Friday, 31 Oct, 2014
 

Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

31 October, 2014 World News

U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighbouring Turkey.

Turkish policemen stand guard outside gate of camp that hosts Peshmerga fighters in border town of Suruc
Turkish policemen stand guard outside the gate of a camp that hosts Peshmerga fighters in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, October 30, 2014

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Amphipolis: Underground chamber found (PHOTOS)

31 October, 2014 Lifestyle & Culture

A second, well preserved marble door was inside the trench.

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Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on ‘unprecedented scale’ – UN

31 October, 2014 World News

UN report suggests decline of al-Qaida has yielded an explosion of jihadist enthusiasm for its even mightier successor organisations, chiefly Isis

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A photo purportedly showing a captured Chinese fighter of the Islamic State. (Photo: ‘Iraqi Ministry of Defence’ Facebook)

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Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride (photos)

31 October, 2014 World News

A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine’s order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage.

Kaci Hickox returns to her home surrounded by media after going for a bike ride with boyfriend Ted Wilbur in Fort Kent
Kaci Hickox (centre) returns to her home surrounded by media after going for a bike ride with boyfriend Ted Wilbur in Fort Kent, Maine October 30, 2014 

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Greek Tourism Minister Kefalogianni in London

31 October, 2014 Greece

Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni will visit the international tourist exhibition “World Travel Market”.

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Huge fire breaks out at Radio France headquarters in Paris (video)

31 October, 2014 World News

A massive fire has broken out at the Radio France headquarters building in Paris, causing the evacuation of personnel, according to reports.

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Fire breaks out at Radio France headquarters in Paris@cocale/Twitter

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Thessaloniki mayor to visit Melbourne and Sydney

31 October, 2014 Greece

The delegation of Thessaloniki municipality, headed by mayor Yiannis Boutaris, will participate in the celebrations of the 30th anniversary since the city’s twinning with Melbourne.

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Athens newspaper headlines

31 October, 2014 Greece

The Friday edition of Athens’ dailies at a glance.

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Formula One tweaks qualifying format

31 October, 2014 Sports

Formula One has had to modify its qualifying format after financial problems ruled the Caterham and Marussia teams out of Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix while Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel is set to be sidelined by an engine penalty.

Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany speeds during the first Russian Grand Prix in Sochi
Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany speeds during the first Russian Grand Prix in Sochi 

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Fire at UK fireworks factory (video)

31 October, 2014 World News

 A blaze at a fireworks factory in England leaves four injured and one person missing.

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Eight fire engines fight blaze while police plan to search scene once flames are out and area made safe

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New U.S. rockets include crew escape system

31 October, 2014 World News

Heeding a lesson from history, designers of a new generation of U.S. rockets will include escape systems to give crew members a fighting chance of surviving launch accidents such as the one that felled an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket on Tuesday.

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The so-called Launch Abort System can activate in milliseconds, catapulting the crew capsule about 1 mile (1.6 km) in altitude in seconds

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Hope for baby girl set to lose her limbs after supporters raise £20,000 (photos)

31 October, 2014 Society

A campaign to raise money for a baby girl set to lose all her limbs to meningitis has raised £20,000 in just two weeks.

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Doctors said Harmonie-Rose Allen suffered the worst case of meningitis they had ever seen

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Israel reopens al-Aqsa mosque compound before Friday prayers

31 October, 2014 World News

Rare closure followed fatal police shooting of Palestinian suspected of having been the attempted killer of a rabbi

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Israeli border policemen prevent the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein (centre), from entering the al-Aqsa mosque compound on 30 October. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty

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France investigates mystery drone activity over nuclear plants

31 October, 2014 World News

France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF, its interior minister said on Thursday.

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It is prohibited to fly less than 1,000 kilometres above nuclear plants and within a 5 kilometre radius

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Amanda Holden reveals her nude pants at charity party (photos & video)

31 October, 2014 Lifestyle & Culture

Amanda Holden looked incredible when she arrived at the star-studded Collars & Coats Gala ball at Battersea’s Evolution centre in London.

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Her Zeynap Kartal gown had a risqué thigh-split which showed off a little too much 

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U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State debate after election

31 October, 2014 World News

When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

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U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington

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Oldest living Crow Tribe member turns 101

31 October, 2014 Society

 The oldest living member of the Crow Tribe turned 101 years old Monday.

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Steven Gerrard: I’ve not heard from Liverpool on a new contract (photos)

31 October, 2014 Sports

On the training pitches of Melwood and in Brendan Rodgers’s office, Steven Gerrard is busy trying to reinvent the wheels of his career yet again.

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has had to rethink his game under Brendan Rodgers this season

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The world’s 10 oldest living trees (photo)

31 October, 2014 Lifestyle & Culture

There are colonies of clonal trees that have lived for tens of thousands of years, but there’s something majestic about a single tree able to stand on its own for millennia. These ancient trees have borne witness to the rise and fall of civilizations, survived changing climates, and even persevered through the fervent development of human industry. They are a testament to the long view that Mother Nature takes in tending the Earth. With that in mind, consider the world’s 10 oldest living trees. 

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Google vice president jumps from stratosphere, beating world record (video)

31 October, 2014 Lifestyle & Culture

Google’s vice president Alan Eustace safely jumps from the stratosphere over New Mexico, beating the previous skydiving world record.

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A Palestinian protester stands in front of car of Israeli that was set on fire by protesters during clashes with Israeli security forces in east Jerusalem
A Palestinian protester stands in front of a car of an Israeli that was set on fire by the protesters during clashes with Israeli security forces in east Jerusalem, October 30, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Awad