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  • Diplomats and U.N. staff flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden

    Reuters - 31 minutes ago

    By Sami Aboudi and Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the United Nations pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters. Residents reported heavy clashes between the Houthis and mainly Sunni tribal fighters in the south of the country, while the air campaign sought to stall a fresh offensive by the Shi'ite Muslim group on Aden from the east. Riyadh's intervention, a surprise move from a conservative monarchy better known for flexing its muscle in oil markets than through military might, is planned to last a month but could extend for five or six, a Gulf diplomatic source said. He said satellite imagery had shown in January that the Houthis had repositioned long-range Scud missiles in the north, close to the Saudi border and aimed at Saudi territory. More »Diplomats and U.N. staff flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden

  • Plane Comes Off Runway At Canadian Airport

    Sky News - 31 minutes ago

    Air Canada says a plane has come off the runway at Halifax airport after making an "abrupt" landing. Air Canada said a preliminary count indicated there were 132 passengers and five crew members. Power at the airport, officially called Halifax Stanfield International, was briefly knocked out, but Nova Scotia Power said they had since restored it. More »Plane Comes Off Runway At Canadian Airport

  • Jolie Makes First Post-Surgery Appearance

    Sky News - 36 minutes ago

    Angelina Jolie has made her first public appearance since revealing she had preventative surgery to remove her ovaries. She appeared at the 2015 Kids' Choice awards in Los Angeles, where she was named Favourite Villain for her role as the title character in dark fantasy film Maleficent. It came less than a week after the Oscar-winning actress revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after doctors detected possible signs of cancer. She said having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed was "a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe". More »Jolie Makes First Post-Surgery Appearance

  • Struggle to explain what motivated co-pilot in doomed flight

    Associated Press - 38 minutes ago

    LONDON (AP) — A disgruntled worker shoots up a workplace. A student opens fire at a high school. A pilot crashes a planeload of people into a mountainside. More »Struggle to explain what motivated co-pilot in doomed flight

  • Flare-throwing Montenegro fan turns himself in say police

    Reuters - 46 minutes ago

    A 25-year old Montenegro fan suspected of hitting Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev on the head with a flare during Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier has turned himself in, Montenegrin police said on Saturday. "L.L has been suspected of throwing a flare in the first minute of the soccer match between Montenegro and Russia, hitting the Russian goalkeeper in the back of his neck. "He was identified last night on the basis of video footage of the event." The match was abandoned midway through the second half after a second outburst of violence, when a still unidentified fan hit Russia midfielder Dmitri Kombarov with a missile from the terraces following a scuffle among the players. More »Flare-throwing Montenegro fan turns himself in say police

  • Air Canada plane leaves Halifax runway on 'abrupt' landing

    Associated Press - 52 minutes ago

    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — An Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing and left the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather, and officials said early Sunday that 23 people were taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries. More »Air Canada plane leaves Halifax runway on 'abrupt' landing

  • Walker takes four-shot lead at windy Texas Open

    Reuters - 56 minutes ago

    (Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker shot a three-under-par 69 to open up a four-shot lead as winds returned to vex players at the Texas Open in San Antonio on Saturday. Walker, who led by one after 36 holes, shared the lead with fellow Texan Jordan Spieth at the turn before a late surge took him to nine-under-par 207. "It's a tough golf course," said Walker, who won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January and is aiming for his fifth PGA Tour title. "You definitely want to find a way to extend the lead, but you have to be smart about it." Walker took a bogey at the par-four 12th when his tee shot buried into soft sand in a bunker left of the fairway and had to use his hands to dig around the left lip to find the ball. More »Walker takes four-shot lead at windy Texas Open

  • Serena deals with Niculescu but Bouchard upset

    Reuters - 57 minutes ago

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - Serena Williams put aside her knee injury to begin her bid for an eighth Miami Open title with a 6-3 6-1 win over Romania's Monica Niculescu at Key Biscayne on Saturday but sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard was upset by German qualifier Tatjana Maria. Williams withdrew from her semi-final at Indian Wells last week with the injury and said upon arriving in Miami that this tournament would involve "managing pain". Niculescu made ample use of her effective slice and played some clever tennis and forced a series of entertaining rallies but Williams was always in control. The world number one said her knee injury had barely bothered her at all. More »Serena deals with Niculescu but Bouchard upset

  • Alps Crash Co-Pilot 'Treated For Eye Condition'

