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  • Buhari: Nigeria embraces democracy, 1-party state behind us
    Buhari: Nigeria embraces democracy, 1-party state behind us Associated Press - 17 minutes ago

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday it was time "to heal wounds," a day after Nigeria's president conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election. More »

  • Video Captures Final Moments Of Alps Crash
    Video Captures Final Moments Of Alps Crash Sky News - 20 minutes ago

    Mobile phone footage taken from inside the Germanwings flight during its final moments has reportedly been recovered from the crash site in the French Alps. European newspapers Paris Match and Bild have reported that the video, which Sky News has not seen, was discovered on a mobile phone found among the wreckage of flight 4U 9525. More »

  • Germany's overall debt ratio fell in 2014: Bundesbank
    Germany's overall debt ratio fell in 2014: Bundesbank AFP - 20 minutes ago

    The Bundesbank said since 2010, general government debt in Germany had been growing steadily by a total of 91 billion euros, which is equivalent to 3.1 percent of current GDP, as a result of measures relating ... More »

  • American farmer among the winners in sanctions-hit Russia
    American farmer among the winners in sanctions-hit Russia Associated Press - 28 minutes ago

    Kansas-born farmer Justus Walker is prospering in Russia — one year after the U.S. and European Union began imposing sanctions against his adopted country over its aggression in Ukraine. Walker, sporting ... More »

  • Aprils Fools' Day 2015: Burger King releases 'sexy' fragrance
    Aprils Fools' Day 2015: Burger King releases 'sexy' fragrance IB Times - 32 minutes ago

    Japan's Burger King restaurants released a unisex fragrance on April Fools' Day they call "flame-grilled". The tongue-in-cheek promotion comes with a video, in which a couple dressed in black tie enjoy a romantic meal at Burger King, and the woman compliments her partner on his "sexy" burger cologne. The company's brand manager in Japan, Kana Lenaga, said her team came up with the idea a year ago and had since visited the kitchens many times to learn about the smell of its burgers' flame-grilled patties. She said the unisex fragrance should appeal to both men and women. More »

  • Yemen factory workers killed in Hodaida air strike
    Yemen factory workers killed in Hodaida air strike Al Jazeera - 33 minutes ago

    Medical sources say 23 workers were killed in the strike on a dairy factory in the Red Sea port city of Hodaida. More »

  • Lonely death clean-up crews in aging Japan, where 5 million elderly people live …
    Lonely death clean-up crews in aging Japan, where 5 million elderly people live … IB Times - 35 minutes ago

    With Japan's aging population, more people are dying alone and unnoticed in a country of 127 million where one in four people is over 65. For these so-called "lonely deaths", families and landlords in Tokyo are increasingly turning to Hirotsugu Masuda and his clean-up crew to salvage apartments where the occupant's body lay undiscovered for days or weeks. Reuters photographer Toru Hanai accompanied the lonely death clean-up crew to an apartment in Tokyo where the body of an elderly man was found. More »

  • Iraqi minister says Tikrit to be recaptured within 'hours'
    Iraqi minister says Tikrit to be recaptured within 'hours' Associated Press - 38 minutes ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's interior minister says security forces are battling the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit and that he expects them to gain full control of the city "within the coming hours." More »

  • GoDaddy revs up tech sector with Wall Street offering
    GoDaddy revs up tech sector with Wall Street offering AFP - 40 minutes ago

    GoDaddy storms into Wall Street with a stock offering aiming to revive the public markets' appetite for technology More »

  • EU banking watchdog mulls cap on sovereign debt exposure
    EU banking watchdog mulls cap on sovereign debt exposure AFP - 41 minutes ago

    Daniele Nouy, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism of the European Central Bank, ECB, addresses the media in Frankfurt/Main on October 26, 2014 More »

  • Iraq's interior minister says most of Tikrit is liberated, fight goes o …
    Iraq's interior minister says most of Tikrit is liberated, fight goes o … Reuters - 43 minutes ago

