Scotland puts bid for second independence vote on hold

27 Jun

EDINBURGH Scotland’s devolved government has shelved its immediate plans to hold a second independence referendum until after the terms of Britain’s exit from the United Kingdom are clear, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday. The Scottish parliament in March backed Sturgeon’s bid to hold a new referendum in 2018 or early 2019, but British […]

Iraqi forces set sight on Old City riverside, PM sees Mosul victory soon

27 Jun

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi forces on Tuesday pushed towards the river side of Mosul’s Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State’s de-facto capital, and Iraq’s prime minister predicted victory very soon. Iraqi forces, battling up to 350 militants dug in among civilians in the Old City, said federal police had […]

Japan’s home-sharing law gives HomeAway opening in Airbnb fight

27 Jun

The change will help HomeAway play to its strengths in the battle against Airbnb Inc., according to Natsuko Kimura, country manager for Expedia Inc.’s home-rental subsidiary. The bill enacted earlier this month lets people in Japan rent out property without the risk of running into regulatory hurdles. The law limits total stays to 180 nights […]

North Korea is now able to hit Japan with nuclear missile, says Japanese newspaper

27 Jun

The secretive state caused alarm in May when it test-fired a projectile in the direction of Japan. The intermediate-range missile flew for 30 minutes before crashing into the Sea of Japan, the stretch of water that separates the countries. A source familiar with Japan’s national security situation told Japanese national The Nikkei that analysis of […]

Panthers QB Newton starts throwing again

27 Jun

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – Cam Newton is throwing again. The Carolina Panthers said on Twitter on Monday the NFL’s MVP in 2015 threw his first passes since surgery in March for a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Newton is on schedule to participate in the team’s training camp in July and barring […]

Dortmund’s Kagawa remains optimistic about recovery from shoulder injury before Bundesliga season

27 Jun

Shinji Kagawa said Tuesday he will be ready for the Aug. 18 start of the new Bundesliga season with Borussia Dortmund despite dislocating his left shoulder while on international duty. “It’s no issue at all for next season,” said the 28-year-old, who suffered the injury during a 1-1 home draw against Syria in a June […]

Abortion should not be crime, says doctors’ union

27 Jun

Image copyright SGO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Doctors have backed decriminalising abortion, as momentum gathers to overhaul the 1967 Abortion Act. Currently women in England and Wales have to prove to a doctor that carrying on with the pregnancy is detrimental to health or wellbeing to get permission for a termination. Without permission, abortion is a criminal […]

Suntans on children ‘are not healthy’

27 Jun

Image copyright kotangens/getty A suntan is a sign of skin damage, not glowing health, NHS England and the Met Office are reminding parents in Britain just days after a heatwave. A survey suggests a third of parents mistakenly believe going brown is good for children. A quarter have even encouraged their children to tan. A […]

Western Digital resubmits bid with KKR for Toshiba chip unit

27 Jun

Western Digital Corp. has said it resubmitted a bid with U.S. investment fund Kohlberg Kravis Roberts for Toshiba Corp.’s chip unit in a last-minute effort as the electronics giant moves closer to clinching a deal with a Japanese government-led consortium. “Western Digital resubmitted a bid with KKR where Western Digital will provide debt financing to […]

Tokyo stocks climb on weaker yen

27 Jun

Stocks gained ground again Tuesday, supported by the yen’s fall against the dollar. The Nikkei 225 average added 71.74 points, or 0.36 percent, to end at 20,225.09. On Monday, the key market gauge climbed 20.68 points. The Topix, which covers all first-section issues, finished 6.81 points, or 0.42 percent, stronger at 1,619.02, its highest finish […]