• No, You Can’t Check if I’m a Felon

    The Daily Beast - 15 hours ago

    A job hopeful might have an arrest record, but employers can’t find out until after making a job offer. It’s just one of many bills nationwide rolling back criminal background checks. More »No, You Can’t Check if I’m a Felon

  • Ms. Kwan Hits the Campaign Trail

    The Daily Beast - 15 hours ago

    Once tasked with nailing triple Lutzes and Salchows, Michelle Kwan may soon be Rhode Island's first lady. The story behind her political rise (and that infamous Prius). More »Ms. Kwan Hits the Campaign Trail

  • That's Mr. Dickhead to You

    The Daily Beast - 15 hours ago

    The founder of Iceland's Phallological Museum, famous for his quest to add a human penis to the collection, feels deceived by the documentary 'The Final Member.' More »That's Mr. Dickhead to You

  • Dude, Weed Won’t Rot Your Brain

    The Daily Beast - 15 hours ago

    Can casual marijuana use damage the brains of young adults? A new study says yes—but its participants suggest otherwise. More »Dude, Weed Won’t Rot Your Brain

  • Algerians trickle to the polls for new president

    Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerians are trickling into the polls to elect a new president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be won by the ailing incumbent. More »Algerians trickle to the polls for new president

  • Ukraine is holding about 10 suspected Russian intelligence agents - state security

    Reuters - 15 hours ago

    Ukraine is holding in detention about 10 Russian citizens, all of whom have intelligence backgrounds, the State Security Service (SBU) on Thursday. Answering a journalist's question about comments made on Thursday by Russian President Vladimir Putin about the extent of Russian involvement in the Ukraine crisis, an SBU spokeswoman said: "We have about 10 Russians, with Russian passports, who have been detained. Writing By Richard Balmforth; More »Ukraine is holding about 10 suspected Russian intelligence agents - state security

  • Putin hopes no need to send troops to Ukraine

    Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine. More »Putin hopes no need to send troops to Ukraine

  • Putin says to speed up process of switching Crimea to rouble

    Reuters - 15 hours ago

    Russian president Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the country would speed up the process of switching Crimea's banking system to the rouble as Moscow looks to integrate the peninsula it annexed last month. Crimea has officially introduced the rouble and started paying out pensions and state salaries in the currency since the region voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining Russia on March 16. "The (situation) in the banking sector has not been completely resolved," Putin said in a televised call-in with the nation. The situation leaves no choice but to move to an accelerated circulation of the rouble." Putin said it would take about a month to create a network and open up the needed number of accounts. More »Putin says to speed up process of switching Crimea to rouble

  • Rights groups ask Nepal to scrap amnesty provision

    Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — International rights groups said Thursday that parts of a bill proposed by Nepal's government should be rejected because they might allow people who committed serious human rights violations during the country's Maoist insurgency to escape punishment. More »Rights groups ask Nepal to scrap amnesty provision

  • Putin says Kiev must seek compromise with separatists

    Reuters - 15 hours ago

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Ukraine's government needs to provide guarantees to its Russian-speaking population in the east of the country to resolve the crisis. "The compromise must be found not between third party players but between the different political forces within Ukraine itself," Putin said in a televised call-in with the nation. "This is extremely important, it is the key issue." (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Additional reporting by Polina Devitt, Andrey Kuzmin, Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Alessandra Prentice) More »Putin says Kiev must seek compromise with separatists

  • The best online movies to watch this weekend

    The Week - 15 hours ago

    How to watch it: Now available on iTunes, Amazon Instant, VOD for $3.99 It's the rare film that begins with a health alert warning viewers of “flashing images and stroboscopic sequences" — but believe it or not, that's not the strangest thing about Ben Wheatley's surreal, visceral period piece A Field In England. Take, for instance, 2011's Kill List, which plays like a crime thriller with darkly comedic undertones before boldly morphing into supernatural horror film about a satanic cult. More »The best online movies to watch this weekend

