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Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial

Wednesday, 10:28 PM

Guzulnur, wife of Ilham Tohti arrives at Urumqi People's Intermediate Court to attend her husband's trial in Urumqi, China's northwestern region of Xinjiang Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The defense in the separatism trial of Tohti, a Muslim Uighur scholar, sought to show Thursday that his classroom lectures and online commentary never amounted to a campaign to split his native region of Xinjiang away from China. (AP Photo/Jack Chang)URUMQI, China (AP) — A Muslim Uighur scholar accused of separatism sought to show Thursday that his writings and classroom lectures, including rhetoric saying Chinese are dragons and Uighurs are wolves, were not a campaign to split his native Xinjiang region from China.


Crusaders to kick off 2015 Super Rugby season

Wednesday, 10:26 PM

Canterbury Crusaders flanker Matt Todd scores during the Super 15 rugby union final against the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney on August 2, 2014Sydney (AFP) - Seven-time champions Canterbury Crusaders will kick off the 2015 Super Rugby campaign against the Melbourne Rebels at home on February 13, organisers SANZAR said Thursday.


Fiji coup leader heads for landmark poll victory

Wednesday, 9:33 PM

Fijian First Party supporters hold the local newspaper showing a front page photo of coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama, a day after elections, in Nadi, on September 18, 2014Suva (Fiji) (AFP) - Coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama was poised on Thursday to become Fiji's first elected leader in eight years as provisional results gave him a commanding lead after historic elections.


San Francisco lawmaker says he takes anti-HIV drug, urges wider use

Wednesday, 9:33 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An openly gay San Francisco lawmaker went public on Wednesday with his daily use of a highly effective HIV-prevention drug and urged more at-risk city dwellers to do the same. Scott Wiener, a member of the city's Board of Supervisors, said in an op-ed published by the Huffington Post that he takes Truvada, in an effort to raise awareness about the drug's benefits. The pill, part of a therapy called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, can cut the likelihood of HIV infection for those at high risk by as much as 92 percent if taken daily, according to the U.S. ...

World's richest National Football League in crisis

Wednesday, 10:08 PM

Ray Rice before the start of a game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas on August 16, 2014Los Angeles (AFP) - The NFL, which has built a multi-billion dollar empire out of its violent and quintessentially American game, is under attack as never before over its handling of off-field violence involving players.


OCA president backing baseball's 2020 return

Wednesday, 8:18 PM

By Peter Rutherford INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) - The president of the Olympic Council of Asia has thrown his support behind baseball's bid to return to the program at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who also heads the powerful Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), told Reuters in an interview that Tokyo had all the infrastructure and facilities in place to fit baseball into the program. Baseball and softball were on the Olympic program from 1992 to 2008 but voted out in a secret ballot in 2005, becoming the first sports to be removed since polo in 1936. ...

Pakistani woman embraced by Islamic State seeks to drop U.S. legal appeal

Wednesday, 10:10 PM

By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistan-born neuroscientist has become a rallying cry for militant groups demanding her release from a U.S. prison. But in a little-noticed move she is trying to abandon her legal fight for freedom, saying the U.S. court system is unjust. Islamic militants in Syria, Algeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan have made Aafia Siddiqui's release a condition for freeing certain foreign hostages. Islamic State, for example, proposed swapping American journalist James Foley for her, but he was executed after their demands, which also included an end to U.S. ...

Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge

Wednesday, 10:08 PM

Balloons held by Yes supporters float next to balloons and posters held by No supporters after a No campaign event where a number of speeches were made by different people and politicians in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks? No one is certain. Excitement and anxiety mounted across the country Wednesday, the final day of campaigning before Thursday's referendum on independence. With opinion polls suggesting the result is too close to call and turnout expected to reach record levels, supporters of separation feel they are within touching distance of victory — but wonder whether their surge in the polls will be enough. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Breaking up is hard to do, especially after 307 years. The entire United Kingdom will find out just how hard if Scotland chooses independence in Thursday's vote.


Alternatives to Google's $100 Android One in Asia

Wednesday, 9:35 PM

You may have not heard of the Samsung Galaxy V, but its low price of $98 makes it the perfect entry level device in developing markets.The new Android One phones may cost just $100, but there are cheaper phones in the market that are equally competitive and offer similar value.>


How Samsung’s Smart Home initiative will change your Future Home

Wednesday, 9:00 PM

How Samsung’s Smart Home initiative will change your Future HomeIFA, one of the largest electronics shows in the world has finished. To mark the official beginning of IFA 2014, Samsung Electronics’ President and CEO, BK Yoon, delivered a keynote speech. In this speech, Samsung …


Online volunteers map uncharted Ebola zones to help save lives

Wednesday, 10:13 PM

By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Donating to disasters used to mean writing a check to Oxfam or the Red Cross. These days in the Internet age, for the Ebola crisis, citizens from all over the world are donating their time by going online to build maps for relief workers. Call it crowd-sourced cartography that can save lives. ...

San Francisco lawmaker says he takes anti-HIV drug, urges wider use

Wednesday, 9:33 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An openly gay San Francisco lawmaker went public on Wednesday with his daily use of a highly effective HIV-prevention drug and urged more at-risk city dwellers to do the same. Scott Wiener, a member of the city's Board of Supervisors, said in an op-ed published by the Huffington Post that he takes Truvada, in an effort to raise awareness about the drug's benefits. The pill, part of a therapy called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, can cut the likelihood of HIV infection for those at high risk by as much as 92 percent if taken daily, according to the U.S. ...