• Man in his forties stabbed at retail park in south Dublin

    TheJournal.ie - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The incident happened at around 4.25pm this afternoon. More »Man in his forties stabbed at retail park in south Dublin

  • Iranian negotiator denies discussion of 2-3 page nuclear deal -IRNA

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    DUBAI (Reuters) - A member of Iran's negotiating team at ongoing nuclear talks in Switzerland denied reports that the two sides are closing in a 2- to 3-page preliminary accord, state news agency IRNA reported on Saturday. Majid Takht-Ravanchi told IRNA there been no discussion of such an accord, IRNA said. Reuters reported on Friday that Iran and world powers -- the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China -- were getting close to such a deal, citing senior Iranian and Western officials. ... More »Iranian negotiator denies discussion of 2-3 page nuclear deal -IRNA

  • Soccer-Montenegrin FA blasts fans after Euro qualifier abandoned

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Montenegrin soccer fans who keep causing trouble and forced Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Russia to be abandoned are hypocrites and barbarians, the general secretary of the Adriatic republic's football association said. The Group G match ended midway through the second half after two outbursts of violence, the first 25 seconds after kick off when a home fan hit Russia keeper Igor Akinfeev with a flare in the head. German referee Deniz Aytekin called the game off in the 67th minute after Russian midfielder Dmitri Kombarov was hit with a missile from the terraces, following a scuffle between players on the touchline. "These fans sing 'Montenegro we love you' but throw flares, insult rivals and cause all sorts of incidents every time they turn up and that's outright hypocrisy," general secretary Momir Djurdjevac told reporters after the ugly scenes in the stadium. More »Soccer-Montenegrin FA blasts fans after Euro qualifier abandoned

  • Europe launches first Galileo satellites since orbit error

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The European Union successfully launched two navigation satellites into Earth's orbit late on Friday, restarting a flagship project after a botched deployment in August that cost millions of euros to fix. The Galileo satellites, which blasted off from Europe's space port in French Guiana aboard a Soyuz rocket at 6.46 p.m. local time, will be part of the EU's alternative to the U.S. Global Positioning System, widely known as GPS. The multi-billion-euro project suffered a setback in August, when two satellites were put into the wrong orbit, adding to previous problems with delays and financing and questions about whether Europe really needs a rival navigation system. It took months and numerous complicated manoeuvres to nudge the two satellites into more viable orbits. More »Europe launches first Galileo satellites since orbit error

  • Philippines dismisses China concerns over South China Sea military repairs

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The Philippines dismissed concerns by China over its plan to repair military facilities in South China Sea, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday, insisting Manila has sovereign rights over territories in the disputed areas. The possible repair "is no way comparable to China's massive reclamation activities, which not only violate international law...but also unnecessarily raise regional tensions", spokesman Charles Jose said in a statement. "China's recent statement expressing concern over what the Philippines plan to do should not distract us from the real issues in the South China Sea, which are China's illegitimate 'nine-dash line' claim," Jose said. Maritime lawyers note Beijing routinely outlines the scope of its claims with reference to the so-called nine-dashed line that takes in about 90 percent of the 3.5 million square kilometres South China Sea on Chinese maps. More »Philippines dismisses China concerns over South China Sea military repairs

  • Russia launch protest following Montenegro match

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Football Union has launched a protest against the decision by UEFA officials to continue the Euro 2016 qualifier against Montenegro despite goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev being hit by a flare in the first minute of the match. Montenegro and Russia's Euro 2016 qualifier was abandoned midway through the second half on Friday after two outbreaks of crowd trouble and a scuffle between the players. The game in Podgorica was first delayed by 33 minutes when Russia goalkeeper Akinfeev was hit on the head by a flare thrown from the Montenegro section of the ground soon after kickoff. "It is such a shame that the actions of the Montenegro supporters spoilt what would have been a very interesting game," Nikolay Tolstykh, the president of the Russian Football Union, told the Sport Express newspaper. More »Russia launch protest following Montenegro match

  • Nurse reunited with injured Afghan children she helped

    Associated Press - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last time Lynette Austin saw the Afghan children, they were weak, wounded and broken. More »Nurse reunited with injured Afghan children she helped

  • Philippines dismisses China concerns over Sth China Sea military repairs

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The Philippines dismissed concerns by China over its plan to repair military facilities in South China Sea, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday, insisting Manila has sovereign rights over territories in the disputed areas. The possible repair "is no way comparable to China's massive reclamation activities, which not only violate international law...but also unnecessarily raise regional tensions", spokesman Charles Jose said in a statement. "China's recent statement expressing concern over what the Philippines plan to do should not distract us from the real issues in the South China Sea, which are China's illegitimate 'nine-dash line' claim," Jose said. Maritime lawyers note Beijing routinely outlines the scope of its claims with reference to the so-called nine-dashed line that takes in about 90 percent of the 3.5 million square kilometers South China Sea on Chinese maps. More »Philippines dismisses China concerns over Sth China Sea military repairs

