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American waistlines get bigger and bigger: study

Sep 17, 2014

American waistlines get bigger and bigger: study

The average American’s waistline has expanded over the past decade, adding about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of belly fat among the general public from 1999 to 2012, researchers said Tuesday. The findings in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) are the first ...

Sep 17, 2014

NSA chief on tech-savvy Islamic State: 'I'm watching'

While U.S. military leaders appeared before Congress to outline their strategy to fight Islamic State militants on the battlefield, the National Security Agency chief said on Tuesday he was watching the media-savvy group’s cybercapabilities. Asked whether the Sunni Muslim group was planning cyberattacks on ...

Russia places top billionaire under house arrest, alleges money-laundering

Sep 17, 2014

Russia places top billionaire under house arrest, alleges money-laundering

Russian authorities said Tuesday they had placed a top billionaire, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, under house arrest, accusing him of money-laundering. With a fortune of $9 billion (€7 billion), Yevtushenkov, the 65-year-old head of Russian holding company AFK Sistema, is Russia’s 15th-richest man, according to Forbes ...

Sep 17, 2014

Ukrainian people make history with EU pact, U.S. says

The United States on Tuesday welcomed Ukraine’s ratification of a landmark EU pact and new laws granting self-rule to the east, urging Moscow to implement a cease-fire deal in return. “We congratulate the people of Ukraine on making history today,” State Department deputy spokeswoman ...

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

Sep 17, 2014

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the country doesn’t have the death penalty. Confused? Authorities have granted a request for assisted suicide by the man, who says he’s a menace to society and can’t live knowing ...

Taliban suicide bomber kills three foreign troops in Kabul

Sep 17, 2014

Taliban suicide bomber kills three foreign troops in Kabul

A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three members of the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said. Security forces in full battle gear administered CPR to wounded comrades shortly after ...

Scotland's 'Yes' campaign winning Facebook battle

Sep 17, 2014

Scotland's 'Yes' campaign winning Facebook battle

Scotland’s “Yes” campaign appears to have the edge online, figures released by Facebook on Tuesday showed, even though it is still trailing slightly in the polls despite a late surge. Facebook users have totted up about 10 million “interactions” relating to Thursday’s historic vote ...

Sep 17, 2014

China's Xi pledges maritime security with Sri Lanka

China’s President Xi Jinping Tuesday announced increased “maritime security” cooperation with Sri Lanka, whose Beijing-funded strategic port developments have caused unease in neighboring India. Xi said his proposal for a 21st century maritime silk road and his host President Mahinda Rajapakse’s vision to turn ...