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  • 1/50   Timberlake celebrates return to music with second No. 1 album this year
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    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...


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  • 2/50   Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead American Music Awards nominations
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    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i. ...

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i. ...


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  • 3/50   Taylor Swift to receive country music songwriting award
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    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift will be honored as this year's songwriter and artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, making her the only artist to win the award six times, her record company said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old singer and writer of pop crossover hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" will be officially named the award's recipient on Sunday, Big Machine Records said. The annual award recognizes country music's songwriters who scored top 30 hits during the past year. ...

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift will be honored as this year's songwriter and artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, making her the only artist to win the award six times, her record company said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old singer and writer of pop crossover hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" will be officially named the award's recipient on Sunday, Big Machine Records said. The annual award recognizes country music's songwriters who scored top 30 hits during the past year. ...


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  • 4/50   Rumour has it: Rocker Graham Parker is back
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    By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Decades on from his days as an angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a new lease of life to Graham Parker. In the movie, Judd Apatow's "This is 40", the bid fails. In the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the 62-year-old London native. He's brought out a well-received album, a documentary and a concert film with his reunited backing band, the Rumour. In late October they play their first British dates in 31 years. The London show sold out straight away. ...

    By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Decades on from his days as an angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a new lease of life to Graham Parker. In the movie, Judd Apatow's "This is 40", the bid fails. In the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the 62-year-old London native. He's brought out a well-received album, a documentary and a concert film with his reunited backing band, the Rumour. In late October they play their first British dates in 31 years. The London show sold out straight away. ...


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  • 5/50   OneRepublic victorious in closest UK chart battle of 2013
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    LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. rock band OneRepublic snatched the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, edging out The Vamps in the closest race for the number one position seen all year, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. A late surge for OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' helped them outsell new entry 'Can We Dance' from British band The Vamps by just 1,150 copies to reach the pinnacle of the charts for the first time. Former number one 'Talk Dirty' by Jason Derulo and featuring rapper 2 Chainz fell to number three, while Katy Perry's 'Roar' dropped into fourth place. ...

    LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. rock band OneRepublic snatched the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, edging out The Vamps in the closest race for the number one position seen all year, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. A late surge for OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' helped them outsell new entry 'Can We Dance' from British band The Vamps by just 1,150 copies to reach the pinnacle of the charts for the first time. Former number one 'Talk Dirty' by Jason Derulo and featuring rapper 2 Chainz fell to number three, while Katy Perry's 'Roar' dropped into fourth place. ...


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  • 6/50   Miley Cyrus mocks 'motherly' advice from Sinead O'Connor
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    LONDON (Reuters) - American pop star Miley Cyrus has snubbed some prim motherly advice about her new bad girl image from Irish singer and sometime rebel Sinead O'Connor. The "We Can't Stop" singer - who has ditched her squeaky clean Hannah Montana Disney image for a solo singing career as a tattooed sex siren - rebuffed an open letter from O'Connor calling on Cyrus to tone down her sexualized persona. "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause I'm hosting & performing on SNL (U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live) this week," Cyrus tweeted. ...

    LONDON (Reuters) - American pop star Miley Cyrus has snubbed some prim motherly advice about her new bad girl image from Irish singer and sometime rebel Sinead O'Connor. The "We Can't Stop" singer - who has ditched her squeaky clean Hannah Montana Disney image for a solo singing career as a tattooed sex siren - rebuffed an open letter from O'Connor calling on Cyrus to tone down her sexualized persona. "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause I'm hosting & performing on SNL (U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live) this week," Cyrus tweeted. ...


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  • 7/50   Jury clears promoter of liability in Michael Jackson's death
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    By Eric Kelsey and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live of liability on Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Jackson, in a trial that offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the so-called King of Pop. The verdict, which concluded that the doctor the company hired to care for the singer was not unfit for his job, capped a sensational five-month trial that was expected to shake up the way entertainment companies treat their most risky talent. ...

