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Coming Attractions: The father and son team of...

The father and son team of Rakesh and Rohan Aggarwal are set to open Baluchi's Fresh in Bryant Park on September 4, and more down the line. The fast casual spot sounds a lot like Chipotle by way of Mumbai....


American Football - Sam confident of making a team as final cuts loom

- Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the National Football League, is confident he will play for a team this season, although maybe not the St. Louis Rams. Sam, a defensive end, led St. Louis with six tackles Thursday in a 14-13 loss at Miami in the Rams' final pre-season game ahead of Saturday's deadline to trim the roster from 75 players to a final 53-man lineup. While St. Louis has an abundance of talent in Sam's position, other teams lacking players with such pass-rushing skills likely will be looking for someone with his abilities after making their own cuts.


Egg-throwing and road rage as Scotland campaign heats up

Insults, egg-throwing and rage: the campaign ahead of Scotland's independence referendum is heating up, even forcing an intervention by British Prime Minister David Cameron. The victim of the egg attack was Jim Murphy, an ex-Europe minister and formerly the Scotland secretary in the British government. Murphy said Friday he was temporarily suspending his grassroots tour, accusing the "Yes" campaign of employing intimidation tactics. Pro-independence leader Alex Salmond also condemned the incident but said he too had been a victim of harassment, being chased by an angry driver brandishing a "No" sign.


Rescuers locate 20 of 24 trapped in Nicaragua mine

BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) — Rescuers on Friday located 20 of at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped underground by a landslide in northern Nicaragua, but were not immediately able to bring them to safety.


UN peacekeepers: We're ready to use "deadly force"

Seventy-five Filipino members of a UN peacekeeping force besieged by Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights are ready to use "deadly force" to defend themselves, their commander in Manila said Friday. Talks were underway to free a separate group of 43 peacekeepers from Fiji who have been taken hostage by anti-Assad fighters, officials said. The United Nations Security Council "strongly condemned" the assaults against the peacekeepers, which it said were carried out by "terrorist groups and by members of non-state armed groups". The Filipino peacekeepers trapped at two posts on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights were prepared to fight back rather than surrender, their commander in Manila said.


U.S. slaps more sanctions on Iranian banks, firms over nukes

By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday penalized a number of Iranian and other foreign companies, banks and airlines for violating sanctions against Tehran largely tied to its nuclear program. The Treasury Department said it was targeting individuals and companies for violations including helping Iran's missile and nuclear programs, evading prior sanctions or supporting terrorism. Companies affected included Iran's Asia Bank, Caspian Air, Meraj Air and Lissom Marine Services LLC, a shipping firm. In a parallel move, the State Department imposed sanctions on four firms it said were helping Iran's nuclear program, as well as Goldentex FZE, a UAE-based firm working with Iran's shipping sector, and an Italian firm, Dettin SpA, which it said was working with Iran's petrochemical industry.


Ebola drug discovery boosts scientists' hopes

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made.


Swiss banks hit by huge deposit outflow in tax crackdown

Swiss banks have suffered from a massive outflow of funds since 2008, a survey said on Friday, squeezed by an international crackdown on tax evasion. The survey by auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers attributed much of the outflow -- totalling almost 350 billion Swiss francs (290 billion euros, $380 billion) -- to customers paying fines for undeclared assets held in Swiss accounts. The report said that foreign clients withdrew about 100 billion Swiss francs to pay fines abroad, and 250 billion Swiss francs were transferred to other countries. Martin Schiling, PWC's head of financial services in Switzerland, was upbeat about the country's banking sector in spite of the sizeable cash outflows.


Restorations: New Yorkers, especially those living in...

New Yorkers, especially those living in Washington Heights in Manhattan and Highbridge in the Bronx, have been waiting a long time for the restoration of the High Bridge, a pedestrian link between the two neighborhoods, and now they're going to...


Angelina Jolie calls for new bid to end Syria war

The Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie called Friday for a new bid to bring peace to Syria which she said was destabilising the whole region and bringing misery to millions. In an emotional plea, the UN goodwill ambassador for refugees, who married her long-term partner Brad Pitt in a secret ceremony at their chateau in the south of France last week, said, "Three million refugees is not just another statistic. "International stability is steadily bleeding away in Syria. UN Security Council Resolutions are being ignored;


Are We Having Fun Yet: Stewie Rah-Rah, Please Come Back!

Curbed Hamptons favorite Stewie "King of All Fun" Rahr, he of the divorce-celebrating sex tape and $45M Georgica Pond estate, hasn't been seen in these parts lately. Or in the Big Smoke, to his office in Trump Tower. Concerned...


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