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London (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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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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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.
By 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. ...
(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. ...
By 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. ...
A 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.
By 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. ...
By 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. ...
The 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.
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.
KATHMANDU (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. ...
By 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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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.
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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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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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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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.
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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.
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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