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Musicians’ Union demands new pay deal from Spotify

As Thom Yorke pull songs from the music streaming service, the artists’ union calls for Spotify to pay royalties in line with radio model Britain’s biggest musicians’ union has entered the growing row over Spotify, demanding that the music streaming service draw up a new minimum pay deal for artists.…

Trayvon Martin’s parents choke back tears at New York rally: ‘We love you’

By Edward Upright and Zachary Faginson NEW YORK/MIAMI (Reuters) – Trayvon Martin’s mother choked back tears as a crowd of 2,000 New Yorkers chanted “We love you” – one week after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder by a Florida jury in the fatal shooting of the unarmed black teenager.…

Man charged in case of holding elderly men captive in Houston home

A suspect has been charged in connection with the discovery of four malnourished older men held in a Texas home, US media reported. Walter Renard Jones, 31, was charged with two counts of injury to the elderly, the Houston Chronicle reported. According to CNN, he is the grandson of the…

Batman to take on Superman in ‘Man of Steel’ sequel

By Piya Sinha-Roy SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – “Superman” director Zack Snyder said on Saturday that a sequel to last month’s hit film was not only in the works, but would feature two of DC Comic’s best-known caped crusaders – Superman versus Batman. Snyder, who directed British actor Henry Cavill as…

Turkish police crash Taksim Square wedding party

Nuray and Ozgur fell in love behind the barricades of last month’s mass anti-government protests in Istanbul, and their wedding ceremony would have been incomplete without the Turkish police. So when the couple picked the epicentre of the revolt on Taksim Square as the venue to tie the knot Saturday,…

FAA tells Colorado residents not to shoot at drones or risk fines, jail

The Federal Aviation Administration responded negatively on Friday to a proposal by the Colorado town of Deer Tail to license hunters to shoot down drones. In a statement, it warned that anyone shooting at either a manner or unmanned aircraft “could result in criminal or civil liability,” according to the…

Southern California wildfires grows large enough to create its own dangerous weather conditions

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firefighters raced on Friday to buttress defensive lines against a fierce blaze roaring for a fifth day near the scenic mountain resort of Idyllwild in Southern California, as forecast thunderstorms threatened to hamper efforts to subdue the flames. The so-called Mountain Fire has already burned across…

Grandson, 31, of homeowner arrested after elderly men released from capitivity in a Houston garage

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The grandson of the owner of a home where four elderly men were found living in squalor after being reported as potential captives was arrested and charged with elder abuse, police said on Saturday. Three of the men found at the home in north Houston on Friday…

War-torn, stateless area of Nagorny Karabakh reinvents self as a tourist hub

Sniper fire, minefields, ghost towns: perched perilously on the verge of conflict, the disputed Armenian-controlled Azerbaijani region of Nagorny Karabakh may not sound the ideal holiday destination. Now, though, a growing number of foreign tourists are heading to the breakaway territory — which is not recognised by any state —…

Japan wins rights to drill on Pacific floor for rare minerals used in consumer electronics

Japan on Saturday said it had won the rights to explore for cobalt-rich crusts in the Pacific, a move that could reduce its dependence on China for rare metals. A government press release said the International Seabed Authority (ISA) had approved Japan’s plan to probe a 3,000-square-kilometre area beneath international…

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