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EU to UK: Give Us More Money

Your economy is better than expected.

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VIDEO: India’s quest to get people online

One billion people are still not connected to the internet in India and cost is the main barrier. So authorities are looking at ways to get more people online.

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US Ebola patient on kidney dialysis

The first patient diagnosed in the US with Ebola is on a ventilator and kidney dialysis, as officials monitor those with whom he came in contact.

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German industrial output dives

Germany’s industry shrank by far more than expected in August, adding to the growing picture of a struggling economy.

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Heavy fighting for Ukraine airport

More heavy clashes have been taking place in Ukraine, as pro-Russian separatists try to wrest control of Donetsk airport from government forces.

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VIDEO: Hong Kong protests to dent economy?

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy street protests may deter some mainland Chinese from visiting the city during their ‘Golden Week’ holiday.

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Fracking firm seeks legal advice

A company that plans to drill for shale gas in County Fermanagh says it plans to take legal action to challenge the termination of its licence.

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Brazil’s election: What you need to know

Sunday’s election has Brazil at a crossroads: After 12 years of rule by the Workers’ Party in which the economy surged, millions of people saw their standard of living rise dramatically and the country enjoyed a new sense of prestige …

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Obama’s Propagandistic UN Address

During President Barack Obama’s first term, he generally was careful in making comments about world affairs – not that he was always completely honest but he was circumspect about outright lying. Over the past two years, however, he appears to have lost any such inhibitions. That’s the case even when he is engaged in something as serious as addressing the United Nations General Assembly on issues of war or peace as occurred both last year and this year. In September 2013, Obama made what he knew was a deceptive comment about the mysterious Sarin gas attack in Syria a month earlier. He did something similar on Wednesday in describing the Ukraine crisis. Regarding the Sarin case, Obama knew before his 2013 speech that many of his own intelligence analysts believed Syrian rebels were behind the Aug. 21 attack that killed several hundred people outside Damascus. These analysts suspected the incident was part of a scheme to blame the government of President Bashar al-Assad and get the U.S. military to attack Assad’s forces. [See's "Fixing Intel Around Syria Policy" and "Was Turkey Behind Syria-Sarin Attack?'] Despite this knowledge, Obama delivered a formal address to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 24, 2013, declaring: “It’s an insult to human reason and to the legitimacy of this institution to suggest that anyone other than the regime carried out this attack.” Similarly, Obama knew the complex reality in Ukraine when he took to the podium on Wednesday. He knew that the crisis was instigated not by Russia but by the European Union and the United States. He knew that the elected President Viktor Yanukovych had been targeted for “regime change” by officials within the U.S. State Department, led by neoconservative Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who literally hand-picked the new leadership with the aid of U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt who described the need to “midwife this thing.” Obama knew that Nuland had told Ukrainian business leaders that the U.S. government had invested $5 billion in support of their “European aspirations” and that the U.S.-funded National Endowment for Democracy had subsidized scores of “non-governmental organizations” to help destabilize the Yanukovych government. He also knew the key role played by Ukraine’s neo-Nazi militias in seizing presidential buildings on Feb. 22 and forcing Yanukovych’s officials to flee for their lives. Obama was aware, too, that the ethnic Russians of eastern Ukraine had rejected this coup regime and rose up in resistance to the imposition of what many saw as illegitimate authority. He knew that the people of Crimea – faced with this coup regime in Kiev – voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to secede from Ukraine and rejoin Russia, a move the Russian government supported and accepted. Obama knew that the Kiev regime brutalized southern and eastern Ukraine, with the regime’s activists burning alive dozens of ethnic Russian protesters in Odessa and its military killing thousands with heavy weaponry fired into towns and cities of eastern Ukraine. The coup regime in Kiev even dispatched Nazi militias, such as the Azov battalion, to engage in bloody street fighting – the first time since World War II that any government had deployed armed Nazi forces to attack a European population. Obama knew that, too. [See's "Ukraine's 'Romantic' Nazi Storm Troopers."] Obama also knew that some of his own intelligence analysts had concluded that extremist elements within the Ukrainian government were probably responsible for the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, possibly using anti-aircraft missiles deployed close to rebel-controlled territory and aided by one or more Ukrainian