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Sylvia Mathews Burwell nominated for U.S. Health Secretary

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 00:34
President Barack Obama announced his nomination to succeed Kathleen Sebelius on Friday as the Health Secretary, the day after Sebelius handed in her resignation. Obama chose Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who currently is the director of the...

Cyclone Ita downgraded but remains a threat: forecasters

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:11
CYCLONE Ita has lost some of its fury but remains a severe threat to far north Queensland. Late this afternoon the cyclone was downgraded to a category four from the earlier maximum strength five. However the Bureau of Meteorology warned it still posed a serious threat to communities along the far north Queensland coast when it made landfall near Cape Flattery late tonight, with winds forecast to reach more than 200km/h. Coastal residents between Cape Melville and Cape Tribulation, including Cooktown, are also being warned of a dangerous storm tide. Damaging waves, strong currents and flooding of low-lying areas are expected. Destructive winds may also hit the more populated areas of Cairns...

‘Gospel of Jesus's Wife’ not a fake

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:37
Cairo - Scientists who examined a controversial fragment of papyrus written in Egyptian Coptic in which Jesus speaks of his wife concluded in papers published on Thursday that the papyrus and ink are probably ancient and not a modern forgery. The existence of the fragment, known as the “Gospel of Jesus's Wife,” was made public at an academic conference in 2012. It is seen by some as a glimpse of how ancient Christians thought while decried by others, including the...

Drug ban a big blow to Powell's career (Roundup)

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:30
Tweet Kingston (Jamaica), April 11 (IANS/CMC) Sprint star Asafa Powell's career has been dealt a severe blow with Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) slapping on him an 18-month ban for failing a drug test. The Jamaican, a former world record holder in the 100 metres, tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the National Senior Championships here last June, but had blamed Canadian physical trainer Chris Xureb for providing him with the supplements, that included the banned substance, reports CMC. Powell has described the Thursday's ruling...

Venezuela's Maduro and opposition talk as death toll hits 40

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:06
CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hosted opposition leaders on Thursday at the start of mediated talks intended to stem two months of political unrest that has killed dozens in the OPEC nation. The meeting, brokered by foreign ministers from the Unasur bloc of South American governments, took place at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas and was broadcast live on TV. "The road here was long and complicated, but it was worth it ... we are going to listen patiently, and with respect and tolerance, to the compatriots of the opposition," Maduro said in lengthy opening comments. He cautioned against unrealistic...

Beijing dust storm expected to linger until Sunday

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:40
The dust storm that has enshrouded the Chinese capital since Wednesday night won't disperse until Sunday, the city's environmental watchdog said. Beijing was hit by another wave of floating dust and sand on Thursday, with the intensity of PM10 (particulate matter with a diameter smaller than 10 micrograms) reaching 595 micrograms per cubic meter in the southwestern part of the city, and 496 downtown....

Longtime Canadian finance minister dies

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 00:21
TORONTO — Former Canadian finance minister Jim Flaherty, a fixture on the world financial stage who stepped down last month, has died. He was 64. Flaherty's family released a statement that said he died Thursday in Ottawa. No cause was made public. Flaherty, who had the job since 2006, was the longest-serving finance minister among the Group of Seven leading industrial economies until he announced he was stepping down three weeks ago to return to the private...

Real IRA man charged with 29 Omagh bomb murders

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 23:56
DUBLIN (AP) — An Irish Republican Army veteran was charged Thursday with 29 murders over the 1998 car bomb attack on Omagh, the deadliest bombing of the entire Northern Ireland conflict. Police long have considered Seamus Daly, 43, a prime suspect in the bombing, which was claimed by a breakaway faction called the Real IRA. The blast tore through a...

UN votes to send peacekeeping force into Central African Republic

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 22:13
Security council authorises the deployment of up to 10,000 troops in attempt to stop violence spiralling into genocide The mainly Muslim Séléka seized power a year ago, leading to thousands of deaths and displacing hundreds of thousands. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters The UN security council has approved the creation of a peacekeeping...

More signals heard in flight MH370 search

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 21:58
Another signal has been detected in the search area for missing flight MH370, Australian authorities coordinating the operation say. Former Defence chief, Angus Houston, who is heading the search, said the sound was picked up this afternoon by an Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion plane somewhere near the Australian Defence vessel Ocean Shield. “The acoustic data will require further analysis overnight but shows potential of being from a man-made source,” retired Air Chief Marshal Houston said in a statement. “I will provide a further update if, and when, further information becomes available.” Earlier, it was announced that the surface search area for the missing...

