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Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot should have been grounded

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) – German authorities said on Friday they had found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy.


Posted on 28 March 2015 | 1:28 am

Amanda Knox acquitted of murder by Italy’s top court

ROME/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Italy’s top court on Friday annulled the conviction of American Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of her British flatmate and fully acquitted her in a surprise verdict capping nearly a decade of courtroom drama.








Posted on 28 March 2015 | 1:21 am

Iran, powers close in on 2-3 page nuclear deal; success uncertain: officials

LAUSANNE, Switzerland/ANKARA (Reuters) – Iran and major powers are close to agreement on a 2- or 3-page accord with specific numbers that would form the basis of a long-term settlement aimed at ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, officials said on Friday.








Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:57 am

Yemen Houthi rebels advance despite Saudi-led air strikes

ADEN (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthi rebels made broad gains in the country’s south and east on Friday despite a second day of Saudi-led air strikes meant to check the Iranian-backed militia’s efforts to overthrow President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.


Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:47 am

Nigerians vote in first genuine contest since end of dictatorship

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerians vote on Saturday in what looks set to be the first genuine electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999, one in which an opposition aspirant has a fighting chance of unseating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.


Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:14 am

Time for Iran to make tough decisions in nuclear talks: U.S.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Negotiations between six world powers and Iran over its nuclear program have been “tough and very serious” and the next few days will show whether Tehran is ready to make the necessary hard decisions, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.








Posted on 27 March 2015 | 11:49 pm

Turkey says U.S.-led campaign to train Syria rebels delayed by Washington

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A campaign to train Syrian opposition forces to fight hardline Islamic State militants, which was due to start this month, has been delayed by Washington, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Friday.








Posted on 27 March 2015 | 11:21 pm

Yemen Houthi rebels advance despite Saudi-led air strikes

ADEN (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthi rebels made broad gains in the country’s south and east on Friday despite a second day of Saudi-led air strikes meant to check the Iranian-backed militia’s efforts to overthrow President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.








Posted on 27 March 2015 | 11:20 pm

Congo Republic president says expects referendum over third term

BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) – The President of Congo Republic, Denis Sassou Nguesso, said on Friday he expected a referendum on a change to the constitution that would allow him to stand next year for a third term at the helm of the oil-producing nation.








Posted on 27 March 2015 | 11:06 pm

Amanda Knox acquitted of murder by Italy’s top court

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s top court on Friday annulled the conviction of American Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and, in a surprise verdict, acquitted her of the charge.








Posted on 27 March 2015 | 10:57 pm

Libya forces said to leave bases near oil ports; hopes they may reopen

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Forces loyal to a rival Libyan government controlling the capital Tripoli have withdrawn from frontline bases near the country’s biggest oil ports, a spokesman said on Friday, raising hopes the ports might soon be reopened.


Posted on 27 March 2015 | 10:55 pm

Saudi blogger Badawi views survival of 50 lashes as miracle: magazine

BERLIN (Reuters) – Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi described in his first letter from prison how he “miraculously survived 50 lashes” as part of a conviction that sparked an international outcry, according to German weekly Der Spiegel in a report to be published on Saturday.


Posted on 27 March 2015 | 10:43 pm

Saudi Arabia decides to restore ambassador to Sweden: Al Arabiya TV

CAIRO/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has decided to send its envoy back to Sweden, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Friday, in a move that will ease a diplomatic row over the Arab country’s human rights record.








Posted on 27 March 2015 | 10:37 pm

U.N. concerned by spread of arms in Libya, arms embargo unchanged

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council expressed concern on Friday at the proliferation of arms and ammunition in Libya as it left an arms embargo on the North African state unchanged and urged the recognized government to improve monitoring of its weapons.


Posted on 27 March 2015 | 10:30 pm

Syrian army closes in on city near Lebanese border

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah fighters, closed in on the city of Zabadani near the border with Lebanon on Friday, a Lebanese security source said, and Syrian media said at least 20 insurgents had been killed in the battles to seize high ground.








