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last updated: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:23:49 -0400

EU's Barroso warns Britain against bloc exit

"Could the UK get by without a little help from your friends? My answer is probably not," European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in his speech in LondonLondon (AFP) - European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso argued Monday that Britain is better off in the EU and warned that alienating its allies would be a "historic mistake", as pressure mounts from British eurosceptics before elections.


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15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World

Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!


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last updated: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:42:10 GMT

Bishop denies PM nixed face-veil ban
SPEAKER Bronwyn Bishop says she wasn't told by the prime minister to reverse a decision on face-veil-wearing visitors to Parliament House.

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last updated: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:39:23 -0400

Syria's Kurdish fighters: U.S. arms drop will 'help greatly'

Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters ride a vehicle in the western outskirts of the Syrian town of Kobane on October 17, 2014Kurdish fighters also say they hope to receive additional assistance.


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Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas

Christine Wade, a registered nurse at the University of Texas Medical Branch, greets Carnival Magic passengers disembarking in Galveston, Texas on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Nurses met passengers with Ebola virus fact sheets and to answer any questions. A Dallas health care worker was in voluntary isolation in her cabin aboard the cruise ship because of her potential contact with the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/The Galveston County Daily News, Jennifer Reynolds)DALLAS (AP) — Ebola fears began to ease for some Monday as a monitoring period passed for those who had close contact with a victim of the disease and after a cruise ship scare ended with the boat returning to port and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus.


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House Dems raise $17M in September, spend $37M

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2014, file photo, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaks to the news media in Weston, Fla. With nearly three weeks until Election Day, political parties and their committees on Friday, Oct. 17 were busy moving cash around with a sharp eye on the Senate, where control is at stake. "Transfers this large were in doubt even a few months ago, but with the support of the president, the vice president and our grassroots supporters, we were able to make it happen," Wasserman Schultz said in an email. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats' campaign arm on Monday said it raised almost $17 million last month and has $34 million saved for the final weeks of the election.


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U.S. Ebola czar seeks to reverse government mistakes, step up response

File photo of U.S. Senator Whitehouse talking to Klain, then-Chief of Staff for U.S. Vice President Biden, in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain faces a hefty to-do list when he begins his new role: soothe Americans' jitters about the virus, fix federal coordination with states, and restore a sense of control over the crisis that the White House had lost. Klain, a former senior aide in two Democratic administrations who is known for his keen political antenna, also must smooth over tensions with lawmakers who are angry about the government's missteps and mixed messages. ...


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Two arrested in death of Saudi student in California: report

Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi is pictured in this undated handout photo(Reuters) - Two people have been arrested in the death of a college student from Saudi Arabia whose remains were found alongside a freeway in a Southern California desert city, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, 23, was last seen at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Reseda on Sept. 17. Authorities discovered his body in Palm Desert, roughly 125 miles (200 km) to the southeast, on Thursday. His body was identified on Friday. Police declined to release details on the arrests and are planning a news conference on Monday, the newspaper reported. ...


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U.S. to issue new Ebola care guidelines, watch lists to shrink

The Carnival Magic cruise ship is seen after reaching port in Galveston, TexasBy Erwin Seba GALVESTON Texas (Reuters) - The United States will issue strict new guidelines telling American health workers to cover their skin and hair when dealing with Ebola patients, a top health official said on Sunday, while some of the dozens of people being watched for possible exposure to the virus are expected to be cleared. In Texas, a lab worker who spent much of a Caribbean holiday cruise in isolation tested negative for the deadly virus and left the Carnival Magic liner with other passengers after it docked at Galveston early on Sunday morning. ...


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U.S. airdrops arms to Kurdish forces

Smoke from a fire rises following a strike in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Military planes provide ammunition and medical aid to troops fighting the Islamic State.


