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UN panel: Crimes against humanity spreading in Syria with attacks by govt, Islamic fighters

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference, giving the first public comments by a senior Assad official on the threat posed by the Islamic State group, in Damascus, Syria on Monday, August 25, 2014. Al-Moallem warned the U.S. not to conduct airstrikes inside Syria against the Islamic State group without Damascus’ consent, saying any such attack would be considered an aggression. Al-Moallem also said that Syria is ready to work with regional states and the international community amid the onslaught of Islamic militants there and in Iraq, adding that the Syrian government is a crucial partner in the war on terror. (AP Photo/SANA)The Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians while the Islamic State group fighting them has committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two provinces, an independent U.N. commission said Wednesday. The report from the commission, which is investigating potential war crimes in Syria, marks the first time the U.N. has assigned blame for the use of the chemical agent. The commission said it now believes government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad unleashed a chemical agent, likely chlorine, on civilians in northern Syrian villages eight times in April. The commission also noted the widespread and systematic killings of civilians by Islamic State, which now controls a swath of north and eastern Syria.


Sources: US considering humanitarian relief mission for ethnic Turkmen in northern Iraq

The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. The administration is now focused on the imperiled town of Amirli, which is situated about 105 miles (169 kilometres) north of Baghdad and just a few miles from Kurdish territory.

Alibaba revenue soars ahead of IPO

People play in a hall inside Alibaba's headquarters in Hangzhou(Reuters) - China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N], which is expected to go public in New York as early as next month, reported a 46 percent jump in quarterly revenue as growth in the world's largest e-commerce market showed no signs of slowing. Alibaba accounts for about 80 percent of all online retail sales in China, where rising internet usage and an expanding middle-class helped the company generate gross merchandise volume of $296 billion in the 12 months ended June 30. Revenue from Alibaba's China commerce business increased about 46 percent to $2.15 billion, accounting for most of the total revenue of $2.54 billion in the first quarter ended June. The company said Chairman Jack Ma owned 8.8 percent of the company's ordinary shares and Japan's Softbank Corp 34.1 percent at the end of the quarter.


Consensus grows for forum on missing and murdered aboriginal women

A consensus appears to be building among Canada's premiers and native leaders for devising a new way of taking action on the thorny issue of murdered and missing aboriginal women. Prior to a meeting today in Charlottetown between the premiers and five aboriginal leaders, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said it is clear the federal government isn't interested in a public inquiry, a proposal they endorsed a year ago. Michele Audette, president of the women's association, says the idea of a roundtable would require the participation of the federal government.

3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone, epidemiologist evacuated: presidential adviser

During a taining session participants simulate loading a patient into an ambulance during a training course to instruct non-governmental organisation (NGO) workers and doctors on how to deal with the Ebola virus in Brussels on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The course, provided by Doctors Without Borders, trains volunteer and medical personnel on precautions to take when entering a zone that contains the Ebola virus.(AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe. The announcements raised worries about Sierra Leone's fight against Ebola, which already has killed more than 1,400 people across West Africa. The World Health Organization said it was sending a team to investigate how the epidemiologist now undergoing treatment in Germany may have contracted the disease that kills more than half its victims. "The international surge of health workers is extremely important and if something happens, if health workers get infected and it scares off other international health workers from coming, we will be in dire straits," said Christy Feig, director of WHO communications.


Business

TSX opens little changed as resource shares weigh

A sign board displaying Toronto Stock Exchange stock information is seen in TorontoTORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was little changed at the open on Wednesday as weakness in energy and materials shares offset a gain in the financial sector. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was down 11.99 points, or 0.08 percent, at 15,607.22 shortly after the open. (Reporting by John Tilak; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)


National Bank of Canada profit jumps, helped by financial markets

A sign is pictured outside a National Bank of Canada branch in OttawaBy Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO (Reuters) - National Bank of Canada , the country's sixth-largest lender, reported a stronger-than-expected profit on Wednesday, helped by a sharp jump in earnings at its wealth management and financial markets arms. The lender's shares rose 2.4 percent to C$50.57 in early trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange, making it the strongest performing stock among Canada's largest banks. National said net income at its financial markets arm rose 21 percent to C$187 million, as revenue jumped 17 percent on increases in trading activity, financial market fees and banking services. Not surprisingly, after what we saw from Royal (Bank of Canada), capital markets did beat original expectations (with) very strong trading revenues across the board," said John Aiken, an analyst with Barclays Capital.


