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Opera's Mini browser to be installed on Microsoft phones

The Nokia X is shown at its unveiling at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaNorwegian software maker Opera signed a deal to take over the browser building unit of Microsoft's Nokia mobile phone unit and reported second-quarter earnings above expectations on Thursday, sending it shares sharply higher. "We have signed a strategic licensing deal with Microsoft. We are basically taking over the browser building department in Nokia," Opera Chief Executive Lars Boilsesen said. "This means that Opera Mini will become the default browser for Microsoft's feature phone product lines and the Asha phones product lines." The deal will be profitable from the start, he added.


Hewlett-Packard posts surprise revenue gain after PC sales jump

A visitor takes a photo with a tablet in front of a Hewlett-Packard (HP) stand at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co posted a surprise increase in quarterly revenue after sales from its personal computer division climbed 12 percent, but a flat to declining performance from its other units underscored the company's uphill battle to revive growth. HP sales rose a mere 1 percent to $27.6 billion in its fiscal third quarter from $27.2 billion a year earlier. Wall Street analysts had forecast a modest drop in revenue to $27.01 billion. It's trying to reduce a reliance on PCs and move toward servers, storage and networking for enterprises - part of Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman's effort to return the sprawling company to growth.


Infineon agrees to buy Int'l Rectifier for $3 billion in cash

The headquarters of German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon in NeubibergBy Jens Hack and Maria Sheahan MUNICH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Merger-shy German chipmaker Infineon has agreed to buy California-based International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash, Infineon said on Wednesday, in its biggest-ever acquisition. At 1800 GMT, the stock was trading at $39.06, a gain of $12.51 or 47 percent on the day on the New York Stock Exchange. Infineon shares fell 1.72 percent in after-hours trade on the Frankfurt exchange. The stock had closed down 1.38 percent ahead of the announcement, while those of several possible targets, including International Rectifier rose, following reports that Infineon was preparing to buy a U.S.


Silicon Valley startup accelerators on the hunt for health-tech talent
These technology firms all received mentorship and money from Silicon Valley's so-called startup machine, Y Combinator. Now, for the first time in its nine-year history, the accelerator program is actively recruiting health-technology startups. To attract top talent in healthcare and biotech, Y Combinator recently tapped medical executive Elizabeth Iorns as a part-time partner. Sam Altman, Y Combinator's president, told Reuters he expects to see a growing number of venture capitalists investing in early-stage biotech and digital health companies.
Verizon denies it plans to open new app store

File picture of a cyber-security expert monitoring telecommunications traffic at a network operations center in a Verizon facility in AshburnBy Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc denied a report on Wednesday it was in talks with carriers and hardware manufacturers to open a new mobile software store. “We have no plans to do that,” Verizon spokeswoman Debra Lewis said. Done that," she added, referring to Verizon's Apps, a mobile software store the company shut down last year. Lewis spoke after The Information, an industry website, reported that Verizon was leading discussions to launch an industry coalition to create a mobile app store.


FBI warns healthcare firms they are targeted by hackers
By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned that healthcare industry companies are being targeted by hackers, publicizing the issue following an attack on U.S. "The FBI has observed malicious actors targeting healthcare related systems, perhaps for the purpose of obtaining Protected Healthcare Information (PHI) and/or Personally Identifiable Information (PII)," the agency said in a "Flash" alert obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. "These actors have also been seen targeting multiple companies in the healthcare and medical device industry typically targeting valuable intellectual property, such as medical device and equipment development data," the one page document said.
Ads are coming to SoundCloud

Ads are coming to SoundCloudAll good things must come to an end and SoundCloud's ad-free existence is one of them. Ads will only be attached to a song if its author is a member of the new Premier tier of On SoundCloud artists and gives explicit consent for it. Though SoundCloud isn't explicit about the numbers and is so far only accepting Premier members that have been directly invited, the ultimate vision is for a revenue-sharing model that helps to keep SoundCloud free for its users — both on the web and on mobile devices — while incentivizing more established artists to use it as a stage. You can become a Partner On SoundCloud for free, though there's a three-hour limit for content uploads and you're only given basic stats.


