• MTV Video Music Awards to return to Los Angeles

    Reuters - 21 hours ago

    The annual MTV Video Music Awards, one of the music industry's top televised showcases, will return to Los Angeles this summer from New York City, the U.S. cable channel said on Wednesday. The show, popular among MTV's young viewers prized by advertisers, will take place on August 24, the day before TV's Emmy Awards, at the Forum in Inglewood, California, about eight miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. The Video Music Awards, which hand out "Moonman" statuettes of an astronaut planting an MTV flag, can be crucial exposure for singers and bands and is best known for its unscripted and often provocative moments. And just as last year's show helped unveil the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, this year's show will also help relaunch Madison Square Garden Co's recently renovated Forum, an arena which had been bypassed by major events since the Staples Center opened in downtown Los Angeles in 1998. More »MTV Video Music Awards to return to Los Angeles

  • Cambodian experts deactivate mudslide minefield in Cyprus

    Reuters - 21 hours ago

    By Michele Kambas MAMMARI, Cyprus (Reuters) - Landmines are meant to lurk underground for years until someone steps on them, but United Nations deminers in Cyprus have now found some that have moved about 50 metres (yards) since being buried almost 40 years ago. Cambodian experts investigating a minefield that moved in a mudslide in late 2012 have found the first migrating anti-tank mine in an area some 15 km (9 miles) west of Nicosia, Colonel Angus Loudon, chief of staff at the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) said on Wednesday. The discovery on Tuesday was a stark reminder of the silent killers which still lace the terrain on either side of the dividing line that split Cyprus in 1974 after a Turkish invasion triggered by a brief Greek-inspired coup. "We do not know how many more mines might be in there." The multi-national UNFICYP force oversaw the destruction of more than 25,000 landmines in the buffer zone over a five-year period until the end of 2011. More »Cambodian experts deactivate mudslide minefield in Cyprus

  • Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147

    Associated Press - 21 hours ago

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. More »Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147

  • Car bomb kills 6 people in Iraq

    Associated Press - 22 hours ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say a car bomb has killed six people belonging to an ethnic minority in the country's north. More »Car bomb kills 6 people in Iraq

  • Brazil's Azul adds Airbus jets to start U.S. flights

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    By Brad Haynes CAMPINAS, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil's third-biggest airline, Azul Linhas Aereas, unveiled plans on Wednesday to add 11 wide-body jets from European planemaker Airbus to start service to the United States. Azul said it would receive six Airbus A330-200s in early 2015, when the airline will begin flying overseas, and five Airbus A350-900 jets starting in early 2017. The selection of Airbus planes, first reported on Tuesday by Reuters, is another blow to U.S. rival Boeing Co in Latin America's biggest market. The expansion will transform Azul, which is controlled by JetBlue Airways Corp founder David Neeleman, from a niche regional carrier into an international player directly challenging heavyweight Latam Airlines Group SA , which controls Brazil's No. 1 carrier, TAM Linhas Aereas. More »Brazil's Azul adds Airbus jets to start U.S. flights

  • NHL-Lightning pair, Avs' MacKinnon finalists for top rookie

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat were named as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, given to the top rookie, along with Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon, the NHL said on Wednesday. MacKinnon, the first overall pick in the 2013 draft, topped all first-year players in points with 63 and tied for the lead in goals with 24. He also had five game-winning goals and had at least one point in 13 consecutive games to break Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky's record for the longest single-season point streak by a player aged 18 or younger. More »NHL-Lightning pair, Avs' MacKinnon finalists for top rookie

  • New social networks connects cooks and diners

    Associated Press - 22 hours ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants. More »New social networks connects cooks and diners

  • Bahrain says expels representative of Shi'ite Ayatollah Sistani

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    Bahrain expelled a prominent Shi'ite religious figure on Wednesday, accusing him of acting as a representative of influential Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani without permission. A statement by the interior ministry said it had received information from top Iraqi government officials that Sheikh Hussein al-Najati was Sistani's representative and had carried out activities such as fund-raising in that capacity. Bahrain, which is ruled by the Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa dynasty, accuses Shi'ite power Iran of fomenting unrest in the country since a 2011 uprising led by the Shi'ite Muslim community demanding reforms and more share in running the kingdom. More »Bahrain says expels representative of Shi'ite Ayatollah Sistani

