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  • Drought puts N.Korean children's lives at risk - UNICEF
    Drought puts N.Korean children's lives at risk - UNICEF Reuters - 25 minutes ago

    A severe drought in North Korea is putting the lives of children at risk and many are in serious danger of disease and malnutrition, the U.N. children's agency said on Wednesday. UNICEF said in a statement that there had been in a sharp increase in cases of diarrhoea among children in drought-affected areas, as access to safe drinking water and sanitation was severely compromised. "Lack of rain reduces access to clean water and undermines effective hygiene, putting children's lives at risk," UNICEF Regional Director Daniel Toole said. More »

  • In Gaza, let's put people before politics
    In Gaza, let's put people before politics Al Jazeera - 50 minutes ago

    One year on, the prospects for Gaza's civilian population remain bleak. More »

  • Microsoft plans major job cuts - NYT
    Microsoft plans major job cuts - NYT Reuters - 53 minutes ago

    (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp plans to announce a new round of layoffs as early as Wednesday to cut costs further, the New York Times reported. The latest job cuts are in addition to the 18,000 jobs that ... More »

  • China unveils new measures to prop up stocks
    China unveils new measures to prop up stocks Associated Press - 1 hour 8 minutes ago

    In a flurry of new moves to halt a stock market slide, China's government on Wednesday told state-owned companies to buy shares, raised the amount of equities insurance companies can hold and promised ... More »

  • Switzerland trials postal deliveries by drone
    Switzerland trials postal deliveries by drone Al Jazeera - 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    Swiss Post says widespread use of drones could take at least five years and focus would be delivering special items. More »

  • Parched paddies strike Thai junta's economic weak spot
    Parched paddies strike Thai junta's economic weak spot AFP - 1 hour 21 minutes ago

    A Thai farmer walks on a dried out field in Bang Pla Ma district, Suphanburi province, a two-hour drive north of Bangkok, July 2, 2015 More »

  • Brazil still trying to regroup a year after 7-1 loss
    Brazil still trying to regroup a year after 7-1 loss Associated Press - 1 hour 27 minutes ago

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil is still trying to regroup a year after its worst loss ever. More »

  • Australian heads to Greece to help crying pensioner in photo
    Australian heads to Greece to help crying pensioner in photo AFP - 1 hour 30 minutes ago

    An Australian touched by an image of a pensioner sobbing outside a Greek bank said Wednesday he was flying over to Europe to support the man financially after discovering he was a family friend. More »

  • Budget To Slow Pace Of Welfare Cuts: Sky Sources
    Budget To Slow Pace Of Welfare Cuts: Sky Sources Sky News - 1 hour 30 minutes ago

    The Budget will reveal the timetable for £12bn welfare cuts by 2017/18 has been extended by at least a year, Sky News understands. George Osborne has already said he has found the £12bn, but Sky (Other OTC: BSYBF - news) sources say the full amount will now be delivered over a longer time frame than announced in the March Budget and envisaged before the election. This is partly because buoyant tax revenues and new Office of Budget Responsibility projections mean the Chancellor can meet his fiscal mandate without making the welfare cuts within two years. More »

  • Oil prices fall as China share crisis worsens, traders hedge for further dr …
    Oil prices fall as China share crisis worsens, traders hedge for further dr … Reuters - 1 hour 36 minutes ago

    Oil futures fell again on Wednesday as worries over the Greek debt crisis and China's stock market turmoil outweighed an expected U.S. inventory drop, with traders anticipating further drops. China's stocks tanked further on Wednesday in a deepening crisis in which China's Securities Finance Corp said it would provide liquidity to ease "panic" as over 500 Chinese-listed firms suspended trading. Front-month Brent crude futures were 38 cents lower at $56.47 a barrel at 0452 GMT, and are down over 6 percent so far this week to levels last seen in April. More »

