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  • Cook surpasses Gooch as England's leading scorer in tests
    Cook surpasses Gooch as England's leading scorer in tests Associated Press - 13 minutes ago

    LEEDS, England (AP) — Alastair Cook became England's leading run-scorer in test cricket on Saturday, overtaking his mentor and friend Graham Gooch on the all-time list by moving past 32 runs against New Zealand at Headingley. More »

  • Captain Dies After Being Impaled By Swordfish
    Captain Dies After Being Impaled By Swordfish Sky News - 18 minutes ago

    A fishing boat captain has died after being gored by a swordfish in a harbour in Hawaii. Randy Llanes, 47, spotted the 3ft-long fish in the water in Honokohau Harbor, in Kailua-Kona, and dived in with his speargun. Mr Llanes, who ran chartered big game fishing trips from the marina, was pulled from the water by onlookers. More »

  • Iran rejects military site inspections in nuclear deal
    Iran rejects military site inspections in nuclear deal Al Jazeera - 23 minutes ago

    Senior negotiator says UN interviews with Iranian scientists and inspection of military sites are "out of the question". More »

  • Powerful quake strikes off Japan; no tsunami warning
    Powerful quake strikes off Japan; no tsunami warning Associated Press - 44 minutes ago

    TOKYO (AP) — A powerful and extremely deep earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook most of the country Saturday evening, but officials said there was no threat of a tsunami, and no injuries or damage were immediately reported. More »

  • Impasse over China's island-building shows no sign of easing
    Impasse over China's island-building shows no sign of easing Associated Press - 49 minutes ago

    SINGAPORE (AP) — China vigorously defended its South China Sea land reclamation projects in the face of persistent criticism from U.S. leaders at an international security summit Saturday as the standoff in the Asia-Pacific region shows few signs of abating. More »

  • Spain: Scuffles during protest against leftist Podemos party
    Spain: Scuffles during protest against leftist Podemos party Associated Press - 51 minutes ago

    MADRID (AP) — Scuffles have broken out during a small demonstration against the radical leftist Podemos (We Can) party in Madrid six days after local elections boosted its power base in several of Spain's regions. More »

  • Election official flees crisis-hit Burundi
    Election official flees crisis-hit Burundi Al Jazeera - 52 minutes ago

    Top official flees ahead of poll amid crisis triggered by decision of President Nkurunziza to run for a third term. More »

  • Cook passes milestone as England makes strong start to reply
    Cook passes milestone as England makes strong start to reply Associated Press - 1 hour 1 minute ago

    LEEDS, England (AP) — Alastair Cook became England's all-time leading run-scorer in tests as his team made an impressive start to its reply to New Zealand's first-innings total of 350 on day two of the second test on Saturday. More »

  • Kerry, Zarif in crucial nuclear talks ahead of deadline
    Kerry, Zarif in crucial nuclear talks ahead of deadline AFP - 1 hour 8 minutes ago

    Tehran rejected a key Western demand for site inspections Saturday just as US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart launched crunch talks to secure a nuclear deal ahead of a looming deadline. More »

  • Barnard works toward a new policy on transgender admissions
    Barnard works toward a new policy on transgender admissions Associated Press - 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — On a recent bright spring morning, students admitted to the Barnard College Class of 2019 gathered on campus. As blue-and-white balloons fluttered in the breeze, the prospective freshmen attended panels and lunched on the lawn, chatting animatedly with current students. More »

  • Drug boosts long-term survival after breast cancer: study
    Drug boosts long-term survival after breast cancer: study AFP - 1 hour 14 minutes ago

    After a diagnosis of localized breast cancer, women are often prescribed tamoxifen for five years to help prevent a recurrence, but researchers said Saturday another drug, anastrazole, may work better. More »

  • Spanish PM Rajoy opens door to strategy changes ahead of election
    Spanish PM Rajoy opens door to strategy changes ahead of election Reuters - 1 hour 16 minutes ago

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday said he was open to strategy changes for the first time since his party suffered big losses in local polls last weekend, only months ahead of a general election. Rajoy - whose centre-right People's Party (PP) lost 2.5 million votes from four years ago in the municipal and regional polls - did not detail whether he would reshuffle his cabinet or alter policies. "It's clear there are some things we have not done well, we need to take note," Rajoy said at a conference attended by business leaders and politicians in Sitges, northern Spain. More »

  • Ukraine president appoints ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili governor
    Ukraine president appoints ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili governor AFP - 1 hour 18 minutes ago

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday appointed fiercely pro-Western former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who once fought a war with Russia, as governor of the strategic Odessa region. More »

  • Italy: 4,200 more migrants saved off Libya's coasts, 17 die
    Italy: 4,200 more migrants saved off Libya's coasts, 17 die Associated Press - 1 hour 18 minutes ago

    ROME (AP) — More than 4,000 migrants have been rescued off Libya's coast in 22 separate operations in one day, with rescuers finding 17 people dead aboard a rubber dinghy, the Italian Coast Guard said Saturday. More »

  • New blow to Nkurunziza as Burundi election official flees
    New blow to Nkurunziza as Burundi election official flees AFP - 1 hour 27 minutes ago

    Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial bid to stand for a third term in office suffered a new blow on Saturday after it emerged that a top election official had fled the country. More »

  • Blatter says he will forgive but won't forget UEFA rebellion
    Blatter says he will forgive but won't forget UEFA rebellion Associated Press - 1 hour 38 minutes ago

