• Israeli gas holds promise of better ties with neighbours

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Oleg Vukmanovic and Ron Bousso MILAN/LONDON (Reuters) - Israel's drive to export its new-found natural gas could help to rebuild strained ties with old regional allies Egypt and Turkey, but could deprive Europe of a precious alternative to Russian gas. Israel has in recent months already signed energy deals with Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, though relations with the Palestinians are at a low ebb, and now needs to expand its export horizons to cash in on its huge energy discoveries. If all goes well, the latest developments could see first pipelines being laid between Israel and Turkey as soon as 2015, and gas cooperation between Israel and Egypt is also emerging, which would allow export access to Asia's major markets. A growing population and soaring demand have left Egypt's own liquefied natural gas export (LNG) plants in need of new supply, as domestic shortages eat into seaborne exports through the Suez Canal to the world's most lucrative market in Asia. More »Israeli gas holds promise of better ties with neighbours

  • Supremacist ID'd as suspect in Kansas attacks

    Associated Press - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. More »Supremacist ID'd as suspect in Kansas attacks

  • Mental Health: Risk of Postnatal Depression in Young First-Time Fathers Rises by 68%

    IB Times - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    There has been a significant rise in cases of postnatal depression in men during the first five years of fatherhood, according to new research. Symptoms of depression have increased on average by 68% over the initial five years after the birth of a child, among fathers around 25 years of age who lived with their children. Craig Garfield, a professor in pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, who led the study, said depression affects around 5% to 10% of fathers. Postnatal depression, otherwise known as postpartum depression, is estimated to affect around 10% to 15% of mothers. More »Mental Health: Risk of Postnatal Depression in Young First-Time Fathers Rises by 68%

  • No doubt that Russia behind unrest in Ukraine - Hague

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The destabilisation of eastern Ukraine is clearly being instigated by Russia, Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday, and he called for further sanctions against Moscow. "There can't really be any real doubt that this is something that has been planned and brought about by Russia," Hague said as he arrived at a meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss the crisis. "I don't think denials of Russian involvement have a shred of credibility." He added that events had all the hallmarks of Russia's actions to seize Crimea from Ukraine: "It has all the appearance of a further gross deliberate, premeditated violation of the independence and sovereignty of Ukraine." Hague said he would be arguing for the EU to take further measures to sanction Russia for its actions. A so-called "third phase" of EU sanctions is expected to include restrictions on trade and finance with Russia, potentially with wide-reaching repercussions for the Russian and EU economies. More »No doubt that Russia behind unrest in Ukraine - Hague

  • Poland aims for narrower fiscal deficit in 2015 - government document

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Pawel Sobczak WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland plans to cut its fiscal deficit to 2.5 percent of economic output in 2015, a smaller shortfall than previously planned and currently forecast by the European Commission, a draft government document seen by Reuters showed. Poland, the largest economy in central and eastern Europe, is under the Commission's excessive deficit procedure and has been given until 2015 to cut its fiscal gap to below the target ceiling of 3 percent of GDP. Countries under the excessive deficit procedure must present updates each year on their deficit reduction plans, also called "convergence programmes". Reuters has seen a copy of this year's update for Poland, which must be approved by the government by the end of April and then sent to Brussels. More »Poland aims for narrower fiscal deficit in 2015 - government document

  • Arcade Fire brings in Debbie Harry to close Coachella, slams VIP policy

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian alternative-rock group Arcade Fire closed the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday with special guest Debbie Harry but deplored the festival's growing amenities reserved for VIPs only. Arcade Fire kicked off its set with "Reflektor," the title song from last year's album of the same name, and led into songs such as ""Flashbulb Eyes" and "Rebellion (Lies)." "We've been coming here for many years now, so it's an honour to be headlining," said the band's frontman, Win Butler. ... More »Arcade Fire brings in Debbie Harry to close Coachella, slams VIP policy

  • My 23 year obsession with the Loch Ness monster - and how I missed my big chance to prove she exists

    Yahoo News. - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    A full time Loch Ness monster hunter has dedicated 23 years of his life just to catch a glimpse of her - but didn't have his camera with him the one time Nessie turned up. More »My 23 year obsession with the Loch Ness monster - and how I missed my big chance to prove she exists

