• Italy economy minister says 2014 growth could be above 0.8 percent - paper

    Reuters - 15 minutes ago

    Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said in interview published on Sunday he believed that growth in 2014 could be more than 0.8 percent but that he could not say by how much. In the interview in the Corriere della Sera, Padoan was asked if growth could come in more than the 0.8 percent forecast earlier this month in the government's so-called Economic and Financial Document (DEF) containing new targets for coming years. More »Italy economy minister says 2014 growth could be above 0.8 percent - paper

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 38 minutes ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. About 30 minutes after the Sewol began tilting, a crew member asked a marine traffic controller whether passengers would be rescued if they abandoned ship off South Korea's southern coast. The crew member posed the question three times in succession. More »Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT

  • Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

    Reuters - 1 hour 7 minutes ago

    By Aleksandar Vasovic and Alissa de Carbonnel SLAVIANSK/YENAKIEVO, Ukraine (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. The incident triggered a war of words between Moscow and Ukraine's western-backed government with each questioning the other's compliance with the agreement, brokered last week in Geneva, to end a crisis that has made Russia's ties with the West more fraught than at any time since the Cold War. The separatists said armed men from Ukraine's Right Sector nationalist group had attacked them. Failure of the Geneva agreement could bring more bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, but may also prompt the United States to impose tougher sanctions on the Kremlin - with far-reaching consequences for many economies and importers of Russian energy. More »Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

  • Top Asian News at 8:00 p.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 1 hour 8 minutes ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. About 30 minutes after the Sewol began tilting, a crew member asked a marine traffic controller whether passengers would be rescued if they abandoned ship off South Korea's southern coast. The crew member posed the question three times in succession. More »Top Asian News at 8:00 p.m. GMT

  • S. Korea ferry transcript reveals evacuation panic

    AFP - 1 hour 13 minutes ago

    Panic-stricken and fumbling for a response, the crew of a South Korean ferry dithered over the evacuation of passengers in the crucial final moments before it sank, a transcript released Sunday revealed, as divers began retrieving bodies from the vessel. More »S. Korea ferry transcript reveals evacuation panic

  • Benfica clinches 33rd Portuguese league title

    Associated Press - 1 hour 15 minutes ago

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica clinched its 33rd Portuguese league title by beating bottom side Olhanense 2-0 after two goals by Lima on Sunday, bringing an end to FC Porto's three-year run at the top. More »Benfica clinches 33rd Portuguese league title

  • Al Qaeda kills 14 Algerian soldiers in ambush

    Reuters - 1 hour 15 minutes ago

    By Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Islamist militants killed at least 14 Algerian soldiers in an ambush in mountains east of the capital Algiers at the weekend in one of the deadliest attacks on the military in years. The troops were in the Tizi Ouzou region, 120 km (75 miles) east of Algiers, when they were attacked by al Qaeda's north African branch, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), state news agency APS and a security source said on Sunday. The attack on Saturday night came just days after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, was re-elected for a fourth term following a campaign that portrayed the ageing leader as the key to continued security for the North African OPEC state. Since the end of its 1990s war with armed Islamists, attacks have been rarer in Algeria. More »Al Qaeda kills 14 Algerian soldiers in ambush

  • Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst

    Associated Press - 1 hour 17 minutes ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysia Airlines flight heading to India with 166 people aboard made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday after it was forced to turn back when a tire burst upon takeoff, the airline said. More »Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst

  • Germany to play Czech Republic in Fed Cup final

    Associated Press - 1 hour 34 minutes ago

    Germany will take on the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final after both countries wrapped up their semifinal victories by winning the first reverse singles on Sunday. More »Germany to play Czech Republic in Fed Cup final

  • Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 1 hour 38 minutes ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. About 30 minutes after the Sewol began tilting, a crew member asked a marine traffic controller whether passengers would be rescued if they abandoned ship off South Korea's southern coast. The crew member posed the question three times in succession. More »Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT

  • AP Photos: Christians seek hope in Easter events

    Associated Press - 1 hour 45 minutes ago

    From the splendor of the Vatican to some of the world's most troubled regions, Christians worldwide sought hope Sunday in their religion's holiest event — the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. More »AP Photos: Christians seek hope in Easter events

  • Iran, world powers to start work on nuclear drafts next month

    Reuters - 1 hour 46 minutes ago

    Iran and world powers will begin work drafting a long-term settlement of Iran's disputed nuclear programme at expert-level talks in New York next month, the official state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday. During the May 5-9 meeting, the P5+1 world powers and Iran will start "writing draft of comprehensive agreements which will be a complex and difficult work," said senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi, according to IRNA. Hamid Baeedinejad, Director General for the Political and International Affairs Department of Foreign Ministry, will head Iran's team at talks on the sidelines of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review preliminary committee meeting, IRNA said. More »Iran, world powers to start work on nuclear drafts next month

  • Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

    Associated Press - 1 hour 48 minutes ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. More »Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

  • Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village

    Associated Press - 1 hour 48 minutes ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's embattled president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, an important symbolic prize for his government ahead of coming presidential elections he appears poised to contest. More »Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village

  • Air strikes in Yemen kill 35 al Qaeda militants in two days

    Reuters - 1 hour 54 minutes ago

    By Mohamed Mukhashaf ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 25 suspected al Qaeda members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in the second operation of its kind within two days. On Saturday an air strike killed 10 al Qaeda militants and three civilians in central Yemen, a country that neighbours top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and is home to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group's most lethal wings. The defence ministry did not specify the nature of the air strikes, but in both cases local sources said unmanned drone aircraft had been seen above the target areas beforehand. More »Air strikes in Yemen kill 35 al Qaeda militants in two days

  • Liverpool closes in on Premier League title

    Associated Press - 1 hour 54 minutes ago

    LONDON (AP) — Liverpool secured a return to the Champions League on Sunday — but there's a much bigger prize just around the corner. More »Liverpool closes in on Premier League title

  • Insurgents kill at least 11 Algerian soldiers

    Associated Press - 1 hour 56 minutes ago

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in a mountainous region, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five others, the Defense Ministry said Sunday. More »Insurgents kill at least 11 Algerian soldiers

  • Boston Marathon looks to emerge from shadow of 2013 bombing

    Reuters - 1 hour 58 minutes ago

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Runners from the world's elite racers to first-timers will step to the Boston Marathon starting line on Monday for the first time the race has been held since last year's deadly bombing attack. Some 36,000 people, the second-largest field in the race's 118-year history, will set out from Hopkinton, a town west of Boston, for the 26.2-mile (42.2 km) race that finishes on Boston's Boylston Street, where two homemade pressure-cooker bombs last year killed three people and injured 264. The fans, hundreds of thousands of whom are expected to line the course, will also be rooting for top U.S. entrants including Ryan Hall of California and Desiree Linden of Michigan. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Sunday told CBS's "Face the Nation" that added security measures, including a higher than usual police presence, would assure a "very safe" atmosphere at the race. More »Boston Marathon looks to emerge from shadow of 2013 bombing

  • Malaysia Airlines Jet In Landing Gear Scare

    Sky News - 2 hours 0 minutes ago

    A Malaysia Airlines plane has landed safely after being forced to turn around due to a technical problem. The aircraft, which was heading for Bangalore in India, returned to Kuala Lumpur after its right-hand landing gear malfunctioned as it took off from the Malaysian capital. It left Kuala Lumpur at 10.09pm local time (3.09pm UK time) and had been due to arrive in Bangalore at 11.35pm (7.05pm UK time). A company statement said: "Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 that made an air turn back towards KLIA has landed safely at 1:56am." More »Malaysia Airlines Jet In Landing Gear Scare

  • PEC Zwolle humbles Ajax 5-1 in Dutch Cup final

    Associated Press - 2 hours 0 minutes ago

    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — PEC Zwolle won its first Dutch Cup title by stunning Ajax 5-1 in the final Sunday, with Ryan Thomas and Guyon Fernandez scoring two goals each. More »PEC Zwolle humbles Ajax 5-1 in Dutch Cup final

  • A look at the dual justice system in the West Bank

    Associated Press - 2 hours 1 minute ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian minors accused of crimes in the West Bank are subject to two different sets of laws. Israeli settlers are prosecuted under Israeli civilian law, while Palestinians are thrust into the military justice system. Critics complain that the conviction rate in the military system is higher and the penalties stiffer. Here are some statistics about juvenile arrests between 2008 and 2013 from Israel's national police force: More »A look at the dual justice system in the West Bank

  • Sevilla routs Granada 4-0 to close on 4th in Spain

    Associated Press - 2 hours 6 minutes ago

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sevilla beat Granada 4-0 on Sunday to keep the pressure on Athletic Bilbao in their fight for Spain's last Champions League berth. More »Sevilla routs Granada 4-0 to close on 4th in Spain

  • Malaysia Airlines jet in emergency landing after tyre bursts

    AFP - 2 hours 8 minutes ago

    A Malaysia Airlines plane with 166 people aboard was forced to make an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday in another blow to its safety image after the loss of flight MH370. More »Malaysia Airlines jet in emergency landing after tyre bursts

  • Top Asian News at 7:00 p.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 2 hours 8 minutes ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. About 30 minutes after the Sewol began tilting, a crew member asked a marine traffic controller whether passengers would be rescued if they abandoned ship off South Korea's southern coast. The crew member posed the question three times in succession. More »Top Asian News at 7:00 p.m. GMT

  • Arsenal beats Hull 3-0 in Premier League

    Associated Press - 2 hours 12 minutes ago

    HULL, England (AP) — Lukas Podolski scored two goals for the second straight match as Arsenal beat Hull 3-0 on Sunday to move a step closer to securing the final Champions League place in the Premier League. More »Arsenal beats Hull 3-0 in Premier League

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