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U.S. visa programme for crime victims is hit-or-miss prospect

(Reuters) - It was the week of Chinese New Year, and Jian Zhen Huang was climbing her sister’s doorstep in Brooklyn with cups and other supplies for the celebration inside .

North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family in Ohio, the White House said yesterday .

U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through 5 airports

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola yesterday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus .

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Ben Bradlee, the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post newsroom with the style of a well-dressed swashbuckler and the profane vocabulary of dockworker as the newspaper helped topple President Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal, died yesterday at age 93 .

Canada police talked to militant suspect, couldn’t stop attack

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec, (Reuters) - Canadian police said yesterday they had arrested a suspected militant as he was leaving the country, took away his passport and talked to him several times but had no chance of preventing him from killing a soldier .

Reform-minded outsider Widodo takes over as Indonesia’s president

JAKARTA, (Reuters) - Indonesia’s Joko Widodo took over as president of the world’s third-largest democracy yesterday with supporters’ hopes high, but pressing economic problems and sceptical rivals set to test the former furniture salesman .

Using military and new protocols, U.S. ramps up Ebola response

DALLAS, (Reuters) - The United States is issuing new protocols for health workers treating Ebola patients and a rapid-response military medical team will start training even as Americans’ anxiety about the spread of the virus abates with 43 people declared risk free .

Iran acts to comply with interim nuclear deal with powers -IAEA

VIENNA, (Reuters) - Iran is taking further action to comply with an interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a monthly U .

Panama arrests supreme court judge on suspicion of corruption

PANAMA CITY, (Reuters) - A Panamanian supreme court judge who previously headed the tribunal has been placed under house arrest and suspended from his post pending an investigation into suspected corruption, a congressional committee said yesterday .

Uruguay’s roll-out of marijuana experiment faces election risk

MONTEVIDEO, (Reuters) - Uruguay is struggling to roll out the commercial production and sale of marijuana and its ground-breaking experiment could be dropped or watered down if an opposition candidate wins this month’s presidential election .

Canada police kill ‘radicalized’ driver after he rams two soldiers

OTTAWA/MONTREAL, (Reuters) - A man who ran down two Canadian soldiers in his car at a Quebec mall on Monday and was later shot dead by police, “had become radicalized,” the Canadian government said .

Nigeria declared Ebola-free after containing virus

ABUJA, (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola free today after a 42 day period with no new cases, in a success story with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus .

Hong Kong crisis deepens  after weekend clashes

Hong Kong crisis deepens after weekend clashes

HONG KONG, (Reuters) - A deepening sense of impasse gripped Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth week, with the government having limited options to end the crisis and demonstrators increasingly willing to confront police .

U.S. to issue new Ebola care guidelines, watch lists to shrink

GALVESTON, Texas, (Reuters) - The United States will issue strict new guidelines telling American health workers to cover their skin and hair when dealing with Ebola patients, a top health official said yesterday, while some of the dozens of people being watched for possible exposure to the virus are expected to be cleared .

Peru’s ex-prosecutor to head anti-corruption group

Peru’s ex-prosecutor to head anti-corruption group

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global anti-corruption campaigners at Transparency International elected Peruvian lawyer Jose Ugaz as its new head yesterday marking a shift from quiet diplomacy in combatting fraud and bribery toward more grassroots activism .

Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town

URFA, Turkey, (Reuters) - The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight as Islamic State fighters attacked Kurdish defenders with mortars and car bombs, sources in the town and a monitoring group said yesterday .

Controlling the message: India’s Modi chooses state media

Controlling the message: India’s Modi chooses state media

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has anointed India’s state-backed broadcaster as his media brand of choice, helping shield his government from tough questions and prompting private news outlets to complain that they are being kept out of the loop .

Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for joy of sex

LONDON, (Reuters) - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armoured fishes, called placoderms, about 385 million years ago in Scotland .

Americans ‘can’t give in to hysteria or fear’ over Ebola – Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States but more than 100 people being monitored in case they contract the disease, President Barack Obama urged Americans yesterday not to give in to “hysteria” about the spread of the virus .

Hong Kong democracy street battles rage on despite imminent talks

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Violent clashes erupted early today in a Hong Kong protest hotspot as unarmed pro-democracy activists once again confronted riot police despite the confirmation of talks between protest leaders and officials early this week .

