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8:00 AM

Computer shipments sink under weight of strong dollar

Worldwide shipments of personal computers sank in the recently ended quarter with a strong US dollar weighing down sales, market tracker Gartner reported.

7:00 AM

'Broforce' given Oct 15 release date

"America's favourite freedom simulator" is set for an Oct 15 release, as full-blooded action game and straight-faced satire Broforce prepares to storm Mac and PC ahead of a console debut on PlayStation 4.

5:57 AM

Slovenia close to playoffs after 1-1 draw with Lithuania

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenia edged closer to a Euro 2016 playoff berth after a 1-1 home draw with Lithuania after two penalties in a Group E match held up for several minutes in the second-half by partial floodlight failure on Friday.

5:52 AM

Ukraine keep Euro 2016 hopes alive with win in Macedonia

SKOPJE (Reuters) - Ukraine kept alive their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2016 with a 2-0 victory in Macedonia on Friday that moved them level on points with second place Slovakia in Group C and facing a nerve-jangling finale.

5:42 AM

Nonu celebrates with try in 100th test as NZ down Tonga

NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) - Holders New Zealand rampaged past Tonga with a 47-9 victory, sealed by a try from Ma'a Nonu on his 100th test appearance, to secure top spot in Pool C of the Rugby World Cup on Friday.

5:42 AM

England cruise against Estonia to secure ninth win

LONDON (Reuters) - England, who reached Euro 2016 last month, comfortably beat Estonia 2-0 at Wembley on Friday to stay on course to complete a qualifying campaign with a 100 percent record for the first time.

5:37 AM

Spain secure Euro 2016 berth with Luxembourg win

LOGRONO, Spain (Reuters) - Spain will bid for an unprecedented third straight continental title after securing their place at Euro 2016 with a game to spare thanks to a 4-0 qualifying victory at home to Group C minnows Luxembourg on Friday.

5:32 AM

Belarus win leaves Slovakia waiting for Euro 2016 spot

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Slovakia blew the chance to wrap up qualification for Euro 2016 when they surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to 10-man Belarus after missing a hatful of chances in Group C on Friday.

5:30 AM

Protester killed in unrest in Iraq's Kurdistan region

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Protesters torched an office of the main political party in Iraq's Kurdish north on Friday after at least one demonstrator was killed in the worst unrest the region has seen for several years.

5:30 AM

One killed, one wounded in shooting near Texas Southern University

HOUSTON (Reuters) - One person was fatally shot on Friday and another person was wounded in a shooting an apartment complex adjacent to the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston, and two suspects have been taken into custody, the school said.

5:30 AM

Two alleged Hezbollah associates face U.S. arms, money laundering charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two Beirut residents have been arrested on U.S. charges that they took part in an alleged scheme to help Hezbollah launder drug money, and to funnel thousands of weapons and military parts to criminal groups in Lebanon and Iran, prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, said on Friday.

5:22 AM

Mercedes have the smell of success for Hamilton

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - McLaren had the vision but Mercedes have the smell of success, as far as Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is concerned.

5:22 AM

Aguero says he will be out for a month with muscle tear

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Striker Sergio Aguero, injured during Argentina’s shock 2-0 home defeat by Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier, said on Friday he would be out for a month.

5:22 AM

Record-breaking Ignashevich helps Russia win in Moldova

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Sergei Ignashevich celebrated becoming Russia's most capped player scoring in a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Moldova in Chisinau, which leaves Russia on course to qualify for Euro 2016.

5:22 AM

Switzerland book Euro 2016 spot with 7-0 San Marino win

ST GALLEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Switzerland booked a spot at Euro 2016 after securing a 7-0 victory at home to minnows San Marino on Friday that guaranteed them second place in Group E.

5:22 AM

Zlatan on target again as Swedes squeeze past Liechtenstein

(Reuters) - Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck his seventh goal in seven Euro 2016 qualifiers and missed a penalty as they beat a spirited Liechtenstein 2-0 in their Group G qualifier in Vaduz to claim at least a playoff spot on Friday.

5:22 AM

Exclusive - FIFA mulls delaying presidential election, calls crisis meeting

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA is discussing delaying the election for its next president, two sources told Reuters, a move that could give Michel Platini more time to appeal against his ban from the game and then stand to replace departing leader Sepp Blatter.

4:42 AM

Blatter, Platini face uphill struggle under scrutiny of appeal panel

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's Appeal Committee will never face a bigger task than ruling on the suspensions of Sepp Blatter and the man who has been most likely to succeed him as president, Michel Platini.

4:40 AM

Swedish centre right in favour of NATO membership

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's Christian Democrats voted on Friday to push for Sweden to join NATO, meaning all four parties from the centre-right opposition are now in favour of NATO membership while the present red-green coalition government is against.

4:35 AM

U.S. pulls plug on Syria rebel training effort; will focus on weapons supply

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders and their units on the battlefield, the Obama administration said on Friday.

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