Syrian troops kill 30 rebels near Damascus
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:12:57 -0500
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces have killed at least 30 rebels in an ambush in the suburbs of Damascus where troops and allied gunmen have been on the offensive for weeks, activists and state media said Thursday.
Hong Kong student leaders banned from Mong Kok protest site
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:08:15 -0500
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Two Hong Kong student leaders were banned from a large area in Mong Kok as a condition of bail on Thursday after they were arrested during scuffles with police who cleared one of the largest protest sites that have choked the city for weeks. Joshua Wong, Lester Shum and activist lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung, who was also banned from Mong Kok, were charged with obstructing court bailiffs and did not enter a plea. They are due to appear again in court on Jan. 14. Wong, Shum and Leung were among more than 100 people arrested in Mong Kok over the past two days. ...
Suicide bomber kills five in attack on British embassy car in Kabul - officials
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:58:59 -0500
By Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing five people, including one Briton, the ministry of interior said. The blast in the east of Kabul wounded 33 people, including many bystanders, the latest in a wave of bombings to hit Kabul as the majority of foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of the year. Taliban insurgents, who have been gaining momentum since they were ousted from power by a U.S. ...
German unemployment steady at 6.3 percent
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:44:08 -0500
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's unemployment rate was steady at 6.3 percent in November as the labor market in Europe's largest economy remained strong.
EU expects stable gas supply even as Russian shipments yet to start
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:43:33 -0500
By Raushan Nurshayeva ASTANA (Reuters) - The European Union expects stable gas supplies this winter under a deal by Russia and Ukraine, a senior EU energy official said, even while Moscow has yet to resume shipments and Kiev has yet to pay in advance as agreed. Russia provides a third of European Union gas supplies, and half of that volume flows through Ukraine. Previous spats between Kiev and Moscow led to temporary supply cuts to Europe. ...
Ebola vaccine promising in first human trials: NIH
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:39:12 -0500
Researchers say they're a step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a Phase 1 trial showing promising results, but it will be months at the earliest before it can be used in the field. The news comes amid the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, which has killed nearly 5,700 people, mostly in West Africa. In the first phase of testing, all 20 healthy adults injected with a higher or lower dose of the vaccine developed antibodies needed to fight Ebola, said the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which conducted the study. "The unprecedented scale of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has intensified efforts to develop safe and effective vaccines," said Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is developing the vaccine alongside GlaxoSmithKline.
Liver transplant recipient marks 25th anniversary
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:33:49 -0500
SEVERN, Md. (AP) — Alyssa Riggan hasn't dwelled on being the first person in the U.S. to successfully receive part of a liver from a living donor 25 years ago, a medical procedure that paved the way for routine live-donor transplants.
With incentives and brute force, IS subdues tribes
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:28:40 -0500
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group is employing multiple tactics to subdue the Sunni Muslim tribes in Syria and Iraq under its rule, wooing some with gifts — everything from cars to feed for their animals — while brutally suppressing those that resist with mass killings.
OPEC seen unlikely to cut output despite oil glut
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:28:17 -0500
VIENNA (AP) — OPEC oil ministers meeting in Vienna on Thursday are in a bind. Prices are plunging — and in the short term, the cartel may not be able to do much about it.
Britain awards East Coast rail contract to Stagecoach-Virgin JV
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:18:03 -0500
By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it would award a contract to run trains between London and Scotland to a Stagecoach and Virgin partnership, returning the East Coast line to private control after five years in state hands. Britain's Department for Transport (DfT) on Thursday selected the duo over the other two shortlisted bidders, British transport company FirstGroup and a Keolis-Eurostar joint venture controlled by the French state railways SNCF. The government said it would receive about 3. ...
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