Bing Maps spices up more than 100 cities with 3D and Streetside views

Bing Maps spices up more than 100 cities with 3D and Streetside views


This year's 'Call of Duty' is coming to everything but the Wii U

This year's 'Call of Duty' is coming to everything but the Wii U


Manipulating moths in the name of search, rescue and science

Manipulating moths in the name of search, rescue and science


Facebook awards 'Internet Defense Prize'

A big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide is seen at the company's Data Center, in Lulea, Sweden, on November 7, 2013Facebook awarded a $50,000 Internet Defense Prize to a pair of German researchers with a seemingly viable approach to detecting vulnerabilities in Web applications. Johannes Dahse and Thorsten Holz from Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany on Wednesday won the new cash award for a paper outlining how to find flaws hackers could exploit, according to the California based social network. "We decided to focus on creating greater opportunities and incentives for researchers to produce work that actually protects people," Facebook security engineering manager John Flynn said in a blog post.


Walmart is now selling the iPhone 5C for less than a dollar

Walmart is now selling the iPhone 5C for less than a dollar


McDonald's plans to release global mobile ordering app, digital music program

McDonald's plans to release global mobile ordering app, digital music program


Police seek mystery pair in selfies after burglary

This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows two people who appear in 'selfie' portraits found on the cloud account of a Southern California burglary victim. Deputy Joshua Dubin said investigators don’t know if they’re the burglars but they sure are “persons of interest.” Dubin says a Santa Clarita, Calif., woman returned home on July 30, 2014, to discover thieves apparently had broken into her home and ransacked the place, taking cash and electronics, including either her cellphone or tablet. A few days later the woman logged into her cloud computer account and saw photos taken after the burglary of a man and woman she didn’t know. Dubin says investigators want to find them and determine whether they might have bought stolen property, or perhaps swiped it themselves. (AP Photo/Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Would burglars be dumb enough to post selfies on their victim's cloud account?


Facebook is doling out bounties to folks who find Oculus bugs

Facebook is doling out bounties to folks who find Oculus bugs


Researchers can easily fool former TSA X-ray scanners and sneak in dangerous weapons

Researchers can easily fool former TSA X-ray scanners and sneak in dangerous weaponsThis isn’t the first time someone managed to sneak by a weapon past a TSA Rapiscan full-body X-ray scanner, but Wired reports that scientists have taken the procedure to a new level and have come up with various techniques to completely fool the security device. The team of researchers, from the University of California at San Diego, the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins, have figured out ways to conceal weapons, explosive devices, and even insert malware into the PC that controls the machine that can then be activated with a simple QR code printed on a piece of clothing. The simplest way to move a weapon past the scanner is to tape it to one of the sides of a


Robin Williams tribute characters found in World of Warcraft data

Robin Williams tribute characters found in World of Warcraft data


The third most torrented TV show isn’t even on cable

The third most torrented TV show isn’t even on cableEveryone knows that Game of Thrones is once again the most torrented TV show of the year, but could you name the top ten? Peer-to-peer analyst group Tru Optik has compiled a list of the top ten TV show torrents from the second quarter of 2014, and although a majority are predictable, number 3 stands out above the rest. With 60.8 million torrent download, the Netflix original prison dramedy Orange is the New Black has become the third most popular TV show torrent…and it isn’t even on TV. Only Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory managed to top Orange is the New Black, a show which beat out Mad Men, How I Met Your Mother and the return of


UPS says malware attack compromised customer info at 51 of its stores

UPS says malware attack compromised customer info at 51 of its stores


Twitter shows how its bots keep your timeline spam-free

Twitter shows how its bots keep your timeline spam-free


UPS says hackers may have stolen credit card data from 51 of its stores

UPS says hackers may have stolen credit card data from 51 of its storesLogistics firm UPS said on Wednesday that customer credit and debit card data may have been stolen from 51 of its UPS Stores across the United States. The company found malware capable of recording card information and sending it to a third party on cash register systems in one percent of its 4,470 UPS Store locations — 51 stores in 24 states. UPS started to investigate a possible breach on July 31st, after the Homeland Security Department released a report warning that hackers would use nefarious software to target remote access systems designed to allow employees to access corporate networks from afar. The malware was able to run undetected for eight months.


