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Go For the Food: How to turn 1 meal by 1 chef into a multicourse odyssey of restaurants

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 18:29
by  Associated Press Go For the Food: Make an odyssey of 1 meal, 1 chef by J.M. HIRSCH, Associated Press - 28 October 2014 14:29-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — So you've landed in a foodie destination, a happening city brimming with top tier restaurants and chefs sporting scary-good culinary cred. You want to make the most of your time.

But even the most intrepid eaters can pack only so many meals into a day. And every meal eaten at one restaurant means missed meals at others. As a veteran of many on-the-road meals, I've developed a novel approach to dining that allows me to sample a wide array of restaurants without entirely embracing gluttony.

The principle is simple: Don't eat a full meal in any one place.

Here's how it works. A typical mid- to high-end dinner consists of three or more courses. Instead of eating them all at the same restaurant, spread those courses over a series of eateries — a cocktail and nibbles at one, a starter at another, main course at a third, coffee and dessert at a fourth.

You could select three or more restaurants you're eager to try. Or pick a theme, such as a particular cuisine. Have a favorite chef with multiple restaurants? Eat a different course at each.

Depending on distances, set aside four to six hours for this project (it's still less time than four full meals). Be sure to pace yourself (don't fill up on the bread basket). And do your research. Check opening times, make reservations, plot out a logical sequence for visiting each place.

On a recent multi-course eating adventure in New York, I visited all of April Bloomfield's restaurants over the course of one five-hour lunch. Her brash, unapologetic way of cooking and easy way with small plates that pack big flavor made her restaurants the perfect choice for the experience.

A co-worker and I started at The John Dory Oyster Bar, a beautiful, inviting place with high tables, a visually striking open raw bar and soaring windows. We split a dozen oysters nestled presented on a pedestal at the table. A house-made red pepper and ketchup cocktail sauce was a perfect companion, as was my classic old-fashioned made with Whistle Pig rye.

We desperately wanted the pumpkin toast with marjoram pesto, and the pork sandwich with tuna-caper mayonnaise, but in a marathon such as this, self-control is key.

So we meandered next door to The Breslin, Bloomfield's dark-paneled ode to British pub fare. We took a cozy booth by the kitchen and watched her team prepare platter upon platter of cumin mayo-slathered lamb burgers and monstrous Scotch eggs (a hard-cooked egg swathed in sausage, then breaded and deep-fried).

But we restrained ourselves and instead began with one of Bloomfield's bar snacks, a bag of shatteringly crisp caramel popcorn. We then indulged in the terrine board, an assortment of five meaty offerings, including rustic pork pate studded with pistachios, and creamy, rich liverwurst that begged to be smeared thickly on the chunky toast.

Now it was time to head across town to Bloomfield's flagship, The Spotted Pig. Many of the items here have become classics, including deviled eggs and her burger topped with Roquefort cheese. We kept it simple — a sensational apple salad with cheddar, and the roll mop, pickled herring rolled into a tight cylinder, topped with creme fraiche and herbs. As my companion put it: "These are life-changing."

We paused for coffee, then headed across town for our final stop, Bloomfield's taqueria and bar, Salvation Taco. This is pub grub with a funky Hispanic spin. The only thing that made managing this menu easier was that by now we were feeling the weight of four hours of foraging.

Empanadas (delicate puffs of fried corn tortillas stuffed with Chihuahua cheese and serrano chilies) and the carnitas (adorable and tangy pulled pork with avocado salsa) were worth the belt-loosening. Against my better judgment, my co-worker insisted on dessert, a tres leches cake with berries. It was pillow-soft and a wonderful end to an epic meal.

All told, we spent $207.47, including tips (but not taxis), a reasonable tally given the volume — never mind quality — of food we consumed, as well as enjoying the opportunity to truly explore all of Bloomfield's New York City menus. Of course we had to make sacrifices — entree-sized items weren't a realistic option — but that was a small price.

Next time, we'll bring more people with us.

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If You Go...