  • Asia stocks sink on Greece fear as China sell-off spreads
    Asia stocks sink on Greece fear as China sell-off spreads AFP - 1 hour 37 minutes ago

    A man rests in Beijing on July 7, 2015, in front of a banner about President Xi Jinping's vision for China's future, with characters translating as "To realise the revitalisation is the biggest dream ... More »

  • Lawmakers seek probe of ex-head of chemical safety board
    Lawmakers seek probe of ex-head of chemical safety board Associated Press - 1 hour 37 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House members are seeking a Justice Department investigation of the former head of the federal board that investigates chemical accidents, saying they believe he made multiple false statements while testifying before an oversight committee. More »

  • LaHood wins Illinois GOP race to replace ex-US Rep. Schock
    LaHood wins Illinois GOP race to replace ex-US Rep. Schock Associated Press - 1 hour 42 minutes ago

    SHERMAN, Ill. (AP) — State Sen. Darin LaHood won the GOP nod in Tuesday's primary to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, setting up the son of the former U.S. transportation secretary as the likely next congressman in this heavily Republican swath of central Illinois. More »

  • US Army 'To Cut 40,000 Troops In Next Two Years'
    US Army 'To Cut 40,000 Troops In Next Two Years' Sky News - 1 hour 44 minutes ago

    The US Army is reportedly planning to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years. The report was published just a day after US President Barack Obama said the US should step up its campaign against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, warning that a long battle lay ahead. More »

  • Chinese central bank promises credit for stock trading
    Chinese central bank promises credit for stock trading Associated Press - 2 hours 4 minutes ago

    In a flurry of new moves to halt a stock market slide, China's government on Wednesday told state-owned companies to buy shares, raised the amount of equities insurance companies can hold and promised ... More »

  • New Zealand beats Samoa 25-16 in one-off test
    New Zealand beats Samoa 25-16 in one-off test Associated Press - 2 hours 18 minutes ago

    APIA, Samoa (AP) — New Zealand overcame the ferocious tackling of an inspired Samoa team to complete a 25-16 win Wednesday in the All Blacks' first-ever test match in the Pacific Island nation. More »

  • Tube Strike: London Prepares For Travel Chaos
    Tube Strike: London Prepares For Travel Chaos Sky News - 2 hours 29 minutes ago

    Thousands of travellers are facing a nightmare commute after last-ditch talks to prevent a 24-hour walkout on the London Underground broke down without agreement. Ahead of the industrial action, officially scheduled to start at 6.30pm, Transport for London (TfL) issued advice to the millions of passengers who use the Tube each day. As a result of the walkout by around 20,000 union members, TfL says there will be no Tube service from late afternoon on Wednesday and none at all on Thursday. More »

  • Pope wraps Ecuador leg of SAmerica trip, next stop Bolivia
    Pope wraps Ecuador leg of SAmerica trip, next stop Bolivia Associated Press - 2 hours 52 minutes ago

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Pope Francis wraps up the first leg of a three-nation South American pilgrimage Wednesday after issuing an impassioned call for a new economic and ecological world order where the goods of the Earth are shared by everyone, not just exploited by the rich. More »

  • Church-state tensions in Bolivia cloud Pope Francis' visit
    Church-state tensions in Bolivia cloud Pope Francis' visit Associated Press - 2 hours 54 minutes ago

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — President Evo Morales is a huge fan of Pope Francis, and says he couldn't be happier they are of the same mind that capitalism promotes social inequalities that leave the poor by the wayside. More »

  • India IT outsourcing firms seek booster shot from Obamacare
    India IT outsourcing firms seek booster shot from Obamacare Reuters - 2 hours 55 minutes ago

