Wednesday, June 24, 2015

France Says U.S. Spying on Its Presidents Unacceptable



Canadians warned against flushing goldfish down lavatories

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Goldfish that have been flushed down the lavatory in Canada are surviving and multiplying at an alarming rate in the country's water system, officials have warned



Testicle-munching fish species found in US lake 

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The pacu is native to the Amazon, but one was caught this week in New Jersey

NIH Expands Ebola Vaccine Research Beyond Liberia

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The National Institutes of Health has widened its research into Sierra Leone and Guinea, a move that increases the chances of getting definitive results from clinical studies.

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Ends Hunger Strike

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Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López has ended a month-long hunger strike, a day after the government met one of his demands by setting a date for December parliamentary elections.

Nepal Struggles to Recover From Devastating Quakes

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Representatives of foreign governments, aid agencies and development organizations are to meet in Kathmandu on Thursday to discuss the $6.7 billion Nepal says it needs for rebuilding after earthquakes in April and May.

Hollande to Convene Defense Officials Amid U.S. Spying Claims

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François Hollande plans to convene top defense advisers Wednesday, following the publication of a cache of documents purportedly obtained from the NSA that allege Americans spied on him and his two predecessors.

France Says U.S. Spying on Its Presidents Unacceptable

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Statement follows publication of Wikileaks documents suggesting National Security Agency spied on François Hollande and his two predecessors.

Fabric of a Trade Deal: U.S. Asks Vietnam to Cut Out China Textiles

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Pressured to show a Pacific trade pact will create American jobs, U.S. negotiators say garments exporter Vietnam must reduce its reliance on Chinese textiles to get preferential access to the U.S.
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Australia Commits to China-Led Bank

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After months of hesitation, Australia confirmed it would join the AIIB, saying negotiations with China and other partners had eased its concerns over how the fund will be run.

EU to Set Up U.K. Referendum Task Force

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Move signals European Union’s willingness to work with Prime Minister David Cameron as he prepares to outline his plans for recovering legal powers from Brussels.

Wilders Airs Prophet Muhammad Cartoon

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Dutch politician Geert Wilders aired cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on Dutch national television, in what critics condemned as his latest provocation against Islam.

EU Response to Migrant Crisis Suffers Setbacks

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The EU’s attempt at a response to its migration crisis suffered setbacks, as Hungary said it won’t take migrants back from other EU states and as EU leaders are set to delay a decision on how to distribute asylum seekers fairly.

NATO Ramps Up Response to Russia

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NATO took further steps aimed at better positioning the alliance to respond to Russia, accelerating the deployment of its new spearhead rapid response force and beefing up a broader response unit.

U.S. to Allow Families of Hostages to Discuss Ransom

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Obama unveiled a policy that could allow families of hostages to discuss ransom with captors, addressing what critics have called inadequate U.S. responses to the seizure of Americans by terrorists.

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U.S. calls on NATO to stand together against Russian ... - CTV News 

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CTV News. CTVNews. CTV NewsCTVNews ... CTV News. More Stories from World · Law enforcement officers walk along a road as the search continues for two escaped prisoners from · Items recovered from remote hunting ...

Former ambassador's bizarre attack on Obama lays bare strains in ... 

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Oren drew more fire over an article in Foreign Policy on Friday which said that Obama has been hard on Israel and more sympathetic to the Arab world in part because his father and stepfather were Muslim. “I could imagine how a child ... “The United States is a true friend of Israel and every attempt to harm the relationship between the two countries by resorting to personal attacks will not succeed,” she told the Israeli website Walla News. Haaretz reported that the US ...

Isis suspends two boys from pole in Syria for eating during ...

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Alabama Governor Takes Down Confederate Flags

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The Republican says the banners had the potential to become "a major distraction", after last week's church massacre.

Queen: 'Division In Europe Is Dangerous'

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The Queen has used a speech in Berlin to warn against divisions in Europe, saying such a path would be "dangerous".

Calais crisis: migrant climbs into lorry cab bound for UK - video

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A migrant in Calais - one of the thousands attempting to reach the UK across the channel - climbs into the front cabin of a lorry and appears to help his fellow migrants get in the back. Cross-channel services have resumed on Wednesday after a day of continued disruption due to Tuesday's strike by French ferry workers. The chaos has provided migrants in the port town with greater access to stationary vehicles Continue reading...

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Calais crisis: migrants continue to break into lorries undeterred by police presence - video 

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Guardian reporter Matthew Taylor reports from Calais where severe travel disruption, caused by Tuesday's strike by French ferry workers, has provided migrants in the port town with greater access to stationary vehicles. Cross-channel services have resumed on Wednesday, but migrants are continuing in their attempts to break into lorries as they wait in traffic, despite an increased police presence Continue reading...

