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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Foreign ministers from 11 countries met in London on Tuesday (October 22) to lay the groundwork for upcoming peace talks in Geneva, labelled Geneva 2. Earlier, British Foreign Secretary William Hague urged Syria's opposition groups to take part in the talks that are tentatively planned for November. The talks face great obstacles, including divisions within the opposition, rivalry between rebel groups and President Bashar al-Assad's reluctance to give up power. Many of the mostly Islamist rebel factions fighting on the ground do not recognize the exile opposition backed by the West. Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States are set to discuss the agenda for the Geneva meeting and how to help the opposition prepare for it, a U.S. official said.
Do men spend more time on their iPads than women? How much money does the average tablet owner earn? Will Apple maintain its tablet dominance? Will tablets overtake PC's in terms of units sold? WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer. (Data from http://www.statista.com) Copyright 2013, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
British singer Robbie Williams won the idol award at the Q Awards in London on Monday. SOUNDBITE, Robbie Williams, singer, saying (English): "I am nearly 40 next year so it's great that people still regard me as important enough to give me something to put on my mantelpiece." But later, in his acceptance speech, he struck a more cynical note. SOUNDBITE, Robbie Williams, singer, saying (English): "What can I say, out of all the made-up awards, to get a celebrity to an awards show, this is definitely one of them." Award presenter Tinie Tempah promised fans there'll be plenty more of his trademark cheeky humour on his upcoming second album Demonstration SOUNDBITE, Tinie Tempah, rapper, saying (English): "Definitely, definitely, I haven't grown up that much, I haven't grown up that much yet. So there's definitely going to be a lot of that....(Reporter: those shoes are quite cheeky?) "Yes this is a Burberry number, I love the guys at Burberry
Nokia launched its Lumia 2520 tablet Tuesday. It comes with a 10-inch screen and will run Windows RT, a special version of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. Sven Grundberg assesses whether it has any chance of taking sales off market leaders Apple and Samsung. Photo: Nokia Copyright 2013, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Laos authorities and French experts continued the search for the black box of a Lao Airline plane that crashed, killing all 49 people on board on Tuesday (October 22). France's air accident investigation agency has sent a team to Pakse to help with the search. Thailand has also deployed a military plane. Search experts have said that a part of the cockpit containing the flight recorder has been detected by sonar equipment but strong currents in the Mekong river are making it difficult for recovery teams to retrieve it. On Monday (October 21), the rescue team found four more dead bodies in Mae Kong river, bringing the total to 43 victims being found. A passenger list from the airline listed the nationalities of 44 people including 17 Lao, five Australians, seven French, five Thais, three Korean, two Vietnamese and one person each from the United States, Canada, China, Malaysia, and Taiwan. All 44 passengers an
The Australian Capital Territory has become the first part of Australia to legalise same-sex marriage. After a short debate, the Territory's parliament passed a bill that would allow gay couples to marry. The bill was passed by just just one vote. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF MINISTER OF THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY, KATY GALLAGHER, SAYING: "All eight Labor members feel very deeply about ending discrimination, not just around marriage equality but across the statute book, and I think it makes it easier when progressive side of politics is not divided on fundamental equality issues like this.." Same sex couples will now be allowed to marry in the ACT regardless of which state they live in....and the first marriages could take place by the end of the year. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF AUSTRALIAN MARRIAGE EQUALITY, IVAN HINTON, SAYING: "This is about people, and we're just people. We're not activists, we just want to have the right
Prince George’s christening, exactly three months after his birth, will take place Wednesday at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace in London. Dipti Kapadia explains the pomp and ceremony behind the event. Photo: Michael Middleton/Getty Images Copyright 2013, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
A Spanish-based startup, Natural Machines, is making a 3-D printer that will allow you to print your own food. The printer can be used to turn fresh ingredients into finished edible objects such as cakes and ravioli. Copyright 2013, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit system and unions have reached a deal, ending a four day strike. BART says trains in the San Francisco Bay Area will be running on Tuesday. (Oct. 22)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