THE JOHN DORY OYSTER BAR: 1196 Broadway, New York, 212-792-9000, http://www.thejohndory.com

THE BRESLIN: 16 W. 29th St., New York, 212-679-1939, http://www.thebreslin.com

THE SPOTTED PIG: 314 W. 11th St., New York, 212-620-0393, http://www.thespottedpig.com

SALVATION TACO: 145 E. 39th St., New York, 212-865-5800, http://www.salvationtaco.com

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Follow AP Food Editor J.M. Hirsch at http://twitter.com/JM_Hirsch . Email him at jhirsch@ap.org.

News Topics: Food and drink, Travel, Lifestyle, Restaurants, Chefs

People, Places and Companies: New York, United States, North America

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Ukraine's new-look parliament promises to keep true to its trademark rowdiness

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 18:25
by  Associated Press Ukraine's parliament to remain a rowdy place by YURAS KARMANAU and PETER LEONARD, Associated Press - 28 October 2014 14:25-04:00

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Anti-corruption crusaders, paramilitary commanders, radical ultranationalists, remnants of the disgraced former president's entourage.

Ukraine's incoming parliament has this and a whole lot more.

Much is changing, but one thing seems set to stay: a rowdy atmosphere in which punching, kicking, choking and biting are all part of the game.

Sunday's elections produced a new-look legislature packed with pro-Western parties, giving them a mandate to enact a program of reform.

Just don't expect smooth sailing.

Everybody agrees on paper on the need to fix broken courts, overhaul the tax system and rescue health care. But the devil is in the detail — and Ukrainian lawmakers have always found a reason to pick a fight.

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POLICING POLITICS

Take Afghan-born Mustafa Nayem, a 33-year old reporter-cum-activist. His summons to rally against former President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to freeze ties with the European Union snowballed into a full-blown revolution.

Nayem was elected by running with Poroshenko's bloc, but he still seems intent on being the bane of politicians. Instead of campaigning, Nayem and other activists spent the eve of the election trying to thwart another candidate's run for allegedly buying votes.

Nayem's effort proved unsuccessful — which could make for a rambunctious encounter when parliament convenes later this year.

Combating corruption has been a recurring theme in Ukrainian politics in recent months, but some worry whether rhetoric about cleaning up the justice system and police forces will be followed by action.

Political analyst Vladimir Fesenko said crusading deputies like Nayem would serve as a cleansing force.

"Mustafa and others will haunt parliament," he said. "They will expose things."

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THE FIGHTERS

Until recently, militia leader Semyon Semenchenko would only appear before cameras wearing a balaclava, saying he feared for the safety of his family. Now he's heading to parliament, although perhaps not in a suit and tie. He has stuck to combat gear in recent TV appearances.

Semenchenko is one of a new crop of politicians who are veterans of the volunteer battalions that emerged to fight alongside the Ukrainian army when pro-Russian rebels launched a separatist insurgency in the east.

Wounded in battle, Semenchenko — leader of the Donbass battalion — has been elected to parliament with a recently formed pro-European party called Samopomich, which came in third with almost 10 percent of the vote.

Semenchenko and other new deputies with combat experience in the east will likely be vocal champions of soldiers' causes.

But there's also a risk military men may be quick to resort to the fist-fighting favored by the last parliament.

As if on cue, Sergei Melnichuk, another battalion leader-turned-politician, accused Semenchenko this week of trying to steal his limelight — warning that he will "bash his mug."

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ULTRA-RIGHTISTS

Andriy Biletsky is a potentially far more contentious new lawmaker. He's an avowed ultranationalist who led the Azov battalion, whose emblem bears more than a passing resemblance to the Nazi swastika.

The presence of such people in parliament appears to support the fears of those predicting an ultranationalist surge in Ukraine.

Ever since the Kremlin-friendly Viktor Yanukovych was ousted as president, Russian state media have assiduously tried to weave the narrative of a Ukrainian government in the grip of fascists. The nationalists in Ukraine's new parliament could feed that story line.

But Anton Shekhovtsov, an expert on radical parties in Europe, said that the proportion of rightists represented in parliament has, in fact, fallen since the last election. And if Russia frets about nationalists, it may be for less than benevolent reasons.

