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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says he is resigning

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation following turmoil in government. Yatsenyuk made the announcement from the dais of the parliament after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition.

Barclays files to dismiss New York lawsuit against 'dark pool'

A "no parking" road sign is seen in front of a Barclays branch in downtown RomeBy Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) - Barclays Plc called for the dismissal on Thursday of a lawsuit from the New York attorney general alleging the bank lied to clients about its high-speed trading venue, calling it unjustified because Barclays' customers were never misled. The bank's motion to dismiss the lawsuit against its private trading venue – or "dark pool" – was based on procedural and case law grounds. The bank said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman did not have the authority to accuse the bank of fraud and deceit under New York's Martin Act, which aims to protect investors when the purchase, sale or exchange of a security is misrepresented. The motion said that fundamentally the New York attorney general failed to identify any fraud, and did not establish material misstatements, identify victims or actual harm.

Israeli fire hits UN school in Gaza Strip, killing at least 15 amid heavy fighting

A Palestinian man cries after bringing a child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, to the emergency room room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tank shells hit the compound, killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the dead and injured in the school compound were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in the area. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian officials said, as Israel pressed forward with its 17-day war against the territory's Hamas rulers. The strike occurred during a day of heavy fighting throughout the coastal territory. Israel says the war is meant to halt rocket fire from Palestinian militants in Gaza and destroy a sophisticated network of cross-border tunnels. International efforts to bring about a truce appeared elusive, with the violence continuing and Hamas reiterating its demand for a cease-fire that a crippling Egyptian and Israeli blockade on Gaza be lifted.

IMF says weakness more persistent, cuts growth outlook globally and in Canada

The IMF says economies around the world — including Canada — are taking longer than expected to recover. The International Monetary Fund's newest economic outlook predicts global growth will be about three-tenths of a point lower at 3.4 per cent this year than it thought in April. Canada's economy is now expected to expand by 2.2 per cent this year, one-tenth of a point slower than previously thought and in line with the Bank of Canada's latest forecast.

French foreign minister: missing Air Algerie plane 'probably crashed'

An MD-83 aircraft in the livery of Swiftair lands at Zaventem Airport Brussels on May 16, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Kevin CleynhensFrance's foreign minister says the Air Algerie flight that has gone missing over Mali has "probably crashed." Laurent Fabius says "no trace" of the plane has been found. Two French fighter jets are among aircraft scouring the rugged north of Mali for the MD-83 that was travelling from the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou to Algiers, the Algerian capital. Burkina Faso's transport minister says five Canadians were among those onboard.


Loblaw profit beats as Shoppers Drug Mart sales jump

A general view of Loblaw Companies Limited Executive Chairman Weston speaking during the annual general meeting of shareholders in Toronto(Reuters) - Canada's largest grocer Loblaw Cos Ltd's quarterly profit handily beat analysts' expectations, helped by strong pharmacy sales in its recently acquired Shoppers Drug Mart. Sales at Shoppers [SDMC.UL] accounted for more than a quarter of Loblaw's total sales of C$10.31 billion ($9.61 billion) in the second quarter. This was the first time that Shoppers contributed to Loblaw's sales. Loblaw, majority-owned by George Weston Ltd , bought Shoppers last year to better compete against U.S rivals such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Target Corp . ...

TSX up slightly, boosted by miners

A man walks past an old Toronto Stock Exchange sign in TorontoTORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose slightly on Thursday, helped by gains in materials shares, as the market digested results from miners Potash Corp and Teck Resources . Just after open, the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 7.15 points, or 0.05 percent, at 15,401.53. (Reporting by Cameron French; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

U.S. jobless claims lowest since early 2006; new home sales tumble

People attend a job fair in DetroitBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in nearly 8-1/2 years last week, suggesting the labor market recovery was gaining traction. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000 for the week ended July 19, the lowest level since February 2006, the Labor Department said. The data provided further confirmation that the labor market is tightening.

Canada's Rogers protects wireless margin, growth slips

A Rogers sign is seen at its headquarters following the Rogers Communications Inc AGM in TorontoBy Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Rogers Communications Inc chose quality over quantity in the second quarter, shunning wireless promotions in order to protect margins as mobile subscriber growth fell. The company, Canada's largest mobile phone company, took a 24 percent hit to net income, it said on Thursday, but investors cheered the early results of a refreshed business strategy with a 2.7 percent share price rise in early trade. "Given low expectations and the lack of change in 2014 guidance, today's release may provide some relief," Canaccord Genuity analyst Dvai Ghose wrote in a note to clients.

Barclays files to dismiss New York lawsuit against 'dark pool'

A "no parking" road sign is seen in front of a Barclays branch in downtown RomeBarclays Plc filed a motion on Thursday to throw out the New York attorney general's lawsuit that alleged the bank lied to clients over its high-speed trading venue, saying many of the state's allegations were taken out of context. Barclays' motion to dismiss the lawsuit against the bank's private trading venue – or "dark pool" – was based on procedural and case law grounds. The bank said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman did not have the authority to accuse the bank of fraud and deceit under New York's Martin Act, which aims to protect investors when the purchase, sale or exchange of a security is misrepresented.

