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  • Seattle Eco-Activists Confront Shell Oil Rig
    Seattle Eco-Activists Confront Shell Oil Rig Fri, May 15, 2015

    Environment campaigners in Seattle have confronted a giant oil rig about to search for fossil fuel energy in the Arctic Ocean. Two dozen activists in kayaks paddled out to meet Royal Dutch Shell's Polar Pioneer in Elliot Bay as it loaded crew and supplies for a trip to the Chukchi Sea some 200km north west of Alaska. Activist Paul Adler, 52, joined the group as they unfurled a banner stating: Seattle Loves The Arctic, and Arctic Drilling = Climate Chaos. "These proposals have woken a sleeping giant in the Northwest," said Eric de Place, policy director for Sightline Institute, a liberal Seattle think-tank. More »

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  • Veterans Join Queen For VE Day Ceremony
    Veterans Join Queen For VE Day Ceremony Sun, May 10, 2015

    The Queen has joined some 1,000 war veterans and their families to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, her Majesty laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey in remembrance of the price paid by Britain to achieve victory in the Second World War. Also in attendance were David Cameron and his wife Samantha, politicians, dignitaries and members of Britain's Armed Forces. More »

  • Royals join veterans to mark VE Day
    Royals join veterans to mark VE Day Sun, May 10, 2015

    The Royal Family has joined around 1,000 military veterans at Westminster Abbey for a special service to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. More »

  • Tropical Storm Ana heads toward US southeast
    Tropical Storm Ana heads toward US southeast Sun, May 10, 2015

    Tropical storm Ana barreled toward the US southeastern coast Saturday, threatening flooding, high winds and life-threatening tides in the region, forecasters warned. More »

  • Tropical Storm Ana threatens Carolinas with rough surf, rain
    Tropical Storm Ana threatens Carolinas with rough surf, rain Sat, May 9, 2015

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Winds from Tropical Storm Ana, the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, picked up onshore in the Carolinas on Saturday and beachgoers were warned of expected dangerous rip currents and heavy rain. Ana was moving slightly faster toward the U.S. Southeast coast with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 km/h) after it transitioned overnight into a tropical storm, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. The storm was positioned Saturday morning about 65 miles (105 km) south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , the weather agency said. The storm had slowed slightly, moving at about 3 mph(5 km/h), and the centre of the storm was forecast to be "very near" the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina by Sunday morning, according to the hurricane centre. More »

  • Star-Studded Concert Marks VE Day Anniversary
    Star-Studded Concert Marks VE Day Anniversary Sat, May 9, 2015

    A star-studded concert has taken place in London to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. Katherine Jenkins, Pixie Lott, Status Quo and couples from Strictly Come Dancing were among those performing 1940s-inspired songs at London's Horse Guard Parade. Thousands of members of the public turned out for The Party To Remember concert, as well as a host of Second World War veterans. More »

  • Tropical Storm Ana Bears Down On Carolinas
    Tropical Storm Ana Bears Down On Carolinas Sat, May 9, 2015

    The first US tropical storm of the year is bearing down on the coast of the Carolinas, weeks before hurricane season even begins. The storm is forecast to reach North and South Carolina late Saturday local time and early Sunday, Mother's Day in the US. Despite packing winds of up to 60mph (96km), Ana is not expected to reach hurricane strength. However it will drench parts of those states with up to five inches (13cm) of rain until Monday, said the National Hurricane Centre. More »

  • Tornado-Hit Towns Braced For Round Two
    Tornado-Hit Towns Braced For Round Two Sat, May 9, 2015

    The greatest risk is from western Kansas into western Oklahoma, where tornadoes and "golf-ball sized" hail are anticipated. It comes as the Red Cross opened an evacuation centre in the Oklahoma city of Shawnee because of fears a dam is close to cresting. Weather Channel forecaster Michael Palmer said: "All the ingredients are coming together for a major severe thunderstorm and tornado outbreak Saturday for the central and southern Plains. There are reports that more than 10,000 homes are without power in and around Oklahoma City. More »

  • Church bells ring to mark VE Day
    Church bells ring to mark VE Day Sat, May 9, 2015

    Church bells rang out around Britain today as events to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day continue. More »

  • Queen lights beacon to mark VE Day
    Queen lights beacon to mark VE Day Fri, May 8, 2015

    The Queen has lit the first of hundreds of beacons on display around Britain to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. More »

  • Brent posts weekly loss after month of gains; U.S. crude up
    Brent posts weekly loss after month of gains; U.S. crude up Fri, May 8, 2015

    By Barani Krishnan and Robert Gibbons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Brent oil posted its first weekly loss in a month on Friday as the market fretted again about global oversupply while U.S. crude rose for an eighth straight week, helped by jobs growth data and the first storm of the hurricane season forming. Crude prices had rallied with little pause over the past month, helped by a weaker dollar and bets that better demand in the near term will ease the supply glut. More »

  • Party leaders commemorate VE Day after seismic UK vote
    Party leaders commemorate VE Day after seismic UK vote Fri, May 8, 2015

    Britain's top politicians took part in commemorations on the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on Friday, just hours after a dramatic election that left the opposition in disarray. More »

  • Forecasters warn of tropical storm as Ana nears US southeast
    Forecasters warn of tropical storm as Ana nears US southeast Fri, May 8, 2015

    It's not even hurricane season yet but forecasters on Friday issued the year's first tropical storm warning for Ana, which threatens to rain on Mother's Day in the southeastern United States. More »

  • Pitt And Jolie's New Orleans Home Up For Sale
    Pitt And Jolie's New Orleans Home Up For Sale Thu, May 7, 2015

    :: Follow the election results live on skynews.com, our mobile apps and on Sky News TV from 10pm. More »

