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Al-Qaeda kills 30 Shi'ite rebels in central Yemen - tribal sources

22 October, 2014 - 09:24
SANAA (Reuters) - Sunni Al Qaeda militants and Shi'ite Muslim rebels have fought a bloody battle in central Yemen, tribal sources said on Wednesday, amid fears of worsening sectarian tension in the impoverished Arabian country. Thirty Shi'ite rebels and 18 Sunni fighters and their tribal allies were killed in the clashes, the tribal sources told Reuters. Shi'ite Houthi rebels seized control of the capital Sanaa on Sept. 21 and their forces have fanned out to Yemen's west and centre since then. ...
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Soccer-Greek club Irodotos get heavy punishment after fan death

22 October, 2014 - 09:19
By Graham Wood ATHENS, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Greek third division team Irodotos have been docked 15 points and ordered to play 10 matches behind closed doors following the death of an Ethnikos Piraeus supporter, the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) said on Wednesday. In one of the heaviest punishments handed out in Greek soccer, the Cretan club were also banned from all transfer activity until the end of the season and fined 2,500 euros ($3,200). ...
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'Parliament Hill Is Under Attack'

22 October, 2014 - 09:17

Government buildings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, are on lockdown Wednesday morning as police continue to search for a suspect after a series of shootings in the heart of the capital. One member of the Canadian Armed Force was killed, as was one of the gunman. A parliamentary guard was also shot in the leg. Neither of the deceased have been identified by police, at this time, no one is in custody and this has been deemed an "ongoing joint police operation" and "fluid." Scene of the monument before the incident @kamakazi19982


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PSNI 'needs NCA help in drug fight'

22 October, 2014 - 09:11

Tens of millions of pounds worth of illegal drugs are reaching the UK's shores via the Irish Republic and profiting paramilitary groups because the National Crime Agency (NCA) is not operating in Northern Ireland, an MP has warned.


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SuperGroup founder steps aside as Sutherland named CEO

22 October, 2014 - 09:05

By Neil Maidment LONDON (Reuters) - SuperGroup Plc , the British company behind the Superdry fashion brand, named ex-Co-op Group boss Euan Sutherland as its new chief executive on Wednesday, replacing Julian Dunkerton who founded the company on a market stall 30 years ago. Sutherland, who has more than 19 years experience in the retail sector with roles at the likes of home improvement chain B&Q, electricals group Dixons and fizzy drinks maker Coca-Cola , had been a non-executive director at SuperGroup for two years and will be charged with overseeing its international expansion. ...


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Farce, defence cuts highlight hard task in Sweden submarine hunt

22 October, 2014 - 09:04

By Simon Johnson and Alistair Scrutton STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - With a depleted military lacking anti-submarine helicopters and intelligence so far based on civilian sightings, Sweden's hunt for a supposed U-boat intruder has an element of farce pointing to the difficulty of wrapping up the mission successfully. More than 200 troops, stealth ships and helicopters have scoured waters off Stockholm since Friday in Sweden's biggest military mobilisation since the Cold War, after reports of foreign "underwater activity" - suspected to be a Russian sub. ...


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Help Not Wanted In Iowa

22 October, 2014 - 09:02

The White House is trying to help Bruce Braley win an open Senate seat in Iowa. It really is.


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Putin urged to act against racism in Russian soccer

22 October, 2014 - 08:51

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin must demand an end to the racism plaguing Russian soccer and the country should stop denying it has a problem, the executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe told Reuters on Wednesday. Piara Power, who is a member of FIFA's Anti-Discrimination Task Force, stopped short of calling for Russia to be stripped of hosting the 2018 World Cup but feared an African team could walk off the field at those finals unless action was taken now. ...


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Iran's Khamenei says oil reliance putting country at mercy of big powers

22 October, 2014 - 08:49

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's dependence on oil revenue is putting the Islamic Republic's economy at the mercy of major powers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday. With oil losing a quarter of its value since June, President Hassan Rouhani's administration has been scrambling for alternative sources of income. Iran's budget is based on oil priced at around $100 a barrel while Brent crude is currently below $87. Hitting prices is abundant supply as well as concern that slowing economic growth in Europe and China will soften demand. ...


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Catalans: independence drive will intensify unless Madrid negotiates

22 October, 2014 - 08:42

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - After scuppering a referendum, Spain risks intensifying Catalonia's push for independence unless it negotiates over transferring more powers, the region's economy minister said. Spain's government asked the constitutional court last month to declare a referendum planned for Nov. 9 illegal on the grounds it breached the constitution. The court suspended the vote until it ruled on the case, which could take years. ...


