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  • Alonso raring to go after clearing crash confusion
    Alonso raring to go after clearing crash confusion Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By John O'Brien SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso sought to clarify the situation surrounding the pre-season crash that forced him to miss the season-opening race in Australia, the Spaniard saying he never lost consciousness or suffered memory lapses as a result of the accident. Alonso moved from Ferrari to McLaren at the end of last season but confusion surrounding a winter-testing crash in Barcelona last month left him facing 30 minutes of questions about the incident on his return to the Formula One paddock ahead of this week's Malaysian Grand Prix. "Everything was like a normal concussion," Alonso told reporters on Thursday, hours after passing tests at the Sepang International Circuit that gave him the green light to mark his return to a team with whom he raced for one campaign in 2007. More »

  • Battle of Britain pilots meet Queen
    Battle of Britain pilots meet Queen Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The Queen will meet some of the last surviving Battle of Britain pilots from the Second World War today before later unveiling two statues of herself and the Duke of Edinburgh at Canterbury Cathedral. More »

  • Cyclone Pam Disaster: Vanuatu's True Survivor
    Cyclone Pam Disaster: Vanuatu's True Survivor Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Cyclones, earthquakes, landslides and year-long volcanic eruptions - Lik Simelum has seen and survived them all. He survived yet another tragedy this month when Cyclone Pam hit, killing 17 people and leaving 65,000 homeless. Mr Simelum's family were relocated to Epi Island, where a cyclone struck weeks later. Then, in 1987, Cyclone Uma hit Vanuatu, followed by a magnitude-7.7 earthquake in 2009. More »

  • Vanuatu provides lessons in cyclone survival
    Vanuatu provides lessons in cyclone survival Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    By Stephen Coates PORT VILA (Reuters) - Villagers in Vanuatu buried food and fresh water as one of the strongest storms on record bore down on them, fleeing to churches, schools and even coconut drying kilns as 300 kph winds and massive seas tore their flimsy houses to the ground. Despite reports of utter devastation six days after Cyclone Pam pummelled the impoverished South Pacific island nation, Vanuatu appears to be providing something of a lesson in how to survive a category 5 storm. The United Nations says the official death toll is 11 and Prime Minister Joe Natuman told Reuters it would not rise significantly. "The important thing is that the people survived," he said in an interview outside his office overlooking the hard-hit capital of Port Vila. More »

  • VE Day anniversary events revealed
    VE Day anniversary events revealed Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    A chain of beacons will be lit across the country, Spitfire and Lancaster bomber planes will take to the skies and a star-studded concert will be held in London as part of commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. More »

  • Cyclone, hurricane, typhoon: different names for same violent phenomenon
    Cyclone, hurricane, typhoon: different names for same violent phenomenon Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    They may have different names according to the region they hit, but cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons are all violent tropical storms that can generate 10 times as much energy as the Hiroshima atomic bomb. More »

  • How to make women safer in disasters? Attack inequality Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    By Megan Rowling SENDAI, Japan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women's vulnerability to disasters is a sign not of weakness but of inequality, and barriers to women taking the lead in protecting themselves must be removed, top politicians and officials told a U.N. conference on Saturday. Philippine Senator Loren Legarda said statistics showed women face greater risks in times of disaster. Most residents trapped in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina were African-American women and their children, she said. Pregnant and lactating women have special needs that are often neglected, and women are more prone to sexual abuse, trafficking and other forms of violence in the aftermath of disasters, she said. More »

  • Insight - Nerves set in as ECB unbottles policy genie
    Insight - Nerves set in as ECB unbottles policy genie Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The concern is that the bond-buying plan launched on Monday to pump more than a trillion euros into the 19-country economy will send stronger members such as Germany that could arguably do without the support into overdrive, while fostering complacency among laggards. The plan is aimed at lifting euro zone inflation from below zero back up towards the ECB's target of just under 2 percent. Such a scenario could widen the gap between rich and poor member states, further stretching the already strained fabric of European integration, tested again this week when Greece's finance minister accused the ECB of "asphyxiating" Athens. On the face of it, the ECB is upbeat. More »

