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World - German police find Hitler`s long-lost horse sculptures

German police Wednesday recovered two life-sized bronze sculptures of horses worth millions that once stood outside Adolf Hitler`s chancellery but vanished in the year the Berlin Wall fell. Police said they had found the long-lost masterpieces, commissioned by the Third Reich, in a warehouse after staging 10 raids in five states targeting eight suspected members, aged 64 to 79, of a ring of illegal art dealers. The artworks included the monumental horse sculptures and granite reliefs, by sculptors Josef Thorak and Arno Breker, police said in a statement.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  17:07


World - Elite athletes` brains 82% faster

Elite athletes are blessed with an area of the brain that performs 82 percent faster than average under intense pressure, a study published on Wednesday claims. A series of tests commissioned by Dunlop Tyres in conjunction with University College London (UCL) found that extreme sportsmen and women performed significantly better under physical and mental duress than members of the public. Test subjects were given tasks that required the use of the parietal cortex, a key part of the brain that determines reaction speed.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  01:39


World - EU promises more transparency to meet eurosceptic demands

The European Commission promised Tuesday to slash bureaucracy and increase transparency to meet demands led by eurosceptic Britain that the EU mind its own business and give member states more say. `Eurosceptics don`t annoy me because they are wrong, they annoy me because sometimes they are right,` First Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said as he unveiled a long-awaited reform package. `This Commission is determined to change both what the EU does and how it does it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015  16:53


Business - Uber tests taking 30% commission from new drivers

The ride-hailing service is testing a new, tiered, fee structure that could cut into part-time drivers pay but reward full-time drivers.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015  17:11


Business - Uber tests 30% commission for new drivers in San Francisco

The ride-hailing service is testing a new, tiered, fee structure that could cut into part-time drivers pay but reward full-time drivers.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015  04:34


World - EU to propose relocating 40,000 refugees from Italy, Greece

By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission is set to propose next week that 40,000 asylum seekers who have arrived by boat in Italy and Greece should be relocated across the continent in response to what it considers an emergency situation in both countries. The proposal, revealed to Reuters by an EU source familiar with a draft, follows plans announced last week for the European Union to take in 20,000 asylum-seekers currently living outside the bloc. The Commission has also set a quota system, based on a country`s size and economic health, for those resettled migrants as well as for those relocated within the EU.

Friday, May 22, 2015  14:55


Business - Greece, creditors not in talks on extending bailout: Commission

Greece and its creditors are not in talks on extending the country`s bailout until the autumn, with negotiations focused on meeting the program`s conditions by the time it expires in June, a senior European Commission official said. Greece and the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund -- the institutions representing the lenders -- are in intensive talks on what reforms Athens must implement to get the funds remaining under the current bailout deal. The negotiators are running out of time to clinch a deal before Greece runs out of money next month and German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported a senior EU official as saying euro zone countries were considering extending the bailout over the summer.

Thursday, May 21, 2015  16:43


World - Vatican high-flyer denies trying to bribe abuse victim

Australia`s former top Catholic cleric, now Pope Francis` finance chief, on Thursday denied trying to bribe a victim of a paedophile priest to keep quiet as an inquiry heard of horrifying abuse. Cardinal George Pell spoke out as abuse survivors demanded he return to Australia to give evidence to a royal commission on the allegations. David Ridsdale, who was abused from age 11 by his uncle Gerald Ridsdale, a notorious paedophile priest now in jail, told the commission on Wednesday that he confided in family friend Pell about the sex assaults in 1993.

Thursday, May 21, 2015  07:21


World - Judge blocks North Carolina from issuing fracking permits

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina commission tasked with issuing the state`s first permits for hydraulic fracturing must put its work on pause until a lawsuit challenging the makeup of its membership is resolved, an environmental law group said on Wednesday. An order issued by Judge Donald Stephens of Wake County Superior Court on May 6 `effectively reinstates` a state moratorium on the method of shale gas exploration known as fracking, said the Southern Environmental Law Center in a statement. The state`sRepublican-led legislature last year liftedNorth Carolina`slongtime banonfracking, in which rock formations are cracked and infused with chemical-laced water to extract natural gas, and the Mining and EnergyCommission was set to begin issuing drilling permits.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  19:32


World - Uruguay to probe dictatorship crimes

Uruguay has created a commission to probe human rights violations perpetrated from 1968 to 1985 as the government cracked down brutally on a leftist rebellion. The Truth and Justice Working Group will investigate crimes committed by the police and army during the country`s 1973 to 1985 dictatorship, and during a state of emergency decreed prior to the dictatorship, on June 13, 1968. The commission was created under a decree signed Tuesday by President Tabare Vazquez.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  18:37

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