"The main peculiarity of the Ukrainian far right is that its main enemy is not immigrants or national minorities, as often happens with the EU-based far right," Shekhovstov said, "but the Kremlin."

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OLD GUARD

Against expectations, the Opposition Bloc, a political group that includes figures from Yanukovych's inner circle, won 9 percent of the vote, assuring it several dozen deputies.

Opposition Bloc's unanticipated success has appalled those who see the party as unvarnished reincarnation of the once-ruling Party of Regions, whose critics associated it with cronyism that dragged down the country. The new party's appeal has been strongest in the Russian-speaking industrial east, where enthusiasm for pulling the country toward integration with the EU is weakest.

A leading party figure is Sergei Lyovochkin, a businessman with major media interests who served as head of the presidential administration under Yanukovych. He said Opposition Bloc would strive to hold the authorities to account.

"We will help the government work," he told AP, "so that they ultimately set out into the path of reform and change life in Ukraine for the better."

But his opponents may be tempted to start a fight over that view.

News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Parliamentary elections, Legislature, National governments, Nationalism, Elections

People, Places and Companies: Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine, Russia, Europe, Eastern Europe

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US regulator sues AT&T, says company misled smartphone customers about unlimited data plans

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 18:17
by  Associated Press US says AT&T misled customers over unlimited data by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press - 28 October 2014 14:17-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T is being sued by the U.S. government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers who were promised unlimited data plans but instead experienced slow speeds while browsing the Internet or watching streaming video.

The Federal Trade Commission says AT&T Mobility Inc. failed to adequately disclose to customers that it would reduce data speeds if they went over a certain amount of data use in a billing cycle. The practice, known as throttling, slows down things like web browsing, GPS navigation or streaming videos.

According to the complaint filed in federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday, about 3.5 million consumers have been affected. Some customers had data speeds slowed by nearly 90 percent, the FTC said.

The commission says AT&T began throttling customers on unlimited data plans in 2011.

AT&T denied misleading customers.

"We have been completely transparent with customers since the very beginning," Wayne Watts, senior executive vice president and general counsel for AT&T, said in a statement. "We informed all unlimited data-plan customers via bill notices and a national press release that resulted in nearly 2,000 news stories, well before the program was implemented."

News Topics: Business, Consumer fraud, Lawsuits, Government and politics, Corporate crime, Corporate news, Crime, General news, Fraud and false statements, Legal proceedings, Law and order

People, Places and Companies: At&T Inc, United States, North America

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Rio organizers say Pistorius would be welcome to compete at 2016 Games if declared eligible

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 18:14
by  Associated Press 216 Rio Games organizers would welcome Pistorius by ROB HARRIS, Associated Press - 28 October 2014 14:14-04:00

LONDON (AP) — Brazilian Olympic and Paralympic organizers say Oscar Pistorius would be welcome to compete at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro if the South African runner is declared eligible.

The double-amputee athlete began a five-year jail sentence last week for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but he could be released after 10 months. Both South Africa's Olympic committee and Paralympic officials say, however, that Pistorius can't compete for the full five years of his jail sentence.

Rio communications director Mario Andrada says "it's not for us to judge him personally ... he will be welcome in Brazil like anybody else."

Andrada added: "All the athletes are welcome ... (that's) the Olympic spirit."

News Topics: Sports, 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Men's sports, Olympic games, Disability sports, Summer Olympic games, Events

People, Places and Companies: Oscar Pistorius, Rio de Janeiro, United Kingdom, Brazil, South America, Latin America and Caribbean, Western Europe, Europe

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Kaspersky Net Analyst Says Sanctions Undermine Russia, Internet

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 18:08
by  Kostis Geropoulos

Baden, Austria – When Andrey Yarnykh, head of strategic projects at Russian multi-national computer security company Kaspersky Lab, spoke to New Europe one year ago in Montenegro the talk was dominated by Edward Snowden, the US whistleblower who fled to Russia after revealing the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance of Americans, souring relations between Moscow and Washington.

A year later in Austria, after the West imposed sanctions against Russia for its role in Ukraine, Yarnykh said another threat is emerging that could cut Russia off the worldwide Internet.