Russian courts close three McDonald's branches in Moscow: agencies

The walls and towers of the Kremlin are reflected in a window of a closed McDonald's restaurant, one of four temporarily closed by the state food safety watchdog, in MoscowRussian courts on Wednesday ordered the temporary closure of three McDonald's restaurants in Moscow over breaches of sanitary rules, news agencies reported, amid a standoff with the West over Ukraine. The restaurants on Moscow's Manezh square, under the walls of the Kremlin, at Pushkin Square and on Prospect Mira have been closed since last week following an order from state food safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor. Rospotrebnadzor has so far ordered the temporary closure of a total of five McDonald's restaurants in Russia. Sweeping checks, including unscheduled inspections, have been unveiled across Russian regions.


Alibaba revenue soars ahead of IPO

People play in a hall inside Alibaba's headquarters in Hangzhou(Reuters) - China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N], which is expected to go public in New York as early as next month, reported a 46 percent jump in quarterly revenue as growth in the world's largest e-commerce market showed no signs of slowing. Alibaba accounts for about 80 percent of all online retail sales in China, where rising internet usage and an expanding middle-class helped the company generate gross merchandise volume of $296 billion in the 12 months ended June 30. Revenue from Alibaba's China commerce business increased about 46 percent to $2.15 billion, accounting for most of the total revenue of $2.54 billion in the first quarter ended June. The company said Chairman Jack Ma owned 8.8 percent of the company's ordinary shares and Japan's Softbank Corp 34.1 percent at the end of the quarter.


Brazil telecoms battle heats up as Oi steps in

A woman stands next to the logo of Brazil's largest fixed-line telecoms group Oi, inside a shop in Sao PauloBy Robert Hetz and Leila Abboud MADRID/PARIS (Reuters) - The battle over Brazil's telecoms market is heating up, with the country's biggest fixed-line firm Oi signaling it may make an offer for Telecom Italia's local mobile business. The move throws a potential wrench into the bidding war for Vivendi's Brazilian broadband unit GVT, which both Telecom Italia and Spain's Telefonica are pursuing to bolster their mobile businesses in the country - number two Tim Brasil and number one Vivo respectively. Brazil's leading telecoms groups are jostling for position as they seek to increase their customer bases and gain ownership of high-speed fixed networks. Oi wants to spur consolidation in mobile, which would reduce the number of operators from four to three and potentially take some of the heat out of the competition - a pattern seen in markets such as Austria, Germany and Ireland.


Weight Loss

9 New Fat Facts That’ll Boost Your Weight Loss Efforts

fat factsOne minute, you’re drenching everything you eat in olive oil, the next you’re filling your pantry with nothing but “fat-free” goodies. Figuring out fat is beyond confusing…and annoying.


Arthroscopic knee surgery: Why it may not help you

Are you older and have mild osteoarthritis? You might want to skip your knee scope, because there’s little proof it’s doing more help than harm, according to a McMaster University study. A review of middle-aged and mildly osteoarthritic patients indicates there is good evidence there are no benefits to arthroscopic knee surgeries following degenerative tears, according to findings published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

The one story that could save your life—well, maybe not

Sponsored contentWhether you’re a reader of Time, CNN and ESPN, or thousands of other, smaller online publications, you’ve encountered a widget under a story pointing to other “content you may like.” With their sensationalist headlines—“15 celebs with physical deformities,” “9 people you won’t believe actually exist,” “Biggest, fastest weight loss”—and cheap thumbnail art, the links are crass, shameless and usually ugly.


15 Must-Have Staples of a Healthy Kitchen

healthy kitchenWhen integrative physician Alejandro Junger, MD, published Clean in 2009, his progressive book on detoxing, the wellness cognoscenti stocked their Kindles, bedside tables, and bookshelves with his tome that explained the role of food in giving health—or taking it away.


Bazinga! Edmonton doctor uses laughs to help people learn about obesity

Dr. Arya Sharma performs at an open mic comedy night at a bar in Edmonton in this undated handout photo. Dr. Arya Sharma, one of the leading experts on obesity in Canada, doesn't make fat jokes. But he still pokes fun at the science, stereotypes and struggles of being overweight. The 54-year-old is the chair of obesity research at the University of Alberta, the scientific director of the Canadian Obesity Network -- and a budding comedian. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HODr. Arya Sharma, one of the leading experts on obesity in Canada, doesn't make fat jokes. The 54-year-old is the chair of obesity research at the University of Alberta, the scientific director of the Canadian Obesity Network — and a budding comedian. Last week, after trying out at some open mic comedy nights in Edmonton bars, the funny physician joined the city's Fringe festival in a one-man show titled "Weighty Confessions of an Obesity Guru." "If this was just a pure talk on obesity, it would be very hard to get those people to come out.


