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Neymar ruled out of World Cup with fractured vertebrae after injury in Brazil's win over Colombia

Brazilian poster boy will miss the remainder of the tournament after team doctor confirmed their No10 suffers a fractured vertebrae in collision with Juan Zuniga<p>Luiz Felipe Scolari last night angrily claimed that Neymar had been “hunted” out of the <b>World Cup</b> after it was confirmed that <b>Brazil</b>’s star …

Recovery Of Bodies From Sunken Ferry Growing More Difficult

The news Friday from the site of South Korea's ferry disaster includes word that:<p>— "At least 185 passengers had been confirmed dead, with 117 others still missing." (Yonhap News)<p>— Prosecutors have "officially attributed the sinking ... to an improper stowage of cargo and a loss of stability caused …

Connecticut Teenager Stabbed To Death After Reportedly Rejecting Prom Proposal

Police said a 16-year-old boy allegedly stabbed Maren Sanchez, 16, in the throat after she turned down his invitation to junior prom. Update: Sanchez died of wounds to her torso and neck, Connecticut's chief medical examiner said Sunday.<p>A Connecticut high school student is dead after being stabbed …

Crime

Afghan probe into civilian killings stymied by US refusal to cooperate

Afghanistan’s intelligence service has chosen to abandon its investigation into a number of civilian deaths in Wardak province, following US refusal …

Typhoon Haiyan in Pictures

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Iran blames Western powers for nuclear talks failure

<b>Iran's foreign minister has blamed divisions between Western powers for the failure to agree a deal on its nuclear programme on Saturday.</b><p>Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry's claim that Iran had been unable to accept the deal "at that particular moment".<p>He said "no amount …

South Asia

Kerry seeks movement in Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waded again into the nitty-gritty of faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on Wednesday, saying he was optimistic that tensions and difficulties could be overcome, even between "two proud people" struggling to reach an accommodation.<p>Kerry was upbeat after …

Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with polonium, tests show

Swiss scientists find levels of polonium 18 times higher than normal in first forensic tests on former Palestinian leader's body<p>The first forensic tests on samples taken from Yasser Arafat's corpse have shown unexpectedly high levels of radioactive polonium-210, suggesting the Palestinian leader …

Moderates win the day in off-year election

Republican Gov. Chris Christie rolled to easy reelection Tuesday in New Jersey, setting up an expected 2016 presidential bid, while former national Democratic Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe squeezed past his tea party Republican opponent to seize the Virginia governor's mansion.<p>Elsewhere, New York …

Soaring Personnel Costs Threaten Readiness, Hagel Warns

On 'Morning Edition': Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep<p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>Health care and retirement costs that already account for a large part of the U.S. military's budget and are on a path to go even higher could leave the nation with "a military that's …

Blasts near Communist Party building kill 1 in China

BEIJING — A series of small explosions killed one person and injured several others in front of a major Communist Party building in the north-central Chinese city of Taiyuan Wednesday morning.<p>They bombing comes nine days after a suicide attack with a car near Tiananmen Square in Beijing. There was …

Neuro-enhancement in the military: far-fetched or an inevitable future?

As the science of brain stimulation forges ahead, neuroscientists and psychologists face tough ethical decisions<p>About five years ago, not long after I started up my research group at Cardiff University, something rather strange happened. One morning I came down to my lab to find the door wide open …

HTC's One Max could have a fingerprint scanner

Leaked images of HTC's upcoming One Max show what appears to be a fingerprint scanner. The pictures come from Chinese social network Sina Weibo, and show the huge HTC One Max with the back of its case removed. The fingerprint scanner sits between the device's SIM slot and its camera. That placement …

Amazing American Civil War Photos Turned Into Glorious Color

Color photography may not have been widely used until the 1930s but that hasn't stopped an active group of Redditors from looking to change the past. On the Colorized History Subreddit, Redditors use photo manipulation to add color to historical black and white images.<p>Two of the most prolific …

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Japan asks international community to help solve Fukushima crisis

Japan's prime minister has appealed to the international community to help fix the on-going crisis at its damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.<p>Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, confirmed that Japan was open to receiving assistance from overseas in a bid to help resolve the world's worst nuclear …

Apple's rumored iPad mini with Retina display could face severe supply constraints

Apple is said to be working on an iPad mini with a high-resolution Retina display, but may not be able to produce the model in sufficient quantity this year — if at all. Although an event to announce new iPad models is expected in the near future, Reuters reports that the company will be "unable to …

'Breaking Bad' finale song sees 9,000 percent surge in Spotify streaming

<b>This article contains very minor spoilers for Breaking Bad.</b><p>As if you needed any more confirmation of the grip <i>Breaking Bad</i> held on pop culture right up to its finale. Spotify tells <i>Business Insider</i> that global streams of Badfinger's song "Baby Blue," which was featured in the show's climactic …

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he put extra pressure on players ahead of Steaua Bucharest tie

Jose Mourinho said that he had put his Chelsea players under “a lot of pressure” ahead of this must-win Champions League tie so they could “grow up” quicker.<p>“I keep saying I don’t want to play Europa League,” the <b>Chelsea</b> manager said with his team having lost their first Group E match at home …

Soccer

Latest GOP shutdown proposal fails; no separate funding for vets, parks

As the federal government shutdown neared the end of its first business day, the House failed to pass a series of separate bills to restart funding for national parks, veterans' services and the city of Washington, D.C.<p>The measures, designed to eliminate some of the most unpopular consequences of …

'Revenge porn' outlawed in California

Fines and jail sentences may be imposed on people who post naked photos of their former partners without permission<p>California governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill outlawing so-called revenge porn and levying possible jail time for people who post naked photos of their former partners.<p>The bill, …