LONDON (Reuters) – World rowing federation (FISA) boss Denis Oswald became the fifth candidate for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) presidency on Friday, with the Swiss sports administrator citing his long experience as an asset. “More than 40 years of service to the Olympic movement has provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the organization and the movement as well as its role and significance in the wider world,” he said in a statement. …
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By Leila Abboud and Sophie Sassard PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) – Gulf telecom operator Etisalat has offered a higher price for Vivendi's Maroc Telecom stake than rival Qatari bidder Ooredoo, according to two people familiar with the matter. Etisalat's bid needs further work, however, and has more legal conditions than Ooredoo's offer, so Vivendi has not yet made a final choice, the people said. “If Etisalat cleans up its offer, then it wins,” said one of the sources, who is close to the process. “If not, it will go to Qatar, who also made an offer that Vivendi can accept. …
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck in the heart of the Afghan capital on Friday, sending a plume of smoke over Kabul in the second major attack in the city in little over a week, police said. The explosion was followed by an hours-long gunbattle in the central district.
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NEW YORK (AP) — News Corp. says its board of directors has approved plans to split its entertainment and publishing businesses into two separate companies.
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NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — With the help of French special forces, Niger's military on Friday killed the last two jihadists holed up inside a dormitory on the grounds of a military garrison in the desert town of Agadez, and freed at least two soldiers who had been held hostage by the extremists, according to French and Nigerien officials.
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NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is heading lower in early trading, putting it on track for its first weekly loss in a month.
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Thirteen years of supersized earthquakes, such as today's (May 24) magnitude-8.3 in Russia, have contaminated GPS sites around the world, a new study finds.
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LONDON (Reuters) – A passenger aboard a Pakistan International Airlines plane flying from Lahore to Manchester that was diverted under military jet escort to Stansted, northeast of London on Friday said someone had made threats against its crew. “We landed safely and then he (the pilot) announced that they had had some kind of threat from someone and that’s why he landed the plane,” the passenger, identified only as Munsif, told BBC television. He said he was sitting in the front of the plane but that the incident had happened at the back. …
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WASHINGTON (AP) — China has agreed to give U.S. regulators access to audit records for Chinese companies whose shares trade on U.S. stock exchanges, a step forward in a long-running dispute.
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