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Pistorius trial adjourns until May, state mauls forensic expert

PRETORIA (Reuters) – The murder trial of Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was adjourned on Thursday until May 5 after the state wrapped up three days of punishing cross-examination of a forensic expert brought by the defense.








Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:12 pm

Saudi activist sentenced to 15 years in jail for protests: lawyer

DUBAI (Reuters) – A judge on Thursday sentenced a Saudi blogger and activist to 15 years in jail for taking part in protests and defaming the kingdom by communicating with foreigners and through publishing articles on the Internet, his lawyer said.


Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:11 pm

Gunmen kidnap Tunisian diplomat in Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped on Thursday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Libya’s foreign ministry said, two days after gunmen seized Jordan’s ambassador.








Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:05 pm

Burundi orders U.N. security adviser out after violence warning

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi ordered a security adviser at the United Nations mission in the country to leave on Thursday, escalating a row that started with a warning by the U.N. last week of a possible outbreak of political violence.


Posted on 17 April 2014 | 2:53 pm

Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of ‘abyss’

MARIUPOL, Ukraine/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Separatists attacked a Ukrainian national guard base overnight and Kiev said three of them were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising, accompanied by tough words from Vladimir Putin that overshadowed crisis talks.








Posted on 17 April 2014 | 2:50 pm

Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry survivors

MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) – Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, most of them teenagers from the same school, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized 36 hours ago.








Posted on 17 April 2014 | 2:46 pm

Dutch rightist Wilders blames EU for Ukraine crisis; hints at UKIP alliance

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders blamed the crisis in Ukraine on the European Union on Thursday, accusing it of inciting violence by dangling the “carrot” of EU integration.


Posted on 17 April 2014 | 2:38 pm

Exclusive: Syria submits more ‘detailed’ list of chemical weapons

BEIRUT/THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Syria has submitted a “more specific” list of its chemical weapons to the global regulator overseeing the destruction of its stockpile after discrepancies were reported by inspectors on the ground, officials said.


Posted on 17 April 2014 | 2:33 pm

Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libyan capital

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped on Thursday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Libya’s foreign ministry said, days after gunmen seized Jordan’s ambassador.


Posted on 17 April 2014 | 2:25 pm

Yemen’s foreign minister says will push donors for promised billions in aid

SANAA (Reuters) – The Yemeni foreign minister said on Thursday he would use a meeting in London this month to push donor countries to release billions of dollars in promised aid that Yemen desperately needs to address its ailing economy and volatile security situation.


Posted on 17 April 2014 | 2:23 pm

Search for Malaysia jet refocuses on drone scans of sea floor

PERTH, Australia (Reuters) – Footage taken by a deep-sea drone should determine sooner than previously thought whether a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean is the final resting place of a missing Malaysian jetliner, Australian search authorities said on Thursday.








Posted on 17 April 2014 | 2:20 pm

Syria negotiator says Homs once again a ‘theater of death’

BEIRUT (Reuters) – International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday that a deal between trapped fighters and civilians in Homs city and the Syrian authorities had broken down, as government forces appeared close to retaking the besieged opposition area.


Posted on 17 April 2014 | 2:19 pm

India passes halfway mark in election with Hindu nationalists gaining strength

BANGALORE (Reuters) – India called a quarter of its 815 million voters to polls on Thursday, the biggest day of its staggered election, in areas ranging from Himalayan passes to a southern IT hub and western sugarcane farms.








Posted on 17 April 2014 | 2:17 pm

German court sentences Somali pirate to 12 years for kidnapping

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German court sentenced a Somali asylum-seeker to 12 years in jail on Thursday, for his involvement in the pirate hijacking of a tanker in the Indian Ocean in 2010.


Posted on 17 April 2014 | 1:50 pm

Students give Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter.


Posted on 17 April 2014 | 1:47 pm

Jordanian jihadis returning from Syria war rattle U.S.-aligned kingdom

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordanian Islamist Ahmad Mahmoud fought with rebels in Syria for six weeks earlier this year, then slipped back across the border to seek treatment for a war wound – even though the authorities had warned him not to return.


Posted on 17 April 2014 | 1:43 pm

Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed: IAEA

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a planned facility it will need to fulfill the six-month deal has been delayed, a U.N. report showed on Thursday.








