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Taliban kill 14 Shiites in Afghanistan road attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) An Afghan official says Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:49:26 -0400
Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees
News ImageMIAMI (AP) A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop a way to stop the blight from spreading.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:49:11 -0400
Sudanese Salafi group endorses Islamic State's new caliphate
A Sudanese Salafi group in a statement on Thursday endorsed the Islamic State militant group that declared a caliphate after it swept through northern Iraq last month. "Our Brothers in the Islamic State ... announcing an inclusive caliphate is a good job," said Sudan's Al-Attasam belKetab wa al-Sunna, which broke from Sudan's Muslim Brotherhood in 1991 to establish a stricter Islamist movement. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:48:34 -0400
Insight: GM recalls far from calamity for some dealers who find new customers, business
News ImageBy Nick Carey and Bernie Woodall FOX LAKE Ill. (Reuters) - The news about deadly crashes linked to a faulty ignition switch, followed by wave upon wave of recalls, did not bode well for General Motors dealers earlier this year. It conjured visions of worried, frustrated drivers pouring onto lots like Raymond Chevrolet, outside of Chicago. Although the script is not what the dealership would have written, GM is delivering sales and service prospects to her door. GM as a whole posted a 2.5 percent increase in sales in the first half of the year, just a step behind the industry average of 4.3 percent.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:48:14 -0400
Ukraine reports overnight rebel attacks on border
News ImageMOSCOW (AP) The Ukrainian army on Friday claimed that soldiers came under artillery fire from the Russian side of the border overnight and were attacked by rebels in several other places in the restive east.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:28:31 -0400
Towering worry: Small holes cause big jitters
News ImageSEOUL, South Korea (AP) For the developers of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn't have come at a more inopportune time.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:27:38 -0400
Shares in Britain's RBS soar after surprise profit
News ImageBy Steve Slater LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland posted a surprise 1 billion pound ($1.7 billion) pretax profit for the second quarter thanks to a turnaround in losses from bad loans, prompting it to release earnings a week early. It sent RBS shares soaring by 14 percent to 376 pence, on course for their biggest one-day gain since April 2009 and boosting chances of the taxpayer recouping what it invested - though maybe not for several more years because the price is still 25 percent below what the state paid. RBS said the profit was mainly because of an economic upturn that allowed it to write back losses that had been booked on bad loans, giving it a net release of 93 million pounds. 'STRONGER BANK' RBS said it was obliged to release headline numbers early because they were far better than market expectations.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:25:58 -0400
German business confidence drops again
BERLIN (AP) German business confidence is down for a third month in a row amid ongoing concerns about the economic impact of the crises in Ukraine and Iraq. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:23:44 -0400
China probes more than 25,000 people for graft in first half of year
News ImageChina investigated more than 25,000 people for corruption in the first six months of 2014, state media said on Friday, amid a nationwide crackdown on graft. Nearly 85 percent of the cases investigators pursued involved bribes of more than 50,000 yuan ($8,000) or embezzlement of 100,000 yuan, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the country's top prosecutor, the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP). China's leadership under President Xi Jinping has presided over an anti-graft campaign to shore up a ruling mandate shaken by suspicion that officials waste taxpayer money or use their positions for personal advantage. Xi has said graft threatens the survival of the ruling Communist Party.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:22:55 -0400
BSkyB to take over Italian, German pay TV networks
LONDON (AP) London-based satellite broadcaster BSkyB has announced agreements to purchase Sky Italia and 57 percent of Sky Deutschland from 21st Century Fox. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:20:40 -0400
Israel hits 30 Gaza homes, kills senior militant
News ImageJERUSALEM (AP) Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons, while ground troops and Hamas gunmen fought intense battles in the north and center of the territory, Palestinian officials said.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:17:36 -0400
Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy plea
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) An 80-year-old man who came home to find two burglars said he shot and killed one of them despite her pleas that she was pregnant, but it's the woman's alleged accomplice who has been arrested on suspicion of murder, police said. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:15:08 -0400
Parliament says yet to receive PM's resignation, work stalls
News ImageUkraine's parliament said on Friday it had yet to receive a resignation letter from Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk so could not vote on whether to accept it or not, stalling work at the heart of government. Yatseniuk, Ukraine's point man for the West during much of the turmoil in the country since November, tendered his resignation on Thursday, saying parliament was betraying its people's demands for change by failing to pass legislation. The move by Yatseniuk, an ally of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, could hamstring decision-making as Ukraine struggles to fund a war against pro-Russian rebels and deals with the aftermath of a passenger plane crash. The chamber's deputy speaker, Bohdan Koshulynsky, confirmed he had yet to receive Yatseniuk's resignation.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:12:42 -0400
Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution
News ImageFLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent and unusual request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn't seem to be working.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:03:00 -0400
Central American leaders convening at White House
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:09:11 -0400
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