    By Eric Kelsey and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live of liability on Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Jackson, in a trial that offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the so-called King of Pop. The verdict, which concluded that the doctor the company hired to care for the singer was not unfit for his job, capped a sensational five-month trial that was expected to shake up the way entertainment companies treat their most risky talent. ...


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  • 8/50   Analysis: Jackson case will change the tune for concert, artist insurance
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    By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Britney Spears takes the stage this December for the first of a heavily hyped 100-show two-year residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, the loudest cheers may come from her insurance underwriters. Along with the sound engineers and roadies who help stage a concert, insurance underwriters play a large role in making sure a star can get onstage and grab the microphone. Insurers are also key during those times when stars do not show and concerts get canceled. ...

    By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Britney Spears takes the stage this December for the first of a heavily hyped 100-show two-year residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, the loudest cheers may come from her insurance underwriters. Along with the sound engineers and roadies who help stage a concert, insurance underwriters play a large role in making sure a star can get onstage and grab the microphone. Insurers are also key during those times when stars do not show and concerts get canceled. ...


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  • 9/50   Canadian rapper Drake lands third No. 1 album on Billboard chart
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    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Drake vaulted straight to No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as his latest album garnered the second-largest sales week of the year so far. "Nothing Was the Same," the third studio album from the Canadian rapper, sold 658,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Only Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which opened with 968,000 copies in March, outsold "Nothing Was the Same" in a one-week period. All three of Drake's studio albums have debuted at No. ...

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Drake vaulted straight to No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as his latest album garnered the second-largest sales week of the year so far. "Nothing Was the Same," the third studio album from the Canadian rapper, sold 658,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Only Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which opened with 968,000 copies in March, outsold "Nothing Was the Same" in a one-week period. All three of Drake's studio albums have debuted at No. ...


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  • 10/50   Miley Cyrus aimed to 'make history' with video awards performance
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    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Disney star Miley Cyrus says she was out to shock and "make history" and is unapologetic for her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. In a documentary, "Miley: The Movement," airing on MTV on October 2, the 20-year-old singer and actress comes across as a shrewd, ambitious performer determined to see her single, "We Can't Stop," hit No. 1 and put her roots as the wholesome Disney Channel star of "Hannah Montana" far behind her. ...

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Disney star Miley Cyrus says she was out to shock and "make history" and is unapologetic for her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. In a documentary, "Miley: The Movement," airing on MTV on October 2, the 20-year-old singer and actress comes across as a shrewd, ambitious performer determined to see her single, "We Can't Stop," hit No. 1 and put her roots as the wholesome Disney Channel star of "Hannah Montana" far behind her. ...


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  • 11/50   Your Top Plays for Today
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    Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

    Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


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  • 12/50   10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos
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    Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.

    Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


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  • 13/50   Magical McIlroy lights up Ryder Cup with storming start
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    By Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy showed precisely why he is the world's number one golfer, making a barnstorming start to the final-day singles to spearhead Europe's victory push in the 40th Ryder Cup on Sunday. Playing in the third match of the day, the 25-year-old Northern Irishman produced a spectacular opening as he powered four up on close friend Rickie Fowler. McIlroy wielded a red-hot putter on a sunny day at Gleneagles, notching four birdies and an eagle in the first six holes to leave his American opponent reeling. ...

    By Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy showed precisely why he is the world's number one golfer, making a barnstorming start to the final-day singles to spearhead Europe's victory push in the 40th Ryder Cup on Sunday. Playing in the third match of the day, the 25-year-old Northern Irishman produced a spectacular opening as he powered four up on close friend Rickie Fowler. McIlroy wielded a red-hot putter on a sunny day at Gleneagles, notching four birdies and an eagle in the first six holes to leave his American opponent reeling. ...


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  • 14/50   Noisy fans urge Europe on at start of singles
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    By Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Thousands of excited fans thronged the first tee three and a half hours before the start of the 12 final-day singles matches as the anticipation built at the 40th Ryder Cup on Sunday. The European supporters, confident their team would not let slip a 10-6 overnight lead, belted out soccer-style chants at the top of their voices from the huge grandstands on a sunny day at Gleneagles. "If you're not excited by all this you must be dead," four-times Europe captain Tony Jacklin told Sky Sports television. ...

