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07/29/2016 07:50 AM
U.N. says Russian Aleppo plan needs improving, may be a job for U.N.
GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia's humanitarian plan for up to 300,000 civilians besieged in the Syrian city of Aleppo should be improved, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Friday, suggesting Moscow should consider handing over responsibility for any evacuation to the United Nations. "My understanding is the Russians are open for major improvements," he told reporters. He said U.N. humanitarian experts knew what to do and had the necessary experience. "That's our job," he said. (Reporting by Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay)

07/29/2016 07:45 AM
The Latest: 3-time Olympic canoeing champ Kovacs retires

Natalya Aksyonova makes an attempt in the women's high jump during the Russian Stars 2016 track and field competitions in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 28, 2016. Aksyonova is among the more than 100 athletes who have been barred from competing in the Rio Olympic Games by international sports federations under sanctions which most Russian athletes consider unfair. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):

07/29/2016 07:43 AM
AP FACT CHECK: Misfires in Hillary Clinton's speech

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves after taking the stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)WASHINGTON (AP) — In her speech accepting the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton wrongly implied Donald Trump has proposed banning Islam in America and sketched out a plan for defeating Islamic State militants that merely mirrors what the U.S. is already trying to do.

07/29/2016 07:40 AM
Merck beats 2Q profit forecasts, lowers guidance

FILE - This Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, file photo shows the Merck logo on a stained glass panel at a Merck company building in Kenilworth, N.J. Drugmaker Merck reports financial results Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) — Slightly higher sales and substantial cost-cutting by Merck & Co. boosted second-quarter profit 75 percent, but the drugmaker lowered its financial forecast for the year, citing higher restructuring costs in the quarter.

07/29/2016 07:40 AM
Rabat zoo seeks answers after elephant kills girl with stone
PARIS (AP) — Experts at a zoo in the Moroccan capital of Rabat are trying to understand why an elephant hurled a stone in the direction of visitors, killing a 7-year-old girl.

07/29/2016 07:39 AM
Yes, Harrison Ford uses checklists when he flies
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Yes, Harrison Ford uses a checklist when he flies his plane.

07/29/2016 07:38 AM
Kaymer, Stenson set for early charge at rainy PGA

Henrik Stenson of Sweden in action during the first round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016British Open champion Henrik Stenson and two-time major winner Martin Kaymer were set to make early second-round charges at leader Jimmy Walker under rainy skies Friday at the PGA Championship. Walker, a 37-year-old American, fired a five-under par 65 Thursday to grab a one-stroke lead over Germany's Kaymer, England's Ross Fisher and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo at the year's last major tournament.

07/29/2016 07:36 AM
The Latest: Police: 2nd officer shot expected to survive
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of police officers in San Diego. (all times local):

07/29/2016 07:36 AM
Bikini-clad Swedish cop makes arrest while sunbathing

In this photo provided by Jenny Kitsune Adolffson Swedish police officer Mikaela Kellner is pinning a man to the ground who is suspected to have stolen a friend's mobile phone as she said, in Stockholm Sweden, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. She was off duty and wearing a bikini but that didn't stop her from apprehending the man. (Jenny Kitsune Adolfsson via AP)STOCKHOLM (AP) — She was off duty and wearing a bikini but that didn't stop Swedish police officer Mikaela Kellner from catching a suspected thief.

07/29/2016 07:35 AM
Red Bull boss defends cockpit 'halo' delay

A presentation at this year's Hungarian Grand Prix claimed the 'halo' cockpit head protection device may have saved 17 percent more drivers involved in accidents during racesRed Bull team chief Christian Horner on Friday defended Formula One’s decision to postpone the introduction of cockpit 'halos' and said not enough research and development had been carried out. "I disagree with that," said Horner.

07/29/2016 07:35 AM
Police Chief: 2nd San Diego officer shot expected to survive after other officer died
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police Chief: 2nd San Diego officer shot expected to survive after other officer died.

