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Colombia braced for nationwide protests

Students and labour unions to march in support of farmers unhappy with free trade agreements<p>Colombia's largest cities were braced on Thursday for marches by students and labour unions in support of a growing nationwide strike by miners, truckers, coffee growers, milk producers and potato farmers …

Stocks: Dow closes down 225 as Wal-Mart warns

NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average shed about 1.5% -- 225 points -- on disappointing Wal-Mart earnings, news of job cuts at Cisco, weak economic reports and 2-year high in 10-year Treasury yield. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite were down by similar percentages.<p>The drops come a day after …

Scientists Achieve On-Demand Quantum Teleportation For The First Time

Quantum teleportation, more reliable than ever before, at greater distances than ever before.<p>Quantum teleportation has taken another step forward, thanks to two complimentary experiments, one from ETH Zurich and one from the University of Tokyo. The researchers have demonstrated the most reliable …

In Egypt, mosques turn into hospitals; death toll climbs to 281

CAIRO -- Mosques turned into makeshift hospitals Wednesday as<p>protestersinjured in a deadly crackdown in Cairo were brought in, blood staining the prayer carpets.<p>Dr. Abeer Ali, a surgeon, moved through the crowds gathered at one small mosque, treating bullet wounds as bursts of gunfire could be …

Ecce dinero: Spain turns ruined Christ fresco into money-spinner

Paying tourists flock to see Spanish octogenarian's ill-fated retouching of precious painting in church and snap up souvenirs<p>A year ago Cecilia Gimenez's botched attempt to restore a fresco of Christ inspired ridicule and references to monkeys. Now the 81-year-old Spanish artist is having the last …

Associated Press News

Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners on eve of peace talks after approving new settler homes in east Jerusalem

Israel approved nearly 1,000 new settlers' homes in occupied east Jerusalem on the eve of renewed peace talks, drawing accusations that it was sabotaging the chances of a historic agreement with the Palestinians, as the scheduled release of 26 Palestinian prisoners took place as planned.<p>The plan …

Indian submarine explosion leaves several sailors dead

A huge explosion and fire that crippled an Indian navy submarine in its home port of Mumbai on Wednesday killed at least some of the 18 sailors aboard, the country's defense minister has said.<p><b>Defence minister confirms deaths in explosion</b> <b><br>Submarine 'sank after explosion'</b> <b><br>Incident is 'greatest tragedy</b> …

Associated Press News

Pope Francis reaches out to Muslims at end of Ramadan

<b>Pope Francis has urged Christians and Muslims to work together to promote mutual respect, particularly by educating new generations of believers.</b><p>He greeted Muslims around the world during his Sunday blessing of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square in Rome.<p>He said that "our brothers'' the Muslims …

Christianity

UK's nuclear weapons being dismantled under disarmament obligations

Three Trident warheads a year being taken from navy depot near Glasgow to private contractor in Berkshire to be decommissioned<p>Quietly, slowly and without any fuss, Britain is dismantling its nuclear weapons. Three Trident warheads a year are being moved from the Clyde to the home counties to be …

Reactor Powered Up On First 'Made in India' Nuclear Sub

India has activated the reactor aboard the INS Arihant, believed to be the first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine designed and built outside the Cold War "nuclear club."<p>Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called the event a "giant stride in ... our indigenous technological capabilities."<p>It's …

NASA Finds A Pink Planet That Challenges Current Theories

About 57 light years from Earth, astronomers have discovered a large new planet, colored a deep magenta. It’s the second planet whose color has been directly observed by astronomers, the first being HD 189733b. That alone would make this find noteworthy. But equally noteworthy is the fact that the …

President Obama accused by senior Republican of 'weak' stance on Russia

Senator John McCain says Putin doesn't prioritize US-Russia relationship adding that summit's cancellation merely 'symbolic'<p>President Barack Obama faced calls Sunday to pursue a more hawkish line on Russia, with an influential Republican foreign policy voice suggesting the US leader lacked …

Perseid Meteor Shower to Flare

Central African Republic in chaos, says UN chief Ban Ki-moon

<b>UN chief Ban Ki-moon says the Central African Republic (CAR) has suffered a "total breakdown of law and order" since rebels seized power in March.</b><p>He urged the UN Security Council to consider sanctions or to set up a panel of experts to monitor the situation.<p>Seleka rebel group leader Michel Djotodia …

Africa

Florence tomb opened in quest to find 'Mona Lisa'

<b>Scientists in the Italian city of Florence have opened a tomb to extract DNA they hope will identify the model for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.</b><p>The tomb contains the family of Lisa Gherardini, a silk merchant's wife who is believed to have sat for the artist.<p>It is hoped DNA will help to identify …

Art

Turkey advises citizens to leave Lebanon

Turkey has called on its citizens to leave Lebanon following abduction of two Turkish Airlines pilots by armed men in Beirut.<p>Separately, it has decided to remove its troops from the UNIFIL peacekeeping forces operating in southern Lebanon, according to Lebanese media.<p>Two Turkish pilots working for …

US and Russia to push for Syria peace talks

US and Russian officials have agreed on the need to convene a Syrian peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible, following talks in Washington DC.<p>John Kerry, US secretary of state, hosted his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Friday, amid mounting tension between the two nations over …

Indian-built Arihant nuclear submarine activated

<b>India has activated the reactor on board the INS Arihant nuclear submarine, the first to be designed and built in India.</b><p>The move means the submarine can now undergo sea trials.<p>Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hailed the "giant stride in... our indigenous technological capabilities".<p>Experts say is the …

Military

California Silver Fire expected to be fully contained by Monday

Officials in California on Sunday said they have gained the upper hand on a wildfire that has burned across more than 30 square miles over the past four days. They said they expect to have the Silver Fire fully contained by Monday.<p>The Silver Fire was at 19,436cres and 75 percent containment Sunday …

Circle September 10 on Your Calendar for Apple’s Big iPhone Event

Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone at a special event on Sept. 10, sources told <b>AllThingsD</b>.<p>D: All Things Digital<p>The launch comes at an …

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