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  • Iran dismisses U.S. criticism of its election to U.N. NGO committee
    Iran dismisses U.S. criticism of its election to U.N. NGO committee 4 hours ago

    Iran on Thursday rejected U.S. criticism of its election to the United Nations' committee on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), saying Washington's rebuke came from "baseless accusations" and violated the spirit of cooperation needed at the world body. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power on Wednesday said, "The unopposed candidacy of Iran, where authorities regularly detain human rights defenders, subjecting many to torture, abuse, and violations of due process, is a particularly troubling outcome." Hamid Babaei, spokesman for Iran's U.N. mission in New York, vehemently rejected Power's remarks. "Iran categorically rejects baseless accusations raised in the statement of (Power) regarding status of human rights and civil liberties in the Islamic Republic of Iran and find these assertions both unconstructive, obstructive and against the spirit of cooperation between sovereign member states," he said. More »

  • UN rights monitor criticises Bahrain over Shiite expulsion
    UN rights monitor criticises Bahrain over Shiite expulsion 5 hours ago

    The UN's religious freedom monitor on Thursday urged Sunni-ruled Bahrain to halt discrimination against its Shiite majority and its spiritual leader, who was expelled from the Gulf kingdom this week. More »

  • US protests Iran's election to UN NGO committee 5 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power protested the election of repressive regimes including Iran to the U.N. Committee on Non-governmental Organizations which deals with civil society groups accredited to the United Nations. More »

  • Renault revenue hit by weaker emerging markets
    Renault revenue hit by weaker emerging markets 6 hours ago

    By Laurence Frost PARIS (Reuters) - Renault said an emerging-market currency slide against the euro wiped out sales gains in the first quarter, when the French carmaker's revenue fell 0.1 percent. Revenue decreased to 8.257 billion euros (£6,790,454,085.58) in January-March from 8.265 billion a year earlier, Renault said in a statement on Thursday, despite a 5.1 percent gain in vehicle deliveries. Thanks to its no-frills car offering and success in markets such as Russia and Latin America, Renault has proved more resistant to a six-year European market slump than peers such as PSA Peugeot Citroen and Fiat . But a slowdown combined with weaker currencies in Russia, Latin America and parts of Asia is beginning to hurt, wiping out sales gains and efforts to raise pricing. More »

  • Foreigner in Yemen kills would-be kidnappers
    Foreigner in Yemen kills would-be kidnappers 6 hours ago

    A foreigner living in Yemen shot dead two gunmen who tried to abduct him on Thursday, the defence ministry website said. More »

  • Marshall Islands sues nuclear powers
    Marshall Islands sues nuclear powers 6 hours ago

    The Marshall Islands has accused the US and eight other nations of "flagrant violations" of international nuclear law. More »

  • Who was Mark Vahey? Paedophile Teacher Who Drugged and Abused Children on Four …
    Who was Mark Vahey? Paedophile Teacher Who Drugged and Abused Children on Four … 6 hours ago

    The FBI has launched a worldwide appeal asking for help to identify any potential victims of paedophile teacher Mark Vahey. Vahey's computer is alleged to have contained images of at least 90 children aged between 12- 14 being abused. At the time the photos were taken, Vahey was teaching history and geography at the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua. When the employee confronted Vahey about the images, Vahey said he was abused as a child and admitted to molesting boys throughout his entire life. More »

  • Austrian architect Hans Hollein dies at 80
    Austrian architect Hans Hollein dies at 80 7 hours ago

    Austrian architect and designer Hans Hollein, a winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize whose work ranged from big museums through tiny shops to furniture and sunglasses, has died. He was ... More »

  • Paedophile Teacher William Vahey Abused Boys at Southbank International Sch …
    Paedophile Teacher William Vahey Abused Boys at Southbank International Sch … 10 hours ago

