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Several Arab countries offer to join air campaign on ISIL

UNWANTED HELP: SYRIA'S PLEA TO ASSIST ISIS FIGHT By Jason Szep PARIS (Reuters) - Several Arab countries have offered to join the United States in air strikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. The officials declined to identify which countries made the offers.

Why Scotland wants independence

'Yes' supporters gather at a rally outside the BBC in Glasgow There's nothing new about Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom's ups and downs.

Crews gain ground as California wildfire threatens hundreds of homes

Firefighters were making slow progress on Sunday in a battle to contain a wildfire that has roared through 1,600 acres of drought-stricken forest southeast of Los Angeles and displaced hundreds of people from their homes, the U.S. The Silverado Fire, which broke out Friday morning in the Cleveland National Forest, was 20 percent contained with 1,600 acres (647 hectares) charred as of Sunday, authorities said.

Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat

This undated family handout photo shows British man Alan Henning, currently held hostage by Islamic State (IS) and whose life was threatened in the IS video in which they beheaded David Haines. British officials have dropped efforts to prevent the naming of hostage Alan Henning. Henning is the hostage threatened in the latest Islamic State video, which announced the beheading of hostage David Haines. In the video, Henning is shown briefly on camera and also threatened with death. British officials and Henning’s family had asked the press not to publish his name out of concern for his safety, but that request was dropped Sunday afternoon. Britain's prime minister says Islamic State terrorists pose a "massive" security threat that cannot be ignored. David Cameron says the extremists who beheaded two American journalists and now a British aid worker "are not Muslims, they are monsters." (AP Photo/PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES LONDON (AP) — Now it's Britain's turn to mourn.

Fourth Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola

An medical worker checks their protective clothing in a mirror at a facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, on August 15, 2014 Freetown (AFP) - A fourth Sierra Leonean doctor, a woman, died Sunday after contracting the dreaded Ebola virus, a top health official said, while a Dutch charity repatriated two doctors suspected of having been contaminated with the disease.

Police search three states for suspect in Pennsylvania police ambush

(Reuters) - Police pushed ahead on Sunday with a massive manhunt in three states for a gunman who ambushed two Pennsylvania state troopers two days ago, shooting to death one of them and injuring the other. The search is focusing on a three-state area around northeast Pennsylvania, Trooper Connie Devens of the Pennsylvania State Police said on Sunday afternoon. The shooting occurred outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania, about 11 p.m. on Friday, authorities have said. On Sunday, the Times-Tribune of Scranton, Pennsylvania, posted a video on its website showing police searching deep woods near the barracks for evidence in the case.

Liberal Vermont Senator Sanders may seek U.S. presidency in 2016

U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs Chairman Senator Sanders leads a hearing on "The State of VA Health Care" on Capitol Hill in Washington By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bernie Sanders, one of the Senate's leading liberals, said on Sunday he is thinking about running for U.S. Sanders, an independent from Vermont, could pose a challenge from the left to Clinton, widely seen as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders is serving his second six-year term in the Senate. He has cultivated a following among some American liberals, especially on economic issues like the growing income disparity between rich and poor and corporate greed.

U.S. man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, Matthew Miller, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, in Pyongyang, North Korea. A trial has been held in North Korea for Miller, who had been detained since April. The trial was held Sunday morning, Sept. 14, 2014. Details were not immediately available. Miller, 24, of Bakersfield, California, was detained for violating his tourist status when he entered the country. The specific charges or punishment he could face were not announced before the trial. He is believed to have torn up his visa at Pyongyang's airport and demanded asylum. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File) Matthew Miller was accused of entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage.

#GoodellMustGo banners fly above NFL stadiums

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants A women's rights group flew banners above several NFL stadiums on Sunday calling on its commissioner, Roger Goodell, to resign over his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

Independent senator says he may run for president as a Democrat

U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs Chairman Senator Sanders leads a hearing on "The State of VA Health Care" on Capitol Hill in Washington Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he may run as a Democrat.

