Blast kills at least 5 in Nigeria market: police, rescue worker

July 31st, 2015

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – At least five people were killed by a bomb in Gamboru market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri on Friday morning, a policeman and a rescue worker said. Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, is frequently targeted by Islamist group Boko Haram. A hospital source said a dozen people were brought in with injuries as well as four bodies so far.

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Police end icebreaker bridge protest

July 31st, 2015

Greenpeace activists are removed from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, allowing an icebreaker to join an Arctic oil drilling operation.

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Ohio State suspends Bosa, Marshall, 2 others for opener

July 30th, 2015

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2014, file photo, Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) is congratulated by teammates after recovering a fumble and running it back for a touchdown during the first half of the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in Indianapolis. Ohio State has suspended All-America defensive end Joey Bosa, receiver Corey Smith and H-backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson for its opening game at Virginia Tech. In a statement released about an hour before Big Ten media days began Thursday, July 30, 2015, the Buckeyes said the players violated department of athletics policy. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Ohio State will face one of its toughest tests of the season without its best defensive player and three talented receivers.


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US inquiry into African lion killer

July 30th, 2015

US officials launch an investigation into the killing of a lion in Zimbabwe but say they have been unable to reach the American involved.

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U.S. second-quarter GDP gains speed on consumer spending

July 30th, 2015

A customer shops at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in BentonvilleBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. economic growth accelerated in the second quarter as a pick-up in consumer spending offset the drag from soft business spending on equipment, suggesting a steady momentum that could bring the Federal Reserve closer to hiking interest rates this year. With oil prices having risen during the second quarter and consumer spending having picked up, inflation pressures accelerated sharply.


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Rolling Stone sued over rape article

July 30th, 2015

University of Virginia fraternity members profiled in a false Rolling Stone piece about campus rape culture file a lawsuit against the magazine.

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Brazil raises key interest rate to 14.25% to curb inflation

July 30th, 2015

Trade union members demonstrate in front of the headquarters of Brazil's Central Bank, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 28, 2015 demanding a reduction of the basic interest rateBrazil's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate by half a point to 14.25 percent, seeking to fight inflation during a major slump in the local currency. The bank's monetary policy committee COPOM decided in a unanimous vote to raise the Selic rate by 0.50 percentage points, the seventh consecutive raise. Analysts say Brazil's once booming economy suffers deep underlying illnesses, notably the massive corruption scandal unfolding at national oil company Petrobras and rippling across other top companies and into political circles.


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Epidemic of US children sold for sex

July 30th, 2015

The vast majority of children bought and sold for sex every night in the United States are American, a BBC investigation finds.

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Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks

July 29th, 2015

National Counterterrorism Center image of Mullah OmarBy Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, elusive leader of the Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency against the government in Kabul, died more than two years ago. The announcement came a day or so before a second round of peace talks had been tentatively scheduled, and news of the fate of the one-eyed Omar could deepen Taliban divisions over whether to pursue negotiations and who should replace him. Omar had not been seen in public since fleeing when the Taliban was toppled from power by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001, and there has been speculation for years among militant circles that he was either incapacitated or had died.


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Brady accuses NFL over four-game ban

July 29th, 2015

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady promises to “fight” the NFL over his four-game ban from the ‘deflate-gate’ scandal.

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