  • Saudi announces 11 new MERS infections

    AFP - 22 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced 11 new cases of MERS, including a 13-year-old child, as its acting health minister vowed to keep the public better informed about the coronavirus. More »Saudi announces 11 new MERS infections

  • Stem cell 'role in human lifespan'

    Press Association - 22 hours ago

    Stem cell "exhaustion" may play a role in defining the limit of human lifespan, a study of blood from a dead Dutch supercentenarian suggests. More »Stem cell 'role in human lifespan'

  • AP WAS THERE: Probable cause of AIDS found

    Associated Press - 22 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia that had sickened five Los Angeles gay men. The AIDS epidemic had begun. More »AP WAS THERE: Probable cause of AIDS found

  • UK says scrambles jets to see off Russian planes near Scotland

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    Britain on Wednesday scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to see off Russian military planes flying close to its airspace off the coast of Scotland, a spokeswoman from the defence ministry said. "There were unidentified aircraft flying near the north of Scotland," the spokeswoman told Reuters, saying Britain's Royal Air Force had later identified them as Russian. "They were flying in international airspace at all times, they didn't go into UK sovereign airspace," she added, saying there had been eight similar incidents in 2013. Local media reported there were two Russian planes, believed to be Tupolev-95s, which had turned away and flown towards Scandinavia after being contacted by the British jets. More »UK says scrambles jets to see off Russian planes near Scotland

  • France deficit plan treads fine line, betting on growth

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    By Nicholas Vinocur and Jean-Baptiste Vey PARIS (Reuters) - France outlined a slower roadmap on Wednesday to reduce its chronic deficit to the European Union's treaty limit next year, based on growth assumptions described by an independent watchdog as risky. Europe's second-biggest economy, with the highest public spending quota in the EU, is a serial laggard where recovery and public finances are concerned. It has already been granted a two-year extension until 2015 on the original deadline to bring its public deficit below the ceiling of 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Its partners fear it may miss the deadline again next year, but an unpopular Socialist government is struggling to sell painful savings measures to the electorate and to rebellious rank and file lawmakers, even though they are milder than outright spending cuts in many other European countries. More »France deficit plan treads fine line, betting on growth

  • Wellness programs grow more popular with employers

    Associated Press - 22 hours ago

    That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care ... More »Wellness programs grow more popular with employers

  • Bailout exit beckons for Portugal after record bond sale

    Reuters - 23 hours ago

    By Andrei Khalip and Emelia Sithole-Matarise LISBON/LONDON (Reuters) - Portugal sold its first bonds at auction in three years on Wednesday, paying a record low yield that was seen as vote of market confidence and a boost to Lisbon's chances of making a clean break from its bailout next month. At just less than 3.6 percent and with demand easily outstripping the 750 million euros (595.98 million pounds) sold, the results suggested Portugal would enjoy strong investor support if it chooses to leave the rescue programme without the backstop of a standby European Union loan. Whether Portugal follows Ireland in making a clean exit without a backup is a focal point of discussions with its international lenders, which began their last evaluation of its compliance with the terms of the programme on Tuesday. Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho said the auction gave the country "strong confidence about the future", though the government was still "calmly" weighing its options concerning a possible precautionary credit line. More »Bailout exit beckons for Portugal after record bond sale

  • Portugal shrinks budget deficit sharply as bailout nears end

    Reuters - 23 hours ago

    Portugal's public deficit shrank 39 percent in the first quarter of this year from a year earlier, coming in far below a ceiling set under its international bailout, the finance ministry said on Wednesday. Overall spending increased 2 percent, which the ministry attributed mainly to interest payments on Portugal's large debt stockpile and transfers to the social security system and municipalities. After the formal end of the bailout on May 17, Lisbon still has to cut the budget deficit to 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year and then to 2.5 percent next year. Last year, it beat its deficit target with a 4.9 percent gap. More »Portugal shrinks budget deficit sharply as bailout nears end

