• Bee-friendly garden can help struggling species

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Bees are pulling a disappearing act. Honeybees are vanishing from their hives. Bumblebee numbers have crashed so radically that some species are believed extinct. Even native solitary bees are in decline. Food supplies dependent upon pollinators are threatened. More »Bee-friendly garden can help struggling species

  • Exclusive - Cuba may revive Paris Club debt negotiations

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba and the Paris Club of wealthy creditor nations are working to resume talks over billions of dollars of official debt in a new sign the communist government is interested in rejoining the global economy. A Paris Club delegation quietly travelled to Havana late last year to meet with Cuban bank officials, who were prepared with various proposals and appeared eager to strike a deal, according to Western diplomats. They said Cuba must first show creditors its books, which so far it has refused to do. Cuba considers its level of foreign reserves a state secret and publishes scant data on its current account and foreign debt, which it last revealed for 2010. More »Exclusive - Cuba may revive Paris Club debt negotiations

  • Philips profits slump 15% as medical markets flag

    AFP - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    The Philips logo on its offices in Amsterdam, on April 18, 2011 More »Philips profits slump 15% as medical markets flag

  • Aberdeen Boy Burned In 'Petrol Game' Dies

    Sky News - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Preston Flores is believed to have suffered 80% burns after he was set on fire while playing a game with friends in Bedford Avenue around 2pm on Good Friday. In a statement released through police, his mother, Luisza, said: "Preston's family want to inform the public that their precious little boy has passed away and is at rest. "Preston was a special little boy and his loss has ripped our family apart." The statement added: "On behalf of our family I would like to thank everyone for their support but would ask that we are now allowed to grieve in peace for Preston." More »Aberdeen Boy Burned In 'Petrol Game' Dies

  • Michael Schumacher Facing Legal Action Over Audi Crash near Seville in Spain

    IB Times - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Michael Schumacher is being sued while he lies in a coma for allegedly causing a traffic crash. A man claims Schumacher knocked him off his bike at a roundabout in Seville, Spain - only weeks before the German crashed while skiing in the French Alps. The motorcyclist accuses Schumacher of failing to give way in the city of Bormujos, while driving an Audi A4 hire car. A police report on the incident claimed Schumacher failed to respect the other road user's right of way. More »Michael Schumacher Facing Legal Action Over Audi Crash near Seville in Spain

  • Acts of bravery emerge from pilloried ship crew

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — As the ferry sank, some crew members gave their lifejackets to passengers. One refused to leave until she shepherded students off the ship, and was later found dead. Others worked from rescue boats to break windows with hammers and pull people trapped in cabins to safety. More »Acts of bravery emerge from pilloried ship crew

  • How jet stowaways can survive cold, lack of oxygen

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Despite the subzero temperatures and lack of oxygen, people can survive even a long journey in the wheel well of a jetliner. The latest example is a teenager who, according to authorities, stowed away ... More »How jet stowaways can survive cold, lack of oxygen

  • Antagonising Iran: A strategic miscalculation?

    Al Jazeera - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    How the 'crippling sanctions' policy has started to cripple the tormentor. More »Antagonising Iran: A strategic miscalculation?

  • Forest striker Blackstock charged with betting breach

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock was charged with misconduct on Tuesday in relation to breaches of the Football Association's rules on betting. The player, who is recovering from a season-ending knee injury he picked up on loan at Championship (second tier) rivals Leeds United, was given six days to respond. The FA did not give details, but the Nottingham Post website said the charges did not relate to bets placed on matches involving Forest and nor were there any allegations that the player had been involved in match-fixing. Blackstock, 27, has not played for Forest since October. More »Forest striker Blackstock charged with betting breach

  • Nobel Prize Winner Robert Lefkowitz: Science Cannot Make Headway Because Faith 'Untestable'

    IB Times - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    A Nobel Prize-winning biochemist has said the scientific community cannot make any headway among the religious community because "facts can't argue against faith". Robert Lefkowitz, who won a Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2012, said that the reason many people still do not believe in popular science, including evolution, the Big Bang and climate change, is because you cannot challenge faith in the same way you can science. Lefkowitz was commenting following the publication of a poll by AP and GfK, which found many Americans question concepts considered to be truths by the scientific community, such as the age of our planet. Randy Schekman, who won a Nobel Prize for medicine last year, said: "Science ignorance is pervasive in our society, and these attitudes are reinforced when some of our leaders are openly antagonistic to established facts." More »Nobel Prize Winner Robert Lefkowitz: Science Cannot Make Headway Because Faith 'Untestable'

  • Salaries rising for fundraisers at top charities

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Raising money for charity has become lucrative work. A new study of 280 nonprofits released Monday by the Washington-based Chronicle of Philanthropy shows nearly 30 top fundraisers have been earning more ... More »Salaries rising for fundraisers at top charities

  • NBC adding Weir, Lipinski to Derby

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is adding Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to its Kentucky Derby telecast as fashion correspondents next week, illustrating how the network's coverage now reflects one of the most female-friendly televised sporting events of the year. More »NBC adding Weir, Lipinski to Derby

  • Exit plan unresolved as Portugal's last bailout review kicks off

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Andrei Khalip LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's international lenders started on Tuesday their last evaluation of its performance under its bailout, with further reforms on the agenda and the question of a standby loan when it exits the programme next month still unresolved. In a sign of the review's forward-looking bias, the inspectors from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund held one of their first meetings with the main opposition Socialists. The fund said on Monday the recent return of economic growth had boosted Portugal's near-term prospects, but more needed to be done to free up the jobs market to cut labour costs and unemployment. The Socialists agree the course of fiscal discipline has to continue, but reject further austerity, which the centre-right coalition government will continue to apply this year and next on top of huge tax hikes and spending cuts already implemented under the bailout since 2011. More »Exit plan unresolved as Portugal's last bailout review kicks off