“Speaking as an Internet expert, the leakage of information from Wikileaks and Snowden showed the vulnerability of information and general for the leakage of information into mass media. And currently in my view the biggest threat is the new tendencies related to the sanctions applied in the Internet,” Yarnykh told New Europe on October 23 on the sidelines of an conference on Terrorism and International Media organised by the International Academy of Television and Radio (iATR). “Because Internet is a world-wide value and violation of any rules of access into the Internet can affect the infrastructure and development of a country,” he said, referring to Russia.

Yarnykh said the core threat to the interconnecting aspect of the Internet could be expected from the leadership of the country or certain independency of a national Internet content.

Asked if sanctions could affect Russian Internet, Yarnykh said it is a serious threat which can result into serious risks. “But the most dangerous is not the sanctions themselves but the concern that can be from the implementation of these sanctions. And these concerns create additional protection mechanisms to save the Internet and to maintain it in workable conditions at least within the national-wide economy,” the Kaspersky expert said.

Referring to the sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU and the US, the Moscow-based Internet expert said “the tools and mechanisms of these sanctions can go so far that we will be under real threat. And here is the dangerous thing, the possibility of creation of a local Internet, the localisation – you lose the internationality of the cyber space”. Yarnykh reminded the core servers for the Internet management are located in the US which is the structure responsible for the functionality of the Internet.

Turning to social media, he noted that the cultural communication between people and the exchange of information is still going on. “We are concerned that the sanctions will be targeting exactly the free exchange of information and it is the main value of the Internet it is the access to the universal knowledge. This will be damaged. Any segmentation will lead to the downsizing to this valuable access to the general knowledge so this is why we have to work on the idea that we have to keep and maintain this international, universal value of the Internet,” Yarnykh said.

He noted that Russia may result to self sanctions to lessen its reliance on the US. “These self sanctions are a response to the threat from the outside,” he said, adding that the West’s attempt to pressure Russia may have the opposite effect.

The expert carefully drew an analogy to grounding his own teenage daughter, suggesting that the US and EU act towards Russia like it’s not an adult, which may provoke an unsymmetrical response from Moscow. “It’s like my daughter. When I talk to her about penalties, sanctions – she is 15 – I can foresee her reaction. She’s outraged, she can do without me and it very much resembles the current situation with the sanctions in adult world. She’s 15 years old. What can you do?” he said, laughing. “In her teenage reaction, she probably overloads her response to my threat,” Yarnykh said.

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Russia’s CSTO, NATO relations on the brink

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In propaganda video, journalist held by Islamic State group 'reports' for his captors in Syria

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 17:59
by  Associated Press Video: Islamic State hostage 'reports' for captors by ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press - 28 October 2014 13:59-04:00

BEIRUT (AP) — A captive British photojournalist is being exploited by the Islamic State group to take on the role of a war correspondent in the extremists' latest propaganda video.

In the video made public on Monday, John Cantlie stands before a camera in what he identifies as the embattled Syrian town of Kobani. He says Islamic State fighters have pushed deeper into the town despite airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition. It was unclear exactly when the video was recorded, but Cantlie mentions specific news reports and statements by Western officials earlier this month.

"Without any safe access, there are no journalists here in the city," Cantlie says in the video, without mentioning the other reporters beheaded on video by the Islamic State group. In the newly released footage, he wears black clothes and is bearded. In previous videos, he wore an orange jumpsuit — as did the hostages beheaded by the extremists.

The Associated Press could not independently verify the video, although some of the images, including footage the Islamic State group says was shot by a drone, appear to look like Kobani, a town near the Turkish border. Sporadic gunfire can be heard in the background. At one point in the 5½-minute broadcast, a Turkish flag can be seen flying atop a grain silo; Cantlie is not in the same shot.

Islamic State militants launched an offensive on Kobani in mid-September, capturing dozens of Kurdish villages and entering parts of the town. The attack has displaced more than 200,000 people. American officials say the U.S. has conducted dozens of airstrikes against the militants in and around the town, killing hundreds of Islamic State fighters.