    The Southbank International School in London, where William Vahey taught history and geography, confirmed that he abused children during his time there between 2009 and 2013. "I can confirm there were students at the school who were victims," Chris Woodhead, the former chief inspector of schools and chairman of governors, told the Guardian. William Vahey, 64, committed suicide in Minnesota in March after the FBI filed a warrant to search his computer thumbdrive. The images, dating back to 2008, involved children aged 12-14, but the FBI believe Vahey may have abused boys on an unprecedented scale during his time as a teacher, which stretched over 40 years across nine countries. More »

  • FBI Informant Sabu Organises Cyber-Attacks on Government Websites in Iran, Syria …
    FBI Informant Sabu Organises Cyber-Attacks on Government Websites in Iran, Syria … 12 hours ago

    New information suggests the FBI has been using renowned Anonymous hacker Sabu (aka Hector Xavier Monsegur) to direct other hackers to attack thousands of foreign websites to steal sensitive data, including details from websites of governments in Iran, Syria and Brazil. In two weeks times Monsegur is scheduled to appear in front of Judge Loretta Preska in New York to be sentenced for multiple counts of conspiracy to engage in computer hacking. Despite pleading guilty to all 12 charges against him, Monsegur could face a hugely reduced sentence thanks to his cooperation with the US authorities who arrested him over 1,000 days ago. Is has been widely known that Sabu has been helping the FBI since his arrest, but details of just what this entailed has - until now - been a closely guarded secret, with court documents relating to Monsegur's sentencing being heavily redacted. More »

  • The NRA Nightmare: America’s Moms
    The NRA Nightmare: America’s Moms 13 hours ago

    At this weekend’s annual convention, there will be a lot of talking back and punishment threats, but who will eat soap remains to be seen. More »

  • Malaysia Airlines MH370: Debris Found in Australia 'Not Part of Missing …
    Malaysia Airlines MH370: Debris Found in Australia 'Not Part of Missing … 14 hours ago

    Debris found washed up ashore near Augusta, Western Australia, is not related to the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, Australian Transport safety Bureau has said. The ATSB examined the photographs of the debris which was discovered on a beach 10km east of Augusta. "We want to pursue every possible lead that will help us find MH370 but sadly this is one that isn't going to help that search," ATSB chief commissioner Martin Dolan told ABC radio. Dolan added that the debris, which appeared to be a piece of sheet metal with rivets, was interesting enough for ATSB to examine it. More »

  • Today in History 19 hours ago

    Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year. More »

  • U.S. sharply criticizes Iran's election to U.N. committee 22 hours ago

    The United States on Wednesday sharply criticized the election of Iran to the United Nations' committee on non-governmental organizations, saying it was a "troubling outcome." The harsh U.S. rebuke of the world body follows Washington's decision to deny entry to Tehran's proposed U.N. ambassador Hamid Abutalebi over his suspected links to students who held U.S. embassy workers hostage for 444 days in 1979-1981, a move Iran has vowed to fight. "The unopposed candidacy of Iran, where authorities regularly detain human rights defenders, subjecting many to torture, abuse, and violations of due process, is a particularly troubling outcome of today's election," U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said in statement. The committee decides on which NGOs will be accredited at the United Nations. The United States was also re-elected to the 19-nation NGO committee. More »

  • Good ambiance crucial to get best from Messi - Sabella
    Good ambiance crucial to get best from Messi - Sabella Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    By Rex Gowar BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina must create the right team climate to give the world's best player Lionel Messi the right support to enable him to shine at the World Cup in Brazil, coach Alejandro Sabella said on Wednesday. Sabella also said Argentina's status among the favourites would be countered by the fact they will be playing in the backyard of the most successful team in the competition with five titles. Messi has had a troubled few months and been the butt of criticism for Barcelona's drop in form, including their Champions League quarter-final elimination and slipping four points off the pace in La Liga. "Messi is fine but we must try to be the best possible team to help him," Sabella said. More »

  • Seoul, Hiroshima advance in Asian Champions League Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — FC Seoul beat Beijing Guoan 2-1 to advance to the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday, ensuring both last season's finalists reached the second round. More »

