• Mauritanian president says he will run again

    Associated Press - 5 minutes ago

    NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Mauritania's president, who initially took power in a coup, says he will run again in upcoming elections. More »Mauritanian president says he will run again

  • Judge dismisses case against Blackwater defendant

    Associated Press - 8 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government said Wednesday it might seek new criminal charges against one of four former Blackwater security guards in the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens at a traffic circle in Baghdad in 2007. More »Judge dismisses case against Blackwater defendant

  • Union willing to enter negotiations to aid Etihad-Alitalia talks

    Reuters - 11 minutes ago

    ROME/MILAN (Reuters) - An Italian union said on Wednesday that it is willing to enter negotiations to help to meet conditions set by Etihad Airways for investing in Alitalia after talks between the airlines stalled over debt and job cuts. Loss-making Alitalia was kept afloat by a government-engineered 500 million euro (411 million pounds) rescue package last year but needs to find a cash-rich partner quickly to revamp its flight network or risk having to ground its planes. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad has been looking at Alitalia's books for a possible investment since early this year, but the prospect of heavy job cuts at Alitalia and its debt of at least 800 million euros have been major hurdles in the talks and Etihad's stance appears to have hardened in recent weeks. "Beyond debt, there are issues around job cuts, legal aspects and problems related to infrastructure, and Etihad wants all points resolved. More »Union willing to enter negotiations to aid Etihad-Alitalia talks

  • U.S. says 'disappointed' by Palestinian unity deal

    Reuters - 16 minutes ago

    The United States said on Wednesday it was disappointed by a unity pact agreed between the Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and said it could seriously complicate peace efforts. "The timing was troubling and we were certainly disappointed in the announcement," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a regular news briefing. Not just our efforts but the efforts of the parties to extend their negotiations." Psaki said U.S. officials had expressed their concerns to the Palestinians. "It's hard to see how Israel can be expected to negotiate with a government that does not believe in its right to exist," she said. More »U.S. says 'disappointed' by Palestinian unity deal

  • East Ukraine militants confirm they are detaining U.S. reporter

    Reuters - 18 minutes ago

    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday confirmed they are detaining a U.S. journalist working with Vice News. The self-declared separatist mayor of Slaviansk told reporters the journalist, Simon Ostrovsky, had been detained for reporting what he said was false information that was "destabilising for us" but that he was being treated well. Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov attempted to joke about the situation. More »East Ukraine militants confirm they are detaining U.S. reporter

  • Amid Russian warning, Ukraine's in a security bind

    Associated Press - 18 minutes ago

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow. More »Amid Russian warning, Ukraine's in a security bind

  • Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

    Associated Press - 18 minutes ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side. More »Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

  • Ex-CEO admits stealing from prominent NYC charity

    Associated Press - 19 minutes ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The politically connected former CEO of a prominent city charity admitted Wednesday he helped steal more than $9 million from the organization in an insurance scheme that authorities linked to campaign contributions. More »Ex-CEO admits stealing from prominent NYC charity

  • Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO

    Associated Press - 21 minutes ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fans of classic HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network. More »Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO

  • Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

    Associated Press - 22 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay. More »Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

  • Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 22 minutes ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Facing fresh questions about his commitment to Asia, President Barack Obama will seek to convince Japan's leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges, even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere. The ominous standoff between Ukraine and Russia is threatening to overshadow Obama's four-country Asia swing that began Wednesday. He may decide during the trip whether to levy new economic sanctions on Moscow, a step that would signal the failure of an international agreement aimed at defusing the crisis. More »Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT

  • Hero soldier recounts details of deadly attack

    Associated Press - 22 minutes ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — For U.S. Army Sergeant Kyle White, the firefight began without warning. More »Hero soldier recounts details of deadly attack

  • Ex-Senegalese president's trip home in limbo

    Associated Press - 23 minutes ago

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An opposition party official says Senegalese authorities are refusing landing rights in Dakar to a plane carrying the former president in what was supposed to be his triumphant homecoming after two years abroad. More »Ex-Senegalese president's trip home in limbo

  • Jackson seeking Knicks coach, says it won't be him

    Associated Press - 24 minutes ago

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated. More »Jackson seeking Knicks coach, says it won't be him

  • Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

    Reuters - 25 minutes ago

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Noah Browning GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference. "This is the good news we tell our people: the era of division is over," Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said to loud applause at a Palestinian press conference also attended by representatives of the PLO. Israel said after the announcement that Abbas had chosen Hamas over peace, and cancelled a session of U.S.-brokered talks with the Palestinians that had been scheduled for Wednesday night in Jerusalem. More »Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

