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Debris appears to belong to cargo ship missing in Bahamas
4 Oct 2015 at 4:17pm
Search-and-rescue teams on Sunday located debris appearing to belong to the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing in the eye of Hurricane Joaquin with 33 mostly American crew members aboard more than three days ago, the U.S. Coast Guard and the ship's owner said. There was no sighting of the El Faro or any lifeboats, Tim Nolan, president of ship's owner Tote Maritime Puerto Rico, said in a statement. With no word on the fate of the crew, relatives gathered at a seafarers' union hall in Jacksonville, Florida where they were briefed by the Coast Guard and the ship's owner.
After five years of negotiations, Pacific trade talks near deal
4 Oct 2015 at 2:42pm
By Krista Hughes ATLANTA (Reuters) - A dozen Pacific nations closed in on a sweeping free trade pact on Sunday in Atlanta after a breakthrough over how long a monopoly pharmaceutical companies should be given on new biotech drugs. The issue has pitted the United States, which has argued for longer protections, against Australia and five other delegations who say such measures would strain national healthcare budgets and keep life-saving medicines from patients who cannot afford them. The terms of that compromise, hammered out after a third all-night round of negotiations between Australia and the United States, still had to find support from other nations such as Chile and Peru as of Sunday afternoon, people involved in the talks said.
World's 'extremely poor' to fall below 10 percent of global population: World...
4 Oct 2015 at 2:22pm
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of people living in extreme poverty is likely to fall for the first time below 10 percent of the world's population in 2015, the World Bank said on Sunday as it revised its benchmark for measuring the problem. Extreme poverty has long been defined as living on or below $1.25 a day, but the World Bank's adjustment now sets the poverty line at $1.90 a day. The Bank said the change reflects new data on differences in the cost of living across countries, while preserving the real purchasing power of the previous yardstick.
Rolls-Royce to cut 400 marine division jobs: FT
4 Oct 2015 at 1:44pm
(Reuters) - Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC may announce a reduction of 400 management jobs in its marine division this week, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Chief Executive Warren East's aim with the marine restructuring will be to strip out management layers and rebase costs in a business that relies on an energy industry now hit by low global oil prices, the FT said. Rolls Royce spokesman Richard Wray declined to comment.
Medical charity MSF demands independent probe into strike on Afghan hospital
4 Oct 2015 at 1:41pm
By Mirwais Harooni and Andrew MacAskill KABUL (Reuters) - Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Sunday demanded an independent international inquiry into a suspected U.S. air strike that killed 22 people in an Afghan hospital it runs, branding the attack a "war crime". U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter promised a full investigation into whether the American military was connected to the destruction of the hospital, but cautioned it would take time to gather information. "We do know that American air assets ... were engaged in the Kunduz vicinity, and we do know that the structures that - you see in the news - were destroyed," Carter told reporters traveling with him shortly before landing in Spain on Sunday.
U.S. military says need time to probe battle near Afghan hospital
4 Oct 2015 at 12:45pm
By Phil Stewart MADRID (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter pledged on Sunday a full, transparent investigation into whether the U.S. military could be linked to the destruction of an Afghan hospital run by aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) that killed 22 people. "We do know that American air assets ... were engaged in the Kunduz vicinity, and we do know that the structures that -- you see in the news -- were destroyed," Carter told reporters traveling with him shortly before landing in Spain. "I just can't tell you what the connection is at this time." MSF on Sunday demanded an independent international inquiry, branding the attack a "war crime" and saying a U.S. military probe into the incident was not enough.
France to consider phasing out diesel tax breaks: minister
4 Oct 2015 at 11:59am
France is considering raising taxes on diesel over the next five years to end an advantage over gasoline and encourage drivers to choose cleaner cars, Environment Minister Segolene Royal said. Diesel's image has been tarnished by health warnings and in the past month by revelations that Volkswagen cheated on emissions tests in the United States, putting countries like France that have promoted diesel cars in recent decades in an awkward position. Royal, who is also responsible for transport, has in recent weeks rejected calls to ban diesel or end its tax breaks, but on Sunday backed the idea of phasing out the fuel's tax advantage.
Chaffetz challenge deepens House Republicans' disarray
4 Oct 2015 at 10:45am
By Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jason Chaffetz, a rising star among congressional Republicans, on Sunday declared a bid to become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, complicating further an internal party struggle to replace John Boehner when he steps down. In a challenge to Boehner's closest lieutenant and presumed successor Kevin McCarthy, Chaffetz said many Republican lawmakers want a more thorough change in House leadership.
MSF demands independent probe into Afghan hospital air strike that killed 22
4 Oct 2015 at 8:25am
Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres on Sunday demanded that an independent international body investigate the air strike that hit an Afghan hospital, killing 22 people. "Under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed, MSF demands that a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body," MSF General Director Christopher Stokes said in a statement. MSF, which did not specify which international body would be acceptable, also raised the death toll from 19 to 22 staff and patients killed.
Speaking Freely of Guns
4 Oct 2015 at 8:19am
I am about to speak freely of guns, because I can. When I do, many of you will no doubt be inclined to mutter "amen," quietly to yourselves. Others of you will no doubt feel compelled to throw up all over me, as you have done under similar circumstances before. I expect to hear preferentially from the latter group, because they seem perennially...
U.S., Australia reach deal on pharma protection in TPP: Japan media
4 Oct 2015 at 7:41am
The United States and Australia have reached a compromise on the length of monopoly protection allowed for new biotech drugs in a development that could clear the way for a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal, Japanese media reported on Sunday. The amount of time allowed for pharmaceutical companies to have exclusive rights to the clinical data for biological drugs has been the last major sticking point in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Atlanta.
NATO says investigation into Afghan air strike may be finished in days
4 Oct 2015 at 7:17am
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan said it expects to complete a preliminary multi-national investigation in days to determine whether an air strike it conducted hit a hospital and killed at least 19 people. The results of that investigation should be known in a "matter of days," NATO said in a statement. (Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
5 Ways Your Body Actually Improves With Age
4 Oct 2015 at 5:42am
There are so many negative stereotypes related to getting older -- "the middle-age sag," or being "over the hill." It's easy to buy into the myth that everything really is headed downhill.But according to studies and science, things really aren't as bad as they might seem. Here are five ways your body actually improves with age:1. You might...
Factbox: Supreme Court's major cases as new term starts
4 Oct 2015 at 4:22am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court opens its new term on Monday with a line-up of important cases to be argued and decided by the end of next June. Here is a look at some of the major cases already on the calendar. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association: Whether public employees who do not want to join the union can be required to pay ?fair share? service fees without violating their First Amendment rights of free speech and association under the U.S. Constitution. Evenwel v. Abbott: Whether under the U.S. ...
Supreme Court tackles hot social issues as 2016 election looms
4 Oct 2015 at 4:20am
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are set to wade into contentious social matters in their new term beginning on Monday including affirmative action, union powers and voting rights, and could add major cases involving abortion and birth control. The justices, five appointed by Republican presidents and four by Democrats, often divide along ideological and political lines on pressing social issues. In a major battle over the future of affirmative action in college admissions, the justices for a second time will consider a lawsuit brought by Abigail Fisher, a white applicant who was denied admission to the entering class of 2008 at the University of Texas at Austin.