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  • Bedene upsets Bautista Agut  to reach Hamburg quarterfinals
    Bedene upsets Bautista Agut to reach Hamburg quarterfinals Associated Press - 16 minutes ago

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Benoit Paire rallied to upset second-seeded Tommy Robredo 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 and advance to the quarterfinals of the Hamburg Open on Wednesday. More »

  • Stocks climb ahead of Fed statement
    Stocks climb ahead of Fed statement Reuters - 18 minutes ago

    Global equity markets rose on Wednesday, lifted by strong U.S. and European corporate earnings, although moves were subdued before a policy statement from the U.S. Federal Reserve, which is expected to raise interest rates, perhaps as early as September. The prevalent view has been that the Fed is ready to end its near-zero interest rate policy by year-end as the world's biggest economy has dug out of the global downturn. The market is looking at stock-specific earnings and is waiting for Fed Chair Janet Yellen to indicate a rate move will likely be sooner rather than later, so policy makers are not caught off guard and forced to be aggressive, said Ryan Larson, head of U.S. trading at RBC Global Asset Management in Chicago. More »

  • Buhari in Cameroon seeks closer partnership against Boko Haram
    Buhari in Cameroon seeks closer partnership against Boko Haram Reuters - 20 minutes ago

    By Sylvain Andzongo YAOUNDE (Reuters) - The leaders of Nigerian and Cameroon met on Wednesday in a bid to soothe fractious ties between the West African neighbours and strengthen cooperation against Islamist insurgents Boko Haram. Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari's first visit to Cameroon President Paul Biya since Buhari's election in March comes as the Nigerian militant group, which has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, has launched a fresh wave of attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. More »

  • United Airlines data breached by China-backed hackers: Bloomberg
    United Airlines data breached by China-backed hackers: Bloomberg Reuters - 31 minutes ago

    REUTERS - United Continental Holdings Inc has been the target of a data breach linked to a group of China-backed hackers, Bloomberg reported. The company detected an attack into its computer systems in ... More »

  • Cecil The Lion: Two In Court Over Killing
    Cecil The Lion: Two In Court Over Killing Sky News - 34 minutes ago

    Two Zimbabwean men charged with poaching following the killing of Cecil the lion have appeared in court, as the US dentist who allegedly paid them to hunt the animal faces a public backlash. The pair are accused of luring the famous animal from a protected area so he could be hunted by Walter Palmer , who reportedly paid park guides $50,000 (£32,000) to kill the lion. Mr Palmer has said he believed the trip was legal. More »

  • Egypt says 'new Suez Canal' ready for business
    Egypt says 'new Suez Canal' ready for business AFP - 43 minutes ago

    A boat crosses the new waterway at the new Suez Canal in the Egyptian port city of Ismailia, July 29, 2015 More »

  • ECB leaves emergency liquidity for Greece unchanged
    ECB leaves emergency liquidity for Greece unchanged AFP - 46 minutes ago

    The European Central Bank decided to leave its emergency credit lifeline for Greece unchanged More »

  • Yahoo unveils silent video chat app
    Yahoo unveils silent video chat app AFP - 50 minutes ago

    Yahoo unveiled a new mobile application allowing users to exchange live video, text and emoticons, without audio More »

  • Zero-percent financing turns heads, but may not be best deal
    Zero-percent financing turns heads, but may not be best deal Associated Press - 51 minutes ago

    When a car dealer offers to loan you the money to buy a car at zero interest, it gets your attention. Yet that cheap money might not be the best deal you can get. Dealers can offer zero-percent financing ... More »

  • The Latest: Indicted congressman leaves committee post
    The Latest: Indicted congressman leaves committee post Associated Press - 53 minutes ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The latest developments surrounding the indictment of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, a Democrat from Philadelphia (all times local): More »

  • Parole for Pollard revisits divisions over extent of harm
    Parole for Pollard revisits divisions over extent of harm Associated Press - 56 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The arrest of Jonathan Pollard for spying for Israel touched off one of the most sensational spy cases in recent American history, stoking fierce international passions and decades of legal and diplomatic wrangling. More »

  • Thomson Reuters profit beats, finance unit shows growth
    Thomson Reuters profit beats, finance unit shows growth Reuters - 1 hour 0 minutes ago

    Thomson Reuters shares, which had been down more than 6 percent in 2015 through Tuesday, rose 4 percent after the results, their best one-day move in about four years. "The quarter and the first half just confirms the momentum that is building inside the business," Chief Executive Jim Smith said in an interview. Thomson Reuters has struggled to expand since Thomson Corp acquired Reuters Group Plc in 2008, a $17 billion merger that was completed just as the financial industry crisis started. More »

  • Israel approves new homes in settlement after demolishing two buildings
    Israel approves new homes in settlement after demolishing two buildings Reuters - 1 hour 1 minute ago

    Israel gave final approval on Wednesday for plans to build 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, announcing the move as it carried out a court demolition order against two vacant apartment blocks in the same enclave. Dozens of Jewish settlers have gathered over the past several days at Beit El settlement to protest against the demolition. Israel's Supreme Court ruled the two partially built blocks had been constructed illegally on Palestinian-owned land. More »

  • U.S. stocks rise amid earnings; Fed meeting in focus
    U.S. stocks rise amid earnings; Fed meeting in focus Reuters - 1 hour 1 minute ago

