• Egyptian policeman, militant killed in security force operation - ministry

    Reuters - 10 hours ago

    CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian police officer and a militant were killed on Wednesday during an operation by security forces to capture wanted militants near the city of Alexandria, the Interior Ministry said. Gunmen had opened fire on the security forces as the police arrived at their hideout in Borg El Arab, some 45 km (28 miles) south-west of Alexandria, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. (Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Michael Georgy) More »Egyptian policeman, militant killed in security force operation - ministry

  • US trade rep presses Japan to take 'elevated view' in trade talks

    Reuters - 10 hours ago

    The United States put last-minute pressure on Japan to compromise in trade talks on Wednesday, shortly before President Barack Obama was to arrive for a state visit. "This a moment for Japan to take an elevated view and to choose a bold path of economic renewal, revitalisation and regional leadership," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters after negotiating with Economy Minister Akira Amari ahead of Obama's evening arrival. The bilateral talks - focusing on Japan's agricultural market and both countries' car markets - are key to reaching a multilateral Pacific trade pact. "Its economic and strategic importance is clear." Obama is having dinner with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday and will hold a summit meeting on Thursday focusing on security issues as well as trade. More »US trade rep presses Japan to take 'elevated view' in trade talks

  • Anti-Obama protesters clash with police in Manila

    Associated Press - 10 hours ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed Wednesday with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines. More »Anti-Obama protesters clash with police in Manila

  • Dead Ukraine politician faced hostile mob, video shows

    Reuters - 10 hours ago

    The Ukrainian town councillor whose apparent torture and murder helped prompt a new government offensive in the east was mobbed by a hostile, pro-Russian crowd before he disappeared, a video of the incident shows. The footage from Thursday on local news site gorlovka.ua shows angry scenes outside the town hall of Horlivka, between the separatist flashpoint cities of Donetsk and Slaviansk, as councillor Volodymyr Rybak is manhandled by several men, among them a masked man in camouflage, while other people hurl abuse. Ukraine's Interior Ministry said he was seen being bundled into a car by masked men in camouflage later that day. Ukraine's acting president, who like Rybak is a member of the Batkivshchyna party led by former premier Yulia Tymoshenko, cited the murder as grounds for relaunching a so far limited operation against militants who have taken over around a dozen towns and public buildings in the Russian-speaking east. More »Dead Ukraine politician faced hostile mob, video shows

  • China stops prominent rights lawyer from meeting German minister

    Reuters - 10 hours ago

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police blocked a prominent human rights lawyer from meeting Germany's deputy chancellor, the lawyer said on Wednesday, in the latest example of curbs on government critics in China. Deputy Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel was unable to hold talks with members of Chinese civil society during a visit to Beijing on Tuesday, though he declined to comment on why the planned meeting at the German embassy had not taken place. Gabriel had told reporters travelling with him to China that he would meet critics of the Chinese government, saying he believed that European politicians had an obligation to show support for such dissidents. But police came to the office of the human rights lawyer, Mo Shaoping, and said they had received orders "from above" that Mo was not allowed to attend, Mo told Reuters. More »China stops prominent rights lawyer from meeting German minister

  • Suspect Asks Court To Remove 'Murder' Tattoo

    Sky News - 10 hours ago

    Jeffrey Chapman has asked Barton County District Court to allow a professional tattoo artist to remove the message - which spells out "murder" backwards across his throat. Chapman is due to go on trial on Monday, April 28, over the 2011 killing of Damon Galliart whose body was found by hunters near Great Bend. However, Barton County's sheriff says Chapman cannot be transported from prison to a tattoo artist. More »Suspect Asks Court To Remove 'Murder' Tattoo

  • Luxury automakers scramble to woo young Chinese

    Associated Press - 10 hours ago

    BEIJING (AP) — At age 32, Jason Jia already is the kind of customer luxury automakers are seeking as competition grows in China's lucrative but crowded market. More »Luxury automakers scramble to woo young Chinese

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 10 hours ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

  • Bombing in Cairo kills senior Egypt police officer

    Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a senior police officer has died after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb. More »Bombing in Cairo kills senior Egypt police officer

  • S. Korea urges China to avert N. Korea nuclear test

    AFP - 11 hours ago

    South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Wednesday urged Chinese leader Xi Jinping to make "further efforts" to dissuade North Korea from conducting a fresh nuclear test, warning of serious repercussions for regional stability. More »S. Korea urges China to avert N. Korea nuclear test

