Boko Haram leader in new video denies reports of his death
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau appears in a new video denying Nigerian military reports that he was fatally wounded and taunting parents of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls that they will only see their daughters again if the government swaps them for detained Islamic extremist leaders.
09/26/2016 - 04:54 AM
U.S., Russia trade blows over Syria as warplanes pound Aleppo
By Michelle Nichols and Suleiman Al-Khalidi UNITED NATIONS/AMMAN (Reuters) - The United States accused Russia of "barbarism" in Syria on Sunday as warplanes supporting Syrian government forces pounded Aleppo and Moscow said ending the civil war was almost "impossible". A diplomatic solution to the fighting looked unlikely as U.S. and Russian diplomats disagreed at a U.N. Security Council meeting called to discuss the violence, which has escalated since a ceasefire collapsed last week. Rebels, who are battling President Bashar al-Assad's forces for control of Aleppo, said any peace process would be futile unless the "scorched earth bombing" stopped immediately.
09/26/2016 - 04:49 AM
Calais migrant camp to be 'definitively dismantled', says Hollande
French President Francois Hollande said on a visit to the port of Calais Monday that the sprawling "Jungle" migrant camp would be "definitively dismantled" under a plan to relocate the migrants to centres around the country. Hollande, on his first visit to Calais as president, also called on British authorities to "play their part" in assisting the migrants, most of whom have their hearts set on reaching England. "I am determined to see the British authorities play their part in the humanitarian effort that France is undertaking" in Calais, Hollande said, flanked by security forces.
09/26/2016 - 04:49 AM
Global stocks mostly lower ahead of US presidential debate
TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mostly lower Monday as market attention turned from central bank policies to the U.S. presidential race ahead of a highly anticipated debate.
09/26/2016 - 04:48 AM
Melting Greenland ice threatens to expose Cold War waste
A snow-covered former US army base in Greenland -- dubbed "a city under ice" -- could leak pollutants into the environment as the climate changes, raising difficult questions over who is responsible for a clean-up. In 1959, US army engineers began constructing a futuristic project in northwestern Greenland that might as well have been lifted from a Cold War spy movie. A network of tunnels under the snow contained everything from research facilities to a hospital, a cinema and a church -- all powered by a small, portable nuclear reactor.
09/26/2016 - 04:44 AM
South African mining union backs Ramaphosa as ANC president
South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) wants Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma as leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), it said on Monday. A decision has been taken "to support the candidacy of Cyril Ramaphosa for president", NUM, one of South Africa's biggest unions, said in a statement. Zuma is expected to stand down as the ANC president at a party conference late next year, ahead of national elections in 2019 when his tenure as the country's leader will come to an end.
09/26/2016 - 04:34 AM
Labour plans borrowing to revive industry, win back supporters
By William James LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party promised on Monday to use borrowed money to protect struggling industries and spur growth, setting out an economic policy it hopes will re-engage with working class voters who backed leaving the European Union. Predicting a snap election next year, Labour is using its annual conference to outline its plans to win back the voters that abandoned the party at a 2015 election and spurned the political establishment by backing Brexit. Labour re-elected leader Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday following a failed attempt to oust him after the EU referendum.
09/26/2016 - 04:34 AM
Germany's Lanxess to buy U.S. chemical firm Chemtura for $2.7 billion
By Ludwig Burger FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Lanxess AG is to buy U.S. speciality chemical company Chemtura for 2.4 billion euros ($2.69 billion) including debt in the German company's largest ever takeover, moving it further away from its main synthetic rubber business. Lanxess's offer of $33.50 per share is a premium of about 19 percent to the Philadelphia-based company's share-price close on Friday. The world's largest synthetic rubber maker will use existing funds and new debt to buy Chemtura, Lanxess said in a statement, describing the deal as its largest ever acquisition.
09/26/2016 - 04:33 AM
Bosnian Serbs overwhelmingly vote to keep disputed holiday
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian Serbs have voted overwhelmingly in favor of keeping a disputed holiday that a constitutional court had said discriminates against non-Serbs.