Posted on 27 March 2015 | 9:11 pm

Latvia says Russia’s military rhetoric is ‘alarming’

RIGA (Reuters) – A war of words between Russia and the West could degenerate into something worse, with “devastating” consequences, Latvia’s foreign minister said on Friday.


Posted on 27 March 2015 | 9:08 pm

Canada government to dilute controversial anti-terror bill: CBC

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Canadian government will water down controversial new anti-terror legislation after critics said it could be used to target people taking part in peaceful protests, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said on Friday.


Posted on 27 March 2015 | 8:17 pm

Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot should have been grounded

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) – German authorities said on Friday they had found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy.








Posted on 27 March 2015 | 7:37 pm

France presses at U.N. for Islamic State to face world court

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – France said on Friday it would push the United Nations Security Council to refer the Islamic State militant group to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity.


Posted on 27 March 2015 | 7:29 pm

‘Unholy alliance’ of Islamists threatens Sweden: spy chief

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden, once cited by Osama bin Laden as the kind of country al Qaeda did not attack, is facing a rising threat from Islamist militants because of the crises in Iraq and Syria, its spy chief said in an interview on Friday.


Posted on 27 March 2015 | 7:06 pm

World News Headlines – Yahoo News

Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the government passed a moratorium on foreign fishing five months ago, according to the International Organization for Migration in Indonesia, which released the figure Friday. However, others have been trapped on the islands for years, after being dumped by fishing boats or escaping into the jungle.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 1:32 am

15-year-old American CiCi Bellis advances at Miami Open

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT SPELLING OF SURNAME - Rafael Nadal of Spain, returns a shot from Nicolas Almagro of Spain, at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 27, 2015 in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Precocious amateur CiCi Bellis says she's ready to take on the best of the pros — Serena Williams.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 1:32 am

Kercher’s mother ‘shocked’ by Italy verdict

Meredith Kercher's mother, Arline Kercher (pictured), said she was "surprised and very shocked" by Italy's top court clearing Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito of her daughter's murderMeredith Kercher's mother said she was "surprised and very shocked" after Italy's top court cleared Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito of her daughter's murder. Arline Kercher said the decision Friday by the Court of Cassation in Rome was "odd" given the pair had been convicted twice following the British student's killing in 2007. Judges cleared Knox and Sollecito after 10 hours of deliberations, concluding an eight-year legal drama. Arline Kercher said she had heard little more about the decision other than the verdict.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 1:22 am

Amanda Knox acquitted of murder by Italy’s top court

File photo of Amanda Knox reacting during her interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" in New YorkBy Massimiliano Di Giorgio and Eric M. Johnson ROME/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Italy's top court on Friday annulled the conviction of American Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of her British flatmate and fully acquitted her in a surprise verdict capping nearly a decade of courtroom drama. The brutal stabbing of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, alleged sex games and multiple trials provided fodder for tabloids on both sides of the Atlantic and inspired books and films. The Court of Cassation threw out the second guilty verdict against Knox and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 31, for the murder, saying there was insufficient evidence to convict either of them.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 1:21 am

About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

This Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 image shows Ngwe Thein, 42, who has been living on an island near Benjina, Indonesia for three years, after being forced to work on a fishing trawler with inadequate food and little or no pay, he said. In the wake of an AP report on fishermen who were enslaved, on Thursday, March 26, 2015, Thai lawmakers voted unanimously to create tougher penalties for violating the country's anti-human trafficking law, including the death penalty. But in a Thursday email, Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division said, "The Thailand government has made repeated verbal commitments to get tough with traffickers but every time real follow-up has been lacking." In the meantime, Thein is one of the thousands of men who are waiting. (AP Photo/APTN, Esther Htusan)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 1:17 am

Area resident Jimmy Walker takes lead in Texas Open

Jimmy Walker hits from the 10th tee during the second round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament, Friday, March 27, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jimmy Walker enjoyed a neighborly stroll at TPC San Antonio after a 35-minute drive from his suburban home.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 1:03 am