    Iraqi troops and Shi'ite paramilitary fighters were battling Islamic State militants in northern Tikrit Wednesday, as the government forces sought to push the extremist group from the city. Iraq's Interior Minister Mohammed al-Ghabban said security forces were fighting to clear the last Islamic State stronghold, the city's northern neighbourhood of Qadissiyah. "Most of Tikrit is liberated today. More »

  • Getty Grandson Found Dead At Los Angeles Home
    Getty Grandson Found Dead At Los Angeles Home Sky News - 45 minutes ago

    The grandson of oil billionaire J Paul Getty has been found dead in mysterious circumstances at his home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles. Andrew Getty, 47, was discovered in the bathroom of a gated house in Montcalm Avenue early on Tuesday morning. A coroner said Mr Getty appears to have died from natural causes or an accident, but media reports suggested he had suffered a traumatic injury. Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Commander Andrew Smith said: "At first glance, it does not appear to be a criminal type of act. More »

  • StanChart says Mideast, Africa CEO Shankar quits
    StanChart says Mideast, Africa CEO Shankar quits Reuters - 46 minutes ago

    LONDON (Reuters) - Asia-focused bank Standard Chartered Plc (STAN.L) said senior executive Viswanathan Shankar had quit and it made a number of other executive changes in another reshuffle in the troubled ... More »

  • International court welcomes Palestinians as 123rd member
    International court welcomes Palestinians as 123rd member Associated Press - 49 minutes ago

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Palestinian Authority became a member of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, with a low-key ceremony at the court's headquarters marking the high-stakes move. More »

  • Indian police arrest four men over rape of nun
    Indian police arrest four men over rape of nun Al Jazeera - 53 minutes ago

    Four Bangladeshi nationals held in Punjab state after attack on nun at a school in March that left her needing surgery. More »

  • Lufthansa executives visit Alpine crash site where 150 died
    Lufthansa executives visit Alpine crash site where 150 died Associated Press - 1 hour 0 minutes ago

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — The heads of Lufthansa and its low-cost airline Germanwings are visiting the site of the crash that killed 150 people amid mounting questions about the co-pilot and how much his employers knew about his mental health. More »

  • Video 'shows cabin chaos' in seconds before Alps crash: reports
    Video 'shows cabin chaos' in seconds before Alps crash: reports AFP - 5 hours ago

    A video purportedly showing the final seconds inside the cabin of the ill-fated Germanwings airliner moments before it crashed has emerged, two European media said, although French police denied the claims to CNN. More »

  • Iraq forces hunt diehard jihadists after Tikrit victory claim
    Iraq forces hunt diehard jihadists after Tikrit victory claim AFP - 1 hour 4 minutes ago

    Iraqi forces on Wednesday picked through the rubble-strewn streets of Tikrit after storming to the city centre, searching for diehard jihadist fighters and avoiding the booby traps they left behind. More »

  • Recovery in Japan business mood stalls, capex to be cut - BOJ tankan
    Recovery in Japan business mood stalls, capex to be cut - BOJ tankan Reuters - 1 hour 7 minutes ago

    A key Japanese central bank business survey has shown that big companies plan to cut spending, clouding the outlook for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to reflate the economy and spurring calls for more monetary stimulus. Despite reaping strong profits from a weaker yen, big manufacturers were no more confident than they were three months ago, with some citing sluggish domestic and Asian demand. The closely-watched "tankan" survey will be among data Bank of Japan policymakers scrutinise at a rate review next week for clues on whether their massive asset-buying programme is working its way through wider sectors of the economy. Kozo Yamamoto, a ruling party lawmaker and one of the architects of Abe's reflationary policies, said the BOJ must ease further on April 30 - when it meets for the second time this month to produce new long-term forecasts. More »

  • Nigeria's new president-elect Buhari hails 'historic' polls
    Nigeria's new president-elect Buhari hails 'historic' polls AFP - 1 hour 7 minutes ago

