U.S. strikes help Iraq Kurds, army advances against Islamic State

ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish forces captured a strategic border crossing and several villages from Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq on Tuesday, scoring gains as the militants were pounded by heavy U.S.-led air strikes and the Iraqi army advanced from the south.

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Iranian president attacks Cameron a week after historic meeting

Hassan Rouhani criticises British PM for saying Tehran is part of problem in Middle East during UN speech Continue reading...

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U.S. signs pact to keep troops in Afghanistan past 2014

KABUL (Reuters) - Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani.

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Toxic Gases Delay Rescue on Volcano in Japan

High levels of poisonous gases near the peak of Mount Ontake led to a suspension of rescue operations after eight more bodies were recovered.

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Ukraine prosecutor opens criminal case against Russian officials

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian state prosecutors said on Tuesday they had opened a criminal investigation against a Russian law enforcement agency, accusing it of supporting separatist and "terrorist" groups in the east of the country.

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In Hong Kong, Clean and Polite, but a Protest Nonetheless

The crowds on the streets of Hong Kong maintain fastidious attention to hygiene and good manners as they rally for democracy.

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​Jokermen: Swedish scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles in 17yr bet

Covers of music record are displayed during the exhibition

The bet began in 1997, after the Nature’s publication of a paper by academics Jon Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg called ‘Nitric Oxide and Inflammation: The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind.’

“We both really like Bob Dylan so when we set about writing an article concerning the measurement of nitric oxide gas in both the respiratory tracts and the intestine ... the title came up and it fitted there perfectly,” Weitzberg told the Local.

That’s where it could have ended, but a few years later, a librarian noted that two of the scientists’ colleagues had titled their paper ‘Blood on the Tracks: A Simple Twist of Fate?’ That document was dedicated to the ability of non-neural cells to generate neurons.

Thus, the bet was struck.

“The one who has written most articles with Dylan quotes before going into retirement wins a lunch at the [local] restaurant Jöns Jacob,” Lundberg explained the deal.

The fifth competitor was Kenneth Chien, a professor of cardiovascular research, who heard about the bet at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute, where the four scientists worked.

In 1998, Chien published his first ‘Dylan-titled’ paper: ‘Tangled Up in Blue: Molecular Cardiology in the Postmolecular Era.’

Then, the competition dramatically heated up. In 2009, ‘The Biological Role of Nitrate and Nitrite: The Times They Are a-Changin’’ by Lundberg and Weitzberg saw the light; then ‘Eph Receptors Tangled Up in Two’ in 2010, and ‘Dietary Nitrate – A Slow Train Coming’ in 2011.

The bet could only apply to papers “about research by others, book introductions, editorials and things like that,” not to strict scientific articles.

“We could have got in trouble for that,” Weitzberg said.

All five scientists are obviously great fans of Dylan, but “would much rather become famous for scientific work than for Bob Dylan quotes,” Weitzberg told the Local.

“But yes, I’m enjoying this!” the scientist added.

Weitzberg also said that their case is not unique.

"We really are not the only ones who try to be smart and catchy in our headlines. If you read other scientific articles you'll find people trying to be clever in different ways," he said.

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Europe must honour its migrant dead

The many thousands who have died trying to reach the EUs promised land deserve better than a shallow grave and a broken stone

Eight deaths a day, on average, for the last 14 years: this week the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) published research that confirms the scale of migrant casualties in the Mediterranean.

Yet the story has remained one about Europe, driven by references to the flood of migrants, and by a policy discussion centred almost exclusively around securing the borders of the EU.

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EU says Ireland tax deal with Apple was state aid

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union has accused Ireland of giving Apple Inc. state aid by letting the iPhone maker shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from tax, in return for maintaining jobs.

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Theresa May vows Tory government would introduce snoopers charter

Home secretary accuses Liberal Democrats of irresponsibility for torpedoing communications data bill two years ago

Theresa May has accused the Liberal Democrats of outrageous irresponsibility for torpedoing the so-called snoopers charter communications data bill and vowed that a Conservative government will introduce it.

The Lib Dems responded by revealing that they had blocked the immediate implementation of the home secretarys new proposals to ban extremists from the web and the airwaves because she had provided no evidence that they would be effective or were necessary.

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