Williams blitzes Bouchard to keep Finals hopes alive
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:57:53 -0400
Serena Williams hit back from her embarrassing defeat at the WTA Finals by demolishing Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 to keep her campaign alive in fearsome fashion on Thursday. After only winning two games against Simona Halep, a grimly focused Williams only lost two against Bouchard as she swept the glamorous Canadian off court and out of the tournament in 58 minutes. The defending champion lost the first game but then grabbed 11 in a row, including a serve recorded at 205 kilometres (127.4 miles) an hour in the second set, not far off Sabine Lisicki's world record. "Yesterday was tough for me but I had to put that behind me," Williams said.
Mom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:56:48 -0400
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.
South African labour group and ANC ally may expel militant NUMSA union
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:55:57 -0400
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's biggest union faced expulsion on Thursday from a labour federation linked to the ruling African National Congress, the first major crack in an alliance that has held sway since apartheid ended in 1994. Delegates from the powerful Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) were meeting in Johannesburg to cast ballots on whether or not to keep the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) in their ranks. ...
White House fence climber charged
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:55:47 -0400
An unarmed man arrested for climbing over the White House fence has been charged with assaulting a Secret Service officer after he attacked police dogs. The Secret Service said 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya climbed over the north fence of the White House at 7:16 pm Wednesday and was quickly taken into custody by K-9 police teams and officers. He was charged with two felony counts of assaulting a police officer, four misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and unlawful entry and a felony count of making arrests, the Secret Service said. He was then transferred to the custody of the US Marshal Service for previous outstanding arrest warrants, the Secret Service said.
Fixing 'Ebolanomics' in pursuit of vaccines and drugs
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:48:56 -0400
By Kate Kelland and Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - As researchers from Africa to China to America race to develop vaccines and treatments to fight Ebola, health experts are grappling with the economics of a disease that until this year had been off the drug industry's radar. Whether or not effective drugs come in time to turn around the world's worst epidemic of the virus ravaging three West African countries, the world will want stockpiles to protect against inevitable future outbreaks, experts say. ...
Threat to break isolation in Liberia over food
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:47:11 -0400
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported Thursday.
France reclaims title: world's largest wine maker
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:46:32 -0400
PARIS (AP) — France has reclaimed its crown as world's biggest wine producer after a poor 2014 harvest saw Italy's wine production plunge 15 percent.
Canada parliament opens with applause for Sergeant-at-Arms
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:45:03 -0400
Ottawa (AFP) - Canada's parliament reopened Thursday and gave a hero's welcome to Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vicker, who a day earlier had put aside his ceremonial duties to draw a gun and take down a gunman.
Canada to speed up plans to toughen security laws: PM Harper
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:42:02 -0400
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday the government will expedite plans to give more powers of detention and surveillance to security agencies in the wake of an attack on Parliament. "They need to be much strengthened, and I assure you, Mr. Speaker, that work which is already under way will be expedited," he told the House of Commons, one day after a gunman launched an attack on Parliament and was shot dead. (Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Peter Galloway)
Eight Pakistani Shi'ites killed in sectarian attack
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:36:12 -0400
By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA Pakistan (Reuters) - Eight Shi'ite members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed and one wounded on Thursday, after gunmen opened fire on a bus in the volatile province of Baluchistan, police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a radical Sunni militant group, has carried out many gun and bomb attacks on Hazaras in the past. The men were returning from a vegetable market when gunmen intercepted the bus. "Two gunmen boarded the bus and shot the men," police officer Imran Qureshi told Reuters. ...
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