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Alain Juppe, former French prime minister and current Mayor of Bordeaux, walks in the street as he campaigns for the municipal elections in BordeauxBy Andrew Callus PARIS (Reuters) - Former prime minister Alain Juppe joined the race to be the presidential candidate of France's centre-right on Wednesday, posing a potential challenge both to a 2017 comeback bid by Nicolas Sarkozy and to the rise of the extreme right. Juppe's declaration on his Internet blog also came as Socialist President Francois Hollande's government returned from its summer break to a stalled economy and an opinion poll showing more than eight out of 10 voters have no confidence in its ability to fix it. "(We must) rally right from the first round (of the presidential election) the forces right and centre around a candidate who can face up to the National Front on the one side and the Socialist Party on the other," his blog said. "If we are divided, the outcome of the first round will be uncertain and the consequences of the second round unpredictable," said Juppe, whose Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) has been dogged by internal divisions.

Risky Business: Dizzying Vistas, Courtesy of NYC's 'Outlaw Instagrammers'Photo by humzadeas/Instagram There's a new class of urban climber in NYC, and New York Magazine has deemed them the "outlaw Instagrammers." Unlike the Russian daredevils that blow up YouTube with their hair-rasing ascents of supertalls, these intrepid, plugged-in youngsters...

Brookland Bunks: Metro has selected mixed-use development...Metro has selected mixed-use development plan from CAS Riegler and MRP for its site at the Brookland-CUA Metro. In the plans: 280 residential units and 9,000 square feet of retail. Once the deal is finalized, expect to see it...

FILE This is a Saturday May 8 2010 file image taken from video of a column of ash rising from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano. It was reported Tueday Aug. 19, 2014 that thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country’s volcanoes may be close to erupting. Iceland has raised its aviation alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange _ the second-most severe level. The alert is worrisome because of the chaos that followed the April 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokul, when more than 100,000 flights were cancelled because volcanic ash floating in the atmosphere is considered an aviation safety hazard. (AP Photo/ APTN) **LONDON (AP) — Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.

Eater Scenes: Chez Nous, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.Welcome to our photo series Eater Scenes, where Eater photographers visit some of the city's great restaurants to capture them at a certain, and very specific, point in the day. Today, Chez Nous at 7:00 p.m. on a Wednesday. Click...

FILE - This is a Feb. 24, 2008 file photo showing Boston Red Sox baseball player Curt Schiling. Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he's battling mouth cancer and blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use. Schilling discussed details of his cancer on WEEI-FM in Boston on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BOSTON (AP) — Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he's battling mouth cancer and blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use.

Will Reporter’s Execution Free Obama’s Hand in Iraq?The release Tuesday  of a shocking video showing the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley by a representative of the Islamic State may wind up backfiring on the Islamic fundamentalist movement that has taken over much of Iraq in recent months. “Obama authorized military operations against the Islamic State effectively placing America upon a slippery slope towards a new war against Muslims,” he said. The man, whose face was covered, also threatened to execute another American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff, if the U.S.

Demolition Watch: Demolition Imminent for the Lakeshore Athletic ClubLike vultures circling over a downed animal, heavy machinery began surrounding the Lakeshore Athletic Club off the Magnificent Mile last week. On Monday, a demolition permit was issued to begin the demolition of the 441 N. Wabash Ave. location,...

Twitter goes Facebook by injecting foreign content into your streamIt was really just a matter of time — Twitter is now Facebook. In its early days, where new Facebook users friended just a handful of close pals and relatives, every single status update poured through into one’s news feed. And then, hundreds of millions of people joined. At some point, we as a society decided that “friending” someone wasn’t really hallowed, so we accepted requests by the hundreds. Sometimes, by the thousands. To combat the torrent of news, Facebook was forced to develop an algorithmic approach to selectively populating one’s news feed. Today, you have to manually override the default “Top News” to see “Most Recent,” and if you aren’t careful, Facebook will revert it for you after a

Relatives of 27-year-old Widad Deif, the wife of Hamas's military commander Mohammed Deif, carry her body during her funeral procession at the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on August 20, 2014Several thousand mourners poured onto Gaza streets Wednesday to bury the wife and baby son of Hamas's military chief Mohammed Deif, angrily demanding revenge against Israel and firing shots into the air. Wrapped in green Hamas flags, they were then carried to the cemetery, along with the flag-wrapped bodies of two men killed in an air strike Wednesday on a motorcycle, both presumed Hamas militants. "Revenge, revenge, revenge!" shouted the crowd as they waved Hamas flags and denounced the killing of the second wife and infant son of Deif, head of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. "We ask Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades to avenge this killing, this massacre," said a 22-year-old mourner who gave his name as Mohammed.

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