Lifestyle

Lauren Miller Rogen enlists funnyman husband to help raise Alzheimer's awareness

Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban left, looks on as Seth Rogen, performs Hilarity for Charity in Montreal. When Lauren Miller Rogen and her funnyman husband Seth Rogen began doing comedy benefits in support of Alzheimer's, they weren't sure how to convey the gravity of the disease while also entertaining audiences. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HOTORONTO - When Lauren Miller Rogen and her funnyman husband Seth Rogen began doing comedy benefits in support of Alzheimer's, they weren't sure how to convey the gravity of the disease while also entertaining audiences.


Michael Keaton hailed as 'Birdman' makes a soaring opener for 71st Venice Film Festival

A film in which art and fame battle it out in the streets and skies of Manhattan has kicked off the 71st Venice Film Festival, where high-art aspirations mix with Hollywood hopes. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman" stars former "Batman" Michael Keaton as an over-the-hill action star struggling to recover a sense of self-worth by mounting a heavyweight Broadway play. The film had its first screening for journalists Wednesday ahead of an evening gala attended by the director and stars Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone.

Ousted twins say 'Amazing Race Canada' portrayed them as villains

Pierre and Michel Forget pose in this undated handout photo. Quebec twins Pierre and Michel Forget were eliminated from "The Amazing Race Canada" in Paris after angering other teams with their use of the U-Turn. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Bell MediaThe scrappy siblings fell in a flurry of Mentos candy after going back on their word by vindictively utilizing the U-Turn, one of two teams to make use of the spiteful tactic and inject some welcome animosity into a race that has been otherwise genteel thus far. The target of the twins' failed powerplay, Montreal couple Alain Chanoine and Audrey Tousignant-Maurice, not only survived the leg, they ended it on bended knee — with Chanoine cementing their two-year relationship with an impromptu Pit Stop wedding proposal that had his now-fiancee spilling tears of joy. If it seemed like this was an episode in which everything was changing, clockwork-consistent Olympian duo Meaghan Mikkelson and Natalie Spooner were there to provide a dose of steely-eyed stasis. "Sixth time!" squealed Natalie.


Kevin Spacey to sing in 1-night-only concert next month in DC to benefit his foundation

Kevin Spacey, left, and Ashleigh Banfield arrive at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)He has lied, cheated and killed, but "House of Cards" President Frank Underwood isn't done yet. Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey will take time out from filming the third season of the Netflix hit series to show off his vocal talents at a one-night-only gala concert Sept. 29 at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. The concert will benefit scholarships and grants for emerging artists. Spacey, who played singer Bobby Darin in "Beyond the Sea," promises some Billy Joel songs, some Simon & Garfunkel, a bit of Sinatra, plenty of swing, a few stories and a surprise guest or two, all backed by a 40-piece orchestra. Proceeds from the show will help fund the Kevin Spacey Foundation, which recently chose Pace University in New York to be the first institution of higher education in the United States to receive its scholarships and funding support.


Vancouver writer 'emotional' after Emmy win for revered 'Breaking Bad' episode

Moira Walley-Beckett accepts the award for outstanding writing for a drama series for her work on "Breaking Bad" - "Ozymandias" at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Canadian-raised scribe Moira Walley-Beckett was gripping "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan's hand as the Emmy award for drama writing was announced Monday. "I was kind of concentrating on him and then I heard 'Ozymandias.' He leapt up and I thought, 'Oh, wow, it's me!'" Once she arrived, she made a point of finding Gilligan and actors Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul in the crowd and speaking directly to them. "Vince Gilligan, this is your fault," she said in her emotional acceptance speech.


Sports

Teenager gatecrashes Serena and Federer party

Federer of Switzerland comes to the net during his men's singles match against Matosevic of Australia at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New YorkBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite boasting 34 grand slam singles titles between them, Serena Williams and Roger Federer were forced to share the spotlight with a 15-year-old at the U.S. American wild card Catherine Bellis, the youngest player in the draw, took her place alongside the five-times U.S. The second-seeded Federer, looking to extend his record men's haul of slam titles to 18, posted a 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) demolition of Australian Marinko Matosevic as the 33-year-old's boyhood idol Michael Jordan of basketball fame looked on. "He was just my hero of all sports," said Federer, who has collaborated with Jordan on a sneakers design.