    By Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Thousands of excited fans thronged the first tee three and a half hours before the start of the 12 final-day singles matches as the anticipation built at the 40th Ryder Cup on Sunday. The European supporters, confident their team would not let slip a 10-6 overnight lead, belted out soccer-style chants at the top of their voices from the huge grandstands on a sunny day at Gleneagles. "If you're not excited by all this you must be dead," four-times Europe captain Tony Jacklin told Sky Sports television. ...


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  • 15/50   Japanese golfer Fujita wins Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup
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    Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese veteran Hiroyuki Fujita won the $1.4 million Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup Sunday, firing a five-under-par 66 on the final round.

    Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese veteran Hiroyuki Fujita won the $1.4 million Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup Sunday, firing a five-under-par 66 on the final round.


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  • 16/50   Excited fans out in force as Ryder Cup anticipation builds
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    By Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Thousands of excited fans thronged the first tee three and a half hours before the start of the 12 final-day singles matches as the anticipation built at the 40th Ryder Cup on Sunday. The European supporters, confident their team would not let slip their 10-6 overnight lead, belted out their soccer-style chants at the top of their voices from the huge grandstands on a sunny day at Gleneagles. "If you're not excited by all this you must be dead," four-times Europe captain Tony Jacklin told Sky Sports television. ...

    By Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Thousands of excited fans thronged the first tee three and a half hours before the start of the 12 final-day singles matches as the anticipation built at the 40th Ryder Cup on Sunday. The European supporters, confident their team would not let slip their 10-6 overnight lead, belted out their soccer-style chants at the top of their voices from the huge grandstands on a sunny day at Gleneagles. "If you're not excited by all this you must be dead," four-times Europe captain Tony Jacklin told Sky Sports television. ...


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  • 17/50   Sox frustrate Royals, Mariners hang on
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    Los Angeles (AFP) - The Chicago White Sox prevented the Kansas City Royals from moving into a tie for the division lead with a 5-4 win behind the bat of Josh Phegley.

    Los Angeles (AFP) - The Chicago White Sox prevented the Kansas City Royals from moving into a tie for the division lead with a 5-4 win behind the bat of Josh Phegley.


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  • 18/50   Cardinals fail to clinch after loss to Arizona
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    Los Angeles (AFP) - The St. Louis Cardinals frittered away a chance to clinch the division title, losing 5-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks who got two home runs from slugger Mark Trumbo.

    Los Angeles (AFP) - The St. Louis Cardinals frittered away a chance to clinch the division title, losing 5-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks who got two home runs from slugger Mark Trumbo.


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  • 19/50   Wembley welcome just the tonic for embattled NFL
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    London (AFP) - After one of the most turbulent periods in the history of the NFL, Sunday's sold-out clash between the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins at Wembley will prove that even the current rash of off-field scandals can't halt the sport's remarkable growth in the United Kingdom.

    London (AFP) - After one of the most turbulent periods in the history of the NFL, Sunday's sold-out clash between the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins at Wembley will prove that even the current rash of off-field scandals can't halt the sport's remarkable growth in the United Kingdom.


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  • 20/50   Santiago slam dims Pirates' division hopes
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    Los Angeles (AFP) - Ramon Santiago's grand slam in the bottom of the 10th in Cincinnati on Saturday lifted the Reds to a 10-6 win over Pittsburgh that dented the Pirates' National League Central title bid.

    Los Angeles (AFP) - Ramon Santiago's grand slam in the bottom of the 10th in Cincinnati on Saturday lifted the Reds to a 10-6 win over Pittsburgh that dented the Pirates' National League Central title bid.


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  • 21/50   Police: Ferguson officer shot; 2 suspects wanted
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    Two men at a community center ran from the officer and then opened fire during a foot chase, authorities said.

    Two men at a community center ran from the officer and then opened fire during a foot chase, authorities said.