  • Blast rips up busy bus station in Nigerian capital

    Associated Press - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Dozens of people are feared dead in an explosion that blasted through a busy commuter bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, before 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) Monday as people were traveling to work. More »Blast rips up busy bus station in Nigerian capital

  • Syria opposition claims has evidence of chlorine gas attack

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Syrian opposition activists have posted photographs and video that they say shows an improvised chlorine bomb to back up claims that President Bashar al-Assad's forces used chemical weapons in two attacks last week. Both sides said chlorine gas - a deadly agent widely used in World War I - had been used. The gas, which has industrial uses, is not on a list of chemical weapons that Assad declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog last year for destruction. Eliot Higgins, a respected UK-based researcher who trawls daily through online videos of Syria's civil war to verify weapons in them, could not verify the opposition's claims but said the videos did appear to show an industrial chlorine cylinder. More »Syria opposition claims has evidence of chlorine gas attack

  • Ex-KKK Leader Held Over Jewish Centre Shootings

    Sky News - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The man accused of killing three people at Jewish sites has been identified as a 73-year-old white supremacist who was once the subject of a US-wide manhunt. Frazier Glenn Cross was arrested at an elementary school in the area, and local television channel KSHB said he was heard shouting "Heil Hitler" as he was taken away. Cross, who also uses the name Frazier Glenn Miller, ran for public office in 2006 and 2010 on a white power platform. Overland Park police Chief John Douglass, who refused to confirm the suspect's identity, said he had made several statements to police. More »Ex-KKK Leader Held Over Jewish Centre Shootings

  • Japan Curbs Chicken Shipments Following Bird Flu Outbreak

    IB Times - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Japan has curbed the shipment of almost 400,000 chickens in the Kumamoto prefecture in the south following the nation's first occurrence of bird flu in three years. The restrictions will be lifted in early May if the outbreak is contained, an Agriculture Ministry official, Yoshihiro Kawada, told Bloomberg. About 112,000 chickens will be slaughtered by local authorities on 14 April, media reports said. Japan began culling on 13 April after the discovery of the H-5 avian influenza virus that killed over 1,000 chickens at a farm in Taragi town, in the prefecture. More »Japan Curbs Chicken Shipments Following Bird Flu Outbreak

  • On the green: NAMA nets €5 million for €80 million Kildare golf resort

    TheJournal.ie - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Original development costs for Moyvalley resort could have been as high as €80 million. More »On the green: NAMA nets €5 million for €80 million Kildare golf resort

  • Cowell 'to sign up BGT's Collabro'

    Press Association - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Simon Cowell reportedly has his eye on Britain's Got Talent singing quintet Collabro. More »Cowell 'to sign up BGT's Collabro'

  • Nigeria bus station bombed in rush hour

    Al Jazeera - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    At least 35 believed killed in bus station bombing during rush hour in the capital Abuja, with toll expected to rise. More »Nigeria bus station bombed in rush hour

  • Anxious China emerges as diplomatic player in Afghanistan

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Katharine Houreld and Ben Blanchard KABUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - China is quietly preparing for a more robust role in the future of Afghanistan, concerned that the withdrawal of NATO troops will leave a hotbed of militancy on its doorstep. The two countries are connected by a narrow mountainous corridor that is almost impassable, which meant Beijing could focus on mining and mineral deals in Afghanistan as Western forces battled Taliban insurgents. But officials say that China is emerging as a key strategic player. In August it will host a "Heart of Asia" conference on Afghanistan, which may have a newly elected president by then, inviting leaders from regional nations including India and Pakistan. More »Anxious China emerges as diplomatic player in Afghanistan

  • Boy Critical After Falling From Moving Coach

    Sky News - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    A nine-year-old boy is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after falling from a moving coach near King's Lynn in Norfolk. On board were 20 children and 10 adults from Stamford Rugby Club in Lincolnshire, who were travelling home from a tournament at Holt in Norfolk The boy was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and later moved to Addenbrookes in Cambridge.  Superintendent Dave Marshall said: "This is a serious incident which has left a nine-year-old boy fighting for his life. More »Boy Critical After Falling From Moving Coach