  • Police: Man wanted in NY rape case caught in UK

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    SYRACUSE, New York (AP) — Authorities say a 47-year-old man who fled to Africa after being charged in 2010 with raping a child in western New York has been captured in Britain. More »Police: Man wanted in NY rape case caught in UK

  • Soccer-Forest striker Blackstock charged with betting breach

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock was charged with misconduct on Tuesday in relation to breaches of the Football Association's rules on betting. The player, who is recovering from a season-ending knee injury he picked up on loan at Championship (second tier) rivals Leeds United, was given six days to respond. The FA did not give details, but the Nottingham Post website said the charges did not relate to bets placed on matches involving Forest and nor were there any allegations that the player had been involved in match-fixing. Blackstock, 27, has not played for Forest since October. More »Soccer-Forest striker Blackstock charged with betting breach

  • Philips warns of tough 2014 as strong euro wipes out first-quarter growth

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Maria Sheahan and Anthony Deutsch FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Philips warned on Tuesday it would struggle to post a rise in operating profit for 2014 after slowing demand in China and Russia, combined with the impact of a strong euro, wiped out its first-quarter sales growth. Chief Executive Frans van Houten said he was still confident that Philips would hit its operating profit margin target of 11-12 percent by 2016, though progress this year towards that goal would be hard. There is nothing positive in the message today." Van Houten, who drove Philips' reinvention by cutting costs and targeting new areas of growth, said slowing economic growth in China and the accompanying weakness in construction markets were especially hurting the lighting business, which accounts for more than a third of group sales. The conflict with Ukraine over Crimea was hurting demand in Russia, he added. More »Philips warns of tough 2014 as strong euro wipes out first-quarter growth

  • Japan has not narrowed trade differences with U.S., negotiator says

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Stanley White TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese officials said on Tuesday there was still a significant way to go before reaching a broad agreement on trade with the United States, a day before President Barack Obama visits for a summit. A U.S.-Japan agreement is critical to the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-nation grouping that would stretch from Asia to Latin America. A TPP deal is central to Obama's policy of expanding the U.S. presence in Asia. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also touted the TPP as a main element of his economic strategy to increase growth and shake off years of stagnation. More »Japan has not narrowed trade differences with U.S., negotiator says

  • Fresh Thai election no closer despite multi-party meeting

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's political impasse looked no closer to a solution on Tuesday despite a rare meeting of political parties and the Election Commission to discuss how and when a new vote should be held after a general election in February was declared void. About 58 parties including the ruling Puea Thai Party met in Bangkok to discuss a rerun, after months of anti-government protests that have crippled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's caretaker government and the economy. However, the main opposition Democrat Party did not attend, citing unspecified security concerns, and the parties did not settle on a date for a new election. The failure of the talks highlights the political division between the mostly poor, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, and the largely middle- and upper-class backers of the royalist establishment. More »Fresh Thai election no closer despite multi-party meeting

  • Cyrus to make European tour dates

    Press Association - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Miley Cyrus will make her European tour dates as planned, despite postponing the American leg of her tour. More »Cyrus to make European tour dates

  • Pacific accord on maritime code could help prevent conflicts

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Megha Rajagopalan QINGDAO, China (Reuters) - Countries embroiled in territorial rows in the East and South China Seas agreed on Tuesday to abide by a maritime communications deal to try to ensure accidental naval altercations do not develop into a conflict. It was in no way meant to resolve territorial disputes pitting China against several neighbours over waters where fears of accidental clashes have raised the risk of broader turmoil. The United States wants clearer operational communications with the growing Chinese fleet, arrangements in part hampered by different interpretations of what sort of movements are acceptable in international waters, U.S. naval officers say. The risks of a mishap were highlighted in December when the U.S. guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens had to take evasive action in the South China Sea to avoid hitting a warship supporting China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. More »Pacific accord on maritime code could help prevent conflicts

  • Over 175 regional festivals to benefit from €500k Fáilte Ireland funding

    TheJournal.ie - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    The funding will support music, sport, food and cultural festivals around the country. More »Over 175 regional festivals to benefit from €500k Fáilte Ireland funding

  • India's Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleagues remain defiant

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi on Tuesday distanced himself from colleagues on the Hindu far right, saying they must focus on development issues in the election campaign, rather than rail against minority Muslims and liberals. Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is running on a platform to revive an economy going through the worst slowdown since 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. "Petty statements by those claiming to be BJP's well wishers are deviating the campaign from the issues of development & good governance," Modi, the biggest campaigner for the party, said in a Twitter post. More »India's Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleagues remain defiant

  • Kerry Katona reveals labour trauma

    Press Association - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Kerry Katona has spoken of the traumatic birth of her fifth child after the baby's heart stopped just moments after the delivery. More »Kerry Katona reveals labour trauma

  • South Sudan: Hundreds of 'Ethnic Killings' in Oil Capital Bentiu, Says UN

    IB Times - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Rebels who seized the capital of the oil-rich Unity state in South Sudan carried out targeted killings against ethnic groups, according to the United Nations. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (Unmiss) reported that hundreds of foreign and South Sudanese civilians were hunted down and killed according to their nationality and ethnicity. Rebel troops overran the oil hub of Bentiu and took civilians who were hiding in a mosque, a Catholic church and a hospital. Unmiss said that more than 200 civilians were killed in the attack on the mosque alone, after government forces left the town. More »South Sudan: Hundreds of 'Ethnic Killings' in Oil Capital Bentiu, Says UN

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