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  • 22/50   Hong Kong police use tear gas on protesters
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    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police used tear gas Sunday and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters who had gathered outside government headquarters in a challenge to Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the semiautonomous city.

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police used tear gas Sunday and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters who had gathered outside government headquarters in a challenge to Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the semiautonomous city.


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  • 23/50   More than 30 believed dead at Japanese volcano
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    TOKYO (AP) — Rescue workers have found 30 or more people unconscious and believed to be dead near the peak of an erupting volcano in central Japan, local government and police said Sunday.

    TOKYO (AP) — Rescue workers have found 30 or more people unconscious and believed to be dead near the peak of an erupting volcano in central Japan, local government and police said Sunday.


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  • 24/50   Eric Holder: 'I wanted to be an activist attorney general'
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    Holder reveals how he became a progressive who wouldn't accept excuses for inequality.

    Holder reveals how he became a progressive who wouldn't accept excuses for inequality.


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  • 25/50   Parents of slain Ferguson teen unmoved by police chief's apology
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The parents of Michael Brown told The Associated Press on Saturday they were unmoved by the apology given by the Ferguson, Missouri, police chief weeks after their unarmed 18-year-old son was killed by a police officer.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The parents of Michael Brown told The Associated Press on Saturday they were unmoved by the apology given by the Ferguson, Missouri, police chief weeks after their unarmed 18-year-old son was killed by a police officer.


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  • 26/50   Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks
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    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.


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  • 27/50   Japan's SoftBank bidding for DreamWorks Animation: report
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    Japanese telecommunications group SoftBank is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation, the biggest independent animated film studio in Hollywood, in a deal valuing the company at $3.4 billion, The Hollywood Reporter said.

    Japanese telecommunications group SoftBank is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation, the biggest independent animated film studio in Hollywood, in a deal valuing the company at $3.4 billion, The Hollywood Reporter said.


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  • 28/50   Aretha Franklin CD of diva classics due Oct. 21
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other female singers.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other female singers.


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  • 29/50   Clooney marries Amal Alamuddin in star-studded Venice bash
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    Venice (AFP) - Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney and Lebanese-British lawyer Amal Alamuddin married in Venice on Saturday before partying the night away with their A-list friends in one of the most high-profile celebrity weddings in years.

    Venice (AFP) - Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney and Lebanese-British lawyer Amal Alamuddin married in Venice on Saturday before partying the night away with their A-list friends in one of the most high-profile celebrity weddings in years.


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  • 30/50   Jay Z, Beyonce take stage at Global Citizen fest
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z is in a global state of mind: The rap star performed Saturday for thousands in New York's Central Park and encouraged the crowd to help end world poverty.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z is in a global state of mind: The rap star performed Saturday for thousands in New York's Central Park and encouraged the crowd to help end world poverty.


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  • 31/50   Yahoo-AOL merger proposal: recipe for revival, or stagnation?
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    By Jennifer Saba and Alexei Oreskovic (Reuters) - A proposed merger of Internet pioneers AOL Inc and Yahoo Inc could create a nimbler player in Web video, but strong growth, the measure of success in Silicon Valley, would remain elusive. Investors are revisiting one of the most speculated Internet combinations, after activist investor Starboard on Friday pressured Yahoo to merge with AOL. A pairing could help the companies compete in their core advertising business. ...

    By Jennifer Saba and Alexei Oreskovic (Reuters) - A proposed merger of Internet pioneers AOL Inc and Yahoo Inc could create a nimbler player in Web video, but strong growth, the measure of success in Silicon Valley, would remain elusive. Investors are revisiting one of the most speculated Internet combinations, after activist investor Starboard on Friday pressured Yahoo to merge with AOL. A pairing could help the companies compete in their core advertising business. ...


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  • 32/50   Microsoft boss Nadella promises cooperation in Chinese antitrust probe
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    BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp chief executive Satya Nadella promised to cooperate fully with Chinese authorities in their antitrust investigation into his company during a meeting with a top regulator in Beijing, the Chinese government said. Microsoft has been ensnared in an anti-monopoly investigation launched this summer by China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), which has already seized evidence from multiple Microsoft offices across China and summoned high-level executives for questioning. ...

