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Indian religious sect faces dwindling numbers
Zoroastrian leaders using different ways - from speed dating to free housing - to encourage people to start families.

British faith leaders warn Parliament not to legalize assisted suicide
The leaders of Britain's faith communities have united to warn Parliament against the "grave error" of legalizing assisted suicide.

Faith leaders oppose Assisted Dying Bill
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain are amongst the 24 faith leaders who have today voiced their shared concerns about Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill. In a joint statement to Members of the House of Lords they say:"While we may ...



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Fighting in Gaza abates, but truce hopes look fragile

Smoke rises during an Israeli offensive in the east of Gaza CityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Fighting subsided in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce, but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end their conflict with Israel. Hamas said it had endorsed a call by the United Nations for a pause in the fighting in light of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, expected to start in the next couple of days. Some firing of rockets continued after the time that Hamas had announced it would put its guns aside and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu questioned the validity of the truce. Israeli artillery guns also fired barrages into the Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported, although the object of the fire was initially unclear.




Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe, U.S., EU prepare Russia sanctions

A woman takes a photograph of wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo)By Aleksandar Vasovic DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed further complicated an investigation on Sunday as Europe and the United States prepared economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict. International monitors said they had abandoned plans to visit the crash site due to fears it was not safe, even though Malaysia said earlier rebels had agreed to provide access. Ukraine said it was trying to dislodge the rebels, but denied it was fighting near the crash site, saying the separatists had put the monitors off by falsely claiming that the army was operating nearby.




More than 50 killed in Benghazi, Tripoli clashes

Black plumes of smoke is seen in the vicinity of Camp Thunderbolt, after clashes between militants, former rebel fighters and government forces in BenghaziBy Feras Bosalum and Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - At least 36 people were killed in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, many of them civilian, where Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed on Saturday night and Sunday morning, medical and security sources said. The government said more than 150 people have died in the capital Tripoli and Benghazi in two weeks of fighting as clashes forced U.S. and foreign diplomats to pull out of the country. Since the clashes erupted a fortnight ago, 94 people have died in the capital, and more than 400 have been injured as militias exchanged rocket and artillery fire across southern Tripoli, the health ministry said. Another 55 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Benghazi since the clashes have intensified over the last week between regular forces and Islamist militants who are entrenched in the city.




Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon's vice PM, kills at least three
By Tansa Musa YAOUNDE (Reuters) - The wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said. A local religious leader, or lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town's mayor, was kidnapped as well, in a separate attack on his home. Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist militant group, has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon in recent weeks as Cameroon has deployed troops to the region, joining international efforts to combat the militants.

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'Lucy' tops 'Hercules' with $44M at box office

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Lucy." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Jessica Forde)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Luc Besson's "Lucy" proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of "Hercules" by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend.




Sexual harassment at Comic-Con in the spotlight

Costumed characters walk outside of the convention center on day 1 of the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Thursday, July 24, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) ? Amid the costumes and fantasy of this weekend's Comic-Con convention, a group of young women drew widespread attention to a very real issue ? allegations of sexual harassment at the annual comic book convention.




At 60, Newport Jazz Fest looks to the future

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2010 file photo, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis plays at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. He will be among the featured performers returning to the festival on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are set to perform some of the signature pieces from Newport's storied past by Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Miles Davis, among others. (AP Photo/Joe Giblin, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the granddaddy of all outdoor jazz festivals.




4 DC Comics brought to TV get Comic-Con event

Benjamin McKenzie, from left, David Mazouz, Robin Taylor, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Donal Logue, and Jada Pinkett Smith pose at the "Gotham" press line on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in San Diego. (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision/AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) ? Four DC comics brought to life for television took over the San Diego Convention Center's 6,500 seat Hall H at Comic-Con on Saturday night.






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Investors pin growth hopes on U.S. as Ukraine crisis casts shadow on Europe

A trader watches his screen on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy John O'Donnell FRANKFURT (Reuters) - With the prospect of stiffer sanctions against Russia rattling confidence in Europe, investors will be looking to the United States and China to underpin the global economy. Wednesday's U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) reading and jobs data on Friday will help markets to judge the strength of the economy's rebound and the likely speed of the Federal Reserve's return to more conventional monetary policy. The Fed meets on Tuesday and Wednesday. "The U.S.-China story is looking more encouraging," said James Knightley, an economist with ING.