The headmistress of a school in India is formally charged with murder after 23 children died from pesticide-contaminated lunch. The WSJ's Rajesh Roy tells Abheek Bhattacharya why new reforms on free lunch programs may not work in India. Copyright 2013, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Ports are closed, school classes suspended and hundreds of people have been moved to higher ground, as hurricaine Raymond hovers 160 km off the coast of Mexico. Here in Acapulco, residents clear rubbish from the canal in an effort to prevent more flooding in a city recovering from devastating floods last month. Nearly six thousand people are still living in shelters after two tropical storms in September killed more than 150 people, causing billions of dollars of damage (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RESIDENT LUZ ELENA CABALLERO SAYING: "The Marquesita canal is threatening. It comes from the plains and it is full of dirt and they really should help us from that side. That side is where the water comes from. When Paulina happened (hurricane Paulina in 1997) the same thing happened and now again. It's not fair that we pay for such expensive housing and that we lose everything we have. We lose our furniture. We are losing everything and it is really a very big problem
Harrison Ford, Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock were among the brightest of stars who shined on the red carpet Monday evening (October 21) in Beverly Hills, for the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards. The event is seen as the official kick-off to Hollywood's awards season. Harrison Ford, who's long career includes iconic roles in the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" franchises, was recognized for his achievements with this year's "Hollywood Career Achievement Award." SOUNDBITE Harrison Ford saying (English): "I'm still here, I'm still working. I couldn't be happier. I have been lucky enough to work with incredibly talented people, some of the success we've enjoyed together has created a lot of options and choices in my career which has been a dream. By the way, I never thought about quitting I always thought about outlasting everybody else. That is what I thought about." Among the other stars honored included Sandra Bullock, Jake Gyllenhaal and Julia
A US Airways plane was searched in Charlotte, North Carolina, after a suspicious note was found on board. The plane had flown to Charlotte from Buffalo. (Oct. 22)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
Highlights of this day in history: A Cold War crisis over Cuba leads to brink of nuclear war; Shah of Iran allowed into U.S. for treatment; 'Pretty Boy' Floyd killed; Last victim slain in D.C. sniper shootings; Cellist Pablo Casals dies. (Oct. 22)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
A Hindu holy man's vision about buried treasure has set off a dig for gold at a village in Uttar Pradesh, India. Photo: AFP/Getty Copyright 2013, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
A tearful Washoe County Schools superintendent thanked the community for their support after a shooting outside a middle school in Sparks, Nevada left two people dead including a teacher. (Oct. 21)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
The search for a mystery child's biological parents intensifies as Greek investigators trying to establish how 'Maria' came to be with a detained Gypsy couple. Scenarios being considered range from child trafficking to charity. (Oct. 21)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: CeeLo Green pleaded not guilty on Monday (October 21) to a charge of slipping an ecstasy pill to a woman at a Los Angeles restaurant. During a brief arraignment hearing, Green's attorney said the singer would post 30,000 dollars bail. A Grammy-winning R&B singer and judge on "The Voice," Green is charged with giving the drug ecstasy to a woman, allegedly slipping it into her drink while the two were dining. Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was charged with a felony count of furnishing a controlled substance. He is due back in court November 20, when a date will be set for a preliminary hearing.
It's like a scene from the apocalypse. Black silhouettes wandering in a dark, grey abyss. Only this is China where dense smog blanketed parts of the northeast Monday, forcing schools and roads to shut down. Chinese state media shows residents wearing face masks in Harbin City in the Heilongjiang Province. That city's air quality is more than three times the hazardous level, making it difficult to breathe. The country's smog is also making it difficult to drive. Trucks in the Liaoning Province came to a standstill as traffic was delayed on 10 expressways. Earlier this month China said it would give rewards to the region for curbing air pollution, underscoring government concern about one source of public anger.
As the war rages in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris says he does not see Iran playing a constructive role in Syria. The so-called Geneva 2 talks could come at the end of November. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "Iran has not accepted the implementation of Geneva 1. So it is very hard to see how Iran can be constructive in the absence of their willingness to come for the purpose of the negotiation. So if they accept Geneva 1 and want to be constructive in helping to set up a transition government, that's a different issue. But until that happens, it would be very difficult to see how it could be constructive." Kerry is in France following a report in Le Monde that outlined the depth and breadth of alleged spying on French citizens by the U.S. National Security Agency. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "Now I am not going to comment on the specifics, as a matter of