"Airstrikes did prevent some groups of mujahedeen from using their tanks and heavy armor as they'd have liked, so they're entering the city and using light weapons instead, going house to house," Cantlie says in the video, a fly buzzing around his head.

"The battle for Kobani is coming to an end," he continues. "The mujahedeen are just mopping up now, street to street and building to building. ... As you can hear, it is very quiet — just occasional gunfire."

The video is entitled "Inside Ayn Al-Islam," the name IS uses for Kobani. The Arabic name for the predominantly Kurdish town is Ayn al-Arab.

Since September, IS has used Cantlie, a freelance photojournalist, as a public face.

"Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking he's only doing this because he's a prisoner. He's got a gun at his head, and he's being forced to do this. Right?" Cantlie said in the first Islamic State group video featuring him. "Well, it's true, I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny. But, seeing as I've been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State, I have nothing to lose."

Cantlie said he worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph and was kidnapped by the Islamic State group shortly after he came to Syria in November 2012. He was previously held by militants for several days in July 2012 along with a Dutch journalist.

Nicolas Henin, a French journalist held prisoner with Cantlie and released in April, expressed admiration for his friend and his journalistic skills.

"It's incredible how much humour and strength John Cantlie manages to find after almost two years of captivity," Henin tweeted on Monday.

Cantlie's 80-year-old father, Paul, previously made his own video appeal for his son's release, saying from his hospital bed: "I want John to know how very proud I am of him."

Paul Cantlie died weeks later.

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Reach Zeina Karam on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zkaram.

News Topics: General news, Militant groups, War and unrest, News media, Journalists, Media

People, Places and Companies: Syria, Turkey, Middle East, Western Europe, Europe

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British pop star Phil Collins gives Texas his vast private collection of Alamo artifacts

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 17:58
by  Associated Press Phil Collins gives vast Alamo collection to Texas Associated Press - 28 October 2014 13:58-04:00

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — British pop star Phil Collins has handed over his vast collection of artifacts related to the Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution to the state of Texas.

Collins was in San Antonio on Tuesday to donate what's considered the world's largest private collection of Alamo artifacts. It includes a fringed leather pouch and a gun used by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie's legendary knife.

The 1980s pop artist and Genesis singer-drummer has joked that he spent all the money he'd made from music on artifacts related to the 1836 battle where 1,500 Mexican troops laid siege to 200 Texans.

The collection was given to Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, the state steward of the Alamo. He's pushing for a new Alamo historical center that would house Collins' collection.

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Music, Entertainment, Rock music, Pop music

People, Places and Companies: Phil Collins, Texas, San Antonio, United States, North America

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Dispute over US Virgin Island senator's candidacy puts ballot in question days before election

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 17:56
by  Associated Press Virgin Island senator's past yields ballot dispute Associated Press - 28 October 2014 13:56-04:00

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — A dispute over whether a legislator convicted of tax evasion can run for re-election in the U.S. Virgin Islands has disrupted early voting in the territory.

The election supervisor has called off early voting on the island of St. Croix after the Virgin Islands Supreme Court ordered Sen. Alicia "Chucky" Hansen's name removed from the ballot.

The court ruled the 10-term senator was ineligible to run because of her 2009 conviction of three misdemeanor counts for failing to file tax returns.

Gov. John de Jongh pardoned her in September in an attempt to end the long-running dispute over her eligibility. But the island's Supreme Court ruled otherwise.

Hansen attorney Lee Rohn said Tuesday she will ask federal courts to intervene before full balloting on Nov. 4.

News Topics: General news, Voting, Government and politics, Supreme courts, Elections, National courts, National governments, Courts, Judiciary

People, Places and Companies: U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean, Latin America and Caribbean

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Norway's latest TV must: Watch a mountainside crumble live, but when?

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 17:39
by  Associated Press Norway TV on tenterhooks, impending rockslide Associated Press - 28 October 2014 13:39-04:00

HELSINKI (AP) — Norway, which provided TV viewers with five hours of knitting live, showing a fire burning itself out and minute-by-minute salmon fishing, has found a new attraction — a rockslide on a mountain.

But no one knows when it will happen.

