Britain awards East Coast rail contract to Stagecoach-Virgin JV

A Virgin train at Euston Station in London as Virgin Rail has lost its bid to continue running the West Coast Mainline to the rail operator FirstGroup,LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it would award a contract to run trains between London and Scotland to a Stagecoach and Virgin partnership, returning the East Coast line to private control after five years in state hands. Britain's Department for Transport (DfT) on Thursday selected the duo over the other two shortlisted bidders, British transport company FirstGroup and a joint venture between Keolis and Eurostar. ...



Motorcycle suicide bomber hits British embassy vehicle in Afghan capital

The wreckage of a British embassy vehicle after a suicide attack in KabulBy Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle struck a British embassy vehicle in Afghanistan's capital on Thursday, killing at least five people and wounding many bystanders, officials said. The Afghan Taliban, ousted from power by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001, claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a wave of bombings to hit Kabul as the majority of foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of the year. ...



Low expectations for oil output cut as OPEC meets

File photo of Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister al-Naimi talking to journalists before a meeting of OPEC oil ministers in ViennaVIENNA (Reuters) - Gulf oil producers led by Saudi Arabia are expected to press the case on Thursday for not yet cutting OPEC output, despite calls from some members of the group to bolster sagging prices by removing surplus crude from the market.



Motorcycle suicide bomber hits British embassy vehicle in Afghan capital, kills at least five - officials

The wreckage of a British embassy vehicle after a suicide attack in KabulBy Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle struck a British embassy vehicle in Afghanistan's capital on Thursday, killing at least five people and wounding many bystanders, officials said. The Afghan Taliban, ousted from power by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001, claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a wave of bombings to hit Kabul as the majority of foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of the year. ...



Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

Scott Kurdilla, a medical research technologist at Carnegie Mellon University, waits for a volunteer for a brain scan experiment on campus in Pittsburgh on Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014. The brain-scanning MRI machine at the center was used in a recent experiment where each word of a chapter of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was flashed for half a second onto a screen inside a brain-scanning MRI machine. Images showing combinations of data and graphics were collected. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)WASHINGTON (AP) — Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it's the perfect excerpt from the young wizard's many adventures to give their subjects.





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