• Turkey-Russia spat over downed Russian warplane escalates

    A tug-of-war over a Russian warplane downed by a Turkish fighter jet at the border with Syria escalated Thursday, with Moscow drafting a slew of economic sanctions against Turkey and the Turkish president ...

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  • Liverpool, Spurs into last-32 as Celtic crash

    Liverpool and Tottenham reached the Europa League last 32 on Thursday while Scottish interest in continental competition came to another sobering end when Celtic were knocked out. Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool defeated Bordeaux 2-1 at Anfield having endured the worst possible start when injury-plagued England striker Daniel Sturridge's comeback from a knee injury stalled when he hurt his foot in training. The English side then fell a goal down in the Group B clash in bizarre fashion after 33 minutes when goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was penalised for holding onto the ball for 20 seconds rather than the permitted six.

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  • Opposition activist's murder shakes Venezuela before election

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Vivian Sequera CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela opened an investigation on Thursday into the murder of a local opposition leader days before a legislative election, stirring fears of renewed political violence in the volatile South American OPEC nation. Luis Diaz, a leader of the opposition Democratic Action party in Guarico state in Venezuela's central plains, was shot toward the end of a public meeting Wednesday night, the latest of several violent incidents during the campaign. The Public Prosecutor's Office said two of its prosecutors, aided by police investigators, would lead the probe.

  • Football: Rooney concerned as Vardy eyes record against misfiring United

    Wayne Rooney says misfiring Manchester United should follow the example of record-chasing Jamie Vardy in their summit meeting with surprise Premier League leaders Leicester on Saturday. Leicester striker Vardy will make history at the King Power Stadium if he scores for a Premier League record 11th successive match and his record bid couldn't come at a more uncomfortable time for the struggling Rooney and United's other out-of-form forwards.

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  • Queen Elizabeth makes nostalgic 'homecoming' to Malta

    Queen Elizabeth II arrived in a rainswept Malta on Thursday for a memory-evoking state visit to the Mediterranean island where she lived as a carefree princess in the early 1950s. The 89-year-old monarch and her husband Prince Philip, 94, were given a ceremonial welcome at the presidential palace after returning to the only place outside Britain she has ever called home. Queen Elizabeth, the head of the Commonwealth, is paying a three-day state visit to Malta to coincide with the organisation's biennial summit, but will also revisit old haunts from her time as the newlywed wife of a prominent young naval officer.

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  • Is sharing this unfortunate picture becoming a new Thanksgiving 'tradition'?

    In 2012, a Spider-Man float fell on an Uncle Sam float during the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, created possibly the worst kind of imagery imaginable.

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  • FIFA criticises Singapore's decision to free suspected match-fixer

    FIFA is "very disappointed" at Singapore's decision to free Dan Tan Seet Eng, named by the Interpol as "the leader of the world's most notorious match-fixing syndicate". Tan, 51, was ordered to be released by Singapore's Court of Appeal on Wednesday after judges said the grounds for his detention set out few connections with Singapore. "FIFA is very disappointed with the Singaporean Court of Appeal’s decision to release Mr Tan given the gravity of his past activities relating to match manipulation," said soccer's governing body in a statement sent to Reuters.

  • The brand new Huawei Mate 8 has an ultrapowerful processor

    The Chinese manufacturer Huawei has unveiled its new flagship phone, the Mate 8, a phablet with a groundbreaking powerful chipset. The design of this 4G compatible device is a continuation of the Huawei Mate 7. Huawei Mate 8 will run Android Marshmallow (6.0), with Huawei's own EMUI skin on top.

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  • Polish call to scrap NATO-Russia deal 'extraordinarily dangerous': Moscow

    Russia's foreign ministry on Thursday slammed as "extraordinarily dangerous" Poland's call to annul a NATO act that prevents it from having permanent military bases on its soil. "We consider these statements to be extraordinarily dangerous and exceptionally provocative," Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. Poland's new right-wing Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski on Wednesday called for scrapping the 1997 act on NATO-Russia relations to let the alliance install the bases, saying the document causes "inequality" between new and old members of the alliance.

