Putin says U.S. 'hysteria' over Russia is election ploy
By Gleb Stolyarov KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused American politicians of whipping up hysteria about a mythical Russian threat as a ploy to distract voters from their own failings in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election. Putin, addressing an audience of foreign policy experts gathered in southern Russia, repeatedly lashed out at the Obama administration, saying it did not keep its word on Syria, did not honour deals, and had falsely accused Moscow of all manner of sins. The U.S. government has formally accused Russia of a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organisations, while Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has accused Republican rival Donald Trump of being a Putin "puppet".
Qualcomm to buy NXP for $38 billion in biggest chip deal
(Reuters) - Smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm Inc agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors NV for about $38 billion in the biggest-ever deal in the semiconductor industry, making it the leading supplier to the fast-growing automotive chips market.
Bill Murray or Tom Hanks? Some viewers of photo aren't sureA photo of a man with a crying toddler is making the rounds online as people debate whether it depicts Bill Murray or Tom Hanks.
Apple revamps computer line with new MacBook Pro, adds touch screen keys
Apple Inc unveiled a revamped MacBook Pro on Thursday, adding a fingerprint reader, replacing function keys with a small touch screen and slimming down the ageing workhorse of its computer notebook line. Customers will be able to open up the new notebook with Touch ID, the fingerprint reader also on iPhones, and customize the touch screen bar of keys. The Mac line accounted for about 11 percent of Apple sales in the just-finished fiscal year, with the number of machines sold down by 10 percent to 18.5 million.
Iraqi villagers celebrate freedom from Islamic State, but still haunted by terror
By Michael Georgy FADILIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - When Kurdish fighters cleared Islamic State from the northern Iraqi village of Fadiliya, some residents celebrated by passing around cigarettes - an act that would have earned them a public whipping under the group's reign of terror. Peshmerga forces took the village on Thursday as they advanced towards Mosul, Islamic State's last main stronghold in Iraq which lies about four km (2.5 miles) away.
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Opposition, socialist supporters face off in Caracas
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ? Hundreds of pro-government demonstrators massed outside Venezuela's congress on Thursday as lawmakers inside debated how to remove the socialist president from office amid an escalating political confrontation.
Apple adds keyboard touch functions to Mac in major refresh
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) ? Apple unveiled long-awaited updates to its Mac computers Thursday, aiming to spark consumer interest in a product line often overshadowed by newer gadgets like the iPad and iPhone.
India, Pakistan each expel a diplomat amid rising tensions
ISLAMABAD (AP) ? Pakistan and India on Thursday each expelled a diplomat from the other country in an exchange amid escalating tensions between the two South Asian archrivals over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
US stock indexes are mixed as bond yields surge