Scottish independence could mean messy divorce

Scottish independence could mean messy divorce How do you divorce after a 300-year union? It's complicated, and there is a deadline.

Islamic State attracts female jihadis from U.S. heartland

At least three Somali families in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area have female relatives who have gone missing in the past six weeks and may have tried to join Islamic State, said community leader Abdirizak Bihi. In a separate case, a 19-year-old American Somali woman from St. Paul snuck away from her parents on Aug. 25 saying she was going to a bridal shower. Instead, she flew to Turkey and joined IS in Syria. Home to the biggest Somali community in the United States, the Twin Cities area of Minnesota has been plagued by terrorist recruiting since the Somali group al-Shabaab began enlisting in America around 2007.

Deutsche Telekom says finds no evidence of NSA, GCHQ surveillance

The logo of Deutsche Telekom AG is seen outside the company's headquarter in Bonn Deutsche Telekom said it had found no indication that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain's GCHQ had obtained access to its computer network, but said it was investigating the matter following a report in Sunday's Der Spiegel magazine. "We are looking into every indication of possible manipulations but have not yet found any hint of that in our investigations so far," a Telekom spokesman said in a statement on Sunday. Der Spiegel said it had seen information suggesting the NSA and GCHQ had gained access to the networks of Deutsche Telekom and smaller German provider Netcologne.

Obama condemns beheading of Briton by extremists

File-This Aug. 28, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Obama on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, condemned as a "barbaric murder" the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists. Haines was abducted last year in Syria, and extremists released a video on Saturday showing his beheading. In a statement issued Saturday night, Obama said the hearts of Americans go out to Haines' family and the people of the United Kingdom. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama condemned as a "barbaric murder" the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists.

Islamic State executes British hostage

An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group on September 2, 2014 purportedly shows footage of a masked militant with British David Haines Prime Minister David Cameron calls the slaying of David Haines 'an act of pure evil.'

About 100 rescued from sunken Philippine ferry

File photo of the MV Maharlika 2 undergoing repairs near Lipata Port in Surigao city MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rescuers saved about 100 people overnight and recovered two bodies from a ferry that sank in rough seas after encountering steering trouble in the central Philippines, officials said Sunday.

Rescuers end ocean search for Navy fighter pilot

This photo provided by the US Navy, a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during search and rescue operations for a missing pilot on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Two U.S. Navy jets crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Friday and only one pilot was immediately rescued, military officials said. A night search for the missing pilot was underway. The F/A-18C Hornet fighter jets were from Carrier Air Wing 17 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California's San Joaquin Valley. (AP Photo/US Navy, MCS 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr., Released) LEMOORE, Calif. (AP) — Rescuers on Saturday have called off their search of the Pacific Ocean for a Navy fighter pilot whose jet was one of two that crashed west of Wake Island.

Islamic State: British hostage executed

A video purportedly showing threats being made to a man Islamic State named as David Haines by a masked IS fighter in an unknown location in this still image from video released by Islamic State The militants release a video which purported to show the beheading of David Haines.

Pa. State Police identify trooper killed in ambush

A member of the Pennsylvania State Trooper's Tactical Response Unit, runs along Route 402 on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, near the scene where a Pennsylvania State Trooper was killed and another trooper was injured during a shooting Friday night at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys) BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — A late-night ambush outside a state police barracks in Pennsylvania's rural northeastern corner left one trooper dead and another critically wounded, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday looking for the shooter or shooters.

Egypt seeks broader alliance with US over Libya

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri at the end of a joint press conference in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Kerry described Egypt as an “important partner” during a short stop in Cairo to shore up support for President Barack Obama's initiative to assemble a coalition of nations to go after the Islamic State group, which holds large parts of Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool) CAIRO (AP) — As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Egyptian support on Saturday for an international coalition to combat jihadi groups, Egypt pressed for broader international efforts to fight militants in its troubled neighbor, Libya.

