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  • Draghi: Euro recovery losing momentum
    Draghi: Euro recovery losing momentum

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi defended the bank's new stimulus programs as he warned that the weak economic recovery in the eurozone "is losing momentum."

  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Boss Talks Criticism and Why the Show Deserves a Second Chance
    S.H.I.E.L.D. Boss Talks Criticism and Why the Show Deserves a Second Chance

    When  Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered last fall, the drama failed to live up to the hype. This is because even though S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered in September, the series had to wait until  Captain America was released in April to reveal HYDRA had infiltrated the organization, completely changing the direction of the show. That means they spent nearly eight months simply biding time! But once S.H.I.E.L.D. was shut down and clean-cut Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) was revealed to be a sleeper HYDRA agent, the tide began to turn in the show's favor. But was it too little too late? Executive producer Jeff Bell talked to TVGuide.com about the show's negative reception, what's in store for Season 2 and why fans should give it a second chance. Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Clark Gregg Kyle MacLachlan Jeffrey Bell Hayley Atwell Iain De Caestecker Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Brett Dalton Chloe Bennet Marvel's Agent Carter

  • Islamic State posts video apparently of UK hostage criticizing war buildup
    Islamic State posts video apparently of UK hostage criticizing war buildup

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Tuesday that appears to show British journalist John Cantlie criticizing preparations for U.S-led attacks on the militant group, the SITE monitoring service reported. Islamic State, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq, has already executed two U.S. journalists and one British aid worker in recent weeks in what it said was reprisal for U.S. air strikes against it in Iraq. ...

  • British cult TV hit 'Downton Abbey' returns
    British cult TV hit 'Downton Abbey' returns

    London (AFP) - "Downton Abbey", the British period drama that has attracted a cult following worldwide, is back this week, with 8.4 million Britons watching the first episode of the new series.

  • Australia says jets to help with air strikes against Islamic State
    Australia says jets to help with air strikes against Islamic State

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Australia's defense minister David Johnston said on Monday during a visit to Baghdad that his country's fighter jets will play a part in U.S.-led air strikes on Islamic State positions in Iraq. Johnston told reporters that up to eight Super Hornet aircraft will participate in a U.S.-led coalition "delivering air strikes to degrade, disrupt and ultimately seek to destroy ISIL (Islamic State)". Australian Special Forces will be serving as advisers to Iraqi forces, Johnston said after a meeting with Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. ...

  • Why fossil fuels may never go away
    Why fossil fuels may never go away

    Rich nations can afford to pay more for clean energy. Unfortunately, much of the world can't.

  • Russia will add 80 new warships to Black Sea Fleet: fleet commander
    Russia will add 80 new warships to Black Sea Fleet: fleet commander

    By Vladimir Soldatkin NOVOROSSIYSK Russia (Reuters) - Russia will increase its Black Sea fleet with more than 80 new warships by 2020 and will complete a second naval base for the fleet near the city of Novorossiysk by 2016, its commander said on Tuesday. In comments made to President Vladimir Putin as he visited the port city, Vice Admiral Alexander Vitko said a second Black Sea base was needed in addition to the main base on the Crimea peninsula annexed from Ukraine because of NATO expansion. "Eighty ships and other vessels are expected to arrive (in Novorossiysk) before 2020. ...

  • India's Mars mission a step closer to success with engine test

    By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian scientists successfully tested the main engine of a spacecraft bound for Mars on Monday and performed a course correction that puts the low-cost project on track to enter the red planet's orbit. The $74-million mission will attempt to enter orbit around Mars early on Wednesday. If successful, it will be the first time a mission has entered Mars' orbit on its first attempt, enhancing India's position in the global space race. "Main liquid engine test firing successful ... ...

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