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"Avoid stigmatising Africa," musician says as W.Africa Ebola song launched

“Avoid stigmatising Africa,” musician says as W.Africa Ebola song launched

DAKAR, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some of Africa's top musicians launched today an alternative Ebola appeal song to Band Aid's new recording of "Do they know it's Christmas' with proceeds also going to fight the virus that has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa this year .

Iran and powers set to extend nuclear talks if final push fails

VIENNA, (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers looked set to miss today’s deadline for resolving a 12-year stand-off over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and are already looking at a possible extension of the negotiations .

Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

GARDEZ, Afghanistan, (Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Afghanistan yesterday, killing 45 people, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting .

Scandal-plagued former  Washington mayor Marion Barry dies

Scandal-plagued former Washington mayor Marion Barry dies

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Marion Barry, the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, D .

Celebrity song to aid fight against Africa Ebola crisis tops UK charts

LONDON, (Reuters) - Band Aid 30’s reworked version of “Do They Know it’s Christmas”, a song intended to raise money to fight the spread of Ebola in Africa, went straight to the top of Britain’s single charts on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said .

Gambling companies step up efforts to sway addiction debate

LONDON, (Reuters) - On the websites of Britain’s bookmakers gamblers can bet around the clock on anything from soccer in Azerbaijan to financial market fluctuations, while others in betting shops feed high-stake machines that can devour 300 pounds ($470) a minute .

Portugal ex-PM Socrates still in custody

LISBON, (Reuters) - Police transferred Portugal’s former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates back to his cell at a police station late yesterday where he will spend a third night in a row after his shocking arrest and questioning in a corruption investigation .

Somali Islamists execute 28 non-Muslims on Kenyan bus

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab said it had staged an attack in Kenya yesterday in which gunmen ordered non-Muslims off a bus and shot 28 dead, while sparing Muslim passengers .

Turkey trains Kurdish peshmerga forces in fight against Islamic State

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish soldiers are training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq and will give similar assistance to a new national army unit in Baghdad as part of the struggle against Islamic State, a senior Turkish official said yesterday .

Portuguese ex-PM Socrates arrested in corruption probe

LISBON (Reuters) - Portuguese police have arrested former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates and three other people in an investigation of suspected tax fraud, corruption and money-laundering, the Prosecutor General’s office said yesterday .

Bill Cosby says he does not have to ‘answer to innuendos’ -report

Bill Cosby says he does not have to ‘answer to innuendos’ -report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby spoke out against a wave of sexual assault allegations but told a Florida publication he does not have to “answer to innuendos .

Lavrov accuses West of seeking “regime change” in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West yesterday of trying to use sanctions imposed on Moscow in the Ukraine crisis to seek “regime change” in Russia .

Bahrain holds elections as Shi’ite opposition boycotts vote

MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrainis voted yesterday in the first parliamentary elections since 2011 when mostly Shi’ite protesters took to the streets demanding more democracy .

Somali Islamists execute 28 non-Muslims on Kenyan bus

NAIROBI, (Reuters) - The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab said it had staged an attack in Kenya today in which gunmen ordered non-Muslims off a bus and shot 28 dead, while sparing Muslim passengers .

European Parliament may propose Google break-up in draft resolution

(Reuters) - The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc’s search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market .

China commits $45.6 bln for economic corridor with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, (Reuters) - The Chinese government and banks will finance Chinese companies to build $45 .

“Star-gazing” shrimp discovered in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) - A tiny shrimp equipped with large, candy-striped eyes to ward off predators has been discovered in South African waters, the University of Cape Town said on Friday .

Fears grow in India about Hindu  “Modification” of education

Fears grow in India about Hindu “Modification” of education

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) - Indians were flying aeroplanes, carrying out stem cell research and may even have been using cosmic weapons 5,000 years ago, according to the chairman of India’s leading historical organisation .

Mexico, Central America hail Obama’s immigration reform

MEXICO CITY/TEGUCIGALPA, (Reuters) - Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American leaders hailed U .

Grappling with protests, Mexico president urges swift judicial reform

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - Embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto called on Mexico’s states yesterday to swiftly adopt steps to modernize the justice system as he tries to defuse mass protests over the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers .

Zambia's President Scott suspended as ruling party leader

Zambia’s President Scott suspended as ruling party leader

LUSAKA, (Reuters) - Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front said today it had suspended President Guy Scott as acting head of the party for "unconstitutional conduct", in the latest twist of a bitter power struggle ahead of a January election .

Obama announces action on sweeping U.S. immigration reform

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation yesterday, easing the threat of deportation for about 4 .

Tenacious Brazilian judge oversees deepening Petrobras probe

CURITIBA, Brazil, (Reuters) - In a country where big court cases often drag on for a decade or more and abruptly fall apart on technicalities, the man leading a bribery probe at Brazil’s state-run oil firm Petrobras is described by allies and even rivals as perfectly suited to the task .

Last British governor of Hong Kong says confront China on rights

Last British governor of Hong Kong says confront China on rights

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Countries should not be afraid to stand up to China over democratic rights in Hong Kong, the last British governor of the territory, Chris Patten, told a U .

U.S. accuses China of cyber spying on American companies

(Reuters) - The United States on Monday charged five Chinese military officers and accused them of hacking into American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets, ratcheting up tensions between the two world powers over cyber espionage .

Molotov cocktails, clashes  as thousands of Mexicans  protest massacre

Molotov cocktails, clashes as thousands of Mexicans protest massacre

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - Masked demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and shot fireworks at police near Mexico City’s airport yesterday as thousands protested President Enrique Pena Nieto’s handling of the apparent massacre of 43 trainee school teachers .

Cable & Wireless helped Britain spy on the world -Channel 4

LONDON, (Reuters) - Telecommunications firm Cable & Wireless helped Britain eavesdrop on millions of Internet users worldwide, Channel 4 reported yesterday, citing previously secret documents leaked by a fugitive former U .

Construction of Nicaragua canal to begin Dec. 22 -committee

MANAGUA, (Reuters) - Construction of Nicaragua’s $50 billion Interoceanic Grand Canal, expected to rival the Panama Canal, will begin Dec .

Tanzanian PM tries to halt debate on energy sector graft, angering lawmakers

DAR ES SALAAM, (Reuters) - Tanzania’s government asked parliament yesterday to cancel a planned debate on corruption allegations in the energy sector, angering some lawmakers who complained of a cover-up and potentially jeopardising some foreign aid .

Obama to act unilaterally on immigration, irking Republicans

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will outline a plan today to relax U .

Aluminium pricing may never be the same again

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India’s Modi pledges $70 million credit for Fiji sugar industry

SUVA, (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday pledged a multi-million dollar line of credit for Fiji’s struggling sugar industry, once worked by thousands of indentured labourers from India under appalling conditions .

Ebola spreading intensely in Sierra Leone as toll rises – WHO

GENEVA, (Reuters) - The toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,420 deaths out of 15,145 cases in eight countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday, with transmission of the deadly virus still “intense and widespread” in Sierra Leone .

U.S. Secret Service chief says agency ‘severely damaged’ by lapses

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The acting head of the U .

Banking culture breeds dishonesty, scientific study finds

LONDON, (Reuters) - A banking culture that implicitly puts financial gain above all else fuels greed and dishonesty and makes bankers more likely to cheat, according to the findings of a scientific study .



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