• EU antitrust case against Google based on 19 complainants - sources

    Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Foo Yun Chee and Eric Auchard BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union's decision to take on Google last week stems from offical complaints by 19 companies in Europe and the United States, including Microsoft and a number of small firms, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The list of complainants in the European Commission's charge sheet, which includes companies not directly involved in the charges around Google's shopping service, would make it easier for the regulator to expand the case beyond its preliminary focus on price-comparison shopping sites.     Being an official party to the case gives the companies an insider track on the regulatory proceedings as they will be able to get a copy of the detailed EU charge sheet and argue their case at a hearing of competition experts should Google ask for one. While around 30 firms have since gone public with their complaints, to date no one other than the EU enforcer and Google knows exactly which parties have been included as official complainants on the charge sheet. More »EU antitrust case against Google based on 19 complainants - sources

  • Midwest pheasant producers are anxious as bird flu spreads

    Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Bill MacFarlane has been anxious since a case of a deadly bird flu strain was recently confirmed in domestic poultry just 50 miles from his southern Wisconsin farm, the largest pheasant operation in North America that supplies 1.8 million birds each year to the game bird industry. More »Midwest pheasant producers are anxious as bird flu spreads

  • As Armenia marks 1915 massacre, Berlin calls it genocide

    Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Margarita Antidze and Hasmik Mkrtchyan YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenia marked the centenary on Friday of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with a simple flower-laying ceremony attended by foreign leaders as Germany became the latest country to respond to its calls for recognition that it was genocide. Turkey denies the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians in what is now Turkey in 1915, at the height of World War One, constitutes genocide and relations with Armenia are still blighted by the dispute. Parliament in Germany, Turkey's biggest trade partner in the European Union, risked a diplomatic rupture with Ankara and upsetting its own many ethnic Turkish residents by joining the many Western scholars and two dozen countries to use the word. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he "shared the pain" of Armenians, but as recently as Thursday he again rejected the description of the killings as genocide and has shown no sign of changing his mind. More »As Armenia marks 1915 massacre, Berlin calls it genocide

  • Turkey 'condemns' Putin comments on Armenia genocide

    AFP - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Turkey on Friday condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for referring to genocide during commemorations of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians during World War I. More »Turkey 'condemns' Putin comments on Armenia genocide

  • Several U.S. probes likely of drone strikes that killed hostages

    Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Mark Hosenball and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency's Inspector General will conduct what could be the first of several investigations into the CIA drone strikes that killed American and Italian hostages and two U.S.-born al Qaeda militants, U.S. government sources said on Friday. The Senate Intelligence Committee also is reviewing the attacks, a Congressional source said. Depending upon the results of the CIA watchdog's investigation, U.S. President Barack Obama could establish an outside investigative panel to examine the drone attacks, and broader U.S. drone policy, said a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity. The White House has revealed few details about the reviews, declining even to identify the CIA Inspector General as the office doing the initial probe. More »Several U.S. probes likely of drone strikes that killed hostages

  • Clinton Foundation stories: why Hillary campaign can't dismiss them

    Christian Science Monitor - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    It’s been a bad week for Hillary Clinton, news-wise. There’s been an outpouring of stories about the appearance of conflicts of interest between her role as secretary of State and her family and foundation finances. For instance, The New York Times had a lengthy piece about Russia, uranium, and donations to the Clinton Foundation. Also, in 2010 Bill Clinton got $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank that was promoting the uranium deal. More »Clinton Foundation stories: why Hillary campaign can't dismiss them

  • Effort to repeal Clean Election law faces opposition

    Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    A proposal to ask voters whether they want to repeal Maine's Clean Election law received a cool response Friday from members of a legislative committee, most of whom received public funds on the campaign ... More »Effort to repeal Clean Election law faces opposition

  • German Parliament speaker: killings of Armenians genocide

    Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliamentary speaker said Friday that the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks 100 years ago was genocide, and that Germany's own Nazi past makes it important to speak out. More »German Parliament speaker: killings of Armenians genocide

  • U.S. regulator says 'flash crash' manipulation hard to detect

    Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Suzanne Barlyn CHICAGO (Reuters) - The type of alleged market manipulation by the British trader accused of helping provoke the "flash crash" in 2010 is hard to detect, the chief of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said on Friday. Nonetheless, the alleged abuses were "somewhat surprising" given that his behaviour was identified in 2009 but continued for another five years, said Richard Ketchum, chairman and chief executive of FINRA, a self-funded regulator for Wall Street. "I won't second guess what happened at the MERC without understanding the facts themselves," said Ketchum, referring to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the market that Navinder Singh Sarao has been accused of manipulating from his home outside London. More »U.S. regulator says 'flash crash' manipulation hard to detect

  • Equities hit record highs, dollar weakens on gloomy data

    Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Rodrigo Campos and Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) - Equity markets worldwide climbed to record highs on Friday as solid corporate earnings and an all-time peak for the Nasdaq stock index stoked investor optimism, while the dollar eased on gloomy U.S. economic data. Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp and Google Inc led Wall Street higher, pushing the Nasdaq to a second straight record closing high a day after it topped a record that had stood for more than 15 years. More »Equities hit record highs, dollar weakens on gloomy data

