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Halep routs Serena Williams at WTA Finals

Serena Williams of the U.S. sits in her chair between games during her singles match against Romania's Simona Halep at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams was routed 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday in one of the most one-sided losses of the 18-time Grand Slam champion's career.


Two Israeli soldiers wounded in attack along Egypt border: military

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Attackers in Egypt's Sinai peninsula opened fire on Israeli troops across the border on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers, the Israeli military said. Islamist militants are active in the lawless peninsula, which borders southern Israel, though assaults across that boundary are rare. The attackers fired guns and an anti-tank missile at the Israelis, the military said in a statement. "Two soldiers were injured by fire directed at them from Egypt," it added, without naming the attackers. ...

2 Israeli troops wounded by gunfire from Egypt

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says two soldiers have been wounded in the southern Negev Desert after being fired upon by unknown attackers from the Egyptian side of the border.

Nigeria truce is shaky, no news of abducted girls

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Days after Nigeria's military raised hopes by announcing Islamic extremists have agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word about 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months.

Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls'

A visitor walks past a Cisco advertising panel as she looks at her mobile phone at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Andrew Chung and Dan Levine (Reuters) - For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars. But now the trolls are in retreat from the tech titans, interviews and data reviewed by Reuters show. In the wake of several changes in U.S. ...


Liberian air passenger checked for Ebola in New Jersey: media

(Reuters) - A Liberian passenger who flew into New Jersey on Tuesday was taken to hospital over fears he had been exposed to Ebola, media reported. The man, who had flown from Liberia to Brussels and then caught a connecting flight to Newark, had a fever, NBC New York reported, citing unnamed officials. The passenger was "identified as reporting symptoms or having a potential exposure to Ebola," a spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told the network. The CDC was not immediately available for comment. ...

EU's Juncker promises tough stance on arbitration in U.S. talks

STRASBOURG France (Reuters) - The European Commission's incoming president promised on Wednesday a tough stance on the most divisive part of a proposed EU-U.S. free-trade deal, appointing his deputy to ensure the final deal limits the power of multinationals. Investment protection has emerged as a highly sensitive issue in talks toward the world's biggest trade deal and EU lawmakers say they will reject an agreement that contains a clause allowing companies to bring claims against a government seen to breach the trade treaty. ...

Kerry says no quid pro quo in North Korea's release of American

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday there was no quid pro quo involved in North Korea's release of Jeffrey Fowle and expressed hope that denuclearisation talks with Pyongyang could start again soon. Washington said on Tuesday that Fowle was being flown home to his family. The move comes as international pressure mounts on Pyongyang over its human rights record. Kerry said the U.S. was in contact with the families of the other detained Americans and hoped they would also be released soon. He said the U.S. ...

Toys R Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' dolls

Breaking Bad figuresNEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.


Two die in Sierra Leone riot sparked by Ebola tests

Volunteers arrive to pick up bodies of people who died of the Ebola virus in Freetown, Sierra Leone on October 8, 2014Freetown (AFP) - Two people died in a riot in Sierra Leone sparked when health workers struggling to contain the Ebola epidemic tried to take a blood sample from an elderly woman, doctors told AFP on Wednesday.


Mormons address mystery surrounding undergarments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints' devotion to God.

Australian convicted in child sex sting using virtual girl

A computer-generated 10-year-old Filipina called "Sweetie" was used to identify over 1,000 chuild sex predators around the world. An Australian man has become the first person convicted from the operation, the rights group behind it saidSydney (AFP) - An Australian man caught in a global sting which used a virtual girl to trap child sex predators has become the first person convicted from the operation, the child rights group behind it said Wednesday.


North Korea detainee due back in Ohio

In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea. Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released, the State Department said Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said the U.S. is still trying to free Americans Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — News that an Ohio man had been freed from North Korea after being detained there for nearly six months triggered the same response in his wife and former co-workers: Delight.


Kerry: US Congress important to Iran negotiations

U.S Secretary of State John Kerry walks off his plane upon his arrival in Berlin, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Kerry is in Berlin to mark the upcoming 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, pool)BERLIN (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration has no intention of cutting Congress out of the loop on any possible deal with Iran over its nuclear program.


Liberians exiled by Ebola pray for end of outbreak

BUDUBURAM CAMP, Ghana (AP) — Henry Boley left Liberia to attend a conference in Nigeria just days after his twins were born. Now, weeks later, he can't get home. Amanda Johnson, a 50-year-old Liberian living in Ghana, awaits her fiance's departure from their home country for their wedding, but refuses to return home because of Ebola.

Red Cross head says Ebola travel bans 'irrational'

By Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - Closing borders will not effectively curb Ebola infections, the head of the Red Cross said on Wednesday, amid debate over whether bans on travel from hardest-hit African countries would help combat the spread of the deadly virus. This year's outbreak of the highly infectious haemorrhagic fever thought to have originated in forest bats is the worst on record, having killed more than 4,500 people, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Travellers from the region have infected two people in the U.S. ...

Century ago: Great War, great champagne vintage

Bottles of 1914 Pol Roger champagne are stacked neck down in the cellars of the Pol Roger Champagne House in Epernay, France, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2014. As Champagne goes, 1914 was a providential year when the sweetest of summers left the richest of grapes waiting for their pickers. As war goes though, the bombs and gunfire could be heard just beyond the hills and most able bodied men were off fighting in the horrors of World War I. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)EPERNAY, France (AP) — Deep in the labyrinthine cellars of the Pol Roger champagne house, rows of century-old bottles caked in mold bear testimony to perhaps the greatest, and surely the most heroic of vintages.


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