Thousands of drug inmates approved for early prison release
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Drug criminals once described by prosecutors as unrepentant repeat offenders are among those poised to benefit from new sentencing guidelines that are shrinking punishments for thousands of federal prisoners, according to an Associated Press review of court records.
AB InBev makes $104 billion bid for rival brewer SABMiller
By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch InBev , the world's largest brewer, launched an improved offer for SABMiller on Wednesday, offering just over 68 billion pounds ($104 billion) for its largest rival to extend its reach into Africa and other markets. The company said in a statement it was offering 42.15 pounds per SABMiller share, having already made two prior offers at 38 and 40 pounds. AB InBev said it believed the offer would be attractive to SABMiller shareholders, adding it was disappointed the UK-based company's board had rejected both previous approaches.
Samsung 3Q operating profit surges, shares jump 9 percent
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? Samsung Electronics announced a forecast-beating profit for the third quarter Wednesday, sending its share price up nearly 9 percent, but analysts said strong component sales and favorable currency exchange rates masked persistent weakness in its smartphone business.
Fighting erupts in central Syria amid Russian airstrikes
Newly identified human ancestor was handy with tools
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Homo naledi, the ancient human ancestor whose fossils have been retrieved from a South African cave, may have been handy with tools and walked much like a person, according to scientists who examined its well-preserved foot and hand bones. Its foot and hand anatomy shared many characteristics with our species but possessed some primitive traits useful for tree climbing, the researchers said on Tuesday. The new research offers fresh insight into a creature that is providing valuable clues about human evolution.
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Somali militants vow to welcome British peacekeepers "with fire"
By Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's militant Islamist group al Shabaab pledged on Tuesday to greet British troops "with fire" when they arrive to provide support to a peacekeeping force in the conflict-ravaged country. Last week Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to deploy up to 70 troops and experts to provide logistical, medical and engineering support to the African Union-led peacekeeping force in Somalia, which is struggling to emerge from two decades of chaos and is also battling the Islamist insurgency of the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab. "We hope we shall see the beheaded bodies of whites," Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, al Shabaab?s spokesman, said in a radio broadcast.
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South Africa seen green energy model for the continent
By Peroshni Govender CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Africa should learn from South Africa's renewable energy drive, which has led to a sharp drop in green power prices thanks to benign regulation and infrastructure investment, industry players said on Tuesday. Four years since President Jacob Zuma's government launched its renewable energy plan, it has fed over 1,000 MW of power into its strained system, which regularly plunges millions of homes into darkness and shaves about 1 percent of growth in Africa's most industrialised economy. "Africa is blessed with huge amounts of sun, wind and biomass and South Africa's example of putting in stable regulation should inspire other countries to scale up its renewable energy production," Christine Lins, the executive secretary at REN21, a green energy policy network told the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) .
Did US strike on Afghan clinic exceed combat authority?
WASHINGTON (AP) ? U.S. officials have said the deadly attack on a hospital in Afghanistan was a mistake. But was it also a violation of the limited authority under which American forces are operating in Afghanistan?