Iran, powers close in on 2-3 page nuclear deal; success uncertain: officials

US Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials wait for a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in LausanneBy Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland/ANKARA (Reuters) – Iran and major powers are close to agreement on a 2- or 3-page accord with specific numbers that would form the basis of a long-term settlement aimed at ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, officials said on Friday. Western and Iranian officials familiar with the negotiations between Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China cautioned that they still had not agreed on the framework of a deal and key details were still being hotly negotiated.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:57 am

Clerics urge US to end family detention of immigrants

DILLEY, Texas (AP) — About 80 faith leaders from around the U.S. have signed a letter to President Barack Obama urging the government to stop detaining immigrant families, while high-ranking clerics visiting a Texas detention facility Friday criticized the practice.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:55 am

Yemen Houthi rebels advance despite Saudi-led air strikes

An army tank moves on a street in AdenBy Mohammed Mukhashef ADEN (Reuters) – Yemen's Houthi rebels made broad gains in the country's south and east on Friday despite a second day of Saudi-led air strikes meant to check the Iranian-backed militia's efforts to overthrow President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters and allied army units gained their first foothold on Yemen's Arabian Sea coast by seizing the port of Shaqra 100km (60 miles) east of Aden, residents told Reuters. Explosions and crackles of small gunfire rang out across Aden late on Friday as Houthis made a push on the southern port city's airport, a witness said. The advances threaten Hadi's last refuge in Yemen and potentially undermine the air campaign to support him.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:47 am

France says will propose UN Security Council draft on Israel

In this March 27, 2015, photo provided by the United Nations, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, speaks with the media at United Nations headquarters. Fabius said Friday his country will propose a U.N. Security Council resolution in the coming weeks that could present a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/United Nations, Rick Bajornas)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's foreign minister said Friday his country will propose a U.N. Security Council resolution in the coming weeks that could present a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:47 am

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Lee Kuan Yew: Which way now for Singapore? – BBC News


BBC News

Lee Kuan Yew: Which way now for Singapore?
BBC News
As Singapore mourns the death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew, questions are also quietly being asked about where the country goes next. Mr Lee had been out of the political limelight for years when he died but his authoritarian model, which brought …
Lee Kuan Yew, a man of piercing intellect and profound principle: Tony BlairChannel News Asia
Singapore will transcend Mr Lee and his eraThe Straits Times
Sirens will sound for nation to observe a minute's silenceAsiaOne
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 1:14 am

Iran, powers close in on 2-3 page nuclear deal; success uncertain: officials – Reuters


Reuters

Iran, powers close in on 2-3 page nuclear deal; success uncertain: officials
Reuters
LAUSANNE, Switzerland/ANKARA (Reuters) – Iran and major powers are close to agreement on a 2- or 3-page accord with specific numbers that would form the basis of a long-term settlement aimed at ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran's nuclear …
Iran, world powers, close to written agreement outlining future long-term nuclear Jerusalem Post Israel News
Iran Nuclear Talks Could Push Past DeadlineWall Street Journal
Hurdles Loom in Iran Nuclear Talks, US Official SaysNew York Times
Xinhua -Washington Post
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:58 am

Prosecutors: Germanwings Co-Pilot Should Have Been Out Sick – Voice of America


Voice of America

Prosecutors: Germanwings Co-Pilot Should Have Been Out Sick
Voice of America
The co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings passenger jet into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, was supposed to be on sick leave the day of the crash but hid evidence of his illness from his employer, German …
Germanwings plane crash: Copilot's mental health under scrutinyLos Angeles Times
We Have No Way to Screen Every Pilot for Mental IllnessWired
Prosecutor: Co-pilot on doomed flight hid ongoing 'medical treatments'Washington Post
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:56 am