Putin trying to destroy Ukraine, says its PM

Ukrainian President Poroshenko talks with Prime Minister Yatseniuk in Kiev Ukraine's prime minister said Putin's goal "is to take all of Ukraine."

Islamic State's Twitter silence raises questions

A fighter of the ISIL holds a flag and a weapon on a street in Mosul By Alexei Oreskovic and Lesley Wroughton SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State's Twitter users, which have trumpeted the group's violent acts and world view on the social media service, have gone abruptly quiet in past days. The sudden silence also came days after reports about Islamic State-linked accounts threatening action against Twitter employees, though there was no evidence to link the two episodes.

China shuts newspaper website amid extortion scandal

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has shut a respected business newspaper's website and opened an investigation, state media said on Friday, after executives confessed they extorted "huge payments" from companies in exchange for quashing critical stories. The official Xinhua news agency reported last month that eight suspects, some working at the 21st Century Business Herald and others at public relations firms, were under investigation. ...

Professor who lost job over Gaza tweets rebuffed by Illinois university trustees

University of Illinois trustees voted overwhelmingly on Thursday not to reinstate Steven Salaita, whose Twitter postings about Israel caused him to lose a promised faculty job, sparking debate about academic freedom and the use of social media. Salaita, a former tenured professor of English at Virginia Tech, accepted a tenured professorship in October 2013 to teach at University of Illinois' American Indian Studies program but it was revoked in early August after Salaita posted tweets denouncing Israel's military strikes in Gaza. Many of the Twitter messages were inflammatory and in justifying its decision not to give him a job, the university said they were demeaning and uncivil.

Cyber breaches rare among U.S. state-registered investment advisers -study

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in Paris Cyber security breaches are rare among investment advisory firms registered with U.S. Just 4 percent of advisers reported having a "cyber security incident" during the years in which they have been registered in their respective states, according to a study by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). Theft and unauthorized use of confidential data were problems for 1 percent of advisers, NASAA said. Also, fewer than half of the firms surveyed, or 44 percent, had policies, procedures and training in place related to cyber security.

Detroit IT systems 'fundamentally broken': city's tech officer

By Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - (This version of the story corrects reference to Unisys, coding problems in 5th paragraph) Detroit relies on antiquated and dilapidated information technology for basic city administration, which puts citizens' safety at risk, makes simple administrative tasks impossible, and creates opportunities for security breaches, the city's information officer testified at a bankruptcy hearing on Monday. Beth Niblock, who was hired as Detroit's chief information officer after she assessed the city's technology as part of a White House-appointed team, frequently used the words "atrocious" and "unreliable" to describe the computers and network that the city uses for everything from managing email to supporting fire stations.

Washington state teenagers arrested in school shooting threats

Friends of a Washington state man accused of threatening a shooting rampage at his former high school have been arrested on charges of intimidating witnesses who brought the alleged plot to the attention of police, officials said on Wednesday. Matthew Smiley, 18, was charged on Monday with felony harassment and ordered held on $2 million bail for making multiple threats to "shoot up" his former high school in Kingston, on the Kitsap Peninsula, west of Seattle, court officials said. "Witnesses also reported the young man had access to firearms and had displayed these weapons as a point of emphasis," the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said. All four were awaiting arraignment on a single count of witness intimidation, a court official said on Wednesday.

Danish reformer gets EU antitrust stick; German to police the Internet

Danish Economy Minister Vestager holds a news conference after an EU finance ministers meeting in Brussels By Foo Yun Chee and Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's incoming competition and telecoms chiefs will have their plates full for the next five years as one tackles global companies suspected of acting unfairly while the other seeks to keep the Internet open and let online services flow freely. Denmark's Margrethe Vestager, a former economy minister who steered her country through austere reforms in recent years, takes on a post with the power to veto state aid granted unfairly to companies and to block multi-billion euro mergers. A career politician who started off as a stagiaire" (intern) in the European Parliament, 46-year-old Vestager has been considered by Danish media and pollsters as the most powerful person in government, even above Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Having forced through deep cuts in unemployment benefits, a jewel in Denmark's generous social welfare crown, she stands out as almost dogmatic in a country where politics are marked by consensus and compromises.