    Sky News - 1 hour 1 minute ago

    Andreas Lubitz, 27, hid a sick note which declared him unfit to work on the day of the disaster before boarding the Barcelona to Dusseldorf flight and flying it into a mountain on Tuesday. The Dusseldorf University Hospital said in a statement on Friday that Lubitz had been evaluated at its clinic in February and on 10 March. German police have found medicines for treating psychological conditions during searches at Lubitz's home in Dusseldorf, according to German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. More »Alps Crash Co-Pilot 'Treated For Eye Condition'

  • Tunisian forces kill nine militants in south before solidarity march

    Reuters - 1 hour 2 minutes ago

    Tunisian forces killed nine militants during a raid in a southern region as part of crackdown following the attack on the Tunis Bardo museum that targeted foreign tourists, an interior ministry official said on Sunday. The operations late on Saturday in Gafsa region came hours before thousands of Tunisians were expected to join world leaders including French President Francois Hollande in a march of solidarity in Tunis. They also captured arms and explosives," said Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui. Two gunmen killed 21 tourists at the Bardo Museum nearly two weeks ago, in one of the worst attacks in the North African country that mostly avoided violence since its 2011 uprising against autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. More »Tunisian forces kill nine militants in south before solidarity march

  • UPDATE 1-NHL-Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games

    Reuters - 1 hour 12 minutes ago

    (Adds later games) March 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games: - - - Predators 4, Capitals 3 Nashville clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2012 and a couple of former Washington players helped them do it. Rookie center Filip Forsberg, taken by the Capitals with the 11th pick of the 2012 NHL draft, scored one goal and assisted on two others, and center Mike Ribeiro, who played for the Capitals two seasons ago, recorded a goal and an assist. ... More »UPDATE 1-NHL-Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games

  • Australian Appleby out indefinitely after back surgery

    Reuters - 1 hour 22 minutes ago

    REUTERS - Nine-times PGA Tour winner Stuart Appleby has undergone back surgery for a herniated disc and will be out of action indefinitely. Appleby, 43, who has not played since mid-February, has endured back problems for much of his career. "No idea when I'm back as I don't know or anybody knows how long it takes to get 100 percent," he told Reuters. The Australian is one of only six players to have shot 59 on the PGA Tour. He was not exempt for next month's Masters, after finishing 31st on the tour's points list last year. The top 30 clinched invitations to Augusta. ... More »Australian Appleby out indefinitely after back surgery

  • Djokovic survives tricky test, Nishikori off to flying start

    Reuters - 1 hour 27 minutes ago

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic survived a second set fightback from Slovak Martin Klizan before winning his opening match at the Miami Open 6-0 5-7 6-1. Djokovic, who is aiming to follow up last week's win at Indian Wells with his fifth triumph at Key Biscayne, took care of the first set in just 22 minutes but was broken when serving for the match at 5-3 in the second. Klizan went on to turn the set around in his favour and had the packed crowd sensing an upset, but Djokovic regrouped and romped home in the third set. Djokovic will face Belgian qualifier Steve Darcis in the next round. More »Djokovic survives tricky test, Nishikori off to flying start

  • LEADING OFF: Alex Rodriguez to play first base

    Associated Press - 1 hour 29 minutes ago

    A look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona today: More »LEADING OFF: Alex Rodriguez to play first base

  • Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

    Associated Press - 1 hour 43 minutes ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black woman while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. More »Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

  • Grateful Singapore gives Lee Kuan Yew a hero's funeral

    AFP - 1 hour 55 minutes ago

    Tens of thousands of mourners braved torrential rain, howitzers fired a 21-gun salute and jet fighters screamed across the sky as a grand funeral began Sunday for Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew. More »Grateful Singapore gives Lee Kuan Yew a hero's funeral

  • Crash pilot was psychiatric patient, planned big gesture - paper

    Reuters - 1 hour 58 minutes ago

    The Bild newspaper published an interview with a woman who said she had had a relationship in 2014 with Andreas Lubitz, the man French prosecutors believe locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus on Tuesday and steered it into the French Alps, killing all on board. "He did it because he realised that, due to his health problems, his big dream of working at Lufthansa, of a having job as a pilot, and as a pilot on long-distance flights, was nearly impossible." "He never talked much about his illness, only that he was in psychiatric treatment," she told the paper, adding they finally broke up because she was afraid of him. He became upset about the conditions we worked under: too little money, fear of losing the contract, too much pressure." A Lufthansa spokesman declined to comment. The company and its low-cost subsidiary Germanwings took out full-page advertisements in major German and French newspapers on Saturday, expressing "deepest mourning". More »Crash pilot was psychiatric patient, planned big gesture - paper

