Wednesday, 11:56 AM
By Nick Tattersall and Vladimir Soldatkin ISTANBUL/NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia (Reuters) - Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet. The downing of the jet on Tuesday was one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member and Russia for half a century, and further complicated international efforts to battle Islamic State militants in Syria. President Tayyip Erdogan made no apology, saying his nation had simply been defending its own security and the "rights of our brothers in Syria".
Wednesday, 10:44 AM
By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States sanctioned a Syrian businessman on Wednesday who it said was a middleman for oil sales between Islamic State and the Syrian government, the latest salvo in an effort to cut off the flow of funds to the militant group. The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement that it had also sanctioned three other individuals for providing support to the Syrian government, and businesses linked to them, including a Russian bank. The measures, the latest round of sanctions related to the ongoing civil war in Syria, freeze any U.S. assets and prohibit Americans from transactions with the targets.... read more
Thursday, 12:02 AM
Europe should set a limit on the number of refugees it takes in and seek out those most clearly entitled to protection, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in an interview with Austrian newspaper Der Standard. In remarks published a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel, a fellow conservative, pledged to stick to her open-door refugee policy, de Maiziere said Europe should commit to "a generous concluding intake of refugees", but did not provide a number. "Truly needy cases -- from Syria, from Iraq -- will be jointly sought out." French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said this week that Europe could no longer accommodate more refugees.
Wednesday, 11:35 PM
Huge crowds braved heavy rains they hailed as "God's blessing" on Thursday to take part in Pope Francis' first open-air mass in Africa, singing and dancing in the centre of the Kenyan capital. Many of the worshippers spent the night outside in torrential downpours to take part in the mass, although the rain eased off as Francis arrived in his popemobile to a tumultuous welcome from the crowds, who waved wildly as he passed. The mass in the University of Nairobi, which is also being shown live on giant television screens in neighbouring parks, is the 78-year-old's first major appearance in public and a highly-anticipated part of his three-day visit to Kenya.
Wednesday, 11:31 PM
Wednesday, 11:20 PM
Turkey's military said it did not know the warplane it shot down on the Syrian border was Russian, adding that it was ready for "all kinds of cooperation" after Moscow called the incident a "planned provocation". In a statement issued after tensions surged between Ankara and Moscow, the Turkish armed forces said they had made significant efforts to find and rescue the two pilots after shooting down the jet on Tuesday. The sole surviving pilot said he had received no warning and the aircraft did not violate Turkish air space, prompting the Turkish army to release audio recordings it said showed the Russian jet was repeatedly warned to change course.
Thursday, 12:17 AM
By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Unheralded local Lincoln Tighe upstaged a field including world number one Jordan Spieth and a string of major winners after swirling winds wreaked havoc on the opening round of the Australian Open on Thursday. The big-hitting 26-year-old, so lowly-ranked he was denied a spot in Wednesday's pro-am, carded a five-under-par 66 early in the day and only Matt Jones, a member of the host Australian Golf Club, was able to come close in the afternoon with a 67. Defending champion Spieth broke even with a 71, which left him with a share of 19th on a day when only 18 players finished below par.... read more
Wednesday, 10:03 PM
The Philadelphia 76ers equalled the record for the worst losing streak in NBA history on Wednesday, suffering a last-gasp defeat against Boston to chalk up their 26th consecutive loss. The 76ers led heading into the final minutes, but were overhauled by a late rally from the Celtics, who scraped home 84-80 as Philadelphia's miserable campaign continued. Jae Crowder sank a three-pointer with 38.5 seconds left on the clock as Boston produced an 18-3 points rally to win having trailed by 11 points midway through the third quarter.
Wednesday, 9:49 PM
(The Sports Xchange) - Someone is going to be the unfortunate first team to lose to the winless Philadelphia 76ers. It could be the Houston Rockets in the next game. "You guys know how much of a disappointment it would have been," Jae Crowder said after his second three-pointer of the comeback gave the Celtics the lead with 38.5 seconds left.
Thursday, 12:26 AM
Thursday, 12:13 AM
MOSCOW (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” A Russian helicopter carrying oil workers has crashed in eastern Siberia, and officials say 10 of the 25 people on board were killed... read more
Thursday, 12:02 AM
Among the 130 victims killed in attacks in Paris were students, a filmmaker, a doctor, artists, music lovers and beloved parents and children. They had varied backgrounds and interests. Here are some of their stories:
Thursday, 12:06 AM
When Panasonic's 20-inch, 4K Toughpad tablet arrived to CES 2013, there was nothing even remotely like it on the market. The company did have a method to its madness, however, positioning the then-$6,000 ...... read more
Thursday, 12:03 AM
Wednesday, 11:58 PM
SINGAPORE/SEOUL (Reuters) - Crude oil futures eased on Thursday pressured by firmer U.S. dollar and supply surplus concerns on thin Thanksgiving trading, reversing from rises in the wake of a smaller-than-expected U.S. inventory build and a fall in U.S. oil rig counts. U.S. crude's West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures had retreated by 10 cents at $42.94 a barrel after rising to $43.30 earlier the session. U.S. crude was supported by the smaller-than-expected build in U.S. inventories, with stocks rising 1 million barrels in the week to Nov. 20 for a ninth consecutive weekly rise.
Wednesday, 10:05 PM
Edwards, 88, who celebrated the birth of his fifth child in August 2013 with his third spouse, Trina Edwards, then 34, developed a cough while they were out of town visiting friends, she said in the posting quoted by news media in Louisiana. The colorful and roguishly charming Democrat served in the state legislature and U.S. House of Representatives early in his political career before going on to run for Louisiana governor, taking office in 1972 for the first of four terms. Edwards was convicted in May 2000 of extortion in the awarding of state casino licenses, ending a lengthy pursuit by prosecutors that according to his own count had made him the subject of 22 public corruption investigations over the years.
Wednesday, 9:58 PM
Mud from a dam that burst at an iron ore mine in Brazil earlier this month, killing 12 people and polluting an important river, is toxic, the United Nations' human rights agency said on Wednesday. The statement contradicts claims by Samarco, the mine operator at the site of the rupture, and Samarco's co-owner, BHP Billiton , that the water and mineral waste contained by the dam are not toxic. Citing "new evidence," the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement the residue "contained high levels of toxic heavy metals and other toxic chemicals".
Wednesday, 8:35 PM
By Adam Jourdan and Ben Hirschler SHANGHAI (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline Plc has cut 40 percent of its sales reps in China and axed some units as it eyes a return to growth in 2016, after sales plunged during a bribery scandal that landed it with a record $490 million fine in 2014. The British firm is gambling on a new, cleaner image to reboot its performance and reputation with doctors and consumers, China head Herve Gisserot told Reuters during a wide-ranging interview at the group's Shanghai headquarters. It is the first time Gisserot has spoken at length about the firm's progress since the high-profile scandal, which saw his predecessor Mark Reilly charged with bribery and eventually deported to Britain.