  • Soccer-Russia launch protest following Montenegro match

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, March 28 (Reuters) - The Russian Football Union has launched a protest against the decision by UEFA officials to continue the Euro 2016 qualifier against Montenegro despite goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev being hit by a flare in the first minute of the match. Montenegro and Russia's Euro 2016 qualifier was abandoned midway through the second half on Friday after two outbreaks of crowd trouble and a scuffle between the players. The game in Podgorica was first delayed by 33 minutes when Russia goalkeeper Akinfeev was hit on the head by a flare thrown from the Montenegro section of the ground soon after kickoff. "It is such a shame that the actions of the Montenegro supporters spoilt what would have been a very interesting game," Nikolay Tolstykh, the president of the Russian Football Union, told the Sport Express newspaper. More »Soccer-Russia launch protest following Montenegro match

  • Iran sanctions debate ignores civilian impact

    Al Jazeera - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The crippling of Iran's economy has had severe consequences for its healthcare system. More »Iran sanctions debate ignores civilian impact

  • Ailing Crowe pens emotional tribute before World Cup final

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    By Julian Linden MELBOURNE (Reuters) - New Zealand's former cricket captain Martin Crowe, who is terminally ill with lymphoma, has penned a moving tribute to his countrymen ahead of Sunday's World Cup final against Australia. In a heart-wrenching column published on Cricinfo, the 52-year-old said Sunday's match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground might be the last he ever sees. The last, maybe, and I can happily live with that." Crowe, who played 77 tests and 143 One-Day Internationals for New Zealand, was regarded as one of the world's best batsmen during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma two years ago but it went into remission. More »Ailing Crowe pens emotional tribute before World Cup final

  • Outrage At China Treatment Of Activists

    Sky News - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The lawyer for one of five women held in China after campaigning for women's rights has told Sky News their treatment is beyond anything he could ever have imagined. Wang Qiushi represents Wei Tingting, who was detained by Chinese authorities on 6 March with four other young women. They were accused of "picking a quarrel" after they had planned a public campaign to end sexual harassment on International Women's Day. In a coordinated police operation, the women - Zheng Churan, Li Tingting, both 25, Wei Tingting, 27, Wu Rongrong, 30 and Wang Man, 32 - were arrested in different parts of China and brought to Haidian Detention Centre in northwest Beijing. More »Outrage At China Treatment Of Activists

  • Cricket-Ailing Crowe pens emotional tribute before World Cup final

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    By Julian Linden MELBOURNE, March 28 (Reuters) - New Zealand's former cricket captain Martin Crowe, who is terminally ill with lymphoma, has penned a moving tribute to his countrymen ahead of Sunday's World Cup final against Australia. In a heart-wrenching column published on Cricinfo, the 52-year-old said Sunday's match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground might be the last he ever sees. The last, maybe, and I can happily live with that." Crowe, who played 77 tests and 143 One-Day Internationals for New Zealand, was regarded as one of the world's best batsmen during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma two years ago but it went into remission. More »Cricket-Ailing Crowe pens emotional tribute before World Cup final

  • Nobel's will goes on display for first time

    AFP - 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 »Nobel's will goes on display for first time

  • War planes attack Sanaa throughout night, finish at dawn - residents

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    War planes attacked Yemen's capital Sanaa through the night on Friday and stopped around dawn, residents of the city told Reuters on Saturday. "There were planes strikes all through the night and stopped at dawn," said a resident in Sanaa, adding that explosions were heard in an area west of the capital were a government national guard base was located. More »War planes attack Sanaa throughout night, finish at dawn - residents

  • Australia's Clarke to retire from ODIs after final

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia captain Michael Clarke dropped a bombshell on the eve of the World Cup final by announcing he will retire from one-day cricket after Sunday's title-decider against New Zealand. "Tomorrow will be my last ODI game for Australia," Clarke told reporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where he hopes to lead Australia to a fifth world championship. Sunday will mark Clarke's 245th one-day game for Australia, and the skipper said it had been "an honour and a privilege" to represent his country in that amount of games. "I don't think it's realistic that I'll be fit and healthy and available to play the next World Cup so I believe it's the right time. More »Australia's Clarke to retire from ODIs after final

