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  • Lokomotiv given three-match crowd ban after fan violence

    Reuters - 23 hours ago

    Bulgarian club Lokomotiv Plovdiv must play their remaining three home games this season behind closed doors after crowd trouble forced their match against bitter city rivals Botev to be abandoned on Saturday. The punishment, handed down by the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) disciplinary commission on Tuesday, will come in to effect for Lokomotiv's league matches against Cherno More Varna and Litex Lovech as well as their Cup semi-final match against champions Ludogorets on Wednesday. Lokomotiv fans threw loud fireworks, stones and other objects which led referee Georgi Kabakov to remove the players from the pitch for their safety five minutes before halftime and the game was not resumed. More »Lokomotiv given three-match crowd ban after fan violence

  • Soccer-Lokomotiv given three-match crowd ban after fan violence

    Reuters - 23 hours ago

    Bulgarian club Lokomotiv Plovdiv must play their remaining three home games this season behind closed doors after crowd trouble forced their match against bitter city rivals Botev to be abandoned on Saturday. The punishment, handed down by the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) disciplinary commission on Tuesday, will come in to effect for Lokomotiv's league matches against Cherno More Varna and Litex Lovech as well as their Cup semi-final match against champions Ludogorets on Wednesday. Lokomotiv fans threw loud fireworks, stones and other objects which led referee Georgi Kabakov to remove the players from the pitch for their safety five minutes before halftime and the game was not resumed. More »Soccer-Lokomotiv given three-match crowd ban after fan violence

  • Casino owner planning 'Rock in Rio' site in Vegas

    Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A group including casino company MGM Resorts announced plans Monday to build a 33-acre open-air music venue on the Las Vegas Strip to host a four-day Rock in Rio USA festival beginning in May 2015. More »Casino owner planning 'Rock in Rio' site in Vegas

  • Wall Street bets on change in Brazil, but the gradual kind

    Reuters - 23 hours ago

    By Walter Brandimarte RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's financial markets have soared over the past month on hopes that the government may run smaller deficits, stop interfering as much in the private sector and perhaps even undertake long-needed reforms to revive the economy. But some of the most experienced Brazil-watchers on Wall Street are saying: Not so fast, guys. The markets' optimism has centered around an October presidential election in which left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff, who seeks a second term, has been losing popularity among voters. Rousseff has been unpopular with financial markets because of her heavy hand in the economy. More »Wall Street bets on change in Brazil, but the gradual kind

  • Teen stowaway shows holes in vast airport security

    Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) — Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport successfully captured the teenager on the tarmac, climbing up the landing gear of a jet. But in the end, the cameras failed because no one noticed the security breach until the plane — and the boy — landed in Hawaii. More »Teen stowaway shows holes in vast airport security

  • Police: Victim, suspect in Ga. mall shooting dead

    Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — After a shooting at a mall in suburban Atlanta, the victim died of her injuries and the suspect apparently killed himself, police said Tuesday. More »Police: Victim, suspect in Ga. mall shooting dead

  • India's Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleague remains defiant

    Reuters - 23 hours ago

    By Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought to calm fears about the future of religious minorities under his rule, saying his government would represent all Indians whether they voted for him or not in an ongoing general election. Modi, prime ministerial candidate for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and favourite to become India's next leader, is running on a platform of reviving an economy going through its worst slowdown since the 1980s. But half way through a five-week campaign to win over the country's 815 million voters, some members of the BJP and its hardline affiliates are facing accusations of trying to whip up a partisan agenda. Their statements have re-ignited concerns among religious minorities about a BJP government, which rivals say has a deep-seated bias against India's 150 million Muslims. More »India's Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleague remains defiant

  • Jimmy Savile Victims' Compensation Limited to £60,000 a Head

    IB Times - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Victims of paedophile pop presenter Jimmy Savile can claim no more than £60,000 for sexual abuse meted by the BBC star. Victims who were targeted by the sexual predator and are entitled to a pay-out must apply for the cash by the end of June, or miss out. The plan was hailed by Mr Justice Sales, who drew it up with interested parties. Savile abused vulnerable victims across three decades, up to and including the 1980s. More »Jimmy Savile Victims' Compensation Limited to £60,000 a Head

