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  • Tribeca Festival films go behind the scenes in fashion, dance and theatre

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - From final fittings at a famous Parisian fashion house to rehearsals for a young choreographer's new work for the New York City Ballet and a global tour of "Richard III," documentaries at the Tribeca Film Festival give viewers the film equivalent of a backstage pass. "Dior and I," which opens on Thursday, follows creative director Raf Simons, 46, as he prepares his first couture collection for Christian Dior, and uncovers similarities between the Belgian designer and the French founder of the famous Parisian fashion house. "There were all these uncanny things," said New York-based, French-born director Frederic Tcheng about the two men, both shy, reserved and inspired by the arts. Using voiceover excerpts from Dior's 1956 memoir "Christian Dior & I," Tcheng introduces viewers to Dior, both the man and the fashion house he created. More »Tribeca Festival films go behind the scenes in fashion, dance and theatre

  • Drug watchdog urges vigilance in cancer drug theft

    AFP - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Europe's medicine watchdog urged doctors Thursday to be vigilant in administering the cancer drug Herceptin, vials of which had been stolen in Italy and tampered with before being sold back into the supply chain. More »Drug watchdog urges vigilance in cancer drug theft

  • USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

    Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    1. "Divergent" by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) More »USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

  • Nigerian state says most abducted schoolgirls still missing

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's northeast Borno state said on Thursday only 20 of up to 129 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels were back with their parents, casting doubt on a military claim to have freed most of them. The armed forces said in a statement on Wednesday that most of the schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels from the Boko Haram group had been freed in a military rescue operation. Monday's mass abduction of the schoolgirls aged between 15 and 18 shocked Nigeria, a nation growing increasingly inured to tales of horror from its bloody insurgency in the northeast The raid on the Chibok school showed how the five-year-old Boko Haram insurgency has brought lawlessness to swathes of the semi-arid, poor region. The principal of the school has so far received (them)," Borno state Education Commissioner Inuwa Kubo told Reuters by telephone from the school. More »Nigerian state says most abducted schoolgirls still missing

  • China calls on Russia, central Asia allies to tighten Internet controls

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Roman Kozhevnikov DUSHANBE (Reuters) - China on Thursday urged Russia and Central Asian partners in a six-nation security alliance to tighten control over the Internet and take other steps to prevent "external forces" from fomenting revolution in member states. Chinese Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun's remarks at a meeting with counterparts from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) could lead to fears of further restrictions by states that critics say already try to silence dissent. They are likely to please the Kremlin, however, which accuses the West of supporting opposition protesters who drove an ally of Moscow from the presidency in Ukraine in February as well as of supporting government opponents in Russia. More »China calls on Russia, central Asia allies to tighten Internet controls

  • From 'Unwrapped' to new TV show 'Rewrapped'

    Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Consider the simple but beloved chocolate chip cookie. Now imagine that cookie encrusting a brioche roll tucked around a turkey meatball. More »From 'Unwrapped' to new TV show 'Rewrapped'

  • Runaway spy Snowden is surprise guest on Putin phone-in

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) - Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. intelligence eavesdropping, made a surprise appearance on a TV phone-in hosted by Vladimir Putin on Thursday, asking the Russian president if his country also tapped the communications of millions. The exchange was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden since Russia gave the American refuge last summer after he disclosed widespread monitoring of telephone and internet data by the United States and fled the country. Snowden was not in the studio with Putin, who angered U.S. President Barack Obama by refusing to send the American home to face espionage charges. Snowden, 30, wearing a jacket and open-collar shirt and speaking before a dark background, asked Putin: "Does Russia intercept, store or analyse, in any way, the communications of millions of individuals?" "And do you believe that simply increasing the effectiveness of intelligence or law enforcement investigations can justify placing societies, rather than subjects, under surveillance?" he asked. More »Runaway spy Snowden is surprise guest on Putin phone-in

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

    Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended April 12th. More »WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

  • Teen in 'Jihad Jane' case sentenced to five years in prison

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The immigrant, Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 20, who has been in custody three years for his role in the "Jihad Jane" conspiracy, will receive credit for that time and serve an additional two years in prison to finish his sentence, said the sentencing judge, Petrese Tucker, of U.S. district court in Philadelphia. "Mom, Dad, you will forgive me 1,000 times even though I don't ask for it," said Khalid, who pleaded guilty to committing related crimes when he was as young as 15 and living in his parents' apartment in suburban Maryland. He was arrested in 2011 on charges he provided material support to terrorists working with a suburban Philadelphia housewife who went by the nickname Jihad Jane. Her real name is Colleen LaRose. More »Teen in 'Jihad Jane' case sentenced to five years in prison

