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Switching on outside office risks relationships, psychologists find

Workers who ‘switched on’ long after the office was shut were more likely to have problems with their health and private lives<p>A company mobile phone or laptop might seem like a perk of the job but it could spell disaster for personal relationships, a new study has found.<p>Modern gadgets which allows …

What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015

Shortly before 9/11, officials foresaw a fundamental shift in the nature of power.<p>Nine months before the September 11 attacks—and just days after the Supreme Court halted the Florida recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush—U.S. intelligence officials published an 85-page prediction for …

Japan suffers lowest number of births on record as population shrinks

Japan’s estimated number of newborn babies last year fell to 1.001 million, the lowest figure on record, further contributing to the ageing and shrinking of the country’s population, official data showed Thursday.<p>The number marked an all-time low for the fourth straight year, the health, labour and …

Asia Pacific

New York, Paris … Dubai. Why the desert mall is the height of couture

It attracts 80 million shoppers spending £3bn a year – but it’s never been seen as cool. Until last week, when Vogue went to the Gulf …<p>Dubai is a city of world firsts: the tallest building, highest fountain, an airport terminal that is one of the world’s largest buildings. What it can’t lay claim …

Will Pooley told he may not be immune to Ebola as he returns to Sierra Leone

The British nurse who survived Ebola has flown back to Sierra Leone expressing fears that the world will return to indifference about the plight of Africans when the crisis abates.<p>Will Pooley is expected to touch down in Freetown on Sunday evening and will resume work on Monday in an Ebola …

Ebola: Spanish nurse making ‘giant steps’ towards recovery

Teresa Romero, the Spanish nursing auxiliary who earlier this month became the first person to contract Ebola in Europe, is making “giant steps” towards recovery, according to hospital sources in Madrid.<p>Yesterday she got out of bed for the first time since she was admitted. Staff said she was …

Cruz attacks White House on Ebola as Pentagon forms medical support team

Scientists and politicians clashed over the US response to Ebola on Sunday, as all-clears given to Texas healthcare workers and a cruise ship passenger potentially exposed to the disease failed to quell continued public unease.<p>One man has died from Ebola in the US; two nurses who treated him at a …

Tourists back in Texas from cruise ship carrying woman monitored for Ebola

Holidaymakers often feel regret at the end of a vacation, but the prevailing sentiment was more like relief among many of the passengers who stepped off the Carnival Magic after an Ebola scare prompted a tense climax to their cruise.<p>The ship docked as normal in Galveston early on Sunday after a …

Family of Ebola victim Duncan holds memorial service in N.C.

As questions continue to swirl about how to deal with the ever-growing fears of Ebola, relatives of the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly virus in the United States gathered to grieve Saturday.<p>Wiping tears from their eyes, family and friends of Thomas Eric Duncan told CNN affiliate Time …

Military preps a quick-strike team for Ebola response in United States

Are you on the front lines of Ebola? We'd like to hear your story.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> The U.S. military is forming a 30-person "quick-strike team" equipped to provide direct treatment to Ebola patients inside the United States, a Defense Department official told CNN's Barbara Starr on Sunday.<p>A Pentagon …

Whistleblower nurse describes 'chaos' at US Ebola hospital

Briana Aguirre claims she was given a hazmat suit with a large hole in it and waste from suspected Ebola patients was piled 'up to the ceiling' in corridors<p>The hospital at the centre of America’s Ebola outbreak admitted on Thursday that it had made mistakes and apologised, as a whistleblowing nurse …

Democratic Senators Cautiously Behind Obama's Plan For Iraq

WASHINGTON — Several Senate Democrats were cautiously supportive of President Obama's announcement today that he would be sending up to 300 military advisers to assist the Iraqi military in the fight against ISIS forces.<p>Congress and the country has become increasingly weary of war and sharply …

Middle East

Afghan Taliban destroys NATO fuel trucks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban suicide bombers struck NATO fuel trucks at a key border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan Thursday, setting off explosions that destroyed dozens of trucks and triggering a gunbattle with police guards that left all three attackers dead, officials said.<p>The …

U.S. cuts aid to Uganda, cancels military exercise over anti-gay law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday cut aid to Uganda, imposed visa restrictions and canceled a regional military exercise in response to a Ugandan law that imposes harsh penalties on homosexuality.<p>Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-homosexual bill into law at the …

Barack Obama to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq

President Barack Obama says he will send military advisors to Iraq but is adamant that US troops will not be returning to combat in the country<p><b>President Barack Obama</b> on Thursday said he was dispatching up to 300 military advisers to <b>Iraq</b> to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling state. He …

App That Just Says 'Yo' Has More Than 200,000 Users

(Image Credit: iTunes App Store)<p>Saying "Yo" is now a big deal.<p>A new messaging app called - you guessed it - Yo, has become an overnight sensation, …

State Dept Will Beef Up Security at Baghdad Embassy

The U.S. State Department announced Sunday that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad will stay open as militant extremists in Iraq continue their offensive …

Shia militia: 'Isis will not take Baghdad'

After five days of siege and foreboding, the citizens of Baghdad breathed easier on Saturday. Old-world tea houses were once again brimming. So were new militia recruitment centres, where would-be fighters signed up to defend the capital.<p>The city's collective relief stemmed from three live …

Kerry Reassures Iraq the U.S. Is Committed to Push Back ISIS

World<p>Secretary of State John Kerry reassured Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Saturday that the United States is committed to supporting Iraq in pushing back extremist Sunni forces racing toward Baghdad.<p>The insurgents have already taken over several Iraqi cities and towns. President Obama …

Middle East

Advance of Iraqi Insurgents Apparently Slows, Successful Counterattacks Reported

An offensive by insurgents that’s threatening Iraq apparently has slowed Saturday after days of advances, Reuters reported, adding that government forces regained some territory in counterattacks, which took some strain from Shiite leaders in Baghdad.<p>Iraqi Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons …

The Brutal Militant Group Taking Over Iraq Is Bragging Of The Mass Execution Of 1,700 People

Released on the group's Twitter account — where they boasted of killing 1,700 soldiers — fighters show off the trucks and gear they had seized in their takeover of Mosul and Tikrit. But others are much worse, with dozens of people bound and packed into the back of trucks and shuttled to a mass …

Associated Press News

Iraq and the Western military meddlers | US & Canada

It seems there is no limit to an interventionist's capacity for self-delusion over the Middle East. As Iraqis are caught in an escalating crisis of utter terror, turmoil and devastation unleashed as a direct consequence of the US-led invasion of 2003, some neo-cons and unabashed British Blairites …

U.S. vets 'heartbroken' as civil war overtakes Iraq

DETROIT -- Tony Blair served two tours of duty as an Army infantry sergeant during the eight-year Iraq War and was injured in a roadside bomb explosion.<p>Now the 55-year-old Warren, Mich., resident worries that everything he and hundreds of thousands of other American soldiers fought — and died — for …

Iraqis once craved unity. Now cracks are visible all over the weak state

In the first year or so after the fall of Saddam Hussein, it used to be a commonplace in interviews for Iraqis of different sectarian persuasions to insist not on their identity as Shia or Sunni. They would emphasise they were from such and such a city and "proudly Iraqi". What was important, I was …

Iraq: Shi'ites take up arms to battle Sunni Muslim insurgency

Thousands of Iraqis have responded to a call by the country’s most influential Shi’ite cleric to take up arms against a Sunni Muslim insurgency.<p>Around 800 Shi’ite men left the southern city of Basra on Sunday, heading to Baghdad for training to join the Iraqi army.<p>Local religious leaders encouraged …