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp chief executive Satya Nadella promised to cooperate fully with Chinese authorities in their antitrust investigation into his company during a meeting with a top regulator in Beijing, the Chinese government said. Microsoft has been ensnared in an anti-monopoly investigation launched this summer by China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), which has already seized evidence from multiple Microsoft offices across China and summoned high-level executives for questioning. ...


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  • 33/50   Alibaba pays $459 million for stake in Chinese hotel tech company
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    BEIJING (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has bought a 15 percent stake in hospitality technology provider Beijing Shiji Information Technology Co Ltd for 2.81 billion yuan ($458.66 million), marking its first major investment since raising $25 billion in a record-breaking initial public offering. Shiji provides IT consulting to hotels and sells software that manages room reservations, purchasing and inventory and point of sales systems. ...

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has bought a 15 percent stake in hospitality technology provider Beijing Shiji Information Technology Co Ltd for 2.81 billion yuan ($458.66 million), marking its first major investment since raising $25 billion in a record-breaking initial public offering. Shiji provides IT consulting to hotels and sells software that manages room reservations, purchasing and inventory and point of sales systems. ...


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  • 34/50   Phoning 'home': what your mobile may be giving away
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    By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - When popular Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Inc admitted that its devices were sending users' personal information back to a server in China, it prompted howls of protest and an investigation by Taiwan's government. The affair has also drawn attention to just how little we know about what happens between our smartphone and the outside world. In short: it might be in your pocket, but you don't call the shots. ...

    By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - When popular Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Inc admitted that its devices were sending users' personal information back to a server in China, it prompted howls of protest and an investigation by Taiwan's government. The affair has also drawn attention to just how little we know about what happens between our smartphone and the outside world. In short: it might be in your pocket, but you don't call the shots. ...


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  • 35/50   Top U.S. regulators warn banks over 'Shellshock' bug
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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of top U.S. financial regulators urged banks to quickly fix their software to protect it against the "Shellshock" computer bug, saying it could expose them to fraud. Shellshock is a newly emerged major Internet threat that affects a common software tool found in many operating systems known as Bash, or Bourne-again Shell. "The pervasive use of Bash and the potential for this vulnerability to be automated presents a material risk," the Federal Financial Institutions Examinations Council said. ...

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of top U.S. financial regulators urged banks to quickly fix their software to protect it against the "Shellshock" computer bug, saying it could expose them to fraud. Shellshock is a newly emerged major Internet threat that affects a common software tool found in many operating systems known as Bash, or Bourne-again Shell. "The pervasive use of Bash and the potential for this vulnerability to be automated presents a material risk," the Federal Financial Institutions Examinations Council said. ...


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  • 36/50   German courts uphold ban on Uber ride-share service
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    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Courts in Berlin and Hamburg upheld bans on online transportation service Uber on Friday, saying the company did not comply with German laws on the carriage of passengers. U.S. start-up Uber had appealed against the bans in Germany, the latest front in its global battle to win regulatory approval in the face of stiff opposition from taxi services under threat from Uber's business model. ...

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Courts in Berlin and Hamburg upheld bans on online transportation service Uber on Friday, saying the company did not comply with German laws on the carriage of passengers. U.S. start-up Uber had appealed against the bans in Germany, the latest front in its global battle to win regulatory approval in the face of stiff opposition from taxi services under threat from Uber's business model. ...


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  • 37/50   Tech sector sizzles as Myanmar embraces Internet for the masses
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    From navigating gridlocked city roads to playing a favourite national sport, new homegrown apps are blossoming in Myanmar as cheap mobile technology ignites an Internet revolution in the once-isolated nation.

    From navigating gridlocked city roads to playing a favourite national sport, new homegrown apps are blossoming in Myanmar as cheap mobile technology ignites an Internet revolution in the once-isolated nation.