  • Singaporeans bid final farewell to founding father Lee

    Reuters - 1 hour 59 minutes ago

    By Rujun Shen and Rachel Armstrong SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people braved heavy rain and lined the streets of Singapore on Sunday to catch a last glimpse of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as his funeral procession wound through the country he helped build. Booms from a 21-gun salute reverberated around the country's business district, fighter jets flew overhead in a "missing man" formation and two navy ships near the marina made an 'L' 'K' 'Y' signal with their flags as Lee's coffin was taken by gun carriage from the country's parliament to his state funeral. The procession carrying Lee, who died last Monday aged 91, will pass through Tanjong Pagar, the constituency he represented for 60 years, before continuing the 15.4 km trip to the ceremony at the National University of Singapore. Japan's Shinzo Abe, India's Narendra Modi and Indonesia's Joko Widodo are among the Asia-Pacific leaders due to attend the service. More »Singaporeans bid final farewell to founding father Lee

  • Meningitis B Vaccine Deal 'Will Save Lives'

    Sky News - 2 hours 3 minutes ago

    A potentially life-saving vaccine against meningitis B will soon be available to all babies in the UK after a long stand-off over the cost. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Britain would become the first country in the world with a nationwide meningitis B vaccination programme after the Government reached a deal with drug maker GlaxoSmithKline. The Bexsero MenB vaccine, which was recommended by health experts a year ago, will now be added to the national childhood immunisation scheme, with babies getting the first of three jabs at two months. Discussions between the department and the drug company over the price of the vaccine began in August last year, following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). More »Meningitis B Vaccine Deal 'Will Save Lives'

  • Newcastle unbeaten after 4 matches in National Rugby League

    Associated Press - 2 hours 13 minutes ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Newcastle remained the only undefeated team in the National Rugby League after beating Penrith 26-14 in a fourth round that also saw the defending champion South Sydney Rabbitohs lose for the first time this season. More »Newcastle unbeaten after 4 matches in National Rugby League

  • Modi's popularity in rural India punctured by discontent, suicides

    Reuters - 2 hours 37 minutes ago

    By Mayank Bhardwaj VAIDI, India (Reuters) - Over a dozen debt-laden farmers have committed suicide in recent weeks in India, and discontent in many rural areas against government policies is turning into anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi less than a year after he swept into office. Unseasonal storms have badly damaged the winter crop in large parts of the fertile northern plains, most likely contributing to the suicides, and villagers have blamed Modi for not stepping in to help the distressed farmers or ensuring that crop prices remained stable. The farmer suicides in India's most politically sensitive region are the latest in several setbacks for Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is hoping to consolidate power by winning local elections in large, predominantly rural states over the next two years. The government has delayed a comprehensive health plan as it shifts focus from subsidies to investment, while religious tensions have made minorities uneasy. More »Modi's popularity in rural India punctured by discontent, suicides

  • Clarkson Row: BBC Boss 'Sent Death Threats'

    Sky News - 2 hours 37 minutes ago

    Police are investigating allegations of threats to kill BBC director general Tony Hall, reportedly linked to his decision to drop presenter Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear. Scotland Yard confirmed it was looking into the claims after the BBC decided not to renew Clarkson's contract because of his unprovoked attack on producer Oisin Tymon. Mr Hall, former chief executive of the Royal Opera House, took over the £450,000 BBC post in April 2013 to replace George Entwistle, who left the corporation in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal. Mr Tymon had his lip split by Clarkson in a 30-second-long assault on 4 March and took himself to hospital with his injuries. More »Clarkson Row: BBC Boss 'Sent Death Threats'

  • Insight - Modi's popularity in rural India punctured by discontent, suicides

    Reuters - 2 hours 39 minutes ago

    By Mayank Bhardwaj VAIDI, India (Reuters) - Over a dozen debt-laden farmers have committed suicide in recent weeks in India, and discontent in many rural areas against government policies is turning into anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi less than a year after he swept into office. Unseasonal storms have badly damaged the winter crop in large parts of the fertile northern plains, most likely contributing to the suicides, and villagers have blamed Modi for not stepping in to help the distressed farmers or ensuring that crop prices remained stable. The farmer suicides in India's most politically sensitive region are the latest in several setbacks for Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is hoping to consolidate power by winning local elections in large, predominantly rural states over the next two years. The government has delayed a comprehensive health plan as it shifts focus from subsidies to investment, while religious tensions have made minorities uneasy. More »Insight - Modi's popularity in rural India punctured by discontent, suicides

  • Jolie delivers empowerment message at Kids' Choice Awards

    Associated Press - 2 hours 58 minutes ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The traditional green slime flowed at the Kids' Choice Awards, but it was Angelina Jolie's message of empowerment for youngsters that stuck. More »Jolie delivers empowerment message at Kids' Choice Awards

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