Denmark's TDC to launch unlimited business calls in Europe

TDC, battling to attract new customers and retain market share, will offer unlimited mobile phone calls in Europe for its business customers from October, the Danish telecom company said in a statement on Wednesday. TDC shares have fallen 18 percent since Aug. 7 when it told investors it had lost two local government service tenders, which count as business mobile phone clients, and indicated it would have to offer cheaper broadband services next year. It has a market share of about 40 percent in Denmark's mobile market. On Thursday, TDC said calls to Danish business mobile phones while holders are in any European Union or Nordic countries will be unlimited, while those businesses paying for the highest level service would also be able to call non-Danish numbers for free.

Apple to charge banks in new payment system: Bloomberg

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Service, introduces Apple Pay during an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino (Reuters) - Apple Inc will charge fees from banks every time consumers use their iPhone to make purchases, a move that will give the company a cut of the growing mobile payments market, Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the arrangement. Apple unveiled a watch, two larger iPhones and the mobile payments service Apple Pay on Tuesday. The new iPhones will come equipped with the payments service, which launches in the United States next month and allows users to pay for items in stores with their phones instead of physically presenting their credit or debit cards. Under the deals struck individually with each bank, Apple will collect a fee for each transaction, the report said.

Professor seeks reinstatement after losing job over Gaza tweets

A professor who lost a promised job over his tweets on the recent seven-week Israel-Palestine war demanded on Tuesday that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) reinstate him, citing free speech and academic freedom. The termination of Salaita in August, two weeks before he was to start teaching, has ignited debate and protests at UIUC and other universities over academic freedom and politics. Salaita tweeted heavily during the war, including this message on Aug. 1: "Supporters of #Israel should be forced--A Clockwork Orange style--to view pics of smiling children who were killed on endless repeat. On Tuesday, a number of UIUC students walked out of classes to listen to Salaita's first public comments since the university rescinded his appointment to the department of American Indian Studies.

Jack Ma, 'capital-lite' model impress at Alibaba's Boston IPO event

Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group Holding, leaves following the company's roadshow meeting in New York By Tim McLaughlin and Ross Kerber BOSTON (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has two major things going for it as it prepares for an initial public offering that could raise more than $21 billion: founder Jack Ma and a "capital-lite" business model. While corporate governance remains a concern, several fund managers and analysts said Ma gave an impressive performance during the company's pitch in Boston on Tuesday for what stands to be the largest-ever U.S. They also said the Chinese e-commerce company's business model features strong cash-flow generation and low capital intensity similar to U.S. Internet stars Facebook Inc and Google Inc. "He's executed well," said Will Danoff, who runs the $111 billion Contrafund for Fidelity Investments.

With no bank in charge, Alibaba's bankers learn to work together

An employee is seen behind a glass wall with the logo of Alibaba at the company's headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's desire to keep tight control over its $21.1 billion share sale has left a vacuum at the helm of its banking syndicate, leading underwriters to take unusual steps to manage the offering, according to sources familiar with the situation. Facebook Inc, for example, had Morgan Stanley in that role, while Twitter Inc used Goldman Sachs Group Inc for the job. Alibaba, however, decided to do without one bank in charge of its IPO, and instead is seeking advice from all its major bookrunners. The move gives Alibaba control of the process as no one bank has a complete picture of what is going on.

Turkey tightens Internet controls, weeks into new government

YouTube logos displayed on a laptop screen partially covered with Turkey's national flag in this photo illustration taken in Ankara By Ozge Ozbilgin ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's parliament passed a law tightening Internet controls and expanding the powers of its telecoms authority late on Monday, weeks after a new government took office pledging the beginning of a "new Turkey". The move comes on top of legislation passed in February that made it easier for the authorities to block access to web pages without a prior court order, prompting public anger and raising concern about free speech. The new law expands those powers, allowing the TIB telecoms authority to block sites if it is deemed necessary for matters of "national security, the restoration of public order and the prevention of crimes". The new legislation also gives the TIB, which reports to the prime minister's office, access to individuals' browsing history without a court order.

