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The day Ernest Hemingway took the Ritz bar

The entrance of the Ritz hotel in Paris, seen on October 18, 2011The liberation of the bar of the Ritz Hotel in Paris by the writer Ernest Hemingway 70 years ago, as the French capital was freed from its Nazi occupiers, is the stuff of legend. Hemingway, a war correspondent for the American "Collier's" magazine who went on to win the Nobel prize for literature in 1954, was embedded with US 4th Division troops that landed on the Normandy beaches on June 6, 1944. Over the next two months he stuck with the foot soldiers as they marched towards Paris in support of the French 2nd Armoured Division, which entered the capital on August 25. Hemingway had a special attachment to the luxurious Ritz hotel, and its bar, where he had spent a great deal of time before the war.


Documented death toll in Syria war at least 191,369 through April 2014: U.N.

A Syrian army soldier loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad chats with fellow fighters sitting on a balcony of a damaged building in Mleiha, which lies on the edge of the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus airport, after taking control of the area frBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 191,369 people have been killed in Syria's conflict through April, more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an under-estimate, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday. The U.N. report, based on data from four groups and the government that were cross-checked, reflects a reality of killing and torture while the civil war has "dropped off the international radar", U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said.


UN rights chief slams Syria 'paralysis', death toll tops 191,000

Rebel fighters from the Islamic Front, an umbrella of Islamist rebel groups in Syria, fire their weapons during clashes with government forces in the old city of Aleppo on July 21, 2014More than 191,000 people have died in Syria, United Nations rights chief Navi Pillay said Friday, hitting out at "international paralysis" on the nearly three-and-a-half year conflict. Pillay said the death toll of 191,369, recorded between March 2011 when the war broke out and April this year, was nearly double that given a year ago, and was likely an underestimate. After on Thursday lashing out at the UN Security Council for what she called a lack of resolve in ending crises, Pillay said in a statement the dwindling global interest in Syria was "scandalous". "I deeply regret that, given the onset of so many other armed conflicts in this period of global destabilisation, the fighting in Syria and its dreadful impact on millions of civilians has dropped off the international radar," said Pillay.


Islamic State militants stone man to death in Iraq: witnesses

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants in Iraq stoned a man to death in the northern city of Mosul after one of their courts sentenced him to die for the crime of adultery, witnesses said on Friday. The stoning, which happened on Thursday, was the first known instance of the punishment by Islamic State militants in Iraq, although it has been previously reported in Syria. (Reporting by Raheem Salman; Writing by Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by Alison Williams)

Nigerian who died in UAE tests negative for Ebola

Some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion is revealed in this undated handout colorized transmission electron micrographA Nigerian woman with cancer who died in the Emirati capital this week has tested negative for Ebola, the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi said. The 35-year-old woman with advanced cancer had been travelling via Abu Dhabi airport when her health deteriorated. When medics tried to resuscitate her, the patient had shown signs that may have been consistent with the Ebola virus. "Some of her signs during resuscitation, although explainable by her medical condition, could also have been caused by Ebola virus, and hence this diagnosis needed to be excluded," the authority said in a statement according to the state WAM news agency on Thursday.


Moscow defies Kiev, orders aid convoy onto Ukrainian soil

Trucks of a Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine drive onto the territory of Russia-Ukraine border crossing point "Donetsk" in Russia's Rostov RegionBy Dmitry Madorsky DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING Russia (Reuters) - Russia ordered a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine on Friday apparently without Kiev's permission, raising the danger of direct confrontation with the Ukrainian military which is fighting pro-Russian rebels. An unnamed Ukrainian official told Interfax news agency it was not escorted by the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), one of the terms previously agreed by Kiev and Moscow. Kiev and Western capitals have expressed concern that the convoy, held up by wrangling over the terms of passage, the content of the cargo and the role of the ICRC, could be used as a pretext for some form of direct Russian military intervention.


Russian aid trucks pass into Ukraine without Kiev consent, Red Cross escort

Russian aid trucks have crossed the Ukraine-Russia border without permission from Kiev and without the previously agreed escort from the International Committee of the Red Cross, Interfax Ukraine cited a Ukrainian government source as saying on Friday. "The convoy started to move on its own, without consent from the Ukrainian side and unaccompanied by the Red Cross," the unnamed official was quoted as saying. Writing by Alessandra Prentice;

Exclusive: Apple iPhone 6 screen snag leaves supply chain scrambling

The leaf on the Apple symbol is tinted green at the Apple flagship store on 5th Ave in New YorkBy Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Suppliers to Apple Inc are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone as the need to redesign a key component disrupted panel production ahead of next month's expected launch, supply chain sources said. It's unclear whether the hiccup could delay the launch or limit the number of phones initially available to consumers, the sources said, as Apple readies larger-screen iPhones for the year-end shopping season amid market share loss to cheaper rivals. Cupertino, California-based Apple has scheduled a media event for Sept. 9, and many expect it to unveil the new iPhone 6 with both 4.7 inch (11.94 cm) and 5.5 inch (13.97 cm) screens - bigger than the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5s and 5c. Two supply chain sources said display panel production suffered a setback after the backlight that helps illuminate the screen had to be revised, putting screen assembly on hold for part of June and July.