07/29/2016 07:34 AM
South Sudan's new VP pours scorn on predecessor Machar, deepening rift

Taban Deng Gai addresses delegates after he was sworn-in as South Sudan First Vice President inside the Presidential Palace in the capital of JubaBy George Hakim JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's new vice president, Taban Deng Gai, poured scorn on his predecessor Riek Machar and suggested he go into exile, deepening a rift at the heart of the political elite that has raised the risk of more turmoil after months of fighting. "Something is wrong with comrade Riek," Gai said in a speech broadcast on national television and radio, as he formally took office on Thursday. Machar, the previous vice president, and the SPLM-IO group he leads, have been caught up with more than two years of on-and-off, ethnically charged fighting with supporters of the country's President Salva Kiir.

07/29/2016 07:32 AM
Anti-Boko Haram task force says recaptures town in Nigeria's Borno state

Niger soldiers provide security for an anti-Boko Haram summit in Diffa city, NigerA multinational task force battling Boko Haram said on Thursday it had recaptured the only town in northeast Nigeria's Borno state that was still held by the Islamist militant group. Boko Haram, which formed in Borno, has waged an insurgency since 2009 to carve out a state based on sharia (Islamic law) in the northeast of Africa's most populous country. Damasak, captured by Boko Haram in October 2014, was part of an area around the size of Belgium that the jihadist group controlled in northeast Nigeria by the end of 2009.

07/29/2016 07:30 AM
Credit Suisse to create U.S. banking business for billionaire

A Credit Suisse sign is seen on the exterior of their Americas headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York CityCredit Suisse Group AG , which exited its U.S. private wealth business last year, is building out a new investment banking group in the region to serve billionaires. Switzerland's second-biggest bank has hired Charlie Buckley from rival UBS Group AG to work with company founders and entrepreneurs, according to an internal memo reviewed by Reuters on Friday and confirmed by a spokeswoman.

07/29/2016 07:23 AM
One police officer killed, one wounded in San Diego shooting

Police in San Diego say it is too early to say whether the two officers were ambushed at the traffic stop where the shooting took placeA police officer died and another was wounded in a shooting at a traffic stop in San Diego, police said Friday. A Hispanic man was later taken into custody, San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman told a news conference. The officers radioed in that they were making a traffic stop late Thursday, then called for emergency backup soon after, she said.

07/29/2016 07:16 AM
Pope, at Auschwitz, asks God to forgive 'so much cruelty'

Pope Francis visits to Birkenau's former Nazi death camp in OswiecimBy Philip Pullella OSWIECIM, Poland (Reuters) - Hunched on a bench near the gate to the Auschwitz death camp site in Poland, Pope Francis prayed silently on Friday in tribute to 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, gassed there by Nazi occupiers during World War Two. Marking the third day of his trip to Poland for an international gathering of Catholic youth, Francis spent a few minutes speaking quietly and exchanging gifts with about 12 Auschwitz survivors, including a 101-year-old woman. One of the male survivors gave the pope a picture of himself surrounded by other inmates in a bunk, and asked Francis to sign it.

07/29/2016 07:16 AM
The Latest: Pope visit: Village priest reads psalm in Polish

Pope Francis walks through the gate of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016. Pope Francis has walked beneath the notorious "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate at Auschwitz, beginning a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Poland (all times local):

07/29/2016 07:12 AM
"Tuna" bond investors may sue Mozambique and banks: sources
By Sujata Rao and Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Some holders of Mozambique's restructured "tuna bond" have hired a law firm to explore suing the government and banks Credit Suisse and VTB after it was revealed the country owed $1 billion more to creditors than it had disclosed, three sources familiar with the situation said. Investors agreed this year to swap $697 million still outstanding of a bond issued in 2013 by state tuna-fishing firm Ematum for a sovereign bond maturing in 2023. The deal was viewed at the time as creditor-friendly as it did not require bondholders to write down any of the bond principal and allowed them to exchange corporate risk for a sovereign bond, which is perceived as safer.

