• Oil prices surge on talk of OPEC deal on production limits

    World oil (Other OTC: WOGI - news) prices surged on Wednesday amid reports the OPEC cartel has agreed the basis for production cuts and new limits for each member country. Brent crude was up almost 6% nearing $49 per barrel in the wake of a report by Reuters that a tentative deal had been reached in Algiers between the 13 nations - each having endured more than two years of weak oil revenues. The news agency cited two OPEC sources as saying the cartel would collectively reduce its oil output to 32.5 million barrels per day from the current 33.24 million.

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  • Britain sets out reasons to bypass parliament over EU divorce papers

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - The British government's legal reasons for stating that Prime Minister Theresa May has the power to begin divorce proceedings from the European Union without parliament's authority were made public for the first time on Wednesday. In its submission, the government said this argument was unfounded.

  • 'Silly' Allardyce says error of judgement led to shock exit

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - An emotional and apologetic Sam Allardyce headed for the airport on Wednesday, blaming entrapment for his shock exit as England manager but recognising that an error of judgement had led to his downfall. The 61-year-old, who told reporters outside his home in northern England that he was going abroad "to chill out and reflect", refused to rule out an eventual return to soccer. Blasted by the media for hubris and greed, Allardyce was shown the door by England on Tuesday for seeking a lucrative sideline role while talking to undercover reporters from Britain's Daily Telegraph.

  • Ben Needham police looking at tree missing from photo taken at time he disappeared

    Police searching for missing Ben Needham are analysing a photo taken just after he vanished indicating a tree was planted on the spot where he was last seen. The photo was taken by a press photographer who visited the spot about 10 to 15 days after Ben went missing. A 19-strong team from South Yorkshire Police have been digging at the spot after new information came to light.

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  • Katy Perry Gets Naked for Hillary Clinton

    Katy perry is naked ya’ll, and she’s proud to show off everything! The singer strips down to her birthday suit in the name of American politics.

  • The bizarre and the beautiful! 10 weird creatures pictured living under a remote Scottish island

    Researchers have discovered a bizarre and beautiful world hidden away in the underwater caves of a remote Scottish island. Fascinating wildlife like anglerfish, blue-rayed limpets and sea slugs were all found lurking in the depths of St Kilda. Here are just some of the strange and stunning marine life found living there…

    Andy Wells
  • Clinton seeks to keep Trump on defensive after U.S. presidential debate

    By John Whitesides RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton sought on Tuesday to keep Republican rival Donald Trump on the defensive a day after the first U.S. presidential debate with accusations he is a sexist, racist and tax dodger, while Trump suggested he would "hit her harder" next time by bringing up her husband's infidelity. While the New York real estate mogul found himself in another controversy over his fresh insults about the weight of a former beauty pageant winner, Clinton tried to keep up the momentum after her forceful debate performance.

  • I'm glad I didn't know she had cancer: Royle Family's Ricky Tomlinson on Caroline Aherne

    The beloved actress and comedian passed away in July after a battle with cancer.

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  • Matalan workers found dead in Cardiff named as Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons

    A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after two shop workers were found dead in the centre of Cardiff. The bodies of 33-year-old Lee Simmons and a 21-year-old Zoe Morgan were discovered near the Cardiff Castle end of Queen Street shortly before 6am. Matalan has confirmed they both worked at its Queen Street store.

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  • 'I won't be silent': Read Serena Williams' heartfelt comments on police shootings

    “As Dr Martin Luther King said: ‘There comes a time when silence is betrayal.’”

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  • Referendum fears for EU as Italy slashes growth figures

    Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Italy's budget deficit would fall to 2.4 percent of GDP this year, from 2.6 percent in 2015, and a maximum of 2.0 percent next year

  • Gautam Gambhir recalled to Indian Test side: Shah Rukh Khan, former cricketers react on Twitter

    Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has returned to the Indian Test side two years after representing his country. The 34-year-old was called up for the remaining home Tests against New Zealand in place of K L Rahul who is suffering from a thigh injury. Rahul had injured his right hamstring while running between the wickets in the first Test in Kanpur.

    International Business Times
  • Hundreds of tourists missing after volcano erupts on Indonesian island

    Hundreds of tourists are unaccounted for after a volcano erupted on the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok. Mount Barujari, a sub peak of the 3,700m high Mount Rinjani, has been shooting ash thousands of metres into the air. The Jakarta Post reported that West Nusa Tenggara authorities have deployed a team to help locate up to 132 foreign and domestic tourists still on the trails.

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  • Apple to make landmark Battersea Power Station its new London home

    Technology giant Apple said on Wednesday it is moving its London headquarters to the landmark Battersea Power Station, a move hailed by the government as a sign that major firms are still investing after the Brexit vote.