Tunisia crackdown raises fears of rights rollback

FILE - In this Friday, March 2, 2012, file photo, Salafists hold posters showing Osama bin Laden during a demonstration near the U.S. embassy in Tunis, Tunisia. Mosques are being closed down, local organizations banned and at least 1,000 have been arrested as Tunisia carries out a wide-ranging crackdown against those suspected of sympathizing with radical Islamists. While still one of the only democracies to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings, Tunisia's battle against terrorism is raising fears that it might be returning to its bad old days of political repression. (AP Photo/Amine Landoulsi, File)TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Mosques are being closed, local organizations banned and at least 1,000 people have been arrested as Tunisia cracks down on those suspected of sympathizing with radical Islamists.


Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

A Campbellsville Fire Department truck with the ladder extended remained at the scene where two firefighters were injured during an ice bucket challenge during a fundraiser for ALS on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Campbellsville, Ky. Officials say the ladder got too close to a power line and electricity traveled to the ladder, electrocuting the firefighters. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an "ice bucket challenge."


Asia stocks rise, Europe flat ahead of Yellen talk

Asia stocks rise, Europe flat ahead of Yellen talkMost Asian stock markets pushed higher Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that added to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. European shares were flat ...


Iraqi, Kurdish forces try to recapture Islamic State-held towns

Peshmerga fighters are seen in vehicles with Kurdish flags as they guard Mosul Dam in northern IraqBAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters attempted on Friday to recapture two towns in the north from Islamic State militants, security sources said. The Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airpower, took one district near the eastern entrance to Jalawla, 115 km (70 miles) northeast on Baghdad, the site of weeks of clashes, the sources said. Iraqi troops supported by Iraqi fighter planes were advancing towards the nearby town of Saadiya, the security sources said. Both towns are near the Iranian border and the semi-autonomous Kurdish region. ...


After emotional day, former governor back on stand

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell arrives at federal court with her attorney William Burck in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell took the stand in his own defense on Wednesday and is expected to continue Thursday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who says that at one time he got in the habit of working late to escape his wife's wrath, has once again taken refuge — this time at the rectory in St. Patrick's Catholic Church.


With 2016 in mind, Perry heads to New Hampshire

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, about he would be open to sending U.S. combat forces to Iraq to fight the deadly Islamic State after its attacks on a Christian minority and the beheading of an American journalist. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing his presidential prospects in New Hampshire as he defiantly dismisses a recent indictment and tries to convince voters that he's an improved version of the 2012 candidate who stumbled badly.


Kremlin aware aid convoy started to move towards Ukraine's Luhansk: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has been informed that a Russian aid convoy has moved towards the Ukrainian city of Luhansk, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting Ukrainian government forces, RIA news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying. Russia said on Friday it was no longer prepared to tolerate any delays to an aid convoy heading for Ukraine and that the trucks are starting to move towards Luhansk. ...

Dodgers beat Padres 2-1 behind Kershaw's 10 Ks

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw scattered three hits over eight innings while outdueling Tyson Ross, Justin Turner hit a two-run homer and the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Thursday night.


At least 33 dead in bus crash in Egypt's Sinai

At least 33 people died and dozens were injured when two buses collided before dawn on Friday in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the state news agency and security sources reported. The Middle East News Agency (MENA) quoted local health ministry official Mohamed Lashin as saying that Russian, Yemeni and Saudi Arabian citizens were among the more than 40 people injured but did not give further details. The buses were traveling in the southern part of the Sinai, one of them from the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh and the other from a Nile Delta province, security sources said. Egypt's roads and railways have a poor safety record and Egyptians have long complained that successive governments have failed to enforce even basic safeguards, leading to frequent, deadly crashes.

German cop in dock over cannibalism website killing

Police search for evidences in the area where body parts were found on November 29, 2013 in Reichenau, eastern GermanyThe trial of a German police officer accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists starts on Friday in the eastern city of Dresden. In a macabre case that captured global attention, prosecutors say the 56-year-old defendant, Detlef Guenzel, killed the man at his home last November, then cut his body into small pieces and buried them in his garden. The dead man, 59-year-old Polish-born Wojciech Stempniewicz, had met Guenzel the month before on a website where users share slaughter and cannibalism fantasies. Guenzel is a three-decade veteran of the police force, the father of an adult daughter, and had been married to his male partner in a civil union for a decade at the time of the killing.


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