    ZURICH (AP) — Emboldened by his fresh mandate to lead world soccer, Sepp Blatter made it clear there may be consequences for European leaders who tried to oust him from FIFA. More »

  • After Pakistan bus attack, worry an insurgency growing worse
    After Pakistan bus attack, worry an insurgency growing worse Associated Press - 1 hour 42 minutes ago

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — As hundreds of mourners on Saturday protested the killing of 22 people in deadly bus hijackings in western Pakistan, the assaults raised new fears that a long-simmering insurgency there could be growing more violent. More »

  • Democrats' 2016 field set to grow with O'Malley's entry
    Democrats' 2016 field set to grow with O'Malley's entry Associated Press - 1 hour 45 minutes ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is ready to enter the Democratic presidential campaign with a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination. More »

  • Powerful 7.8-magnitude quake shakes Japan
    Powerful 7.8-magnitude quake shakes Japan AFP - 1 hour 59 minutes ago

    A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Japanese coast Saturday, geologists said, shaking buildings in Tokyo and setting off car alarms, an AFP correspondent reported. More »

  • Egypt frees Egyptian-American sentenced to life in prison
    Egypt frees Egyptian-American sentenced to life in prison Associated Press - 1 hour 59 minutes ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities freed an Egyptian-American on Saturday who was sentenced to life in prison and had been on hunger strike for over a year, forcing him to renounce his Egyptian citizenship as a precondition of his release. More »

  • Iraq forces edge towards Ramadi, retake area: army
    Iraq forces edge towards Ramadi, retake area: army AFP - 2 hours 9 minutes ago

    Iraqi forces retook an area west of Ramadi on Saturday as they pressed their operation aimed at sealing off the jihadists who captured the city two weeks ago, commanders said. More »

  • FIFA suspends Indonesia ahead of World Cup qualifiers
    FIFA suspends Indonesia ahead of World Cup qualifiers Associated Press - 2 hours 24 minutes ago

    ZURICH (AP) — Indonesia has been suspended by FIFA less than two weeks before it begins qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup. More »

  • Zimbabwe to continue Pakistan cricket tour despite 'suicide bomb'
    Zimbabwe to continue Pakistan cricket tour despite 'suicide bomb' AFP - 2 hours 36 minutes ago

    Zimbabwe on Saturday said it will continue its cricket tour of Pakistan despite an apparent suicide bombing leaving two people dead outside the stadium during a match between the two sides. More »

  • Burundi election body's vice president has fled country -sources
    Burundi election body's vice president has fled country -sources Reuters - 2 hours 44 minutes ago

    The vice president of Burundi's election commission has fled the country ahead of the poll, sources said on Saturday, amid a political crisis triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term. Spes-Caritas Ndironkeye joins a senior judge and a host of dissidents who have fled the country following a failed coup attempt against Nkurunziza and as sometimes deadly protests against his decision to stand continue. The political crisis is the biggest in the east African nation since its ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. More »

  • Pakistan-Zimbabwe game to proceed despite suicide bombing
    Pakistan-Zimbabwe game to proceed despite suicide bombing Associated Press - 2 hours 54 minutes ago

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Zimbabwe will go ahead with their third and final one-day international against Pakistan on Sunday at the Gaddafi Stadium despite security concerns after a suicide bomber blew himself up close to the stadium on Friday night during the second ODI. More »

  • Turkish PM dismisses Syria arms video as election ploy
    Turkish PM dismisses Syria arms video as election ploy AFP - 2 hours 55 minutes ago

    Turkey has said the release of images allegedly showing spy agency trucks carrying weapons into Syria early last year was an election ploy, with the prime minister denouncing what he called an "illegal action" against Turkey's interests. More »

  • Troops repel Boko Haram attack on Nigeria's Maiduguri city
    Troops repel Boko Haram attack on Nigeria's Maiduguri city Reuters - 2 hours 57 minutes ago

    Nigerian troops pushed back an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the outskirts of Borno state capital Maiduguri in the early hours of Saturday, a Reuters reporter and military source said. The attack occured barely a day after the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who swore to crush the Islamist militant group and move the command centre of defence to the Borno state capital. A military source said the shooting took place around the Damboa road after the small settlement of Mule on the edge of the city of two million. More »

  • Gunmen kill 22 bus passengers in Pakistan attack
    Gunmen kill 22 bus passengers in Pakistan attack Reuters - 3 hours ago

    By Gul Yousufzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Gunmen disguised as members of the Pakistani security forces killed at least 22 passengers on Friday night after forcing them off buses travelling from the western city of Quetta to Karachi on the southern coast, officials said. The assault in the province of Baluchistan occurred in the town of Mastung, around 40 km (25 miles) south of Quetta. "Fifteen to 20 armed men in three pickup trucks and wearing security uniforms kidnapped around 35 passengers," Sarfaraz Bugti, Baluchistan's home minister, told Reuters. More »

  • Rouhani calls for 'free' legislative vote in Iran
    Rouhani calls for 'free' legislative vote in Iran AFP - 3 hours ago

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that the government aims to hold "free" parliamentary elections next year, the official IRNA news agency reported. More »

  • Migrants found off Myanmar to be taken to Rakhine state: official
    Migrants found off Myanmar to be taken to Rakhine state: official AFP - 3 hours ago

    More than 700 migrants found crammed into a fishing boat by Myanmar's navy will be taken to the country's troubled Rakhine state, a local official said Saturday, adding all those on board were from Bangladesh. More »