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  • More veterans seeking mental help
    More veterans seeking mental help Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The number of veterans seeking help for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems has increased sharply over the last year. More »

  • Vettori confirms international cricket retirement
    Vettori confirms international cricket retirement Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori confirmed what many expected in announcing his retirement from international cricket upon the team's return from the World Cup on Tuesday. The 36-year-old former captain had been widely expected to retire from international cricket at the conclusion of New Zealand's involvement in the tournament. New Zealand were beaten by seven wickets by co-hosts Australia in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, with Vettori suffering a lower leg injury before the game. More »

  • Cricket-Vettori confirms international cricket retirement Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori confirmed what many expected in announcing his retirement from international cricket upon the team's return from the World Cup on Tuesday. The 36-year-old former captain had been widely expected to retire from international cricket at the conclusion of New Zealand's involvement in the tournament. New Zealand were beaten by seven wickets by co-hosts Australia in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, with Vettori suffering a lower leg injury before the game. More »

  • MI6 head warns on internet terror
    MI6 head warns on internet terror Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Britain's intelligence agencies are engaged in a "technology arms race" with terrorists, cyber criminals and other "malicious actors" bent on causing the country harm, the head of MI6 has warned. More »

  • Grisly testimony at Boston bombing trial as prosecutors rest
    Grisly testimony at Boston bombing trial as prosecutors rest Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    US prosecutors rested their case Monday in the trial of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after gruesome testimony about the death of the youngest victim left some jurors in tears. More »

  • British Soldier Killed At Miami Music Festival
    British Soldier Killed At Miami Music Festival Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    A British soldier has been killed while attending a music festival on holiday in Miami. Private Shaun Cole, from Edinburgh, is thought to have been at the Ultra Music Festival with friends. The Army confirmed the death of Pte Cole, who served in the 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1SCOTS). An army statement said Pte Cole had recently returned from Sierra Leone, where soldiers have been involved in the Ebola aid effort, and had also served in Afghanistan. More »

  • Tributes to holiday death soldier
    Tributes to holiday death soldier Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    A Scottish soldier who died on holiday in the US has been described as an "incredible young man" by his family. More »

  • Uzbek strongman Karimov still calls the tune
    Uzbek strongman Karimov still calls the tune Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Uzbekistan's strongman leader Islam Karimov has kept a stranglehold on power in the Central Asian state for a quarter of a century, even at the expense of his own children. More »

  • Insight - Iran seeks nuclear deal but not normal ties with 'Great Satan …
    Insight - Iran seeks nuclear deal but not normal ties with 'Great Satan … Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran is not expected to normalise relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers on its nuclear programme, officials and analysts said. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are trying to reach a deal with Iran aimed at stopping Tehran being able to develop a nuclear bomb in exchange for an easing of sanctions that are crippling its economy. Loyalists of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, drawn from among Islamists and Revolutionary Guards who fear continued economic hardship might cause the collapse of the establishment, have agreed to back President Hassan Rouhani’s pragmatic readiness to negotiate a nuclear deal, Iranian officials said. More »

  • Uzbek strongman re-elected in landslide, OSCE dubious
    Uzbek strongman re-elected in landslide, OSCE dubious Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Uzbek strongman Islam Karimov cruised to a new five-year term Monday after facing a minimal challenge, prompting withering criticism from Western observers. More »

  • AP journalist's killer in Afghanistan jailed for 20 years: CEO
    AP journalist's killer in Afghanistan jailed for 20 years: CEO Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    An Afghan policeman who shot dead a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photojournalist was imprisoned for 20 years over the weekend, after his death sentence was commuted, the AP's CEO said in Hong Kong on Monday. More »

  • Clashes with Taliban halt supply of power in south Afghanistan Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban have cut off the main supply of power to Afghanistan's Helmand and Kandahar provinces, according to residents and the chief of the national power company. The two provinces rely on the Kajaki plant in Helmand for the bulk of their already severely limited supply of electricity, but intense fighting in the area has halted around 90 percent of power. "I don't think it is sabotage," said the company's chief commercial officer, Mirwais Alami. The lines could have been cut by government bullets." It was difficult to say when power supplies would resume because clashes made it difficult to repair the lines, he added. More »