These beautiful objects symbolize human contact using cold, hidden machinery

These beautiful objects symbolize human contact using cold, hidden machinery


U.K. prime minister explains why he won’t quit BlackBerry

U.K. prime minister explains why he won’t quit BlackBerryDavid Cameron just can’t quit you, BlackBerry. In its latest in a series of blog posts touting government officials who still rely on BlackBerry for mobile communications, BlackBerry highlights why U.K. prime minister David Cameron is still sticking with the company despite all the troubles it’s gone through over the past few years. “Wherever I am in the world, I am always within a few feet of a BlackBerry and an ability to manage things should they need to be managed,” Camerson said in a report cited by BlackBerry. “And indeed as I have done on I think almost every holiday that I have enjoyed over the past few years, I am able to return instantly should that be necessary.” Even


HP revenue inches up after years of decline

The Hewlett-Packard headquarters on May 23, 2014 in Palo Alto, CaliforniaHewlett-Packard on Wednesday reported that its quarterly revenue rose for the first time in three years, nudged by improved computer sales everywhere except Russia and China. Meanwhile, HP profit in the recently ended quarter ebbed to $985 million compared to $1.39 billion in the same period a year earlier, due in part to cost savings from a massive effort by chief executive Meg Whitman to find new momentum as lifestyles shift from personal computers to smartphones and tablets. Sales of home and business computers were bright spots in the quarter despite pressure on the overall personal computer market due to competition from smartphones and tablets. HP expected political forces in Russia and fierce competition in China to present challenges for the company.


Engadget Daily: Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, transparent solar panels and more!

Engadget Daily: Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, transparent solar panels and more!


Samsung TVs Get Skype and Need for Speed

Samsung TVs Get Skype and Need for SpeedVideo games and videoconferencing are old hat for game consoles and mobile devices, so it's not surprising that smart TV manufacturers want to get in on the action. Samsung has announced that Skype and a handful of games, including an entry from the lauded Need for Speed franchise, will make their way to Samsung smart TVs at next month's IFA conference in Berlin.


10 Percent of Chrome Extensions May Be Malicious

10 Percent of Chrome Extensions May Be MaliciousUp to 10 percent of Google Chrome browser extensions may be up to no good. Of 48,332 Chrome extensions, 130 were found to be seriously malicious, and another 4,712 labeled "suspicious," by six computer science experts at the University of California's Berkeley, Santa Barbara and San Diego campuses. The researchers have also developed Hulk — not the gamma-irradiated superhero — which is a piece of software for detecting malicious behavior in Chrome browsers.


Candy-Making 3D Printer Launches on Kickstarter for $500

Candy-Making 3D Printer Launches on Kickstarter for $500How sweet it is to be a 3D printer! And one of the sweetest of the bunch is the Candy, a new model launching on Kickstarter today (Aug 21) for $499 for the first 25 backers and $599 for others backers. True to its name, the Candy is specially designed to create candies, dessert toppings and other goodies.  From London-based company 3DVentures, the Candy boasts a stylish design that will look more at home in a kitchen than most 3D printers.


UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware
Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states.
Parties for Secret users get you spilling the beans in real life

Parties for Secret users get you spilling the beans in real life


Brazil wants Apple and Google to remotely wipe Secret from all iOS and Android devices

Brazil wants Apple and Google to remotely wipe Secret from all iOS and Android devicesSecret is a popular iOS and Android social networking app that lets users chat anonymously, but authorities in Brazil aren’t too fond of it. That’s actually an understatement, as a Brazilian prosecutor wants Apple and Google not only to remove the app for their respective app stores for the region, but also to remotely wipe it from the devices on which it’s already installed on in Brazil, Business Insider reports. However, a ruling on the matter has not passed yet. Assuming the court rules against Apple and Google and admits the prosecutor’s fine request, the companies will have to each pay almost $9,000 for each day the app remains available in the App Store and Google Play Store. The Windows