Egyptian, Saudi Vessels Approach Yemen Coast – Voice of America


Voice of America

Egyptian, Saudi Vessels Approach Yemen Coast
Voice of America
CAIRO—. Egypt's military says Saudi and Egyptian warships deployed Friday to the Bab al-Mandab strait off Yemen's coast to secure the strategic passage, as a Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes on rebel targets in Yemen for a second straight day.
Despite Saudi-led airstrikes, Shiite rebels continue to advance in YemenWashington Post
US maintains limited Middle East role despite chaos in YemenIrish Times
Oil dives 5 percent as worries about Iran talks trump YemenReuters
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:56 am

Amanda Knox ‘relieved’ murder conviction overturned by Italian Court – CNN


CNN

Amanda Knox 'relieved' murder conviction overturned by Italian Court
CNN
Rome (CNN) An eight-year legal drama that gripped the United States, Britain and Italy has ended. Late Friday night, Amanda Knox of Seattle learned Italy's Supreme Court had overturned her murder conviction. She was prosecuted after the semi-naked body …
Amanda Knox 'relieved' by Italian court's decision to overturn convictionLos Angeles Times
Amanda Knox cleared of murdering Meredith Kercher: latestTelegraph.co.uk
Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high courtWashington Post
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:43 am

Money poised to be kingmaker in Nigeria election – The Globe and Mail


The Globe and Mail

Money poised to be kingmaker in Nigeria election
The Globe and Mail
On the final day of campaigning before Nigeria's election, an unruly crowd has gathered at the headquarters of President Goodluck Jonathan's ruling party. They aren't there to cheer for him. They are there for their money. One group from Lagos is demanding …
Nigeria Election Becomes a Referendum on SecurityWall Street Journal
Gen. Muhammadu Buhari And His Top Political QuotesThe Guardian Nigeria
Battle-weary Nigerians hope for change as election nearsLos Angeles Times
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:38 am

Thousands of militants attack Syria’s Idlib – Xinhua


euronews

Thousands of militants attack Syria's Idlib
Xinhua
DAMASCUS, March.27 (Xinhua) — Thousands of extremist militants were attacking Syria's northwestern city of Idlib and its outskirts, Syria's national TV reported Friday evening. Thousands of "terrorists" are streaming from Turkey into Syria, and attacking Idlib …
US: Assad Cannot Be Part of Syria's FutureVoice of America
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Street-to-street fighting as rebels enter IdlibThe Daily Star
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:30 am

Militants Take Hostages in Deadly Attack on Mogadishu Hotel – New York Times


Herald Sun

Militants Take Hostages in Deadly Attack on Mogadishu Hotel
New York Times
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Armed assailants attacked a Mogadishu hotel on Friday, leaving at least seven people dead, including a Somali ambassador, and seizing an unknown number of hostages, officials and witnesses said. The Shabab militant Islamist …
Al Shabab's deadly show of force in SomaliaToronto Star
At least 10 killed in Mogadishu hotel attackXinhua
Somali hotel attacked by Islamist groupIrish Times
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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 12:16 am

IDF playing war games, but with real Palestinians – Haaretz


Haaretz

IDF playing war games, but with real Palestinians
Haaretz
The Israeli army used a training maneuver in the West Bank this week to prepare for potential unrest in the territories. Haaretz accompanied the soldiers, and witnessed a surreal exercise. By Amos Harel | Mar. 28, 2015 | 2:36 AM …
UK artists call for Israel sanctionsPress TV
EU weighs new methods to coax Israel back to peace talksThe Daily Star
Netanyahu's comments don't reflect Israel's treatment of ArabsLos Angeles Times
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Posted on 27 March 2015 | 11:42 pm

U.K. endorses Canadian air strikes in Syria – Smithers Interior News


National Post

U.K. endorses Canadian air strikes in Syria
Smithers Interior News
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The Harper government's proposal to conduct air strikes over Syria against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was praised by Britain's foreign minister Friday, as he highlighted the need to combat islamist extremism.
Extending the mission into SyriaToronto Star
Iraq paramilitaries decide Tikrit pullback: commandersDaily Mail
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Posted on 27 March 2015 | 11:27 pm