Tinder, former marketing executive settle sexual harassment case

By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A former executive who accused popular dating-app company Tinder of sexual harassment and discrimination has settled her lawsuit with the startup, ending a dispute that cast a spotlight over the treatment of women in the technology industry. Lawyers for the plaintiff, former marketing vice president Whitney Wolfe, said on Monday the lawsuit had been resolved but did not provide details. IAC/InterActiveCorp owns a majority stake in Los Angeles-based Tinder and was also named as a defendant, along with fellow dating site and IAC portfolio company Among the allegations was that Chief Executive Officer Sean Rad and the company's chief marketing officer, Justin Mateen, removed her title as co-founder because of her gender.

Home Depot confirms payment systems were breached

A closeup of an electronic payment station at a Home Depot store in Daly City (Reuters) - Home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc confirmed on Monday that its payment security systems have been breached, which could impact customers using payment cards at its stores in the United States and Canada. Home Depot, however, said it has found no evidence that personal identification numbers (PINs) have been compromised, it said in a statement. The breach was first reported by security website KrebsonSecurity on Sept. 3, which had said the problem could extend back to April and affect all of Home Depot's 2,200 stores in the United States. Home Depot said it is focusing its investigation from April this year, after its banking partners and law enforcement agencies first notified them of the breach last week.

Netflix joins online protest on U.S. net neutrality

The Netflix logo is is shown on an ipad in Encinitas, California LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Video streaming service Netflix Inc will join Reddit, Kickstarter and thousands of other websites on Wednesday in an online protest that calls for strong U.S. rules to ensure equal treatment of Internet traffic. The Federal Communications Commission is considering "net neutrality" rules that critics worry could lead to fast lanes for websites that pay broadband providers for quicker delivery, and slow lanes for companies that do not pay. ...

In wake of Target, Home Depot tight with info in breach response

A Home Depot location is seen in Niles (Reuters) - Home Depot Inc is being tight-lipped about its possible credit card breach, the opposite approach to the one Target Corp took nearly a year ago. Almost a week after security blogger Brian Krebs warned that Home Depot could be the victim of a breach extending to more than 2,000 U.S. By contrast, Target made initial disclosures on its breach's scope but later revised them in a series of updates that confused and angered consumers, hitting sales and contributing to Chief Executive Officer Gregg Steinhafel's departure. In its minimalist communication strategy, Home Depot likely is drawing lessons from Target, avoiding an incremental approach that risks giving the impression that it does not have a complete grasp of the problem, crisis management experts said.

Facebook targets advertisers as 100 million log on in Africa

A man is silhouetted against a video screen with an Facebook logo as he poses with an Samsung S4 smartphone in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica One in 10 Africans are logging on to Facebook every month, the world's No.1 online social network said on Monday, presenting a new target audience for advertisers. Facebook's global mobile advertising revenue jumped more than 150 percent in the second quarter, accounting for about 62 percent of overall ad revenue. Knowing that there is all these people now in Africa that you can connect with, that is exciting as well," said Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Facebook would be pouring more resources into Africa to understand how consumers use its product and was considering opening an office on the continent in 2015, Mendelsohn said, without saying where the office might be.

Egypt orders arrest of men over "gay marriage" video

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian authorities have ordered the arrest of nine men who appeared in a video purporting to show the country's first gay marriage, accusing them of inciting debauchery and undermining public morals. Gay marriage is not legal in Egypt, a conservative Muslim society where the footage, which went viral on social media sites last month, has caused a stir online. Though homosexuality is not specifically outlawed in Egypt, discrimination is rife. ...
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