• Blast in Syria kills 10

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 37 minutes ago

    Damascus, Sep 2 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and 40 others wounded in a blast that rocked Syria's northwestern coastal city of Latakia on Wednesday, the state-run TV reported. The blast was triggered by a booby-trapped vehicle and tore through al-Hamam square in the city of Latakia, Xinhua reported. Earlier on Tuesday, the state-run media outlets said authorities discovered two explosive-laden vehicles that were set to be detonated in Latakia, the hometown of President Bashar al-Assad and heartland of his Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. More »Blast in Syria kills 10

  • Unions say strike unprecedented, ask government to talk

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 40 minutes ago

    New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) The nationwide strike on Wednesday was an "unprecedented" success, 10 major trade unions said on Wednesday, and asked the government to open fresh talks with them. "It has been an unprecedented strike of millions of workers at the call of central trade unions," a joint statement by the unions said, adding the impact was near total in most industries. The strike showed the "growing discontentment among the working people against the anti-worker policies of the government. More »Unions say strike unprecedented, ask government to talk

  • GM expects India business to be profitable in five years

    Reuters - 40 minutes ago

    By Aditi Shah NEW DELHI (Reuters) - General Motors Co expects to be profitable in India in five years as it cuts costs and works towards increasing locally produced content for its cars, the automaker's country chief told Reuters. After two decades in India, GM's sales are falling and it is still losing money, some 38.5 billion rupees ($581 million) in the year to March, a company filing with the corporate affairs ministry showed. GM said in July it plans to invest $1 billion in India to make it a global export hub and to launch new products, even as it cuts its production capacity due to sluggish demand. More »GM expects India business to be profitable in five years

  • Obama locking up votes in Senate for Iran nuclear deal

    Associated Press - 42 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is just one Senate vote shy of being able to declare success on the Iran nuclear deal and cement a foreign policy legacy. More »Obama locking up votes in Senate for Iran nuclear deal

  • Review - Venice opener "Everest" takes a trip to the icy top - in 3D

    Reuters - 42 minutes ago

    By Michael Roddy VENICE (Reuters) - The high-altitude thriller "Everest", which opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, should warn a lot of people off mountain climbing. Gale-force winds, snowstorms, avalanches and deep crevasses loom out of the screen with threatening reality in this 3D docudrama depicting a real disaster that killed five people on the world's highest mountain in May, 1996. Michael Kelly plays Jon Krakauer, who was on one of the ill-fated expeditions and wrote the book "Into Thin Air" about it. More »Review - Venice opener "Everest" takes a trip to the icy top - in 3D

  • Malaysian police to question ex-PM

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 43 minutes ago

    Kuala Lumpur, Sep 2 (IANS) Malaysian police will question former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad over his statements made during a massive rally on Sunday, local media reports on Wednesday. English-language newspaper New Straits Times quoted Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar as saying that the police are keen to know more of the comments made by Mahathir at the rally, Xinhua reported. Massive demonstrations were organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections or Bersih on Saturday and Sunday, which saw tens of thousands of protestors coming out on the streets and expressing their dissatisfaction with the government. More »Malaysian police to question ex-PM

  • Car bomb kills 10 in Syria regime bastion Latakia

    AFP - 43 minutes ago

    Ten people were killed and dozens wounded on Wednesday in a rare car bombing in the Syrian city of Latakia, in the coastal bastion of President Bashar al-Assad, state media said. "Terrorists detonated a car laden with many explosives at noon (0900 GMT) in Hamam square in Latakia, killing 10 people," the official SANA news agency reported. Latakia, the heartland of the minority Alawite sect to which the Assad clan belongs, has been largely spared the violence that has wracked Syria since an uprising against its rule erupted in March 2011. More »Car bomb kills 10 in Syria regime bastion Latakia

  • Indonesia repatriates former US policeman over alleged murder

    AFP - 44 minutes ago

    A former Texas policeman arrested for alleged involvement in the murder of his pregnant girlfriend was flown back to the United States from Indonesia Wednesday, an official said. Vontrey Clark, a former Austin policeman, was taken from his cell in Bali and escorted by police to the airport, an immigration official at Bali's international terminal told AFP. "The departure went well," Muhammad Saleh, the official, said without elaborating. More »Indonesia repatriates former US policeman over alleged murder

  • 'Terminator' warlord terrorised DR Congo, court told

    AFP - 44 minutes ago

    Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda gave "orders to attack and kill" hundreds of victims in a campaign of terror that decimated the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the International Criminal Court heard Wednesday. Nicknamed "The Terminator," Ntaganda denied 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity as his highly-anticipated trial opened in The Hague. Ntaganda, who surrendered to the US embassy in Kigali in 2013, stands accused of orchestrating hundreds of deaths in savage ethnic attacks in the DR Congo in 2002-03, as well as recruiting and raping child soldiers in his own rebel army. More »'Terminator' warlord terrorised DR Congo, court told

  • Golfer Neha grabs lead at Jaypee Greens

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 45 minutes ago

    Greater Noida, Sep 2 (IANS) Kolkata's Neha Tripathi returned with a score of 2 under 70 to soar to pole position on Day 1 of the Rs.6 lakh 15th leg of the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour here on Tuesday. Trailing her by one stroke is veteran Smriti Mehra at the Jaypee Greens. Neha started the quest for her first title of the season in style, playing a bogey-free front nine with a lone birdie on the eighth. More »Golfer Neha grabs lead at Jaypee Greens

