It’s been a great week for pets on social media.
It’s been a great week for pets on social media.
The International Monetary Fund approved a $1.24 billion emergency loan for Iraq Thursday, saying the country needs extra support in the face of the Islamic State insurgency and depressed oil prices. "The twin shocks faced by Iraq from the ISIS (Islamic State) insurgency and the drop in global oil prices have severely widened the government deficit and caused a decline in international reserves," said IMF Deputy Managing Director Mitsuhiro Furusawa. The seizure of more Iraq territory by Islamic State group jihadists and the costs of mobilizing a counterattack have further strained the government's budget, already eroded after crude oil prices, its key source of revenue, fell by half over the past year.
Dr. Walter Palmer is nowhere to be found.
Two executives with pilot licenses were flying the Allegiant Air jet that made an emergency landing at a closed airport because it nearly ran out of fuel.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A great white shark thwarted a Northern California man’s quest to become the first person to swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating whether the killing of a beloved lion by an American dentist in Zimbabwe was part of a conspiracy to violate a U.S. law against illegal wildlife trading, a source close to the case told Reuters on Thursday. The investigation is focused on whether Walter Palmer, a dentist in suburban Minneapolis, was involved in a conspiracy to violate the act, the source said. Separately, the Fish & Wildlife Service said it has been unable to contact Palmer.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Authorities in Sierra Leone are now monitoring more than 500 people after one man died from Ebola in area where the virus had been gone for months.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fed up with the insurance industry, Democrats used the health care overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete with the corporations. Now a government audit finds co-ops are awash in red ink.
OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) — Officials at a Maine playhouse say Valerie Harper has been hospitalized after falling ill before a performance.
ATLANTA (AP) — Confederate battle flags were stealthily placed on the grounds of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church, and authorities said Thursday they were looking for two white males who were recorded on surveillance camera leaving the banners behind.
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group and several of his men have been abducted in northern Syria by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, the rebel group and opposition activists said Thursday.
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has been made the overwhelming 1-5 favorite in a field of eight 3-year-olds for Sunday's $1.75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.
ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Al Qaeda-linked fighters have abducted the leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group in north Syria, opposition sources and a monitoring group said, but the Pentagon cast doubt on the reports. A statement issued in the name of the rebel group, Division 30, accused al Qaeda’s Syria wing Nusra Front of abducting Nadim al-Hassan and a number of his companions in a rural area north of Aleppo. It urged Nusra to release them.
By Miranda Alexander-Webber CALAIS, France (Reuters) – Migrants massed around the entrance to the Channel Tunnel said on Thursday they would keep trying to sneak across to Britain, undaunted by the arrival of 120 extra riot police on the French side. A police officer said the number of migrants trying to enter Britain eased slightly overnight compared to earlier in the week, with about 800 migrants around the site and some 300 intercepted by police. Some 3,000 migrants live around the tunnel entrance in a makeshift camp known as "The Jungle", making the northern French port one of the frontlines in Europe's wider migrant crisis alongside Italian and Greek islands used an entry point for those crossing the Mediterranean from Africa or the Middle East.
The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it would not join a new bailout program for Greece until conditions for debt sustainability, including debt relief and economic reforms, are clearly assured. "In order to ensure that medium term sustainability, there is a need for difficult decisions on both sides… difficult decisions in Greece regarding reforms, and difficult decisions among Greece's European partners about debt relief," a senior IMF official said.
By Steve Stecklow, Andrew MacAskill and Aditya Kalra LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – The former president of the Medical Council of India, which regulates the country’s medical colleges, stood before a judge last week in a dingy courthouse in this northern city. For several years, Dr. Ketan Desai has been facing allegations that he conspired in 2009 to have the Medical Council recommend that a private medical college be allowed to add more students. Prosecutors there allege he was involved in a conspiracy in 2010 to obtain a 20 million rupee bribe – about $450,000 at the time – in return for having the Medical Council recommend allowing another school to expand its student body.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a long-term transportation bill, but with House lawmakers already dispersed for their August recess, the bill will become just one more sticky issue on a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall.
Procter & Gamble offered a tepid sales outlook Thursday after reporting a huge drop in quarterly earnings due to lower revenues and a big charge in its Venezuelan operations. Net income for the quarter ending June 30, P&G's fourth fiscal quarter of 2015, was $521 million, down 79.8 percent from the year-ago period. Revenues fell 9.2 percent to $17.79 billion, marking the sixth straight quarter of declining sales.
CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court Thursday to reinstate securities fraud convictions against two hedge fund portfolio managers, saying a federal appeals court ruling in the financiers’ favor makes it harder to prosecute insider trading.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland lawmaker says state will shut down Baltimore jail that was focus of corruption probe.
By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) – Britain's former BBC "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon to present a new motoring show for the online retailer's subscription service alongside co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May. Clarkson had generated both controversy and profits for Britain's publicly-funded broadcaster. The 55-year-old had become the popular face of the programme by mixing a passion for cars with a swagger and blunt commentary that offended numerous groups over the years, including environmentalists, mental health charities and cyclists.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year.