• Obama says 'enough is enough' after latest deadly shooting

    US President Barack Obama declared "enough is enough" and made an impassioned call for tighter controls on military-style weapons, a day after a gunman killed three people at a family planning center. Details began to emerge about what may have possibly driven the suspected shooter, Robert Lewis Dear, 57, to hold a more than five-hour siege of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday that left a policeman among the dead and nine others wounded. "Eyewitnesses confirm that the man who will be charged with the tragic and senseless shooting... was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion," said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains.

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  • Thousands of Israeli Arabs protest ban on Islamist group

    UMM EL-FAHEM, Israel (Reuters) - Thousands of Israeli Arabs protested on Saturday against the outlawing of a popular Islamist group that Israel says has played a central role in stoking a wave of Palestinian street attacks. Israel's government banned the Islamic Movement's northern branch on Nov 17, risking an angry backlash by its largely quiescent 20-percent Arab minority. A Reuters photographer said there were about 15,000 demonstrators in what was one of the largest Arab rallies in Israel in recent years.

  • Trump claims Muslims worldwide were 'going wild' after 9/11

    US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump ramped up his incendiary rhetoric, claiming that Muslims around the world were "going wild" to cheer the September 11, 2001 attacks. "Everybody admits that worldwide, the Muslims were absolutely going wild," Trump told a crowd of supporters. In fact, several Arab and Muslim leaders -- including late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi -- condemned the attacks at the time.

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  • Antonio Banderas: Melanie Griffith divorce changed everything

    Antonio Banderas is pleased he and his ex-wife Melanie Griffith haven't turned into a "bitter and angry" former couple following their split.

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  • "Fantastic man" Vardy set for next fairytale chapter

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Jamie Vardy wrote a new chapter in his fairytale rise from the wilderness of non-League football to playing for England, when he became the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches on Saturday. The Leicester City striker's 24th minute goal against Manchester United at the King Power Stadium eclipsed the record established across two seasons in 2003 by United's former Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and took Vardy closer to an even older record, set almost 84 years ago. If Vardy scores against Swansea City next week, the player described by his manager Claudio Ranieri as "this fantastic man" will equal the all-time top flight scoring record of 12 consecutive matches established by Sheffield United's Irish forward Jimmy Dunne in the old Division One in 1931-32.

  • Putin, citing national security, signs Turkey sanctions decree

    By Andrew Osborn and Polina Devitt MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing a raft of punitive economic sanctions against Turkey on Saturday, underlining the depth of the Kremlin's anger towards Ankara four days after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane. The decree, which entered into force immediately, said charter flights from Russia to Turkey would be banned, that tour firms would be told not to sell any holidays there, and that unspecified Turkish imports would be outlawed, and Turkish firms and nationals have their economic activities halted or curbed. The gauntlet thrown down to Russia is unprecedented.

  • Hong Kong's dolphins at risk of disappearing

    As Hong Kong seeks to expand its international airport and with a major new bridge project under way, campaigners warn that the dwindling number of much-loved pink dolphins in surrounding waters may disappear altogether. The Chinese white dolphin -- popularly known as the pink dolphin due to its pale pink colouring -- draws scores of tourists daily to the waters north of Hong Kong's Lantau island. It also became Hong Kong's official mascot for the handover ceremony in 1997, when Britain returned the territory to China.

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  • Adam Lambert Petition: Singapore’s First-World Double Standards?

    The social media sphere exploded as petitions surfaced online to get American Idol Season 8 runner-up, Adam Lambert, not to perform at Mediacorp’s New Year countdown concert. Citing reasons such as “inappropriate choice” and how Lambert has the potential to “promote the gay lifestyle”, our little red dot and concerned citizens has drawn media attention to the state of this country and our stand on LGBT rights.

  • Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds hit by fresh racist scandal

    Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds have been forced to announce again that they will not tolerate racism, after an apparent fan posted an insulting tweet against a rival team black Brazilian striker. The tweet was posted late Saturday after Urawa were beaten by Gamba Osaka 3-1 before the J-League championship final, with Gamba's striker Patric scoring the decisive goal just before the final whistle. The posting "Drop dead, black" was made by an anonymous Twitter user whose handle is @takoj2000.

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  • Selena Gomez: 'I'd love to date older guys'

    Selena Gomez hates the fact she looks like a teenager.