  • Pakistani human rights activist shot dead in Karachi

    Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead a Pakistani human rights activist on Friday after she hosted a talk on the politics of Baluchistan province, where security forces are fighting a separatist insurgency, police and associates said. Sabeen Mahmud was leaving her Karachi restaurant, where she also holds exhibitions and talks, when the gunman attacked her in her car. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead," senior police official Tariq Dharejo said, adding police were investigating the killing. Mahmud had just hosted a seminar called "Unsilencing Baluchistan", focusing on the disappearance of political activists in the southwestern province. More »Pakistani human rights activist shot dead in Karachi

  • Kazakh elections Sunday set to extend Nazarbayev's rule

    AFP - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Citizens in energy-rich Kazakhstan will head to the polls Sunday for early elections almost certain to extend the quarter-century rule of incumbent 74-year-old President Nursultan Nazarbayev by another five years. More »Kazakh elections Sunday set to extend Nazarbayev's rule

  • Armenia marks centennial of killing of 1.5 million

    Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The presidents of Russia and France joined other leaders Friday at ceremonies commemorating the massacre of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman Turks, an event which still stirs bitter feelings as both sides argue over whether to call it genocide. More »Armenia marks centennial of killing of 1.5 million

  • Group seeks rights to 'Mockingbird' play in Lee's hometown

    Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A new group plans to produce a stage version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in author Harper Lee's hometown, where leaders fear a stalemate over rights to the play will kill an annual production that lures thousands of visitors annually. More »Group seeks rights to 'Mockingbird' play in Lee's hometown

  • Colombia's FARC rebels say peace deal cannot be rushed

    Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Friday resisted the government's request to accelerate peace talks, saying "peace cannot be achieved with a stopwatch in hand." The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have fought a Marxist-inspired insurgency for 50 years in Latin America's longest war, which has killed some 220,000 people and displaced millions. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has repeatedly urged a rapid conclusion to peace talks, which have taken place in Havana for nearly two and a half years. In an open letter to Santos, the FARC on Friday blamed the government for unnecessary delays. Peace talks suffered a setback earlier this month when a rebel attacked killed 11 soldiers in rural Cauca province despite a unilateral rebel ceasefire. More »Colombia's FARC rebels say peace deal cannot be rushed

  • Damascus fair encourages people to 'buy Syrian'

    AFP - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    A Syrian man slices traditional "halawa" sweets during an exhibit of local products in Damascus on April 14, 2015 More »Damascus fair encourages people to 'buy Syrian'

  • After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

    Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families. More »After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

  • Van Gaal thinks Giggs will be next United manager

    Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    (Reuters) - Louis van Gaal has said he believes Ryan Giggs will succeed him as Manchester United manager. Van Gaal, 63, is nearing the end of his first season in charge at Old Trafford and is contracted to the club until 2017. "I expect that he will be the next manager after I am gone," he told the club's MUTV channel about the future of Giggs, the Dutchman's assistant since he took over last May. "Now I have the responsibility. What he has to do, for me, he does it very well," added Van Gaal. More »Van Gaal thinks Giggs will be next United manager

  • NCAA puts Oklahoma St on probation for infractions

    Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The NCAA put Oklahoma State's football program on a year of probation Friday for failing to follow its own drug-testing policies over a four-year span, largely sparing the Cowboys of serious penalties for violations uncovered following an expose by Sports Illustrated. More »NCAA puts Oklahoma St on probation for infractions

  • HSBC Launches Immediate Review Of UK Base

    Sky News - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    HSBC has launched a review of the location of its headquarters that could see it leave the UK, Europe's biggest bank‎ confirmed. In a statement issued after Sky News exclusively revealed details of its plans, Douglas Flint, HSBC's chairman, said executives had been asked by the lender's board to undertake a review of its UK base. "As I said at our informal meeting in Hong Kong on Monday, we are beginning to see the final shape of regulation and of structural reform, including the requirement to ring fence in the UK,” Mr Flint is expected to say at HSBC's annual general meeting in London later. "As part of the broader strategic review taking place, the board has therefore now asked management to commence work to look at where the best place is for HSBC to be headquartered in this new environment. More »HSBC Launches Immediate Review Of UK Base

  • Statue of Liberty evacuated after bomb threat

    Al Jazeera - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Hundreds of tourists forced to leave New York island after anonymous caller threatened to blow up colossal monument. More »Statue of Liberty evacuated after bomb threat

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Friday

    TheJournal.ie - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Siteserv, assisted suicide and Karen Buckley had people talking today. More »Here’s What Happened Today: Friday

  • Total seeks sale of its fuel retailing business in Turkey - sources

    Reuters - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Asli Kandemir ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Total aims to sell its fuel distribution business in Turkey and has asked Societe Generale to lead the process, sources said on Friday, as the French oil producer looks to retreat from a highly competitive and regulated market. Turkey has some of the steepest fuel prices in Europe but heavy taxes and other regulations leave little margin for profit for the 70 different retailers. Two of them said French bank Societe Generale has been chosen to lead the potential sale. "Profitability in fuel distribution is under serious pressure in Turkey. More »Total seeks sale of its fuel retailing business in Turkey - sources

  • German foreign minister rejects Armenia 'genocide' label

    AFP - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he would not call the mass murder of Armenians that began 100 years ago Friday a "genocide", one day after the German president used the controversial label. More »German foreign minister rejects Armenia 'genocide' label

  • Ex-CIA man convicted of Iran leak seeks lenient sentence

    Associated Press - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for a former CIA officer convicted of leaking details of a secret mission to derail Iran's nuclear ambitions argued Friday that he deserves a light sentence similar to that just handed down to ex-CIA director David Petraeus. More »Ex-CIA man convicted of Iran leak seeks lenient sentence

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