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  • Fog Again: Women's World Cup halted in Bulgaria

    Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) — The women's World Cup racing has been canceled for a second straight day due to fog in southern Bulgaria. More »Fog Again: Women's World Cup halted in Bulgaria

  • 3rd man suspected of helping gunman jailed in custody

    Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man suspected of providing a bullet-proof jacket to the gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen has been jailed for 26 days. More »3rd man suspected of helping gunman jailed in custody

  • Soccer-Modric likely to return for Real against Schalke

    Reuters - 18 hours ago

    Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is likely to return from a lengthy injury layoff in the Champions League last 16 second leg at home to Schalke 04 on March 10, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Saturday. Modric, who hurt a thigh muscle playing for Croatia against Italy in November, returned to training on Feb. 19 but has not been called up for Sunday's La Liga game at home to Villarreal. "He won't be in the squad," Ancelotti told a news conference. "We are thinking about him for the Schalke game." Real, who won this month's first leg at Schalke 2-0, have missed the control Modric gives them in central midfield. More »Soccer-Modric likely to return for Real against Schalke

  • Golf-American Lewis holds one-shot lead at Thai LPGA event

    Reuters - 18 hours ago

    Stacy Lewis regained her composure after making four bogeys in her first six holes to retain the outright lead after the third round of the women's Thailand Open on Saturday. The American, ranked third in the world, bogeyed the second, fourth, fifth and sixth to slip one shot behind playing partner, South Korea's Amy Yang, after starting the day three strokes in front. More »Golf-American Lewis holds one-shot lead at Thai LPGA event

  • Egypt court sentences top Brotherhood leader to life

    Reuters - 18 hours ago

    An Egyptian court sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood's top leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison on Saturday while other members received the death penalty, as part of a sustained crackdown by authorities on Islamists. Egypt has jailed thousands linked to the Muslim Brotherhood since the army removed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi from power in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. Four lower-level members of the Brotherhood were sentenced to death on Saturday for inciting violence that led to the killing of protesters demonstrating outside a Brotherhood office on June 30, 2013, days before Mursi's ouster. The death sentences are subject to appeal and many of the defendants are already serving lengthy sentences on other charges. More »Egypt court sentences top Brotherhood leader to life

  • A year after meeting Tiger, Indian golfer on the rise

    Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    The best golfer in India played before an enormous gallery with the kind of buzz that is rare for his country. Anirban Lahiri wound up the winner, a day he won't forget. More »A year after meeting Tiger, Indian golfer on the rise

  • No big bang, but Indian budget goes for growth, investment

    Reuters - 18 hours ago

    By Rajesh Kumar Singh and Malini Menon NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday announced a budget that put boosting growth before painful reforms, slowing the pace of fiscal deficit cuts and seeking to put domestic and foreign capital to work. In his first full-year budget since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landslide election victory last May, Jaitley said India's economy was about to take off. Modi tweeted that the budget would "further reignite our growth engine". Billed as a test of the nationalist premier's willingness to reform a $2 trillion (1.29 trillion pounds) economy with a bloated public sector and weak private investment, the budget was short on structural reforms and contained revenue targets some called unrealistic. More »No big bang, but Indian budget goes for growth, investment

  • Sri Lanka concerned by China loans, rules out submarine visits

    Reuters - 18 hours ago

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Sri Lanka is concerned with the roughly $5 billion in Chinese loans it has and will send its finance minister to Beijing to discuss the issue, the foreign minister said on Saturday, as he also ruled out future Chinese submarine visits to the country. New Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unnerved China with his re-examination of certain projects that China has invested in, including a $1.5 billion (1 billion pounds) "port city" project in the capital Colombo. India, which lost out to China in infrastructure development on the Indian Ocean island, was in particular concerned about the security threat posed by Chinese ownership of land, aggravated by the docking of Chinese submarines in Colombo last year. More »Sri Lanka concerned by China loans, rules out submarine visits

  • India vows tough punishments to bring home 'black money'

