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World - New runway recommended for London Heathrow airport

Britain should build a third runway at London Heathrow airport to ease congestion, a government-appointed commission recommended on Wednesday despite opposition from environmentalists and London mayor Boris Johnson. The runway would cost £17.6 billion (24.8 billion euros, $27.6 billion), but would generate up to £147 billion over 60 years and create more than 70,000 jobs by 2050, the commission said in a long-awaited report. `Heathrow can provide that capacity most easily and quickly.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015  11:07


World - Changing viewing habits prompt BBC to cut 1,000 jobs

The public service broadcaster is funded by the licence fee, an annual levy imposed on all British households with a television, which raised £3.72 billion ($5.79 billion, 5.24 billion euros) in the 2013/14 financial year. As part of the 2010 settlement, the BBC agreed to take over funding of the World Service from the Foreign Office, adding further pressure on its budget.

Thursday, July 02, 2015  14:39


World - Newly seen Bacon paintings fetch £30m in London

Two self-portraits by Irish-born British painter Francis Bacon, never seen before in public, sold for £30 million at a London sale on Wednesday, months after being rediscovered in a private collection. `These sublime self-portraits utterly embody the power and emotion of the very best of Bacon`s celebrated small portrait heads,` said the auction house. It shows Bacon aged 65 wearing his mackintosh.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015  22:14


Top Stories - Pres. staff knew about Clinton email

President Barack Obama`s top aides, including David Axelrod, communicated with Hillary Clinton at her private email address while she was secretary of state, new records show.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015  05:19


Sports - A-Rod receives milestone ball, settles bonus dispute

Controversial slugger Alex Rodriguez got the home run ball he smashed for his 3,000th career hit after all after the New York Yankees made a deal with the fan who caught it. Zack Hample presented the ball to Rodriguez prior to the Yankees` home game against Tampa Bay, on Friday. The Yankees will donate $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity which Hample has supported since 2009 that provides equipment and promotes youth baseball in underprivileged areas around the world.

Saturday, July 04, 2015  02:40


World - Kentucky soldier admits to taking bribes in Afghanistan

By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - A U.S. Army soldier stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky admitted in federal court on Thursday that he took $100,000 in cash bribes as well as jewelry from vendors seeking contracts while he was assigned to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, federal prosecutors said. Sergeant 1st Class Ramiro Pena, who had worked as a purchasing officer, pleaded guilty in federal court in Paducah to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, prosecutors said. From June 2008 to March 2009, Pena, 43, and his supervisor, Master Sergeant Jimmy Dennis, approved more than 200 contracts valued at more than $30.7 million for Afghan companies to provide supplies to support humanitarian efforts, prosecutors said.

Thursday, July 02, 2015  21:38


World - Nigeria returns 10,000 euros to French love scam victim

Nigeria`s anti-graft agency said Thursday it had returned 10,000 euros to a French man who thought he met a beautiful Nigerian woman online willing to move to France... only to find out it was a scam. The man, identified as Francois Mercade, `alleged that he met a Nigerian beauty by the name `Kate Williams` on the Internet sometime in 2009 and they developed a relationship which was to culminate in marriage,` the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said. The supposed wife-to-be told him that before she could relocate to France, she needed money to hire a lawyer to deal with her employer and to get travel documents, the EFCC said.

Thursday, July 02, 2015  17:59


World - Former Greek PM appeals to Greeks to vote `yes` on Sunday

Former conservative Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis urged Greeks to vote in favor of a bailout offer from creditors during Sunday`s referendum, in a rare public address to the nation since losing elections in 2009. Karamanlis has stayed out of the spotlight since then but his name has reappeared in recent days in some Greek media as a potential leader of an interim government in case Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras were to resign if a `yes` vote prevailed.

Thursday, July 02, 2015  14:39


World - In emails, Hillary`s outside advisers pushed hawkish Afghan line

By Warren Strobel and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the fall of 2009, as U.S. President Barack Obama conducted a long, divisive review of whether to pour more U.S. troops into Afghanistan, an influential group of advisors were quietly pushing a hawkish line. The emails reveal how, even as Obama ran a highly formalized Afghan policy review of near-endless meetings and position papers, Hillary Clinton was receptive to outsiders` sometimes off-the-cuff views delivered through back-channels.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015  23:27


World - Indian monsoon falters in key month for farmers

By Rajendra Jadhav MUMBAI (Reuters) - After drenching India with above-average rains in June, the monsoon has weakened in what is typically the wettest and most crucial month for millions of farmers growing oilseeds, rice, cotton and pulses. Weather forecasters said the monsoon, critical for about half the farmland that lacks irrigation facilities, has hit a dry spell and rains could be sparse in at least the first half of July. The official forecast remains that India could suffer its first drought since 2009 because of the emergence of an El Nino weather pattern.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015  13:41

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