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  • Cancer, transplant patients protest over Venezuela's medicine shortages
    Cancer, transplant patients protest over Venezuela's medicine shortages Reuters - 32 minutes ago

    By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelans with chronic medical conditions such as breast cancer, hemophilia and transplants protested in Caracas on Thursday, the latest demonstration to demand urgent medicines in a country beset with shortages. Around 13,000 people with chronic issues are at risk of severe harm if they do not find chemotherapy or medicines, including those that prevent organ transplants being rejected, according to organizer CodeVida, a non-profit umbrella health group. A combination of currency controls, slumping domestic production and cross-border smuggling have caused acute shortages of medical supplies in socialist-led Venezuela. More »

  • Asia markets rally after strong US growth figures
    Asia markets rally after strong US growth figures AFP - 36 minutes ago

    Concerns in the recent stock market panic focused on the fact that in recent years China has been the main driver of global growth, with Europe in the doldrums and the US struggling to maintain a recovery... More »

  • Obama lauds New Orleans' progress since Katrina, says more to be done
    Obama lauds New Orleans' progress since Katrina, says more to be done Reuters - 43 minutes ago

    By Jeff Mason NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday heralded the progress New Orleans has made rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina battered the area 10 years ago but said more needed to be done to overcome poverty and inequality. On his ninth trip to the city that made worldwide headlines in 2005 after a devastating flood was exacerbated by a slow government response, Obama toured a neighborhood of colorful new houses and a new school and community center. "Just because the houses are nice doesn't mean our job's done," Obama told reporters after shaking hands with residents and greeting children from the community. More »

  • Oil markets extend gains after biggest daily climb in six years
    Oil markets extend gains after biggest daily climb in six years Reuters - 54 minutes ago

    Crude oil futures rose on Friday, adding to their biggest one-day rally in over six years the day before, led by recovering equity markets and news of diminished crude supplies. Brent crude is set for its first weekly gain in two weeks. "A short covering rally, led by crude oil pushed commodities higher across the board. More »

  • Katrina: Obama Says New Orleans Inspired America
    Katrina: Obama Says New Orleans Inspired America Sky News - 56 minutes ago

    President Barack Obama has praised the spirit of New Orleans' residents 10 years after their city was decimated by Hurricane Katrina. Mr Obama arrived in Louisiana on Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary of the devastating storm that killed more than 1,800 people along the Gulf Coast. Treme - one of the oldest black neighbourhoods in America - suffered catastrophic flooding after the city's levees gave way in the midst of the powerful 2005 storm. More »

  • Walker: 'We cannot afford to lose' in Middle East
    Walker: 'We cannot afford to lose' in Middle East Associated Press - 59 minutes ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says the United States under his leadership would aggressively confront what he describes as "evil" and "radical Islamic terrorism." More »

  • Rousseff faces 'political suicide bomber,' removal threat
    Rousseff faces 'political suicide bomber,' removal threat Associated Press - 1 hour 2 minutes ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If the worst economic crisis in a decade, a massive corruption scandal centered on her ruling party and approval ratings in the single digits weren't rough enough for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, she's now faced with a "political suicide bomber." More »

  • Puerto Rico braces for TS Erika after 4 dead in Dominica
    Puerto Rico braces for TS Erika after 4 dead in Dominica Associated Press - 1 hour 3 minutes ago

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico early Friday with heavy rains and wind after killing four people and causing devastating floods in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, where several people remained missing. More »

  • Virginia TV Gunman's Sinister Warning To Boss
    Virginia TV Gunman's Sinister Warning To Boss Sky News - 1 hour 4 minutes ago

    The broadcaster's presenters held hands for a minute's silence during Thursday's Mornin' newscast, 24 hours after Flanagan shot dead reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27. WDBJ General Manager Jeffrey Marks told reporters on Thursday that Flanagan's allegations were found to be "without merit". As well as placing the cross in Dan Dennison's hand, Flanagan insulted Adam Ward as the cameraman filmed the unpleasant scene. More »

