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  • Turkish Airlines says aiding investigation into British school girls

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Flag carrier Turkish Airlines said on Friday it was assisting an investigation into three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to join Islamic State militants. "Turkish Airlines is assisting the relevant government bodies in their inquiries but is unable to respond to or comment specifically in relation to the subject matter of ongoing investigations," it said in an e-mailed statement. ... More »Turkish Airlines says aiding investigation into British school girls

  • Lawsuits keep alive scandals surrounding ex-governor

    Associated Press - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's former first lady, Cylvia Hayes — at the center of an ethics scandal that forced the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber — has launched a legal fight to keep her private emails out of the public eye. More »Lawsuits keep alive scandals surrounding ex-governor

  • Nikon pushes into medtech with 259 million pounds Optos acquisition

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Nikon <7731.T>, the 98-year-old Japanese company best known for its cameras, has agreed to buy British retinal imaging firm Optos for 259.3 million pounds as it moves into the medical sector. Nikon has previously said it intended to enter the medical sector to leverage its optical technologies and the Japanese group sees buying Optos as an important step in that long-term growth plan. Kazuo Ushida, president of Nikon, said the company would expand the medical business further in the future. The Japanese group will pay 340 pence a share in cash for Optos, a 30.5 percent premium to the closing price on Thursday, the two companies said in a statement. More »Nikon pushes into medtech with 259 million pounds Optos acquisition

  • Islamic State aims to eradicate Iraq minorities - rights groups

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Islamic State militants have abducted, injured and killed thousands of civilians across northern Iraq and uprooted millions from their homes in a bid to eradicate the country's ethnic and religious minorities, rights groups said on Friday. Several minority communities, including Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen, have been subjected to killings, rape and sexual enslavement, and women and children have been targeted in particular, a report by four human rights organisations said. Islamic State seized the Iraqi city of Mosul in June last year while sweeping through the north towards Baghdad, meeting virtually no resistance from the army and declaring a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria under its control. Around 8,000 civilians were killed and more than 12,000 wounded between June and December 2014, the United Nations said. More »Islamic State aims to eradicate Iraq minorities - rights groups

  • EBRD says to up Polish investments, eyes energy and banks

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Adrian Krajewski WARSAW (Reuters) - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) [EBRD.UL] plans to invest around a quarter more in Poland this year than in 2014 and is looking for projects in renewable energy and the financial sector, its local head said. The EBRD sees a role for itself in Polish banking consolidation, with the likes of Austrian Raiffeisen's and General Electric's lining up sales of local units. "We ended last year in Poland with 600 million euros (437.39 million pounds) in new investments. We hope that this year the amount will be even higher," EBRD's Poland director Grzegorz Zielinski told Reuters. More »EBRD says to up Polish investments, eyes energy and banks

  • Soccer-China says football stars of future need training from birth

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    China's footballing stars of the future need to start being trained from birth, the government said on Friday as President Xi Jinping signed off on a new plan to boost the country's much-maligned efforts at the sport. The new "football reform plan", approved by Xi at a meeting of a committee which has until now generally focused on heady economic issues, says that a country strong in sports needs to be good at soccer too, something that is the "ardent wish of the whole nation". "Grasp the development opportunity as babies, from the roots," state news agency Xinhua said, in its summary of the reform plan. While the report mentioned no specific measures the government would take, the reform plan does underscore the high level of attention Chinese soccer is getting under Xi, who assumed office two years ago. More »Soccer-China says football stars of future need training from birth

  • Tokyo 2020 planners issue playbook, but venues still undecided

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Planners for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics issued their playbook for organising the sports extravaganza on Friday, but there was no final decision on venues amid growing pressure to keep swelling costs down. Rising labour and construction costs have forced Tokyo to rethink its plans for 10 venues it intended to build for the Games, contravening its promise that the vast majority of events would take place within 8 km (5 miles) of the Olympic village - one of the key points in its successful hosting bid. Officials said the release of the "Games Foundation Plan," which lays out the framework for pulling together an event that will bring thousands of athletes and spectators to Tokyo in just over five years, marked a key step on the Japanese capital's road from planning to preparation. "At the time of the bid, it's true that we pledged to keep close 80 percent of the venues within an 8 km radius to lighten the burden on athletes," Hisahiro Sugiura, Executive Director of Games Operations, told a briefing on the nearly 200-page long report. More »Tokyo 2020 planners issue playbook, but venues still undecided