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Comet Siding Spring whizzes past Mars

An illustration by NASA depicts the comet Siding Spring (2013 A1) traveling toward MarsWashington (AFP) - A comet the size of a small mountain and about as solid as a pile of talcum powder whizzed past Mars, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter.


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Comet buzzes Mars in once-in-a-lifetime encounter

Comet Buzzes Mars in Once-in-a-Lifetime FlybyA comet zoomed by Mars today (Oct. 19) in an extremely rare close encounter that scientists billed as a "once-in-a-lifetime" event that may help researchers better understand the earliest days of our solar system. At the time of closest approach, the comet barreled by at 126,000 mph (203,000 km/h) relative to the Red Planet, NASA officials said. It is incredible luck that it is saving us the trouble of going to it, as it flies by Mars, which is being explored by seven active robots," Mark Lemmon of Texas A&M University, a camera team member for NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity Mars rovers, said in a statement. Planetary scientist David Grinspoon, who tracked Comet Siding Spring flyby in real-time during a live webcast by the Slooh Community Observatory, compared the significance of the event with the epic impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter in 1994. 


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Manning breaks Favre's NFL record for TD passes

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws his 509th career touchdown pass to set the all time record during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. Manning has broken Brett Favre's record for touchdown passes with his 509th. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's NFL record for touchdown passes with No. 509. He didn't stop there, either.


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Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early

U.S. President Obama waves as he arrives for a campaign rally for Maryland Lt. Gov. Brown at a High School in Upper MarlboroBy Jeff Mason UPPER MARLBORO Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election. ...


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Hunt for clues in Hannah Graham case

Charlottesville Police Chief, Tim Longo, wipes his eyes as he and Albermarle County police Col. Steve Sellers, brief the media on the discovery of remains in Albermarle County during a news conference in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Searchers found human remains on Saturday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of Hannah Graham, Chief Longo told a news conference. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)Virginia authorities comb an area near where human remains were discovered.


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Nigerians doubtful of girls' release after Boko Haram 'truce' breached

Nigerians Doubtful Of Girls' Release After Boko Haram 'truce' BreachedBy Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - - A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents. Nigeria's armed forces chief Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh announced the ceasefire on Friday to enable the release of the girls, who were abducted from the remote northeastern village of Chibok in April. ...


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Dutch MH17 relative visits Ukraine crash site

Candles and plush toys are seen at the site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 exploded near the village of Rassipnoe, Ukraine, on October 15, 2014The Hague (AFP) - A Dutch relative of a victim of downed flight MH17 has travelled to the crash site in eastern Ukraine to search for the remains of his missing cousin, Dutch television reported Sunday.


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S. Korea: 2 Koreas exchange gunfire along border
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Troops from the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said. There were no reports of injuries or property damage, but the 10 minutes of shooting highlighted rising tensions between the divided countries.

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Hopes fade for 40 missing after Nepal blizzard

Israeli survivors from the blizzard hug each other, as they get ready to board a bus to the airport to head back to their country in KathmanduKATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hopes faded on Sunday for survivors of one of Nepal's worst mountain disasters as villagers joined an intensive search by troops and government officials for as many as 40 people missing after an unseasonal blizzard killed 39. More than 500 people have been rescued from a route popular with foreign adventure tourists that circles Annapurna, the world's tenth-tallest peak. The survivors included 230 foreigners. Rescuers turned to villagers familiar with the rugged, snow-clad terrain to help look for stranded trekkers. ...


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Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town

Smoke rises over the Syrian town of KobaniBy Humeyra Pamuk URFA Turkey (Reuters) - The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight as Islamic State fighters attacked Kurdish defenders with mortars and car bombs, sources in the town and a monitoring group said on Sunday. Islamic State, which controls much of Syria and Iraq, fired 44 mortars at Kurdish parts of the town on Saturday and some of the shells fell inside nearby Turkey, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said four more mortars were fired on Sunday. The month-long battle for Kobani has ebbed and flowed. ...