  • Islamist militants kill 30 in attacks around Iraq

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Suspected Sunni Muslim militants killed at least 30 people around Iraq on Thursday including 12 soldiers in an assault on a remote army base in the north, deepening insecurity with a national election just two weeks away. Sectarian bloodshed has increased since the Shi'ite Muslim-led Baghdad government began an offensive against insurgents, some of them affiliated with al Qaeda, dug in around Falluja and Ramadi in the western province of Anbar. Early on Thursday morning, gunmen disguised in Iraqi military uniforms drove armoured vehicles, including Iraqi army Humvees, up to a small military base outside Mosul and opened fire, killing 12 soldiers and wounding about a dozen, army and police officers said on condition of anonymity. The region around Mosul has been a stronghold of the al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group. More »Islamist militants kill 30 in attacks around Iraq

  • UPDATE 2-Games-Vietnam backs out as host of 2019 Asian Games

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    * Vietnam quits as 2019 Asian Games host * Cites lack of preparation and cost * Olympic Council of Asia waiting for confirmation (Adds OCA comment) HANOI, April 17 (Reuters) - Vietnam quit as host of the 2019 Asian Games on Thursday, citing a lack of preparedness and concerns that holding the multi-sport event would not prove financially viable. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said Vietnam was suffering from the effects of global recession and the state was unable to foot the bill for facilities and venues that would not be profitable in the years after the Games. It was not immediately clear which country would take over from Hanoi as hosts of the 18th Asian Games. "We've only heard about it and we are waiting for a formal communication from the Vietnam Olympic Committee," Randhir Singh, secretary general of the Kuwait-based Olympic Council of Asia, told Reuters. More »UPDATE 2-Games-Vietnam backs out as host of 2019 Asian Games

  • Reservoir to be flushed because of urinating teen

    Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mix of 38 million gallons of treated water and one teen's urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot — the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to keep its water pure. More »Reservoir to be flushed because of urinating teen

  • Ebola virus circulating in Guinea is new strain

    AFP - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The virus that has caused a deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea is a new strain that emerged locally, possibly transmitted by fruit bats, virologists have said. More »Ebola virus circulating in Guinea is new strain

  • Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

    Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. More »Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

  • Late surge in health sign-ups brought in the young

    Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — State insurance commissioners say President Barack Obama had some good news during an hourlong meeting at the White House — a surge of younger people signed up for his health care plan as open enrollment season wound down. More »Late surge in health sign-ups brought in the young

  • New MRSA Superbug Emerges in Brazilian Patient

    LiveScience.com - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A new, highly drug-resistant type of the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) recently caused a fatal blood infection in a Brazilian patient, according to a new report. The 35-year-old man, who was in poor health and had been in the hospital for a long time, was infected with a strain of MRSA that developed resistance — during his hospital stay — to the powerful antibiotic vancomycin, which is widely used to treat this infection. Researchers found that unlike previous superbugs that were associated with hospitals, this vancomycin-resistant staph bacteria (VRSA) is genetically related to a MRSA strain that has been circulating in the United States and northern South America, according to the study, published today (April 17) in the New England Journal of Medicine.  "This particular bug is genetically different from all the others that have been described before, and belongs to a clone that has been described before to cause infections in the community, and not in the hospital," said study researcher Dr. Cesar Arias, an infectious diseases scientist and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Texas. More »New MRSA Superbug Emerges in Brazilian Patient

  • Sina Weibo soars in debut, overcoming censorship concerns

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Alexei Oreskovic and Tanya Agrawal SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of Weibo Corp rose as much as 41 percent in their U.S. debut on Thursday, sweeping aside concerns that censorship in China will hurt the growth of the country's Internet sector and broader worries about the outlook for tech-sector stocks. Investors are watching the biggest debut of a Chinese Internet company in years, hoping for clues as to demand for the highly anticipated IPO of far larger e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Sina Weibo's early gains came after the owner of a Chinese Twitter-like messaging service priced its shares at the very bottom of a target range of $17 (10.12 pounds) to $19, and cut its offer to 16.8 million American Depositary Shares from 20 million. That surge caught some investors off-guard because of its well-known susceptibility to unpredictable Chinese censorship and the uncertain outcome of intense domestic competition with the likes of Tencent Holdings Inc. "People had concerns that there's some competition over there and that engagement on Weibo may be challenged in the future, but I think Weibo is still a social media platform, that people still use it every day," said Henry Guo of JG Capital. More »Sina Weibo soars in debut, overcoming censorship concerns