  • Residents return to 'hellish' ruins in Ukraine town
    Residents return to 'hellish' ruins in Ukraine town Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Not a single building in Nikishyne escaped undamaged after months of intense bombardment, which helped shrink the village of 700 to a handful residents as fighting raged in eastern Ukraine. More »

  • Ruby's Tuesday treble at Cheltenham
    Ruby's Tuesday treble at Cheltenham Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Ruby Walsh made it a Tuesday to remember at the Cheltenham Festival for trainer Willie Mullins, riding three winners and leading a clean sweep for the stable in the Champion Hurdle. More »

  • Walsh and Mullins enjoy Ruby Tuesday at Cheltenham
    Walsh and Mullins enjoy Ruby Tuesday at Cheltenham Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh won the Champion Hurdle with unbeaten Faugheen as the pair dominated the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday. Irishman Mullins saddled a 1-2-3 in front of over 60,000 racegoers as Faugheen, the 4-5 favourite, stormed home ahead of stable mates Arctic Fire (20-1) and twice winner Hurricane Fly (8-1) in the big race. Mullins and Walsh also combined to win the opening two Grade One races of the four-day Festival -- Douvan (2-1) in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle quickly followed by Un De Sceaux (4-6) in the Arkle chase. After Faugheen had brought up the hat-trick, Annie Power looked set to give the Mullins-Walsh combination another winner but the hot favourite fell at the last fence when leading the Mares Hurdle. More »

  • Ruby and Mullins dominate Cheltenham opening day as Faugheen wins Champion  …
    Ruby and Mullins dominate Cheltenham opening day as Faugheen wins Champion  … Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    But Annie Power’s fall was one of the biggest stories of the day. More »

  • Horse racing-Faugheen wins Champion Hurdle in 1-2-3 for Mullins Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    March 10 (Reuters) - Hot favourite Faugheen trumped a high-class field to win the Champion Hurdle for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday. Faugheen (4-5), stormed home ahead of stable mates Arctic Fire (20-1) and twice winner Hurricane Fly (8-1). Walsh had opted to ride Faugheen instead of 2011 and 2013 champion Hurricane Fly, winner of a jump racing world record 22 grade one races, and his decision was justified as the seven-year-old made it nine wins from nine. ... More »

  • Faugheen takes the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham as Mullins makes history
    Faugheen takes the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham as Mullins makes history Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    It was a one-two-three for trainer Willie Mullins. More »

  • Mayor winds up Irish community so much he makes NY Post front page
    Mayor winds up Irish community so much he makes NY Post front page Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Blasio was a half hour late and had boycotted the parade last year because he mistakenly thought it excluded LGBT groups. More »

  • McCoy Saying Goodbye To Cheltenham Festival
    McCoy Saying Goodbye To Cheltenham Festival Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Tony McCoy, Britain's most successful jump jockey, is saying goodbye to the Cheltenham Festival this week. McCoy is retiring when the season ends next month, by which time he will have collected his 20th straight champion jockey title, and this will be his last appearance at the most prestigious jumps meeting in British racing. The Irishman has already won a record 30 winners at Cheltenham and it would be a major surprise if he didn't add more. McCoy, who has dominated British racing for the past two decades, says his best shot at a winner is defending champion Jezki in the Champion Hurdle, the opening day's signature race that McCoy has won three times already. More »

  • Mullins, McCoy have Cheltenham bookmakers running scared
    Mullins, McCoy have Cheltenham bookmakers running scared Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    The Costwold town of Cheltenham this week hosts jump racing's annual Olympics, the £4 million National Hunt Festival with two Irishman in particular dominating the meeting's build-up. More »

  • Cable Car Emergency: 200 Skiers Winched Out
    Cable Car Emergency: 200 Skiers Winched Out Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Two hundred holidaymakers needed a dramatic rescue after a cable car stopped working in hurricane-strength winds. The skiers were suspended in mid-air for several hours after a tree fell on power lines in the Val Gardena resort in northern Italy. "A staff member noticed the tree and stopped everything. More »