Anti-Houthi forces in Yemen seize Saudi border crossing - Reuters

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The Nation

Anti-Houthi forces in Yemen seize Saudi border crossing
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SANAA Army forces loyal to Yemen's exiled president seized a border crossing with Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, officials in the area and witnesses said, dealing a rare blow to the country's dominant Houthi group. The Houthis and their allies in Yemen's army ...
Saudi Yemen bombing a message to Iran as damage mountsBBC News
Yemeni women in Sana'a rally against Saudi Arabia's warPress TV
Security Council condemns deadly terrorist attacks against mosques in YemenBig News Network.com
Arab News -The National Interest Online -YemenOnline
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Anesthesiologist Mocked Sedated Patient, Pays Big - Newser

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Newser

Anesthesiologist Mocked Sedated Patient, Pays Big
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(Newser) – It's not an uncommon practice in the smartphone era: recording instructions you need to recall later. A patient in Virginia says he used his phone to do just that prior to his April 18, 2013, colonoscopy—and accidentally left it recording during the ...
Man Pushes Record on Phone Before Procedure, Captures Anesthesiologist's ...TheBlaze.com

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Riyadh insists weapons donation on track - The Daily Star

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The Express Tribune

Riyadh insists weapons donation on track
The Daily Star
BEIRUT: A $3 billion grant to the Lebanese Army for the purchase of French weaponry is still in place, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Wednesday, days after Lebanese media reports suggested the deal had been frozen. “The Saudi-French agreement to ...
Saudi Arabia rubbishes calls for gay rightsArab News
France, Saudi Arabia inch closer to civil nuclear dealReuters
Saudi Arabia and France ink $12bln dealAl-Arabiya
ABC News
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US Slips In World Well-Being Rankings; Panama Is No. 1 - NPR

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NPR

US Slips In World Well-Being Rankings; Panama Is No. 1
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To create its global index, Gallup looked at how people in 145 countries and areas respond to questions about five areas related to their well-being: purpose; social; financial; community; and physical (see the questions at bottom of this post). World ...
US Falls in World Happiness RankingsLive Science
This Surprising Country Leads the World in Feeling GoodTIME

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Ukraine Talks Show Little Progress on Cease-fire, Political Deal

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Overnight talks on the Ukraine conflict ended late in Paris and with little sign of progress on a February peace deal agreed on in Minsk. Though foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine underscored their support for the cease-fire plan, fighting between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces threatens to derail it. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier voiced hope the talks would help implement the truce. "I hope that today in the discussion we had...

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US Agency Chief Rebuffs Lawmakers on Scope of Cyber Breach 

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The head of the Office of Personnel Management refused Wednesday to estimate how many millions of Americans had been affected by recent attacks on her agency's computers, but she rejected as premature reports that 18 million people's information had been compromised. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta conceded that the number of people whose data had been compromised could increase from initial estimates. OPM said this month that it had been the victim of a cyber attack involving...

Turkish Man Pleads Not Guilty in Cyber Attacks on Financial Institutions 

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A Turkish citizen accused of organizing cyber attacks on financial institutions that netted around $55 million has been extradited to the United States and on Wednesday was brought before a federal magistrate in New York to learn the charges against him. Law enforcement officials said Ercan Findikoglu was known online as "Segate" when he used "sophisticated intrusion techniques" to hack into credit card company computers and allow members of a global gang to make...

Republican-led Congress Hands Obama Major Win on Trade

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The U.S. Congress has granted President Barack Obama and his successor a powerful tool to get trade deals approved: so-called “fast-track” authority that shields proposed pacts from legislative meddling. By a 60-38 vote, the Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) late Wednesday, a measure that boosts prospects for two of the biggest trade deals in U.S. history. Under TPA, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be approved with...

New Device Detects Pilot Blackouts

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During certain maneuvers, jet fighter pilots sometimes experience loss of vision and even loss of consciousness. Although short, these so-called ‘blackouts’ can have tragic consequences. An Israeli company says it has developed a device that could save pilots’ lives at such moments. Two different physiological situations can lead to a pilot’s loss of consciousness, says Elbit Systems senior research and development director, retired fighter pilot Yaron Kranz. “One is 'G-LOC' or...

Pew Study Finds Global Support for US in IS Fight

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The Pew Research Center says its polling shows there is global support for much of U.S. foreign policy, including the fight against the Islamic State group. But there is also criticism of what many consider torture that took place after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. VOA's Arash Arabasadi reports.

Freedom House: Democracy Under Fire in Europe, Eurasia

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