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French soldier killed in Mali suicide bombing

By Marine Pennetier and Tiemoko Diallo PARIS/BAMAKO (Reuters) - A French soldier was killed in the first suicide bombing targeting France’s forces in northern Mali, where local and foreign troops are struggling to restore order after putting down an Islamist insurgency last year, officials said. The attack came just days before French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was due to visit Mali and President Francois Hollande’s visit to West Africa later this week. Both had been expected to play up the improved security situation in Mali and tout the planned reorganisation of France’s 1,700 troops there into a regional counter-terrorism operation. He was part of a monitoring mission in the Al Moustarat region north of Gao, Colonel Gilles Jaron, an army spokesman, said. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

BRICS set up bank to counter Western hold on global finances

By Alonso Soto and Anthony Boadle FORTALEZA Brazil (Reuters) - Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a $100 billion (58.32 billion pound) development bank and a currency reserve pool on Tuesday in their first concrete step toward reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system. The bank aimed at funding infrastructure projects in developing nations will be based in Shanghai and India will preside over its operations for the first five years, followed by Brazil and then Russia, leaders of the five-country group announced at a summit. The long-awaited bank is the first major achievement of the BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - since they got together in 2009 to press for a bigger say in the global financial order created by Western powers after World War Two and centered on the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

The biggest challenge for BRICS success? Big brother China

By Alonso Soto FORTALEZA Brazil (Reuters) - In two years of tough negotiations to create the new BRICS development bank, the main stumbling block was not a lack of resources or commitment, but fellow partner China. The Chinese initially wanted a bigger share of the bank that was formally launched on Tuesday by the leaders of the five BRICS countries in a direct challenge to the West’s tightly-held grip over global finances, officials involved in talks said. In the end, Brazil and India prevailed in keeping capital participation equal among members, but fears linger that China, the world’s No. 2 economy, could try to assert greater influence over the $100 billion (58.32 billion pounds) bank to expand its political clout abroad. “It is inevitable that the Chinese will dominate the new bank,” said Riordan Roett, a political scientist at Johns Hopkins University. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

Israel targets top Hamas leader as ceasefire collapses

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel resumed its air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday a day after holding its fire in deference to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks. Attacks in the Gaza Strip killed at least three Palestinians in the early hours of Wednesday and destroyed the house of Mahmoud Zahar - who is believed to be in hiding elsewhere - in the first apparent targeting of a top Hamas political leader. The week-old conflict seemed to be at a turning point on Tuesday, with Hamas defying Arab and Western calls to cease fire and Israel threatening to step up an offensive that could include an invasion of the densely populated enclave of 1.8 million. Under a blueprint announced by Egypt - Gaza’s neighbour and whose military-backed government has been at odds with Islamist Hamas - a mutual “de-escalation” was to have begun at 9 a.m. (0700 BST), with hostilities ceasing within 12 hours. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

Libyan militia tighten control of Tripoli airport

By Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI Libya (Reuters) - Libyan militia fighters with anti aircraft guns and mortars fanned out on Tuesday across Tripoli’s airport, transformed into a battlefield by two days of fighting that has cut the Libyan capital off from the outside world. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington was working to help end to violence that has brought the north African country to the edge of chaos three years after the uprising that toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi. At least 15 people have been killed in the capital and the eastern city of Benghazi since Sunday. … Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

China foreign ministry confirms oil rig finished drilling

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that a Chinese oil rig near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea had finished its drilling operations. “The relevant companies will …. consider work plans for the next step,” the ministry said in a statement. The rig was deployed two months ago to waters also claimed by Vietnam, straining ties between Beijing and Hanoi. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Hui Li; Editing by Paul Tait) Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

Silver: No guarantee Sterling out by season start

LAS VEGAS (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he is hopeful that the proposed $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers will be completed before next season begins. But he could not guarantee that will happen because the deal is currently held up in the courts. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

AL leads NL 3-2 after 3 innings, as Jeter jogs off

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Jeter started his last All-Star game with a long ovation and a leadoff double, and Miguel Cabrera followed with a two-run homer to lift the American League to a 3-2 lead over the National League through three innings on Tuesday night. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Tennis-Colombia Open men’s singles round 1 results

July 16 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Colombia Open Men’s Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday Dudi Sela (Israel) beat Facundo Argueello (Argentina) 6-4 6-2 6-Alejandro Gonzalez (Colombia) beat Evgeny Donskoy (Russia) 7-5 3-6 6-4 Thiemo de Bakker (Netherlands) beat Kevin King (U.S.) 2-6 7-6(4) 6-3 Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

NetApp Private Storage adds an Azure cloud option

Microsoft Azure just became the next cloud connection for NetApp Private Storage, which can already link enterprise storage to Amazon Web Services. With NetApp Private Storage (NPS), organizations store their data in collocation centers to get it close to cloud computing services. In most cases, it’s on the enterprise’s own storage gear, though some data-center operators provide the equipment and sell a managed service, according to Phil Brotherton, vice president of NetApp’s Cloud Solutions Group. Public cloud services such as Azure represent an alternative to in-house storage as well as to on-premises computing infrastructure, so in the long term they could prove stiff competition for NetApp’s core business. But as the range of options grows, many enterprises are embracing hybrid approaches today. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read more here: PC World Magazine Latest News...

