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  • Armenia accuses Turkey of 'utter denial' on genocide

    AFP - 1 hour 43 minutes ago

    Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday accused Turkey of an "utter denial" in failing to recognise World War I mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide, apparently brushing off Ankara's first ever offer of condolences for the tragedy. More »Armenia accuses Turkey of 'utter denial' on genocide

  • Sun and terror suspects: welcome to Guantanamo Bay

    AFP - 1 hour 55 minutes ago

    Under the searing Caribbean sun, iguanas lounge and the golf course is parched. "RoboCop" plays at an open-air movie theater and Big Macs are on sale at McDonald's. More »Sun and terror suspects: welcome to Guantanamo Bay

  • Putin: Ukraine 'Crime' Will Have Consequences

    Sky News - 2 hours 29 minutes ago

    Vladimir Putin has warned there will be "consequences" if Ukraine has used its army against pro-Russian activists. Ukraine's interior ministry said "up to five terrorists" have been killed in clashes during an operation to clear three checkpoints in the eastern town of Slavyansk. More »Putin: Ukraine 'Crime' Will Have Consequences

  • Kate shows off new royal style in Down Under tour

    Associated Press - 2 hours 30 minutes ago

    LONDON (AP) — Kate's dilemma: What to pack for a two-week trip, when your itinerary includes everything from state receptions and church services to toddler playdates and cricket games? More »Kate shows off new royal style in Down Under tour

  • N fund pays $990 million in Kuwait compensation

    Associated Press - 2 hours 32 minutes ago

    GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. panel that settles claims for damages resulting from Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait has paid out another $990 million. More »N fund pays $990 million in Kuwait compensation

  • German defense minister visits troops in Lebanon

    Associated Press - 2 hours 34 minutes ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Germany's defense minister has expressed her country's support for Lebanon and discussed means to help the Mideast nation as it deals with an influx of over one million Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war. More »German defense minister visits troops in Lebanon

  • Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 2 hours 34 minutes ago

    TOKYO (AP) — As negotiators struggle, President Barack Obama is rejecting suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger and says the U.S. and Japan must take bold steps to overcome differences that are threatening completion of the cornerstone of his strategic rebalance to the region. Illustrating those difficulties, the top Japanese negotiator said Thursday that talks had come to a stop only to have a U.S. official later say that discussions would continue. More »Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT

  • Embattled South Sudan president replaces army chief

    Reuters - 2 hours 34 minutes ago

    By Carl Odera JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has sacked his army chief, a military spokesman said, replacing him with a loyalist from his own ethnic group as the country's four-month conflict shows signs of being increasingly fought along tribal lines. Kiir also replaced his head of intelligence, days after government troops were routed from a major oil hub by rebels loyal to Kiir's former deputy Riek Machar, and hundreds of civilians were massacred. Army spokesman Philip Aguer said General Paul Malong, a stalwart of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), had replaced army chief General James Hoth Mai. Mai was the most prominent Nuer within the SPLA, a former guerrilla force which became the national army of the south after the end of the civil war with Sudan in 2005. More »Embattled South Sudan president replaces army chief

  • Verizon 1Q profit surges on Vodafone-related gains

    Associated Press - 2 hours 38 minutes ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon's $130 billion deal to take over of all of Verizon Wireless is helping lift its profit. More »Verizon 1Q profit surges on Vodafone-related gains

  • Ukraine forces say kill separatists in Slaviansk operation

    Reuters - 2 hours 41 minutes ago

    By Aleksandar Vasovic and Gleb Garanich SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces said they had killed several pro-Russian militants in clashes as they closed in on the separatist-held city of Slaviansk on Thursday, seizing rebel checkpoints and setting up roadblocks as helicopters circled overhead. Reuters journalists saw a Ukrainian detachment with five armoured personnel carriers take over a checkpoint on a road north of the city in late morning after it was abandoned by separatists who set tyres alight to cover their retreat. Earlier, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said its forces and troops from the Defence Ministry had killed "up to five terrorists" while destroying three militant checkpoints northeast of the centre. A separatist spokeswoman in Slaviansk said early in the morning that two fighters had been killed in a clash in the same area, near a road leading to the town of Sviatogorsk. More »Ukraine forces say kill separatists in Slaviansk operation

  • UK School Confirms US Paedophile Abused Pupils

    Sky News - 2 hours 41 minutes ago

    The chair of governors at a London school has confirmed pupils were abused by a profilic child predator who killed himself last month. British detectives are helping an international investigation into William James Vahey who abused at least 90 known victims around the world. The 64-year-old killed himself in a Minnesota motel room on March 21 - two days after FBI agents filed for a warrant to search a computer thumb drive containing child abuse images featuring at least 90 children aged from 12-14. Sir Chris Woodhead told Sky News he discovered children at the Southbank International School had been targeted after receiving information from the Met Police, who in turn were informed by the FBI. More »UK School Confirms US Paedophile Abused Pupils

