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  • Heavy fighting breaks out near Libya's Tripoli airport, three dead
    Heavy fighting breaks out near Libya's Tripoli airport, three dead

    By Feras Bosalum and Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Heavy fighting broke out between rival militias vying for control of Libya's main airport on Sunday, killing at least three people and forcing a halt of all flights in the worst fighting in the capital for six months. Residents said that Zintan militiamen who had controlled the airport came under fire and local TV footage suggested that the attacking rebels were from the western city of Misratis. The fighting is part of growing turmoil in the North African oil producer where the government is unable to control battle-hardened militias who helped to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but continue to defy state authority. Zintan forces from the northwest, which have controlled the airport since Gaddafi's ousting, and Misratis had been put on the state payroll in an unsuccessful attempt by the government to win their cooperation and establish the rule of law.

  • Soccer-Sad Brazil players apologise to fans after another heavy loss

    Hosts Brazil lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in their final World Cup match on Saturday and their players apologised to fans after another hugely disappointing performance in the third-place match. "I don't think we deserved for it to end like this," captain Thiago Silva said in a televised interview. It's very tough." Midfielder Oscar looked totally deflated after the defeat, which came just four days after Brazil were crushed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals. "We are all very sad, the people are very sad, but we tried and we tried till the end." Robin van Persie got the first Dutch goal from the penalty spot in the third minute, Daley Blind added a second just 13 minutes later and Georginio Wijnaldum rounded it off with a third in stoppage time.

  • A Review of America and the New Doritos Loaded
    A Review of America and the New Doritos Loaded

    Earlier this month, 7-Eleven introduced America to the Doritos Loaded, a snack food made rich with amber waves of sodium. Like the unseen hand itself, Doritos has asserted its dominance in the national snackscape in recent years with such hits as the Doritos Locos Taco, which sold one billion units in less than one year, and Doritos Jacked, which are chips whose true flavors are a secret...by which I mean, consumers buy them without knowing what they taste like. Meanwhile, up in Canada, Doritos has offered its stoners the chance to burn their mouths off with Doritos Roulette, a bag of Doritos with a few extra spicy chips mixed in that are indistinguishable from the others by the naked eye. First, before its creation, the Doritos Loco Taco was always an unuttered dream and, as Alexis Madrigal pointed out, might have existed 20 years ago were it not for some egos and corporate red tape.

  • More and more airlines eliminating pesky check-in process

    In a sign that traditional airline check-in could become a thing of the past, low-cost US airline JetBlue has become the latest carrier to eliminate the process altogether. After Air France, Finnair, Brussels Airlines, ANA All Nippon Airway and Lufthansa, JetBlue has also introduced automatic check-in, eliminating the need to check-in online 24 hours before their flight. Instead, customers will receive an email alert 24 hours before their scheduled flight along with either a printable boarding pass or a paperless mobile boarding pass for those who’ve downloaded their JetBlue mobile app. In an interview with aviation trade site Future Travel Experience, JetBlue’s senior vice president Eash Sundaram pointed out that the check-in process has become an antiquated and unnecessary step in the flying experience today.

  • Cheryl Burke Slams Plastic Surgery Rumors
    Cheryl Burke Slams Plastic Surgery Rumors

    Cheryl Burke took some serious heat on social media for her recent vacation photos - shots that made some of her followers think she had plastic surgery or lip injections - but the "Dancing with the Stars" pro is denying she's gone under the knife. "It's one thing to see negative comments about yourself in the press, it's another to be criticized by individual people on your own social media pages. It's much more personal, it hurts," she said in a statement to Access Hollywood . I was actually looking forward to posting vacation photos since I've been eating healthy and feeling so good.

  • Major iPhone 6 feature seemingly confirmed
    Major iPhone 6 feature seemingly confirmed

    The tests that put those alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire glass front panels through various tortures, revealing the display is more than able to take a serious beating, may have indeed shown a genuine sapphire glass display for the iPhone. In a new report from The Guardian reveals, professor Neil Alford of the department of materials at Imperial College in London said that the panels are indeed likely made of sapphire crystal. FROM EARLIER: Watch someone break the iPhone 6′s unbreakable sapphire screen “In my opinion the screen being shown off in the video could well be a sapphire screen,” Alford said, referring to the video showing Marques Brownlee trying to damage a leaked iPhone 6 component with keys, a knife

  • From New York to China in two hours: how billionaires are revolutionizing flying
    From New York to China in two hours: how billionaires are revolutionizing flying

    Picture this: you wake up in New York, grab a coffee and a bagel and hop on a plane. By the time you finish breakfast you’re in Beijing.

  • Rick Perry slams Rand Paul: Let the 2016 GOP presidential race begin

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry stumbled and eventually fell along the wayside among Republican presidential candidates two years ago. Since then, he’s been considering another run for the White House, weighing in on important issues, as he did this week in meeting with President Obama about those thousands of Central Americans – many of them children – streaming into the United States, crowding into detention facilities, and raising more questions about this country’s failed immigration policy. Also this week, Gov. Perry laid out some of his ideas about US foreign and national security policy while taking on Rand Paul, the leader among 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls and an outlier among Republicans in how the US deals with the rest of the world. “Unfortunately, we live in a world where isolationist policies would only endanger our national security even further.”

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