  • REFILE-UPDATE 2-Cricket-Australia's Clarke to retire from ODIs after final

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    (Repeats to add dateline, no changes to text) * Clarke to hang up gloves after 245 ODIs * Says time is right * Wants to stay on as test skipper (Adds new quotes, details) By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, March 28 (Reuters) - Australia captain Michael Clarke dropped a bombshell on the eve of the World Cup final by announcing he will retire from one-day cricket after Sunday's title-decider against New Zealand. "Tomorrow will be my last ODI game for Australia," Clarke told reporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where he hopes to lead Australia to a fifth world championship. Sunday will mark Clarke's 245th one-day game for Australia, and the skipper said it had been "an honour and a privilege" to represent his country in that amount of games. "I was very fortunate four years ago to get the opportunity to captain this one-day team and that was really good preparation for me leading up to this World Cup, and I think the next Australian captain deserves the same opportunity." George Bailey led Australia in their opening match of the World Cup against England but was replaced when Clarke returned to fitness after hamstring surgery. More »REFILE-UPDATE 2-Cricket-Australia's Clarke to retire from ODIs after final

  • Michael Clarke announces World Cup final will be last ODI

    Associated Press - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Michael Clarke's retirement decision overshadowed the eve of the Cricket World Cup final, with the Australian captain using a pre-match news conference to reveal Sunday's tournament decider against New Zealand would be his last one-day international. More »Michael Clarke announces World Cup final will be last ODI

  • Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says "governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification." Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a same-sex wedding if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of the owner. Two of the most powerful companies in the United States, retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has its home office in Arkansas, and technology giant Apple Inc have criticized the measure. "We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief of respect for the individual and sends the wrong message about Arkansas, as well as the diverse environment which exists in the state," a Walmart spokesman said in a statement. More »Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays

  • Delayed results show opposition conservatives win El Salvador vote

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador's main conservative opposition party narrowly won the most seats in legislative elections earlier this month, electoral authorities said on Friday, a result which could force the ruling leftist government to seek a middle ground with the newly elected lawmakers. The bungled March 1 vote provoked a major vote-counting delay, even sparking allegations of sabotage before an investigation failed to substantiate them. ... More »Delayed results show opposition conservatives win El Salvador vote

  • Amanda Knox: "Full of joy" after her acquittal in Italy

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    REUTERS - American Amanda Knox said outside her mother's Seattle home on Friday night that she was "full of joy" following her acquittal by Italy's top court for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. "I'm still absorbing the present moment, which is full of joy," an emotional Knox told reporters at a news conference, flanked by her family. "Meredith was my friend," she said, battling back tears. "She deserved so much in this life." (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Ken Wills) More »Amanda Knox: "Full of joy" after her acquittal in Italy

  • Police officer wounded, suspect killed in Boston shootout

    Associated Press - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — A suspect in a motor vehicle stop opened fire on police on Friday evening and seriously wounded a decorated officer before being killed by other officers at the scene, authorities said. An apparent bystander also was shot. More »Police officer wounded, suspect killed in Boston shootout

  • Washington state florist fined for refusing to service gay wedding

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    (Reuters) - A judge in Washington state on Friday fined a florist $1,000 after she refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple's wedding, officials said. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who along with the couple - Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed - sued florist Barronelle Stutzman in 2013, applauded the ruling in a statement. "My primary goal has always been to end illegal discrimination," Ferguson said. "I'm pleased that today's ruling clearly prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples." Benton County Superior Court Judge Alexander Ekstrom's order on Friday also bars Stutzman and her Richland shop, Arlene's Flowers, from offering goods or services to straight couples that aren't also made available to same-sex couples, the statement said. More »Washington state florist fined for refusing to service gay wedding

  • Amanda Knox acquitted of murder by Italy's top court

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    By Massimiliano Di Giorgio and Eric M. Johnson ROME/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Italy's top court on Friday annulled the conviction of American Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of her British flatmate and fully acquitted her in a surprise verdict capping nearly a decade of courtroom drama. The brutal stabbing of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, alleged sex games and multiple trials provided fodder for tabloids on both sides of the Atlantic and inspired books and films. "I'm still absorbing the present moment, which is full of joy," an emotional Knox, 27, told reporters at a news conference outside her mother's Seattle home on Friday night. "I'm grateful to have my life back." The Court of Cassation threw out the second guilty verdict against Knox and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 31, for the murder, saying there was insufficient evidence to convict either of them. More »Amanda Knox acquitted of murder by Italy's top court

  • Durant to have another surgery, miss rest of season

    Associated Press - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — NBA MVP Kevin Durant will miss the rest of the season and have bone graft surgery next week to treat a fractured bone in his right foot. More »Durant to have another surgery, miss rest of season

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