07/29/2016 06:59 AM
UN must improve peacekeeping in South Sudan, say aid groups
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ten relief organizations working in South Sudan say the U.N. should urgently improve its peacekeeping mission in the country to protect civilians and help deliver aid to civilians affected by the country's civil war.

07/29/2016 06:51 AM
3 top figures jailed for Anglo Irish Bank accounting fraud
DUBLIN (AP) — Three former senior bankers have been imprisoned for their roles in hiding billions in losses at the defunct Anglo Irish Bank, the biggest accounting fraud in Irish corporate history.

07/29/2016 06:50 AM
Biggest drop in UK consumer morale since 1990 puts BoE on track to act

A shop assistant adjusts a mannequin at Dior's new flagship store in LondonBy Andy Bruce LONDON (Reuters) - British consumer morale suffered its sharpest drop in more than 26 years after last month's decision by voters to leave the European Union, according to figures that are likely to embolden Bank of England policymakers to take action next week. Market research firm GfK said its gauge of consumer confidence fell to -12 from -1 in June, the biggest drop since March 1990 - when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister and Britons were reeling from interest rates rising to 15 percent. Economists expect the Bank to cut rates to a new low of 0.25 percent next week and possibly revive its bond-buying programme, spurred by plunging business and consumer morale since the June 23 vote.

07/29/2016 06:42 AM
Syrian activists: US-led coalition strikes kill 28 civilians
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition targeting a village in northern Syria held by the Islamic State group killed 28 civilians, including seven children, Syrian activists said Friday.

07/29/2016 06:31 AM
Calls grow for Syria regime to end Aleppo siege

Syrian regime aircraft has bombed eastern areas of Aleppo overnight 28-29 July, 2016, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported, without specifying casualtiesAid agencies called Friday on Syria's government to end its encirclement of rebel-held east Aleppo as a handful of civilians managed to use humanitarian corridors to flee the ruined city. Pro-regime forces have surrounded Aleppo's eastern districts since July 17, leaving an estimated 250,000 trapped without reliable access to food or medical aid. Russia, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad, on Thursday announced the opening of humanitarian passages for civilians and surrendering fighters seeking to exit the city's rebel-held eastern neighbourhoods.

07/29/2016 06:25 AM
Pope visits Auschwitz in silence, meets survivors

Pope Francis walks through the gate of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016. Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews. (Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP)OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis paid a somber visit in silence to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews.

07/29/2016 06:25 AM
Turkey shakes up armed forces, U.S. says purges harming cooperation

Turkish soldiers search for missing military personnel suspected of being involved in the coup attempt in MarmarisBy Tulay Karadeniz and Daren Butler ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has begun overhauling its armed forces following a failed coup, but its NATO ally the United States complained that the purges of generals and officers were hindering cooperation in the fight against Islamic State. The military announced late on Thursday the promotion of 99 colonels to the rank of general or admiral, part of a shake-up that left General Staff chief Hulusi Akar and the army, navy and air force commanders in their posts. President Tayyip Erdogan, who ordered the restructuring, accuses U.S.-based Muslim preacher and scholar Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the coup and wants Washington to extradite him.

07/29/2016 06:24 AM
Strike disrupts Air France flights amid summer vacation

FILE - This Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 file photo shows Air France planes parked on the tarmac at Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris, France. Air France has cancelled 10 percent of its long-distance flights Friday due to a strike by cabin crew amid mass departures for summer vacation. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)PARIS (AP) — Air France has cancelled 10 percent of its long-distance flights Friday, during a period of high traffic due to summer vacations, because of a strike by cabin crew.