fighter planes in the air. Obama knew, too, that the Ukrainian military attacked the crash site, driving investigators away and apparently setting fire to a wheat field containing remnants of the plane. [See's "Flight 17 Shoot-down Scenario Shifts."] Obama’s Ukraine Tale Yet, this is how Obama presented the Ukrainian crisis to the world: “Recently, Russia’s actions in Ukraine challenge this post-[World War II] order. Here are the facts. After the people of Ukraine mobilized popular protests and calls for reform, their corrupt president fled. Against the will of the government in Kyiv, Crimea was annexed. Russia poured arms into eastern Ukraine, fueling violent separatists and a conflict that has killed thousands. “When a civilian airliner was shot down from areas that these proxies controlled, they refused to allow access to the crash for days. When Ukraine started to reassert control over its territory, Russia gave up the pretense of merely supporting the separatists, and moved troops across the border. “This is a vision of the world in which might makes right — a world in which one nation’s borders can be redrawn by another, and civilized people are not allowed to recover the remains of their loved ones because of the truth that might be revealed. “America stands for something different. We believe that right makes might — that bigger nations should not be able to bully smaller ones, and that people should be able to choose their own future. And these are simple truths, but they must be defended. America and our allies will support the people of Ukraine as they develop their democracy and economy. “We will reinforce our NATO Allies and uphold our commitment to collective self-defense. We will impose a cost on Russia for aggression, and we will counter falsehoods with the truth. And we call upon others to join us on the right side of history – for while small gains can be won at the barrel of a gun, they will ultimately be turned back if enough voices support the freedom of nations and peoples to make their own decisions.” Becoming Bush An honest person would have described all these events very differently, including what “America stands for.” There could have been at least some acknowledgement of how the United States in the post-World War II era has often relied on “the barrel of a gun” – or cruise missiles and smart bombs – to impose its will on other countries, including “regime change” in Iraq in 2003 and in Libya in 2011. Obama could have acknowledged, too, that the United States has often used coups d’etat to unseat governments not to its liking, even when the leaders have been popularly elected. A partial list would include Mossadegh in Iran in 1953, Arbenz in Guatemala in 1954, Allende in Chile in 1973, Aristide in Haiti twice, Chavez in Venezuela briefly in 2002, Zelaya in Honduras in 2009, Morsi in Egypt in 2013, and now Yanukovych in Ukraine in 2014. But instead Obama chose to present a simplistic, propagandistic version of what has transpired in Ukraine. Essentially he’s saying: It’s all Russia’s fault and everyone on the U.S. side is a good guy, on “the right side of history.” It is interesting, however, that Obama did not come out directly and implicate Russia and the eastern Ukrainian rebels in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Given his access to detailed U.S. intelligence on the topic, he should have been able to point the finger directly, if indeed that’s what the facts showed. Instead, he played word games to create the impression that the rebels and Russia were to blame without actually spelling out any evidence against them. This was similar to how President George W. Bush gave speeches in 2002 and 2003 juxtaposing the names Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden to create the perception among Americans that the two were joined at the hip when they were, in fact, bitter enemies. Now, President Obama has come to replicate these Bush-like deceptions. There is also new evidence of how the supposedly “popular” government in Kiev has been developing its democracy — by incarcerating people who dare to protest against its policies. As the New York Times’ Andrew E. Kramer reported on Thursday, the Kiev regime has been padding its prisoner exchanges by throwing in political dissidents arrested far from any battlefield. Kramer wrote: “The Ukrainians, … widely understood to be lacking enough prisoners of their own to effect a one-for-one exchange, set free a motley group of men, women and teenagers wearing tracksuits or dirty jeans, and taken, they said, from jails as far away as Kiev. “Soon enough, many of them were objecting to anybody who would listen there on the highway that they had never fought for pro-Russian separatists, and in fact had no idea how they ended up in a prisoner exchange in eastern Ukraine. “In interviews at their point of release and in a dormitory where former detainees are housed in Donetsk, a dozen men freed in exchanges over the weekend by the Ukrainian Army gave similar accounts. Some said they were arrested months ago in other parts of Ukraine for pro-Russian political actions, such as joining protests calling for autonomy in eastern Ukraine or for distributing leaflets.” In other words, the Kiev regime does not only send Nazi storm troopers to attack people in eastern Ukraine but it jails citizens elsewhere who pass out leaflets. Recognizing some of these darker truths – rather than simply reciting a litany of shiny propaganda – could have given President Obama’s UN address more credibility. Perhaps the old Obama would have made a stab at greater intellectual honesty but the new one has taken on the personality of his predecessor, who famously didn’t do nuance.