Sweden steps up hunt for ‘foreign underwater activity’

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden boosted its military presence in Stockholm’s archipelago yesterday to scour its waters for “foreign underwater activity” in a mobilisation of ships, troops and helicopters unseen since the Cold War .

Publishers aim to take Chinese literature to the world

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - China, the world’s second-biggest book market after the United States, has long been a consumer of works from other countries, now it is making a push to export its own literature abroad, helped by the e-book revolution .

Power out for thousands in Bermuda as hurricane moves away

HAMILTON, Bermuda, (Reuters) - Power was out for tens of thousands in Bermuda this morning after Hurricane Gonzalo pummeled the island with torrential rain and howling winds through the night, but there have been no reports of serious injuries .

Nigeria says reaches deal with Boko Haram over abducted girls

ABUJA, (Reuters) - Nigeria’s government has reached a deal with Islamic militant group Boko Haram for a cease-fire and the release of around 200 girls kidnapped six months ago from a school in the northeast town of Chibok, the defence chief said yesterday .

Food prices soar in Ebola-hit countries, aid workers deliver rations

GENEVA/MONROVIA, (Reuters) - Food prices have risen by an average of 24 percent across the three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, as aid workers scrambled to distribute emergency rations to the hungry .

UN Security Council urges stronger campaign against Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Friday pushed for a bombing campaign in Iraq against Islamic State militants and associated extremist groups to be strengthened and expanded .

South African prosecutor wins anti-corruption award

BERLIN, (Reuters) - Anti-corruption body Transparency Inter-national named South African lawyer Thuli Madonsela as the winner of its integrity award for 2014 yesterday, citing her investigations into graft allegations at every level - all the way up the president .

Russia and Ukraine reach tentative gas deal in tough Milan talks

MILAN, (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine made progress yesterday towards resolving a dispute over gas supplies in time for winter, but European leaders said Moscow still had to do much more to prop up a fragile ceasefire and end fighting in eastern Ukraine .

Renamo rejects Mozambique election result, African observers endorse vote

MAPUTO, (Reuters) - Mozambique's main opposition group Renamo today rejected as fraudulent results showing the ruling Frelimo party had won national elections but African observers endorsed the vote as largely free and acceptable .

‘Day of Interaction’  at Enterprise

‘Day of Interaction’ at Enterprise

More than 500 persons gathered at the Enterprise Community Development Centre ground as early as 8am on Sunday for the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport’s fun-filled ‘Day of Interaction .

Obama open to appointing Ebola ‘czar,’ opposes travel ban

Obama open to appointing Ebola ‘czar,’ opposes travel ban

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said he was considering appointing an Ebola “czar” to coordinate the fight against the virus in the United States, but he remained opposed to a ban on travel from West Africa .

Ramped-up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Syrian town

MURSITPINAR, Turkey, (Reuters) - Two days of heavy air strikes by U .

Niger strips ex-ruler of immunity  in quest for missing millions

Niger strips ex-ruler of immunity in quest for missing millions

NIAMEY, (Reuters) - Niger has removed former President Mamadou Tandja’s legal immunity, his lawyer confirmed on Thursday, as it hunts for 400 billion CFA francs ($780 million) that has gone missing .

Hong Kong police clear protesters,  barricades in surprise raid in Mong Kok

Hong Kong police clear protesters, barricades in surprise raid in Mong Kok

HONG KONG, (Reuters) - Hundreds of Hong Kong police staged a dawn raid last night on one of the key sites occupied by pro-democracy protesters, removing barricades from roads and clearing out most of the demonstrators in an another setback for their movement .

Female orgasm: battleground of science?

NEW YORK, (Reuters Health) - Hapless lovers are not the only ones who get lost down there: even sexologists can’t agree on what’s what, and where, among women’s female parts .

Hurricane Gonzalo regains strength on way to Bermuda

(Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo regained strength today, again reaching Category 4, as it swirled towards Bermuda, the U .

Ebola deaths near 4,500 as virus spreads in W. Africa -WHO

MONROVIA, (Reuters) - A total of 4,493 people have died from the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on record, and the situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is deteriorating, the World Health Organization said yesterday .

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