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  • 38/50   Romania seeks probe into ex-ministers in school software deal
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    BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's anti-corruption prosecutor's office, or DNA, is seeking to launch a criminal inquiry against nine ex-government ministers suspected of money laundering, abuse of office and bribery related to Microsoft educational licenses from 2004 to 2009. Some officials backed the closing of a 2004 leasing contract for licenses and its extension to educational Microsoft products for schools in terms that were onerous for the state, the DNA said in a statement. ...

    BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's anti-corruption prosecutor's office, or DNA, is seeking to launch a criminal inquiry against nine ex-government ministers suspected of money laundering, abuse of office and bribery related to Microsoft educational licenses from 2004 to 2009. Some officials backed the closing of a 2004 leasing contract for licenses and its extension to educational Microsoft products for schools in terms that were onerous for the state, the DNA said in a statement. ...


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  • 39/50   China urges global crackdown on extremists' use of Internet
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    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China called on Saturday for a worldwide crackdown on the use of the Internet by religious extremists and terrorists to stamp out their ability to communicate their ideas and raise funds. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks during the annual gathering of the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly in New York. "As new developments emerge in the global fight against terrorism, the international community should take new measures to address them," Wang said. ...

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China called on Saturday for a worldwide crackdown on the use of the Internet by religious extremists and terrorists to stamp out their ability to communicate their ideas and raise funds. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks during the annual gathering of the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly in New York. "As new developments emerge in the global fight against terrorism, the international community should take new measures to address them," Wang said. ...


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  • 40/50   AT&T doubles data plan sizes in huge limited-time promo
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    Here’s a nice surprise for current and prospective AT&T customers that will brighten up your weekend: AT&T is offering a special limited-time promotion that will double the size of your data plan. Beginning Sunday, September 28th, and running through October 31st, Mobile Share Value plans with between 15GB and 50GB of data per month will see those data buckets double in size. This means that subscribers with accounts with two or more lines will have twice as much data each month without subscribers having to pay an additional penny. This is how the promotional data plans break down: This is a promo that families and big data users will undoubtedly appreciate, and it is available to new and existing AT&T subscribers alike. Of course,

    Here’s a nice surprise for current and prospective AT&T customers that will brighten up your weekend: AT&T is offering a special limited-time promotion that will double the size of your data plan. Beginning Sunday, September 28th, and running through October 31st, Mobile Share Value plans with between 15GB and 50GB of data per month will see those data buckets double in size. This means that subscribers with accounts with two or more lines will have twice as much data each month without subscribers having to pay an additional penny. This is how the promotional data plans break down: This is a promo that families and big data users will undoubtedly appreciate, and it is available to new and existing AT&T subscribers alike. Of course,


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  • 41/50   New leaked photo reveals the Nexus smartphone you’ve been waiting for
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    October is going to be a huge month for Android — not only is Google going to release the highly anticipated Android L update but it’s also likely going to release two flagship Nexus devices to show off its newest version of Android. Earlier this week we got what might have been our first closeup look at one of them, a massive phablet manufactured by Motorola called the Nexus 6. And now Android Police has published a leaked picture that purportedly shows the front of the Nexus 6 for the first time. FROM EARLIER: Leaked pic may show us just how massive the Nexus 6 will really be Sadly, this new leaked picture really doesn’t show us all that much about the

    October is going to be a huge month for Android — not only is Google going to release the highly anticipated Android L update but it’s also likely going to release two flagship Nexus devices to show off its newest version of Android. Earlier this week we got what might have been our first closeup look at one of them, a massive phablet manufactured by Motorola called the Nexus 6. And now Android Police has published a leaked picture that purportedly shows the front of the Nexus 6 for the first time. FROM EARLIER: Leaked pic may show us just how massive the Nexus 6 will really be Sadly, this new leaked picture really doesn’t show us all that much about the


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  • 42/50   Consumer Reports offers the definitive take: ‘Bendgate’ is overblown
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    So we know that the iPhone 6 Plus will bend if given enough force. The more important question is whether it will bend as part of your everyday use. Consumer Reports, which wasn’t afraid to slap Apple around over the iPhone 4’s flawed antenna placement, delivers what looks like the definitive take on the issue and the answer is, “No.” RELATED: Apple responds to ‘Bendgate,’ says only 9 customers have complained about the iPhone 6 Plus The widely respected product testing magazine put the iPhone 6 Plus and several other smartphones through a “‘three-point flexural test,’ in which the phone is supported at two points on either end, then force is applied at a third point on the top.” The result

