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Isner, Querrey win; US beats Slovakia in Davis Cup

John Isner, of the United States, left, shakes hands with Lukas Lacko, of Slovakia, after Isner defeated Lacko 6-3, 6-0. in a Davis Cup tennis match Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — John Isner and Sam Querrey won their singles matches Sunday as the U.S. completed a 5-0 sweep of Slovakia in the Davis Cup World Group playoff.


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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, California, tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang's airport upon arrival on April 10 and admitted to having the "wild ambition" of experiencing prison life so that he could secretly investigate North Korea's human rights situation.

Federer, Swiss into Davis Cup final vs France

Roger Federer, right, of Switzerland, celebrates next to his teammate Marco Chiudinelli, left, with a Swiss flag after winning against Italy, during the tennis Davis Cup World Group Semifinal between Switzerland and Italy, in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Roger Federer has taken Switzerland to its first Davis Cup final in 22 years, beating Fabio Fognini of Italy in the opening reverse singles Sunday for a winning 3-1 lead in their semifinal. Switzerland will play at France in the final on Nov. 21-23. The French beat two-time defending champion Czech Republic this weekend. (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi) Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka each have Grand Slam singles titles, and Olympic gold together in doubles. Now they've got the chance to win Switzerland's first Davis Cup.


Mayweather says he isn't evading Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather during his bout with Marcos Maidana at The MGM Grand on September 13, 2014 Boxer Floyd Mayweather, fresh off his lopsided victory over Marcos Maidana, denied he is trying to safeguard his undefeated record by avoiding Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather has admitted he handpicked opponents in the past but says there is nothing unscrupulous about not fighting Pacquiao, one of the few fighters who can match the American's hand speed. "I am not ducking or dodging no opponent," said Mayweather, who turns 38 in February. "If a Pacquiao fight presents itself then let's make it happen."


Whale huddle braces for clash over Japanese hunting

A Japanese whaling ship (L) leaves Ayukawa port in Ishinomaki City on April 26, 2014 under under tight security by the Japan Coast Guard Nations square off in Slovenia this week over the fate of hundreds of whales in the crosshairs of Japanese and Greenland hunters accused of sidestepping a commercial killing ban. The stage is set for fiery debate among International Whaling Commission (IWC) members, touching on issues of national sovereignty, aboriginal rights and the conservation of Earth's bounty. Trigger issues are Tokyo's plans to relaunch its Antarctic whale hunt despite a ruling of the UN's highest court, and a bid for Greenland's subsistence whaling quota to be enlarged. "We are dealing with some contentious issues and the positions of the countries at the meeting remain far apart," Ryan Wulff, deputy United States commissioner to the IWC, told AFP.


U.S. sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands before a meeting in Cairo By Will Dunham and Andrew Osborn WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another. Secretary of State John Kerry has been touring the Middle East to try to secure backing for U.S.


China growth worries rattle Asian stocks, Aussie dollar

A man looks at an electronic stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo By Ian Chua SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian stocks stumbled to a five-week low on Monday after a batch of disappointing data out of China raised the specter of a sharp slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy. The Australian dollar, considered a liquid proxy for China plays, also took a hammering and slumped to a six-month low. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index shed 0.7 percent, while South Korea's KOSPI fell 0.4 percent. Data released on Saturday showed China's factory output grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August, while growth in other key sectors also cooled.


Sweden votes for minority left government, far right surges

Swedish party leaders take part in an election debate in Stockholm By Simon Johnson and Johan Sennero STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's centre-left Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven emerged as victor in Sunday's general election after a voter backlash against tax cuts and trimmed welfare by a centre-right government, but faced challenges forming a strong coalition as he fell short of a parliamentary majority. The Nordic region's biggest economy and one of the few star performers in Europe now faces a weak minority government with a possible political impasse as the anti-immigrant far right emerged as the third biggest party to hold the balance of power. Lofven's Social Democrats and two other opposition parties, the Greens and Left, garnered 43.7 percent of the vote, against 39.3 percent for Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's coalition. Now Sweden has answered that we need a change." After all but two of 5,837 voting districts had been counted, the three centre-left parties - who have not as yet created a formal bloc - won 158 parliamentary seats, short of the 175 needed for a majority.