  • Novartis sees GSK's cancer drugs as potential blockbusters

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Novartis believes GlaxoSmithKline's cancer drugs Votrient, Tafinlar and Mekinist could have more than $1 billion (594.38 million pounds) in sales each, the head of the Swiss company's pharmaceutical unit said on Tuesday. "We believe Votrient, Tafinlar, Mekinist - assuming the (combination) trial is positive for overall survival - all three of these products could become blockbusters in our hands," David Epstein told an investor call. Novartis said on Tuesday it had agreed to buy GSK's cancer drugs for $14.5 billion plus another $1.5 billion that depends on the results of a trial in melanoma. GSK has won priority review from U.S. regulators for the dual use of Tafinlar, also known as dabrafenib, and Mekinist, or trametinib, as a treatment for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. More »Novartis sees GSK's cancer drugs as potential blockbusters

  • China's seizure of Japanese ship has pre-World War Two roots

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Li Hui and Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - It all began with a pre-World War Two contract between China's then "ship king" and a Japanese company to lease two Chinese freighters. That year also marked the start of a full-scale war between China and Japan. And so began a protracted legal case which came to a head last weekend, when a Chinese court ordered the seizure of an iron ore carrier owned by the successor to the original Japanese company in compensation for the loss of the two Chinese vessels. The impoundment has created unease in Japan's government, which warns that the action could affect Japanese businesses in China. More »China's seizure of Japanese ship has pre-World War Two roots

  • Arab League criticises Syrian election plan

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Holding an election in Syria while civil war rages will only obstruct international efforts to resolve the conflict, the head of the Arab League said on Tuesday. President Bashar al-Assad's government announced on Monday that a presidential election would take place on June 3 - an event that is certain to extend his grip on power. "This step could suspend the desired efforts of maturing negotiations for a political solution to the Syrian crisis," Nabil el-Araby, the head of the Cairo-based Arab League, said in a statement. More »Arab League criticises Syrian election plan

  • Cracking down on Nairobi's Somalis

    Al Jazeera - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Al Jazeera investigation uncovers allegations of beatings and rape in Kenya's ongoing anti-terrorism operation. More »Cracking down on Nairobi's Somalis

  • FTSE boosted by huge pharma sector manoeuvres

    AFP - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Huge deal-making in the pharmaceutical sector pushed up London stocks on Tuesday, even though tension over the crisis in Ukraine lurked in the background, traders said. More »FTSE boosted by huge pharma sector manoeuvres

  • Gordon Brown to urge Scots to stick with UK

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown will warn Scots on Tuesday of a pensions "time bomb" in their ageing population as he joins a fight to dissuade them from voting to leave the United Kingdom. Polls show the campaign against independence still in the lead but the Yes campaign has sustained a rally in support that it won last year, narrowing the gap significantly. Brown, a former Labour leader, has kept a low profile since losing the 2010 general election and after being ranked as one of the most unpopular prime ministers of modern times. But he has respect in Scotland, where Labour was the major party until beaten by the Scottish National Party (SNP) in 2007. More »Gordon Brown to urge Scots to stick with UK

  • PHOTOS: Teenager airlifted to hospital after dramatic chopper rescue at top of Mount Errigal

    TheJournal.ie - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    The teaching student fell between 30 and 40 metres from near the summit of Donegal’s tallest mountain. More »PHOTOS: Teenager airlifted to hospital after dramatic chopper rescue at top of Mount Errigal

  • Libel conviction adds to pressure on Putin foe Navalny

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was convicted of libel on Tuesday in a ruling his lawyer said could potentially lead to the jailing of the anti-corruption blogger who is one of President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critics. The verdict added to the pressure on Navalny, who is serving a suspended five-year sentence on a theft conviction he says was orchestrated by the Kremlin and faces trial on a separate theft charge later this week. He had denied guilt, pointing out that he is barred from posting on social media under the terms of his house arrest, though relatives and colleagues do post on his accounts. More »Libel conviction adds to pressure on Putin foe Navalny

  • Islamist Militants Launch Spate of Attacks in Kashmir to Disrupt Elections

    IB Times - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Militants have launched a spate of attacks in Kashmir to deter people from taking part in the ongoing Indian general election. Headmen in two different villages of Anantnag district were targeted in the presumably pre-meditated attacks. The assailants shot Mohammad Anwar Shiekh at point-blank range just outside his home in Amlar-Tral village, according to the Times News Network. About an hour later, village head Ghulam Nabi Mir was gunned down in Batgund Tral in the same district. More »Islamist Militants Launch Spate of Attacks in Kashmir to Disrupt Elections

