• Race for 3rd heats up as Lazio hosts Fiorentina in Serie A

    Associated Press - 21 hours ago

    MILAN (AP) — With the Serie A title race all but over, the battle for third place is heating up. More »Race for 3rd heats up as Lazio hosts Fiorentina in Serie A

  • France push for the relaunch of peace talks on Syria

    Associated Press - 22 hours ago

    PARIS (AP) — French president Francois Hollande has called for the relaunch of peace talks to pursue a political solution for Syria and blamed president Bashar Assad for the suffering of Syrian people. More »France push for the relaunch of peace talks on Syria

  • Bank of England holds interest rate at record low

    AFP - 22 hours ago

    The Bank of England has voted to hold interest rates at a record low More »Bank of England holds interest rate at record low

  • Indonesia rejects Australia's offer to save smugglers

    Al Jazeera - 22 hours ago

    Jakarta says offer to exchange prisoners with view to save lives of two Australians awaiting execution is not balanced. More »Indonesia rejects Australia's offer to save smugglers

  • Russia to host Syria talks in April

    AFP - 22 hours ago

    Moscow said Thursday it would host talks between representatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and opposition figures in April, three months after a meeting between the parties which ended without any concrete results. More »Russia to host Syria talks in April

  • US envoy assailant at war with 'foreign powers'

    AFP - 22 hours ago

    The man who staged a shock attack on the US ambassador to South Korea is a convicted, maverick political activist whose blog writings display a profound anger towards "foreign powers" like the US and Japan. More »US envoy assailant at war with 'foreign powers'

  • Dumped F1 driver takes action against Sauber: reports

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Dumped Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde has taken legal action ahead of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix to press his claim to a drive with Sauber, Australian media reported on Thursday. Van der Garde was test driver for the Swiss team last season and is claiming Sauber reneged on a deal to give him a race seat in 2015. Newspapers said the 29-year-old driver had sought an urgent hearing on Monday at the Victorian Supreme Court to claim unfair dismissal. First practice for the season-opener in Melbourne starts on Friday, March 13. ... More »Dumped F1 driver takes action against Sauber: reports

  • Senior diplomats to discuss next steps for Ukraine in Berlin

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    Senior Russian, Ukrainian, German and French officials will meet in Berlin on Friday to discuss eastern Ukraine and next steps needed towards implementing a peace accord struck three weeks ago in Minsk, Germany's foreign minister said. Political directors of the countries' foreign ministries and deputy foreign ministers will attend the talks on Friday. More »Senior diplomats to discuss next steps for Ukraine in Berlin

  • Strengthening Ukrainian army is in Europe's interests - Polish official

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    The head of Poland's National Security Council said on Thursday that it was in the interests of Europe, Poland and Ukraine to strengthen the Ukrainian armed forces as this would help to de-escalate the conflict in eastern Ukraine. "We completely share the view that the stronger the Ukrainian army, the bigger the chances of slowing down the escalation of the conflict," Stanislaw Koziej said after a meeting with Olexander Turchinov, secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council. More »Strengthening Ukrainian army is in Europe's interests - Polish official

  • Mexico captures Zetas drug kingpin in another blow to cartels

    IB Times - 22 hours ago

    Mexican security forces on 4 March arrested the leader of the bloody Zetas drug cartel, the second high-profile capture of a kingpin in the past week and a boost to President Enrique Pena Nieto's efforts to battle organised crime. Omar Trevino, brother of captured ex-Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino, was caught by Mexican soldiers and the federal police in the northern city of Monterrey at around 4am local time on 4 March, a senior government official said. Trevino and the Zetas have been blamed for many of the bloodiest atrocities carried out by Mexican gangs in a wave of violence that has claimed more than 100,000 lives since 2007. Among the most notorious incidents pinned on the Zetas are the massacres of dozens of migrant workers, an arson attack on a Monterrey casino in 2011 that killed 52 and the dumping of 49 decapitated bodies near the same city in 2012. More »Mexico captures Zetas drug kingpin in another blow to cartels

  • Motor racing-Dumped F1 driver takes action against Sauber - reports

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    March 5 (Reuters) - Dumped Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde has taken legal action ahead of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix to press his claim to a drive with Sauber, Australian media reported on Thursday. Van der Garde was test driver for the Swiss team last season and is claiming Sauber reneged on a deal to give him a race seat in 2015. Newspapers said the 29-year-old driver had sought an urgent hearing on Monday at the Victorian Supreme Court to claim unfair dismissal. First practice for the season-opener in Melbourne starts on Friday, March 13. ... More »Motor racing-Dumped F1 driver takes action against Sauber - reports