    So we know that the iPhone 6 Plus will bend if given enough force. The more important question is whether it will bend as part of your everyday use. Consumer Reports, which wasn’t afraid to slap Apple around over the iPhone 4’s flawed antenna placement, delivers what looks like the definitive take on the issue and the answer is, “No.” RELATED: Apple responds to ‘Bendgate,’ says only 9 customers have complained about the iPhone 6 Plus The widely respected product testing magazine put the iPhone 6 Plus and several other smartphones through a “‘three-point flexural test,’ in which the phone is supported at two points on either end, then force is applied at a third point on the top.” The result


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  • 43/50   Sierra Nevada challenges NASA 'space taxi' contracts to Boeing, SpaceX
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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) said it had filed a legal challenge to NASA's award of contracts totaling $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA had considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada, but U.S. officials said on Tuesday the U.S. space agency had opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and SpaceX with contracts to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules. ...

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) said it had filed a legal challenge to NASA's award of contracts totaling $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA had considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada, but U.S. officials said on Tuesday the U.S. space agency had opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and SpaceX with contracts to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules. ...


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  • 44/50   New York scientists unveil 'invisibility cloak' to rival Harry Potter's
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    By Caurie Putnam ROCHESTER N.Y. (Reuters) - Watch out Harry Potter, you are not the only wizard with an invisibility cloak. Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered a way to hide large objects from sight using inexpensive and readily available lenses, a technology that seems to have sprung from the pages of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter fantasy series. Cloaking is the process by which an object becomes hidden from view, while everything else around the cloaked object appears undisturbed. ...

    By Caurie Putnam ROCHESTER N.Y. (Reuters) - Watch out Harry Potter, you are not the only wizard with an invisibility cloak. Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered a way to hide large objects from sight using inexpensive and readily available lenses, a technology that seems to have sprung from the pages of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter fantasy series. Cloaking is the process by which an object becomes hidden from view, while everything else around the cloaked object appears undisturbed. ...


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  • 45/50   U.S.-Russian crew safely reaches space station despite glitch
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    By Dmitry Solovyov ALMATY (Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz rocket safely delivered a U.S.-Russian trio to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, despite a technical glitch which briefly threatened to lengthen their journey to the $100 billion complex. The Soyuz blasted off to the ISS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0225 a.m. (2025 GMT on Thursday) to take Russian Alexander Samokutyaev, his compatriot Elena Serova and U.S. astronaut Barry Wilmore into orbit. ...

    By Dmitry Solovyov ALMATY (Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz rocket safely delivered a U.S.-Russian trio to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, despite a technical glitch which briefly threatened to lengthen their journey to the $100 billion complex. The Soyuz blasted off to the ISS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0225 a.m. (2025 GMT on Thursday) to take Russian Alexander Samokutyaev, his compatriot Elena Serova and U.S. astronaut Barry Wilmore into orbit. ...


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  • 46/50   Driving while texting with Google Glass as distracting as phone: study
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    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The first scientific study of driving while texting with Google Glass found that the hands-free eyewear is no safer to use on the road than a smartphone. “When you look at how fast people react to an unexpected traffic event – how fast they slam on their brakes, we didn’t find a statistically significant difference between Google Glass and smartphones,” said psychological researcher Ben Sawyer at the University of Central Florida. Google Glass users are able to send text messages using voice transcription technology as well as head commands. ...

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The first scientific study of driving while texting with Google Glass found that the hands-free eyewear is no safer to use on the road than a smartphone. “When you look at how fast people react to an unexpected traffic event – how fast they slam on their brakes, we didn’t find a statistically significant difference between Google Glass and smartphones,” said psychological researcher Ben Sawyer at the University of Central Florida. Google Glass users are able to send text messages using voice transcription technology as well as head commands. ...