  • Guantanamo hearing halted after defence accusations of FBI spying

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Lacey Johnson FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - A U.S. military hearing for five men accused of conspiring in the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington concluded early on Thursday after defence attorneys raised concerns they were being spied on by the FBI. Progress on the pre-trial hearing at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba ground to a halt this week after lawyers for the five men, described by the U.S. military as "high-value detainees" said they could not go forward because of possible Federal Bureau of Investigation involvement. Jim Harrington, an attorney for Ramzi Bin al Shibh, a Yemeni citizen accused of wiring money to the 9/11 hijackers, on Monday disclosed that two FBI agents had approached a defence officer and asked him "to sign an agreement." The presiding military judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, has begun laying the groundwork for an inquiry into whether the alleged FBI investigation poses a conflict of interest for defence attorneys. More »Guantanamo hearing halted after defence accusations of FBI spying

  • U.S. releases $450 million of frozen Iranian funds after IAEA report

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The United States has taken steps to release a $450 million (267.9 million pounds) instalment of frozen Iranian funds following a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifying that Iran is living up to its part of a landmark nuclear pact with world powers, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that "all sides have kept the commitments made" under the agreement. She said that "as Iran remains in line with its commitments," the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia and the European Union "will continue to uphold our commitments as well." The report by the U.N. nuclear agency showed that Iran had - as stipulated under the November 24 agreement - diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium reserve to a fissile content less prone to bomb proliferation. Tehran has also continued to convert the other half of its stock of uranium gas refined to a 20 percent fissile purity, the IAEA report said. More »U.S. releases $450 million of frozen Iranian funds after IAEA report

  • Obama, Merkel discuss Ukraine crisis in call

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    President Barack Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Thursday about the situation in Ukraine, the offices of both leaders said. Obama and Merkel agreed during the call that Russia should use its influence on armed groups in eastern Ukraine to calm the situation, a German government spokeswoman said on Thursday. "Both shared their worries given current developments in eastern Ukraine, so they called on Russia to help contribute to a de-escalation," the spokeswoman, Christiane Wirtz, said in an email. "They said Russia in particular should use its influence on armed groups in eastern Ukraine to calm the situation," Wirtz said. More »Obama, Merkel discuss Ukraine crisis in call

  • Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus

    AFP - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Malaysia has quarantined 64 people in a southern village after one of its residents become the country's first person to die of a respiratory illness that is spreading from the Middle East, local media reported Thursday. More »Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus

  • Kosovo PM urges vote on new war crimes court but calls it insult

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo's premier has summoned parliament to vote on creating an EU-backed special court to try ethnic Albanian ex-guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from murdered Serbs during the Balkan state's 1990s war, but criticised the plan as an insult. The move stems from a 2011 report by Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty alleging that Kosovo Albanian guerrillas fighting a war of independence from Serbia had smuggled the bodies of Serbs into Albania and removed their organs for sale. "This issue is completely unfair and an insult for the state of Kosovo," Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, who was the political chief of the old Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), said on Thursday. More »Kosovo PM urges vote on new war crimes court but calls it insult

  • Robson Out Of Wimbledon

    Sky News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    British tennis No 1 Laura Robson has announced that she is to have wrist surgery and will be forced to miss the French Open and Wimbledon. The 20-year-old has been able to play just two matches this season due to the injury, halting her ascent up the world rankings. And the former Wimbledon junior champion wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday: "I wanted to inform my lovely supporters that I have decided to have minor wrist surgery at the Mayo clinic with one of the best wrist doctors in the world, Dr. Richard Berger. "Dr. Berger is very confident that I will be able to return to the tennis court pain-free before you even have time to miss me, although sadly I will have to miss the French Open and Wimbledon." More »Robson Out Of Wimbledon

  • IMF board signs off on latest Portugal review

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The International Monetary Fund signed off on its latest review of Portugal's bailout on Thursday, and also extended the program until June to finish assessing the euro zone country's progress with getting its economy back on track. The IMF's review means Portugal has complied with most of the conditions of the bailout, and allows the country to receive another 851 million euros (714.2 million pounds). Portugal's three-year international bailout from the IMF and the European Union was initially supposed to end in mid-May. The lenders have already demanded seeing the government's budget plans for 2015 before ending the rescue program. More »IMF board signs off on latest Portugal review

  • Water from Oregon reservoir tests clean

    Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — There's nothing wrong with the 38 million gallons of water being flushed away from a reservoir in an Oregon city. More »Water from Oregon reservoir tests clean

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