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Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced: U.N.

Newly-arrived Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they walk at Azraq refugee camp By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations said. The record figure is one million refugees more than a year ago, while a further 6.5 million are displaced within Syria, meaning that "almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives", it said. "The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countries hosting them," Antonio Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a statement. The vast majority remain in neighboring countries, with the highest concentrations in Lebanon (1.14 million), Turkey (815,000) and Jordan (608,000), the UNHCR said.


Dam-hit Sri Lankans to get their own 'Bridge on River Kwai'

A general view of the location, pictured on August 13, 2014, where a dam is due to be constructed across the Kelani River at Kitulgala, some 50kms east of Colombo, where a key scene from the 1957 film, 'Bridge on the River Kwai', was filmed Its detonation is one of the most iconic scenes in movie history. Now, 57 years after it was blown to smithereens, authorities in Sri Lanka plan to rebuild the "Bridge on the River Kwai" to assuage the anger among locals over a controversial dam project. While the World War II epic was supposedly set in Japanese-held Burma (present-day Myanmar), it was mostly filmed in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) between 1956 and 1957, less than a decade after independence from Britain. The final scene in which a British officer played by Alec Guinness blows up a rail bridge that his fellow prisoners of war have just built was shot at sleepy Kitulgala, two hours' drive from the capital Colombo.


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ExpansionWire: Chicago Icon Gino's East Bringing Its Deep Dish to DFW

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Forced switch? Drug cos. develop maneuvers to hinder generic competition

Forced switch? Drug cos. develop maneuvers to hinder generic competition Penetration of generic drugs on the marketplace has increased over 30 years, but drug companies have developed ways to delay generic entry


Sony quietly starts selling Digital Paper E Ink tablet online

Sony Sony has very quietly started selling its 13.3-inch e-reader, Digital Paper, via the web to US addresses.>


Exclusive: U.S. may use secrets act to stop suit against Iran sanctions group

Greek shipowner Restis leaves a court in Athens Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis last year sued UANI for defamation after the New York-based group, whose advisors include former intelligence officials from the United States, Europe and Israel, accused him of violating sanctions on Iran by exporting oil from the country. Restis denies doing illegal business with Iran.


South Korea's Kim leads LPGA Portland Classic

Kim In-Kyung of South Korea smiles after making birdie put on the 11th hole during the first round of the LPGA Portland Classic, at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club, in Oregon, on August 28, 2014 South Korea's Kim In-Kyung fired a bogey-free seven under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic. Americans Jennifer Song and Amelia Lewis are tied for second place at six-under at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Anna Nordqvist, who has two victories this season, shot a five-under 67. She was joined in fourth place by Laura Diaz, Paraguay's Julieta Granada, Mina Harigae, Alison Walshe, Emma Jandel and Paula Reto of South Africa.


No. 18 Ole Miss pulls away from Boise State 35-13

Mississippi wide receiver Cody Core cuts through Boise State defenders for a 76-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT ATLANTA (AP) — For much of the night, it was tough to watch. Mississippi hardly looked like the 18th-ranked team in the country. Boise State in no way resembled the program that used to beat the big boys with such regularity.


Dominican, 34, beats kid half his age at US Open

Victor Estrella Burgos, of Dominican Republic, reacts against Igor Sijsling, of the Netherlands, during the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) NEW YORK (AP) — Victor Estrella Burgos is 34, and Borna Coric is 17, making for the largest gap between male opponents in U.S. Open history — and the ol' guy won.


Djokovic, Serena, Murray sail through at US Open

Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot to Paul-Henri Mathieu of France during their 2014 US Open men's singles match on August 28, 2014 in New York Novak Djokovic reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the 25th consecutive time while Serena Williams racked up her 80th US Open win as the top seeds eased into the third round on Thursday. They were joined in the last 32 by 2012 winner Andy Murray and reigning Wimbledon women's champion Petra Kvitova. World number one and top seed Djokovic breezed past France's Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1, 6-3, 6-0, firing 13 aces and 33 winners as the 2011 champion comfortably remained on course for a fifth successive final appearance. "It's very windy, but I managed to adjust to the conditions that obviously are not easy for myself and my opponent," said Djokovic, who next meets Sam Querrey of the United States, after his brief 90-minute appearance.


High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

This 2005 photo released by the Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff’s Office shows Troy Kastigar. Officials have said that Kastigar, a friend of Douglas McAuthur McCain, was killed in Somalia in September 2009 while fighting with the terror group al-Shabab. In August 2014, U.S. officials confirmed that the 33-year-old McCain was killed in Syria while fighting with the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff’s Office) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The two high school buddies loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends. They both converted to Islam in early adulthood. And both were recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist causes.


APNewsBreak: Buffett heir buys Rosa Parks archive

FILE - In this March 14, 2014, file photo, Rosa Parks' Presidential Medal of Freedom, left, and her Congressional Gold Medal are displayed at Guernsey's auction house, in New York. Hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks that have been sitting unseen for years in a New York warehouse have been sold to a foundation run by the son of billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett, the younger Buffett said Thursday, Aug. 28. Howard G. Buffett told The Associated Press that his foundation plans to give the items, which include Parks’ Presidential Medal of Freedom, to an institute he hasn’t yet selected. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks and have been sitting unseen for years in a New York warehouse were sold to a foundation run by the son of billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett, the younger Buffett said Thursday.


USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

FILE -This Sept. 30, 2011 file photo shows a collection of giant African land snails in Miami. The Giant African Snail eats buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Department of Agriculture is trying to stop them. Since June, USDA has seized more than 1,200 of the large snails, also known as Giant African Land Snails, all of them traced back to one person in Georgia who was illegally selling them. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.