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last updated: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:34:07 -0400

Syria's Kurdish fighters: U.S. arms drop will 'help greatly'

Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters ride a vehicle in the western outskirts of the Syrian town of Kobane on October 17, 2014Kurdish fighters also say they hope to receive additional assistance.


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last updated: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:44:35 -0400

Syria's Kurdish fighters: U.S. arms drop will 'help greatly'

Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters ride a vehicle in the western outskirts of the Syrian town of Kobane on October 17, 2014Kurdish fighters also say they hope to receive additional assistance.


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last updated: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:30:00 GMT

10 Aussie travel destinations you must visit
THIS couple has travelled the globe and says no destination can beat Australia. Here are the top 10 places close-ish to home that you need to see before you die.

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F--- the police ‘bikie’ beats the rap again
SUSPECTED bikie Lorne Campbell has beaten the law again with a jury finding him not guilty of threatening a rival tattoo shop owner.

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last updated: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:09:51 +0000

How 'Deep Throat' Forever Changed My Childhood
I had a quiet suburban adolescence until Dad was busted on federal obscenity charges for distributing "Deep Throat."

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last updated: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:55:47 GMT

Reform-minded outsider Widodo takes over as Indonesia's president
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy on Monday with supporters' hopes high but pressing economic problems and sceptical rivals set to test the former furniture businessman.






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last updated: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:01:03 -0400

Hillsong Megachurch Denies Supporting Marriage Equality

It rebukes international reporting, “Nowhere did I suggest that Hillsong supported gay marriage.”

Australian evangelical church Hillsong has moved to clarify its position on marriage equality after being lavished with praise in a recent New York Times report.

Australian evangelical church Hillsong has moved to clarify its position on marriage equality after being lavished with praise in a recent New York Times report.

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The New York Times reported that Hillsong co-founder Brian Houston was in an "ongoing conversation" about marriage equality which represented a "shift in tone" for Christian evangelical churches.

The response to NYT report came via a statement to the church's website.

"Nowhere in my answer did I diminish biblical truth or suggest that I or Hillsong Church supported gay marriage. My personal view on the subject of homosexuality would line up with most traditionally held Christian views," wrote Mr Houston.

The pastor said he was not publically "condemning" homosexuality because the church had campuses in New York and California, where there is marriage equality.

"I made the point that public statements condemning people will place a barrier between the church and the world... which is why at Hillsong, we don't want to reduce the real issues in people's lives to a sound bite."

The powerful Pentecostal church counts upwards of 100,000 people attending its weekly services worldwide and has become known globally for producing best-selling Christian rock albums.

Mr Houston's statement sparked some criticism from Hillsong's hundreds of thousands of followers on Facebook, who were concerned the church's position on marriage seems vague.

Mr Houston's statement sparked some criticism from Hillsong's hundreds of thousands of followers on Facebook, who were concerned the church's position on marriage seems vague.

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Philippine-U.S. Ties Tested After Visiting Marine Accused of Murder
Protesters have been chanting 'U.S. troops out now'

The alleged murder of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude by a U.S. Marine has sparked outrage in the Philippines, with some calling into question the U.S. military’s presence in the country.

Under the Visiting Forces Agreement, the U.S. military is allowed to conduct drills in the Philippines. The accord also gives the Philippines the power to prosecute American service members if they fall foul of the law, but they can remain in U.S. custody until the end of judicial proceedings, the Associated Press reports.

Several small protests took place in the country’s capital, Manila, and the city of Olongapo, where the alleged murder took place, and in the former U.S. naval base at Subic Bay free port Saturday, where the suspect Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, is being kept on the U.S.S. Peleliu. He has been summoned by the Olongapo City Prosecutor’s Office to attend a hearing Tuesday.

Protesters have been chanting “U.S. troops out now” and calling for the Visiting Forces Agreement to be abolished.

But authorities say the case is isolated and not related to the treaty.

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[Associated Press]

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