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Obama delivers a direct prebuttal to Vladimir Putin at UN

Obama at UNUS President Barack Obama, speaking to the United Nations' General Assembly on Monday, used the speech to deliver a direct prebuttal to Russian President Vladimir Putin before the two meet in New York later in the day.

At the same time, he may have slightly conceded to Russia's position on Syria.

Putin and Obama have been increasingly at odds over several international issues, including Russia's involvement in the civil war in Ukraine and the Syrian civil war.


Major banks investigated for collusion in precious metals market

Banks investigated for precious metalsThe Swiss competition watchdog has launched an investigation into possible collusion in the precious metals market by several major banks, it said on Monday, the latest in a string of probes into gold, silver, platinum and palladium pricing.

Global precious metals trading has been under regulatory scrutiny since December 2013, when German banking regulator Bafin demanded documents from Deutsche Bank under an inquiry into suspected manipulation of gold and silver benchmarks by banks.


Nasa scientists find evidence of flowing water on Mars

Water on MarsLiquid water runs down canyons and crater walls over the summer months on Mars, according to researchers who say the discovery raises the chances of being home to some form of life.

The trickles leave long, dark stains on the Martian terrain that can reach hundreds of metres downhill in the warmer months, before they dry up in the autumn as surface temperatures drop.


Helicopter attack kills 30 civilians in Yemen village: residents, medics

Saudis bomb yemenResidents and medics said air strikes by helicopters flying from Saudi Arabia killed 30 civilians in a Yemeni village on Sunday, but Saudi authorities dismissed the accounts as “totally false.”

Apache helicopters fired rockets at the village of Bani Zela in Hajjah province, 6 miles from the Saudi border, killing at least 25 civilians, including women and children, the residents and medics said.


Shell says it will cease Alaska offshore Arctic drilling

Duutch to leave Arctic drilllingRoyal Dutch Shell said it will cease exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska's coast following disappointing results from an exploratory well backed by billions in investment and years of work.

Shell will end exploration off Alaska “for the foreseeable future,” the company said, because of the well results and because of the “challenging and unpredictable federal regulatory environment in offshore Alaska.”


Iraq to share intelligence on IS with Syria, Russia and Iran

ISIS Iraq's military said Sunday it will begin sharing "security and intelligence" information with Syria, Russia and Iran to help combat the Islamic State group, a move that could further complicate U.S. efforts to battle the extremists without working with Damascus and its allies.

A statement issued by the Joint Operations Command said the countries will "help and cooperate in collecting information about the terrorist Daesh group," using the Arabic acronym for the IS group.


Amid Spiking Violence, Israeli Police Clash With Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Clashes continue at al Asqa mosqueIsraeli police and Palestinians clashed on Sunday at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound, where violence in recent weeks has raised international concern.

No injuries or arrests were initially reported, after Palestinian youths, chanting “God is great,” threw rocks at police in riot gear, who responded with what a spokeswoman described as “appropriate riot dispersal means.”


New York Mets celebrate NL East title: 'You can't help but smile'

NY Mets win pennantThousands of Mets fans chanted David Wright’s name as he wrapped up an on-field interview and headed back toward the sloshy clubhouse. He paused to wave and soak in the moment.

The team captain wasn’t sure he’d ever do this again, not with that last playoff appearance nine years ago. Finally, the wait was over.

As Wright’s champagne-and-beer-soaked shirt proclaimed: “The East Is Ours.”


Giant Viruses Are Hiding in Permafrost, But Not for Long

Giant viruses in permafrostIf you’re a germophobe, you won’t find comfort even in bleak Siberian expanses. Scientists have made another massive discovery of ancient (and giant) viruses hidden dormant in the permafrost. As the planet warms, finding these things—and waking them—is going to become more commonplace.

That’s significant, especially when you understand the gravity of the findings for experts involved in the ongoing research.


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