    India's IT outsourcing firms are betting on U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform to rev up revenue growth which is slowing as the $146 billion industry's key financial and manufacturing clients spend less on software services. The United States is the biggest market for the outsourcing industry, which is dominated by Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS.NS), Infosys Ltd (INFY.NS) and Wipro Ltd (WIPR.NS). "In terms of technology maturity, other sectors like manufacturing, banking, are a lot more mature than healthcare," said Rajib Bhattacharya, head of a healthcare software unit that India's fifth largest outsourcing firm Tech Mahindra Ltd (TEML.NS) set up last month. More »

  • Israel, Palestinians mark one year since Gaza war
    Israel, Palestinians mark one year since Gaza war AFP - 2 hours 57 minutes ago

    Israel and Palestinians mark one year since last summer's devastating war in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, with a ceasefire still largely holding but few of the issues that led to the conflict resolved. More »

  • Afghan delegation meeting Taliban in Pakistan
    Afghan delegation meeting Taliban in Pakistan Reuters - 3 hours ago

    By Hamid Shalizi, Kay Johnson and Mirwais Harooni KABUL/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A delegation from Afghanistan's president is meeting representatives of the Taliban in the Pakistani capital, officials said, in the first publicly acknowledged talks with the insurgents fighting to topple the government in Kabul. The tentative step toward full peace negotiations aimed at ending more than 13 years of war is being observed by U.S. and Chinese officials, according to Qazi Khalilullah, a spokesman for Pakistan's foreign ministry. Word of Tuesday's talks came hours after suspected Taliban suicide bomb attacks in the Afghan capital struck a convoy of foreign troops and a compound of the country's intelligence agency. More »

  • Twenty years on, Srebrenica survivor remembers hours in hell
    Twenty years on, Srebrenica survivor remembers hours in hell AFP - 3 hours ago

    If you glanced at him, you would not know what the energetic old man had been through. But 20 years on from the Srebrenica massacre, his narrow, wrinkled face is still marked by fear. More »

  • Indigenous leaders complain of being left off pope's agenda
    Indigenous leaders complain of being left off pope's agenda Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's largest indigenous association is complaining that it was left off of Pope Francis's agenda during his visit to Ecuador, where the group has been at odds with President Rafael Correa. More »

  • Pope urges dialogue, launches environmental SOS in Ecuador
    Pope urges dialogue, launches environmental SOS in Ecuador AFP - 3 hours ago

    Pope Francis called for dialogue in front of nearly one million people at an outdoor mass in Ecuador's capital, before launching an appeal for better care of the Amazon. More »

  • 'Subway guy' Jared was key in giving chain healthy image
    'Subway guy' Jared was key in giving chain healthy image Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    Subway said Tuesday it mutually agreed with Jared Fogle to suspend their relationship after the home of the chain's longtime pitchman was raided by federal and state investigators. The separation was jarring ... More »

  • AP source: Fed's gun used in San Francisco pier slaying
    AP source: Fed's gun used in San Francisco pier slaying Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The gun used in the seemingly random slaying of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said Tuesday. More »

  • Serb 'war criminal' due to be extradicted from Australia
    Serb 'war criminal' due to be extradicted from Australia AFP - 3 hours ago

    A Serbian war crimes suspect known as "Captain Dragan" was reportedly due to be flown from Australia to Croatia Wednesday to face allegations of torture and murder after battling extradition for a decade. More »

  • Shanghai stocks slump despite government moves
    Shanghai stocks slump despite government moves AFP - 4 hours ago

    A stock investor reacts in front of a screen showing stock market movements in a brokerage house in Shanghai More »

  • Tube Strike: Travel Advice For Passengers
    Tube Strike: Travel Advice For Passengers Sky News - 4 hours ago

    Thousands of travellers are facing a nightmare commute after last-ditch talks to prevent a 24-hour walkout on the London Underground broke down without agreement. Ahead of the industrial action, officially scheduled to start at 6.30pm, Transport for London (TfL) issued advice to the millions of passengers who use the Tube each day. As a result of the walkout by around 20,000 union members, TfL says there will be no Tube service from late afternoon on Wednesday and none at all on Thursday. More »