  • Venezuelans to rally in support of closing Colombian border
    Venezuelans to rally in support of closing Colombian border Associated Press - 1 hour 4 minutes ago

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Colombia and Venezuela recalled their ambassadors for consultations amid an increasingly bitter border dispute, while government supporters in Caracas prepared to rally Friday in support of a controversial crackdown on migrants, smugglers and paramilitary groups. More »

  • AP PHOTOS: VW Beetles find 2nd life with Mexican collectors
    AP PHOTOS: VW Beetles find 2nd life with Mexican collectors Associated Press - 1 hour 7 minutes ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — When the Mexico City government retired the last Volkswagen Beetle taxis in 2012, it shipped most of the aging cars, commonly known as "vochos," to junkyards to be turned into scrap metal. More »

  • Colombia, Venezuela recall ambassadors amid border tension
    Colombia, Venezuela recall ambassadors amid border tension AFP - 1 hour 29 minutes ago

    Colombia and Venezuela recalled their ambassadors for consultations, amid mounting tensions that began nearly a week ago when Caracas closed off their shared border. More »

  • Naver putting off Line IPO timing decision until markets improve: CFO
    Naver putting off Line IPO timing decision until markets improve: CFO Reuters - 1 hour 33 minutes ago

    South Korea's largest web portal operator Naver Corp won't decide on when to IPO its messenger app service unit Line Corp [IPO-LINE.T] until its earnings and market conditions improve, Naver's CFO said on Friday. Hwang's comments were in answer to questions prompted by a Wall Street Journal report on Thursday that said that Japan-based Line had scrapped its plans for an initial public offering (IPO). Documents for Line's IPO continue to be under review by authorities in both the United States and Japan, CFO Hwang In-joon told Reuters, but said markets were currently too volatile to give a timetable for the listing. More »

  • Stiffer US gun control? Not any time soon, say experts
    Stiffer US gun control? Not any time soon, say experts AFP - 1 hour 37 minutes ago

    With mass shootings seemingly on a daily basis, it appears no place in the United States is safe from carnage: not churches, not schools, not even the morning newscast. More »

  • Mexico president reshuffles cabinet
    Mexico president reshuffles cabinet AFP - 1 hour 58 minutes ago

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto appointed seven new ministers Thursday in a cabinet reshuffle, including naming a new foreign minister, in a mid-term shakeup of his administration. More »

  • TS Erika kills 4 in Dominica; takes aim at Puerto Rico
    TS Erika kills 4 in Dominica; takes aim at Puerto Rico Associated Press - 1 hour 58 minutes ago

    ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Rescue crews fanned across Dominica late Thursday to search for missing and injured people after Tropical Storm Erika pummeled the eastern Caribbean island, unleashing landslides and killing at least four people. More »

  • Brazil police raid gang of synthetic drug traffickers
    Brazil police raid gang of synthetic drug traffickers Associated Press - 2 hours 10 minutes ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Lawmen staged raids across Brazil on Thursday to dismantle a large synthetic-drug trafficking organization with tentacles across the country, federal police said in a statement. More »

  • Obama praises New Orleans' post-Katrina recovery
    Obama praises New Orleans' post-Katrina recovery Al Jazeera - 2 hours 18 minutes ago

    Ten years after hurricane hit Gulf Coast, US president holds out residents of city as symbol of renewal and resilience. More »

  • Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin joins Florida university
    Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin joins Florida university Reuters - 2 hours 18 minutes ago

    By Irene Klotz MELBOURNE, Fla. (Reuters) - Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the first Americans to land on the moon, will spearhead a new research institute in Florida aimed at paving a path toward Mars exploration and settlement, officials said on Thursday. The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute will be based at the Florida Institute of Technology, also known as Florida Tech, located about 40 miles (64 km) south of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Melbourne. Aldrin, 85, wants to expand his long-term space exploration program that includes human spaceflight, robotics and science initiatives. More »