A private military company is now providing security in Ferguson, for just one person

A private military company is now providing security in Ferguson, for just one personA menagerie of armed state and federal agents have filtered in and out of Ferguson, Missouri for more than a week as unrest has grown there, and now even a private military company is joining the mix. Asymmetric Solutions, a PMC that claims to be "capable of deploying highly qualified former special operations personnel" to "anywhere on the globe in a moments notice" will be providing a security detail to an unnamed individual visiting Ferguson. Asymmetric Solutions announced the job on Twitter, noting that the assignment is saddening and unexpected.


What if your Netflix queue was just a big, virtual room?

What if your Netflix queue was just a big, virtual room?


Weird new Twitter feature lets you build an Acura right inside a tweet

Weird new Twitter feature lets you build an Acura right inside a tweetTwitter has been throwing caution to the wind lately, what with the addition of random tweets to users' timelines, "Buy Now" buttons, and a font tweak that set the typographical world ablaze. Now we're seeing an interesting new use of Twitter cards in advertising: Acura has built a rudimentary configurator for its new TLX model right into a tweet, which lets you choose an engine, a drivetrain, and a color before offering the option of sending an image of the kitted-out vehicle to your followers.


This is how Samsung plans to counter Apple’s big Beats move

This is how Samsung plans to counter Apple’s big Beats moveWhen IFA 2014 begins next month, Samsung is sure to be focused primarily on mobile hardware, but while we wait to see just how big and powerful the Galaxy Note 4 has gotten, let’s take a look at Samsung’s new premium line of Level headphones. Over the past couple of weeks, Samsung has been publishing videos on its YouTube channel highlighting some of the unique features of the new headphones. This week, poet David J was given the spotlight to demonstrate how the S Voice virtual assistant has been integrated into Level. It might be a bit of a stretch for the average user, but with S Voice you could potentially accomplish certain tasks on your smartphone without ever removing it from your pocket.


China's 'bullet screens' combine movies and your snarky texts

China's 'bullet screens' combine movies and your snarky texts


7 Twitter Tips to Help Keep You Sane and Grounded

7 Twitter Tips to Help Keep You Sane and GroundedIn the time since I've joined Twitter, I have probably read just about every article about how to make the most of the social media network. This includes tips on the best times to post tweets, how to gain followers, how to avoid losing followers... basically, how to be a Twitter rock star. So now that I have almost four years of experience...



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Foley's death isn't changing minds in Congress

In this June 17, 2011 photo, journalist James Foley receives applause from students at the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, Mass. Foley had been released a month prior after being detained for six weeks in Libya. Students at the school had written government leaders to work for his release. Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh) MANDATORY CREDITThe beheading of a U.S. journalist is unlikely to change views on military intervention.


Holder says he understands mistrust of police

Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Florrissant, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, as a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race.


Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders

Smoke and dust rise after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior leaders of the Hamas military wing on Thursday, the militant group said, in what is likely to be a major blow to the organization's morale and a significant scoop for Israeli intelligence.


Boxing - Pacquiao wins round in bruising Philippines tax fight

Boxing - Pacquiao wins round in bruising Philippines tax fight- Philippine world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has won a Supreme Court reprieve in his battle to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in extra taxes, authorities said Thursday. Pacquiao will not have to post a cash bond of 3.3 billion pesos ($75.2 million) and the government is banned from seizing any of his assets while his income tax case is being heard, according to a Supreme Court ruling. The ruling, handed down this week and sent to AFP by court spokesman Theodore Te on Thursday, also ordered the proceedings be carried out more quickly as they began last year and are still in the pre-trial stage. Pacquiao expressed relief at the ruling.


Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

Protesters run when the police shoot tear gas in Ferguson, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer have entered their second week. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters have gathered daily, with some crowds turning violent, since a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Here's a look at key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed:


Reformist journalist freed on bail in Iran

File photo of Iranian capital Tehran, pictured on January 7, 2013An Iranian journalist who covered parliament for pro-reform media has been released on bail almost three months after being detained, her lawyer said on Thursday. Saba Azarpeyk was freed late Wednesday on bail of two billion rials ($65,000), set by prosecutors overseeing crimes related to media and culture, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaie told the official news agency IRNA. She reported on parliament for several pro-reform outlets, including the prominent Etemad newspaper. The BBC's Persian service, Voice of America and the Iranian branch of Radio Free Europe have all been accused by Tehran of participating in a Western "plot" to destabilise the regime.


Thai army chief named prime minister

General Prayut Chan-O-Cha salutes while reviewing a guard of honour as part of the military anniversary at the 21st Infantry Regiment in Chonburi province on August 21, 2014Thailand's junta-picked national assembly on Thursday chose coup leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha as prime minister in a one-horse race that entrenched the military's hold on power. "The generals clearly do not plan to restore democracy," said Sunai Phasuk, senior researcher at New York-based Human Rights Watch. "Instead of paving the way for a return to democratic civilian rule, the NCPO has granted itself unchecked authority to do almost anything it wants, including committing rights abuses with impunity." Prayut, who is due to retire as army chief in September, is seen as a staunch opponent of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, whose overthrow in an earlier coup in 2006 triggered Thailand's long-running political crisis.


Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet

In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 photo, Japanese instant ramen noodle expert Masaya “Sokusekisai” Oyama, 55, slurps noodles at a shop and restaurant specialized only in varieties of instant noodles in Tokyo. Oyama knows a lot about the instant noodle. He eats more than 400 instant noodles a year, and he usually goes by his nickname “Sokusekisai,” which means “instant.” He agrees eating only instant noodles is not good for your health, because eating one thing all the time isn’t healthy, no matter what it is. “You need nutritional balance,” he said. “You should eat other things, too.” (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts — in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his feet but still defiant over a report that links instant noodles to health hazards.


Key events following the death of Michael Brown

Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol hugs Angela Whitman, of Berkeley, Mo., on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The Missouri Highway Patrol took control of the St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an officer. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.


Police: Room disagreement preceded Bali killing

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, an Indonesian police officer escorts American Tommy Schaefer, left, as he is brought to the police station for questioning in relation to the death of his girlfriend's mother, in Bali, Indonesia. Schaefer and his girlfriend also American Heather Mack arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase at a resort hotel are being held under a suicide watch, their appointed lawyer said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati, File)BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Police investigating an American couple suspected of killing the woman's mother at a resort hotel on Indonesia's Bali island say the three had a disagreement over who was paying for the rooms but that a motive for the crime has not been established.


Interpol urges world response to Iraq extremists

Diane and John Foley talk to reporters after speaking with U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 outside their home in Rochester, N.H. Their son, James Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airs trikes in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)PARIS (AP) — Interpol says the execution of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria shows the need for a coordinated international effort against the stream of foreign fighters joining extremists in the Middle East.


Holder offers reassurance to people of Ferguson

Attorney General Eric Holder, left, listens during his meeting at the U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Sitting with clockwise from the far left, Richard Callahan, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Molly Moran, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)ST. LOUIS (AP) — To reassure the people of Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder reached into his own past, recalling the times he had been stopped by police officers who seemed to target him because of his race.


Burglars target Interpol building in South Africa - again

Pretoria's skyline, pictured on June 29, 2010Thieves have broken into the building that houses Interpol and an elite South African police unit in the capital Pretoria for the second time in three weeks, a spokesman said on Thursday. Two to three people stole laptops from the investigations unit known as the Hawks, presumably over the weekend, according to police spokesman Solomon Makgale. "This time around it's not Interpol, it's the Hawks," he told AFP. "We suspect that the people that have taken these laptops, they're more interested in the laptops than the information contained there," he added.