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  • 47/50   Science fiction author Bradbury's estate auction nets nearly $500,000
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    By Eric M. Johnson REUTERS - A portion of late science fiction author Ray Bradbury's estate, including George Bernard Shaw's garden spade and artworks both comedic and surreal, sold for $493,408 in California, the auctioneer said. Bradbury, who died in 2012, was perhaps best known for his dystopian classic, "Fahrenheit 451.," the auctioneer said. In a career spanning more than 70 years, the Waukegan, Illinois, native also wrote "Dandelion Wine," "I Sing the Body Electric" and "From the Dust Returned" as hundreds of short stories, poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays and screenplays. ...

    By Eric M. Johnson REUTERS - A portion of late science fiction author Ray Bradbury's estate, including George Bernard Shaw's garden spade and artworks both comedic and surreal, sold for $493,408 in California, the auctioneer said. Bradbury, who died in 2012, was perhaps best known for his dystopian classic, "Fahrenheit 451.," the auctioneer said. In a career spanning more than 70 years, the Waukegan, Illinois, native also wrote "Dandelion Wine," "I Sing the Body Electric" and "From the Dust Returned" as hundreds of short stories, poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays and screenplays. ...


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  • 48/50   Hong Kong resorts to tear gas to break up democracy protesters after warnings
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    By Venus Wu and Donny Kwok HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police fired repeated volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests on Sunday and baton-charged the crowd blocking a key road in the government district after official warnings against illegal demonstrations. The city's Admiralty district had descended into chaos as chanting protesters converged on police barricades surrounding colleagues who had earlier launched a "new era" of civil disobedience to pressure Beijing into granting full democracy to Hong Kong. ...

    By Venus Wu and Donny Kwok HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police fired repeated volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests on Sunday and baton-charged the crowd blocking a key road in the government district after official warnings against illegal demonstrations. The city's Admiralty district had descended into chaos as chanting protesters converged on police barricades surrounding colleagues who had earlier launched a "new era" of civil disobedience to pressure Beijing into granting full democracy to Hong Kong. ...


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  • 49/50   Air strikes hit makeshift refineries in Syria: monitoring group
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    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes believed to have been carried out by U.S.-led forces hit three makeshift oil refineries in Syria's Raqqa province early on Sunday as part of an assault to weaken Islamic State (IS) militants, a monitoring group said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks occurred shortly after midnight, adding that they also hit a plastic factory. Islamic State fighters have control over oil produced in eastern Syria and have set up small, makeshift refineries to distil the crude into fuel, one of their main sources of income. ...

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes believed to have been carried out by U.S.-led forces hit three makeshift oil refineries in Syria's Raqqa province early on Sunday as part of an assault to weaken Islamic State (IS) militants, a monitoring group said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks occurred shortly after midnight, adding that they also hit a plastic factory. Islamic State fighters have control over oil produced in eastern Syria and have set up small, makeshift refineries to distil the crude into fuel, one of their main sources of income. ...


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  • 50/50   Russia's Lavrov says ties with Washington need 'reset 2.0'
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    By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow called on Sunday for a new "reset 2.0" in relations with Washington, saying the situation in Ukraine that had led to Western sanctions against Russia was improving thanks to Kremlin peace initiatives. Washington and Brussels accuse Moscow of supporting a pro-Russian rebellion in east Ukraine and have imposed sanctions, which they have repeatedly tightened since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March. The conflict has brought relations between Moscow and the West to their lowest level since the end of the Cold War. U.S. ...

    By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow called on Sunday for a new "reset 2.0" in relations with Washington, saying the situation in Ukraine that had led to Western sanctions against Russia was improving thanks to Kremlin peace initiatives. Washington and Brussels accuse Moscow of supporting a pro-Russian rebellion in east Ukraine and have imposed sanctions, which they have repeatedly tightened since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March. The conflict has brought relations between Moscow and the West to their lowest level since the end of the Cold War. U.S. ...


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