For days, local media have focused webcams on the isolated, rubbly mountainside of Mannen in western Norway. National broadcaster NRK is streaming it live on its website.

Last week, 11 people were evacuated from the area, now declared a no-go zone.

Webcams cannot guarantee a good show. It might happen at night, and daytime viewing could be hampered by thick rain and mist.

As darkness fell on Tuesday, a tiny rockslide lasting 15 seconds was the big news of the day.

News Topics: Oddities

People, Places and Companies: Norway, Western Europe, Europe

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Britain's 'Naked Rambler' loses legal bid to have public nudity declared a human right

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 17:39
by  Associated Press Court tells UK man: Nudity is not a human right Associated Press - 28 October 2014 13:39-04:00

LONDON (AP) — A British man who spurns clothes has lost a legal bid to have public nudity declared a human right.

The European Court of Human Rights says Stephen Gough's rights were not violated by repeated arrests and convictions for being naked in public.

The court ruled Tuesday that Gough's legal woes were the result of conduct that "goes against the standards of accepted public behavior" and could be "alarming and morally and otherwise offensive" to others.

Gough, a former marine nicknamed the "Naked Rambler," has twice walked the length of Britain, with frequent interruptions for arrests, court appearances and jail time. He has served multiple sentences for appearing nude in places, including courts and an airplane.

Gough called the judgment a disappointment but added: "I have no choice but to continue."

News Topics: General news, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Social affairs

People, Places and Companies: United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe

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Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 17:38
by  Associated Press Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 28 October 2014 13:38-04:00

The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

UNITED STATES

1. Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" (Big Machine)

2. Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" (Epic Records)

3. Maroon 5, "Animals" (Interscope Records)

4. Sam Smith, "I'm Not The Only One" (Capitol Records Ltd.)

5. Jessie J, "Bang Bang" (Republic Records)

6. Echosmith, "Cool Kids" (Warner Bros.)

7. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" (Capitol Records Ltd.)

8. Jeremih, "Don't Tell 'Em" (Def Jam Records)

9. Hozier, "Take Me To Church" (Columbia Records)

10. Calvin Harris, "Blame" (Columbia Records)

UNITED KINGDOM

1. Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" (Big Machine)

2. Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" (Epic Records)

3. Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud" (Atlantic Records UK)

4. Jessie J, "Bang Bang" (Republic Records)

5. Calvin Harris, "Blame" (Columbia Records)

6. Lilly Wood and The Prick, "Prayer in C - Robin Schulz Radio Edit" (Warner Music Germany)

7. Sam Smith, "I'm Not The Only One" (Capitol Records Ltd.)

8. Ed Sheeran, "Don't" (Atlantic Records UK)

9. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" (Capitol Records Ltd.)

10. G.R.L., "Ugly Heart" (Kemosabe Records/RCA Records)

GLOBAL

1. Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" (Big Machine)

2. Calvin Harris, "Blame" (Columbia Records)

3. Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" (Epic Records)

4. Jessie J, "Bang Bang" (Republic Records)

5. Avicii, "The Days" (Universal Music AB)

6. Maroon 5, "Animals" (Interscope Records)

7. Ariana Grande, "Break Free" (Republic Records)

8. Sia, "Chandelier" (RCA Records)

9. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" (Capitol Records Ltd.)

10. MAGIC!, "Rude" (RCA Records)

News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, General news, Music, Entertainment, Music industry, Pop music, Country music, Online media, Entertainment industry, Media and entertainment industry, Industries, Media

People, Places and Companies: Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Sia Furler, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe

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FIFA says no decision made to keep Russia and Ukraine apart in group stage of 2018 World Cup

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 17:35
by  Associated Press FIFA says Russia, Ukraine could meet at World Cup Associated Press - 28 October 2014 13:35-04:00

MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA says it has not decided to keep Russia and Ukraine apart in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, despite reports to the contrary.

Against the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis, Russian media quoted FIFA President Sepp Blatter as saying Ukraine would not be allowed to play host nation Russia in group matches.

However, those reports were based on a "translation mistake," FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer told The Associated Press. No decision has been made but the situation will be assessed when the groups are drawn in 2017, if Ukraine qualifies, she said.

