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Thai anti-government protesters march, consumer confidence slumps | Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Protesters trying to topple Thailand’s prime minister marched in Bangkok again on Thursday, testing support for a planned “shutdown” of the capital next week, and a survey showed consumer confidence slumped last month because of the crisis.<p>Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck …

Five dead after explosion at Mitsubishi Materials plant in Japan - NHK | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Five people died in an explosion at a Mitsubishi Materials Corp chemicals plant in western Japan on Thursday, national broadcaster NHK reported, citing local police.<p>An official at the local fire department, in Yokkaichi, could not immediately confirm the deaths but told Reuters …

Severe tropical cyclone bears down on Tonga | Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A category three cyclone bearing down on the South Pacific island nation of Tonga with destructive winds is expected to make landfall in as little as 18 hours, Tonga Meteorological Services said on Thursday.<p>Tropical Cyclone Ian, which has been hovering in a stretch of ocean …

Security alert in southern Russia after five bodies found | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has put security forces on combat alert in the southern Stavropol region after the discovery of five bodies with gunshot wounds and an explosive device, a regional security spokesman said.<p>Russia has already tightened security before next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, …

'Disappointing' Christmas delivers sharp sales fall for Morrisons | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - British grocer WM Morrison posted a sharp fall in like-for-like sales over Christmas, blaming the “disappointing” performance on difficult market conditions, heavy discounting by rivals and the lack of a full online offer.<p>A Morrisons supermarket is seen, in west London January …

Russia again blocks U.N. Security Council from condemning Syria attacks | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia blocked a U.N. Security Council statement on Wednesday that would have expressed outrage at deadly airstrikes by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and condemned the use of missiles and “barrel bombs” in towns, U.N. diplomats said.<p>Free Syrian Army fighters …

Strong UK hiring data may increase rate rise prospects | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Companies in Britain are hiring permanent staff at the fastest rate in almost four years, figures released on Thursday showed, increasing the chance that unemployment will fall to the key 7 percent level sooner than the Bank of England (BoE) expects.<p>Shoppers walk past a newspaper …

Apple, Samsung CEOs agree to mediation in U.S. patent fight | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics have agreed to attend a mediation session to be held on or before February 19, as they prepare to clash in court in March over smartphone patents.<p>Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S4 (L) and Apple's iPhone 5 are seen in this file picture …

The real story of Britain's Roma: excluded, ignored and neglected

In Page Hall, Sheffield, cultural differences have created tension but there is no sign of the riots predicted by David Blunkett<p>The headquarters of Britain's biggest Roma charity is a large building beside a major thoroughfare in east London, yet its official address is a PO box. The fear of …

French hostage Francis Collomp freed

French hostage Francis Collomp has been freed almost a year after being kidnapped, according to a statement from the French president’s office on Sunday.<p>The 63-year-old engineer was seized by gunmen who stormed his compound in December 2012 in Nigeria.<p>This release comes just two weeks after four …

Abdullah Yameen the new president of the Maldives is sworn in

The new president of the Maldives Abdullah Yameen has been sworn into office. The president topped the run-off ballot with 51.4 percent of the votes.<p>“The Maldivean nation has decided and therefore the international community I’m sure should rest assured that we know how to decide our fate in the …

Nobel prizewinning author Doris Lessing dies

Novelist Doris Lessing, who tackled race, ideology, gender politics and the workings of the psyche in a prolific and often iconoclastic career, has died at the age of 94, her publisher said on Sunday.<p>Lessing won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007, only the 11th woman to do so. She died …

George Clooney lookalike ‘offered thousands to sleep with man’s wife’

George Clooney impersonator says businessman offered to pay him to sleep with his wife for her 40th birthday as he couldn't get the Hollywood actor<p>A George Clooney lookalike has revealed that he was once offered £5,500 to sleep with a man’s wife as part of her birthday celebrations.<p>Gary Tate claims …

Ex-Apple CEO reportedly mulling bid to rescue BlackBerry

We've seen a steady stream of potential suitors for BlackBerry in recent months, but unnamed sources are now claiming ex-Apple CEO John Sculley is looking into taking control of the company. <i>The Globe and Mail</i> reports that Sculley, who famously helped oust Steve Jobs from Apple in the '80s, is …

Samsung Fined In Taiwan For Defaming HTC

Samsung has been fined NT$10 million ($340,000) in Taiwan, where it violated fair trade rules by running an Internet campaign that praised its devices while slamming those of rival HTC.<p>The Associated Press reports (via Businessweek) that Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission fined Samsung for “defaming …

