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Airline axes Gatwick bag handler

BBC World News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:48
Leisure airline Monarch terminates its contract with Swissport, one of the baggage-handling companies at Gatwick airport, after weekend chaos.
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Overseas Turks in presidential vote

BBC World News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:47
Expatriate Turks begin voting for Turkey's first directly-elected president, the first time they are eligible to participate in a ballot from abroad.
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Monitors Reach Flight 17 Crash Site in Ukraine After Days of Delays

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:46
The Ukrainian government temporarily suspended offensive operations against the rebels to allow the monitors to reach the site safely.

Hearing reset for suspect in UN soldier deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:42
DETROIT (AP) — A federal immigration court judge delayed a hearing Thursday for a Lebanese-born man suspected by the Irish government in the deaths of two United Nations peacekeeping soldiers in Lebanon in 1980.

Verbier Festival draws the elites - and music lovers too

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:39

Festivalgoers look at a noticeboard listing details of the day's events at the Verbier FestivalBy Michael Roddy VERBIER Switzerland (Reuters) - There are thousands of music festivals around Europe every summer, but only one lays claim to being held at the highest altitude and that's the one in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier, sometimes called the Davos of the music world. Argentine-born piano star Martha Argerich is a regular, and this year the big names have included Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin, British cellist Steven Isserlis and American violinist Joshua Bell. The three-week-long Verbier Festival, which runs from July until August 3, draws the moneyed elites and big corporate sponsors. George Clooney's smiling face is a fixture around the town as the brand ambassador for food giant Nestle's Nespresso coffee line, while Swiss private banker Julius Baer is another sponsor.

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Cook relieved by England victory

BBC World News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:39
Alastair Cook says the win over India in the third Test has eased the pressure on him to resign as England captain.
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Voter ID law upheld by Wisconsin Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:38

People stand in line to vote during the U.S. presidential election in JanesvilleBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law requiring voters to have photo identification to cast a ballot, although the law remains blocked by an earlier ruling by a federal judge that it is unconstitutional. The court wrote in its decision that providing a photo identification at the ballot box does not create a substantial burden to the voter, as claimed by the plaintiffs in the case. "Photo identification is a condition of our times where more and more personal interactions are being modernized to require proof of identity," the court wrote. Similar voter identification laws have become a political and racial flashpoint across the United States with Democrats generally opposed and many Republicans backing them.

Contractor and inspector stole $3.6 million from PennDOT, AG says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:34

Contractor and inspector stole $3.6 million from PennDOT, AG saysTwo men, a contractor and an inspection consultant, have been charged with conspiring to steal $3.6 million in taxpayer money from PennDOT.

Key prosecution witness heard in ex-Va. gov trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:33

Jonnie Williams leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., after testifying on the third day of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen's corruption trial, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alexa Welch Edlund)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The prosecution's star witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife says Maureen McDonnell was an enthusiastic supporter of the dietary supplement he was trying to sell.