Posted on 17 April 2014 | 1:35 pm

Taliban negotiator under house arrest in UAE, says Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – A leading Taliban peace negotiator has been placed under house arrest in the United Arab Emirates, officials said on Thursday, dealing a blow to President Hamid Karzai’s efforts to jump-start a nascent Afghan peace process before leaving office.








Posted on 17 April 2014 | 12:49 pm

Death toll from Guinea Ebola outbreak rises to 122

CONAKRY (Reuters) – The death toll from an Ebola outbreak in Guinea has risen to 122, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday, a sharp increase from a previous figure of 108.


Posted on 17 April 2014 | 12:48 pm

Church must be open to sick, homeless, pope says on Holy Thursday

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, starting four packed days of events culminating in Easter, said on Thursday the church must always be a refuge for the poor, the homeless and the sick.


Posted on 17 April 2014 | 12:03 pm

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Salsa great Cheo Feliciano dies in car crash at 78

File picture shows Puerto Rican salsa singer Jose "Cheo" Feliciano performing in San JuanSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano died in a car accident early Thursday, prompting the governor of the U.S. territory to declare three days of mourning.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:13 pm

Pistorius trial adjourns until May, state mauls forensic expert

South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Pistorius sits in the dock during his murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court in PretoriaBy Siyabonga Sishi PRETORIA (Reuters) – The murder trial of Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was adjourned on Thursday until May 5 after the state wrapped up three days of punishing cross-examination of a forensic expert brought by the defense. Judge Thokozile Masipa granted the state's request for a postponement to avoid conflicts with other cases. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel – nicknamed "The Pitbull" for his aggressive style – tore into defense witness Roger Dixon, questioning his credibility and expertise. Pistorius, 27, is on trial for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot dead with four rounds from a 9mm pistol on Valentine's Day last year in his plush Pretoria house.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:12 pm

WWE wrestlers in Saudi Arabia for live matches

FILE- In this Sunday, April 6, 2014 file photo, John Cena celebrates his win during Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans. World-famous WWE wrestlers such as John Cena, Shaemus and champion Randy Orton are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital Riyadh. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE, File)RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Pro wrestlers with the WWE, including John Cena and former champion Randy Orton, are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital, Riyadh.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:11 pm

UN envoy urges Syria’s warring sides to save Homs

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations envoy to Syria says the besieged central city of Homs has become a “theater of death and destruction,” urging both sides in the country’s civil war to return to negotiations.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:11 pm

Saudi activist sentenced to 15 years in jail for protests: lawyer

A judge on Thursday sentenced a Saudi blogger and activist to 15 years in jail for taking part in protests and defaming the kingdom by communicating with foreigners and through publishing articles on the Internet, his lawyer said. Fadhel al-Manasef, 26, is the latest activist to be convicted this week on charges which international human rights groups and activists in the kingdom say are part of a new drive to curb political, religious and social dissent. The Special Criminal Court in the capital Riyadh also fined Manasef 100,000 riyals ($26,700) and barred him from traveling abroad for 15 years after he completes his sentence, the lawyer, Waleed Sulais, told Reuters by email. Sulais said the court found Manasef guilty of charges that included incitement and participation in demonstrations, writing articles against state security and posting them online, signing an anti-government petition and contacting foreign judicial and media outlets without authorization and taking reporters to protests and giving them harmful information on the kingdom.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:11 pm

Federation cleared to start Brazilian league

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian football federation said Thursday it has been successful in its appeal against a club that filed a civil suit trying to be included in the country’s first-division league, guaranteeing the championship can start on time this weekend.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:10 pm

Militants kill 13 security personnel in northern Iraq

Iraqi Shiite mourners carry the coffin of a soldier killed in the northern city of Mosul during his funeral procession in Najaf, on February 24, 2014Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) – Militants armed with automatic weapons attacked a military position in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing 12 soldiers, and a senior police officer was shot dead in a separate attack. The attack in the Mahallabiyah area west of Mosul also wounded 15 soldiers, while a police colonel was killed to the southeast of the city, a morgue employee and a police major said. It is the deadliest day for the Iraqi army since February 17, when 13 soldiers died in clashes and an attack. Iraq is suffering a protracted surge in bloodshed that has killed more than 2,650 people so far this year despite wide-ranging operations against militants by the security forces.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:10 pm

