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  • Bush defends his conservative credentials ahead of CPAC
    Bush defends his conservative credentials ahead of CPAC Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeb Bush readily points to his conservative credentials — tax cuts and smaller government as Florida's governor — yet convincing the activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he's one of them might be a tougher sell. More »

  • Clarke plays a straight bat to World Cup sledging questions Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — When the question inevitably came at a news conference Friday, Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke rolled his eyes and sighed with weary resignation. More »

  • Australia's Michael Clarke ready to return for World Cup Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Captain Michael Clarke is ready to make his return to the Australia team for Saturday's Cricket World Cup match against New Zealand, saying he's as fit and healthy as he's been in years. More »

  • Irish pro-life group want to get rid of “incompatible with life” phrase
    Irish pro-life group want to get rid of “incompatible with life” phrase Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A group of four families are set to travel to Geneva. More »

  • Outage cuts Internet, phone service across northern Arizona
    Outage cuts Internet, phone service across northern Arizona Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — People across northern Arizona couldn't use the Internet, their cellphones or landlines for several hours Wednesday after someone vandalized a fiber-optic line that brings communications to a large part of the state, officials said. More »

  • Outage halts Internet, cell service in northern Arizona
    Outage halts Internet, cell service in northern Arizona Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    People across northern Arizona couldn't use the Internet or their cellphones for several hours Wednesday after someone vandalized a fiber-optic line that brings communications to a large part of the state, ... More »

  • Met Office staff in pay strike
    Met Office staff in pay strike Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Staff at the Met Office are to stage their first ever pay strike in protest at an ongoing wage freeze. More »

  • The performances that rocked the Brits
    The performances that rocked the Brits Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    As the latest crop of chart-toppers prepare to play the Brits, we take a trip down memory lane. More »

  • A criminal justice advocate wages his own battle with crime
    A criminal justice advocate wages his own battle with crime Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sean Hosman is a leading voice in the national push to transform the justice system by predicting which criminals will commit crimes again. He also is a repeat offender himself, whose trips in and out of jail provide a striking case study of the movement he helps lead. More »

  • House Of Cards author Dobbs on his BBC fall out
    House Of Cards author Dobbs on his BBC fall out Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The author of House Of Cards has told how he fell out with the BBC over the original adaptation of his books. More »

  • Government accused over fire strike
    Government accused over fire strike Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The Government has been accused of refusing to negotiate with firefighters ahead of a fresh strike in a bitter row over pensions. More »

  • Dobbs tells of House Of Cards row
    Dobbs tells of House Of Cards row Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    House Of Cards author Michael Dobbs has told of his "handbags at dawn" with the BBC over the acclaimed TV adaptations of his books. More »

  • National Gallery staff to walk out
    National Gallery staff to walk out Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Workers at a leading gallery are to stage a series of fresh strikes in a row over the privatisation of services. More »

  • Cyclone overshadows Australia v Bangladesh World Cup match
    Cyclone overshadows Australia v Bangladesh World Cup match Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Wet and wild cyclonic weather in the so-called Sunshine State was threatening to wash out Australia's World Cup Pool A match against Bangladesh on Saturday, meaning the four-time champion Australians may have to share the competition points. More »

  • AP History survives funding cut in Oklahoma. Here's why Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    We’re going to clear it up so folks will know exactly what we’re trying to accomplish, and it’s not to hurt AP,” Oklahoma Rep. Dan Fisher (R) told The Oklahoman Wednesday. Representative Fisher and other supporters objected to the recently revised framework for AP US history by the College Board, which administers related exams so high school students can earn college credit. “The redesign … trades an emphasis on America’s founding principles of constitutional government in favor of robust analysis of gender, racial oppression, class, ethnicity, and the lives of marginalized people,” Fisher said during the committee meeting. “The emphasis is on America as a nation of oppressors and exploiters. More »

  • Israel's Netanyahu facing new scandal over bloated expenses
    Israel's Netanyahu facing new scandal over bloated expenses Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — With Israeli elections looming and the region in turmoil, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu found himself once more enmeshed in a gossipy scandal on Tuesday: a new government report alleged possible financial malfeasance at his official residence, while his wife faced criticism for pettiness and possible security breaches after complaining about their kitchen in a video. More »

  • Firefighters announce new strike
    Firefighters announce new strike Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Firefighters in England are to stage a fresh strike in their long-running row with the Government over pensions. More »

  • Italy's Renzi defies opposition over Senate reform
    Italy's Renzi defies opposition over Senate reform Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has moved a step closer to pushing through constitutional reforms he says will create a more stable government, after a raucous debate that saw opposition parties walk out of parliament. After a marathon session that ended in the early hours of Saturday, deputies in Renzi's majority coalition approved the measures in a half-empty chamber that had been deserted by most of the opposition. The measures, central to Renzi's promised reforms of the political system, are intended to allow more stable government by shrinking the Senate and removing its power to block laws, leaving the Chamber of Deputies dominant in the legislature. The result still must be passed by the Senate itself, where Renzi's coalition has a much smaller majority. More »