'Star Wars' without music is downright disturbing

Remove the soaring soundtrack and Han Solo's grin looks rather disturbing. Awkward stares, random coughs, nervous laughing and scary Wookiee roars dominate the Throne Room awards ceremony when the soaring music soundtrack by John Williams is removed from "Star Wars.">


Dapper online gambler heading Sweden's rising far right

Jimmie Aakesson, leader of the Sweden Democrats Party prepares ahead of a debate organised by Swedish Radio in Stockholm on September 10, 2014 Jimmie Aakesson has lifted Sweden's far-right party from obscurity to an emerging parliamentary force, with the dapper 35-year-old seeking to position himself as a kinder, gentler sort of anti-immigration leader. An exit poll by public broadcaster SVT on Sunday gave his Sweden Democrats (SD) 10.5 percent of the vote, doubling their tally from the last election four years ago.


Singapore's air pollution index rises to unhealthy level: government website

Singapore's air pollution rose to levels classified as "unhealthy" on Monday, the government's National Environment Agency said on its website (www.haze.gov.sg). The 3-hour Pollution Standards Index (PSI) in the city-state rose to as high as 113 at 6 a.m. local time (1800 EDT), and edged down to 111 in the latest reading an hour later. A PSI reading above 100 indicates that air pollution has reached an "unhealthy" level. Singapore's PSI level hit a record high of 401 in June 2013, when smoke from forests burning in Indonesia engulfed the city.

Penske to field V8 Supercar team for Ambrose

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Team Penske has partnered with Dick Johnson Racing to form a V8 Supercar team that Marcos Ambrose will drive for in 2015.

Horschel caps amazing run with FedEx Cup

Bill Horschel poses with both trophies after winning the Tour Championship golf tournament and The FedEX Cup, Sunday, Sept 14, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis) ATLANTA (AP) — Just three weeks ago, Billy Horschel had every reason to start looking ahead to next season.


Anti-euro party celebrates gains in eastern Germany

Bernd Lucke (C), leader of the Alternative for Germany party (AfD) and Alexander Gauland, the party's top candidate in Brandenburg celebrate after the results of the exit polls are announced on September 14, 2014 Germany's fledgling anti-euro party celebrated election gains in two eastern states Sunday, in a show of strength that spells a growing threat for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. "We are the force that's renewing the political landscape," said a jubilant Bernd Lucke, leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), which wants Europe's biggest economy to scrap the euro and return to the Deutschmark currency. His nascent party, which was only formed early last year, won 10.6 percent of the vote in Thuringia state and 12.2 percent in Brandenburg, according to provisional results. The results came two weeks after the AfD also entered parliament in the eastern state of Saxony with almost 10 percent support.


Landmine kills Chadian peacekeeper in Mali

United Nations soldiers patrol on July 27, 2013, in the northern Malian city of Kidal A Chadian UN peacekeeper was killed and several others injured when their vehicle struck a landmine in northern Mali, military sources in the country said. There are also some injured," a Chadian soldier from the United Nations MINUSMA peacekeeping force told AFP. A Malian military source based in the main northern town of Gao accused jihadists active in the area of using landmines as a fighting tactic. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the deadly attack which his spokesman said had left four other peacekeepers.


Bulldoze or preserve? Croatia ponders fate of notorious prison

A general view of damaged prison buildings on the Goli Otok (Barren Island) By Zoran Radosavljevic GOLI OTOK Croatia (Reuters) - The clear blue waters of the Adriatic and the happy cries of tourists visiting Goli Otok (Barren Island) off Croatia's coast help obscure its dark past as a hard-labour detention camp for political prisoners in formerly communist Yugoslavia. Planners were due to start debating what to do with it on Monday, weighing a pile of proposals from building a memorial to wiping out all trace of the notorious jail and bulldozing the site for new developments. ...


Australia contributing planes for anti-IS campaign

FILE - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a joint press conference with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak after a meeting in Putrajaya, Malaysia, in this Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 file photo. Australia is preparing to contribute up to 10 military aircraft to the increasingly aggressive campaign against the Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq. Abbott said Sunday Sept. 14, 2014 in a statement that Australia was responding to a formal request from the United States for specific contributions to the international coalition. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File) CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Terrorists will use Australia's deployment of troops and war planes to the Middle East as an excuse to target Australians, Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned on Monday.