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Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. weapons airdrop on Kobani was wrong

22 October, 2014 - 08:40
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was wrong of the United States to air drop military supplies to Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobani, as some weapons were seized by Islamic State militants besieging it. The Pentagon said on Tuesday the vast majority of the U.S. supplies dropped on Sunday had reached the Kurdish fighters despite an online video showing Islamic State jihadists with a bundle. "What was done here on this subject turned out to be wrong. ...
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Ebola gives U.S. 'preppers' another reason to prepare for worst

22 October, 2014 - 08:37
By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - With the closest known U.S. cases of Ebola diagnosed about 160 miles away in Dallas, Cary Griffin is taking no chances. If, as the former correctional officer fears, the virus spreads to hundreds of people, Griffin is headed to the woods.     "I'll do what the English royalty did to survive the bubonic plague," Griffin said, referring to King Charles II's flight to the countryside during the Great Plague of London in 1665-66. "I'm going into the country. ...
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Drug-resistant tuberculosis at crisis levels, warns WHO

22 October, 2014 - 08:32
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Multi drug-resistant tuberculosis remains at crisis levels, with about 480,000 new cases this year, and various forms of the lung disease killed about 1.5 million people in 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. In recent years, the emergence of multi drug-resistant TB -- a manmade problem caused by regular TB patients being given the wrong medicines, the wrong doses, or failing to complete their treatment -- has posed an increasing global health threat. About 9 million people contracted tuberculosis during the year and about 3. ...
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Two Israeli soldiers wounded in attack along Egypt border - military

22 October, 2014 - 08:28
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Attackers on Egypt's Sinai peninsula opened fire on Israeli soldiers across the border on Wednesday, wounding two, the Israeli military said. Islamist militants are active in the peninsula, which borders southern Israel, though assaults across the fenced frontier are rare. The attackers fired guns and an anti-tank missile at the Israelis, the military said in a statement. "Two soldiers were injured by fire directed at them from Egypt," it added, without identifying the attackers. ...
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Pope Francis plays long game to reform Catholic Church

22 October, 2014 - 08:24

VATICAN CITY, (Reuters) - After winning praise around the world for his fresh and open style, the honeymoon period seems to be over for Pope Francis. A tumultuous two-week Vatican synod exposed polarisation in the Catholic Church over his push to reform its traditional approach to sexual morality by becoming more welcoming to gays and easing restrictions on divorced and remarried Catholics. A Jesuit unafraid of frank debate, Francis has set off a clash of opinions not seen since the reformist Second Vatican Council of 1962-1965. ...


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Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

22 October, 2014 - 08:22

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday.


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Roche to spend $3.2 billion on towering Basel base

22 October, 2014 - 08:16

By Caroline Copley ZURICH (Reuters) - Drugmaker Roche is spending billions of dollars constructing the two tallest buildings in Switzerland for its global HQ, a vote of confidence in its Swiss base despite uncertainty over the country's immigration laws. "Building 1" is already under construction in Basel and at a height of 178 metres (580 ft) will become the country's tallest building when it opens at the end of 2015. Roche said on Wednesday it would spend a further 3 billion Swiss francs (1. ...


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EU court rejects BT appeal on pension protection levy

22 October, 2014 - 08:08
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's top court on Wednesday said an exemption granted to former British telecoms monopoly BT from paying into a pension protection fund constituted state aid and was therefore illegal, backing an EU regulatory decision made five years ago. The European Commission ordered British authorities to recover the aid in 2009 because it gave BT an unfair advantage in breach of state aid rules. BT and BT Pension Scheme Trustees Ltd subsequently challenged the EU decision in a lower court but lost. ...
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Iranian human rights lawyer stages protest over ban from practice

22 October, 2014 - 08:07
By Michelle Moghtader DUBAI (Reuters) - Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh said on Wednesday she would protest outside the Iranian Bar Association offices in Tehran until it reversed a decision to ban her from practicing law for three years. Sotoudeh was sentenced to six years in jail in 2010 and banned from practice after being convicted of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security. Her case came to international attention in 2012 when she embarked on a 50-day hunger strike against a travel ban on her daughter. ...
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Congo, UN troops fire live rounds amid protest against killings

22 October, 2014 - 08:04
By Kenny Katombe BENI Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congolese troops and United Nations peacekeepers fired live rounds to disperse hundreds of people protesting outside a U.N. base in the eastern Congolese town of Beni on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said. Crowds gathered at the U.N. base calling for peacekeepers to leave the town after two people were shot dead on Tuesday during a protest over the U.N. mission's failure to stem violence blamed on Ugandan rebels that has killed dozens of civilians in recent weeks. ...
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