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  • Haile Gebrselassie has announced his retirement from competitive running.


    The 42-year-old Ethiopian confirmed his decision after finishing 16th in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday.

    It brings to an end a 25-year career in which he claimed two Olympic gold medals, eight World Championship victories and set 27 world records.

    "I'm retiring from competitive running, not from running. You cannot stop running, this is my life," he told BBC Sport.

    Gebrselassie remains the world record holder at 20,000m and the one-hour race.

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  • US offers $20m in rewards on 'four IS leaders'

     

    The US government is offering rewards totalling $20m (£13m) for information on what it says are four leaders of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

    It named the four as Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli; Abu Mohammed al-Adnani; Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili and Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-'Awni al-Harzi.

    They join a list of suspects sought under the Rewards for Justice Program.

    On Tuesday, IS said it was behind an attack in Texas.

    It said "two soldiers of the caliphate" had attacked a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest being held at a conference centre in Garland near Dallas.
    Zawahiri tops list

    The US State Department offered up to $7m for information on Qaduli whom it described as a senior IS official who originally joined al-Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq.

    It offered $5m each for Adnani and Batirashvili and up to $3m for Harzi.

    It describes Adnani as an official IS spokesman; Batirashvili as a battlefield commander in northern Syria and Harzi as chief of IS's suicide bombers.

    IS has seized swathes of territory in eastern Syria and northern Iraq, declaring them a caliphate and imposing a harsh interpretation of Islamic law on the inhabitants.

    The state department said the group was responsible for systematic human rights abuses, including mass executions, rape and the killing of children.

    The highest reward offered under the Rewards for Justice scheme is up to $25m for Ayman al-Zawahiri who was named leader of al-Qaeda in June 2011, shortly after Osama Bin Laden's death.

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  • ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead: Radio Iran

     

    NEW DELHI: The enigmatic chief of Islamic State jihadist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, Radio Iran has reported on Monday.

    Earlier, a Guardian report quoting sources with inside knowledge of the group reported that al-Baghdadi was severely injured in a US-led coalition air strike in March.

    According to that report, al-Baghdadi was inujred at al-Baaj district of Nineveh, close to the Syrian border. It also said he was making a slow recovery and was out of his day-to-day control of the jihadist group.

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  • Ethiopians protested IS killings in mass rally

    Angry Ethiopians have demonstrated today in Addis Ababa to condemn the IS killings and call for a more prompt government action. The move came as parliament weighed a response to the killings.

    Hundreds of protesters departed from the homes of two of the victims and tried to reach Meskel Square on Tuesday but police blocked them. They also tried to go to the Parliament but were blocked again.

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  • Bust lock-down: Bra only unhooks for love, true love

    Japanese lingerie company Ravijour doesn't want its customers to settle for anything less than true love. That's why it developed the True Love Tester, a bra with a mission to keep its contents contained until the wearer is really head over heels. Ravijour calls it "a revolutionary bra that knows how women truly feel." A promotional video implies the brassiere could help save women from one-night stands with less-than-savory men.

    The bra contains a heart-rate sensor and sends the data it collects, via Bluetooth, to an app for analysis. The app calculates what the designers call the "true love rate," comparing the readings to activities like shopping, watching a horror movie, flirting, jogging, or receiving a surprise gift.

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  • Alexis Sanchez dumped by Laia Grassi over issues in the bedroom

    Alexis Sanchez was dumped by his girlfriend Laia Grassi because he could not provide the goods in the bedroom, reports Chilean newspaper La Cuarta.

    The Gunners star saw his face eradicated from Grassi's Instagram account last week in what was the clearest indication that the two had parted ways.

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  • Cow Leads Police On Wild Chase After Escaping From Idaho Butcher Shop

    A cow being prepared for slaughter refused to go down without a fight as it escaped from a butcher shop and led police on a wild chase through neighborhood streets.

    The 1,000 pound cow was on the chopping block at Anderson Custom Pack, a meat processing company in Pocatello, Idaho. Authorities say the cow jumped a six foot fence and the chase was on.

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  • Man Plans To Have Coffee With Each Of His 1,000 Facebook Friends

    In this day and age, we are more apt to strike up a conversation with someone we don’t know personally through social media than we are with the person sitting next to us on the bus or the subway. Australian student Matt Kulesza Wants to rekindle good old fashioned face time with real, live human being. So he is taking the next 3 years to meet and have coffee with each and every one of his 1,000 friends on Facebook.

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  • Ethiopia: Ethio telecom announces 3.64 billion Br (182 Million USD) gross profit for the last three months operations

    Ethiopia’s state-owned telecom monopoly has seen first quarter operations bring its books 3.64 billion Br gross profit, from an operating revenue of over five billion Birr. Its profit, described by its corporate communications head, Abdurahim Ahmed, as “remarkable results”, represents an 11pc growth compared to the same period last year.

    However, ethio telecom’s operating revenue is five percent short of its plan, yet experienced a 20pc growth in comparison with the same period last year. Of this, about 70pc was earned from mobile services. International call service, data and internet accounts about 10.5pc and 13.3pc of the general revenue, respectively.

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  • Ethiopia issues unfamiliar investor warning over war and famine

    The document, seen by the Financial Times, is a sobering reminder of the risk of investing in one of Africa’s less developed nations. With gross domestic product per capita at less than $550 per year, Ethiopia is the poorest country yet to issue global bonds.

    In the 108-page prospectus, issued ahead of its expected $1bn bond, Ethiopia tells investors they need to consider the potential resumption of the Eritrea-Ethiopia war, which ended in 2000, although it “does not anticipate future conflict”.

    There is also the risk of famine, the “high level of poverty” and strained public finances, as well as the possible, if unlikely, blocking of the country’s only access to the sea through neighbouring Djibouti should relations between the two countries sour.

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