  • Putin says Ukraine's decision to disbanded Berkut police will backfire

    Reuters - 15 hours ago

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine's Berkut riot police, a force disbanded by authorities in Kiev after being blamed for the deaths of protesters, had served honourably in the line of duty. Answering a question from a former Berkut officer in televised call-in with the nation, Putin told him "there is no doubt you and your colleagues ... professionally and honourably carried out your duty." He said the decision to disband the force after deadly clashes during protests that ousted President Viktor Yanukovich would "backfire for the Ukrainian state because you cannot humiliate fighters and make kneel fighters who are defending the interests of the state." (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; More »Putin says Ukraine's decision to disbanded Berkut police will backfire

  • Obama, Abe to battle negative images at U.S.- Japan summit

    Reuters - 15 hours ago

    By Linda Sieg and David Brunnstrom TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When U.S. President Barack Obama meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a summit next week, they will be battling negative undercurrents that could undermine their message that Asia's most important security alliance is firm. Obama, stopping in Tokyo at the beginning of a four-nation Asian trip, must counter worries in Japan that his commitment to its defence in the face of an increasingly assertive China is weak. Abe will be trying to soothe U.S. concerns that his conservative push to recast Japan's war record with a less apologetic tone is overshadowing his pragmatic policies on the economy and security. The two leaders will also need to demonstrate at least the prospect of progress on the economic centrepiece of what the Obama administration calls its strategic "rebalance" to Asia - a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact that would bring together Japan, the United States and 10 other economies. More »Obama, Abe to battle negative images at U.S.- Japan summit

  • Blokhin resigns as Dynamo Kiev coach

    Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Former Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin has resigned from his job in charge of Dynamo Kiev following a 2-0 loss to bitter rival Shakhtar Donetsk in the domestic league. More »Blokhin resigns as Dynamo Kiev coach

  • Putin says Kiev's use of army against separatists a 'grave crime'

    Reuters - 16 hours ago

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Ukraine's decision to send armed forces into the east of the country instead of trying to establish a dialogue with the Russian-speaking population there was a "grave crime." In a televised call-in with the nation, Putin also dismissed allegations that Russian forces were present in east Ukraine and emphasised the importance of international talks on the crisis taking place in Geneva. Putin criticised the government in Kiev for what he said was a mishandling of the situation in eastern Ukraine that is "dragging the country into an abyss." "Instead of realising that there is something wrong with the Ukrainian government and attempting dialogue, they made more threats of force ... this is another very grave crime by Kiev's current leaders," he said. More »Putin says Kiev's use of army against separatists a 'grave crime'

  • Selfie With Obama As Biden Joins Instagram

    Sky News - 16 hours ago

    Joe Biden has snapped a selfie with President Barack Obama to launch the vice president's new Instagram account. -VP," Mr Biden said. Mr Biden's account explains that instagrams from the vice president, rather than his office, are signed "-vp". The White House said Mr Biden's Instagram presence is part of an effort to "give followers a unique look inside the Vice Presidency" and "connect with citizens online". More »Selfie With Obama As Biden Joins Instagram

  • Putin says no Russian forces in eastern Ukraine

    Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine as "nonsense," but expressed hope for success of four-way talks on settling the crisis. More »Putin says no Russian forces in eastern Ukraine

  • Billionaire Usmanov remains Russia's richest tycoon - Forbes

    Reuters - 16 hours ago

    Alisher Usmanov is Russia's richest tycoon for the third year in a row, with wealth of $18.6 billion (11.0 billion pounds), after selling his stake in the social media website Facebook , according to the latest report by the U.S. magazine Forbes. Usmanov is a co-owner of Russia's largest iron ore miner, Metalloinvest , and the country's number-two mobile operator, MegaFon . His worth rose $1 billion from his previous rating after the sale of his and his partners' stake in Facebook for $2.5 billion, according to Forbes. More »Billionaire Usmanov remains Russia's richest tycoon - Forbes