White House defying aide’s congressional subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is defying a congressional subpoena by keeping a top political aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a hearing Wednesday, setting up a potential new legal battle in this midterm election year. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

NBA-National Basketball Association roundup

Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem are returning to the Heat, even if LeBron James will not, and Luol Deng will join them in Miami. The Heat re-signed Wade to a multi-year contract on Tuesday. Riley touted the addition of Deng as “one of the most important free agent signings that we have ever had in the history of the franchise.” The Heat did not disclose contract terms, but previous reports put the deal at two years and $20 million. The Heat also announced the signing of forward James Ennis. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Australia’s former sprint record holder Sullivan retires

Former 100 metres freestyle world record holder Eamon Sullivan has retired from the pool following medical advice not to swim on to the 2016 Rio Olympics, Swimming Australia said on Wednesday. The 28-year-old, who also held the 50m freestyle world record, pulled out of the Commonwealth Games with a shoulder injury last month. Alhough he won a relay world title in Melbourne in 2007 and another in Shanghai four years later, Sullivan has battled a succession of injuries in recent years and finishes his career without an individual title at any of the major international meets. “Eamon made his debut onto the Australian swim team as an 18-year-old in Athens and then 10 years later was able to take out the men’s 50m freestyle at this year’s Australian championships which was a remarkable achievement,” Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said in a statement. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Why the Apple-IBM deal matters

Apple’s partnership with IBM to tackle the mobile enterprise could have lasting ramifications for both companies—as well as for rivals Google, Microsoft and BlackBerry. It could also make life a lot easier for IT staff at large enterprises. Apple and IBM announced an “exclusive” deal on Tuesday in which IBM will build a new line of enterprise-specific apps from the ground up for Apple’s iOS, aimed at companies in retail, health care, transportation and other industries. IBM will create “unique cloud services” for iOS, including tools for security, analytics and device management. It will also resell iPhones and iPads to its corporate customers, and Apple will roll out new support services for businesses. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read more here: PC World Magazine Latest News...

Swimming-Australia’s former sprint record holder Sullivan retires

Former 100 metres freestyle world record holder Eamon Sullivan has retired from the pool following medical advice not to swim on to the 2016 Rio Olympics, Swimming Australia said on Wednesday. The 28-year-old, who also held the 50m freestyle world record, pulled out of the Commonwealth Games with a shoulder injury last month. Alhough he won a relay world title in Melbourne in 2007 and another in Shanghai four years later, Sullivan has battled a succession of injuries in recent years and finishes his career without an individual title at any of the major international meets. “Eamon made his debut onto the Australian swim team as an 18-year-old in Athens and then 10 years later was able to take out the men’s 50m freestyle at this year’s Australian championships which was a remarkable achievement,” Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said in a statement. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Intel’s Haswell coming to Xeon E5 chips this quarter

Intel has started shipping Xeon E5 chips based on the Haswell microarchitecture to server makers, and the chip will be in servers this quarter. The Xeon E5 chips typically go into two-socket and four-socket servers and are the company’s biggest-selling server products. The new chips, code-named Grantley, will succeed former chips code-named Romley, which are based on the Ivy Bridge microarchitecture. Lenovo has already announced plans to launch a new line of servers based on Grantley this quarter. Server makers including Hewlett-Packard and Dell also use Intel’s server chips and could announce products. “We think … it’s going to be a very powerful product,” Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said during an earnings call on Tuesday. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read more here: PC World Magazine Latest News...

U.S. court revives BP retirement-plan lawsuit

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit in which participants in four BP Plc employee retirement savings plans claimed they were deceived into buying and holding BP stock before and after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said that a ruling last month from the U.S. Supreme Court upended the reasoning applied by a lower court that had dismissed the class action suit two years ago. A unanimous three-judge panel ordered U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison in Houston to take another look at the claims of participants in the retirement savings plans. The participants said the value of a BP stock fund in which their money was invested fell by $1.85 billion in the months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

Innergie PocketCell Duo Review

Those of us who remember the first mobile phone revolution long before the days of smart phones will look back and remember fondly when a full days use from a mobile without charging was common place, in fact it was not unusual to get 2-3 days in some cases. In the days of powerful smart phones these battery times are a mere memory with many smart phone power users only getting through half a day before the familiar ‘BATTERY LOW’ beep. It is commonly accepted that lower battery life is the price we pay for modern function such as large vivid high resolution screens, GPS, fast mobile data and constant connection to email, Facebook and twitter etc to name a few. To keep your battery topped up on the go is not an easy task, it requires you to be at a location with a charge point and be there long enough to get any benefit. 2nd or even 3rd Batteries are an option however only in devices which support battery replacement. A fantastic solution to this is the Innergie PocketCell Duo. Imagine being in a car that has ran out of fuel on a long stretch of motor way. This isn’t a problem if you have a spare fuel canister in the back. This is exactly what the Innergie PocketCell Duo is but for your phone. The device can be charged through the USB port in your PC or Laptop or through mains adapter if you have a USB plug convertor (not included). Once charged you can then use this mini power reserve to charge virtually any USB...
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