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  • Ups And Downs In Darts' Top Flight
    Ups And Downs In Darts' Top Flight Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Reigning champion Raymond van Barneveld avoided elimination on Judgement Night as Peter Wright and Kim Huybrechts bowed out of the Premier League. After starting the evening above the drop-zone, Wright was left in peril following a 7-4 defeat by Adrian Lewis, and slipped into the bottom two after van Barneveld claimed a draw with Gary Anderson in the final match. Huybrechts needed a win, along with a big swing in leg difference, and his faint hopes were extinguished by a 6-6 draw with Stephen Bunting. Earlier in the night, Michael van Gerwen had claimed a 7-4 win over James Wade to open up a three-point lead at the top of the table. More »

  • Queen to lead VE-Day commemorations
    Queen to lead VE-Day commemorations Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    The Queen will lead the nation at a religious service commemorating the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day , when Second World War Allied forces finally defeated Hitler's Nazi troops on the continent. More »

  • From Space, Typhoon Maysak's Eye Looks Like a Black Hole (Photo)
    From Space, Typhoon Maysak's Eye Looks Like a Black Hole (Photo) Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    It seemed like a black hole from a Sci-Fi movie," NASA astronaut Terry Virts wrote on Twitter. Virts and his fellow astronauts have been posting pictures of the typhoon, which is expected to hit the Philippines this weekend if it doesn't change course. "Commands respect even from space," wrote Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian astronaut with the European Space Agency who launched into space with Virts in November. As of 11 a.m. EdT today (1500 GMT), the super typhoon was 223 miles (359 km) northwest of the Micronesian island of Yap. More »

  • Early Super Typhoon Heading For Philippines
    Early Super Typhoon Heading For Philippines Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    A super typhoon which has developed into a dangerous storm unusually early in the season is heading towards the outer islands of the Philippines. Super Typhoon Maysak, which is gusting up to 184mph (296kph), has passed the Yap Islands and is moving west towards the archipelago. The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre has put out an alert and warned that waves could reach up to 44ft (13m) in height. The typhoon is forecast to move over open water until Saturday evening, when it will make landfall towards the northern part of the Philippines sometime during the day on Sunday. More »

  • Hurricane-strength winds pummel Europe, four killed
    Hurricane-strength winds pummel Europe, four killed Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Michael Hogan HAMBURG (Reuters) - At least four people were killed on Tuesday when hurricane-force winds lashed northern Europe in one of the most severe storms in years, forcing flights to be cancelled and disrupting road, train and marine traffic. The Dutch meteorological office issued a red warning for the northern and coastal provinces of the low-lying Netherlands, as gusts of up to 120 kph (75 mph) caused damage estimated at several million euros. German weather service spokesman Peter Hartmann said winds had reached up to 160 kph (100 mph) on higher ground. "This is one of the worst storms in recent years," he said, noting that such hurricane-force winds were highly unusual for this time of the year. More »

  • This killer line from the new Bond film Spectre is really getting people th …
    This killer line from the new Bond film Spectre is really getting people th … Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    “You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr Bond.” More »

  • Saudi navy evacuates diplomats from Yemen's Aden - Saudi TV Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's navy evacuated dozens of foreign diplomats from the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, state television reported on Saturday. "The Saudi Royal Navy implemented an operation called Hurricane to evacuate dozens of diplomats, including Saudis, from Aden," a news ticker on the state news broadcaster Al Ekhbariya TV said. It added that the diplomats had arrived safely at Saudi Arabia's Red Sea port of Jeddah. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait relocated their embassies to Aden last month after Houthi forces overran Sanaa. ... More »

  • Alonso Blames Locked Steering For Crash
    Alonso Blames Locked Steering For Crash Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Fernando Alonso has contradicted McLaren's official explanation for his accident in testing, insisting the crash was caused by locked steering. Speaking ahead of his F1 return at this weekend’s Malaysia GP, the Spaniard said he remembered everything about the crash at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on 22 February and rubbished claims he woke up believing the year was 1995 after being knocked out. More dramatically, the McLaren driver also flatly denied the team's announcement that a gust of wind was to blame for the loss of control and said he believed the steering locked on his MP4-30. More »

  • 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 »