30 years of space shuttle missions: A salute in images

The shuttle era is over, but graphic artist Luke Wesley Price is determined to keep the memory from fading. A new photography book, written and designed by Price, collects some of "the most breathtaking and awe-inspiring NASA images from the space shuttle’s 30-year service history."<p>"Space Shuttle: …

Beautiful Houses: Castlecrag Residence

This week we will show you the beautiful Castlecrag Residence in Castlecrag, Australia, a project by CplusC Architectural Workshop. This house is …

Architecture

Amateur pictures capture church collapse in Philippines quake

The Basilica Minore del Santo Nino in Cebu was a famous landmark until the Philippines earthquake hit. Its famous bell tower came crashing down on startled people in the adjacent street.<p>People have been sleeping outside since Tuesday, worried about going back into buildings that are still being …

Refugee influx leads to proposal to fence up Bulgaria-Turkey border

Bulgaria has unveiled plans to deal with the growing numbers of refugees that are approaching its borders from Turkey.<p>Ministers are said to have discussed new funding allocations to put up 30 kilometres of barrier fencing along the border with Elhovo, in an effort to prevent illegal entry via the …

New footage reveals horror of Kenya mall massacre

Dramatic new footage has emerged of the moment killer gunmen brought terror to the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.<p>Kenya initially thought up to 15 attackers were involved but just four in total appear on the CCTV pictures.<p>British media reports from the BBC suggest that one of them is Hassan Abdi …

US back in business but politicians remain divided

Despite an eleventh hour deal that saved the US from a debt default and sent federal staff back to work, Washington is not out of the woods yet after a 16 day government shutdown.<p>President Barack Obama said that: “Probably nothing has done more damage to America’s credibility in the world.”<p>Yet he …

Greenpeace activists held in Russia for one month

It is exactly a month since activists from a Greenpeace ship were detained by Russia for protesting at an Arctic oil platform.<p>And as bail was denied to more of the 30 people being held, from 18 different countries, fresh protests were planned to call for their release.<p>As temperatures plunge, …

Rescue teams hold off search in Laos Airlines plane crash

Rescuers have temporarily stopped the search for the bodies of passengers of the plane that crashed into the Mekong River. All forty-nine people on board the Lao Airlines flight were reportedly killed. They came from Lao, France, Australia, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the …

Two dead after bomb explodes outside in mosque in Russia's North Caucasus

A bomb has exploded outside a mosque in Russia’s North Caucasus, killing two suspected suicide bombers.<p>It happened in Dugulubgey, a village in a region where Moscow is battling an Islamist insurgency.<p>It is just hundreds of kilometres from Sochi, where the Winter Olympics are set to take place in …

Taliban suicide car bomb attack kills up to five in Kabul

A woman and up to four children have died after a Taliban bomb attack in Kabul.<p>It targeted the Green Village, which houses international diplomats.<p>A suicide car bomb went off near a convoy of foreign forces around 5pm on Friday.<p>The Taliban later claimed responsibility. Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid …

One month on: Worldwide protests take place to "Free the Arctic 30"

Worldwide protests have been taking place one month after 30 Greenpeace activists were detained for trying to board a Russian oil platform in the Arctic.<p>At one demonstration in the Russian capital, Moscow, 30 protesters each wore a slogan outlining what they say are lies the Russian authorities …

Obama picks new US homeland security chief

President Barack Obama has presented the man he has picked as the next head of US homeland security.<p>If confirmed by the Senate, Jeh Johnson will succeed Janet Napolitano at the helm of the huge agency in charge of securing the nation’s borders.<p>The former top lawyer at the Pentagon, now a partner in …

Iraq bomb attacks mar end of Eid festival

A car bomb in the Iraqi capital Baghdad is known to have left at least six people dead and 15 wounded.<p>The figures were confirmed by health officials.<p>On Saturday morning the extent of the damage became clear following Friday night’s attack, which came in a mainly Shi’ite al-Mashtal neighbourhood in …

Motorola Is Becoming Google’s Surface

Motorola isn’t doing very well as a part of Google. In Google’s most recently reported quarter, Motorola garnered revenue of $1.18 billion. Not a small number, but a mere 8% of its parent company’s consolidated revenue. And, in the comparable third quarter of 2012, its revenue totaled $1.78 billion.<p>…