  • Lockheed boosts profit 23 pct, lifts 2014 outlook

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp , the Pentagon's largest supplier, on Tuesday reported a 23 percent jump in operating profit and earnings per share in the first quarter, and raised its earnings per share outlook for the full year by 25 cents. But Lockheed, maker of the F-35 fighter jet, satellites and coastal warships, said U.S. government budget cuts continued to depress revenues in 2014, with sales to the U.S. military likely to drop by 6.0 percent in 2014 after a 4.0 percent drop in 2013. ... More »Lockheed boosts profit 23 pct, lifts 2014 outlook

  • Grieving borrowers told to repay student loan

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies. More »Grieving borrowers told to repay student loan

  • Company that owned ill-fated South Korea ferry has chequered past

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    The founder of the predecessor company, Yoo Byung-un, once likened his 1997 bankruptcy proceedings to a captain going down with his ship. An investment vehicle run by his two sons and its shipbuilding affiliate are now the majority owners of Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd, the operator of the ferry that capsized. But Yoo and his two sons have been barred from leaving South Korea as investigators seek to establish what led to the fatal sinking of the Sewol ferry. Only 174 people have been rescued and the remainder are all presumed to have drowned, a disaster that has shocked South Korea. More »Company that owned ill-fated South Korea ferry has chequered past

  • Monkeys Can Do Maths, Confirm Harvard and Yale Researchers

    IB Times - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Scientists from Harvard Medical School and Yale University School of Medicine, headed by neurobiologist Margaret S. Livingstone, trained three monkeys from the rhesus macaque species to associate the numerals from zero to 25 with the same number in liquid "reward" drops that increased in magnitude as the numbers went up. The monkeys were able to add the symbolically represented award magnitudes, and even when the scientists taught them a completely different scale of symbols to represent zero to 25, in order to rule out the fact that the monkeys might be memorising the symbols, the monkeys were still able to add pairs of large numbers together. More »Monkeys Can Do Maths, Confirm Harvard and Yale Researchers

  • Russia PM says certain can minimise sanctions impact

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Darya Korsunskaya and Nigel Stephenson MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia, under threat of further sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, said on Tuesday it could minimise their impact and would support industries dependent on supplies from abroad. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told parliament sanctions were a chance for Russia to reduce its dependence on imports and that its economic priorities were unchanged. "We will not allow our citizens to become hostages of political games." The United States and the European Union have imposed visa bans and asset freezes on a number of Russian individuals since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region last month. Washington has said further sanctions could be imposed "within days" if Russia does not take steps to implement an international accord, signed in Geneva last week, which was meant to defuse the crisis. More »Russia PM says certain can minimise sanctions impact

  • Russia's M.video raises game in online with price match

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Maria Kiselyova and Olga Sichkar MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian consumer electronics chain M.video, wary of the impact of the Ukraine crisis on the Russian economy, is aiming to grab market share from online rivals by matching their prices. Russia's e-commerce market has boomed as telecoms operators have reached even the most far-flung regions of the world's largest country with broadband and mobile networks. In 2011 Russia became Europe's biggest market by number of Internet users. Online sales at M.video, Russia's largest and only publicly traded consumer electronics chain, soared 115 percent in 2013 to 9.7 billion roubles (161 million pounds) as it expanded its online offering to more regions along with opening physical stores. More »Russia's M.video raises game in online with price match

  • Spread of MERS in Saudi Arabia accelerates with 17 new cases

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has discovered another 17 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as the total number of confirmed infections of the SARS-like disease has jumped by a third in the kingdom in the past week. King Abdullah replaced the health minister, Abdullah al-Rabeeah, on Monday amid growing public disquiet at the spread of the disease, which was discovered two years ago and kills around a third of sufferers. Rabeeah said on Sunday he did not know why there had been a surge but said it might be part of a seasonal pattern since there had also been a rise in infections last April and May. However, the jump is of particular concern as Saudi Arabia is expected to have a large influx of pilgrims from across the world in July during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, followed in early October by the arrival of millions of people to perform the annual Haj in Mecca and Medina. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia's second-largest city where many of the new cases have been discovered, is the main entry point for pilgrims visiting nearby Mecca, site of the holiest places in Islam but where there have been no confirmed cases so far. More »Spread of MERS in Saudi Arabia accelerates with 17 new cases

  • 2 Chinese die from coal fumes in ship off India

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    KOLKATA, India (AP) — An Indian port official say two Chinese sailors were found dead from inhaling coal fumes in the cargo hold of their Chinese bulk carrier. More »2 Chinese die from coal fumes in ship off India

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