Priest: 30 dead in Central African Republic clash

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:44
BANGUI, Central African Republic — Clashes between Christian and Muslim fighters in Central African Republic have left at least 30 people dead and forced others to flee their homes, a priest said Thursday. Everaldo De Suza of the Saint Anne parish in the central town of Dekoa said that the fighting began Tuesday when Christian...

Berlusconi asks to serve fraud sentence helping the disabled

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:15
ROME (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi has asked to serve his one-year sentence for tax fraud helping disabled people, judicial sources said ahead of a hearing to decide what form of punishment the former Italian prime minister will receive. Later on Thursday a Milan tribunal will begin considering the request and must issue...

'Don't panic over Heartbleed bug'

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:28
Security experts have urged internet users not to panic and instantly change their passwords in wake of the Heartbleed bug security flaw, despite suggestions to do so from prominent sites like Tumblr. Hugh Boyes, cyber security lead at the UK-based Institution of Engineering and Technology said: "Change your passwords - but only after the affected website operators and internet service providers have implemented the patch to fix the bug. "Changing your password before the bug is fixed could compromise your new password." The popular blogging website Tumblr, which is owned by Yahoo!, had previously urged its users to change all their passwords, especially those protecting...

US and Russia urge peaceful solution to Ukraine crisis

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 08:27
US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart have agreed on the need to resolve the security situation in eastern Ukraine peacefully, officials say. It comes as pro-Russia activists continue to occupy state buildings in eastern cities of Ukraine. The government in Kiev has warned them to enter into dialogue to resolve the crisis or face "force". The EU, Russia, US and Ukraine are to meet next week for talks on the crisis. It will be the first four-way meeting since Russia annexed the southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in February. Russian troops are now massed...

Afghan probe begins in attack on AP journalists

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 06:28
KIM GAMEL Associated Press= KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan central government authorities on Wednesday began questioning the police commander who killed an Associated Press photographer and wounded an AP reporter, a day after he was transferred by helicopter to the capital — a rare case in which an Afghan officer or soldier who shot a foreigner was captured alive. Local security officials who spoke with the suspect after he was first detained said he seemed a calm, pious man who may have come under the influence of Islamic extremists calling for vengeance against foreigners over drone strikes. Witness and official accounts so far have suggested the shooting was not planned. But the...

N.Korean Regime Reshuffles Top Posts

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:10
North Korea's newly elected parliament met for the first time Wednesday to rubber-stamp a reshuffle of high-ranking officials, including the re-election of leader Kim Jong-un. Military politburo chief Choe Ryong-hae was elected as vice chairman of the National Defense Commission, a slot that had been vacant since the bloody purge of former eminence grise Jang Song-taek. In March last year, Choe was appointed as the No. 2 official in the political and military...

Toyota to recall 6.4 million vehicles for steering, other faults

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:04
TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T), in its second-largest recall announcement, said on Wednesday that it would call back 6.39 million vehicles globally, and analysts saw automakers increasingly turning to recalls rather than risk bad publicity or legal costs. Rival General Motors Co is in the midst of its own recall of 2.6 million cars related to an ignition switch problem, which has been linked to at least 13 deaths. Toyota, the world's biggest automaker said, it was not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the glitches, which were found in 27 Toyota models including the RAV4 and Yaris subcompact. It uncovered five different...

Atletico end Barca hopes

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:13
Koke, right, celebrates scoring the opening goal (AP) Atletico Madrid reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time following a 1-0 win over Spanish rivals Barcelona. Koke's fifth-minute strike was enough to send Atletico through to the last four with a 2-1 aggregate...

US in talks with France on Holocaust compensation

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:13
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday warned several state legislatures against initiatives that would punish the state-owned French railway company SNCF for carrying out Holocaust-era deportations to Nazi death and labor camps. The State Department said such actions...

Bank of America to cut 3,000 support jobs across Latin America, Asia

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 03:13
(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp said on Wednesday that it will close three foreign offices and eliminate about 3,000 jobs over the next nine to 12 months in an effort to simplify its global operations. Offices that provide...
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