  • Britain's FTSE 100 sets record high Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 share index hit a record high of 6,958.89 points on Tuesday. Back then, Leeds United were top of the football Premier League, boy band Westlife was No. 1 in the charts and newspapers warned of possible worldwide computer malfunctions linked to the "Y2K" bug. Below are some facts about the FTSE, then and now: TOP NAMES, TOP SECTORS * The market capitalisation of the FTSE 100 constituents is currently 1.9 trillion pounds ($2.9 trillion), against 164 billion pounds in December 1985, the first available data. Today, oil companies make up about 15 percent of the FTSE 100, against about 12 percent in 1999, according to analysts and the London Stock Exchange. More »

  • Duchess Of York Becomes Queen Of The Catwalk
    Duchess Of York Becomes Queen Of The Catwalk Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The Duchess of York has helped to raise money for those affected by Ebola by strutting her stuff on the catwalk on the eve of London Fashion Week. In a long, black, sleeveless dress, Sarah Ferguson paid little attention to her posture or poise as she joined a number of other celebrities at Fashion For Relief - a charity event organised by supermodel Naomi Campbell. Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli, Katie Price, Pixie Lott, Dynamo, Nicola Roberts, Vivienne Westwood, Georgia May Jagger, Caroline Flack, and Katie Piper were among the other famous faces on the runway. More »

  • Reuters Pictures: 30 years of news in 30 powerful photos and the moving stories …
    Reuters Pictures: 30 years of news in 30 powerful photos and the moving stories … Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Reuters Pictures was formed in 1985. I was ready to celebrate Christmas with my family, but the Romanian communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu changed my plans. More »

  • Kanye West urges Grammy overhaul to award top-sellers
    Kanye West urges Grammy overhaul to award top-sellers Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Kanye West on Wednesday urged an overhaul of the Grammys to award commercially successful musicians, even as the rapper toned down his criticism of this year's surprise winner Beck. More »

  • NBC suspends star anchor Brian Williams for six months
    NBC suspends star anchor Brian Williams for six months Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    NBC suspended star news anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay Tuesday after he admitted embellishing an Iraq war story, the US network said, amid swirling accusations that he exaggerated other reports. More »

  • NBC's Brian Williams says he 'assumed' helicopter took damage
    NBC's Brian Williams says he 'assumed' helicopter took damage Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    NBC News anchor Brian Williams struggled to explain in an interview with U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes how he often misrepresented an Iraq war story of his helicopter coming under fire. In his first published interview, Williams, the anchor of top-rated "NBC Nightly News," said he assumed the helicopter took damage. Williams took himself off the air on Saturday as the Comcast Corp-owned network investigates his claims that he rode in a helicopter that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during the first days of the Iraq War in 2003. "It's very basic I would not have chosen to make this mistake," Williams told the newspaper on Feb 4. More »

  • Brian Williams cancels Letterman appearance - NBC source
    Brian Williams cancels Letterman appearance - NBC source Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    (Reuters) - NBC News anchor Brian Williams has cancelled a planned appearance with late-night talk show host David Letterman this week, an NBC News source said on Sunday, the latest fallout over misstatements by Williams over his experience reporting on the Iraq war. Williams, a star anchor who has garnered high ratings for the network, said on Saturday that he would voluntarily take himself off the evening newscast for several days while NBC looks into an issue that has damaged his credibility. The NBC source said Williams, whose return date to the nightly news has not been announced, would not be appearing on Thursday's Late Show with David Letterman. More »

  • NBC Anchor Takes Break Over Iraq War Lie
    NBC Anchor Takes Break Over Iraq War Lie Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    NBC anchor Brian Williams is taking himself off air temporarily after falsely claiming he was aboard a helicopter hit by enemy fire in Iraq. NBC has launched an internal investigation into his lie. "In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions," said the memo, which was released by NBC. Williams had already apologised for claiming on air that he had reported aboard a Chinook helicopter crippled by enemy fire during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. More »

  • Embattled US anchor Brian Williams takes himself off air
    Embattled US anchor Brian Williams takes himself off air Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    Top US television anchor Brian Williams said Saturday he was taking himself off the air for "several days" as he faces an internal investigation for embellishing an Iraq war story. More »