  • Ed Skrein takes over driving seat in "The Transporter Refueled"

    Reuters - 45 minutes ago

    Action thriller franchise "The Transporter" is back with a fourth instalment and a new star, with British actor Ed Skrein stepping into the black suit of lead character, former special ops mercenary Frank Martin. Skrein, who appeared in the television series "Game of Thrones", takes over from Jason Statham in the series, which began in 2002 about a driver who is hired to transport packages. It didn't seem too much of a stretch," Skrein said in an interview. More »Ed Skrein takes over driving seat in "The Transporter Refueled"

  • Romania names conductor Zubin Mehta to head music festival

    Associated Press - 46 minutes ago

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Prominent conductor Zubin Mehta has been named as the new honorific chairman of the George Enescu International Music Festival. More »Romania names conductor Zubin Mehta to head music festival

  • Market turbulence rattles small Indian IPOs as bigger deals loom

    Reuters - 46 minutes ago

    By Abhishek Vishnoi and Karen Rebelo MUMBAI (Reuters) - A lukewarm response to two small initial public offerings (IPOs)in India this week has raised concerns about the impact of market turmoil ahead of big-name debuts including Cafe Coffee Day and airline IndiGo. Prabhat Dairy was forced to cut its $78 million IPO price band and extended the subscription period for investors by two days. Sadbhav Infrastructure, meanwhile, had received orders for only a fifth of its planned $74 million IPO in mid-afternoon trade on Wednesday. More »Market turbulence rattles small Indian IPOs as bigger deals loom

  • Talk out teen sex - with compassion, not by the rule of thumb

    Yahoo India Newsroom - 47 minutes ago

    Gone are the days when the average middle class Indian kid was prohibited ‘sex’ till marriage. The modern day Indian teen is way smarter than what I or the others who share my age group was even remotely back in the day. More »Talk out teen sex - with compassion, not by the rule of thumb

  • Italy ready to impose border controls after Germany request

    AFP - 48 minutes ago

    Italy is ready to impose identification checks at Brennero on the border with Austria after receiving a request from Germany for help in easing the flow of migrants into Bavaria, the northern province of Bolzano said Wednesday. Rome was ready to "reactivate" controls just as it did for the G7 in June, as "a temporary measure to allow Bavaria to reorganise and face the emergency", a statement from the province said. Bolzano, in the German-speaking Alto Adige region in northern Italy, said Bavaria had asked for "logistical support". More »Italy ready to impose border controls after Germany request

  • Football: Bulgarian champions Ludogorets sack Portuguese coach

    AFP - 48 minutes ago

    Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad sacked their Portuguese head coach Bruno Ribeiro on Wednesday, less than three months after his appointment, the club said in a statement. Ludogorets said it proceeded to a "disciplinary sacking and unilateral termination of the contract" of Ribeiro following a number of failed attempts to part ways with him by mutual consent. The reason behind the sacking was "his prolonged absence from the job despite a standing and binding contract", the club added. More »Football: Bulgarian champions Ludogorets sack Portuguese coach

  • Hundreds of migrants on tracks at Calais block trains to UK

    Reuters - 50 minutes ago

    By John Pullman and Pierre Savary CALAIS, France (Reuters) - Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, a police source said on Wednesday, stranding thousands of passengers aboard Eurostar trains for hours. The migrants took to the tracks around Calais-Frethun station, the latest target for those trying to reach Britain, forcing French rail operator SNCF to halt services near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel. About 3,000 to 4,000 migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa live in camps around Calais, dodging police as they try to get aboard trains and trucks heading for Britain through the tunnel or on car ferries. More »Hundreds of migrants on tracks at Calais block trains to UK

  • Athiya Shetty is 'biggest support' for Sooraj Pancholi

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 51 minutes ago

    Mumbai, Sep 2 (IANS) Sooraj Pancholi considers Athiya Shetty, his heroine from their debut film "Hero", as a huge support in the film industry. During a promotional visit to a college here, Sooraj and Athiya were asked to describe each other as a co-star. Sooraj said: "Athiya is the biggest support in the entire film industry... Because of her I am looking like a hero in the film." Meanwhile, Athiya described Sooraj by saying: "He is fun... really funny for all the girls and naughty too. More »Athiya Shetty is 'biggest support' for Sooraj Pancholi

  • Gold steady after 4-day gain, awaiting signal on U.S. rates

    Reuters - 53 minutes ago

    By Jan Harvey LONDON (Reuters) - Gold steadied on Wednesday after a four-day rally, as uncertainty over the timing of a looming U.S. rate hike kept a lid on prices, with a retreat in stocks after weak U.S., Chinese and European manufacturing data lending some support. Traders are awaiting Friday's U.S. non-farm payrolls report for August, and Wednesday's ADP jobs data, for signs of strength in the U.S. jobs market. A disappointing number would further dent expectations that a U.S. rate hike is imminent. More »Gold steady after 4-day gain, awaiting signal on U.S. rates

  • Russia's Putin commemorates victory over Japan in WWII

    Associated Press - 54 minutes ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin joined Russian veterans on Wednesday for an unusual ceremony commemorating the 1945 victory over Japan to end World War II. More »Russia's Putin commemorates victory over Japan in WWII

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