Governments hold key to unlocking billions for social good: G8 report

By Astrid Zweynert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments can unleash billions of dollars to tackle social problems more effectively if they take bold steps to reduce barriers to investing for both profit and social good, a task force set up by the world's richest nations said on Monday. In its first report, the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force calls on governments to make tax and regulatory reforms to catalyze the market in investments that generate social or environmental benefits alongside financial returns. "This is not about increasing or reducing public expenditure, but helping government to benefit from innovation and private sector capital in order to achieve more impact with the money it has," Ronald Cohen, the chair of the year-old task force, said in a statement. The report highlights the potential of so-called "impact investing" to help solve some of society's most pressing issues, such as caring for children and the elderly, community regeneration, financial inclusion, housing and prisoner reoffending.

Several Arab countries offer to join air campaign on Islamic State, say U.S. officials

UNWANTED HELP: SYRIA'S PLEA TO ASSIST ISIS FIGHT By Jason Szep PARIS (Reuters) - Several Arab countries have offered to join the United States in air strikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. The officials declined to identify which countries made the offers.


From orphanage to power -- the rise of Sweden's likely new leader

Social Democratic Party leader Stefan Loefven waves to supporters after his addresses at an election night party in Stockholm on September 14, 2014 Sweden's likely new prime minister, Social Democrat leader Stefan Loefven, may have little experience in national politics but this consensus-seeking trade unionist has overcome bigger obstacles before. Put into an orphanage by his mother as an infant, he has had his critics in his short time as opposition leader. Yet others see the former welder as a man more in touch with "the real Sweden". "I have other relevant experience from working in industry and from leading a large trade union," he told AFP just ahead of the vote.


Heineken confirms, rebuffs SABMiller bid

A plastic container with empty bottles of Heineken beers are pictured among beer kegs outside a restaurant in Singapore LONDON/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch brewer Heineken HEIN.AS said on Sunday it was approached by larger rival SABMiller SAB.L about a potential takeover but that its controlling shareholder intended to keep the company independent. The maker of Heineken and Amstel beers said it consulted with its majority shareholder and concluded that SABMiller's proposal was "non-actionable". "The Heineken family has informed SABMiller, Heineken and Heineken Holding of its intention to preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company," it said in a statement. The founding family owns just over 50 percent of Heineken via Heineken Holding HEIO.AS.


Sweden's Social Democrats reclaim power, as far right gains

Swedish opposition leader Stefan Loefven of the Social Democratic party walks next to his wife Ulla Loefven as they make their way from the polling station during the general elections in Stockholm on September 14, 2014 A left-leaning coalition led by Sweden's opposition Social Democrats defeated the incumbent centre-right government in Sunday's general election, while the far right was headed for historic gains. The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats more than doubled their votes, to 12.9 percent, becoming the Nordic country's third-largest party and striving for a role as "absolute kingmaker" in the legislature. The election set the stage for a bid by the Social Democrats' leader Stefan Loefven to form a coalition government with the Greens and the former communist Left Party. "I am ready to start exploring possibilities to form a new government for Sweden," the 57-year-old former trade unionist told jubilant supporters in Stockholm when his win was confirmed.


Lucic-Baroni beats Venus for first title since 1998

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia hits at the 2014 US Open women August 31, 2014 in New York Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni won her first WTA title since 1998 on Sunday, defeating former world number one Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3 to capture the Quebec City tournament. The 32-year-old former teen star won her only two prior WTA titles on home soil at the 1997 and 1998 Croatian Opens, beating American Corina Morariu in each Bol final. By defeating US top seed Williams, Lucic-Baroni ended the longest gap between titles in WTA history, a wait of 16 years and four months. "It was so long ago, I don't even remember what it's like to hold a trophy in my hands," Lucic-Baroni said.


Argentina tops Israel in Davis Cup playoff

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Favored Argentina won both matches on Sunday, rallying to defeat Israel 3-2 in a Davis Cup World Group playoff tie.

Iraqi leader: No need for Arab powers to strike IS

Iraq President Fouad Massoum, right, followed by Iraq Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, left, arrive with Iraqi officials at Orly airport south of Paris, France, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 ahead of a conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, French President Francois Hollande and diplomats from around the world. The conference on Monday aimed at helping Iraq fight off extremists from the Islamist State group, with an added urgency following the release of a video showing the beheading of a British aid worker, the third Western hostage killed in recent weeks by the militants. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) PARIS (AP) — Iraq's president says Arab powers Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia do not need to join airstrikes against the Islamic State group.