Algerians trickle to polls in presidential vote

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika arrives on a wheelchair to vote in the presidential elections in Algiers, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Algerians are trickling into the polls to elect a new president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be won by the ailing incumbent. President Bouteflika has ruled this nation for the past 15 years and, despite suffering from a stroke, is running for a fourth term on a platform of stability. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerians trickled into voting booths on a sunshine-drenched Thursday to elect the president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election dominated by the ailing incumbent running for a fourth term.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:08 pm

Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter

Palestinian women hold pictures of relatives held in Israeli jails during a rally marking Palestinian Prisoner Day in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on April 17, 2014Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Thousands of Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza rallied Thursday in solidarity with Israeli-held prisoners, as peace talks near collapse after the Jewish state refused to free long-serving inmates. To mark Prisoners Day, Palestinians were to take to the streets in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has his headquarters, and hundreds took part in early rallies in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip late Wednesday. The row over prisoners caused a new deadlock in US-brokered peace talks in late March, just a month ahead of their deadline, when Israel reneged on its commitment to release a fourth and final batch of Palestinian inmates. The Palestinians retaliated by seeking membership of several international treaties, breaking their own commitment under the talks which US Secretary of State John Kerry launched in July.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:08 pm

Snowden questions Putin on surveillance in phone-in

Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks with journalists after his annual televised question-and-answer session with the nation at Gostiny Dvor (Merchant Yard) exhibition hall in Moscow, on April 17, 2014Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday joined a phone-in with Russian President Vladimir Putin, quizzing him over the extent of Moscow's surveillance activities. Putin, a former KGB agent, greeted Snowden as a fellow "former agent" before assuring him that Russia's surveillance of the population was not on a mass scale and strictly controlled by laws. Snowden, a 30-year-old former United States National Security Agency contractor was granted asylum by Russia last August after shaking the American intelligence establishment to its core with a series of devastating leaks on mass surveillance in the US and around the world.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:08 pm

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Base attack, referendum plans overshadow Russia, Ukraine talks – CNN


ABC News

Base attack, referendum plans overshadow Russia, Ukraine talks
CNN
(CNN) — Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats held emergency talks in Switzerland on Thursday, in the hope of resolving a deepening crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian protesters seize swaths of Ukraine. The unrest in the restive east, which …
UPDATE 2-EU agrees to Putin's call for gas security talksReuters
Putin 'Hopes' He Won't Have to Send Troops Into Eastern UkraineABC News
Diplomats eye joint statement on UkraineChron.com
Hindustan Times -Toronto Star -National Post
all 3,143 news articles »

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:10 pm

Snowden Asks Putin on Live TV If Russia Spies Like U.S. – Bloomberg


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Snowden Asks Putin on Live TV If Russia Spies Like U.S.
Bloomberg
“Does Russia intercept, store or analyze in any way the communications of millions of individuals?” Snowden asked the former KGB colonel through a video link from an unidentified location during Putin's annual live call-in show, broadcast nationwide from …
Snowden asks Putin about Russian surveillanceUSA TODAY
Surprise guest Snowden questions Putin on spying on TV phone-inThe Globe and Mail
Snowden Appears on Putin Call-In ShowWall Street Journal
The Independent -Reuters Africa -Reuters
all 160 news articles »

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:02 pm

Survivors of Korean Ferry Recall a Sharp Turn, Then Chaos – New York Times


Irish Independent

Survivors of Korean Ferry Recall a Sharp Turn, Then Chaos
New York Times
Relatives of missing passengers on the sunken Sewol ferry waited for new information on Thursday at a gymnasium on Jindo Island in South Korea. Credit Jeon Heon-Kyun/European Pressphoto Agency. Continue reading the main story. Continue reading …
UPDATE 7-Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry survivorsReuters
S Korea ferry: Bad weather hampers search for survivorsBBC News
Questions mount in South Korean ferry disaster; hundreds still missingCNN
CBS News -Bloomberg -The Globe and Mail
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Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:00 pm

