Arizona gun instructor shot and killed by nine-year-old girl
2014-08-27 10:03:51 UTC
A firearms instructor has died after he was shot by a nine-year-old girl when she fired an Uzi at a shooting range in the Arizona desert.
Mohave County sheriff’s officials said 39-year-old Charles Vacca, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, died at th...
Response to Putin: NATO plans east European bases
2014-08-27 05:12:25 UTC
Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its secretary gene...
Hollande took the biggest gamble of his presidency
2014-08-25 21:38:37 UTC
French president François Hollande took the biggest gamble of his two-year-old presidency on Monday by ordering his reformist prime minister to form a new government which will exclude Socialist dissidents demanding an end to economic austerity po...
Autonomy deals raise questions as HP row escalates
2014-08-25 04:57:21 UTC
Autonomy's $11bn (£6.6bn) sale to Hewlett-Packard faces further scrutiny after documents cast doubt over the structure of some transactions conducted by the British software firm before its takeover.
New evidence has come to light which, accord...
Cambodian growing export market for rat meat
2014-08-25 04:13:52 UTC
A unique harvest is under way in the rice fields of Cambodia where tens of thousands of wild rats are being trapped alive each day to feed a growing export market for the meat of rural rodents.
Popularly considered a disease-carrying nuisance i...
First remains of Malaysian MH17 victims arrive home
2014-08-22 07:02:01 UTC
Flags flew at half-mast in Malaysia on Friday as the remains of 20 of the country's nationals who perished in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The flight from Amsterdam was met by relatives...
Democrat Runs on Obamacare—Without Saying "Obamacare"
2014-08-21 09:31:31 UTC
A Democratic politician fighting for reelection is using a strategy few would have imagined six months ago: Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor just released a new ad boasting about his yea vote for Obamacare.
Well, sort of. The ad never mentions the A...
WHO ups Ebola deaths to 1,350
2014-08-21 08:00:11 UTC
The total number of Ebola deaths spiked to 1,350 Wednesday, with the toll mounting fastest in Liberia, which now has at least 576 confirmed dead of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.
On Wednesday, the UN health agency also w...
Germany 'ready' to arm Kurdish peshmerga forces
2014-08-20 12:35:33 UTC
Germany has announced that it plans to supply northern Iraq with military equipment. The Iraqi Kurds are battling Islamic State -ISIS- fighters who have taken over a number of cities and displaced minority populations.
German Foreign Minister F...
Obama calls for review of using military equipment by police
2014-08-18 22:33:25 UTC
Barack Obama distanced himself from a decision to deploy Missouri national guard troops to deal with continued unrest in Ferguson on Monday, dispatching attorney general Eric Holder to monitor events and saying he would be watching whether troops ...
US jobless aid applications rise but claims remain near pre-recession levels
2014-08-16 17:45:37 UTC
More people applied for US unemployment benefits last week, although jobless claims continue to be close to pre-recession levels.
Weekly applications for unemployment aid climbed 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the Labor Department sai...
SeaWorld shares tumble 33% following Blackfish documentary
2014-08-16 17:42:56 UTC
Shares in the amusement park SeaWorld fell 33% after a 6-7% decline in the company’s revenues was forecast – with falling attendances driven in part by the negative publicity surrounding the documentary film Blackfish.
The film follows Tilikum,...
American preference to fight for Kurds rather than Iraqis
2014-08-16 17:28:37 UTC
Iraq's political class has watched with fear and envy in the last fortnight as American jets have slowed the Islamic State extremist group's advance towards the Kurdish stronghold of Irbil.
At the same time, the group, formerly known as Isis, h...
Germany 'spied' on U.S. Government and NATO Member
2014-08-16 17:03:13 UTC
German intelligence services eavesdropped on calls made by US secretary of state John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, Der Spiegel has reported.
The German foreign intelligence agency, BND, tapped a satellite phone conversation Kerry ...
German intelligence (BND) spied on Hillary Clinton
2014-08-15 20:53:56 UTC
German intelligence spied on Hillary Clinton on various occasions.
According to a report in the German news publication Süddeutsche Zeitung, German intelligence apparently spied on Hillary Clinton while she was in office and during various trip...
A stark illustration of newly militarised US law enforcement
2014-08-15 07:07:28 UTC
Michael Brown was shot dead by an officer from a police force of 53, serving a population of just 21,000. But the police response to a series of protests over his death has been something more akin to the deployment of an army in a miniature warzo...
WHO: Ebola crisis vastly underestimated
2014-08-15 05:31:33 UTC
* Outbreak of an undetermined viral haemorrhagic fever begins in Guinea in February.
* Identified as Ebola in March.
* Researchers have since traced the first case to the death of two-year-old Guinean child in December 2013.
Dire Obamacare Prediction Falls Hilariously Flat
2014-08-13 21:05:35 UTC
The story of Obamacare over the last year has in many ways been a story about how the various claims made by conservatives about why the law would collapse have systematically fallen apart as the Affordable Care Act has gone into effect. The websi...
Fields Medals 2014: the maths of Mirzakhani, Avila, Bhargava and Hairer explained
2014-08-13 18:57:54 UTC
<h3>The work of Maryam Mirzakhani</h3>Maryam Mirzakhani has made striking and highly original contributions to geometry and dynamical systems. Her work on Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces bridges several mathematical disciplines – hyperbol...
Confidence in German economy falters: ZEW indicator plunges to 20-month low
2014-08-13 07:10:21 UTC
Europe's standoff with Russia has affected the region's largest economy after economic confidence in Germany nosedived unexpectedly, fuelling fears the eurozone's weak recovery will be snuffed out.
Hostility between the west and Vladimir Putin ...
Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley
2014-08-12 01:15:56 UTC
Sam Altman sits behind his desk with his knees pulled up to his chest, eating dried apricots. He’s 29, but even the most laissez-faire bartender would card him. His hand is forever grabbing his hair while he thinks, making it stick up in Einsteini...
US begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces
2014-08-11 09:57:28 UTC
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the formation of an Iraqi government is critical for stability and urged Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki not to stoke political tensions.
Special forces loyal to al-Maliki deployed in strategic areas of B...
Barack Obama: "Iraq is going to be a long term project"
2014-08-10 00:31:32 UTC
US President Barack Obama has warned it is "going to take some time" to help Iraqis overcome the jihadist-led Sunni rebellion and stabilise their country.
It would be a "long-term project" to revamp and resupply the military and build support a...
Europe's boss, Angela Merkel turns 60
2014-08-08 19:20:50 UTC
<strong>Angela Merkel has presided over a time of great influence and economic success. Germany has assumed a more prominent role in the world - and its unassuming chancellor has become a political heavyweight.</strong>
Angela Merkel, leader of...
Putin orders retaliatory sanctions
2014-08-06 16:53:23 UTC
Vladimir Putin has banned the import of agricultural goods from countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia in a tit-for-tat move that deepens the economic standoff between the Kremlin and the west.
Russian government officials have been to...