07/29/2016 06:23 AM
Bank of Japan deflates with 'disappointing' stimulus

The Bank of Japan has surprised markets with only minor tweaks to its giant stimulus planThe Bank of Japan deflated investor spirits Friday with underwhelming tweaks to its giant stimulus plan that fanned worries its monetary policy arsenal is almost empty. The central bank did not expand a massive bond-buying programme -- a cornerstone of its years-long battle against deflation -- despite hopes for a one-two punch to boost the sluggish economy, after Tokyo unveiled a huge spending package this week. Japanese officials are under pressure as the fate of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's bid to reignite the world's number three economy, dubbed Abenomics, looks increasingly gloomy.

07/29/2016 06:22 AM
Zombies take over Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution at gaming show

A man plays avirtual reality game at the annual Ani-Com show in Hong Kong on July 29, 2016Hong Kong's 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella Revolution" was re-imagined as a zombie apocalypse by gamemakers who transformed politicians and protesters into the walking dead using virtual reality technology at a comic and games expo Friday. Teenagers and video game enthusiasts packed the Ani-Com show at the city's harbourfront convention centre and queued for "Hong Kong Infected", where they shot down protesters and police officers who had been afflicted by an unknown contagion. In late 2014, tens of thousands took part in a mass pro-democracy rally, dubbed the "Umbrella Revolution" which paralysed the city for more than two months, with residents calling on Beijing to allow fully free elections of future leaders.

07/29/2016 06:15 AM
The year of 'Neither': Why Reuters/Ipsos is tweaking its U.S. presidential poll

A combination photo of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpBy Maurice Tamman NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a presidential campaign notable for its negativity, the option of “Neither” candidate appears to be an appealing alternative, at least to participants in the Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. Many voters on both sides have been ambivalent in their support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, complicating the task of the pollsters trying to track the race. The amended Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll will be published later Friday, available at

07/29/2016 06:11 AM
Eurozone growth slows as Brexit dangers threaten

Growth in the eurozone slowed in the second quarter to 0.3 percent from 0.6 percent in the previous quarter, official EU data showsGrowth in the eurozone halved in the second quarter, official data showed on Friday, with analysts warning that the consequences of Brexit could harm the economy further later in the year. The Eurostat statistics agency said economic growth in the 19-nation single currency bloc slowed to 0.3 percent in the April to June period, with stagnation in France largely contributing to the poor data. The latest figures were in line with forecasts of analysts surveyed by data company Factset, and meant the eurozone grew by 1.6 percent over 12 months.

07/29/2016 06:01 AM
Accepting White House nomination, Clinton offers 'clear-eyed' vision

Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton accepts the nomination on the fourth and final night at the Democratic National Convention in PhiladelphiaBy John Whitesides and Amanda Becker PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cast herself as the steady leader at a "moment of reckoning" for America, contrasting her character with what she described as a dangerous and volatile Donald Trump. In the biggest speech of her quarter century in politics, Clinton on Thursday accepted the Democratic presidential nomination for the Nov. 8 election with a promise to make the United States a country that worked for everyone. "He's taken the Republican Party a long way, from 'Morning in America' to 'Midnight in America,'" Clinton said.

07/29/2016 05:58 AM
French PM moots temporary ban on foreign-funded mosques

A policeman on duty at Rouen Cathedral on July 27, 2016France's prime minister said Friday he would consider a temporary ban on foreign financing of mosques, urging a "new model" for relations with Islam after a spate of jihadist attacks. Manuel Valls, under fire for perceived security lapses around the attacks, also admitted a "failure" in the fact that one of the jihadists who stormed a church and killed a priest on Tuesday had been released with an electronic tag pending trial. Both Valls and Cazeneuve have faced calls to resign after the second jihadist attack in less than a fortnight raised questions over France's vigilance and preparedness.