  • Indonesia rejects prisoner swap to save death row Australians

    AFP - 22 hours ago

    Indonesia on Thursday rejected the offer of a prisoner swap proposed by Canberra in an 11th-hour bid to save two Australian drug smugglers facing execution, saying it is determined to put to death those "who have poisoned our nation". More »Indonesia rejects prisoner swap to save death row Australians

  • What Would It Be Like to Live On Dwarf Planet Ceres in the Asteroid Belt?

    SPACE.com - 22 hours ago

    The aptly named asteroid belt is a region of space between Mars and Jupiter that's home to the majority of the asteroids in the solar system. In recent years, asteroid belt objects have gained much attention as potential locations for future space mining operations that seek to harvest water for long-distance space missions (water can be broken down into hydrogen and oxygen to make rocket fuel). One potential resource is Ceres — the largest object in the asteroid belt, comprising up to a third of the belt's mass. Once labeled an asteroid, Ceres is now classified as a "dwarf planet," a step below a full-fledged planet. More »What Would It Be Like to Live On Dwarf Planet Ceres in the Asteroid Belt?

  • Vulcan Salute: Astronauts Honor Leonard Nimoy from Space (Photos)

    SPACE.com - 22 hours ago

    Two astronauts in space said goodbye to a science fiction legend on Earth by beaming back striking photos from the International Space Station. European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti honored "Star Trek" actor Leonard Nimoy — who died Friday (Feb. 6) due to end-stage lung disease — by posting a photo of herself wearing a Starfleet insignia, holding up the Vulcan salute and looking toward Earth on Twitter Saturday (Feb. 28). "'Of all the souls I have encountered.. his was the most human,'" Cristoforetti wrote on Twitter, quoting a line referencing Spock from the original "Star Trek" series. Cristoforetti's fellow space station crewmember, NASA astronaut Terry Virts, also posted a photo tribute to Nimoy. More »Vulcan Salute: Astronauts Honor Leonard Nimoy from Space (Photos)

  • Young, conservative, and ... atheist? A test for the GOP

    Christian Science Monitor - 22 hours ago

    For the first time, an avowed atheist addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, the big annual gathering of conservative activists. Jamila Bey, an African American journalist and board member of the group American Atheists, didn’t exactly wow the crowd, for whom professions of religious faith and a belief in God are standard fare. Let me vote for GOP candidates,” Ms. Bey said last week at the 41st annual CPAC. In particular, Bey said, Republicans must reach out to young people who identify as “secular,” a cohort that is growing. More »Young, conservative, and ... atheist? A test for the GOP

  • Afghan men don burqas, take to the streets for women's rights

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    By Krista Mahr and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - A group of Afghan men marched through the capital, Kabul, on Thursday to draw attention to women's rights by donning head-to-toe burqas that for many people worldwide have come to symbolise the suppression of women. The hardline Taliban forced women to wear burqas in public during their rule in the 1990s and concern is growing in Afghanistan and among its allies that gains for women made since the 2001 U.S.-led ouster of the Taliban are at risk. The demonstrators, associated with a group called Afghan Peace Volunteers, said they organised the march ahead of International Women's Day on March 8. Though a symbol of Taliban treatment of women, it remains common in many parts of Afghanistan. More »Afghan men don burqas, take to the streets for women's rights

  • Music app Shazam to add sights to sounds

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    By Leila Abboud BARCELONA (Reuters) - Shazam, the company behind the mobile phone app that enables its 100 million users to recognise music they hear, and buy the recordings, is now promising to extend the app's scope to objects, such as products in retail outlets. "Shazam is already a verb. We want to expand the universe of what you can Shazam," Chief Executive Rich Riley told Reuters at at the Mobile World Congress industry fair in Barcelona. To fund the expansion the London-based company raised $30 million (19.6 million pounds) from several unidentified billionaires and financial institutions in January, coming on top of $40 million raised from Mexican telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim in 2013. More »Music app Shazam to add sights to sounds