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Are Wedding Diets Healthy?

wedding dietFirst the 2014 summer of love brought news of Kim Kardashian’s corset-wearing, calorie-restricting pre-nuptial plan.

Would You Date a Vegetarian or Vegan?

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US stocks climb in afternoon trading as earnings reports roll in; Chipotle jumps 12 per cent

Solid earnings for a range of big companies helped nudge the stock market higher on Tuesday. The restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill and the cable giant Comcast surged after reporting better results than Wall Street expected. "The news today is pretty good," said JJ Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade. Kinahan pointed to a report out Tuesday that showed little sign of inflation and an overall stronger outlook for earnings.

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What Doctors Tell Their Friends About Preventing Cancer

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Exhibit of NY artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's works makes one Canadian stop at AGO

Jean-Michel Basquiat had a short life, but the artist's exploration of New York street culture has become legendary. Basquiat, who died in 1988 at age 27 of a drug overdose, gained international recognition by creating powerful works that confronted issues of racism, politics and social hypocrisy, paving the way for black American artists. An exhibition featuring his work is making its only Canadian stop at the Art Gallery of Ontario this winter. Opening Feb. 7, "Basquiat" will feature more than 140 large-scale paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America.

Lawyers say they're working to resolve actor LaBeouf's NYC disorderly conduct case

Lawyers say they are trying to resolve Shia LaBeouf's (SHY'-uh luh-BUFS') disorderly conduct case stemming from an incident at a Broadway show last month. Prosecutors and LaBeouf's lawyer told a judge Thursday that they're exploring an agreement to resolve the case. LaBeouf was arrested after he allegedly disrupted a performance of "Cabaret" starring Alan Cumming. The actor and his lawyer, G. Robert Gage, declined to comment as they left court amid a swarm of cameras and microphones.

Films starring Al Pacino, Willem Dafoe in competition at 71st Venice Film Festival

Venice Biennale Foundation President Paolo Baratta, left, and Venice Film Festival president Alberto Barbera shakes hands for photographers as they arrive for the Venice film festival's presentation press conference, in Rome, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The festival is set to run from Aug. 27, 2014 to Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)This year's Venice Film Festival will tackle topics from the financial crisis to drone warfare, and feature performances from Willem Dafoe, Al Pacino, Jennifer Aniston and Ethan Hawke. Organizers on Thursday announced a 20-strong competition lineup that includes Iranian-American director Ramin Bahrani's subprime-mortgage drama "99 Homes," with Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern, and New Zealand-born filmmaker Andrew Niccol's "The Good Kill," starring Hawke as a dissatisfied drone operator. There is a strong American presence, both behind the camera and onscreen, among the films in the running for the Golden Lion.

Venice film festival to kick off with black comedy 'Birdman'

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in a still from the movie BirdmanMexican director Alejandro Inarritu opens this year's Venice film festival with the premier of "Birdman", a black comedy that heads a 55-strong selection leaning heavily toward war and recession, festival director Alberto Barbera said on Thursday. As well as "Birdman", starring Michael Keaton as a fading action hero, 19 other films are in the main competition, including "Manglehorn", starring Al Pacino, "Good Kill" with Ethan Hawke as a disillusioned military drone pilot and Fatih Akin's "The Cut" with Tahar Rahim, star of Jacques Audiard's 2009 thriller "A Prophet".

David Suzuki launches speaking tour, with help from Feist, Neil Young

David Suzuki is pictured in Toronto on January 12, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark BlinchVANCOUVER - Beloved environmentalist David Suzuki has announced plans to tour Canada — with support from high-profile pals including author Margaret Atwood, painter Robert Bateman and musicians Bruce Cockburn, Feist, Jim Cuddy and Neil Young.


Maybin banned 25 games for doping violation

MLB: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants(Reuters) - San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended for 25 games for violating Major League Baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment program, the league announced on Wednesday. Maybin, whose suspension is effective immediately, tested positive for an amphetamine, the commissioner of baseball's office said in a statement.

Bolt says his best is yet to come

NBA: Finals-San Antonio Spurs at Miami HeatBy Kayon Raynor KINGSTON (Reuters) - Six-times Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt and his coach Glen Mills believe the Jamaican sprinter can run even faster as he targets the 2015 world championships and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. It has been five years since Bolt set the 100m world record of 9.58 seconds and the 200m best of 19.19 at the Berlin world championships, and this season began late for him as he recovered from minor foot surgery and a hamstring injury. The lanky Jamaican missed nine weeks of training after having surgery on his left foot in March but shrugged off any suggestion that he might be past his best as prepares for the sprint relay at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next month. Then I can put in a lot more work and I'll have more time to work and stay fit and to be focused." Coach Mills, who has guided Bolt to his six Olympic golds and a record 10 world championships medals since 2007, also believes the sprinter is capable of running faster.