  • NBC to investigate anchor Williams' Iraq war reporting
    NBC to investigate anchor Williams' Iraq war reporting Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - NBC launched an internal probe on Friday into top-rated "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams' debunked claim that he was aboard a helicopter that was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. In an internal memo, NBC News President Deborah Turness told staffers that a team would gather the facts about the incident in which Williams, 55, falsely said he was in a U.S. Army helicopter that was hit and forced down by an RPG. "This has been a difficult few days for all of us at NBC News," she said. We all landed after the ground fire incident and spent two harrowing nights in a sandstorm in the Iraq desert,” Williams said in his apology. More »

  • Accusations mount against US anchor over war 'lie'
    Accusations mount against US anchor over war 'lie' Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    One of America's most prominent TV anchors, Brian Williams, faced calls for his resignation Friday for embellishing an Iraq war story from 2003. More »

  • Researchers find bits of bubonic plague on NY subway
    Researchers find bits of bubonic plague on NY subway Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    It is universally acknowledged that the New York subway is grubby. What may come as a shock is that it contains DNA fragments linked to anthrax and bubonic plague. More »

  • Low rates, expansion plans hurt insurer Beazley's special dividend Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Lloyd's of London insurer Beazley Plc cut its special dividend to prepare for a further decline in global insurance rates and to fund its expansion this year, Chief Executive Andrew Horton said. Over the past two years, insurance rates have either stagnated or fallen due to fierce competition. Beazley's margins are expected to be "a bit lower" in 2015 as rates are likely to fall further, Horton told Reuters. "We're going to continue to invest despite the environment becoming tougher from a margin point of view," Horton said, speculating that some of Beazley's competitors with more challenging pricing environments would not be able to do so. More »

  • Barca dazzle in attack as Luis Enrique's tactics pay off
    Barca dazzle in attack as Luis Enrique's tactics pay off Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona have rediscovered their appetite and are dazzling in attack again as coach Luis Enrique's tactics are starting to pay off. A month ago Luis Enrique was in the eye of a hurricane over an alleged bust up with star player Lionel Messi and his days at the helm of the team appeared to be numbered. The former Barca player had been brought in after a season where they had failed to win a major trophy and put in charge of a new project that saw money ploughed into new signings, including Luis Suarez. Since the defeat, though, against Real Sociedad in the first game back after Christmas, Barca have had a remarkable turnaround and they have been winning games with panache. More »

  • Soccer-Barca dazzle in attack as Luis Enrique's tactics pay off Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Barcelona have rediscovered their appetite and are dazzling in attack again as coach Luis Enrique's tactics are starting to pay off. A month ago Luis Enrique was in the eye of a hurricane over an alleged bust up with star player Lionel Messi and his days at the helm of the team appeared to be numbered. The former Barca player had been brought in after a season where they had failed to win a major trophy and put in charge of a new project that saw money ploughed into new signings, including Luis Suarez. Since the defeat, though, against Real Sociedad in the first game back after Christmas, Barca have had a remarkable turnaround and they have been winning games with panache. More »

  • Forecasters Sorry For 'Snowmageddon' Alert
    Forecasters Sorry For 'Snowmageddon' Alert Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    America's east coast is clearing up after blizzards left behind more than 2ft of snow - but questions remain about whether weather warnings were overblown. However, New York saw as little as 4in of snow in places, leaving many to ask why the city was shut down . In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie defended his state-wide travel ban as "absolutely the right decision to make" in light of the dire forecast. New York had an almost eerie feel to it, with no planes in the sky, no underground trains and just a few trucks rumbling down empty streets. More »

  • New York snow: Eerily deserted car-free streets like a scene from 28 Days L …
    New York snow: Eerily deserted car-free streets like a scene from 28 Days L … Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Like a scene from 28 Days Later, lone individuals make their way across eerily quiet city streets. As dawn broke, New York City had a ghostly feel to it. New York's LaGuardia International Airport recorded 11 inches of snow, and Central Park was blanketed with almost eight inches. More »