09/26/2016 - 04:31 AM
Japan's leader vows to accelerate economic measures, TPP
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to accelerate his mix of policies to prop up Japan's economic recovery and speed up parliamentary approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.
09/26/2016 - 04:30 AM
Siemian shows that Broncos have all they need in 29-17 win
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Broncos' defense was back in force, led by Super Bowl MVP Von Miller.
09/26/2016 - 04:29 AM
LEADING OFF: Marlins home for 1st game since Fernandez death
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
09/26/2016 - 04:26 AM
India skittle New Zealand for victory in 500th Test
India's 500th Test match ended in victory celebrations Monday as they romped to a 197-run triumph in their series opener against New Zealand, with Ravichandran Ashwin taking six wickets. New Zealand resumed their second innings on 93 for four at the start of the fifth and final day in pursuit of an unlikely 434-run victory target, but were bowled out shortly after lunch for 236. Ashwin, who recorded his 19th five-wicket haul in Tests, and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja shared 16 wickets between them in the match to flatten the New Zealand batting at Kanpur's Green Park.
09/26/2016 - 04:21 AM
Iran issues local credit cards for the first time in decades
Iranian media are saying the country's banks will begin issuing credit cards for the first time in decades. The Monday report by several newspapers, including the daily Donya-e-Eqtesad, say the cards will ...
09/26/2016 - 04:16 AM
Singapore scion buys 49 percent stake in Rolling Stone
A Singapore firm headed by a scion of one of Asia's richest families has bought a 49 percent stake in Rolling Stone, with plans to diversify the iconic magazine into new business including live events and merchandising. BandLab Technologies, a music and technology start-up headed by 28-year-old Kuok Meng Ru, bought the stake for an undisclosed sum and will partner current owners Wenner Media, the firms said in a statement late Sunday. Rolling Stone International, a new subsidiary to be headed by Kuok, will organise events including concerts and develop merchandising and hospitality services, Bloomberg News reported.
09/26/2016 - 03:54 AM
Pentagon chief, an expert on nukes, says little about them
WASHINGTON (AP) — As defense secretary to a president who famously envisioned "a world without nuclear weapons," Ash Carter has said remarkably little about them.
09/26/2016 - 03:50 AM
Politics, outsider status shield Trump from House oversight
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's status as a Washington outsider fuels his fiery populism and also is helping to shield him from the scrutiny House Republicans are devoting to Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. senator and secretary of state.
09/26/2016 - 03:49 AM
Things to watch in Team Europe-Canada World Cup finals
TORONTO (AP) — Canada, as expected, is in the World Cup of Hockey finals.
09/26/2016 - 03:49 AM
Mother uncovers lasting impact of son's organ donation
WASHINGTON (AP) — An ultrasound showed one of Sarah Gray's unborn twins was missing part of his brain, a fatal birth defect. His brother was born healthy but Thomas lived just six days. Latching onto hope for something positive to come from heartache, Gray donated some of Thomas' tissue for scientific research — his eyes, his liver, his umbilical cord blood.
09/26/2016 - 03:47 AM
WHY IT MATTERS: Jobs
WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Tepid income growth and shrinking opportunities for blue-collar workers have kept many Americans anxious about jobs and the economy, seven years after the Great Recession ended.
09/26/2016 - 03:44 AM
VIEWER'S GUIDE: Trust and temperament key themes in debate
The most telling moments in presidential debates often come out of the blue — an offhand remark or unrehearsed gesture that helps to reveal the essence of a candidate who's already been poked, prodded ...
09/26/2016 - 03:42 AM
Arnold Palmer dies at 87, made golf popular for masses
Arnold Palmer charged across the golf course and into America's living rooms with a go-for-broke style that made a country club sport popular for the everyman. At ease with presidents and the public, he was on a first-name basis with both.