  • Samsung and Amazon join forces to offer free Kindle books to Galaxy owners

    Pocket-lint - 16 hours ago

    Samsung and Amazon have just announced a partnership that will bring a dedicated Kindle app to Galaxy devices, with free books. Samsung Book Deals is the name of the offering that will mean everyone will have access to 12 free ebooks a year. By everyone that means anyone using a Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet with Android 4.0 or above. It seems like the app itself won't take advantage of any Samsung specific hardware, like Smart Screen to detect when a user is reading. More »Samsung and Amazon join forces to offer free Kindle books to Galaxy owners

  • Japan postpones foreign minister's trip to Russia

    Reuters - 16 hours ago

    Japan has postponed a visit to Russia by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida that had been planned for later this month, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, as bloodshed in an eastern city in Ukraine threatened to overshadow crisis talks in Geneva. A Japanese foreign ministry spokesman said the visit had been postponed for scheduling reasons. The decision to put off the visit comes ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's April 23-25 state visit to Japan, where the issue of the Ukraine is expected to come up in a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japan joined other members of the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations in imposing sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea in southern Ukraine, not least due to Japan's concern that a weak response would embolden China to put military muscle behind its claims to tiny islands in the East China Sea that are controlled and also claimed by Japan. More »Japan postpones foreign minister's trip to Russia

  • South Sudan army battles rebels in key oil-state

    AFP - 16 hours ago

    Rebels in South Sudan battled government forces Thursday in a renewed offensive targeting the young nation's key oil fields, the army said, amid famine warnings by the United Nations. More »South Sudan army battles rebels in key oil-state

  • China's cooling property market a risk to economic growth

    Reuters - 16 hours ago

    By Xiaoyi Shao and Jonathan Standing BEIJING (Reuters) - China's property market could threaten Beijing's plan to manage a slowdown in growth, as evidence mounts of a rapid cooling in what had been one of the few strong spots in the world's second-largest economy. But marked decelerations in property investment and sales, and a contraction in housing starts in the first quarter, point to weakness in a sector that supports some 40 other industries, ranging from cement to furniture, and plays an important role in underpinning consumer confidence. "We think weaker property activity poses a key downside risk to GDP growth this year," Tao Wang, economist at UBS said in a note to clients. Property investment generated about 12 percent of China's GDP in the first quarter, down from a 15 percent contribution in 2013, Reuters calculations based on official figures showed. More »China's cooling property market a risk to economic growth

  • India holds biggest day of voting with Hindu nationalists gaining strength

    Reuters - 16 hours ago

    By Ashutosh Pandey and Swetha Gopinath BANGALORE (Reuters) - India held the biggest day of its mammoth general election on Thursday, with a quarter of its 815 million-strong electorate eligible to vote during a week of fresh blows for the ruling Congress party and gains for the Hindu nationalist opposition. Narendra Modi, the prime-ministerial candidate of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been wooing voters with promises to rescue India from its slowest economic growth in a decade and create jobs for its booming young population. In the latest large opinion poll, the BJP and its allies were forecast to win a narrow majority in the 543-seat lower house of parliament, compared to previous surveys predicting that they would fall short. Yet a decision by the Election Commission to reprimand a senior Modi aide for making speeches deemed to stir tensions with minority Muslims underlined critics' assertions that the party is a divisive force. More »India holds biggest day of voting with Hindu nationalists gaining strength

  • Malaysian lawmaker and lawyer Karpal Singh dies

    Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Veteran Malaysian opposition lawmaker and lawyer Karpal Singh, a tireless defender of human rights activists and death row prisoners who was himself detained without trial for more than a year under a security law, died early Thursday in a road accident. He was 73. More »Malaysian lawmaker and lawyer Karpal Singh dies

  • Femen topless activists detained outside Ukraine talks in Geneva

    Reuters - 16 hours ago

    GENEVA (Reuters) - Two women from the Femen activist group were detained on Thursday as they tried to conduct a bare-breasted protest outside the Geneva hotel which is hosting four-way talks on the Ukraine crisis. A Reuters cameraman saw Swiss police detain the two women shortly before Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was due to arrive at the talks, where he will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Ukraine's acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia. ... More »Femen topless activists detained outside Ukraine talks in Geneva

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