07/29/2016 05:56 AM
Nico Rosberg quickest in first practice for German Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg outpaced team-mate Lewis Hamilton in opening free practice for this weekend's German Grand PrixAn in-form Nico Rosberg dominated Friday's opening free practice for this weekend's German Grand Prix, clocking the fastest lap ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg clocked a fastest lap of one minute and 15.517 seconds to outpace defending three-time champion Hamilton by 0.326 seconds, the Briton never looking likely to match his team-mate’s speed. Four-time champion and fellow-German Sebastian Vettel was third-fastest for Ferrari, 1.150 seconds off the pace, ahead of his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

07/29/2016 05:53 AM
Britain casts doubt on EDF's Hinkley Point nuclear plan

File photo of a tractor mowing a field on the site where EDF Energy's Hinkley Point C nuclear power station will be constructed in BridgwaterBy Nina Chestney and William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's new government has cast doubt over a project with French energy company EDF to build the UK's first new nuclear plant in decades, delaying a decision on the plan just a day after the company's board voted to proceed. In a surprise move, the government said it wanted to give the Hinkley Point C project further consideration, postponing approval until early autumn and leading to concerns the plant's construction will be pushed back further. The pouring of the first concrete at Hinkley Point C is scheduled for mid-2019 but the 18 billion pound plant's start-up date has been delayed several times due to regulatory hurdles, the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and EDF's deteriorating financial position.

07/29/2016 05:50 AM
Red Cross: up to 1 million Iraqis may have to flee fighting
GENEVA (AP) — The international Red Cross says up to 1 million Iraqis could be forced to flee their homes in the coming weeks amid worsening fighting in the country.

07/29/2016 05:49 AM
Exclusive: FBI probes hacking of Democratic congressional group - sources

Congressional candidates that are running for office watch a video while standing onstage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaBy Joseph Menn, Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating a cyber attack against another U.S. Democratic Party group, which may be related to an earlier hack against the Democratic National Committee, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The previously unreported incident at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, and its potential ties to Russian hackers are likely to heighten accusations, so far unproven, that Moscow is trying to meddle in the U.S. presidential election campaign to help Republican nominee Donald Trump. The Kremlin denied involvement in the DCCC cyber-attack.

07/29/2016 05:42 AM
Eurozone growth halves in Q2 but inflation inches up in July

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)LONDON (AP) — Economic growth across the 19-country eurozone halved in the second quarter, official figures showed Friday, in a development that's more likely due to the fading boost from lower oil prices and weaker euro than to concerns in the run-up to the British vote on whether to leave the European Union.

07/29/2016 05:38 AM
Italian banks under glare as EU stress tests results due

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 29, 2016 file photo, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during an EU summit in Brussels. About a month on from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, there’s little evidence that economic activity across the continent has been derailed yet. That’s some reassurance for the 19-country eurozone as it faces a host of other problems, many of which relate to Italy, the bloc’s third-largest economy. The Brexit vote has raised the stakes in Italian Premier Matteo Renzi’s upcoming referendum on a raft of changes designed to streamline the country’s political system. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file)MILAN (AP) — The spotlight is on Italy's troubled banks as regulators prepare to release the results Friday of stress tests of EU lenders that will show how much money the country's financial sector, the most troubled in the region, needs to avoid rekindling a eurozone crisis.

07/29/2016 05:38 AM
Pope writes in Auschwitz guest book: "Lord, have pity on your people. Lord, forgive so much cruelty."
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Pope writes in Auschwitz guest book: "Lord, have pity on your people. Lord, forgive so much cruelty."

07/29/2016 05:24 AM
Turkish army better able to fight Islamic State after purges: foreign minister
Turkey's foreign minister described as "unfortunate" on Friday comments by the head of U.S. national intelligence suggesting that purges in the Turkish military after a failed coup were harming cooperation in the fight against Islamic State. "If they (the Americans) ask whether the fight against Daesh (Islamic State) has been weakened due to the army purge, we say that, on the contrary, when the army has been becomes more trustworthy, clean and effective in the fight," Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters. Turkey has launched a major overhaul of its military following the July 15-16 coup aimed at rooting out supporters of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric whom Ankara regards as the mastermind of the attempted putsch.



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