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Sports - Lions claim playoff berth with Eagles` loss

(Reuters) - The Detroit Lions wrapped up an NFL playoff berth without playing a down on Saturday thanks to the Washington Redskins` upset victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. The win by the Redskins put the Lions (10-4) in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 even though they and NFC North co-leader Green Bay currently have the same 10-4 records. Detroit got the nod because a superior record against NFC teams. The Lions, winners of three straight, play at Chicago while the Packers, who were upended by Buffalo last weekend, can claim a playoff spot with a win at Tampa Bay on Sunday. ...

Sunday, December 21, 2014  01:55


World - Tsunami: Scenes of grief, viewed from van of death

Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa`s east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the fifth of their stories, which are being published daily through Dec. 26.

Sunday, December 21, 2014  06:06


World - Indonesian capital bets on web drive to lift fortunes

The Indonesian capital -- a chaotic metropolis with shaky Internet access -- is hoping to turn its fortunes around with an ambitious online platform that allows residents to report problems, from crime to traffic jams, with their smartphones. A concrete jungle with a population of about 10 million, Jakarta is infamous for monster traffic snarl-ups, rubbish-strewn, pot-holed roads, heavy pollution and flooding that engulfs poor slum areas every year. After successive leaders failed to get to grips with the myriad problems, new governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is seeking to harness technology and tap into residents` love of social media in the hope of driving through real change -- but the initiative has its share of sceptics, not least amongst the city`s luddite officials.

Sunday, December 21, 2014  04:01


World - 10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.

Sunday, December 21, 2014  06:06


World - 10 years on, tsunami warning stumbles at the `last mile`

By Aubrey Belford BANGKOK (Reuters) - In April 2012, Indonesia`s Banda Aceh, the city worst hit by the tsunami that killed at least 226,000 people on Boxing Day ten years ago, received a terrifying reminder of how unprepared it was for the next disaster. As an 8.6-magnitude quake struck at sea, thousands of residents shunned purpose-built shelters and fled by car and motorcycle, clogging streets with traffic. A network of powerful warning sirens stayed silent. No wave came. ...

Sunday, December 21, 2014  05:48


World - Wild Oats XI wins Big Boat Challenge

SYDNEY (AP) Wild Oats XI trumped its brand new super-maxi rival Comanche Tuesday to win the Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbor, the traditional warm-up to the Sydney to Hobart blue water classic starting Boxing Day.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014  05:24


World - Guimaraes stumbles 1-0 at Estoril in Portugal

LISBON, Portugal (AP) Kleber scored in the 74th minute to give Estoril a 1-0 win at home over Guimaraes in the Portuguese league on Saturday.

Saturday, December 20, 2014  22:39


World - Bombings kill 10 in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) Iraqi authorities say bombs targeting commercial streets and an army patrol have killed 10 people around Baghdad.

Saturday, December 20, 2014  10:00


World - Almeria edges Celta Vigo 1-0 in Spanish league

VIGO, Spain (AP) A first-half goal by Tomer Hemed gave Almeria a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo on Friday for its third win this season in the Spanish league.

Friday, December 19, 2014  22:28


World - Russia seeks 10 years in prison for Putin foe

MOSCOW (AP) Russian prosecutors on Friday asked a court to sentence President Vladimir Putin`s chief foe to 10 years in prison, but the defiant opposition leader vowed to keep up his fight against the Kremlin regime.

Friday, December 19, 2014  17:41

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