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No iPhone 6 refund from Phones 4U

Customers who ordered the iPhone 6 from Phones 4U in the days before its administration have been told they will not now receive a refund.

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Meet a climate marcher

This weekend, the People’s Climate March made history as one of the largest demonstrations of its kind. Organizers estimate that more than 311,000 individuals showed up from all corners of the world to take to the streets of New York City. Their demands ranged from stopping fracking to divesting from fossil fuels to seeking environmental justice to enabling disaster preparedness. But they all agreed on one thing: We’ve got big climate problems, yo — and they need solving. Together, their perspectives converged into one very, very loud voice. For those who couldn’t make it in person but were there in spirit, here’s a sampling of who you might have seen marching next to you. Samantha LarsonKathryn Leuch – Manila, Phillipines“Right now in the streets of Manila, 25 percent of our city is flooded by a super typhoon. It’s unfortunate that every time a typhoon comes, the people who die become a mere statistic.” Samantha LarsonKimberly Shepherd – Harlan County, Kentucky“My family has been in coal mining since the 30s. We want a just transition away from coal mining. I’m here because I don’t want my five-and-a-half-year-old daughter to have to fight.” Samantha LarsonMariella Treleven – Madison, Wisconsin“We’re marching against the Enbridge pipeline. Everyone’s focused on Keystone, but Enbridge is a way for them to still get their tar sands. We need to bring attention to both this and keystone.” Samantha LarsonIya’Faloa Omoba – Jackson, Mississippi“I’m here because I’m concerned about the economy, and about health issues. We don’t have jobs for the majority of people in Jackson. And we have the highest obesity rates in the country.” Samantha LarsonAlexis Smallwood – Far Rockaway, New York“I’m marching for policy and green infrastructure to come to Far Rockaway. I couldn’t stay at my house for a year and six months after Sandy. Once I came back, I felt like things needed to change.” Samantha LarsonDesmond Disa – Durban, South Africa“Back home in South Africa they’re carving up the ocean, carving up sensitive areas for mining and fracking. I’m here to say we don’t want that.” Samantha LarsonIsso Nihmei – Vanuatu, Pacific Islands“Sea level rise is one of the biggest problems in the Pacific Islands. I’m scared about where we’re going to be in the next 25 years.” Samantha LarsonTeresa Anderson – United Kingdom“I work for Actionaid, an international development agency to help communities become more resilient to climate change. I’m worried about the UN’s new global alliance for “smart” agriculture. I think lots of problematic organizations have jumped on the bandwagon in order to break into new markets – that the good organizations that are part of it are just greenwashing the bad stuff.” Samantha LarsonHarjeeta Singh – Dheli, India“We have been seeing that the impacts of climate change on the ground are getting more intense. You don’t even get time to recover from the previous disaster before the next one hits you.” Samantha LarsonMariah Rose Sampson (left) and Kathy Sampson-Kruse (mother and daughter) – Walla Walla Tribe of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, OregonKathy: “They continue to pollute our beautiful Columbia River.” Mariah: “When this is over, I want to take the march home, locally.” Kathy: “This struggle is going to continue for a long time, and we must continue to rise up.” Samantha LarsonDukota Alcantara – Camacho, Guam“We have a really interesting relationship with the U.S. military, because they’re using our land, they’re using our rights. Lots of people don’t even know that we’re a U.S. colony. They’re using our lands as striking practice, they’re using our lands as dumping grounds. There are over 100 toxic dump sites on our island.” Samantha LarsonBarbara Daniels – Richwood, West Virginia“In West Virginia there’s fracking and mountaintop removal everywhere you turn. We’re destroying the environment for money.” Samantha LarsonChokyi – Tibet“Tibet is often called the Third Pole. It is home to 46,000 glaciers. There is also a lot of permafrost in Tibet. But the temperature is rising in Tibet twice as fast as the rest of the world.” Samantha LarsonLisa Kline and Matt Haasch – Newburgh, New York“Our home flooded in both Irene and in Sandy. We got hit with $50,000 worth of damage.” Samantha LarsonAnn MacLeod – Lecanto, Florida“I’d like to have a carbon tax.” Samantha LarsonDeborah Payne – Kentucky“Climate change is one of the biggest threats to health and humanity.” Samantha LarsonMuriam Dillar, Jacksonville, Florida“Florida is especially at risk for climate change. The highest point in the state is 277 feet.” Samantha LarsonLenna Harris – New York, New York “Some people have criticized the march for not having specific demands. But I like that, because it means that people don’t feel excluded or alienated. And it