  • South Africa platinum strike talks to continue Thursday

    Reuters - 25 minutes ago

    By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Marathon talks aimed at ending a crippling three-month strike in South Africa's platinum sector will resume on Thursday after the world's top producers and union AMCU spent two days haggling over an offer tabled last week by the companies. The strike is already the longest and most costly in living memory for South Africa's mines, though there has been a renewed drive to break the deadlock in recent days after several weeks with no formal direct talks between the two sides. The talks involve the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) leadership and chief executives from Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin. Initially demanding an immediate doubling of the basic wage - net salary before allowances such as housing - for entry-level workers to 12,500 rand (715.20 pounds) a month, AMCU has since said it would accept annual increases that would reach this goal in three or even four years' time. More »South Africa platinum strike talks to continue Thursday

  • Goldman, JPMorgan seek dismissal of aluminium price-fixing lawsuits

    Reuters - 29 minutes ago

    By Andrew Longstreth NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc , JPMorgan Chase & Co , the London Metal Exchange and warehouse operators want a judge to throw out lawsuits saying that from May 2009 they conspired to reduce the supply and increase the price of aluminium. They argued in New York federal court motions late on Tuesday that commercial buyers of aluminium and consumers who purchased aluminium-based products lacked standing to sue under antitrust law because they did not store metal in the defendants' warehouses or trade on the LME. The lawsuits said that the defendants conspired to delay the delivery of aluminium from certain warehouses, allowing the LME and the financial firms to profit. One of the plaintiff's lawyers, Christopher Lovell of Lovell Stewart Halebian Jacobson, could not immediately be reached to comment on the defendants' motion to dismiss the lawsuits. More »Goldman, JPMorgan seek dismissal of aluminium price-fixing lawsuits

  • Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'

    Associated Press - 29 minutes ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered an unprecedented, conciliatory message to Armenians on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians almost a century ago. More »Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'

  • Italy's Berlusconi to start community service work next week

    Reuters - 32 minutes ago

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Wednesday he would start doing community service with the elderly next week as part of a one-year tax fraud sentence. A court ruled earlier this month that Berlusconi, one of Italy's richest men, must spend four hours a week in a Catholic old people's home on the outskirts of Milan. After completing the first six months, Berlusconi's one-year sentence will automatically be reduced to 10 and a half months. The 77-year old media tycoon showed up at a judicial office in Milan to sign documents related to the ruling. More »Italy's Berlusconi to start community service work next week

  • Ukraine fears militants could provoke a Russian invasion

    Reuters - 34 minutes ago

    Ukraine called on Russia on Wednesday to pull troops back from the border, saying it feared pro-Russian separatists could use their proximity to provoke a Russian invasion. "Ukraine again calls on Russia to immediately remove offensive units of the Russian armed forces from the Russian-Ukrainian border," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that this would comply with Moscow's obligations under last week's Geneva accord on de-escalating the crisis. "There is a danger that armed pro-Russian militants in that part of Ukraine could use the presence of Russian troops near the frontier to provoke their entry into Ukrainian territory." It added that Ukrainian troops were in the eastern regions "exclusively to protect citizens, irrespective of their ethnicity". More »Ukraine fears militants could provoke a Russian invasion

  • Expectant Parents Asked the Internet to Name Their Child. And the Winning Name Is…

    Yahoo News - 34 minutes ago

    In January of this year, an expectant father named Stephen started the website NameMyDaughter.com, where anyone on the Internet could suggest and vote on potential names for Stephen’s forthcoming baby girl. Well, as noted by the folks at Betabeat, Stephen’s wife Alysha gave birth on April 7. And the winning name is — drumroll, please! More »Expectant Parents Asked the Internet to Name Their Child. And the Winning Name Is…

  • Abbas: Unity with Hamas does not contradict peace talks with Israel

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday a unity pact he reached with the militant group Hamas earlier in the day did not contradict peace talks he is pursuing with Israel. Israel called off a session of talks in response to the deal with the Gaza-based Islamist group, which is sworn to its destruction. But Abbas said in a statement that an independent state living peacefully alongside Israel remained his goal. (Reporting By Noah Browning; Editing by Angus MacSwan) More »Abbas: Unity with Hamas does not contradict peace talks with Israel

  • Israel cancels negotiations session with Palestinians after unity deal

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Wednesday cancelled a planned session of peace negotiations with the Palestinians shortly after a unity deal was signed in Gaza between Hamas Islamists and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organisation. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said: "Israel has cancelled a negotiations meeting that was expected to be held this evening," without providing further detail. (Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Angus MacSwan) More »Israel cancels negotiations session with Palestinians after unity deal

  • Iran prison chief replaced after alleged beatings

    Reuters - 38 minutes ago

    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 »Iran prison chief replaced after alleged beatings

  • New Hampshire ex-priest gets jail time for thefts

    Associated Press - 38 minutes ago

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire priest who was the former leader of one of the nation's top clergy treatment centers was sentenced Wednesday to serve at least four years in prison for stealing $300,000 from a hospital, a dead priest's estate and the state's Roman Catholic bishop. More »New Hampshire ex-priest gets jail time for thefts

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