Querrey ousted at Atlanta Open, Istomin also departs

Tennis: Wimbledon Tsonga vs QuerreyBig serving American Sam Querrey was bounced out of the Atlanta Open in the second round on Wednesday by Israel's Dudi Sela 6-2 6-4. Despite notching eight aces to none and winning 86 percent of points on his first serve, ninth seed Querrey won just six of 26 second serve points to be ousted by the world No. 94. It wasn’t the only shock of the second round with sixth seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan taken out by Slovakia’s world number 91 Lukas Lacko 5-7 6-1 6-4. In other second round matches fourth seed Canadian Vasek Pospisil beat qualifier Illya Marchenko of Ukraine 7-5 6-3 to set up a date with Sela, while 21-year-old American Jack Sock took out New Zealand’s Michael Venus 6-4 6-2 to advance to a third round encounter with Lacko.

Triathlete Sweetland wins silver, Canada's first medal of Commonwealth Games

Canada's Kirsten Sweetland from Victoria, B.C., waves to the crowd after winning the silver medal in the women's triathlon at Strathclyde Country Park in Glasgow, Scotland on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The medal is Canada's first of the Games.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew VaughanVictoria's Kristen Sweetland has won Canada's first medal of the Commonwealth Games. She captured a silver in the women's triathlon today at Glasgow's Strathclyde Country Park. Calgary's Ellen Pennock crashed during the bike portion of the event and has a suspected broken collarbone while Sarah-Anne Brault of Winnipeg dropped out during the run. England's Jodie Stimpson won the first gold of Games, completing the 1,500-metre swim, 40-kilometre bike and 10-kilometre run in an unofficial time of one hour 58 minutes 56 seconds.

Tour de France riders brace for arduous climb as Nibali seeks to defend strong lead

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and France's Jean-Christophe Peraud, left, climb during the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 124.5 kilometers (77.4 miles) with start in Saint-Gaudens and finish in Saint-Lary, France, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Riders have set out on Stage 18 of the Tour de France, which reaches its final day of mountain racing with the yellow jersey securely on the shoulders of Italy's Vincenzo Nibali.


Bindi Irwin: Time Does Not Heal Pain Of Dad's Death

Bindi Irwin -- Getty ImagesBindi Irwin lost her father, "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, in 2006 to a stingray attack – she was 8 years old at the time. Now 15, Bindi said she receiving well-meaning words of encouragement from strangers, who all offered her the same advice, and it never held true.

Zoe Saldana Pregnant?

Zoe Saldana on July 21, 2014 -- Getty ImagesZoe Saldana is reportedly on her way to guarding over the most important one in her galaxy!

Reese Witherspoon, Denzel Washington among stars with TIFF-bound films

Reese Witherspoon arrives at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. Oscar-nominated Quebec director Philippe Falardeau will celebrate the world premiere of his new movie "The Good Lie" at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.The fact-based drama stars Witherspoon as a straight-talking American who helps four Sudanese refugees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP-Jordan Strauss/Invision/APOscar-nominated Quebec director Philippe Falardeau will celebrate the world premiere of his new movie "The Good Lie" at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. The fact-based drama stars Reese Witherspoon as a straight-talking American who helps four Sudanese refugees and is Falardeau's first film since 2011's "Monsieur Lazhar," which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. The first wave of titles to screen at the annual movie marathon were announced Tuesday morning at a news conference where artistic director Cameron Bailey touted their "strong, diverse line-up." Witherspoon will have two high-profile projects screening at the festival.

Justin Bieber: Police Respond To 6 Noise Complaints

Justin Bieber performs with Chance The Rapper during Day 3 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2014 in Indio -- Getty ImagesJustin Bieber kept the Beverly Hills Police Department quite busy over this past weekend.

Oops! A tweet about Kim Kardashian gives EPA Twitter account its own 15 minutes of fame

FILE - In this May 5, 2014, file photo, Kim Kardashian attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in New York. The Environmental Protection Agency’s fight to clean up water pollution is getting a splash of pop culture, thanks to a flub involving Kardashian. The verified Twitter account for the EPA’s Office of Water mistakenly published a note on July 21 about an online game, "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood," in which players walk red carpets, attend photo shoots and get dolled up like a Kardashian. An agency spokeswoman said the off-topic tweet was done by a temporary employee. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian. The verified Twitter account for the EPA's Office of Water mistakenly published a message Monday night about an online game, "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood," in which players walk red carpets, attend photo shoots and get dolled up like a Kardashian. The government's tweet was removed within hours from the @EPAwater account, but not before a tweet from the account of Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the 88-year-old co-author of the Clean Water Act, poked fun by asking what a Kardashian is.

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