  • Arsenal in familiar territory, leading the chasing bunch

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - With 10 games of the Premier League season remaining Arsenal find themselves in familiar territory. On the down side they are too far back for a serious title push and are facing a European exit at the hands of AS Monaco. Put a positive spin on things though and the Gunners look ideally-placed to secure an 18th successive Champions League qualification and could still retain the FA Cup. It is a state of affairs that divides Arsenal fans, splits the Arsene Wenger loyalists from those who believe the Gunners have flattered to deceive for too long under his command. More »Arsenal in familiar territory, leading the chasing bunch

  • FCA warns banks over complex retail products

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's financial watchdog has told banks they are failing to meet standards on selling complex investment products and may have to compensate some customers, signalling that enforcement action could be on the cards. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a review of structured products which are created by banks and range from alternatives to cash deposits to complex investments linked to multiple financial assets or indices. Regulators released guidance in 2012 to improve standards in a market European Union regulators estimated at 59 billion euros (43 billion pounds) in Britain at the time. "Our review found some firms are falling below the standards we expect in their approach to the design, manufacture, packaging and distribution of structured products," the review published on Thursday said. More »FCA warns banks over complex retail products

  • India asks YouTube to remove Delhi rape film

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    India has asked YouTube to remove all links to a controversial documentary about the gang rape and murder of a woman in Delhi after banning its broadcast, a government official told Reuters on Thursday. Leslee Udwin's "India's Daughter" features an interview with Mukesh Singh, one of four men sentenced to death for the rape and torture of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in December 2012. "We just forwarded the court order and asked them (YouTube) to comply," an official at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology told Reuters. It was still possible to view the documentary on websites such as YouTube after British broadcaster BBC aired it outside India on Wednesday. More »India asks YouTube to remove Delhi rape film

  • Leaks from taps cause massive damage to Germany's spy agency

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    The German spy agency's new headquarters was flooded by water after several taps were removed by thieves on its upper floors, police said on Thursday. The nearly-completed 1.3-billion-euro Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) building in the heart of Berlin suffered millions in water damage on several floors of the mostly vacant structure, according to the Berliner Zeitung newspaper. "Several water taps were stolen and that caused extensive damage," a Berlin police spokesman said. The headquarters of the BND, Germany's intelligence agency, was scheduled to move from its Bavarian base in Pullach to Berlin in 2011 but the move has been delayed to 2017. More »Leaks from taps cause massive damage to Germany's spy agency

  • Baton-wielding Myanmar police force pro-student protesters to flee

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    By Minzayar Oo and Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - Baton-wielding police beat demonstrators showing their support for students blocked from marching into Myanmar's largest city on Thursday, arresting eight and forcing many to flee, activists and witnesses said. About 200 students have been locked in a standoff with police outside a Buddhist monastery in Letpadan, about 140 km (90 miles) north of Yangon, Myanmar's commercial hub, protesting against an education bill that they say stifles academic freedoms. The government has barred them from Yangon, the site of numerous student-led demonstrations, including those in 1988 that sparked a pro-democracy movement that spread throughout the military-ruled country. Dozens of activists, including members of the ’88 Generation who led the 1988 protests, gathered near the golden Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon to show support for the students in Letpadan. More »Baton-wielding Myanmar police force pro-student protesters to flee

  • Soccer-Japan set to name Halilhodzic as head coach

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    Former Algeria manager Vahid Halilhodzic is set to be named as Japan's head coach succeeding Mexican Javier Aguirre, a Japan Football Association (JFA) official said on Thursday. Aguirre was sacked last month after fears his alleged involvement in a match-fixing case in Spain could hinder Japan's World Cup qualifying bid. JFA technical director Masahiro Shimoda said the 62-year-old Bosnian was "satisfied" with the terms offered to him. More »Soccer-Japan set to name Halilhodzic as head coach

  • Marussia look at young talent to complete lineup

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - The revived Manor Marussia Formula One team have indicated they are more likely to sign a promising young rookie than an established name to complete their driver lineup. The remaining seat at Marussia, who came out of administration formally last Friday, is the only one still to be filled and time is running out with the season starting in Australia next week. The team, who are hoping to get two cars on the Melbourne starting grid, have already announced Briton Will Stevens as their other driver although that is subject to the 23-year-old securing his super license. More »Marussia look at young talent to complete lineup

  • Let's give Afghanistan a sporting chance

    Al Jazeera - 23 hours ago

    Corruption, warlordism and power politics are beginning to erode Afghanistan's athletic establishments too. More »Let's give Afghanistan a sporting chance

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