  • Anti-graft group accuses EU of complacency on corruption

    Reuters - 2 hours 42 minutes ago

    By John O'Donnell BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European lobbyists carry out much of their work in secrecy and there is widespread complacency in Brussels about tackling corruption or conflicts of interest, Transparency International said on Thursday. In the first report of its kind, the anti-graft campaign group shone an unflattering light on the bodies that draft and police law for the European Union's 28 member states, concluding their lack of interest could prompt more corruption scandals. The criticism of institutions such as the European Parliament, which researchers said had refused to cooperate with the study, may provide further ammunition to eurosceptics, who are already on track to widen support in EU elections in May. "The rule book is there to prevent corruption or conflicts of interest but the rules are not enforced," said Carl Dolan, one of the experts involved in the study. More »Anti-graft group accuses EU of complacency on corruption

  • Camilla's Brother In Revolving Door Death

    Sky News - 2 hours 44 minutes ago

    The Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand died after falling backwards while trying to re-enter a revolving door, New York police have said. The 62-year-old travel writer slipped in the early hours of Wednesday outside the Gramercy Hotel's Rose Bar in Manhattan. Mr Shand was taken to hospital with serious head injuries, and was later pronounced dead. Mr Shand, Camilla's only brother, was the chairman of Elephant Family, a charity that aims to save the endangered Asian elephant from extinction in the wild. More »Camilla's Brother In Revolving Door Death

  • Pirates pilfer fuel from Thai tanker off Malaysia

    Associated Press - 2 hours 48 minutes ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pirates pilfered diesel fuel from a Thai tanker off Malaysia's east coast, making two attacks in a week and raising concerns of a rising threat to shipping, a maritime watchdog said Thursday. More »Pirates pilfer fuel from Thai tanker off Malaysia

  • Cornish people recognized as official UK minority

    Associated Press - 2 hours 48 minutes ago

    LONDON (AP) — The residents of England's windswept, wave-lashed southwest are Europe's newest official minority. More »Cornish people recognized as official UK minority

  • UK police seek to halt Brits joining Syria rebels

    Associated Press - 2 hours 48 minutes ago

    LONDON (AP) — British police are launching a nationwide bid to prevent young people from traveling to Syria to take part in the fighting there — part of a Europe-wide effort to discourage would-be combatants. More »UK police seek to halt Brits joining Syria rebels

  • Chemical weapons watchdog weighs chlorine attack probe - sources

    Reuters - 2 hours 52 minutes ago

    By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's toxic stockpile is considering launching a fact-finding mission there to investigate reports of attacks with chlorine gas, sources said. Syria became a member of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) last year as part of a deal with Russia and the United States to destroy its chemical weapons programme. OPCW's head, Ahmet Uzumcu, has the authority to initiate an investigation into alleged use of chemical weapons in member states, including Syria, without the need to seek a formal request from a member state, sources told Reuters on Thursday. More »Chemical weapons watchdog weighs chlorine attack probe - sources

  • Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter'

    Associated Press - 2 hours 52 minutes ago

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The Costa Rican government says it's still waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it launched the secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries' diplomatic relations. More »Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter'

  • Spanish economic growth seen fastest since 2008

    Associated Press - 2 hours 53 minutes ago

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's economy expanded by 0.4 percent in the first quarter, the Bank of Spain estimated Thursday, the fastest growth in six years and further evidence the recovery is gathering steam. More »Spanish economic growth seen fastest since 2008

  • Families of ferry's lost confront SKorea officials

    Associated Press - 2 hours 53 minutes ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — Angry relatives of some of the more than 130 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventing them from leaving the area where families have been waiting for word of their loved ones for more than a week. More »Families of ferry's lost confront SKorea officials

  • Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger

    Associated Press - 2 hours 53 minutes ago

    TOKYO (AP) — As negotiators struggle, President Barack Obama is rejecting suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger and says the U.S. and Japan must take bold steps to overcome differences that are threatening completion of the cornerstone of his strategic rebalance to the region. More »Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger

  • 5 things about the English Premier League

    Associated Press - 2 hours 54 minutes ago

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It takes something pretty special to overshadow Ryan Giggs' first game as manager of Manchester United. More »5 things about the English Premier League

  • Atletico changes focus to Spanish title race

    Associated Press - 2 hours 54 minutes ago

    MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid's attention will return to domestic affairs, as it looks to defend its lead at the top of La Liga, with the club closing in on its first league title in 18 years. More »Atletico changes focus to Spanish title race

  • Top Asian News at 12:00 p.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said. The shooting at Cure International Hospital in western Kabul was the latest in a string of deadly attacks on foreign civilians in the Afghan capital this year. More »Top Asian News at 12:00 p.m. GMT

  • Egypt's army says has 'complete control' over Sinai Peninsula

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    Egypt's military said on Thursday it had gained "complete control over the situation" in the Sinai Peninsula, where Islamist insurgents have been carrying out attacks against security forces for several months. Violence has spiralled in the Sinai since last July when the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, prompting militants who had previously focused on attacks against neighbouring Israel to turn their attention to Egyptian police and military targets. "There is obvious stability in Sinai despite rumours that there are still terrorist elements and tunnels in north Sinai," said Major General Mohamed al-Shahat, who heads Egyptian forces in the peninsula, in comments carried by state news agency MENA. A recent Reuters investigation found that a few hundred militants - a mix of Egyptian Islamists, foreign fighters and disgruntled youth - are successfully playing a cat-and-mouse game with Egypt's army and are nowhere near defeat. More »Egypt's army says has 'complete control' over Sinai Peninsula

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