  • Shares mixed on lackluster China data

    Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mixed Wednesday, as weak data from China sapped the upward momentum from an overnight rally on a flurry of deals in the pharmaceutical sector. More »Shares mixed on lackluster China data

  • Twitter Campaign Backfires For New York Police

    Sky News - 11 hours ago

    A request by New York Police for the public to share pictures of them posing with officers didn't go as planned after pictures of police 'brutality' were tweeted instead. In an attempt to "communicate with the community", the city's police department said in a Tweet : "Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Responding to the request, Oakland Anti-Social Media tweeted: "You really want this huh? Some of the pictures posted included images of a woman having her hair pulled as she is arrested and a front page from the New York Post showing a bloodied man reportedly arrested for crossing the road in the wrong place. More »Twitter Campaign Backfires For New York Police

  • Sydney FC fires head coach Frank Farina

    Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Sydney FC has fired coach Frank Farina just a few days after it was eliminated in the playoffs and finished fifth in the A-League. More »Sydney FC fires head coach Frank Farina

  • Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT

  • Australia unmoved by U.N. critique of asylum seeker policy

    Reuters - 11 hours ago

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations' criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its detention centres in Papua New Guinea. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison hit back after the regional representative for U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said that Australia's policy of sending asylum seekers to third countries for lengthy detention might violate its treaty obligations. More »Australia unmoved by U.N. critique of asylum seeker policy

  • Nepal moves to ease tension among Sherpas after Everest disaster

    Reuters - 11 hours ago

    By Gopal Sharma and John Chalmers KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's government decided on Wednesday to send a delegation of officials to the base camp of Mount Everest to cool anger among Sherpas over its response to last week's deadly ice avalanche in which at least 13 guides were killed. Two Western expedition organisers said tension was running high at the camp among the roughly 400 Sherpas there, with many demanding that all climbs to the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) summit be abandoned for the rest of the season and others keen to continue. "The mood is obviously grief-stricken as the Sherpa community is very close-knit, and that is now somewhat turning to anger," said Phil Crampton of New York-based hiking group Altitude Junkies, who flew from base camp to meet Nepali officials in Kathmandu. Facing a barrage of demands from Sherpas, the government announced on Tuesday that it would raise the minimum insurance cover for Everest guides by 50 percent. More »Nepal moves to ease tension among Sherpas after Everest disaster

  • Indian film awards arrive in Tampa, but why?

    Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    TAMPA, Florida (AP) — The so-called Bollywood Oscars have been held in Macau, Singapore, London and now ... Tampa? More »Indian film awards arrive in Tampa, but why?

  • Bollywood Oscars, film stars come to Florida

    Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    TAMPA, Florida (AP) — The International Indian Film Academy is holding its annual awards ceremony in Tampa starting Wednesday. More »Bollywood Oscars, film stars come to Florida

  • Discovery to chronicle Everest avalanche

    Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — With its dreams of televising a daredevil's attempt to jump off Mount Everest over, the Discovery network said Tuesday it will instead make a documentary on last week's avalanche that killed more than a dozen mountain guides. More »Discovery to chronicle Everest avalanche

  • AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

    Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    MOUNT HERMON, Lebanon (AP) — As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the rugged frontier into neighboring Lebanon. More »AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

  • China calls on U.S. to not take sides in territorial disputes

    Reuters - 12 hours ago

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China called on the United States on Wednesday to respect its promises not to take sides in territorial disputes, after U.S. President Barack Obama said that islands at the centre of a dispute between Japan and China fall within the scope of the U.S.-Japan security treaty. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the remarks at a daily news briefing. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard, Writing by Sui-Lee Wee) More »China calls on U.S. to not take sides in territorial disputes

  • AP PHOTOS: Entering the monkhood a rite of passage

    Associated Press - 12 hours ago

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — With golden umbrellas covering them from the equatorial sun, boys in princely attire are hoisted onto the shoulders of their fathers and uncles, part of a ritual carried out this time every year at Buddhist pagodas all over Myanmar: young would-be-novices preparing to enter the monkhood. More »AP PHOTOS: Entering the monkhood a rite of passage

  • Your Top Plays for Today

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  • Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

    Associated Press - 12 hours ago

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West. More »Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

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