Fate of Kidnapped Nigeria Schoolgirls Still Unknown – Wall Street Journal


Brisbane Times

Fate of Kidnapped Nigeria Schoolgirls Still Unknown
Wall Street Journal
The fate of more than 100 kidnapped schoolgirls believed by authorities to be in the hands of a militant Islamist sect in northern Nigeria remained uncertain Thursday, as the West African nation's military issued disputed figures about the number of girls still …
Nigerian military lied by saying abducted girls freed, families sayCNN
Unprecedented Wave of Terror Divides NationAllAfrica.com
Nigeria: Fate of 115 abducted girls unknownKVVU Las Vegas
Aljazeera.com -Times of India
all 323 news articles »

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 2:58 pm

Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine – USA TODAY


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Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine
USA TODAY
Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to "register" with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.
Flyers call on Ukrainian Jews to register with pro-Russian separatistsJewish Telegraphic Agency
Inside Ukraine's 'Donetsk People's Republic'Aljazeera.com
Separatists Reportedly Ordered Donetsk Jews to Register Or Be DeportedNovinite.com
Washington Free Beacon -The Moscow Times -American Thinker (blog)
all 21 news articles »

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 2:38 pm

High-profile lawyer dies in car crash – Sydney Morning Herald


Straits Times

High-profile lawyer dies in car crash
Sydney Morning Herald
Kuala Lumpur: Karpal Singh, an opposition Malaysian politician for more than four decades and lawyer who acted in some of the country's highest-profile cases, was killed in a road accident today. He was 73. Mr Singh died at the scene of the crash after the …
Penang to give opposition leader Karpal Singh state-level funeralStraits Times
Karpal Singh's Death: Penang BN extends condolencesNew Straits Times
Malaysia's top ethnic-Indian lawyer dies in car accidentTimes of India
Bernama -The Sun Daily -Independent Online
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Posted on 17 April 2014 | 2:19 pm

Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed – IAEA – euronews


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Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed – IAEA
euronews
VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a planned facility it will need to fulfil the six-month deal has been delayed, a U.N. report showed on …
Iran has cut stock closest to nuke-arms grade: IAEAThe Hindu
UPDATE 3-Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed-IAEAReuters Africa
Iran in compliance with nuclear freeze: UN watchdogChannel News Asia
Deutsche Welle -BBC News -The News International
all 556 news articles »

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 2:15 pm

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika casts his vote – BBC News


BBC News

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika casts his vote
BBC News
Polls have opened in Algeria where incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seeking a fourth term in office. The 77-year-old leader has rarely appeared in public since suffering a stroke last year and has not campaigned personally ahead of the election.
Voting begins in Algerian presidential election amid opposition boycottThe Guardian
Algeria Votes on Incumbent's Re-Election BidWall Street Journal
Algerians vote for new presidentXinhua
Reuters -euronews -Chron.com
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Posted on 17 April 2014 | 1:12 pm

Mullah Omar wants TTP to join spring offensive, end infighting – The News International


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Mullah Omar wants TTP to join spring offensive, end infighting
The News International
The latest call by the ameer of the Afghan Taliban Mullah Mohammad Omar to the Pakistani Taliban to end their infighting in South Waziristan is actually aimed at securing their support against foreign troops in Afghanistan to launch the annual spring …
Peace talks cannot succeed without ceasefire: TTP negotiatorIndian Express
Pakistani Taliban snub cease-fire extensionThe Daily Star
Taliban refused to extend ceasefireTimes of India
The Nation -Business Standard
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Posted on 17 April 2014 | 12:42 pm

Internet rumormonger gets 3-year jail term – ecns


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Internet rumormonger gets 3-year jail term
ecns
Qin Zhijun (R), an alleged rumormonger, goes on trial at the Chaoyang District People's Court in Beijing, capital of China, April 17, 2014. Qin Zhihui, known as "Qinhuohuo" in cyberspace, was accused of creating and spreading rumors about several Chinese …
An Internet 'Big V' Opts for Abject ContritionNew York Times (blog)
Chinese blogger Qin Zhihui jailed for 3 YEARS for 'rumour mongering'Daily Mail
Internet rumormonger Qinhuohuo given 3 years by Beijing courtWantChinaTimes
Kashmir Dispatch -Reuters
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Posted on 17 April 2014 | 9:59 am