  • Exclusive - Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklist at U.N.
    Exclusive - Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklist at U.N. Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic's former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday. The proposal to sanction Bozize, in particular, was due to his "engaging in or providing support for acts that undermine the peace, stability or security of CAR," according to an eight-page letter to the U.N. Security Council's sanctions committee on Central African Republic, which was obtained by Reuters. The sanctioning of Bozize, who was ousted by predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels in March 2013, and two other individuals was to have taken effect on Tuesday, but first Russia and then China raised last-minute objections, diplomats said. More »

  • US man charged with violating Iran export ban Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — The owner of a Pennsylvania company that makes steel-processing equipment has signed a plea agreement with U.S. prosecutors on a charge he conspired to illegally sell an $800,000 machine to an Iranian firm. More »

  • Businessman charged with violating Iran export ban Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The owner of a Pennsylvania company that makes steel-processing equipment has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on a charge he conspired to illegally sell an $800,000 machine to an Iranian ... More »

  • Iran prison chief replaced after alleged beatings Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Iran said on Wednesday it had replaced the country's prisons chief amid an uproar over alleged beating of political prisoners last week in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison Families of the dozens of political prisoners held there have been protesting outside parliament and the presidential complex and the issue came up in the legislature on Wednesday. The prison incident last Thursday drew attention to human rights in the Islamic republic at a time the new reformist President Hassan Rouhani struggles to show a gentler face for his country and dispel suspicions about its nuclear programme. The semi-official Fars news agency carried an official announcement that prison chief Gholam-Hossein Esmaeeli had been switched to another job in the judiciary. Under Iran's constitution, the president's authority does not extend over the prison system and past efforts to influence decisions in the conservative-dominated judiciary have failed. More »

  • Bahrain moves to deport Shiite cleric Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's Interior Ministry said Wednesday that the Gulf state has decided to deport a leading Shiite cleric born in the country in a move likely to exacerbate tensions between the government and the Shiite-led opposition. More »

  • Bahrain says expels representative of Shi'ite Ayatollah Sistani Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Bahrain expelled a prominent Shi'ite religious figure on Wednesday, accusing him of acting as a representative of influential Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani without permission. A statement by the interior ministry said it had received information from top Iraqi government officials that Sheikh Hussein al-Najati was Sistani's representative and had carried out activities such as fund-raising in that capacity. Bahrain, which is ruled by the Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa dynasty, accuses Shi'ite power Iran of fomenting unrest in the country since a 2011 uprising led by the Shi'ite Muslim community demanding reforms and more share in running the kingdom. More »

  • Morsi trial hears Hamas, Hezbollah attacked Egypt jails
    Morsi trial hears Hamas, Hezbollah attacked Egypt jails Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Prosecution witnesses in the jailbreak trial of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday accused members of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah of attacking Egyptian prisons during the 2011 uprising. More »

  • Bahrain expels envoy of Shiite Ayatollah Sistani
    Bahrain expels envoy of Shiite Ayatollah Sistani Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Authorities in Sunni-ruled Bahrain on Wednesday expelled the representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in the latest manifestation of tension with the kingdom's Shiite majority. More »

  • Saudi prince says Gulf states must balance threat from Iran
    Saudi prince says Gulf states must balance threat from Iran Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    A senior member of Saudi Arabia's royal family said on Wednesday that Gulf states should work on acquiring nuclear know-how to balance any threat from Iran. Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former intelligence chief, also told a security conference in the Bahraini capital Manama, that the Gulf states should be prepared for any possible outcome from Iran's nuclear talks with world powers. "We do not hold any hostility to Iran and do not wish any harm to it or to its people, who are Muslim neighbours," he said in a speech. "But preserving our regional security requires that we, as a Gulf grouping, work to create a real balance of forces with it, including in nuclear know-how, and to be ready for any possibility in relation to the Iranian nuclear file. More »