  • Greek milestone helps Europe put crisis in past

    Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe's debt crisis is receding farther behind in the rear view mirror. More »Greek milestone helps Europe put crisis in past

  • Jackson's tough talk about cancer

    Press Association - 23 hours ago

    Hollywood star Samuel L Jackson has been talking tough to encourage men to check themselves for cancer in a new video. More »Jackson's tough talk about cancer

  • Catalan leader to call independence vote despite Madrid resistance

    Reuters - 23 hours ago

    Catalan President Artur Mas said on Wednesday he would call a non-binding vote on the region's independence in November to let locals at least express an opinion after Madrid blocked a full referendum. Calls for separation have become a headache for the central government as it fights massive unemployment and the scars of a long economic slump. If the vote is also blocked, Mas said he would call an election as a last resort which would be seen as proxy vote on independence. Opinion polls show that around half of the people in Catalonia support independence from the rest of Spain. More »Catalan leader to call independence vote despite Madrid resistance

  • South Sudan Genocide an Abomination and Betrayal, Says Washington

    IB Times - 23 hours ago

    The ongoing genocide in South Sudan is an "abomination" and "betrayal" of the people by their leaders, the White House has said. The US statement comes a few days after rebels attacked Unity State capital Bentiu, killing hundreds of civilians, including women and children. "We are horrified by reports out of South Sudan that fighters aligned with rebel leader Riek Machar massacred hundreds of innocent civilians last week in Bentiu," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. The conflict in South Sudan started last December when President Salva Kiir, of the ethnic group Dinka, fired former vice-President Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer, and accused him of plotting to overthrow the regime. More »South Sudan Genocide an Abomination and Betrayal, Says Washington

  • Ukraine says has 'freed' an eastern town of separatists

    Reuters - 23 hours ago

    Ukrainian government said on Wednesday its forces had flushed armed separatists out of a town in eastern Ukraine as part of an "anti-terrorism" operation. The Interior Ministry said the operation took place on the outskirts of Sviatogorsk and no casualties were suffered. There have been no previous reports of armed men in the town, which lies just outside the stronghold of pro-Russian militants in Slaviansk. "Currently Sviatogorsk and its surroundings are being patrolled by police." Ukraine's government has formally ended an Easter truce and is remounting the campaign to eliminate armed pro-Russian separatist groups in the east. More »Ukraine says has 'freed' an eastern town of separatists

  • Ukraine 'chocolate king' could win May 25 vote in first round - poll

    Reuters - 23 hours ago

    Ukrainian confectionery tycoon Petro Poroshenko has a chance of winning the May 25 presidential election in the first round, an opinion poll indicated on Wednesday. It found 48.4 percent of Ukrainians who planned to vote favoured Poroshenko. That is just short of the absolute majority needed to avoid a runoff against the second-placed candidate, who the survey found would be former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on 14.0 percent. Poroshenko, who sits in parliament as an independent, supported the pro-European uprising which ousted Kremlin-backed president Viktor Yanukovich in February. More »Ukraine 'chocolate king' could win May 25 vote in first round - poll

  • Syrians' plight worsens, hope for political deal fades

    Reuters - 23 hours ago

    By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Hopes for a political deal to end Syria's war are fading and it is getting harder every day to send aid to millions of trapped and displaced civilians, U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said on Wednesday. The United Nations has long said negotiations are the only way to resolve a conflict that is destabilising the region, but peace talks chaired by mediator Lakhdar Brahimi this year foundered after two rounds. More »Syrians' plight worsens, hope for political deal fades

  • Man in court over murder of dissident republican in Kildare

    TheJournal.ie - 23 hours ago

    Larry Keane, a father of six, was found close to his home in Athy last July after being assaulted. He died later in hospital. More »Man in court over murder of dissident republican in Kildare

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