    Nigeria's new president-elect Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday hailed polls that will lead to the first democratic change of power in Africa's most populous nation as "historic" hours after he secured a decisive victory. More »

  • Universal bank model not at an end - ECB bank watchdog
    Universal bank model not at an end - ECB bank watchdog Reuters - 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    The re-working of many European banks' business models in response to regulatory changes does not spell an end to the universal bank, the European Central Bank's top bank supervisor, Daniele Nouy, told a German newspaper. Tighter regulatory scrutiny and the requirement for thicker capital safety cushions for riskier banking business is prompting a strategy rethink at many banks, including universal banks that combine standard deposit-taking and lending with more sophisticated investment banking activity. For example, Germany's largest lender, Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE), is weighing spinning off its retail operations, two sources familiar with the situation have told Reuters. Asked about Deutsche Bank, Nouy told the Handelsblatt newspaper she would not comment on individual lenders. More »

  • Catholic Syrian Bank files for up to $64 million IPO
    Catholic Syrian Bank files for up to $64 million IPO Reuters - 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian private sector lender Catholic Syrian Bank has filed for an initial public offering to raise up to 4 billion rupees ($64.2 million), in what would be the first listing by a local ... More »

  • 'Dozens dead' in bombing of dairy in west Yemen
    'Dozens dead' in bombing of dairy in west Yemen AFP - 1 hour 13 minutes ago

    At least 37 people were killed when a dairy in western Yemen was bombed overnight, an official said Wednesday after a seventh night of Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels. More »

  • Palestine joins International Criminal Court
    Palestine joins International Criminal Court AFP - 1 hour 16 minutes ago

    Palestine formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, opening the door to the prosecution of Israelis for war crimes amid a stalled peace process. More »

  • Oil prices edge lower as Iran talks extend beyond deadline
    Oil prices edge lower as Iran talks extend beyond deadline Reuters - 1 hour 24 minutes ago

    Oil futures edged lower on Wednesday amid speculation that a last-minute deal over Iran's nuclear programme would be reached that could allow more Iranian crude into world markets. Talks between Iran and six world powers to settle a dispute around Tehran's nuclear programme extended beyond a Tuesday deadline, as the parties edged towards a deal but failed to agree on crucial details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions. China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, said on Wednesday there was "significant progress in core issues" in talks with Iran. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a general agreement had been reached over all key aspects of a future deal, TASS news agency quoted him as saying. More »

  • States increasing production caps for microbreweries
    States increasing production caps for microbreweries Associated Press - 1 hour 25 minutes ago

    Four Peaks Brewing Co. has grown over the last two decades from a historic red-brick microbrewery and restaurant into an Arizona staple that served nearly 1 million gallons of beer last year, including ... More »

  • Palestinians want leverage on Israel in international court
    Palestinians want leverage on Israel in international court Associated Press - 1 hour 28 minutes ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, as part of a broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state. More »

  • French ex-president appears before financial investigators
    French ex-president appears before financial investigators Associated Press - 1 hour 29 minutes ago

    PARIS (AP) — Three days after a resounding electoral victory for his conservative party, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is appearing before investigators probing financing of his failed 2012 re-election bid. More »

  • Singer Joni Mitchell hospitalized in LA
    Singer Joni Mitchell hospitalized in LA AFP - 1 hour 30 minutes ago

    Canadian singer Joni Mitchell, one of the symbols of the Woodstock generation, was in intensive care in a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday, according to her website. More »

  • World's Oldest Person Dies In Japan Aged 117
    World's Oldest Person Dies In Japan Aged 117 Sky News - 1 hour 32 minutes ago

    The world's oldest person - a woman from Japan - has died a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. Misao Okawa died at the nursing home where she had been living with relatives and care workers by her side, a manager at the home said. The manager Tomohiro Okada praised her for achieving a long, healthy life. Ms Okawa was born in Osaka on 5 March, 1898 and was recognised as the oldest person in the world in 2013 by Guinness World Records. More »