  • Power reigns supreme at 11th World Cup
    Power reigns supreme at 11th World Cup Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The ICC hailed the 11th cricket World Cup the "most popular ever" and although most neutrals would have preferred New Zealand to win Sunday's final, there is no doubt Australia were worthy of their fifth title. Michael Clarke's side had the best blend of deep batting, strong fielding and, most importantly, wicket-taking bowlers which made them fitting winners of a tournament where power was king. The big hitters, extraordinary batsmen like New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, South Africa's AB de Villiers and Australia's Glenn Maxwell, lit up the tournament and showed how much the 50-over game has transformed. More »

  • REVIEW-Cricket-Power reigns supreme at 11th World Cup Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE, March 30 (Reuters) - The ICC hailed the 11th cricket World Cup the "most popular ever" and although most neutrals would have preferred New Zealand to win Sunday's final, there is no doubt Australia were worthy of their fifth title. Michael Clarke's side had the best blend of deep batting, strong fielding and, most importantly, wicket-taking bowlers which made them fitting winners of a tournament where power was king. The big hitters, extraordinary batsmen like New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, South Africa's AB de Villiers and Australia's Glenn Maxwell, lit up the tournament and showed how much the 50-over game has transformed. More »

  • Afghan MP survives suicide attack, three dead: officials
    Afghan MP survives suicide attack, three dead: officials Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    A prominent Afghan MP escaped a suicide attack Sunday that killed three people including a child and left seven others wounded, officials said, just days after Washington announced it would slow the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. More »

  • Uzbekistan president set for win in predictable poll
    Uzbekistan president set for win in predictable poll Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov looked certain to claim victory in presidential polls Sunday after all three of the 77-year-old's challengers endorsed his bid to extend his 25-year-rule. More »

  • Afghan court sentences AP photojournalist's killer to 20 years in jail Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    An Afghan police officer who shot and killed a veteran Associated Press photographer during the country's 2014 presidential election has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, a Supreme Court official told Reuters on Sunday. Anja Niedringhaus, 48, a German national, was killed instantly while Canadian reporter Kathy Gannon who had covered conflict in Afghanistan for 30 years survived the shooting. The police officer had initially been sentenced to death, but that decision was overturned by an appeals court and the Supreme Court upheld that ruling, the court official said. More »

  • FACTBOX-Cricket-World Cup champions Australia Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    March 29 (Reuters) - Factbox on the Australia cricket team after they won the World Cup for a record fifth time on Sunday, beating New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. ... More »

  • Uzbekistan votes, to extend leader's reign to over three decades
    Uzbekistan votes, to extend leader's reign to over three decades Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By Dmitry Solovyov ALMATY (Reuters) - Uzbekistan on Sunday voted in a presidential election, in which veteran leader Islam Karimov runs virtually unopposed to extend his autocratic reign to more than three decades. Critics say the regime Karimov installed in his mainly Muslim nation of 30 million, Central Asia's most populous, is among the most repressive in the world. Karimov, a former member of the of the Soviet Union's decision-making Politburo, has run the nation of 30 million since 1989 when he headed the local Communist Party. As of 1 p.m. (0800 GMT), 71.6 percent had already cast their ballots, the Central Election Commission said. More »

  • Two Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan freed after two years Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Two female Czech tourists kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 have been released and have returned to the Czech Republic, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Saturday. "I am glad that I can confirm that Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka have returned to the Czech Republic this morning," Sobotka said via his spokesman. He added Turkish organisation Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) took part in the negotiations that led to the release. Its foreign relations coordinator, Izzet Sahin, told Turkey's state-run news agency Anatolian that the process had taken two months. More »

  • Nobel's will goes on display for first time
    Nobel's will goes on display for first time Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Alfred Nobel's last will and testament, which played a pivotal role in Swedish history by creating the now-illustrious Nobel prizes, has gone on display for the first time in Stockholm. More »

  • 'Unholy alliance' of Islamists threatens Sweden - spy chief Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Alistair Scrutton STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden, once cited by Osama bin Laden as the kind of country al Qaeda did not attack, is facing a rising threat from Islamist militants because of the crises in Iraq and Syria, its spy chief said in an interview on Friday. Anders Thornberg told Reuters the number of Swedes travelling to fight in those countries had tripled in the past year, and record immigration to the Nordic country was making it vulnerable to infiltrators from militant groups. Expanding on comments in the security services' annual report last week, he also said Russian espionage had stepped up since the Ukraine crisis: one in three Russian diplomats in Sweden were operating as spies, and there were signs of "war planning" from Moscow to test the country's defences. Sweden's traditional neutrality was long seen as shielding it from militant threats, as acknowledged by al Qaeda leader bin Laden in a speech in 2004. More »