Coming out not a problem for sports fans - poll
Furthermore, 50 percent of football fans polled said they had heard homophobic abuse at matches compared to 59% who heard racist abuse while 71 percent said clubs should educate fans on homophobia. Last week, Greg Clarke, chairman of the Football Association, told a House of Commons committee he would not encourage players to come out. Clarke said he was "personally ashamed" there were players who did not feel "safe" to come out, and promised to "stamp down hard" on homophobic behaviour in the game.
Turkish leader threatens more involvement on Syrian border
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Wednesday to step up his intervention in the conflict along his country's border with Syria, insisting he was determined to oust Syrian Kurdish forces gathering in the region.
Britain cannot have it all in Brexit deal - French agriculture minister
Britain cannot have it all as it exits the European Union and cannot leave behind the bloc's problems while benefiting from its advantages, French agriculture minister Stephane Le Foll said on Wednesday. "You cannot say when exiting the EU you will keep all the advantages but leave behind anything that doesn't suit you," Le Foll said at a briefing in London before a bilateral meeting with his British counterpart Andrea Leadsom. "It's a choice which results in losing certain advantages which could be taken for granted," said Le Foll, who is also the spokesman for France's Socialist government.
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Apple weighs on Wall Street; oil down on supply concern
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple's results weighed on U.S. equities on Wednesday after the technology giant posted its first annual revenue decline since 2001, offsetting a boost from Boeing's strong profit, while oil fell more than 1 percent amid concerns of a global glut. Shares of Apple fell as much as 3.7 percent - set for their worst day in six months - after the company said sales of its flagship iPhones fell for the third quarter in a row. Excluding Apple, earnings are expected to rise 2.9 percent.
Not 'patient zero': the origins of US AIDS epidemic
A labelling error and reckless media hype in the 1980s led to unjustly branding a gay airline employee as "Patient Zero" in the US AIDS epidemic, scientific and historical sleuthing detailed Wednesday. The deadly virus, which has claimed more than 650,000 lives in the United States in over four decades, jumped from the Caribbean to New York City around 1970, researchers reported in the journal Nature. A 33-year old blood sample analysed with new techniques proves once-and-for-all that the man posthumously vilified as the American HIV epicentre, Gaetan Dugas, was simply one of the disease's many victims.
Islamic State takes hostages deeper towards Mosul as Iraqi forces advanceFor two years he had prayed he would again see the family he had left behind when his village near Mosul was overrun by Islamic State while he was off on deployment. Last week he learned from other advancing Iraqi forces who reached his home village that they had arrived too late to protect his family. Fleeing militants had taken them hostage and were bringing them deeper towards Mosul to use as human shields.
Boeing has a banner 3Q and sees more of the same aheadDALLAS (AP) ? Boeing's third-quarter profit rose 34 percent on lower taxes, and the company raised its forecast for 2016 earnings, revenue and airplane deliveries.
Quake shakes central Italy near devastated quake zoneROME (AP) ? A 5.4-magnitude earthquake rattled central Italy on Wednesday, knocking out power, closing a major highway and sending panicked residents into the streets just two months after a powerful temblor killed nearly 300 people.
Gambia becomes latest African nation to quit ICC
The Gambia has become the latest African nation to announce its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, accusing the war crimes tribunal of "persecuting" Africans. Banjul's decision follows similar action by South Africa and Burundi this month that have shaken the only permanent international war crimes court. Gambian Information Minister Sheriff Bojang charged that the ICC had been used "for the persecution of Africans and especially their leaders" while ignoring crimes committed by the West.