10 min ago
Beijing welcomes a recent U.N. resolution on downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 demanding that those responsible be held to account, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, and called for a ceasefire in Ukraine. Wang called for the International Civil Aviation Organization to be allowed to play a key role in the investigation and said international investigators should be given full access to the crash site. In a statement, China's permanent mission to the United Nations said an impartial and fair investigation of the incident must be carried out to quickly determine the truth.
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German foreign minister calls for sharper sanctions on Russia

Yahoo - DRC - 8 hours 10 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for harsher European sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, saying diplomatic dialogue was not enough to pressure Moscow over Ukraine. "I say we remain open to defusing the situation with all political and diplomatic means but it will be necessary to accompany this willingness with higher pressure, which also means sharper measures," he told reporters ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. ...
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India to investigate corruption in healthcare after TV sting operation

Yahoo - DRC - 8 hours 12 min ago
By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has ordered an investigation into doctors and laboratories suspected of offering kickbacks for referring patients for medical tests, following a sting operation by a TV news channel. Hindi news channel News Nation TV showed laboratories in the national capital offering commissions as high as 50 percent to doctors who referred patients to their diagnostic centres. The diagnostic market is the fastest growing segment of India's $74 billion (£43. ...
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Investment returns boost insurer Beazley's first-half profit

Yahoo - DRC - 8 hours 12 min ago
(Reuters) - Lloyd's of London insurer Beazley Plc posted a 61 percent rise in first-half profit, thanks to a surge in investment income and a drop in catastrophe payouts. Investment income jumped to $46.8 million, from just $300,000 a year earlier, while claims fell about 4.6 percent to $453.0 million. Beazley raised its interim dividend to 3.1 pence from 2.9.
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Premier Foods profit edges up in tough market

Yahoo - DRC - 8 hours 16 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Premier Foods, the British maker of Mr Kipling cakes and Bisto gravy, posted a 2.1 percent rise in first half trading profit, though its sales fell, reflecting a tough market for its supermarket customers. The company, which last month cut annual sales growth forecasts at its key brands due to Britain's gloomy grocery market, said on Tuesday it was maintaining its trading profit expectations for the full year. Premier Foods' underlying trading profit for the six months to June 30 was 48.1 million pounds, up from 47.1 million pounds in the same period last year. ...
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China's secretive military cracks open door for glimpse inside

Yahoo - DRC - 8 hours 22 min ago

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - With dancing robots and smiling soldiers and to the strains of British singer George Michael, China cracked open the door on its secretive armed forces on Tuesday during Beijing's annual attempt to assuage worries about its growing military might. China has jangled regional nerves over the past few months with an increasing assertiveness over territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas, set against the backdrop of rising defence spending. I think the People's Liberation Army's development is in line with China's overall development," base commander Xu Hang told reporters. "In China soldiers get respect and now my dream has come true." The base, though, exists for a more serious purpose -- to train up and coming officers for leadership with a specific focus on tanks.


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Credit Suisse to wind down commodities trading

Yahoo - DRC - 8 hours 27 min ago
Credit Suisse said on Tuesday it was winding down its commodities trading to focus its resources on more profitable areas of its business. In presentation slides accompanying the bank's second-quarter earnings, Credit Suisse said it expected to achieve roughly $75 million (44 million pounds) in savings from the move and reduce risk-weighted assets by $2 billion. "We've really for the last close to a year now been actually reducing our capital in (the macro) business as well as our expenses," Chief Executive Brady Dougan said in a video interview accompanying Credit Suisse's earnings release. "We have now taken additional steps during the course of the second quarter to actually have made a decision to exit the commodities business." The bank's Chief Financial Officer David Mathers told reporters in a call following the earnings that Credit Suisse was a relatively small house in commodities with quite a lot of fixed costs against it, and it was therefore appropriate to exit the business.
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Grieve in warning over human rights

Yahoo - DRC - 8 hours 42 min ago

Britain risks "serious international reputational damage" with a proposal to allow MPs a veto over rulings made by the European Court of Human Rights, the Government's former chief legal adviser has said.


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VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress

Yahoo - DRC - 8 hours 45 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department is going before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for a confirmation hearing as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job.


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Obama heads off to raise money on the West Coast

Yahoo - DRC - 8 hours 47 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him — raising money for his fellow Democrats.


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Kean closes in on first piece of silverware

Yahoo - DRC - 8 hours 56 min ago

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Former Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean remains on course to win his first trophy as a manager after his Brunei DPMM side edged past Geylang International on penalties to reach Friday's Singapore League Cup final. The Scot, chased out of the English club after some vitriolic abuse from unhappy fans in 2012, could win a rare treble in his first season in Southeast Asia, with Brunei three points clear at the top of the 12-team table and also in the semi-finals of the Singapore Cup. ...


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IG Group says full year revenue rises 2.4 percent

Yahoo - DRC - 9 hours 4 sec ago
IG Group, a provider of financial spread betting and contracts for difference, said on Tuesday that its full year revenue rose 2.4 percent, as its strategy to focus on customers who trade more regularly offset low market volatility. The company, which offers online trading in shares, indexes, foreign exchange, commodities and binary options, said revenue for the year to May 31 was 370.4 million pounds, compared to 361.9 million pounds a year earlier.
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Three foreign advisers killed near Kabul airport

Yahoo - DRC - 9 hours 38 sec ago

A Taliban suicide bomber detonated himself on Tuesday outside Kabul International Airport, killing three foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter, police said. The nationalities of the foreign advisers were not immediately clear. Kabul airport is home to a major operational base for NATO-led forces that have been fighting the Taliban for 12 years.


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Philippine Catholic bishops tell Aquino to uphold constitution

Yahoo - DRC - 22 July, 2014 - 00:56

Philippine Catholic bishops warned President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday to resist temptations to bully the Supreme Court to reverse a decision that an economic stimulus fund was illegal, asking him to uphold the constitution. Aquino, only son of the country's democracy icon, former president Corazon Aquino, has warned the court of a possible constitutional crisis if it does not reverse an earlier decision that the Disbursement Acceleration Program was illegal. The president has asked people to wear yellow to show support to his government against the Supreme Court, invoking "people power" to force the justices to reconsider their ruling because it threatened his economic goals. "There is a very important distinction between what is popular - or appears to be so - and what is right," Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said in a statement.


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