Hurricane Odile loses some strength, menaces Mexico's Baja

Waves pound the beach in Acapulco as Hurricane Odile churns far off shore Hurricane Odile sped toward Mexico's southern Baja peninsula as a dangerous storm and locals rushed to prepare ahead of a possible hit to the luxury resorts of Los Cabos later on Sunday. Odile lost some strength on Sunday afternoon and become a Category 3 hurricane as it churned 140 miles (225 km) off the southern tip of Baja, moving northwest at a brisk 15 miles per hour (24 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The Miami-based center warned that the storm could strengthen and become a Category 4 hurricane again by the time it hits or passes near the southern tip of Baja late Sunday.


Powerful Hurricane Odile aims at Mexico's Baja

Waves hit the coast of Los Cabos, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Hurricane Odile turned into a Category 4 hurricane and it's expected to make a close brush with the southern portion of Mexico's Baja California peninsula Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Odile grew into a major storm Sunday and took aim at the resort area of Los Cabos, prompting Mexican authorities to evacuate vulnerable coastal areas and prepare shelters for up to 30,000 people.


Roach puts West Indies in control on day 2

CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) — Fast bowler Kemar Roach grabbed 5-33 Sunday as the West Indies seized control of the second test against Bangladesh as 14 wickets tumbled on day two at the Beausejour Stadium.

Swedish PM Reinfeldt concedes defeat in Swedish election, center-left win

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt conceded defeat on Sunday after a narrow victory by the center-left over an Alliance government that has governed Sweden for eight years. "The center-left has more seats (in parliament) than the Alliance," Reinfeldt told party supporters. "So tomorrow I am going to hand in mine and my government's resignation." Reinfeldt said he would step down as leader of the Moderates, the largest party in the Alliance but which saw its support drop sharply in the election, in the spring. ...

Center-left to win 160 seats, short of house majority in Swedish vote: projection

Sweden's three party center-left opposition held a lead over the governing center-right coalition in the Nordic country's general election but fell short of an absolute majority, a projection after most districts had been counted showed on Sunday. The opposition of Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party would win 160 seats in the 349-seat parliament an SVT projection based on the nearly 5,000 of the just under 6,000 districts counted, while Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's center-right coalition would win 142 seats. A coalition needs 175 seats to form a majority government. In a effort to leave the Sweden Democrats without influence, Reinfeldt has pledged to let the center-left bloc form a government if it is larger than his Alliance.

Swedish opposition set to win election, no majority: voter poll

Sweden's center-left opposition held a slim lead over the governing center-right coalition in the Nordic country's general election, but fell short of an absolute majority, a telephone survey of voters after polls had closed showed on Sunday. The opposition of Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party got 44 percent in broadcaster TV4's poll versus 43 percent for Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's center-right coalition. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats - shunned by all other parties in parliament - polled at 8.3 percent. While exit polls can give an indication of the final outcome, they may also differ considerably as in Sweden's European Union elections earlier this year.

Sweden heads for minority left government, far right surges

Swedish party leaders take part in an election debate in Stockholm By Niklas Pollard and Simon Johnson STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's centre-left Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven emerged as victor in Sunday's general election after a voter backlash against tax cuts and trimmed welfare by a centre-right government, but he fell short of a parliamentary majority. The Nordic region's biggest economy and one of the few star performers in Europe now faces a weak minority government with a possible political impasse as the anti-immigrant far right emerged as the third biggest party to hold the balance of power. Lofven's Social Democrats and two other opposition parties, the Greens and Left, garnered 43.7 percent of the vote, against 39.3 percent for Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's coalition. Now Sweden has answered that we need a change." A projection by the election authority showed that the three centre left parties - who have not as yet created a formal bloc - won 159 parliamentary seats, short of the 175 need for a majority.


Center-left holds on to lead in Swedish elections: SVT projection

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's three party center-left opposition held a lead over the governing center-right coalition in the Nordic country's general election, but remained short of an absolute majority, a projection after a partial vote count showed on Sunday. The opposition of Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party got 43.7 percent in broadcaster SVT's projection of the results versus 39.1 percent for Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's center-right coalition. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats - shunned by all other parties in parliament - stood at 13. ...