  • Gunman kills 1 in attack on free speech event in Denmark
    Gunman kills 1 in attack on free speech event in Denmark Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    A gunman opened fire Saturday on a Copenhagen cultural center, killing one man in what authorities called a terror attack against a free speech event featuring an artist who had caricatured the Prophet ... More »

  • Willian's late goal gives leader Chelsea 1-0 win vs Everton
    Willian's late goal gives leader Chelsea 1-0 win vs Everton Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Chelsea midfielder Willian broke through Everton's resistance with a late goal to clinch a 1-0 over the 10-man visitors on Wednesday and preserve the team's seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League. More »

  • Malaysia investigating dissenters over Anwar's jailing
    Malaysia investigating dissenters over Anwar's jailing Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police have detained a cartoonist and are investigating two lawmakers for sedition over tweets and a cartoon condemning the judiciary for dismissing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's final appeal against a sodomy conviction. More »

  • South Africans mark 25th anniversary of Mandela's release
    South Africans mark 25th anniversary of Mandela's release Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela insisted that he wanted to walk out of prison, when then President F. W. de Klerk told him he would finally be freed 25 years ago. More »

  • Malaysia swoops down on dissent over Anwar's jailing
    Malaysia swoops down on dissent over Anwar's jailing Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police have detained a cartoonist and are investigating two lawmakers for sedition over tweets and a cartoon condemning the judiciary for dismissing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's final appeal against a sodomy conviction. More »

  • People Haven't Had Enough of Silly Love Songs
    People Haven't Had Enough of Silly Love Songs Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    "Keep Us Together," a ballad from Jessie J's 2014 album Sweet Talker, nicely encapsulates everything that's embarrassing and gauche about love songs. As Ted Gioia demonstrates in his exhaustive new book Love Songs: A Hidden History, humans of every period and culture have relished listening to, and performing, compositions about love. More »

  • EU exit 'biggest risk to economy'
    EU exit 'biggest risk to economy' Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    The prospect of a British exit from the European Union is the greatest threat facing the country's economy in the next decade, Ed Balls will say as he attacks Tory ministers for creating damaging uncertainty for the country's businesses. More »

  • Brother Beyond star Voice hopeful
    Brother Beyond star Voice hopeful Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    The Voice hopeful Nathan Moore has said the programme is more welcoming for former pop stars like himself than other TV contests. More »

  • Brother Beyond star feels Voice welcome
    Brother Beyond star feels Voice welcome Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    The Voice contestant Nathan Moore has said the programme is a good option for former stars like himself. More »

  • Moore the merrier with Voice panel
    Moore the merrier with Voice panel Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Former Brother Beyond star Nathan Moore admitted all his years in showbusiness did not prepare him for the "frightening" experience of being on The Voice. More »

  • Right-wing firebrand shakes up cosy Swiss politics
    Right-wing firebrand shakes up cosy Swiss politics Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    By Caroline Copley and Katharina Bart MAENNEDORF, Switzerland (Reuters) - As a child growing up near the Swiss border with Germany in the early 1940s, Christoph Blocher remembers soldiers camping out in his family's garden, ready to defend the neutral nation against a surprise attack from the Nazis.     The godfather of the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP), which has unnerved investors with plans to cut immigration and demote international law, says the experience instilled a fierce desire to shield Switzerland from external influences.     "That sort of experience makes quite an impression on a four or five-year-old boy, and it paints a distinct picture of Switzerland's strengths," Blocher told Reuters in his modest office building overlooking a train station in Maennedorf, a lakeside village outside Zurich. Under the direction of the 74-year-old billionaire, who speaks in a local dialect he calls "farmer German", the SVP has shaken up the cosy, consensual system which has governed the Alpine nation since the end of the second World War.     To his fans, Blocher is a heroic defender of traditional Swiss values who has grown a niche party of farmers and small businessmen into Switzerland's most popular political party. More »

  • National Gallery workers on strike
    National Gallery workers on strike Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Workers at the National Gallery are to launch a five-day strike after talks failed to resolve a row over the privatisation of services. More »

  • Netanyahu calls Schumer
    Netanyahu calls Schumer Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    The saga continues; the plot thickens. More »

  • Questioning freedom of speech in Tunisia
    Questioning freedom of speech in Tunisia Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    The recent trials of a controversial blogger and a film-maker have highlighted the need for legal reform in Tunisia. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A garda shot in New Orleans, a Dáil walk-out, and anti-water charges protesters had everyone talking today. More »

  • Firefighters rescue cows that took icy dip in Colorado pond
    Firefighters rescue cows that took icy dip in Colorado pond Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters in Colorado have rescued two cows that plunged through the ice on a pond. More »

  • Protesters Rally Against Fracking Proposals
    Protesters Rally Against Fracking Proposals Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A council has delayed its decision on the future of fracking in Lancashire, as demonstrators from around the UK gathered in the county to oppose the process. It is the first time that Cuadrilla, an exploration company, has applied to develop new fracking sites since being blamed for creating earth tremors in Blackpool three years ago. The Preese Hall site remains the only place in the UK where modern fracking techniques have been used so far. Cuadrilla has applied to Lancashire County Council for permission to frack two sites in a rural area between Preston and Blackpool. More »