  • Iran replaces prisons chief after Evin incident
    Iran replaces prisons chief after Evin incident Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Iran's judiciary has replaced the country's prisons chief after reports of violence against political prisoners during a routine inspection in Evin Prison, media reports said on Wednesday. More »

  • Iran says 95% opt for cash handouts rather than state projects
    Iran says 95% opt for cash handouts rather than state projects Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Ninety-five percent of the Iranian population signed up to a cash handout programme, dealing a blow to the government which wanted to spend the money elsewhere, a top official said Wednesday. More »

  • Meet the last of India's elephant keepers
    Meet the last of India's elephant keepers Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    That duty falls to the mahouts. Most mahouts are born into the profession. "The mahouts and elephants both live in conditions that are not appropriate for either species," Augustine says. In May 2012, during his senior year at the University of Nebraska, Augustine traveled to New Delhi to follow the mahouts, but wasn't aware of how difficult it would be to track them down. More »

  • Spoon-bending psychic Geller helps Israelis defy disasters
    Spoon-bending psychic Geller helps Israelis defy disasters Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Celebrity psychic Uri Geller is the beaming new face of Israeli disaster-readiness, starring in army-sponsored TV and Internet advertisements on how to take shelter from missile attacks or earthquakes. Launched on Wednesday, the campaign marks Geller's return to his native country from Britain and aims to keep Israelis vigilant, though public fears of any imminent war with Iran, Syria or Lebanese and Palestinian guerrillas have receded. ... More »

  • Syrian opposition asks for more Saudi aid
    Syrian opposition asks for more Saudi aid Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The head of Syria's main opposition group has asked Saudi Arabia to increase its support for the rebel Free Syrian Army, his advisor said Wednesday. More »

  • Iran removes official in charge of prisons Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official news agency says the official in charge of the country's prisons has been removed from the post. The development follows reports of alleged abuse of inmates at a Tehran penitentiary. More »

  • Tony Blair's 'Why the Middle East Matters' Speech - Full Transc …
    Tony Blair's 'Why the Middle East Matters' Speech - Full Transc … Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    It is unsurprising that public opinion in the UK and elsewhere, resents the notion that we should engage with the politics of the Middle East and beyond. We have been through painful engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq. More recently, Ukraine has served to push the Middle East to the inside pages, with the carnage of Syria featuring somewhat, but the chaos of Libya, whose Government we intervened to change, hardly meriting a mention. What is presently happening there, still represents the biggest threat to global security of the early 21st C. The region, including the wider area outside its conventional boundary – Pakistan, Afghanistan to the east and North Africa to the west – is in turmoil with no end in sight to the upheaval and any number of potential outcomes from the mildly optimistic to catastrophe. More »

  • Tony Blair: West Should Prioritise Fight Against Islamic Extremism
    Tony Blair: West Should Prioritise Fight Against Islamic Extremism Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Former British prime minister Tony Blair has called on Western nations to take sides in the Middle East, between moderate and radical Muslims, and to shift the fight against global Islamic extremism to the top of the political agenda. "Take a step back and analyse the world today: with the possible exception of Latin America, there is not a region of the world not adversely affected by Islamism and the ideology is growing." More »

  • Missing MH370: Debris Washed Ashore Raises Hopes that Aircraft Mystery is O …
    Missing MH370: Debris Washed Ashore Raises Hopes that Aircraft Mystery is O … Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The long search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 could finally be coming to an end after debris were found washed up ashore near Augusta. The Australian government said material had been washed up and experts were working to find out if it was from the missing aircraft, which disappeared over a month ago. "The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is examining the photographs of the material to determine whether further physical analysis is required and if there is any relevance to the search of missing flight MH370. MH370 went missing on 8 March after taking off from Kuala Lumpur at 12:21am local time. More »

  • Lebanon parliament fails to elect president
    Lebanon parliament fails to elect president Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    No candidate received the necessary two-thirds majority to win the presidency in first parliamentary vote. More »