FIFA and UEFA keep apart technically at-war Armenia and Azerbaijan in qualifying for tournaments, while UEFA also separates Spain and Gibraltar.

Russia could potentially be drawn against Ukraine if both teams qualify for Euro 2016.

News Topics: Sports, FIFA World Cup, 2018 FIFA World Cup, Professional soccer, International soccer, 2014 FIFA World Cup, Soccer, Events, Men's soccer, Men's sports

People, Places and Companies: Sepp Blatter, Russia, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Europe

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Italy arrests 13 in mafia sweep, prosecutors cite subcontracts for Expo world's fair project

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 17:26
by  Associated Press Italy makes mafia arrests linked to Expo project Associated Press - 28 October 2014 13:26-04:00

MILAN (AP) — Police have detained 13 people in a mafia investigation that showed how the southern 'ndrangheta mob allegedly infiltrated bidding for contracts related to Milan's world's fair.

The 2015 Expo, meant to pump hundreds of millions of euros (dollars) into Milan and showcase a financially healthy Italy, has already been tainted by a major bribery scandal.

Prosecutor Ilda Boccassini said Tuesday that some 450 million euros ($573 million) in subcontracts related to the construction of highways for the Expo went to companies controlled by 'ndrangheta.

She said a jailed 'ndrangheta boss removed himself from the company leadership, transferring his shares to a relative, and the company got the contract and an "anti-mafia certificate" from Milan's prefect.

The investigation showed how deeply the southern 'ndrangheta mob has infiltrated northern Italy's financial powerhouse.

News Topics: Business, General news, Arrests, Law and order, Crime

People, Places and Companies: Milan, Italy, Western Europe, Europe

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Perfectly preserves carcass of woolly mammoth goes on display in Moscow

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 17:22
by  Associated Press Nicely preserved mammoth carcass shown in Moscow Associated Press - 28 October 2014 13:22-04:00

MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly 40,000 years old and in surprisingly good shape, the carcass of a woolly mammoth has gone on display in Moscow.

Scientists, who found the teenage mammoth in 2010 in Russia's far north region of Yakutia, named it Yuka. Yuka had gone on display in Japan and Taiwan before it was exhibited in Moscow Tuesday.

Albert Protopopov, a researcher from Yakutia, said Yuka's carcass bore traces indicating that humans hunted for mammoths during the Ice Age.

Woolly mammoths are thought to have died out around 10,000 years ago, although scientists think small groups of them lived longer in Alaska and on islands off Siberia.

Scientists have deciphered much of the woolly mammoth's genetic code from their hair, and some believe it's possible to clone them if living cells are found.

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People, Places and Companies: Moscow, Russia, Eastern Europe, Europe

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Islamist militias vow to repel pro-government forces' advance in eastern city

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 17:14
by  Associated Press Militias vow to repel assault in eastern Libya Associated Press - 28 October 2014 13:14-04:00

CAIRO (AP) — Islamist militias in Libya's war-ravaged Benghazi have vowed to repel advancing pro-government forces who have been fighting them for nearly two weeks for control of the eastern city.

In a Tuesday statement, The Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, an umbrella group for the city's hard-line militias, vowed "it's time for the battle." They were addressing supporters of the former Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, who unilaterally led an offensive against the militias in the spring.

Hifter and allied army units were forced to leave much of the city in August after militias overran army barracks. However on Oct. 15, he along with the internationally recognized government joined ranks and led an anti-Islamist offensive to retake the city.

Over the past days, the army units have been advancing inside Benghazi.

News Topics: General news, Militant groups, War and unrest

People, Places and Companies: Egypt, Libya, Middle East, North Africa, Africa

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Resurgent Andy Murray chasing spot in top 4 to get better draw at 2015 majors

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 17:05
by  Associated Press Murray sets sights on 2015 majors by TRUNG LATIEULE, Associated Press - 28 October 2014 13:05-04:00

PARIS (AP) — A resurgent Andy Murray will play for a sixth straight week when he competes at the Paris Masters in an effort to finish the season in the top four and gain a better draw at the 2015 majors.

