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Islamic State crisis: Peshmerga fighters head to Turkey

<b>A group of 150 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have arrived in Turkey from where they plan to cross into Syria to battle Islamic State (IS) militants besieging the town of Kobane.</b><p>One contingent flew from Iraq to a south-eastern Turkish airport.<p>Another contingent, carrying weapons including …

New Rand Daily Mail website launched

Three decades after the Rand Daily Mail was shut down, it has been re-launched in the form of a new website.<p>The editor of the new Rand Daily Mail is …

Top 10 cellphone contracts in South Africa

Tarifica, a company based in the United States which tracks telecoms prices, has released its September 2014 index for the best cellphone contract …

Robin Labs Launches Less.Mail, An A.I.-Based Assistant That Responds To Emails For You

A new A.I.-based application for Android users called Less.Mail wants to make it easier for you to work through a crowded inbox, handling routine email responses by way of automatic replies based on the mobile assistant’s understanding of the original email’s context. All users need to do is tell …

A New Tool in Humanitarian Relief: Texting

Understanding how Ebola is affecting the food supply is far easier when a robot is running the survey.<p>Pandemics, like war, have a higher cost than their death toll. On top of the 5,000 lives that Ebola has claimed, there are other sorts of victims in the six West African countries the virus has …

3-D Printer Sales to Double Next Year

A still-obscure activity is headed for the mainstream.<p>You’ve been hearing about 3-D printing becoming a mainstream activity for a few years now, but how big a deal is it really? Potentially huge, sure, but today the research firm Gartner is out with some new estimates that put some hard numbers on …

Nextbit Unveils A Dead-Simple Way To Sync, Store Data Across Multiple Mobile Apps, Devices

The last time I talked to Nextbit, they had raised $18 million from Accel Partners and Google Ventures and had put together a veteran team made out of early Android folk who helped build Google’s mobile OS into what it is today. But they refused to share anything about what they were working on.<p>Now …

Inside Tinder’s Hookup Factory

Entering Tinder’s modest office building in Los Angeles, where signs on the first floor point to a Castaways Casting Office, it’s not clear you’re …

Nextbit is bringing iOS-like app continuity and 'limitless' storage to Android

You may just about recall that Nextbit, a startup formed by ex-Googlers, has been collaborating with Cyanogen on a "really cool" secret project. As it turns out, this is all about the continuity experience across Android devices -- very timely given the recent launch of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1, …

Microsoft Adds Unlimited OneDrive Storage To All Office 365 Accounts

This morning, Microsoft announced that all Office 365 accounts will come with unlimited OneDrive storage. Gone are the 1 terabyte caps that were recently introduced. If you pay for Office, your storage is free.<p>It’s a good, if not surprising, move from Microsoft: The company has worked to improve …

Washington school shooting claims another victim

The five victims in last week's shooting at a Washington high school were invited to the same lunch table by the shooter.<p>"It's our understanding he (invited them) via texting," Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary told reporters Monday.<p>Witnesses say Jaylen Fryberg, a popular freshman, opened fire …

Second victim of Washington state high school shooter dies

Another victim of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting died Sunday night, Providence Regional Medical Center announced.<p>Gia Soriano, 14, was shot in the head Friday when Jaylen Fryberg took a gun into the cafeteria and opened fire. Authorities say the troubled freshman football player killed …

Suicide bomber kills 27 Shi'ite militiamen in town near Baghdad: police

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 27 Shi’ite militiamen on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Jurf al-Sakhar on Monday after security forces pushed Islamic State militants out of the area over the weekend, army and police sources said.<p>The attacker, driving a Humvee vehicle packed …

US governors, Army go own way on Ebola quarantines

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday recommended new restrictions for people at highest risk for …

Suicide bomber kills 27 militiamen south of Iraqi capital

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 27 Shi’ite militiamen outside the Iraqi town of Jurf al-Sakhar on Monday after security forces pushed Islamic State militants out of the area over the weekend, army and police sources said.<p>The attacker, driving a Humvee vehicle packed with …

Rousseff’s pick for Brazil finance minister is key to regaining trust

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will have to quickly appoint a new finance minister from outside her party to show she is ready to scrap policies that fuelled inflation and slowed growth, political analyst Andre Cesar said last night.<p>"She has to give a clear and rapid signal," Cesar, an …

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CDC says returning Ebola medical workers should not be quarantined

Federal health officials on Monday revamped guidelines for doctors and nurses returning home to the United States from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, stopping well short of controversial mandatory quarantines being imposed by some U.S. states.<p>Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. …

US nurse who threatened to sue over Ebola quarantine to be freed

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie makes a major u-turn on enforced quarantine policy to allow Kaci Hickox to be isolated in home state of Maine<p>A nurse who threatened to sue over being forced into quarantine when she returned to the United States after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone could …

Car bombings in Iraq kill at least 38 people

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two car bombings in Iraq, including one where a suicide attacker drove a Humvee into a checkpoint manned by Iraqi troops and …

Hospital: Second victim in Washington school shooting dies

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Gia Soriano, 14, died Sunday night, becoming the second victim of a shooting at a Seattle-area high school after a popular student opened fire on his classmates before taking his own life.<p>Gia was one of four critically injured teens taken to a local hospital Friday after high …

Life under Boko Haram; escapees tell their stories

Forced to marry, raped in captivity and subjected to physical and psychological abuse – these are the reported experiences of women and girls captured by Boko Haram in Nigeria.<p>Human Rights Watch has released a report documenting the practices of the militant Islamist group which has abducted more …

Dozens more girls abducted by Nigerian extremists

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Dozens of girls and young women are being abducted by Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria, raising doubts about an …

After weeks of watching, Hawaii lava nears home

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials will make arrangements for those living in the path of a lava flow to watch the destruction of their homes.<p>That …

In wake of Canada attacks, Toronto police drill for disaster

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The head of Canada’s national police told a parliamentary committee on Monday the government must do more to stop homegrown radicals, such as those who killed two soldiers on home soil last week, from going overseas for militant training.<p>Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner …