Spacewalking astronauts successfully completed a three-day cable job outside the International Space Station on Sunday, routing several-hundred feet of power and data lines for new crew capsules commissioned by NASA. It was the third spacewalk in just over a week for Americans Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore, and the quickest succession of spacewalks since NASA's former shuttle days. The advance work was needed for the manned spacecraft under development by Boeing and SpaceX. A pair of docking ports will fly up later this year, followed by the capsules themselves, with astronauts aboard, in 2017.
Sierra Leone's vice-president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards. Vice-President Samuel Sam-Sumana is set to become acting president later Sunday when President Ernest Bai Koroma leaves Sierra Leone to attend a European Union conference on Ebola in Belgium. Sam-Sumana will carry out his presidential duties from his home. He is the highest ranking African official to be in quarantine in this Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which is fast approaching a death toll of 10,000.
Carrying flowers, portraits and signs that said "I am not afraid," tens of thousands of people somberly marched Sunday in Moscow to mourn opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, whose slaying on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia's beleaguered opposition. The mourners marched to the bridge near the Kremlin where Nemtsov was gunned down shortly before midnight Friday. No one has been arrested in Nemtsov's killing, and Russia's federal investigative agency said it was looking into several possible motives. Ilya Yashin, a friend and fellow opposition leader, said he hoped the killing would not frighten people.
Italian luxury group Salvatore Ferragamo expects its sales to grow this year after the Chinese New Year contributed to an "excellent" performance in February, Chief Executive Michele Norsa said on Sunday. Norsa said a weaker euro, lower oil prices, buoyant financial markets and the impact of the European Central Bank's bond buying program were all factors supporting the 2015 outlook, despite ongoing global threats such as Islamic extremism.
This well-heeled hamlet north of New York City is embroiled in an increasingly nasty debate that seems oddly out of place amid the stately homes and tony boutiques: What should be done about coyotes? Self-styled coyote spotters in and around Chappaqua have counted 160 incursions into backyards and streets over the last two years and at least 10 recent attacks on pets. "I envisioned going down there and having blood thrown on me," said task force member Joyce Stansell-Wong, who has since resigned. Chappaqua, about 35 miles north of the city, is better known as the home of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton than as a playground for coyotes.
Ask the guys who delivered speeches at a just-concluded annual gathering of conservatives. It would have seemed inconceivable until recently that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might now be forced to defend his viability as a 2016 presidential candidate. Yet there he was, being challenged in a roomful of conservatives to explain why he still has any chance. Jeb Bush, Scott Walker... Ben Carson... are ahead of you," right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham asked him during a question-and-answer session in front of more than 1,000 people at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
The Alberta government's wild horse roundup is halfway towards its target goal for 2015 and some of the newly penned animals found homes yesterday. This weekend,Â 17 mares and stallions went up for auction at Danny Daines'Â Innisfail Auction Market. The horses sold for between $500 andÂ $800 to owners who either want to break them in to ride them, or just give the horses a place to live. "Hopefully everyone is aware of what they are, but there's a lot of domestic horses that are just as wild as these horses and they all deserve a good home," said new owner JennyÂ Rath.
By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian insurance company Sun Life Financial Inc said it was looking for acquisition opportunities in business areas such as wealth management that are less impacted low interest rates. "We are investing in areas of growth that are less dependent on what interest rates do," Chief Executive Dean Connor told Reuters in an interview before the company kicks off celebrations to mark its 150-year anniversary on Monday. "We are actively in the market place looking for acquisition opportunities, not just wealth but protection as well, and not just Asia, but the U.S. and Canada as well," added Connor. Many insurers have been forced to diversify into fee-based services such as wealth management to offset the impact of lower yields.
Persistent cold is basically what characterized this winter and especially February," saidÂ Environment Canada meteorologist Maxime Desharnais. Temperatures were even more extreme elsewhere in Quebec, withÂ records brokenÂ in Quebec City and Sherbrooke.
Iraq's Oil Minister Adel Abdel Mehdi said on Sunday world oil prices were gradually rebounding and he expected to see a barrel of crude selling at around $65. I can see that oil will be sold at $64 to $65 a barrel," he told a news conference in Baghdad. OPEC producer Iraq has been hit by the slump, with revenues falling sharply just as it faces a costly military campaign against Islamic State militants who have seized large parts of the north and west of the country. Iraq's oil revenues for February were just a fraction under $3.5 billion, on exports of 2.535 million barrels per day.