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  • The XC90 gets a bad-boy makeover

    Volvo is launching a sportier, more aggressive-looking R-Design version of its flagship SUV. Inside, the seats are finished in black leather, there's a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel plus column-mounted paddle shifts for the transmission. Nick Connor, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "The launch of the XC90 R-Design makes our premium seven-seat SUV even more distinctive and dynamic than before.

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  • Malaysian aid volunteer's adorable video to Ellen DeGeneres goes viral

    Malaysian travel blogger Rayyan Haries landed on the island of Lesbos in Greece in October, his mission simple: Operate a volunteer soup kitchen to feed Syrian refugees.

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  • After uproar, German town warms to refugees who took over church

    By Tina Bellon OBERHAUSEN, Germany (Reuters) - When Daniela Handwerk looked out of her window earlier this month and saw the church across the street being emptied out and turned into a refugee shelter, she panicked - and she was not alone. As news of the plan to house 50 refugees in the church and suspend Sunday services spread through this community on the outskirts of Oberhausen, in the Ruhr valley, angry residents pressed church and city officials to reconsider.

  • Rome banishes centurions, rickshaws over tourist scams

    After two millennia, the last centurions have finally been banished from Rome. As of Thursday men who dress up as soldiers of the ancient empire and offer to pose for tourist snaps in return for cash were banned from the streets around the Colosseum and the rest of the Eternal City. Drivers of bicycle-drawn rickshaws and touts selling bus tours or tickets to historic monuments were also outlawed under a decree issued by city commissioner Francesco Paolo Tronca.

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  • Syrian paper recounts rescue of downed Russian pilot

    Syrian special forces launched an operation "behind enemy lines" to rescue the surviving crew member of a Russian warplane downed by Turkey, Syria's Al-Watan newspaper reported on Thursday. Al-Atira is an area of Latakia province, around 12 kilometres (eight miles) from the border with Turkey. Syrian forces launched the operation after Turkey downed the Russian jet on Tuesday morning, forcing the two-man crew to eject over rebel-held territory.

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  • Earthprints - Beijing's super commutes reflect a city bulging at the seams

    The commute for millions of people living in and around Beijing is a daily grind that is ever more time-consuming, costly and crowded as residents dodge, push and elbow their way onto buses and subways. Indeed, expansion over the next 15 years will put the Chinese capital at the centre of a new mega-city, as it integrates with the port city of Tianjin and neighbouring Hebei province, officials say. Given the existing commuter woes in Beijing, some critics are raising questions about urban sprawl and the potential environmental impact of the megacity.

  • Massive Philippine blaze leaves thousands homeless

    A huge fire that swept through a crowded Manila shanty town has razed more than 800 homes, leaving thousands homeless after they were forced to flee for their lives from the towering flames, officials said Thursday. Residents joined forces with firefighters to battle Wednesday's blaze which spread quickly among the narrow alleys, helping smash down the walls of makeshift houses to allow crews access to the flames. Despite the devastation, no one was killed in the disaster and only four people were injured as they clambered over their homes to escape, authorities said.

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  • Germany will send Tornado jets to Syria, lawmaker confirms

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets to support France in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria, a senior lawmaker for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives confirmed on Thursday. "Germany will be a more active contributor than it has been until now," Henning Otte, defence expert for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) said in a statement on Thursday. "Not only will we bolster our training mission in northern Iraq but we will, among other things, make a contribution to the fight against IS terror with Tornado reconnaissance jets. ...

  • South Korea holds state funeral for ex-president Kim Young-Sam

    South Korea on Thursday buried former president Kim Young-Sam, following a snow-swept state funeral for the man whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule. Kim's term was bookended by two major events, the first nuclear crisis with North Korea in 1994 and the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98, when he accepted a $58-billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund. The hearse was then driven through the streets of Seoul in a long funeral cortege headed by a car carrying a large portrait of the former president.

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  • Is Portugal about to go down the same road as Greece?

    An anti-austerity alliance including radical leftist parties takes power. A shaky economy and huge debts menace the national economy. The rest of Europe watches with a wary eye. Sound familiar? It's not ...

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