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Zoroastrian stories inspired him to dig into religion's roots - News - Mid-Day
Sister Breaks the Silence Over Iranian-American and Wife Held for Three Months Without Charge or Counsel - International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
The Parsis fighting to stop their culture dying out, and why it appears doomed - South China Morning Post
Syrian army's Aleppo advance slows, but victory in sight
By Laila Bassam and John Davison ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army's advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the city would change the course of the six-year-old war. Russia's RIA news agency quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying the Syrian army, which has captured territory including Aleppo's historic Old City in recent days, had halted military activity to let civilians leave rebel-held territory. Earlier, a Reuters journalist said government forces were shelling rebel-held areas of southwest Aleppo into the afternoon.
Iraqi troops pull out from Mosul hospital after fierce battle
By Ahmed Rasheed, Saif Hameed and Isabel Coles BAGHDAD/MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi troops who briefly seized a Mosul hospital believed to be used as an Islamic State base were forced to withdraw from the site, but managed to establish a base for army tanks nearby after days of fierce back-and-forth fighting, residents said. The rapid advance into the Wahda neighborhood where the hospital is located marked a change of tactic after a month of fighting in east Mosul in which the army has sought to capture and clear neighborhoods block by block. The ferocity of the fighting reflects the importance of the army's push from southeast Mosul towards the center, their deepest advance in a grueling seven-week offensive to crush Islamic State in Iraq's largest northern city.
Exclusive: Risking Beijing's ire, Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef
By Lincoln Feast and Greg Torode SYDNEY/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Vietnam has begun dredging work on a disputed reef in the South China Sea, satellite imagery shows, the latest move by the Communist state to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway. Activity visible on Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands could anger Hanoi's main South China Sea rival, Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the group and most of the resource-rich sea. Ladd Reef, on the south-western fringe of the Spratlys, is completely submerged at high tide but has a lighthouse and an outpost housing a small contingent of Vietnamese soldiers.
U.S. estimates 50,000 Islamic State fighters killed so far: U.S. official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military believes that some 50,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed since the United States started battling the group more than two years ago, a senior U.S. military official said on Thursday, calling it a "conservative estimate." The official, who spoke to Pentagon reporters on condition of anonymity, said the figure showed how the United States was effectively combating the group with U.S.-led coalition airpower and limited U.S. troop deployments in support of local forces. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Chris Reese)
The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending November 3, 2014:
Jimmy Kimmel rolls out red carpet as Emmy host
After rolling out the red carpet Wednesday morning in anticipation of Sunday's Emmy ceremony, host Jimmy Kimmel warned he's planning a prank on folks not watching the show.
Extreme Wyoming cold frosts even Moscow Ballet
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) ? It got so cold in Wyoming, even the Moscow Ballet couldn't move.
Wife on video: '5,000 percent sure' she wanted husband dead
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) ? Millions of people have seen a secretly recorded video of Dalia Dippolito telling an undercover police officer she was "5,000 percent sure" about hiring him to kill her husband.
Major stock indexes rise again to new records
(Reuters) - Major U.S. stock indexes climbed again on Thursday and set fresh record highs, bolstered by data showing U.S. labor market strength, as a month-long rally since the presidential election of Donald Trump rolled on.
U.S. jobless claims drop from five-month high
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell from a five-month high last week, pointing to labor strength that underscores the economy's sustained momentum. A tight labor market together with signs of a strengthening economy and steadily rising inflation will likely push the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates next week. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000 for the week ended Dec. 3, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
Exclusive: Bangladesh panel finds insiders negligent in central bank heist
A Bangladesh government-appointed panel investigating the cyber-heist of $81 million from its central bank in February found five officials at the bank were guilty of negligence and carelessness, the head of the panel told Reuters on Thursday. In his first detailed comments on the inquiry since a report was submitted to the government in May, former central bank governor Mohammed Farashuddin said the officials were low to mid-level and were not directly involved in the crime. Bangladesh has so far refused to make the inquiry report public saying it wanted to deny perpetrators knowledge of the investigation into one of the world's biggest cyber-heists.
DuPont CEO Breen says Trump win unlikely to impact Dow deal
BOSTON (Reuters) - Dupont Chief Executive Ed Breen said on Thursday the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is not likely to have an impact on his company's planned merger with rival Dow Chemical.
Former astronaut, U.S. senator John Glenn dead at 95
John Glenn, whose life took him to the celestial heights as the first American to orbit in space, then into the trenches of congressional infighting as a longtime Democratic senator, before he re-entered space as a 77-year-old, has died.
Feathered dinosaur tail found trapped in amber
Scientists have discovered a unique find: a tail feather of 99-million-year-old dinosaur.
It's already happening: Hundreds of animals, plants locally extinct due to climate change
It may be tempting to take comfort in the idea that the big changes related to climate change will happen decades from now. But a new study from the University of Arizona has found that local extinctions related to global warming have occurred in half of species studied.
6.5-magnitude quake rolls through northern California town
Shock waves from a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that struck off the north coast of California this morning rolled through a nearby coastal town like waves under a boat, residents say.
E-Health-Umfrage: Was Ärzte sich von der Digitalisierung erhoffen - Ärzte Zeitung
Abmahnung durch den Schutzverband gegen Unwesen in der Wirtschaft e.V. ... - anwalt.de
Health-care, biotech stocks slammed by Trump remarks - Yahoo Sports
Health-care, biotech stocks slammed by Trump remarksYahoo SportsHealth-care stocks were moving sharply lower Wednesday, though markets may be overreacting to morning remarks from Donald Trump. Fresh comments from President-elect Trump against high drug pricing sent the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) ...und weitere »
Rodale-Motor-Presse: "Men's Health"-Chefredakteur Markus Stenglein nimmt ... - Horizont.net
Consumer Health-Geschäft von Merck fördert verbraucherorientierte ... - FinanzNachrichten.de
Consumer Index: Kleine Freuden zu Weihnachten hoch im Kurs - Absatzwirtschaft
Consumer-ETF: Europa bläst zur Aufholjagd - EXtra-Magazin - Extra-Magazin
Thomas Kowollik neuer Consumer-Sales-Chef von Microsoft ... - Telecom Handel