    U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday as investors assessed earning ahead of a statement from the U.S. Federal Reserve that could give clues regarding the timing of a rate hike. Investors are focused on the outcome of the Fed's two-day policy meeting with markets divided on whether it will take a hawkish or dovish stance. In a recent congressional testimony, Fed Chair Janet Yellen neither ruled out a September interest rate hike nor guided the market toward thinking it was a done deal. More »

  • Apple, Samsung lose ground in shrinking tablet market
    Apple, Samsung lose ground in shrinking tablet market AFP - 1 hour 5 minutes ago

    A Samsung Galaxy Note 4 tablet is displayed at a launch event in Seoul on September 24, 2014 More »

  • Party-animal badger found drunk on Polish beach
    Party-animal badger found drunk on Polish beach AFP - 1 hour 8 minutes ago

    A female badger was recovering at a Polish animal shelter Wednesday, two days after the party animal was found passed out on a beach from having too much to drink. More »

  • Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?
    Will the Internet listen to your private conversations? Associated Press - 1 hour 16 minutes ago

    Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. But Aanya's care-free attitude dissolved ... More »

  • French, German tank-makers in defence tie-up
    French, German tank-makers in defence tie-up AFP - 1 hour 20 minutes ago

    CEO of German defence technology group Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann (KMW) Frank Haun (L) and CEO of French arms manufacturer Nexter Philippe Burtin sign a contract in Paris on July 29, 2015 More »

  • Mullah Omar 'Died Two Years Ago', Officials Say
    Mullah Omar 'Died Two Years Ago', Officials Say Sky News - 1 hour 20 minutes ago

    Taliban leader Mullah Omar died in a Karachi hospital in 2013, Afghan security officials have insisted, despite the group's spokesman telling Sky News he is "alive and leading the movement". The one-eyed head of the hardline Islamist movement has not been seen in public since 2001, and rumours that he was dead were reported in Pakistan and Afghanistan this week. Sky sources said his son Mullah Yaqoob had admitted his father died some time ago, and a senior Afghan Taliban commander based in neighbouring Pakistan told Reuters Omar had died of natural causes, although he did not specify when. More »

  • India set to become world's most populous country by 2022: U.N.
    India set to become world's most populous country by 2022: U.N. Reuters - 1 hour 20 minutes ago

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India is set to overtake China and become the world's most populous country in less than a decade - six years sooner than previously forecast, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Fast-growing Nigeria is on course to outstrip the United States by about 2050 to become the country with the third largest population, the United Nations predicted. The current global population of 7.3 billion is forecast to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, slightly above the last set of U.N. projections. More »

  • Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50
    Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 Associated Press - 1 hour 20 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance. More »

  • Latin American economic growth just 0.5 % this year: UN
    Latin American economic growth just 0.5 % this year: UN AFP - 1 hour 23 minutes ago

    A woman chooses fruit at a market in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 26, 2015 More »

  • Zimbabweans in lion hunt in court; kill was "unethical"
    Zimbabweans in lion hunt in court; kill was "unethical" Associated Press - 1 hour 24 minutes ago

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday. The head of Zimbabwe's safari association said the killing was unethical and that it couldn't even be classified as a hunt, since the lion killed by an American dentist was lured into the kill zone. More »

  • Mysterious plane wreckage sparks MH370 speculation
    Mysterious plane wreckage sparks MH370 speculation AFP - 1 hour 26 minutes ago

    A mysterious piece of plane debris washed up on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion on Wednesday, prompting some speculation it could be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. More »

  • Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks
    Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks Reuters - 1 hour 33 minutes ago

    By Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, elusive leader of the Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency against the government in Kabul, died more than two years ago. The announcement came a day or so before a second round of peace talks had been tentatively scheduled, and news of the fate of the one-eyed Omar could deepen Taliban divisions over whether to pursue negotiations and who should replace him. Omar had not been seen in public since fleeing when the Taliban was toppled from power by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001, and there has been speculation for years among militant circles that he was either incapacitated or had died. More »

  • Yemen to merge 'resistance' fighters with army
    Yemen to merge 'resistance' fighters with army AFP - 1 hour 34 minutes ago

    Yemen's exiled government has issued an order for militiamen fighting alongside loyalist troops against Shiite rebels to be merged into the armed forces, as clashes raged Wednesday in the south. More »

  • US military chief says deal keeps Iran from atomic weapon
    US military chief says deal keeps Iran from atomic weapon Associated Press - 1 hour 36 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top military leader said Wednesday that the recently signed nuclear deal works to keep Iran from having an atomic weapon, but does not address other concerns about Tehran's malign activities in the region. More »

  • France seeks to warm up Iran ties with Rouhani invite
    France seeks to warm up Iran ties with Rouhani invite AFP - 1 hour 36 minutes ago

    France sought to revive its relations with Iran on Wednesday, inviting President Hassan Rouhani to visit Paris in November, in a gesture that swiftly follows this month's historic nuclear deal. More »

  • Kuwait's Zain telecom Q2 profit dives over Arab unrest
    Kuwait's Zain telecom Q2 profit dives over Arab unrest AFP - 1 hour 39 minutes ago

    Zain said it posted a net profit of 39 million dinars ($129 million) in the April-June period from 59.1 million dinars ($196 million) a year ago More »

  • Top military leader says deal keeps Iran from atomic weapon
    Top military leader says deal keeps Iran from atomic weapon Associated Press - 1 hour 44 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top military leader said Wednesday that the recently signed nuclear deal works to keep Iran from having an atomic weapon, but does not address other concerns about Tehran's malign activities in the region. More »