    Reuters - 18 hours ago

    India said it plans tougher punishments including jail terms of up to 10 years for those who hide undeclared cash outside the country and for the banks and advisers who help them, as it tries to bring back illicit billions stashed abroad. In his budget address on Saturday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government would introduce the changes in a new law during the current session of parliament, which will also allow enforcement agencies to seize assets held abroad. "The problems of poverty and inequity cannot be eliminated unless generation of black money and its concealment is dealt with effectively and forcefully." Illegal deposits abroad cost India billions of dollars in lost revenue and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has promised to change laws and enact new measures to bring back such funds, known in India as 'black money'. When assets abroad cannot be forfeited, the new rules could allow the government to confiscate equivalent assets in India. More »India vows tough punishments to bring home 'black money'

  • India's new budget aims to boost growth and infrastructure

    Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's finance minister announced the government's new budget on Saturday, promising a slew of measures that attempt to balance welfare spending with high economic growth and infrastructure development, while vowing to keep a tight control on the fiscal deficit. More »India's new budget aims to boost growth and infrastructure

  • Prince William evokes Diana memories on Japan tsunami trip

    Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    KORIYAMA, Japan (AP) — Britain's Prince William is spending the latter half of his four-day stay in Japan, starting Saturday, in the country's tsunami-ravaged northeast, a visit certain to draw global attention to the stories of survival and continuing suffering in the region. More »Prince William evokes Diana memories on Japan tsunami trip

  • Egypt sentences four Brotherhood members to death

    Al Jazeera - 19 hours ago

    Court orders capital punishment for four Brotherhood members as Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie receives life sentence. More »Egypt sentences four Brotherhood members to death

  • First-Time Buyers 'Get 20% Discount On Homes'

    Sky News - 19 hours ago

    First-time buyers aged under-40 will be given the chance to buy a starter home at a 20% discount under a new Government scheme. Suggested designs for the new homes have been compiled by a panel including leading architects Sir Terry Farrell and Sir Quinlan Terry based on the best from around the country. More »First-Time Buyers 'Get 20% Discount On Homes'

  • India unbeaten at World Cup after UAE rout

    AFP - 19 hours ago

    India's World Cup confidence continued to climb as they thrashed the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets in their Pool B match at Perth's WACA Ground on Saturday. More »India unbeaten at World Cup after UAE rout

  • Soccer-Almeria appeal to CAS over FIFA three-point deduction

    Reuters - 19 hours ago

    MADRID, Feb 28 (Reuters) - La Liga strugglers Almeria have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over a FIFA decision to dock them three points for what Spanish media said was unpaid debts. Almeria confirmed the points deduction on their website (www.udalmeriasad.com) without explaining what the sanction was for and said it would not take effect until CAS had heard their appeal. "At the same time Almeria is relaxed about this whole issue and is up to date with all its obligations," the Andalusian club said. ... More »Soccer-Almeria appeal to CAS over FIFA three-point deduction

  • Thousands protest Boko Haram, support army in Cameroon

    Reuters - 19 hours ago

    YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched in Cameroon's capital on Saturday to protest against Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgency and support the Central African nation's army, which is fighting alongside regional neighbours to defeat the Islamist group. The march in Yaounde was aimed at informing the public, especially in the southern regions, about the threat posed by Boko Haram, which has carried out regular cross-border raids in the far north, one of the organisers said. Yaounde is located in the central region of the country. ... More »Thousands protest Boko Haram, support army in Cameroon

  • Man in Ballyfermot shot in front of his child

    TheJournal.ie - 19 hours ago

    The man sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and a 40-year-old man has since been arrested. More »Man in Ballyfermot shot in front of his child

  • Marathon bombing trial stays in Boston, federal panel says

    Associated Press - 19 hours ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Publicity hasn't jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's right to an impartial jury, a federal appeals panel says, and opening statements can proceed next week as scheduled in the city where the deadly explosions occurred almost two years ago. More »Marathon bombing trial stays in Boston, federal panel says