09/26/2016 - 03:39 AM
Debate Night: Clinton, Trump set for high-stakes showdown
After months of tangling from afar, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will confront each other face-to-face for the first time in Monday night's presidential debate, laying out for voters their vastly different ...
09/26/2016 - 03:39 AM
Russia under fire at UN as air strikes pound Syria's Aleppo
The US accused Moscow of "barbarism" over the worsening carnage in Aleppo, as Syrian and Russian warplanes pounded the city in one of the heaviest bombing raids of the five-year war. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to demand Russia rein in its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and halt intense air strikes, Moscow and Damascus were repeatedly accused of war crimes. "What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter-terrorism.
09/26/2016 - 03:34 AM
World's largest radio telescope starts operating in China
The world's largest radio telescope began operating in southwestern China Sunday, a project Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life. The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), nestled between hills in the mountainous region of Guizhou, began working around noon, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Built at a cost of 1.2 billion yuan ($180 million), the telescope dwarfs the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico as the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, with twice the sensitivity and a reflector as large as 30 football fields, it said.
09/26/2016 - 03:32 AM
Majority of UK CEOs considering moving operations abroad post-Brexit - survey
Three-quarters of British company bosses are considering moving operations abroad following the vote to leave the European Union, according to a survey published on Monday. The KPMG survey of 100 UK chief executives, from companies with revenues between 100 million pounds and 1 billion pounds ($130 million-$1.30 billion), found 86 percent were confident about their company's growth prospects and 69 percent were confident about the British economy's growth prospects over the next three years. "CEOs are reacting to the prevailing uncertainty with contingency planning," said Simon Collins, KPMG UK chairman.
09/26/2016 - 03:17 AM
Charlotte ends curfew imposed after man shot by police
Charlotte lifted its midnight curfew, signaling movement toward normalcy after a state of emergency was imposed after the shooting death of a black man by police last week that brought National Guard troops ...
09/26/2016 - 03:16 AM
Canada confirms citizen kidnapped in Libya, seeks more information
Canada confirmed on Sunday it has become aware of a citizen taken hostage in Libya and is "diligently pursuing all appropriate channels to obtain more information." Libyan authorities said last week a Canadian and two Italians had been kidnapped in the country's southwestern desert, possibly by a criminal gang. The Canadian government then called the matter "unconfirmed." On Sunday, Global Affairs Canada, the country's foreign department, called the kidnapping "troubling," but declined to provide more details. "The Government of Canada will not comment or release any information which may compromise ongoing efforts to secure their release or endanger the safety of Canadian citizens," a spokeswoman said in an email.
09/26/2016 - 03:11 AM
Libya PM calls for national reconciliation in splintered country
By Yara Bayoumy NEW YORK (Reuters) - Libya's prime minister called for a national reconciliation initiative to repair the divisions in a fragmented country reeling from the turbulence that has followed the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Fayez Seraj also told Reuters in an interview that the battle against Islamic State militants in their former stronghold of Sirte was in its last stages, although bombings and booby traps still posed a challenge. Gaddafi's fall in 2011 brought chaos that splintered the North African country into rival armed fiefdoms. The U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has been seeking endorsement for months as it tries to extend its authority beyond its base in Tripoli, in western Libya. "In the last five years, Libya has been through a very difficult and critical phase ... many political divisions," Seraj said in New York, where he was attending an annual U.N. gathering of world leaders.
09/26/2016 - 03:09 AM
'A lot of pain' _ Marlins cope with Fernandez's death
MIAMI (AP) — Jose Fernandez made his major league debut against the New York Mets in 2013 and was scheduled to face them again Monday night.
09/26/2016 - 02:49 AM
Teenage surfer stable after shark attack at Australian beach
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A teenage surfer was in stable condition after he was bitten by a shark Monday at the same Australian beach where a Japanese surfer was fatally mauled last year, officials said.
09/26/2016 - 02:49 AM
Prescott-Wentz showdown on horizon? Well, Romo might be back
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Get ready for talk of a rookie quarterback showdown on Oct. 30 between the sudden stars of the NFC East: Philadelphia's Carson Wentz and the Cowboys' Dak Prescott in Dallas.