  • The 9 at 9: Friday

    TheJournal.ie - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    It’s finally Friday, and here are the morning’s top stories. More »The 9 at 9: Friday

  • Olympics-Tokyo 2020 planners issue playbook, but venues still undecided

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Planners for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics issued their playbook for organising the sports extravaganza on Friday, but there was no final decision on venues amid growing pressure to keep swelling costs down. Rising labour and construction costs have forced Tokyo to rethink its plans for 10 venues it intended to build for the Games, contravening its promise that the vast majority of events would take place within 8 km (5 miles) of the Olympic village - one of the key points in its successful hosting bid. Officials said the release of the "Games Foundation Plan," which lays out the framework for pulling together an event that will bring thousands of athletes and spectators to Tokyo in just over five years, marked a key step on the Japanese capital's road from planning to preparation. "At the time of the bid, it's true that we pledged to keep close 80 percent of the venues within an 8 km radius to lighten the burden on athletes," Hisahiro Sugiura, Executive Director of Games Operations, told a briefing on the nearly 200-page long report. More »Olympics-Tokyo 2020 planners issue playbook, but venues still undecided

  • Thoughts turn to recovery as Ebola slowly ebbs in West Africa

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Daniel Flynn, James Harding Giahyue and Saliou Samb DAKAR/MONROVIA/CONAKRY (Reuters) - In the marble atrium of the Mammy Yoko hotel in Freetown, manager Nuno Neves has spotted something he has not seen since the Ebola virus struck Sierra Leone nine months ago: foreign businessmen. The Radisson Blu chain opened the four-star hotel in April to cater for investors in one of Africa's fastest-growing economies. A month later, Ebola crossed the border from Guinea and those investors fled. For months, Sierra Leone was cut off from the world amid panic at the worst recorded outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, which has killed more than 9,500 people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia and infected over 23,500. More »Thoughts turn to recovery as Ebola slowly ebbs in West Africa

  • AstraZeneca to carve out antibiotic R&D into separate firm

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmaker AstraZeneca has decided to carve out its early-stage antibiotic research by creating a stand-alone subsidiary company, as it sharpens its focus on other therapy areas. Chief Executive Pascal Soriot said last year he was looking to partner or sell its anti-infective business, which is no longer viewed as a core area for the British drugmaker. AstraZeneca said in an emailed statement it would invest $40 million in the new antibiotic company, which will include early-stage products such as a drug in Phase II for gonorrhoea. The move will impact approximately 95 employees based in Waltham, Massachusetts. More »AstraZeneca to carve out antibiotic R&D into separate firm

  • Kendall Jenner struts for Fendi, Kate Mara cozy in Max Mara

    Associated Press - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Shape and color engaged designers on the second day of Milan Fashion Week of womenswear previews for next autumn and winter, featuring shows by Fendi, Max Mara, Just Cavalli and Prada. More »Kendall Jenner struts for Fendi, Kate Mara cozy in Max Mara

  • Cyprus referee's house in pipe bomb attack - police

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    A pipe bomb exploded outside the home of a Cypriot soccer referee early on Friday, police said, the latest in a string of threats and attacks against referees and their families. The vehicle was parked outside their home close to the coastal town of Larnaca at the time and the improvised explosive device packed in a pipe was placed on the windshield, police added. "All options are open, not excluding an abstention (from fixtures)" said Constantinos Skaboullis, secretary of the referee's association. In January, referees called for a one-week boycott of fixtures in response to a bomb attack outside the home of a referee's mother, and in October 2014 offices of the referees association were damaged by a bomb. More »Cyprus referee's house in pipe bomb attack - police

  • Lebanon-born Syrian refugees risk stateless legal limbo

    AFP - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Syrian refugee Yasmine Khalaf lies next to her day-old daughter Israa in a Lebanese hospital, worrying that her tiny newborn risks life without a legal identity. More »Lebanon-born Syrian refugees risk stateless legal limbo

  • More Hong Kong university students back independence - poll

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    A growing number of Hong Kong students support independence for the former British colony, amid sliding confidence in the "one country, two systems" formula under which the city is governed, an online poll by a university magazine showed. The findings come a month after Hong Kong's embattled leader Leung Chun-ying warned against the rise of separatism, after parts of the city were paralysed last year by more than two months of pro-democracy protests. About 28 percent of 569 students polled by Undergrad, a student union magazine of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), supported independence, up from 15 percent in a similar poll early last year. Some 53 percent of respondents favoured the "one country, two systems" formula as the best political structure for Hong Kong, down from 68 percent in early 2014, according to the poll, done between Jan. 24 and Feb. 5. More »More Hong Kong university students back independence - poll

