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  • 700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwreck 19 Apr 2015 | 5:10 am

    Graphic showing the location where hundreds of migrants are feared to have drowned after the fishing boat they were in capsized in the MediterraneanSeven hundred people are feared to have drowned when a fishing boat smuggling migrants to Europe capsized off Libya, the UN's refugee agency said Sunday, in what could be the deadliest Mediterranean migrant disaster yet. Only 28 people survived the capsize, UNHCR spokeswoman Carlotta Sami told the Skytg24 news channel in Italy. "We have deployed our assets along with others from Italy and we are assisting in the rescue operation," a Maltese navy spokesman told AFP Sunday without giving any other details. If confirmed, the tragedy would be by far the biggest in a growing catalogue of mass drownings of migrants attempting to reach the European Union on overcrowded, unseaworthy boats run by people smugglers.

  • Yemen government rejects Iranian peace plan 18 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm

    A Iranian flag flutters in the winds at the Iranian ambassador's residence in SanaaYemen's government has rejected a four-point peace plan for the country that Iran submitted to the United Nations, a spokesman said on Saturday. Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab coalition partners have been bombing Iranian-allied Houthi rebels for three weeks in order to halt advances that could give the rebels full control of the country. The conflict, though rooted in local rivalries, has been described as a proxy war between predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran, both top OPEC oil producers. The Iranian plan calls for an immediate ceasefire and end of all foreign military attacks, humanitarian assistance, a resumption of broad national dialogue and "establishment of an inclusive national unity government." "We reject the Iranian initiative," Yemeni government spokesman Rajeh Badi told Reuters by telephone from Qatar's capital, Doha.

  • Afghan blast kills 33; president blames Islamic State 18 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am

    People run for cover after an explosion in JalalabadBy Rafiq Sherzad JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday, setting off a blast outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city's police chief said. President Ashraf Ghani blamed Islamic State militants, without giving further detail. If true, it would be the first such major attack carried out by the group in Afghanistan, marking a significant step in its expansion into South Asia. Up until now militants claiming allegiance to Islamic State in Afghanistan have been widely identified as former Taliban fighters disillusioned with their leadership.

  • Pope urges global response to Italy boat people crisis 18 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am

    A boat transporting migrants arrives in the port of Messina after a rescue operation at see on April 18, 2015 in SicilyPope Francis on Saturday urged the international community to act over a deadly surge in the numbers of migrants attempting to reach Italy via perilous sea crossings from north Africa. The pontiff's appeal came at the end of a week in which more than 450 people are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean and more than 11,000 other would-be immigrants to Europe have been rescued by Italy's coastguard, merchant ships or vessels involved in a much-criticised European Union maritime border patrol operation. "I want to express my gratitude for Italy's undertaking in welcoming the numerous migrants seeking refuge at the risk of their lives," Francis said. The pope was speaking during his first official meeting with new Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who reiterated Rome's longstanding call for more support from its EU partners in dealing with the humanitarian crisis.

  • Judge says FBI ruse violated rights of Vegas hotel guest 17 Apr 2015 | 7:05 pm

    FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, Wei Seng Phua walks into federal court in Las Vegas. A federal judge says the FBI violated the rights of Phua, a wealthy Malaysian businessman, when agents posed as Internet repairmen to get into his Las Vegas suite during the World Cup soccer tournament last summer. A lawyer for Wei Seng "Paul" Phua is calling the Friday, April 17, 2015 ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon a victory for freedom in the United States. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The FBI violated the rights of a wealthy Malaysian businessman when agents posed as Internet repairmen to get into his Las Vegas suite to search for evidence of wrongdoing during the World Cup soccer tournament last summer, a federal judge ruled Friday.

  • China: New bank to enhance international finance system 17 Apr 2015 | 5:36 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — China's proposed infrastructure bank for Asia is intended to complement and not replace existing lenders dominated by the U.S. and Japan, a senior Chinese official said Friday.

  • Obama: Trade politics difficult, but opposition helps China 17 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama defended his efforts to broaden commerce with Asia and Europe and warned on Friday that opposition would give China a leg up in setting the rules for international trade.

  • The globe's record heat keeps on broiling into this year 17 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There's been no break from the globe's record heat — the first three months of 2015 have set new high temperature marks.

  • Summons of Japanese media raises complaints of interference 17 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's ruling party summoned executives from two leading television networks Friday, the latest in a series of actions that opponents say endanger press freedom and intimidate the media.

  • China police shoot dead two 'terrorists' on Vietnam border 17 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am

    Chinese police have shot dead two suspected "terrorists" on the border with Vietnam, part of a group of people trying to sneak out of the country, state media said on Friday. The group was discovered on Friday morning in Dongxing city, which lies on the other side of Vietnam's border in the southern region of Guangxi, the China News Service said on its official microblog. Chinese police have previously captured or killed ethnic Uighurs from the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang who have tried to cross into Vietnam. Exile group the World Uyghur Congress said that growing numbers of Uighurs were trying to "extricate themselves from a life of terror in China".

Jyoti Basu: Longest serving Indian political figure, dies

The former chief minister of Bengal died earlier today. Jyoti Basu was hospitalized with pneumonia and then put on a respirator following acute breathing difficulty. He was admitted to the hospital last Friday and while showing some improvement the first few days of his hosp…
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