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  • Philippines goes supersonic again with South Korean fighter jets

    The Philippines took delivery of two South Korean-made FA-50 aircraft on Saturday, marking the country's return to supersonic fighter jet status after almost a decade, amid growing tensions with China. Gazmin has said the aircraft could serve as both trainers and fighters, and that among the areas they would be posted will be the western island of Palawan, the country's closest point to the South China Sea where the Philippines has a territorial dispute with China. Other countries have conflicting claims and the Philippines has been the most vocal in opposing China despite its overwhelming military superiority.

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  • Klitschko demands Fury rematch after bruising loss

    By Karolos Grohmann DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko demanded a rematch minutes after losing his four world titles to British challenger Tyson Fury on Saturday in a stunning unanimous points decision. The 39-year-old Ukrainian suffered his fourth career loss and first in 11 years with 27-year-old Fury outpunching a tired-looking Klitschko over 12 rounds in front of a crowd of 50,000 at the Esprit Arena. "It is still early and I have to process things but there will definitely be a rematch." "I was well prepared for this fight but he was quick for his height." Fury, at 2.06 metres some eight centimetres taller than his opponent, kept Klitschko at bay with the champion unable to unleash his lethal right and reduced to jabbing away with his left whenever he managed to get within striking distance and doing little damage.

  • Scans of King Tut's tomb point to hidden chamber

    Scans of King Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings point to a secret chamber, archaeologists said Saturday, possibly heralding the discovery of Queen Nefertiti's long-sought mummy. A wife of Tutankhamun's father Akhenaten, Nefertiti played a major political and religious role in the 14th century BC, and the discovery of her tomb would be a major prize for Egyptologists. Experts are now "approximately 90 percent" sure there is a hidden chamber in Tutankhamun's tomb, Antiquities Minister Mamduh al-Damati told a news conference.

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  • Town demolishes veteran's house while he has surgery

    WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — When a U.S. Navy veteran traveled from Long Island to Florida for a knee replacement, his house was the last thing on his mind. But now his memory of it is all he can think about.

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  • Kanye West 'desperate to move out of mother-in-law's'

    Kanye West is said to be going "bonkers", as Kim Kardashian is constantly changing her mind when it comes to home renovations.

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  • Facebook makes paid time off for baby leave a global benefit

    (This story corrects paragraph 3 to add terms for some non-U.S. employees) SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Less than a week after Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said he would take two months of paternity leave, the social media company announced it is extending its parental leave policy to full-time employees outside the United States. Employees may take leave at any point up to a year after the birth of their child, Lori Matloff Goler, the company's head of human resources, said in a Facebook post late Wednesday. Facebook currently offers four months of paid parental leave to U.S.-based full-time workers.

  • Syrian army advances against Islamic State east of Aleppo - Syria state TV

    The Syrian army captured territory from Islamic State east of Aleppo including several kilometres (miles) of highway linking the city with the jihadists' de facto capital of Raqqa, Syrian state TV reported on Saturday. The areas reported captured are east of the Kweires, air base seized from Islamic State control on Nov. 10 in one of several offensives being waged by the Syrian army with support from Russian air strikes, Iranian forces, and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. A headline flashed on state TV said the army had captured the two villages of Kaskis and Akula and wide areas of agricultural land, seizing tunnels and fortifications built by the jihadists, and were demining areas mined by the group.

  • China is 3-5 years ahead of Southeast Asia: Harry Wang

    The Founding Partner of Linear Venture tells Echelon Thailand attendees what he thinks about Chinese investors, entrepreneurs and the market China is three to five years ahead of Southeast Asia, says Harry Wang, Founding Partner, Linear Venture, in a fireside chat moderated by Kevin McSpadden, Correspondent, e27. The discussion, held at Echelon Thailand in Bangkok,... The post China is 3-5 years ahead of Southeast Asia: Harry Wang appeared first on e27.

  • Life returns to Syrian town after IS ousted

    Outside her home in a town of northeast Syria, four-year-old Baydaa scribbles on a leaflet of religious rules left behind by the Islamic State group as they fled earlier this month. The town was once a key waystation for IS between the territory it holds between Iraq and Syria, and its capture was a strategic victory for the new Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition. "My little daughter Baydaa has put kohl on her eyes and make-up on her face, which was forbidden when the 'organisation' was here," said Baydaa's father, Hamdan Ahmed, referring to IS.

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  • Forget Penang, head for Sungai Petani

    It’s a one hour ride back to the old world charms of a little delicious town