09/26/2016 - 02:42 AM
India on verge of victory in landmark 500th Test
India closed in on victory Monday in the first Test against New Zealand, with the visitors reeling at 205 for seven at lunch on the final day despite half-centuries from Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner. The Black Caps, who resumed on 93 for four after being set an unlikely 434 for victory, lost three more wickets during another tough session at Kanpur's Green Park stadium which is hosting India's 500th Test. Mitchell Santner on 57 and Ish Sodhi on two were battling against a persistent Indian bowling attack when the players broke for lunch.
09/26/2016 - 02:40 AM
U.S. network of Turkish cleric facing pressure as those at home seek help
By Julia Harte and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A network of more than 150 U.S. charter schools linked to followers of Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric the Turkish government blames for instigating July’s failed coup, has come under growing financial and legal strain, according to school officials, current and former members of Gulen’s movement, and public records reviewed by Reuters. The publicly financed schools, a key source of jobs and business opportunities for U.S. members of Gulen’s global movement, have sharply slowed their expansion in recent years, public records show. The slowdown comes amid a series of government probes in more than a dozen states into allegations ranging from misuse of taxpayer funds to visa fraud.
09/26/2016 - 02:39 AM
How Russia's central bank chief held the line
By Elena Fabrichnaya and Katya Golubkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - One Thursday evening in March, Elvira Nabiullina, governor of Russia's central bank, faced down a rival in the struggle for influence inside President Vladimir Putin’s entourage. At a meeting chaired by Putin, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev sought the president’s blessing for the central bank to give 140 billion roubles ($2.2 billion) to lenders, according to a person who was briefed on the meeting by Nabiullina. Banks would use the extra money, Ulyukayev argued as he sat before Nabiullina in a Kremlin conference room, to lend to companies suffering amid Russia’s economic downturn.
09/26/2016 - 02:34 AM
Mall shooting suspect: 'Creepy,' multiple arrests, disputes
OAK HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — The 20-year-old man suspected of killing five people with a rifle at a Macy's makeup counter was described by a neighbor as so "creepy, rude and obnoxious" that she kept a Taser by her front door. He also had a string of run-ins with the law in recent years, including charges he assaulted his stepfather.
09/26/2016 - 02:13 AM
Rosetta: How to end the fairytale
Once upon a time, two intrepid space adventurers called Rosetta and Philae set out from Earth to explore a comet far, far away. "I think there will be a lot of tears," European Space Agency (ESA) senior science advisor Mark McCaughrean told AFP ahead of D-Day on September 30. After two years in orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, hundreds of millions of kilometres (miles) from home, Rosetta will terminate its groundbreaking deep-space mission by touching down on the icy dustball.
09/26/2016 - 02:12 AM
Obama joins stars, rivals in tributes to Arnold Palmer's legacy
The legends iconic US golfer Arnold Palmer battled and the players he inspired paid tribute to a beloved figure who spawned the modern big-money era with his charm and skill. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, stars of a newer generation who admired "The King," and Palmer's "Big Three" rivals of the 1960s, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, were among those who mourned Palmer's death Sunday at age 87. Thanks for the memories, Arnold," Obama tweeted.
09/26/2016 - 01:59 AM
Reaction to Arnold Palmer's death Sunday
Reaction to golf great Arnold Palmer's death Sunday at age 87 in Pittsburgh:
09/26/2016 - 01:55 AM
Arnold Palmer, whose skill and charisma redefined golf, dies at 87
Arnold Palmer, the golf great whose charisma and common touch drew a legion of fans known as "Arnie's Army" and propelled the game into the mainstream, died Sunday at the age of 87. Palmer's longtime assistant Doc Griffin confirmed the player known as "The King" had died at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital. No cause of death was immediately given, although the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported he had undergone cardiac tests.
09/26/2016 - 01:41 AM
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