  • Mediterranean migrant crisis: Over 3,000 people saved in 60 days using drone …
    Mediterranean migrant crisis: Over 3,000 people saved in 60 days using drone … Wed, May 6, 2015

    An NGO based in Malta is using drones to patrol the Mediterranean Sea for overcrowded boats of migrants fleeing the African continent to Europe, and has so far managed to save over 3,000 people in 60 days using the technology. The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) is the brainchild of American millionaire Christopher Catrambone, a New Orleans native who moved his family to Malta in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Malta is near to one of the major smuggling routes and after hearing about the plight of migrants, Catrambone and his wife decided to invest $7.5m (£5m) – almost 50% of their savings – into setting up the world's first private maritime search and rescue operation. "The Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system comes complete with air vehicles and an Embarked Control Station. More »

  • World's biggest hurricane simulator aims to improve forecasts
    World's biggest hurricane simulator aims to improve forecasts Wed, May 6, 2015

    The world's largest hurricane simulator is now complete and experts hope it will improve forecasters' ability to predict how strong a storm will get, which has been a key weak spot for science until now. More »

  • Warren Buffett denies that Berkshire Hathaway 'too big to fail' Sat, May 2, 2015

    By Jonathan Stempel OMAHA, Neb. (Reuters) - Warren Buffett on Saturday rejected the idea that Berkshire Hathaway Inc , a sprawling conglomerate he has built over 50 years, has grown so big that it is now too big to fail and requires tighter regulatory oversight. "There is no reason, in logic or in terms of what we've heard, to think that Berkshire would be designated as a SIFI," Buffett said at Berkshire's annual meeting, using the acronym for systemically important financial institution. "I do not think Berkshire comes within miles of qualifying as a SIFI." The SIFI designation forces companies to submit to Federal Reserve oversight, and could make them adopt tighter capital and liquidity requirements that could impede growth and profitability. Buffett and his second-in-command, Charlie Munger, were fielding questions at the annual shareholder meeting. More »

  • Jezki’s day again at Punchestown as Hurricane Fly has to settle for World Hurdle …
    Jezki’s day again at Punchestown as Hurricane Fly has to settle for World Hurdle … Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    JP McManus’s star won the three-mile World Hurdle, while Un de Sceaux was a 1/10 winner of the Ryanair Chase. More »

  • Factbox - Ways to help Nepal's earthquake victims Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    (Reuters) - The following are some of the organizations providing relief in Nepal to thousands of victims from Saturday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake: Save the Children About 525 staff members are distributing food, shelter and clean water in Nepal, said Wendy Christian, head of media at Save the Children. Save the Children (http://savethechildren.org) set a goal of raising $50 million for earthquake relief in Nepal. Care.org The organization, in Nepal since 1978, has 150 team members already on the ground and will be adding more as soon as possible, said Brian Feagans, director of communications at Care.org (http://www.care.org). Oxfam Oxfam (http://www.oxfamamerica.org), which has been operating in Nepal since the 1980s, established four open-air sites in the Katmandu Valley to provide sanitation and fresh water for earthquake victims. More »

  • 'Demons on the mountain'; survivors recall avalanche terror Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    By Sanjeev Miglani KATHMANDU (Reuters) - When Khile Sherpa opened his eyes, the snow around him was bright red, drenched with blood streaming from gashes in his body from the avalanche that catapulted him across Mount Everest's base camp at lunchtime on Saturday. Khile was among the first 15 survivors flown from Everest to Kathmandu on Sunday after a powerful earthquake hit Nepal a day earlier killing more than 2,460 people, at least 17 of them in the avalanche it triggered on the world's tallest peak. Like hundreds of other earthquake victims, the 20-year-old was waiting for treatment outside Kathmandu's overcrowded Medical College hospital. Khile was one of nearly 1,000 climbers and sherpa guides on Everest when the first avalanche struck and claimed the biggest toll of any disaster on the mountain. More »

  • Tennessee gay couple's date with history
    Tennessee gay couple's date with history Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Thom Kostura and Ijpe DeKoe are married in New York, but not in Memphis, where they now live. More »

  • "Isis" dropped from UN hurricane name list
    "Isis" dropped from UN hurricane name list Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    The UN weather agency announced Friday it was dropping "Isis" -- the name of an ancient Egyptian goddess that also happens to be the acronym for the Islamic State jihadist group -- from its stocklist of Pacific hurricane names. More »

  • U.S. firm CrowdStrike claims success in deterring Chinese hackers
    U.S. firm CrowdStrike claims success in deterring Chinese hackers Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    By Andrea Shalal COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike Inc said Monday it had successfully prevented a Chinese hacker group from targeting a U.S. technology firm for the first time, offering promise for other companies facing cyber attacks. Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and chief technology officer of CrowdStrike, told Reuters his company had observed a China-based hacker group called Hurricane Panda halt its attacks on a U.S. Internet technology firm in January, after the hackers detected CrowdStrike's presence on the company's networks. More »

  • Cayman Islands take 'can't beat 'em, eat 'em' stance on …
    Cayman Islands take 'can't beat 'em, eat 'em' stance on … Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    By Aileen Torres-Bennett GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, (Reuters) - In a reef just off the popular USS Kittiwake dive site in Grand Cayman, hunters armed with spears seek out lionfish - an invasive species so destructive that authorities want them caught and served up as a tasty dish. With their striking pectoral fins and venomous dorsal spikes that fan out like a lion’s mane, the rampant lionfish have few natural predators and eat up smaller fish, shrimp and crab that protect the reef. The Cayman Islands are fighting back with a campaign that encourages local divers to hunt lionfish, that are numbered in the tens of thousands, so that restaurants can serve them up to tourists. "Boy, are they good to eat," said celebrity Spanish chef José Andrés, who went hunting during a Cayman Cookout event. More »

  • 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 »