Pakistan holds talks with opposition protesters

A supporter of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan climbs on a pole and listens to his leader's speech during a protest in Islamabad's high-security "Red Zone," in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Pakistan’s powerful army chief Gen. Rasheel Sharif asked the government to hold negotiations with protesters to settle a mass demonstration outside parliament, officials said. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials have held first, "initial" talks with two opposition groups whose supporters have been besieging the parliament for a second day demanding the prime minister resign over alleged election fraud.


Former Ireland prime minister Reynolds dies aged 81

In this file photo, then British Prime Minister John Major (L) and Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds address a press conference in London, prior to issuing a joint declaration to bring peace to Northern Ireland, on December 15, 1994Dublin (AFP) - Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds, a central figure in the Northern Ireland peace process who helped broker the 1994 IRA ceasefire, has died aged 81, Irish broadcaster RTE reported on Thursday.


Australian, 70, celebrates English Channel swimming record

File photo taken on June 6, 2014 shows the English Channel in Arromanches-les-Bains, NormandyA 70-year-old Australian grandfather has become the oldest person to swim the English Channel, celebrating his feat by having a couple of beers "for medicinal purposes". Cyril Baldock, from Bondi in Sydney's eastern suburbs, said the beers tasted better than the sea water he swallowed during the record-breaking swim from England to France on Wednesday, which made him "pretty crook", or unwell. Baldock, aged 70 years and nine months, took 12 hours and 45 minutes to swim from Dover to Cap Gris-Nez -- a straight line distance of 34 kilometres (21 miles) -- beating the previous record set by British man Roger Allsopp, who was five months younger, in 2011. "I'm having a couple of beers for medicinal purposes only, to make myself sleep," Baldock told Australian Associated Press after he completed the swim in only a cap, goggles and trunks as Channel swimming rules dictate.


Beauty: Update: Miami is One of the First Cities for Allure's "Book Now" Button

Beauty: Update: Miami is One of the First Cities for Allure's "Book Now" ButtonAvant Garde Salon/Image via Google If you're a Miami salon-goer, you'll soon be able to book your appointments straight through Allure.com. The beauty magazine has teamed up with BeautyBooked, an app for booking salon appointments, to allow you to book...


Mongolia hosts China's leader, seeks port access

In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center left, and his wife Peng Liyuan, center right, pose for a photo with Mongolian Prime Minister Norov Altankhuyag and his wife Khonichin Selenge at Ulan Bator airport, Mongolia, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Landlocked Mongolia is hoping to secure better access to Chinese ports as Xi became the first Chinese head of state in more than a decade to visit this sprawling nation sandwiched between China and Russia. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Ju Peng) NO SALESULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) — Landlocked Mongolia is hoping to secure better access to Chinese ports as President Xi Jinping becomes the first Chinese head of state in more than a decade to visit this sprawling nation sandwiched between China and Russia.


Bodies of 3 climbers retrieved from Mount Rainier

FILE -- In this file photo taken June 19, 2013, Mount Rainier is seen from a helicopter flying south of the mountain and west of Yakima, Wash. Officials on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, said that the bodies of three climbers have been retrieved from a glacier on the mountain in the same area where six went missing in May. A crew on a training flight spotted the bodies in an avalanche debris field after they were exposed by melting snow. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE (AP) — The location of the three bodies was revealed by the melting snow, but getting to them was another matter. They were high on a glacier at one of the most treacherous spots on Mount Rainier, an area pummeled by falling ice and rocks.


As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

Displaced Iraqis settle at a new camp outside the Bajid Kandala camp in Feeshkhabour town, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Some 1.5 million people have been displaced by fighting in Iraq since the Islamic State's rapid advance began in June, and thousands more have died. The scale of the humanitarian crisis prompted the U.N. to declare its highest level of emergency last week. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)WASHINGTON (AP) — America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin.


US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria during a statement in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The president said the U.S. will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite Foley's brutal murder. Obama said he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say.