  • Ukraine sends $15 million for gas, says Russian energy minister

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Olesya Astakhova KRASNOYARSK, Russia (Reuters) - Ukraine has sent $15 million (9.72 million pounds) to pay for Russian gas, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday, just days after Moscow had threatened to cut off supplies to its neighbour due to non-payment. Novak told reporters that Russia's Gazprom had been told the money was on its way but the natural gas producer had yet to receive it. There was no immediate confirmation from Gazprom which said this week there were serious risks to gas transit to Europe via Ukraine after Kiev failed to make a pre-payment for supplies. More »Ukraine sends $15 million for gas, says Russian energy minister

  • Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for abusing Indonesian maid

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    A Hong Kong mother of two who punched her maids, beat them with mops and threatened to kill their relatives was jailed for six years on Friday in a case that triggered outrage and exposed the plight of millions of domestic helpers across Asia. Former beautician Law Wan-tung, 44, looked stunned as the sentence was passed after being found guilty of 18 of 20 abuse charges. The charges included inflicting grievous bodily harm and criminal intimidation against Erwiana Sulistyaningsih and an another maid, also from Indonesia. Judge Amanda Woodcock read out her verdict saying "damning evidence" revealed "how little care and kindness the defendant showed" for Erwiana. More »Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for abusing Indonesian maid

  • Novartis Japan hit with suspension over side-effect reporting

    AFP - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Japanese health authorities said Friday that they have ordered the local unit of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis to temporarily suspend its operations for failing to report drug side effects. More »Novartis Japan hit with suspension over side-effect reporting

  • Research links leukaemia to ageing

    Press Association - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Genetic mutations linked with leukaemia are "almost inevitable" as people get older, new research suggests. More »Research links leukaemia to ageing

  • Under Russia, isolated Crimea is twilight zone for business

    AFP - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Workers stand on a crane in front of a mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in a navy uniform, the Kremlin and the Russian flag on the wall of a building in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, ... More »Under Russia, isolated Crimea is twilight zone for business

  • UK's Second Ebola Vaccine Ready For Testing

    Sky News - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The UK's second Ebola vaccine is being fast-tracked to start testing in Africa in the coming weeks. The trial, at the Oxford Vaccine Group, consists of two different vaccines given weeks apart. Human trials started in Oxford in January and are expected to begin in Ghana, Tanzania and Kenya soon. Large-scale testing, on tens of thousands of people in Africa, is planned for later this year. More »UK's Second Ebola Vaccine Ready For Testing

  • Russia to mull allowing China over 50 percent stake in strategic oil, gas fields - TASS

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian government is ready to consider allowing Chinese investors to take more than 50 percent stakes in strategic oil and gas fields, TASS news agency quoted Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich as saying on Friday. According to TASS, Dvorkovich said offshore fields would not be included. (Reporting by Katya Golubkova, editing by Elizabeth Piper) More »Russia to mull allowing China over 50 percent stake in strategic oil, gas fields - TASS

  • Earl Lloyd, first African-American in NBA, dead at 86

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    (Reuters) - Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association, died on Thursday at the age of 86, the league said on its website. The cause of death was not disclosed. Lloyd paved the way for black players when he made his NBA debut with the Washington Capitols in 1950. He missed the 1951-52 season due to military service but later won a championship with the Syracuse Nationals and also played for the Detroit Pistons before retiring in 1960. According to basketball-reference.com, Lloyd, a small forward, scored 4,682 points in 560 games. ... More »Earl Lloyd, first African-American in NBA, dead at 86

  • Netflix's 'House of Cards' returns in full for 3rd season

    Associated Press - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Kelly did everything he could to stay under the radar. More »Netflix's 'House of Cards' returns in full for 3rd season

  • Basketball-Earl Lloyd, first African-American in NBA, dead at 86

    Reuters - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Feb 26 (Reuters) - Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association, died on Thursday at the age of 86, the league said on its website. The cause of death was not disclosed. Lloyd paved the way for black players when he made his NBA debut with the Washington Capitols in 1950. He missed the 1951-52 season due to military service but later won a championship with the Syracuse Nationals and also played for the Detroit Pistons before retiring in 1960. According to basketball-reference.com, Lloyd, a small forward, scored 4,682 points in 560 games. ... More »Basketball-Earl Lloyd, first African-American in NBA, dead at 86

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