Swedish Social Democrat leader says ready to start building govt after election win

The leader of Sweden's Social Democrats said he was ready to start the process of building a new government after the center-left won an narrow victory in a general election on Sunday. Stefan Lofven said Sweden was facing major challenges after 8 years of center-right rule with high unemployment and declining school results. We have thousands of people unemployed, We have school results that are declining more than in any other OECD country." "There is something that is breaking. Now Sweden has answered that we need a change.

Center-left opposition in lead in Swedish elections: SVT exit poll

Sweden's center-left opposition, including a feminist party looking set to win its first parliament seats, held a lead over the governing center-right coalition in the Nordic country's general election, but fell short of an absolute majority, an exit poll showed on Sunday. The center-left opposition of Social Democrats, Greens, Left Party and Feminist Party got 48.8 percent in broadcaster SVT's exit poll versus 39.7 percent for Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's center-right coalition. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats - shunned by all other parties in parliament - polled at 10.5 percent while the Feminist Initiative party stood at 4.0 percent, just reaching the threshold to win seats in parliament. While exit polls can give an indication of the final outcome, they may also differ considerably as in Sweden's European Union elections earlier this year.

Sweden shifts to left in parliamentary election

The leader of Sweden’s Social Democrats, Stefan Lofven, leaves a polling station in Stockholm during the Swedish general elections, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Sweden's parliamentary election opened Sunday with polls showing the left-leaning Social Democrats poised to return to power after eight years of center-right rule. (AP Photo/TT, Jonas Ekstromer ) SWEDEN OUT STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's Social Democrats were poised to return to power after a left-leaning bloc defeated the center-right government in a parliamentary election Sunday that also saw strong gains by an anti-immigration party.


Murdered aid worker's brother says Islam 'not to blame'

An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group on September 2, 2014 purportedly shows footage of a masked militant and British hostage David Haines The brother of British hostage David Haines murdered by Islamist militants issued Sunday a tearful video statement about growing religious radicalisation in which he quoted a verse from the Koran. It is not a race, religion or political issue, it is a human issue," Mike Haines told British media. "ISIL are extremely dangerous and pose a threat to every nation, every religion, every politics, every person," Mike Haines said, adding that British jihadists who return to the country should "face the consequences of their actions".


USA wins basketball worlds, 129-92 over Serbia

United States' Kenneth Faried, centre, dunks during the final World Basketball match between the United States and Serbia at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) MADRID (AP) — With golden confetti raining on their heads and "Party in the U.S.A" ringing in their ears, it must have been hard for the U.S. basketball players to hear anything.


Motorola to begin taking Moto X preorders on Sept. 16

Motorola to begin taking Moto X preorders on Sept. 16 Moto 36 smartwatch, which sold out in a matter of hours last week, will also be available again, but in limited quantities.>


Cargill fires first shot in legal battle over GMO trade responsibility

A logo is pictured on the building of Cargill International SA in Geneva By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cargill Inc's [CARG.UL] lawsuit against Syngenta AG over rejections of genetically modified U.S. Trading giant Cargill said in court documents on Friday that it had lost more than $90 million because Syngenta sold Agrisure Viptera corn, known as MIR 162, to U.S. "If they can get it out there a growing season earlier, it's more money in the pocket, more money for the company, more money for the shareholders." Cargill filed its case as U.S.


Make tabletop gaming tastier with this 20-sided-dice cake pan

Make any tabletop game tastier with cake dice. Dragons and wizards beware of the hungry gamer! Celebrate a d20 critical hit by making mini dice cakes with this pan available exclusively from ThinkGeek.>


Mali landmine kills U.N. peacekeeper, wounds four others

A landmine explosion hit a vehicle carrying U.N. peacekeepers from Chad on patrol in northeastern Mali on Sunday, killing one and seriously wounding four others, the U.N. mission in Mali said. "These attacks on the United Nations constitute war crimes whose authors will be brought to justice. The United Nations will not let itself be intimidated as it defends civilians and the territorial integrity of Mali," said Albert Koenders, head of the U.N. force, which is known by its acronym, MINUSMA. Peacekeepers continue to be targeted in sporadic attacks despite a successful intervention led by France last year that drove back Islamists who had taken advantage of a separatist uprising to seize Mali's desert north.