Serena tops Townsend in Flushing Meadows opener

Williams of the U.S. returns a shot to compatriot Townsend during their women's singles match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New YorkBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Serena Williams started her quest to join Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on the career grand slam list with a 6-3 6-1 victory over 18-year-old fellow American Taylor Townsend at the U.S. Williams, seeking her third successive U.S. Open title and 18th grand slam singles crown of her career, was simply too experienced for the erratic-yet-gifted Townsend, the 2012 Australian Open junior singles and doubles champion. "We have such an amazing future." Margaret Court (24), Steffi Graf (22) and Helen Wills Moody (19) lead the list of all-time grand slam singles titles in women's tennis.


Klitschko quickly reschedules Pulev fight to November 15

Ukrainian heavy weight boxing World Champion Wladimir Klitschko attends a public training session in GoingBERLIN (Reuters) - World heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko will fight Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev for the IBF title on Nov. 15 in Hamburg, after the Ukrainian postponed next month's bout due to injury, he said on Wednesday. Klitschko, who also holds the WBO, WBA and IBO belts and has won 62 of his 65 bouts, tore bicep muscles during training in Austria earlier this week and postponed the Sept. 6 fight. Pulev, 33, who has recorded 11 knockouts from 20 wins, became the IBF international champion in 2011 and European champion in 2012 (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ossian Shine)


From Madrid and Barcelona to Monaco and Roma, Champions League draw promises tough groups

Munich head coach Pep Guardiola reacts during the soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg in the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)MONACO, Monaco - Real Madrid's Champions League title defence takes shape Thursday at one of the most open draws in years.


Crystal Palace hires Neil Warnock for a 2nd spell as manager, taking over from Tony Pulis

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Queens Park Rangers' manager Neil Warnock reacts as he watches his team play against Chelsea during their English Premier League soccer match at Loftus Road stadium, London. Neil Warnock has been hired by Crystal Palace for his second spell as the manager of the Premier League club, it was announced on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)Neil Warnock was hired by Crystal Palace on Wednesday for his second spell as the manager of the Premier League club. Palace has been without a manager since Tony Pulis quit two days before the start of the new season. Warnock has coached 13 clubs since 1980 and has experience managing in the Premier League with Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United. Former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay was on the verge of being announced as Palace's successor last week.


Celebrity

Malin Akerman Shaves Sides Of Head

454192816Malin Akerman attends HBO's Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Post Awards Reception at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles -- Getty ImagesMalin Akerman drastically changed her hairstyle this week.


Hayden Panettiere: I'm Having A Girl!

Hayden Panettiere attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles -- Getty ImagesBreak out the pink balloons – Hayden Panettiere is going to be having a baby girl!


The next round: American soccer player Tim Howard of World Cup fame has a book deal

FILE - In this Saturday, June 26, 2010, file photo, United States goalkeeper Tim Howard clenches his fist during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the United States and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)American soccer hero and international celebrity Tim Howard has advanced to the next round of fame: a book deal. Howard has penned a memoir that will be published Dec. 9 by HarperCollins Publishers. The publisher said Monday that "The Keeper" will be available in adult and young adult editions. In a statement issued through HarperCollins, the 35-year-old Howard says he was eager to share the highs and lows of his life and career, including his battles with Tourette's syndrome, and hopes to inspire others.


Kelly Rowland Gives Pregnancy Update

Pregnant Kelly Rowland attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California -- Getty ImagesKelly Rowland looked stunning at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, showing off her blossoming baby bump in a blush-colored KaufmanFranco, floor-length halter dress.


Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Aug. 31: Singer Van Morrison is 69. Actor Richard Gere is 65. Rock singer Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) is 57. Rock musician Gina Schock (The Go-Go's) is 57. Singer Tony DeFranco (The DeFranco Family) is 55. R&B musician Larry Waddell (Mint Condition) is 51. Rock musician Jeff Russo (Tonic) is 45. Singer-composer Deborah Gibson is 44. Rock musician Greg Richling (Wallflowers) is 44. Actor Chris Tucker is 42. Actress Sara Ramirez is 39. R&B singer Tamara (Trina & Tamara) is 37.








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