Opera's Mini browser to be installed on Microsoft phones

The Nokia X is shown at its unveiling at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaNorwegian software maker Opera signed a deal to take over the browser building unit of Microsoft's Nokia mobile phone unit and reported second-quarter earnings above expectations on Thursday, sending it shares sharply higher. "We have signed a strategic licensing deal with Microsoft. We are basically taking over the browser building department in Nokia," Opera Chief Executive Lars Boilsesen said. "This means that Opera Mini will become the default browser for Microsoft's feature phone product lines and the Asha phones product lines." The deal will be profitable from the start, he added.


Your Top Plays for Today

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards grimaces as he is attended to on the field after an injury during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Reactions in Asia to instant noodle study

In this Aug. 19. 2014 photo, Han Seung-youn, 36, eats "ramyeon" instant noodle at a Ramyeon restaurant in Seoul, South Korea. Instant noodles are an essential, even passionate, part of life for many in South Korea and other Asian countries. Hence the emotional heartburn caused by a Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital study in the United States that found excessive consumption of instant noodles by South Koreans was associated with risks for diabetes, heart disease or stroke. The study has provoked feelings of wounded pride, mild guilt, stubborn resistance, even nationalism among South Koreans, who eat more instant noodles per capita than anyone in the world. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon )A recent U.S. study linking instant noodle consumption by South Koreans to some risks for heart disease has prompted a passionate response throughout Asia, where the noodles are not just a cheap treat but an essential part of life. Some comments from noodle lovers across Asia:


Indonesian court to rule on presidential election challenge

Supporters of Prabowo Subianto, some wearing military uniforms, march to the Constitutional Court in Jakarta on August 21, 2014An Indonesian court was Thursday expected to uphold Joko Widodo's victory in last month's presidential election, rejecting claims of widespread cheating from his opponent after weeks of political uncertainty in the world's third-biggest democracy. Ahead of the Constitutional Court ruling, hundreds of supporters of Prabowo Subianto, the ex-general who lost the election, rallied across Jakarta while police and soldiers were out in force across the capital. A huge crowd of flag-waving supporters attempted to get past a line of riot police and water cannons blocking the road to the court in downtown Jakarta, which had been sealed off for the verdict, but were pushed back. Both Prabowo, a top military figure in the era of dictator Suharto with a chequered human rights record, and Widodo, the reform-minded governor of Jakarta, declared victory at the July 9 election.


Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, a man watches as police walk through a cloud of smoke during a clash with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. The response to Brown’s death turned violent because of a convergence of factors, observers said. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles.


Video: Cop in Ferguson shooting was lauded for previous struggle

Protester Hana Kato, of Tacoma, Wash., holds a sign that reads "Arrest Darren Wilson" as she attends an evening rally Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Tacoma, Wash. Wilson has been identified as the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, an event that has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)New video turned over by the city of Ferguson shows Police Officer Darren Wilson receiving an award for "outstanding police work" during a struggle with a previous suspect.


Ebola: Liberia’s clampdown turns violent as Asia fears new cases

Liberian security forces stand in front of protesters after clashes at West Point neighbourhood in MonroviaViolence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital Wednesday when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family. Four residents were injured in the clashes that flared in Monrovia's West Point slum which has been contained as part of new security measures aimed at containing the deadly virus. The crackdown in Liberia comes as authorities around the world scramble to stem the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola, which has killed more than 1,200 people across west Africa this year. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf quarantined West Point and Dolo Town, to the east of the capital, and imposed a night-time curfew as part of new drastic measures to fight the disease.


U.S. rescue mission for Foley, others failed

Secret Operation to Save James Foley Failed: OfficialsTroops looked for James Foley, other U.S. hostages in Syria this summer, but to no avail.


2 Americans arrested in Bali suitcase murder held on suicide watch

Bali Suitcase Murder: Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer 'Had Sex' in Hotel Room after Sheila von Wiese-Mack was KilledBALI, Indonesia (AP) — An American couple arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase at a resort hotel are being held under a suicide watch, their appointed lawyer said Wednesday.


Officer who pointed gun, cursed at protesters suspended

A protester (L) speaks with a police officer during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri on August 19, 2014Officials say a police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them.


