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Samsung’s latest acquisition could pave the way for its own iMessage-type service

This is a week for Samsung acquisitions, it seems. Fresh from announcing plans to buy audio and auto systems maker Harman for a cool $8 billion, the Korean giant revealed on Wednesday that it is also acquiring NewNet Communication Technologies, a messaging company, in an undisclosed deal.<p>The …

Syria peace talks hit more trouble as rebel city 'starves'

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Monday demanded that Syria allow aid into the “starving” city of Homs, as talks aimed at ending three years of civil war hit more trouble over the future of President Bashar al-Assad.<p>The Syrian government said women and children could leave the besieged city …

Syria peace talks: impasse thwarts hopes of humanitarian relief for Homs

Hopes of an agreement to allow humanitarian aid into the Syrian city of Homs were dashed on Monday as the Geneva II peace talks reached an impasse over the question of negotiating political arrangements to end the country's bloody crisis.<p>Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN mediator, said that despite a …

Germany: loss of trust in EU is 'great danger'

The loss of trust in the European Union presents a "great danger" as opponents resort to "nationalist rhetoric sung to the catchy tune of criticism of Europe", the German foreign minister has warned.<p>In a Guardian article to mark the centenary of the first world war, Frank-Walter Steinmeier calls on …

Syrian peace talks hit impasse over political transition

GENEVA -- Peace talks aimed at ending the<p>Syrian warhit an impasse Monday when the most contentious issue -- the future governing structure -- came up for discussion between representatives of PresidentBashar Assadand the U.S.-backed opposition.<p>However, neither side walked out of the conference, and …

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Heavy Metal

<b>THE MOST IMPRESSIVE</b> feat of strength I've ever witnessed—besides the time my girlfriend twisted the cap off the jelly jar when I couldn't—was performed at a class in a small Salt Lake City gym by David Banks, a 38-year-old, 149-pound professional rock climber who dead-lifted nearly three times his …

The Hell-On-Earth Fitness Plan

<b>Watch a video about the Tabata Workout Method on Outside Television.</b><p><b>I first heard about Gym</b> <b>Jones</b> the way you hear about a secret trout stream or an all-night rave—through word of mouth and friends of friends. To me, gyms tend to come in two varieties, neither particularly appealing. Option A: the …

Many Steps, Many Countries To Get Chemicals Out Of Syria

With the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons expected to on Tuesday unveil its final plan for how to rid Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of its chemical weapons, NPR's Tom Bowman has looked at how the deadly ingredients will be removed even as Syria's civil war continues to …

Chechens drawn south to fight against Syria's Assad

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1037000/1037308_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534497244_90d76fbeb1c4c5e87b2562807a79c8af<p><b>On the flight from Istanbul to Tbilisi, I had a conversation with a former employee of the UN's refugee agency who had worked with Chechens living in</b> …

Lebanon car bomb targets Hezbollah

A car bomb went off near a Hezbollah base in eastern Lebanon early on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of deadly attacks that have targeted the Shia militant group's interests in Lebanon.<p>The Lebanese National News Agency said a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle in the remote area of …

British doctor dies in detention in Syria

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1037000/1037729_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534809324_6c59b55aba91fef57c34c8463bc8bc12<p><b>A British surgeon, imprisoned in Syria for over a year, has died in detention, his family has told the BBC.</b><p>Dr Abbas Khan, a 32-year-old orthopaedic …

Number of foreign fighters in Syria nearly doubles

Jihadis from Europe taking up arms against the Assad regime show largest increase, a new report says<p>Up to 11,000 fighters from more than 70 nations have joined the struggle in <b>Syria</b> against President Bashar al-Assad, almost doubling estimates made earlier this year.<p>The number of individuals from …

Syria conflict: Aleppo strikes 'overwhelm' hospitals

<b>Hospitals in the Syrian city of Aleppo have been overwhelmed with casualties after a wave of air strikes which killed more than 100 people in recent days, Medecins Sans Frontieres says.</b><p>Indiscriminate and sustained attacks by government aircraft had caused significant damage in areas populated by …

Syria's chemical weapons to travel by guarded convoy before destruction

Syria's chemical weapon arsenal is to be taken cross-country in Russian armoured trucks guarded by Syrian government troops and tracked by American satellite navigation equipment on its way to the Mediterranean coast.<p>The unprecedented and precarious two-week operation will take the cargo – 500 …