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- Sri Lanka Muslim leader warns of radicalisation after riots
Sri Lanka's most senior Muslim politician Friday warned that his government's failure to restrain Buddhist monks accused of sparking religious hate attacks will foment Islamic extremism and threaten security. Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem said he had been under intense pressure from supporters to quit President Mahinda Rajapakse's coalition after it failed to prevent last month's deadly religious violence. Four people were killed and 80 wounded in the worst religious riots to hit the island in recent decades. Hakeem told the Foreign Correspondents' Association in Colombo that "Islamophobia" was gripping the mainly Buddhist country where Muslims accounted for 10 percent of the 20 million population.
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- US hails Japan easing of restrictions on military
- Oil prices plunge as Libyan supplies ramp up
Global oil prices dived on Friday on the prospect of Libyan oil production ramping up after rebels lifted blockades on shipping terminals. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for August plunged $2.10 to close at $100.83 a barrel, its lowest level since May 12. "The petroleum markets are under ongoing selling pressure as traders react to the decline in price by selling more, even in the absence of fresh compelling bearish news," said Tim Evans of Citi Futures. Sanjeev Gupta, head of the Asia-Pacific oil and gas practice at consultancy firm EY, said oil prices were weighed down by the imminent return of disrupted Libyan exports into a global market already flush with supply.
- U.S. Navy maintains grounding order for F-35 fighter jets
By Andrea Shalal RAF FAIRFORD England (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy on Friday maintained a grounding order for F-35 B-model and C-model fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, saying it was still not clear what caused a massive engine failure on an Air Force F-35 jet last month. "At this time, I do not have sufficient information to return the F-35B and F-35C fleet to flight," Vice Admiral David Dunaway, who heads the Navy's Air Systems Command, said in an update to a fleetwide grounding order issued by U.S. officials on July 3. Dunaway said in the document that he was committed to returning the F-35 fleet to flight as soon as possible, but there was "no discernible event that represents a root cause." In the incident on June 23, the Pratt & Whitney engine on an Air Force F-35 A-model jet broke apart and caught fire while a pilot was preparing to take off from a Florida air base. Until the grounding is lifted, the U.S. Marine Corps and Britain will not be able to ferry four F-35B aircraft to Britain for the jet's planned international debut at two air shows there this month - the Royal International Air Tattoo, the world's largest military air show that began Friday, and the Farnborough air show, which starts on Monday and runs until July 20.
- Hot spot: Yellowstone road melts, closing sites
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The ever-changing geology of Yellowstone National Park has melted an asphalt road, blocking access to several popular geysers and other thermal features at the height of tourist season.
- Spectacular 'Supermoon' Rises This Weekend
You might want to step outside tomorrow night (July 12), when a bulging "supermoon" will rise in the evening sky. At this point, known as "perigee," the moon is about 30,000 miles (50,000 kilometers) closer to the planet than at its farthest point, or "apogee." [In Photos: Glitzy Images of a Supermoon] Supermoons gained attention last year, when a June 2013 full moon was 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons, according to NASA. To the casual observer, it's not easy to tell the difference between a normal full moon and a supermoon.
- Hostile people more likely to suffer a stroke
Feeling cynical and hostile toward others may double the risk of having a stroke in middle-aged and older adults, according to a study out Thursday. The research in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, also found that depression and high stress increased stroke risk. These surveys assessed chronic stress, depressive symptoms, anger and hostility over two years, and low scores indicated a lesser frequency of these feelings. Researchers found that those with the highest hostility scores -- measured by assessing a person's cynical expectations of other people's motives -- were more than twice as likely to have a stroke or TIA, compared to the lowest scorers.