really is that broad. It’s really about everything. This isn’t a fringe movement anymore; normal people care.” Samantha LarsonSophie Ackoff – Hudson, New York“I’m with the Young Farmers Coalition. We brought a bus of young farmers down from Hudson because we think farmers have a large role to play in climate mitigation.” Samantha LarsonVictoria Thoman and Milena Gonzalez – Washington, D.C.Milena: “Unicorns don’t exist. Climate change does. Get your head out of the sand.” Victoria: “Extinction is forever.” Samantha LarsonChistina Doerr – Columbia, Missouri“I thought people were paying attention. But we’re decades behind.” Samantha LarsonArturo Dominguez – Bogota, Colombia“I’m currently a physicist in the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. Fusion is the energy form of the sun and the stars. We also want to do it on earth. It’s still decades away, but it’ll be a revolution; it’s inexhaustible, and it’s got no long term radioactive waste.” Samantha LarsonCharles Derber – Boston, Massachusetts“I’ve been studying social movements for years – I’m a professor of sociology at Boston College. I think the most important thing to know about this march is the idea of convergence. This is a systemic problem; it’s really just an accident that climate change got tagged as an environmental issue. A lot of people are here marching for different reasons. This is the first real movement that’s beginning to bring it all back together again. This is the thing we’ve been waiting for for a really long time.” Samantha LarsonLisa Renstrom and Chuck Collins – Boston, Massachusetts“We’re the co-chairs of the individual effort of Divest Invest. The student movement is leading the way in divesting from fossil fuels. We’d like to see more inviduals doing it, too.” Samantha LarsonWen Stephenson and Grace Stephenson – Massachusetts“She watched Disruption and her mom asked her how it made her feel. This is what she said.” Samantha LarsonPeter Bronson – Queens, New York“I’m with Veterans for Peace. I served in the Korean War. We’re here to protest the amount of oil and the military contributions to the global warming crisis.” Samantha LarsonNandini Ramesh – New York, New York“I’m a Ph.D. student in oceanography at Columbia. I’m well aware of the evidence that sea level is rising and the ocean is acidifying, and I want that to be heard.” Samantha LarsonKimberly Foley“I started walking from L.A. on March 1 with the Great March for Climate Action. We made it to Ohio and then took the bus. But this is just a detour: we’ll be continuing on from Ohio, making it to D.C. on November 1. We’re looking for more people to join us.” Samantha LarsonPeter McCullough – Baltimore, Maryland“I’m an astrophysicist. I thought about writing ‘no solar equals no life,’ but this was simpler.” Samantha LarsonBraden Elliot – Missouri “I’m a Ph.D. student in ecology at Dartmouth. I’m marching because I think the future needs to be handled differently than the present.” Samantha LarsonMichele Fox – New York, New York“Governor Cuomo wants to allow fracking in the southern tier of New York. I don’t think that should happen.” Samantha LarsonShilpa Narayan – Brooklyn, New York“I’m marching for the honey bees. Climate change has created colony collapse disorder. Affected colonies lose upwards of 50 percent of their bees.”Filed under: Article, Climate & Energy

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A top prosecutor refutes idea of ‘big tigers’ joint effort to fight against anti-corruption probe

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VIDEO: Phones 4U poised for administration

More than 5,500 jobs are under threat, as the mobile phone retailer Phones 4U is placed into administration.

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Tenants may win eviction protection

Nine million private tenants in the UK could be given extra protection from landlords who try to evict them.

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Sacked French cabinet ministers now lovers, Paris-Match reports

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AUDIO: The little known biggest web retailer

Alibaba, the world’s largest internet retailer, is set to float on the US stock market, in what may be the world’s biggest-ever IPO.

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Japanese first lady Akie Abe seeks summit with Peng Liyuan at Apec

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Japanese first lady Akie Abe has told of her admiration for her “stylish and beautiful” Chinese counterpart, Peng Liyuan , and said she was hoping for a summit of their own on the sidelines of November’s Apec meeting in Beijing. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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So how sick was the UK?

Was UK economy as sick as we thought?

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The Cupcake Boom Was Always Doomed

The story of Crumbs—beloved business grows until competition gets hungry and consumers get full—is the story of the American economy.

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