  • Blackpool Man Charged With Murder Of Toddler

    Sky News - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Police in Lancashire have charged a man with the murder of a two-year-old girl who died on Saturday after suffering serious injuries. Police said Connor Gibson, 23, of Melrose Avenue, Blackpool, will appear in court on Monday in connection with the death of Kacey Hambleton. Police were called to an address on Granby Avenue, Blackpool on Thursday morning where they found the little girl in an "unresponsive" state. Kacey was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and later airlifted to Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital in a critical condition. More »Blackpool Man Charged With Murder Of Toddler

  • London Marathon 2014: Runner Mami Konneh Lahun Goes Missing Hours After Race

    IB Times - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    A woman who came 20th at the 2014 London Marathon has gone missing hours after crossing the finishing line. Mami Konneh Lahun, 24, from Sierra Leone, arrived in the UK on 7 April to take part in the 26.2 mile race. Konneh Lahun is reportedly Sierra Leone's fastest-ever female 5,000m and 10,000m runner. More »London Marathon 2014: Runner Mami Konneh Lahun Goes Missing Hours After Race

  • China tells U.S. to stop 'gesticulating' on rights cases

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    China's foreign ministry told the United States on Monday to stop "gesticulating" in its criticism of China's treatment of dissidents, after Washington called on Beijing to release a prominent activist. The United States last week said it was "deeply disappointed" at a Beijing court's decision to uphold a four-year jail sentence for anti-corruption and children's education rights campaigner Xu Zhiyong. The European Union also expressed concern. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Xu was a Chinese citizen who broke the law and was being punished because of it. More »China tells U.S. to stop 'gesticulating' on rights cases

  • Russia says east Ukraine must have say in preparing referendum

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Ukraine's Russian-speaking eastern regions should be involved in drafting the constitution that should be put to a referendum, mooted by Kiev, on the type of state Ukraine should be. Speaking at a news conference after meeting his Sudanese counterpart, Lavrov said it was not in Russia's interests for Ukraine to break up, but that Moscow wanted all citizens of the country to be given equal treatment by Kiev. He denied Ukrainian and U.S. allegations that Russia had undercover agents fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, and said he was seeking explanation of media reports that the director of the CIA, John Brennan, had visited Kiev. More »Russia says east Ukraine must have say in preparing referendum

  • As novice runners hit the open road, experts say take it slow

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the days lengthen and the weather warms and novice runners cast an eye outdoors, fitness experts suggest they take a slow start to find their outdoor rhythm and pace to avoid injuries. Jen Van Allen, a certified running coach and co-author of "The Runner's World Big Book of Running for Beginners" said the first time outdoors everyone else seems like a real runner. "Certainly when someone pushes body and mind farther there is going to be some discomfort," said Van Allen, who has completed 48 marathons. "If you're just starting out, focus on rhythm, on finding the most convenient times and the safest routes, and deciding if you'd rather work out alone or with others," Van Allen said. More »As novice runners hit the open road, experts say take it slow

  • Amazon Prime Instant teams with BBC to offer Doctor Who, Sherlock and more

    Pocket-lint - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Amazon Prime Instant has signed a new deal with BBC Worldwide to range a number of classic drama and comedy series as part of the streaming subscription service. Episodes of Top Gear are also now available on the service formerly known as Lovefilm, which now comes as part of a restructured Amazon Prime subscription. Amazon Prime also offers free next-day delivery and, for Kindle owners, a lending library of over half a million books that can be borrowed one-at-a-time for free. Rather than a monthly fee, like with rival Netflix, the service costs £79 a year. More »Amazon Prime Instant teams with BBC to offer Doctor Who, Sherlock and more

  • GSK faces criminal bribery investigation in Poland

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Ben Hirschler and Adrian Krajewski LONDON/WARSAW (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline is facing a criminal investigation in Poland for allegedly bribing doctors to promote its lung drug Seretide, adding to problems for a company already accused of corruption in China and Iraq. Poland's Central Anti-Corruption Bureau, or CBA, said on Monday that 13 people had been charged in connection with the investigation launched by Polish prosecutors. Britain's biggest drugmaker said one employee had been disciplined following a company probe into the matter and it was co-operating with the Polish authorities. "The investigation found evidence of inappropriate communication in contravention of GSK policy by a single employee. More »GSK faces criminal bribery investigation in Poland

  • Nurses 'have no time to care'

    Press Association - Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Half of nurses are working through breaks or beyond their shift, revealing a health service under "severe strain", a new report has warned. More »Nurses 'have no time to care'

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