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British and French planes scrambled to shadow Russian jets

LONDON (Reuters) – British and French military jets were scrambled to investigate suspected Russian fighter aircraft flying over the North Sea on Thursday. Colonel Cyrille Duvivier, a spokesman for the French Air Force, told Reuters...

Vodafone to roll out 1,000 5G sites in UK by 2020

NEWBURY, England (Reuters) – Vodafone said it would have 1,000 5G-enabled network sites in Britain by 2020, delivering blisteringly fast speeds and near-instant response times that it demonstrated by making Britain’s first holographic mobile call on Thursday. The mobile phone company, which will start trials of 5G technology in seven British cities in the coming...

Uganda to deploy Ebola vaccine if virus spreads from Congo

DAKAR (Reuters) – Uganda will vaccinate against Ebola should it spread from Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been hit twice this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Uganda borders Congo’s Ituri and North Kivu provinces, where Ebola is believed to have killed 97 people since the latest outbreak started in July,...

NZ Greens co-leader encourages Pacific women to challenge authority

WELLINGTON, (RNZ PACIFIC) – The New Zealand Green Party co-leader says Pacific and Māori women need to keep disrupting the patriarchy to increase their say in society. Marama Davidson, the party spokesperson for Pacific people, was at a ceremony marking 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. The event at parliament, Mausina, was led...

Gupta brother denies threatening to kill South African former minister

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Ajay Gupta, one of the business friends of ex-president Jacob Zuma, denied on Thursday making any financial offer to South Africa’s former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas or threatening to have him killed if he ever spoke of the matter. A public inquiry is reviewing allegations that the Gupta brothers – who...

Syrian Kurds say they cannot hold foreign jihadists indefinitely

QAMISHLI, northeast Syria (Reuters) – Kurdish-led authorities controlling northeastern Syria will not be able to hold foreign Islamic State fighters indefinitely, and their home countries should take them back, a senior official there said on Thursday. Abdulkarim Omar, joint head of foreign relations in the Kurdish-led area, told journalists its administration was holding around 500...

Judge bars parade of Cosby accusers at sentencing hearing

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) – A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday denied a request by prosecutors to allow additional women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct to tell their stories at his sentencing hearing on a sexual assault conviction. Cosby, 81, is due in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas on Monday to be...

NY court overturns $115 million patent judgment against Samsung

(Reuters) – The New York State Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned a $115 million judgment against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over television patents. In 2015, MPEG LA, a group that owns a pool of patents used in television sets, sued Samsung on allegations that the electronics maker had improperly terminated contracts with the group....

Scaly, scary lodgers: Frenchman shares home with 400 reptiles

COUERON, France (Reuters) – In an unassuming house on France’s River Loire, a cobra lives on the coffee table, a 50 kg (110-pound) tortoise roams the garden and a two-meter (seven-foot) alligator sleeps in the owner’s bed while another keeps watch at the door. Over two decades, 67-year-old reptile enthusiast Philippe Gillet has amassed a...

Flooding expected to worsen in Carolinas in Florence’s aftermath

KINSTON, N.C. (Reuters) – Flooding from rain-swollen rivers was expected to worsen across the Carolinas on Thursday and the next couple of days in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which killed 36 people in three states, forecasters said. Twenty flood gauges showed some level of flooding in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, where some...

Samsung plans to lower memory chip growth as demand slowdown looms: Bloomberg

(Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is planning to curb growth in memory chip output next year to keep supplies tight amid an expected slowdown in demand, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people briefed on the matter. The world’s biggest producer of NAND and DRAM chips expects bit growth of less than 20 percent for...

Bon appetit! French find traces of bugs in their food and drink

PARIS (Reuters) – From insect residues in fizzy drinks to beef gelatin in yoghurt, consumer group Foodwatch said it had found undisclosed animal-based ingredients in a dozen food and drink products sold in France. The watchdog’s findings come as consumers call for more transparency on the ingredients in their food, and as the number of...

Emirates, Etihad airlines deny report they may merge

DUBAI (Reuters) – State-owned Emirates and Etihad, two of the Middle East’s top airlines, denied a Bloomberg report on Thursday which quoted unnamed sources as saying Emirates was seeking to take over smaller Etihad to create the world’s largest carrier. “There is no truth to this rumor,” an Emirates spokeswoman told Reuters. Etihad made a...

Harsh climate: The struggle to track global sea level rise

(Reuters) – A loud rumble jolted climate scientist David Holland just before he went to sleep inside his fiberglass bear-resistant dome, set up next to a frozen fjord in Greenland. He scrambled outside into the sunlit night at about 11 p.m. The thundering sound grew louder as he watched a chunk of ice about a...

Leading Asian cardinal calls for Vatican foreign minister to resign over China dealings

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong cardinal who has spearheaded opposition to the Vatican’s rapprochement with China called on Thursday for the Pope’s secretary of state to step down, saying any deal with Beijing would amount to a betrayal of the Catholic faith. The Vatican and China have been in advanced talks this year...

Hurricane raises questions about rebuilding along North Carolina’s coast

RODANTHE, N.C. (Reuters) – When Florence was raging last Friday on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the hurricane tore a 40-foot (12-meter) chunk from a fishing pier that juts into the ocean at the state’s most popular tourist destination. The privately owned Rodanthe pier has already undergone half a million dollars in renovation in seven years...

EU leaders keep up pressure on May to take Brexit deal

SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) – EU leaders lined up on Thursday to tell Theresa May she needs to give guarantees on the Irish border before they will grant her the Brexit deal the prime minister wants to avoid Britain crashing out of the bloc. Arriving for a second day of summitry in Austria, May’s European Union...

In Colombia, victims of sexual abuse speak out after peace deal

SOACHA, Colombia (Reuters) – Yeimy sobbed with her head in her hands as she described how her husband was tied to a pole, gagged and made to watch as she was raped by four fighters from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 12 years ago. Her husband, Elkin, had been abducted by the FARC’s...

Israel to improve coordination with Moscow over Syria after plane crash

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Thursday it would not halt strikes on Syria but would do more to “deconflict” them with Russian forces, after Moscow accused it of “irresponsible and unfriendly actions” that led to Syrian ground fire mistakenly downing a Russian plane. Fifteen Russian crew were killed when the IL-20 surveillance plane crashed...

Hungary sentences Syrian migrant to five years’ jail for border riot

SZEGED, Hungary (Reuters) – A Hungarian court sentenced a Syrian-Cypriot man to five years in prison on Thursday for crossing the border as part of a riot during the migrant crisis, in a case that has drawn criticism from the European Parliament and Amnesty International. Ahmed Hamed was among a group of migrants that crossed...

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