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Syria Kurds weather IS assault as they await reinforcements

Yildiz - Kurdish fighters in the battleground Syrian town of Kobane weathered an onslaught by Islamic State group militants on Tuesday as they awaited promised reinforcements.

Subway singer arrested for singing during legal performance

New York - Most of us don't expect to be arrested while doing something that's perfectly legal, but that's what happened to a musician playing his guitar on a subway platform in New York.

Total chief executive De Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Moscow - Russian and French experts were investigating Tuesday a plane crash at a Moscow airport which killed the CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet struck a snowplough on takeoff.

Pistorius jailed for five years

Pretoria - South African judge Thokozile Masipa on Tuesday sentenced Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013."Count one, culpable homicide, the sentence imposed is five years," Masipa said.

Op-Ed: Femme Fatale actress sued for refusing to do topless scene

Time Warner HBO’s “Femme Fatale” TV series is a tacky take on a magazine of the same name. This loser show just got tackier. Producers are complaining about Anne Greene’s refusal to comply with the “must show nipples” clause in her contract.

Total chief executive De Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Moscow - The CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoff.

Mexico announces reward in hunt for missing students

Acapulco - Mexico's government announced a $110,000 reward for information on the disappearance of 43 students in a case of alleged collusion between a drug gang and police.

Taliban blast in Kabul kills four Afghan soldiers

Kabul - At least four Afghan soldiers were killed and around a dozen people including six civilians wounded when a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban exploded in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, officials said.

Op-Ed: Australia has lost one of her favourite sons, Gough Whitlam, 98

Sydney - Gough Whitlam was a maverick politician, ahead of his time and a true exponent of the core principles of the labour movement. He’s one of the few Australian Prime Ministers who truly revolutionized the nation.

Not just sci-fi, long-range tractor beam now a reality

Canberra - Two Australian laser physicists have developed the worlds first first long-distance optical tractor beam, capable of not only attracting objects, but repelling them as well.

Hong Kong protesters add helmets to their umbrellas

Hong Kong - When Anson Lau first joined Hong Kong's pro-democracy rallies he carried little more than a raincoat and a bottle of water.

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

New York - Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, whose beautiful clothes defined American elegance for generations and were beloved by first ladies and Hollywood stars, has died aged 82.

Pistorius to learn sentence for killing girlfriend

Pretoria - South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday learns his sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year, bringing an end to a seven-month trial that gripped the nation.

Op-Ed: Obama administration split on issue of torture ban

Washington - In 2005 the Bush administration revealed that it interpreted the UN Convention Against Torture banning "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" as not applicable to the CIA or military prisons overseas.

U.S. cautiously optimistic after no new Ebola in 5 days

Washington - With no new Ebola cases in five days, U.S. authorities were cautious but hopeful that the virus has been contained in the United States after a flawed response revealed shortcomings in the system.

Extinction clock running down with death of white Rhino

The extinction clock is winding down today for the Northern white rhino, one of the two sub-species of white rhinos. On Saturday, workers at a Kenya game reserve found Suni, one of two male Northern white rhinos dead in his enclosure.

Sears Canada names new acting-CEO

Sears Canada Inc. named Ronald Boire of the American-based Sears Holding to replace Douglas Campbell as acting president and CEO. This is not the first time that the Canadian-based company has recruited from its American partner.

Seattle-based Nordstrom will open discount store in Albany area

Seattle - Nordstrom has announced plans to open two new stores in upstate New York. The first will be located at the Colonie Center in Albany. The other is planned for Buffalo.

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98

Sydney - Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, a towering figure who led the nation through a period of massive change and remains the country's only leader to be sacked, died Tuesday aged 98.

China economic growth falls to five-year low of 7.3%, govt says

Beijing - China's gross domestic product expanded in the third quarter at its slowest pace since the depths of the global financial crisis, official data showed Tuesday, despite efforts to kickstart the world's second-largest economyThe 7.
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