Murray has played 20 matches in five weeks, winning three titles to climb to fifth in the ATP Race.

The two-time Grand Slam champion also seeks to qualify for next month's ATP World Tour Finals.

Murray said: "I always wanted to qualify for it, but also I want to get back into the top 8 players in the world and it makes a huge difference for seedings in the major events. I still have a chance of getting maybe to 4 between now and the end of the year."

News Topics: Sports, Men's tennis, Tennis, Men's sports

People, Places and Companies: Andy Murray, France, Paris, Western Europe, Europe

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Canadian PM addresses crowd gathered to honor the life of a soldier shot dead by a gunman

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 16:55
by  Associated Press Many pay respect to soldier shot dead by gunman Associated Press - 28 October 2014 12:55-04:00

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — Prime Stephen Harper offers emotional praise at the funeral of a soldier shot dead by a gunman who then stormed Canada's seat of government last week.

Harper spoke Tuesday about the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, gunned down as he stood as a ceremonial guard at Ottawa's National War Memorial in what the prime minister has called a terrorist attack.

Near the Christ's Church Cathedral, people lined up four deep to watch a procession of soldiers carrying Cirillo's coffin. At one point a group of young women sang the national anthem, drawing applause from the crowd.

Cirillo's killer, 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was shot dead by the sergeant-at-arms after he ran into the Parliament building.

News Topics: General news, Funerals and memorial services, Shootings, Violent crime, Crime, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Stephen Harper, Ontario, Canada, North America

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IOC awards Canadian TV rights to 2018 and 2020 Olympics to Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 16:51
by  Associated Press CBC secures Canadian TV rights to 2018/2020 Games Associated Press - 28 October 2014 12:51-04:00

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has secured the country's broadcast rights to the 2018 and 2020 Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee says it awarded the rights across all platforms to Canada's national public radio and television broadcaster for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

The CBC held the rights to this year's Winter Games in Sochi and will show the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

CBC president Hubert Lacroix says the corporation will partner with Bell Media and Rogers Media to carry the 2018 and 2020 Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach says the CBC has "demonstrated their support for the Olympic values over many years."

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US investment adviser who lost millions of clients' money sentenced to 30 years in prison

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 16:32
by  Associated Press Investment adviser sentenced to 30 years in prison by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press - 28 October 2014 12:32-04:00

STATESBORO, Georgia (AP) — A former investment adviser who vanished after losing millions of clients' dollars and was mistakenly declared dead has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Aubrey Lee Price was sentenced by a federal judge Tuesday in Statesboro. The 48-year-old former fugitive pleaded guilty in June to three counts of fraud. Prosecutors say he misspent, embezzled and lost tens of millions of dollars belonging to investors and the Montgomery Bank & Trust, which closed soon after Price went missing in June 2012.

Price also was ordered to pay millions in restitution.

Price left letters hinting at suicide, and a Florida judge ultimately declared him dead. But last December he was captured alive in a routine traffic stop.

News Topics: Business, General news, Sentencing, Fraud and false statements, Legal proceedings, Crime, Law and order

People, Places and Companies: Statesboro, Georgia, United States, North America

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Britain to review Olympic funding policy, offering reprieve to country's basketball teams

New Europe News - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 16:25
by  Associated Press Possible funding reprieve for British basketball Associated Press - 28 October 2014 12:25-04:00

LONDON (AP) — Britain is reviewing its policy of only giving Olympic funding to sports with a chance of winning medals, offering a reprieve to the country's basketball teams.

UK Sport, the body that distributes government and lottery cash to Olympic sports, is launching a consultation process with a view to changing its medal-focused criteria for the funding cycle from 2016 through 2020.

British basketball will receive no funding in the run-up to the Rio de Janiero Olympics in 2016 after having an allocation of 7 million pounds (then $11.6 million) withdrawn in February.

Britain's men's and women's teams won only one of 10 games at the London Games in 2012.

British basketball chiefs say the sport has a bigger grassroots base than any other British Olympic team sport.

News Topics: Sports, International basketball, Women's sports, Summer Olympic games, Basketball, Olympic games, Events

People, Places and Companies: United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe

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