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Arctic Monkeys ready to chill after global success
Tue Aug 19, 2014 - 9:22 PM
Shrugging "There isn't any rush to do something else yet," said drummer Matt Helders. "For now this album seems like a place to leave it for a bit. We've never really had an indefinite chunk of time off. I don't think we can tour (this record) anymore."The release of their fifth album "AM" last September triggered a flood of critical acclaim and accolades but their transformation from brash teenagers to biker chic pin-ups means they can barely get throug ...
Moroccan man sentenced to 30 years in U.S. bomb plot
Fri Sep 14, 2012 - 9:53 AM
WASHINGTON Amine El Khalifi, 29, an illegal immigrant who lived in Alexandria, Virginia, was sentenced after pleading guilty in June to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
He faced a maximum sentence under the law of life in prison, but prosecutors agreed to 25 to 30 years as part of a plea deal.
"The sentence in this case must be a beacon to those would seek to commit such attacks that, when caught and prosecuted, they will be sentenced to d ...
'Kurdish Obama' challenges perceptions with Turkish presidential bid
Sat Aug 9, 2014 - 11:41 AM
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Unthinkable just a few years ago, Selahattin Demirtas' bid for Turkey's highest office underscores how Kurdish politics has entered the mainstream even as Kurds in neighboring Syria and Iraq push for more autonomy. Peace talks between Turkey and Kurdish rebels, overseen by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to try to end a three-decade war, have brought two years of calm and paved the way for Demirtas to run as Turkey's first openly Kurdish presidential candidate. &q ...
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Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk
Wed Aug 20, 2014 - 2:20 PM
The Ukrainian troops have been trying for weeks to drive the rebels out of Luhansk and cut off Donetsk, a city of 1 million that has shrunk by a third as frightened residents fled. In the last few days, several neighborhoods in Donetsk have been hit with sustained artillery fire and fighting on the city's outskirts has become more intense.The death toll mounted quickly on Wednesday. In the Donetsk region, 43 locals were killed and 42 wounded in less than two days, including in two deadly art ...
U.S. military tried, but failed to rescue journalist Foley, other hostages
Wed Aug 20, 2014 - 7:06 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military earlier this year carried out an attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, in an operation that the Pentagon said ultimately failed to find the captives. The unsuccessful rescue operation "involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL," the Pentagon said in a statement, using a different name for the militant group. " ...
Hoyer wins Browns' quarterback job over Johnny Manziel
Wed Aug 20, 2014 - 6:40 PM
The two had been vying for the job for most of the off-season before Browns coach Mike Pettine and his staff opted for Hoyer, mainly because of his previous experience in the National Football League (NFL) and his leadership qualities. "He was the clear leader from the beginning," Pettine, who consulted with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains before reaching a decision, said in a statement. "We've maintained all along that if it was clo ...
Chinese theaters won't hire drug-related actors
Wed Aug 13, 2014 - 10:52 PM
Gao Hu, 40, who had a small part as a soldier in Zhang Yimou's 2011 movie "The Flowers of War," was detained by police for possession and use of marijuana and methamphetamine, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Beijing police also announced the Tuesday detention in a brief statement.Several celebrities have been detained on drug charges following a declaration in June by President Xi Jinping that illegal drugs should be wiped out and that offenders would be severely punished.The ...
In case of slain journalist, negotiations, silence, then a chilling warning
Wed Aug 20, 2014 - 7:11 PM
WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - After months of silence from the captors of American journalist James Foley, on the night of Aug. 13, his family received a chilling message: Foley would be executed in retaliation for U.S. air strikes on the militant group Islamic State. The family passed the message on to the U.S. government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which handles cases involving kidnapped American citizens, helped craft a response, pleading for mercy, said Phil Balboni, chief executiv ...
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Fri Sep 21, 2012 - 12:26 PM
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