  • Venezuela crackdown stuns once-welcomed Colombian migrants
    Venezuela crackdown stuns once-welcomed Colombian migrants Associated Press - 2 hours 25 minutes ago

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Leidy Echeverri fled the Colombian countryside six years ago with her toddler in tow after a paramilitary group threatened her husband's life. Now she's again taken her children and run, this time in the other direction, amid a Venezuelan crackdown on Colombian immigrants. More »

  • Asia extends stocks rally as upbeat U.S. GDP calms nerves
    Asia extends stocks rally as upbeat U.S. GDP calms nerves Reuters - 2 hours 34 minutes ago

    SINGAPORE/TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares extended a global rally on Friday after upbeat U.S. economic data calmed sentiment, with Chinese stocks jumping for the second day following a rocky start to the week. Wall Street rose sharply overnight thanks to revised U.S. gross domestic product data showing the economy grew faster than initially thought in the second quarter - a reassuring sign amid worries over deepening economic woes in China. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 1.3 percent. More »

  • Up to 50 found dead in Austria truck as migrant crisis rages
    Up to 50 found dead in Austria truck as migrant crisis rages AFP - 2 hours 51 minutes ago

    Austrian police found the decomposing bodies of up to 50 migrants in an abandoned truck, sparking a cross-border hunt for the people-smugglers responsible for the latest tragedy in Europe's migrant crisis. More »

  • Kim Jong-Un credits nukes not talks for deal with South Korea
    Kim Jong-Un credits nukes not talks for deal with South Korea AFP - 3 hours ago

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said nuclear weapons -- not negotiating skills -- secured what he described as a "landmark" agreement this week with South Korea to end a dangerous military standoff. More »

  • Colombia, Venezuela recall ambassadors amid dispute
    Colombia, Venezuela recall ambassadors amid dispute Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela and Colombia each recalled their ambassadors for consultations on Thursday amid a dispute over the closing of a major border crossing and a weeklong crackdown on Colombian migrants and smugglers. More »

  • Water use plummets in drought-plagued California
    Water use plummets in drought-plagued California AFP - 3 hours ago

    Mandatory water-saving measures in place to fight California's historic drought have produced a sizeable drop in consumption over the past two months, regulators said. More »

  • Guatemalan prosecutors urge president to resign amid scandal
    Guatemalan prosecutors urge president to resign amid scandal Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched by the thousands and the attorney general's office urged him to step down "to prevent ungovernability that could destabilize the nation." More »

  • Chile: Clashes erupt as truck drivers protest arson attacks
    Chile: Clashes erupt as truck drivers protest arson attacks Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Violent clashes broke out in front of Chile's presidential palace on Thursday as truck drivers blocking roads outside Santiago reached the capital to protest against arson attacks by indigenous rights militants. More »

  • Amgen wins approval for second biotech cholesterol drug
    Amgen wins approval for second biotech cholesterol drug Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    Amgen Inc. has won federal approval for the second medicine in a new class of pricey biotech drugs that reduce artery-clogging cholesterol more than older statin drugs that have been used for decades. ... More »

  • Inmarsat says new broadband network offers bright sales prospects
    Inmarsat says new broadband network offers bright sales prospects Reuters - 4 hours ago

    Britain's Inmarsat Plc said Friday's expected launch of its third Global Xpress satellite will allow it to offer mobile broadband service to customers in the remotest regions, giving airline passengers the ability to stream movies and update social media on flights worldwide. Chief Executive Officer Rupert Pearce said Inmarsat, the leading provider of satellite communications, was in final preparations for the launch. The launch was initially scheduled for June but got delayed after a failure by Inmarsat's rocket launch partner, International Launch Services, in May. More »

  • Profit slides at Australian supermarket giant Woolworths
    Profit slides at Australian supermarket giant Woolworths AFP - 4 hours ago

    Woolworths is Australia's largest food retailer More »