Golf - South Korea's Kim leads Portland Classic

Golf - South Korea's Kim leads Portland Classic - South Korea's Kim In-Kyung fired a bogey-free seven-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic on Thursday.


Volcano erupts in PNG, spewing ash and rock: officials

A file photo shows evacuated Matapit Islanders watching Mount Tavurvur volcano erupt in Papua New Guinea in October 2006 A volcano erupted Friday in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and flights to be re-routed, officials and reports said. Mount Tavurvur, which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994, rumbled to life early in the morning on the tip of the remote island of New Britain. "The eruption started slow and slowly developed in a Strombolian (low level) eruption with incandescent projections accompanied by explosion noises and ongoing loud roaring and rumbling noises," the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin said the ash cloud was drifting southeast.


Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

In this Aug. 26, 2014 photo, a handful of Central American migrants cling to a northbound freight train after jumping aboard outside Arriaga, Mexico. A Mexican crackdown seems to be keeping women and children off the deadly train, known as "The Beast," that has traditionally helped thousands of migrants head north. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) — The largest crackdown by Mexican authorities on illegal migration in decades has decreased the flow of Central American migrants trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and eyewitness accounts along the perilous route.


Williams overcomes 3 early double-faults to win

Serena Williams, of the United States, follows through as she returns a shot during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) NEW YORK (AP) — Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open.


The harsh realities of freelance war reporting

Jim and I near the front lines in Salaheddin, Aleppo, Syria, July 31, 2012. Death of James Foley underscores dangers freelancers face as they report from conflict zones, often with little support from outlets that use their work


Ecuador heralds 'digital currency' plans

In this Aug. 24, 2014, photo, a young man texts a message on his mobile phone while working at the Mayorista Market in Quito, Ecuador. Ecuador's Central Bank is getting ready to use electronic currency in which consumers will initially be able to use it to make and receive payments using their cellphones. Ecuador is heralding its plans to create the world’s first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could ultimately replace the country’s existing currency, the U.S. dollar, which the government cannot control. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador is planning to create the world's first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar, which the government cannot control.


Pilot in Virginia F-15 crash was killed

A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter aircraft sits near a hangar at Barnes Air National Guard Base, in Westfield, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. An experienced pilot on a standard maintenance mission was missing Wednesday after his fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday.


Disputed Kurdish tank disappears in Texas

The oil tanker United Kalavyrta approaches Galveston, Texas Tanker reportedly carrying $100 million of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude oil.


Ebola: Disease caseload could reach 20,000, UN says

People stand on the shoreline near a sign reading 'NO DUMPING', amongst rubbish at West Point, a area heavily effected by the Ebola virus, with residence not being allowed to leave West Point, as government forces clamp down on movement to prevent the spread of Ebola, in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Health officials in Liberia said the other two recipients of ZMapp in Liberia — a Congolese doctor and a Liberian physician's assistant, have recovered. Both are expected to be discharged from an Ebola treatment center on Friday, said Dr. Moses Massaquoi, a Liberian doctor with the treatment team. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh) The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.


4 killed in New Mexico medical flight crash

In this Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 photo, relatives of victims of a plane crash react after reaching the crash site a half-mile southwest of the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Las Cruces, N.M. Authorities say all four people aboard the medical flight that was headed to Phoenix were killed when the plane crashed in Las Cruces. (AP Photo/The Las Cruces Sun-News, Carlos Javier Sanchez) LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An air ambulance carrying a cancer patient to Phoenix crashed shortly after taking off from a southern New Mexico airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said Thursday.


Obama: 'We will protect American personnel in Iraq'

Militant Islamist fighters waving flags, travel in vehicles as they take part in a military parade along streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province Obama announced that he has requested military options for Islamic State.


Body found in Jerusalem is U.S. student Aaron Sofer: police

Forensic team members work near the place where a body was found next to Ein Karem Israeli police said on Thursday they had found the body of a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week near a forest in Jerusalem and that they did not suspect a criminal motive. Aaron Sofer, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, vanished last Friday while walking in woods not far from the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. His body was found earlier on Thursday. "Following a forensic examination, the body ... was identified as that of missing person Aaron Sofer.


Army wives urge Russia to come clean on soldiers in Ukraine

Ludmila Hohlova, Chairman of the Board of Soldiers' Mothers, gestures on August 28, 2014 near a check point in Kostroma Several dozen women gathered outside a military base in central Russia on Thursday to demand that commanders come clean about the whereabouts of their husbands after reports of secret funerals for soldiers covertly sent to Ukraine. The women -- mostly in their 20s, a few with small children -- huddled outside a base that houses paratroopers in Kostroma, around 300 kilometres (200 miles) north of Moscow. Some 350 soldiers from the city were this month sent on military drills to the border with Ukraine and then went incommunicado, said one of the women, 26-year-old Valeria Sokolova. Commanders from the base have told her several have returned dead, she said, and around 15 wounded soldiers were also flown back this week.


Obama: No ISIL strategy yet

President Barack Obama listens in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Squashing rumors of possible U.S. strikes in Syria, Obama said “we don’t have a strategy yet."


U.S.: Inaction in Ukraine 'unacceptable'

Samantha Power, the United State’s ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during an U.N. Security Council emergency meeting called at Russia's request Sunday, April 13, 2014, at United Nations headquarters, to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine. The meeting comes as the new Ukrainian government declared it would deploy armed forces to quash an increasingly bold pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern region. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on the crisis in Ukraine.


Missouri police sued for $40M over Ferguson actions

Police walk through a cloud of smoke and tear gas as they clash with protesters Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The protests were sparked after Michael Brown, an unarmed black man was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with "militaristic displays of force and weaponry," (and) engaged U.S. Named as defendants are the city of Ferguson, St. Louis County, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Delmar, Ferguson police officer Justin Cosmo, and other unnamed police officers from Ferguson and St. Louis County.


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