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Report: North Korea Fires Near South Korean Warship
North Korea fired into disputed waters near a South Korean warship Thursday, a South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff officer said, in the latest sign of tension rising between the bitter rivals in recent weeks. The officer said North Korea fired artillery toward a South Korean navy ship engaged in a routine patrol mission near the countries' disputed maritime boundary in the Yellow Sea. The South Korean ship was not hit, said the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules.
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France Strikes Islamic State Group's Depot In Iraq
Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, France conducted its first airstrikes Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot, Iraqi and French officials said. Rafale fighter jets accompanied by support planes struck in northern Iraq on Friday morning, and the target was "entirely destroyed," President Francois Hollande said. The four airstrikes on an Iraqi military installation overrun by the militants hit a munitions and fuel depot, a French military official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss operational details. Iraq's military spokesman said dozens of extremist fighters were killed.
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Eight Killed In Attack On Ebola Team In Guinea
Eight people, including three journalists, were killed in an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday. "The eight bodies were found in the village latrine. Three of them had their throats slit," Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters. The killings are an example of what aid officials have been saying: the Ebola epidemic, in which more than 2,600 people have died, is disrupting not only public health but society in general. Jackson K.P. Naimah of Doctors Without Borders, on Monrovia, Liberia told a United Nations Security Council emergency session earlier Thursday “We have seen so many patients die. And they die alone, terrified, and without their loved ones at their side,”
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Europe Seeks A Common Appeals Process For The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’
Data protection regulators in Europe are working on creating a common set of guidelines for handling appeals by individuals whose requests to search engines to de-index personal information, under the region’s recent right to be forgotten ruling, have been refused.
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Scots Reject Independence In Historic Vote
Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Britain's economic and political establishment, including Prime Minister David Cameron, who faced calls for his resignation if Scotland had broken away. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, The vote on Thursday — 55 percent against independence to 45 percent in favor — saw an unprecedented turnout of just under 85 percent.
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Apple’s IPhone 6 And 6 Plus Go On Sale To Long Lines Of Fans
Apple started selling its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, with sales in-store kicking off at Apple Store retail locations beginning at 8 AM local time. The lines this year are longer than they have beenin recent memory, if not ever for an iPhone launch, and by all accounts this is shaping up to be probably the most successful iPhone launch day in history, provided there’s plenty of stock on hand to satisfy the gathering throngs.
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Wall Street Could Extend Records As Futures Rise; Alibaba To Debut
Shares of Yahoo were gaining 1.7 percent in the highest volume by far on the Nasdaq early on Friday, after Alibaba priced its initial public offering at $68 a share, the top end of the expected range. Yahoo, which is selling part of its Alibaba stake but will remain a top shareholder, has risen 4.1 percent so far this year, compared with a 10 percent gain in the Nasdaq Composite. Dresser-Rand was gaining 13.4 percent in heavy volume on the NYSE, after a report that Germany's Siemens plans to offer more than $6.1 billion, or $80 per share, for the U.S. compressor and turbine maker.
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Hundreds Queue Through The Night To Get New Apple IPhone 6
Hundreds of gadget fanatics have queued through the night in Manchester’s Arndale Centre to get their hands on the new iPhone 6. The first die-hard customer arrived 18 HOURS before the doors opened at the Apple Store in the shopping complex. Some punters even ordered pizzas to their place in the line, for breakfast. The Apple Store is expected to open its doors at 8am local time. The US company announced the new devices to much fanfare at a highly-anticipated event in California last week. The iPhone 6 is expected to start at 539 pounds, and the 6 Plus at 619.
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Fed's Lacker Says Exit Strategy Dissent Stemmed From MBS Approach
Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker said in a statement on Friday that his dissent from the Federal Reserve's so called exit strategy plan stemmed from its approach toward mortgage-backed securities. The Fed announced on Wednesday a new set of plans related to whittling down its $4.4 trillion balance sheet and moving to a more normal monetary policy. As part of its plan, the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee said it currently does not anticipate selling agency mortgage-backed securities as part of the normalization process. Limited sales may be warranted in the future, it said.
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Angelina Jolie Credited With Surge In Cancer Testing
A study shows Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to go public with her double mastectomy more than doubled the number of British women seeking to have genetic breast cancer tests. Researchers studied nearly two dozen clinics and regional genetic centers and found there were 4-thousand-847 referrals for testing in June and July last year. Compare that to fewer than 2-thousand in the same period of 2012.