  • Rugby-Brumbies hold on to beat Rebels 20-15

    Reuters - 19 hours ago

    The ACT Brumbies held on to beat the Rebels 20-15 in an all-Australian Super Rugby derby on Saturday. The Rebels threatened to steal victory at the death, taking the ball within metres of the Brumbies tryline after a sustained attack three minutes after the siren had sounded. The Brumbies lost that match when they gave away a penalty after the siren and captain Stephen Moore was pleased to avoid the same fate against the Rebels. "It was a bit close there at the end but it was good to win." The Brumbies led 13-6 at halftime following a 20th minute try from centre Tevita Kurindrani. More »Rugby-Brumbies hold on to beat Rebels 20-15

  • China to push forward market reforms for jet fuel pricing in March

    Reuters - 19 hours ago

    China will allow oil companies to play a bigger role in determining the import price for jet fuel from March, the country's top planning body said on Saturday, state media reported. Beijing is set to push forward market reforms of aviation fuel pricing, a National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) official said, according to Xinhua news agency. Major state-owned oil companies including Sinopec, PetroChina, CNOOC and China Aviation Oil will determine one part of the producer price of jet fuel, Xinhua said. More »China to push forward market reforms for jet fuel pricing in March

  • 'Care declining' NHS workers think

    Press Association - 19 hours ago

    Half of NHS workers believe patient care has declined over the past two years, with more than three quarters identifying the root cause as a lack of funding, a survey has found. More »'Care declining' NHS workers think

  • Iraq says to track down antiquities after Islamic State museum rampage

    Reuters - 19 hours ago

    Islamic State militants who destroyed priceless antiquities from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have kept some artefacts to sell, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday, vowing to prevent the radical Islamists from smuggling them to market. Responding to a video showing Islamic State fighters taking sledgehammers and power drills to sculptures and statues which date back nearly 3,000 years, Abadi also appealed for international support to thwart the "terrorist barbarians". "We have information that Islamic State destroyed some (artefacts) and kept others for smuggling, and the smuggling operation is afoot," he told a news conference. All the items were marked and recorded, he said, and Iraq would seek to track them down with international help. More »Iraq says to track down antiquities after Islamic State museum rampage

  • Greece seeks negotiations on ECB bond repayment

    Reuters - 19 hours ago

    Greece called into question on Saturday a major debt repayment it must make to the European Central Bank this summer, after acknowledging it faces problems in meeting its obligations to international creditors. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Athens should negotiate with the ECB on 6.7 billion euros in Greek government bonds held by the Frankfurt-based bank that mature in July and August. Varoufakis did not say what he hoped to achieve in any talks, but he accused the ECB of making a mistake in buying the bonds around the time Greece had to take an EU/IMF bailout in 2010. "If we had the money we would pay ... They know we don't have it." The government of leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised to honour all its debt obligations when it struck a deal with the euro zone last week that extended Greece's bailout programme for four months. More »Greece seeks negotiations on ECB bond repayment

  • Opposition mounts over Turkey's new security bill

    Al Jazeera - 19 hours ago

    The bill vastly expands police powers to detain demonstrators and use deadly force during violent protests. More »Opposition mounts over Turkey's new security bill

  • HSBC not the troublemaker made out to be, rival Swiss banker says

    Reuters - 19 hours ago

    HSBC , in the spotlight after details emerged about how its Swiss unit allegedly helped clients dodge taxes, isn't the troublemaker it is currently depicted as, the head of a rival private bank was quoted saying on Saturday. "HSBC has been described as the troublemaker in class, and it is not," Carlos Esteve, founder and CEO of Geneva-based Heritage, said in an interview with Swiss daily Le Temps. "HSBC was among the first to take steps to regularize its clients. Other institutions have been far slower." The comments are noteworthy because the unspoken rule among Swiss private bankers is to avoid directly commenting on rivals, a rare exception being three years ago when UBS head Sergio Ermotti suggested Zurich's main banking thoroughfare, Bahnhofstrasse, was full of banks which took untaxed money, as did UBS. More »HSBC not the troublemaker made out to be, rival Swiss banker says

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