Trendy Chipotle burritos show how pricing power belongs to the hip

The sign for Chipotle Mexican Grill's restaurant is seen in Westminster, ColoradoCorporate America can learn a lot from a chicken burrito. As many companies struggle to boost prices without alienating consumers, they may want to study Mexican-food chain Chipotle, which has managed to do both. Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc , Apple Inc and PepsiCo have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S. Chipotle raised chicken-dish prices by 5 percent this year after leaving them untouched since 2011, and sales went up 29 percent last quarter. The Denver-based Mexican food specialist "has done a great job cultivating a brand that commands pricing power," especially among millennials, who are mainly people in their 20s, said Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy.




Wall St. Week Ahead: Even modest GDP bounce may support market

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - Even if data next week shows a mediocre rebound in U.S. economic growth, that might be enough to keep the stock market aloft at record highs and the Federal Reserve steadfast in its winding down of stimulus through bond purchases. U.S. gross domestic product for the second quarter, due to be released Wednesday, is forecast to have grown 3.2 percent. Growth had shrunk 2.9 percent in the first quarter due to a harsh winter and spending cuts tied to the federal Affordable Care Act. Indeed, Friday's disappointing report on durable goods orders in June spurred JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs to shave their second-quarter outlook by 0.1 percentage point to 2.6 percent and 3.0 percent growth, respectively.




No meeting scheduled on Monday between Argentina and court mediator

Argentina's Finance Secretary Pablo Lopez arrives for debt negotiation talks with court-appointed mediator Daniel Pollack in New YorkArgentina does not have a meeting scheduled for Monday with a court-appointed mediator in New York in its debt dispute with creditors but talks continue, a government source said on Sunday, as the country looks to avoid a possible debt default next Thursday. Argentina, Latin America's third-largest economy, has for years fought the "holdout" hedge funds which snapped up its junk bonds after its $100 billion default in 2002 and then refused the restructuring terms, suing for repayment in full. Argentina's delegation headed home to seek instruction from the government after it failed to reach a breakthrough on Friday with the U.S. court-appointed mediator Daniel Pollack, in talks that lasted just an hour. Last week, U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa ordered Argentina and holdout creditors who have rejected its debt restructurings to meet continuously with Pollack to try to reach a deal and avoid the country's second default in 12 years.




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Dinosaurs of a feather? New fossil dispels idea that most were scaly
Dinosaur Kulinadromeus zabaialicus

Fossil feathers have been found on an early plant-eating dinosaur for the first time, raising the possibility that all dinosaurs were downy, not scaly.



New exoskeleton could help paraplegics walk
ReWalker Radi ? Rehacare 2012, Du?sseldorf, Germany

A robotic exoskeleton that allows some people with spinal cord injuries to walk upright has been approved for use by Health Canada and the U.S. Federal Drug Administration.



Arctic oil spills likely to spread across borders: study
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A major oil spill in Canada's western Arctic would likely spread quickly and foul oceans around Alaska, and possibly as far west as Russia.



Huge aquatic insect with giant jaws found in China
Megaloptera largest aquatic insect

An insect with huge horn-like jaws and a wingspan similar to a sparrow's has been reported by Chinese state media as the largest aquatic insect in the world. A similar creature that's almost as big lives in Quebec.



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To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? For some, back-to-school doctor visits include HPV vaccine

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? For some, back-to-school doctor visits include HPV vaccineBack to school means back to the doctor for students? annual visit to the pediatrician. For some boys and girls, it could also mean receiving the HPV vaccine.




CDC resumes tuberculosis lab transfers halted after anthrax mishap

Centers for Disease Control Biotechnology Core Facility (Building 23) is shown in AtlantaThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday lifted a moratorium on transfers of inactivated materials from its clinical tuberculosis laboratory, after a bioterror lab mishap last month potentially exposed workers to live anthrax, prompting the halt of transfers from other high-containment labs. The tuberculosis lab, which last year processed more than 500 specimens from around the United States, is the first of the CDC's high-containment labs to be cleared to resume transfers of biological materials. Its other such labs remain on hold, the CDC said. The CDC also announced on Thursday the members of a new panel of independent experts who will advise CDC's director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, on safety issues and corrective actions for the agency's labs.




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