  • Norway appeals court rejects Snowden extradition lawsuit

    A Norwegian appeals court has rejected a lawsuit from fugitive former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden against the Norwegian government, upholding the verdict of a lower court, it said on Wednesday. Snowden's law firm said in April he would take Norway to court to secure free passage to the Nordic country to receive a free speech award, but the Oslo District Court dismissed the case in June. "The court of appeal has -- like the district court -- concluded that the lawsuit must be rejected," it said on Wednesday, adding that the justice ministry could not be compelled to issue an advance decision on whether or not to extradite.

  • Novak Djokovic elbow injury boosts Andy Murray pursuit of world number one spot

    Andy Murray's attempts to become the first ever British world number one has been given a timely boost after Novak Djokovic withdrew from the China Open due to an elbow injury. "I am extremely disappointed not to be able to compete at the China Open this year," Djokovic told his official website. "I'm still recovering from my elbow injury and have been advised not to play until my condition improves.

    International Business Times
  • MH17 shot down by missile 'brought from Russia' into Ukraine's rebel territory

    Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was definitely shot down from the ground - by a Buk missile moved into Ukraine from Russia, an international investigation has concluded. "Our investigation has shown that the location from where the BUK was fired was in the hands of the Russian separatists," Mr Paulissen said.

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  • Deutsche Bank's weakness weighs on US settlement talks

    Deutsche Bank has rejected a $14bn settlement proposal by US prosecutors saying it had "no intent" of agreeing to a sum "anywhere near" that amount

  • Oil down 3 percent as Saudi, Iran dash hopes for an Algiers deal

    By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil fell about 3 percent on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia and Iran dashed market hopes that the two major OPEC producers would find a compromise this week at meeting in Algiers to help ease a global glut of crude. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told reporters in the Algerian capital, where OPEC and other oil producers gathered for the Sept. 26-28 International Energy Forum, he did not expect an agreement to come out of the consultations on the last day of the meet. "If you were looking for something dangerous from this meeting, this was it," said Jim Williams, analyst at WTRG Economics in London, Arkansas.

  • Dubai airport shuts airspace for nearly 30 mins due to drone activity

    Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest airport for international travel, closed its airspace for almost 30 minutes on Wednesday morning due to unauthorised drone activity, causing flights to be disrupted for nearly an hour. It is at least the second time in recent months that the airport's airspace was closed because of nearby drone activity. On its Twitter feed, government-owned Dubai Airports, which operates Dubai's two main airports, said airspace around Dubai International was closed from 8.08am to 8.35am, resulting in a number of flight delays.

  • German woman held in Syria escapes with baby to Turkey - foreign ministry

    A German woman who was kidnapped in war-torn Syria last year and gave birth while in captivity escaped with her baby to Turkey on Wednesday, the German foreign ministry said. It said the two were now under the care of German consular officials and members of the German federal police in Turkey. "The German government is relieved about the outcome of this case given the extremely difficult overall situation in Syria." A ministry spokeswoman said she could give no further details about the case, citing privacy considerations.

  • Takata airbag in deadly Malaysia crash was faulty: Honda

    Some 100 million Takata airbags have been recalled and the firm is facing lawsuits, investigations and huge compensation costs

  • MTN denies illegal transfer of $14 billion from Nigeria

    By Camillus Eboh ABUJA (Reuters) - South Africa's MTN on Wednesday denied allegations it illegally repatriated $13.92 billion (£10.72 billion) from Nigeria, the latest setback for the telecoms firm in its biggest but increasingly problematic market. The upper house of Nigeria's parliament agreed on Tuesday to investigate whether Africa's biggest telecoms company illegally transferred the money out of the West African country between 2006 and 2016. "The allegations made against MTN are completely unfounded and without any merit," MTN Nigeria Chief Executive Ferdi Moolman said in a statement.

  • Junior doctors lose court battle with Jeremy Hunt over contracts

    Junior doctors have lost a High Court fight with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over a staffing contract. Junior doctors had complained that Mr Hunt wrongly imposed the contract on NHS employers. Justice for Health, a group founded by five doctors, said Mr Hunt acted beyond the scope of his powers by compelling NHS employers to adopt the new deal.

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  • Garbo: Spy's homesick wife almost compromised D-Day plans

    The documents released to the National Archives give a fascinating insight into the life of Juan Pujol, codenamed Garbo. Living in a normal street in Harrow, northwest London, he fabricated an imaginary network of spies who the Nazis believed were working for them but who were actually part of a disinformation campaign orchestrated by the British. The double agent contacted his German handlers to tell them the Normandy invasion was happening but, crucially, Garbo managed to convince his handlers in Berlin that Operation Overlord was a bluff and that the real allied invasion would happen later, further up the French coast.

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