Bank of Portugal picks new CEO for BES successor Novo Banco

A worker is seen inside an office of Portuguese bank BES in Lisbon By Andrei Khalip LISBON (Reuters) - The Bank of Portugal on Sunday picked a new chief executive for Novo Banco, successor to Banco Espirito Santo (BES), following the embarrassing resignation of its three top managers appointed only two months ago. Eduardo Stock da Cunha, 51, an experienced international banker who has worked at lenders like Santander and Lloyds in Britain, Portugal, Spain and the United States, became the new head of the bank that the central bank aims to sell off swiftly to recover state loans. BES, Portugal's largest listed lender, had to be rescued last month after the collapse of the business empire of its founding Espirito Santo family, whose main holding firms are under creditor protection.


NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine: defense minister

Pro-Russian rebels stand near a burnt-out Ukrainian tank outside the destroyed airport in Luhanks Ukraine's defense minister said on Sunday that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin. Valery Heletey told a news conference he had discussed weapons deliveries in bilateral meetings with NATO defense ministers during a NATO summit in Wales on Sept. 4-5. NATO officials have said it will not send "lethal assistance" to non-member Ukraine but member states may do so.


Why doesn't Amazon sell iPhones?

The iPhone 6 next to its larger Plus sibling. Amazon sells virtually everything, but it has never offered the newest iPhones on its site, a testament to the complicated relationship it has with Apple.>


With 200,000 users, Lightroom Mobile finds a foothold

With 200,000 users, Lightroom Mobile finds a foothold People have put 100 million images into catalogs for the mobile version of Adobe's photo-editing software. It only works on iOS devices now, but Android support should arrive this year.>


5 Must-Have IT Skills For The Future of Work

5 Must-Have IT Skills For The Future of Work The fact that data has the power to change our business and personal lives has put data science and analytics at the center of how marketing is done. Every digital click, swipe, "like", buy, comment and search produces a unique virtual identity - something that Malcom Frank, EVP of strategy and marketing for Cognizant, calls a Code Halo™,...


When it comes to wearables, Intel takes anti-Apple approach

At IDF 2014, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich shows off the SMS Audio BioSport headphones, a wearable partnership that brings fitness tracking capabilities to an established audio device maker. Intel is confident wearables are the next frontier. But the chipmaker's approach to developing the gadgets is the polar opposite of that taken by the industry's biggest contenders.>


Investors team up to find path through risky dark pools

Simo Puhakka, Chief Executive Officer at Pohjola Asset Management Execution Services poses for a photograph in central London By Lionel Laurent LONDON (Reuters) - Stock investors who recognize the risks of trading in anonymous "dark pools" but are unwilling to spurn them have found an alternative: club together. A growing number of European investment funds have signed up to use an electronic trading system designed by one of their own - Finland's Pohjola Asset Management - which offers the ability to dissect and control the way their market bets are routed to dark pools and other exchanges across the region. This might seem like little more than back-office tinkering to the uninitiated - after all, fund managers are paid to decide which stocks to buy, not the minutiae of where to trade them. "For many years, investment banks and other electronic brokers have provided electronic order-routing mechanisms ... But once an order goes behind a firewall it's very difficult to maintain total control over it," said Adam Conn, head of trading at Barings Asset Management, a user of the Pohjola router.


Central banks inflating 'elevated' asset prices: BIS

Traffic flows past in front of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel By Jamie McGeever LONDON (Reuters) - Financial asset prices are at "elevated" levels and market volatility remains "exceptionally subdued" thanks to ultra-loose monetary policies being implemented by central banks around the world, the Bank for International Settlements said on Sunday. In its quarterly review, the BIS said financial market volatility spiked higher in August on the back of geopolitical concerns and worries over economic growth, but quickly returned to "exceptional lows" across most asset classes. "By fostering risk-taking and the search for yield, accommodative monetary policies thus continued to contribute to an environment of elevated asset price valuations and exceptionally subdued volatility," the BIS said. The comments echoed the institution's warning earlier this year that rock-bottom interest rates had led to "worrying" signs of unsustainable growth in property and credit markets in some countries.


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