Convicted killer Jodi Arias wins delay in penalty phase retrial

Jodi Arias looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Willmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in PhoenixConvicted killer Jodi Arias, who could face the death penalty for the murder of her ex-boyfriend at his Phoenix area home more than six years ago, won a three-week delay on Wednesday in the retrial of the penalty phase of the case. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens granted a request by Arias, who is acting as her own attorney in the penalty phase retrial, to push back jury selection until Sept. 29, according to a court spokeswoman.    Arias, 34, asked for the delay from Sept. 8 because of problems meeting with a potential witness, the spokeswoman said. The judge’s decision came after a closed-door hearing on Wednesday morning and was announced later by the court.     A state jury convicted Arias in May 2013 of killing Travis Alexander in a headline-grabbing case that was broadcast live on the Internet and attracted thousands of avid trial watchers nationwide.


The other U.S. reporter ISIL is holding

James Foley Backlash: US Continues to Bombard Isis Despite Threat to Kill Second Journalist Steven SotloffSteven Sotloff's family is asking the White House to do everything it can to free him.


Afghanistan gives NYT journalist 24 hours to leave country

New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg speaks during an interview in KabulAfghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General's office said on Wednesday. Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for questioning on Tuesday after the newspaper ran a story about officials discussing plans to form an interim government and "seize power" if a deadlock over the presidential election failed to break soon. "Due to the lack of proper accountability and non-cooperation, the Attorney General's office has decided that Matthew Rosenberg should leave Afghanistan within 24 hours," the office said in a statement. "We were also never informed of a formal investigation and we do not understand how insisting on the right to a lawyer is not cooperating.” Afghanistan is in the midst of a ballot that has dragged on for months, with both candidates claiming victory after the June 14 run-off and allegations of mass fraud threatening to derail the process.


Ukrainian fighter plane shot down as clashes kill dozens

Another Ukrainian Fighter Jet Shot Down Near Russian BorderA Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory Wednesday as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead. Fighting intensified as Kiev appeared to ramp up a deadly offensive to crush the ailing rebellion in the east ahead of a fresh round of diplomacy that will see the presidents of Russia and Ukraine meet next week for the first time in months. Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said a Su-25 jet was shot close to the second-largest insurgent bastion of Lugansk, where government forces claim to have battled back control over several districts in the past few days. Clashes in and around the other major rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed 43 civilians in the past 24 hours, local authorities said.


Obama ‘heartbroken’ by Foley beheading but vows no letup in U.S. operations

FILE - This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H., a freelance contributor for GlobalPost, in Benghazi, Libya. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP Photo/GlobalPost, File)But the president vowed to press on with U.S. operations to eliminate ISIL's “cancer."


Ferguson cop in Michael Brown shooting had ‘serious facial injury'

The Ferguson police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager reportedly suffered “a serious facial injury” in the altercation before firing the fatal shots.


Airstrike kills wife, child of Hamas commander

Palestinians grieve over the death of their relative Widad Mustafa Deif, 27, who was killed along with her 8-month-old son Ali Mohammed Deif in Israeli strikes in Gaza City late Tuesday, during their funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. She was the wife of Mohammed Deif, the leader of the Hamas military wing. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)JERUSALEM (AP) — Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent assassination attempt that killed his wife and 2-year-old son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israeli premier: 'We will not stop' Gaza operation


Calif. patient tested for possible Ebola exposure

An MSF medical worker wears protective clothing at an Ebola treatment facility in Kailahun, on August 15, 2014, Sierra LeoneBlood samples from a patient at a Northern California hospital, who is suspected of having been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, will be tested by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials said. There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, though two American relief workers who contracted the disease in Liberia were flown back to America for treatment earlier this month. In the latest case, a patient admitted to South Sacramento Medical Center in California's state capital may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, Kaiser Permanente, the company that operates the hospital, said in a statement Tuesday.


Marine killed in crash on surprise visit to little brother

Marine FuneralFORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado Marine killed in a crash in Utah last week was on his way home to surprise his little brother on the first day of school.



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