Ex-U.N. General Assembly president, 5 others charged in U.S. in bribe scheme

By Nate Raymond and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities charged a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, a billionaire Macau real estate developer and four others on Tuesday for e…

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  • Fantasy sports world battles 'insider trading' claims AFP - 7 minutes ago

    The lucrative world of online fantasy sports gaming has been forced onto the defensive over allegations of "insider trading" which critics say underscores the need for more regulation in the multi-billion-dollar industry. In the past decade, fantasy sports websites have become a national obsession, with the numbers of participants skyrocketing from 12.6 million in 2005 to an estimated 56.8 million in 2015. The employee stands accused of using data not available to the general public -- such as information on which players were the most popular fantasy picks -- to help win big on other sites. More »

  • Islamic State kills 22 in attacks on Yemen govt, Gulf troops, mosque
    Islamic State kills 22 in attacks on Yemen govt, Gulf troops, mosque Reuters - 8 minutes ago

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Islamic State suicide bombers killed 22 people in attacks on Yemen's government and its Gulf Arab coalition ally in the port city of Aden and on a Houthi-run mosque in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday, the jihadist group and state media said. It was the first known direct Islamic State assault on the Yemeni government and the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in the country's civil war in March against Iranian-backed Houthi forces who had seized large areas of the country to that point. Four coordinated Islamic State suicide bombings killed 11 Yemeni and four United Arab Emirates soldiers in Aden, Yemeni officials and the UAE state news agency said. More »

  • Clinton says no-fly zone over Syria would require Russian cooperation
    Clinton says no-fly zone over Syria would require Russian cooperation Reuters - 9 minutes ago

    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday reiterated her support for a no-fly zone over Syria, but said Russia would need to agree for it to work. It's made more so with the Russian actions," Clinton said at a campaign stop in Davenport, Iowa. "And the Russians would have to be a part of it, or it wouldn't work." Clinton said she did not support sending additional U.S. troops into Syria at this time. More »

  • Israel lifts restrictions on Muslim prayer at Al-Aqsa: police AFP - 9 minutes ago

    Israel is to lift temporary restrictions on Muslim worship at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, imposed after the weekend killing of two Israelis nearby, police said Tuesday. "So far the decision is to return to normal procedures, with no restrictions on entry of worshippers," spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement, warning the decision could change if security concerns dictated it. On Saturday night, a Palestinian said to be an Islamist militant was shot dead by police afer he killed two Israeli men, wounding the wife and toddler of one of them, in a knife and gun attack in the Old City. More »

  • NATO rejects Russia explanation on Turkish air space
    NATO rejects Russia explanation on Turkish air space Reuters - 15 minutes ago

    By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO on Tuesday rejected Moscow's explanation that its warplanes violated the air space of alliance member Turkey at the weekend by mistake and said Russia was sending more ground troops to Syria and building up its naval presence. With Russia extending its air strikes to include the ancient city of Palmyra, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he was losing patience with Russian violations of his country's air space. More »

  • Van Persie predicts Turkey slip up as Dutch chase playoffs
    Van Persie predicts Turkey slip up as Dutch chase playoffs Reuters - 19 minutes ago

    Netherlands striker Robin van Persie believes Turkey, where he plays his club football, will drop points in their last two Euro 2106 qualifiers giving the Dutch the chance of a playoff spot. "Don’t ask me why but they are surely going to drop points," Fenerbahce's Van Persie, who is on the verge of playing his 100th game for his country, told reporters on Tuesday. The Netherlands are preparing for two vital Group A games against the bottom team Kazakhstan on Saturday and already-qualified Czech Republic on Tuesday. More »

  • Facebook blow as EU court quashes transatlantic data deal AFP - 19 minutes ago

    Facebook and other Internet giants could be barred from sending European citizens' personal information to the US after the EU's top court on Tuesday struck down a key transatlantic data deal in the wake of the Edward Snowden scandal. The landmark verdict stemmed from a case lodged by Austrian law student Max Schrems, who challenged the 2000 "Safe Harbour" agreement between Washington and Brussels on the grounds it did not properly protect European data. After declaring Safe Harbour "invalid," the European Court of Justice said authorities in Ireland, where Facebook has its European HQ and where Schrems lodged the case, now had to decide whether transfers of data to Facebook in the United States should be suspended outright. More »

  • Sweeping defence authorization bill advances in Senate Reuters - 19 minutes ago

    The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to limit debate on a $612 billion defence authorization bill, clearing the way for a vote on passage, although the measure's future is clouded by a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over government spending policy. The White House has said President Barack Obama would veto the bill if it is passed in Congress because of the "irresponsible" way it boosts military spending. The House of Representatives passed the National Defence Authorization Act last week. More »

  • AFPTV Agenda AFP - 20 minutes ago

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