World News

Macedonian president stands by wire-tap pardons despite protests

SKOPJE Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said on Friday he stood by his decision to grant pardons to 56 officials in a wire-tapping scandal despite days of street protests…

Ireland could have a government by next week – minister

DUBLIN Ireland could have a government in place by next week, a senior minister from acting prime minister Enda Kenny’s party said on Friday after it made some…

Afghan air strike against Islamic State kills 40 – official

JALALABAD, Afghanistan Afghan aircraft killed more than 40 fighters loyal to Islamic State in a raid in the eastern province of Nangarhar, officials said on Friday. Although casualty…

Air raids intensify in Syria’s Homs, prayers cancelled – doctor, monitors

BEIRUT Syrian government air strikes hit rebel-held areas north of the city of Homs for a second day, forcing authorities to cancel Friday prayers for the first time…

Germany accepts Turkish request to seek prosecution of German comedian

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany had accepted a request from Turkey to seek prosecution of a German comedian who read out a sexually crude…

Islamist militants in Philippines set deadline to execute foreign captives

Islamist militants in the Philippines on Friday announced a new deadline of April 25 for the execution of three foreign captives and a Filipino, but scaled back their…

Belgian transport minister quits over airport security

BRUSSELS Belgium’s transport minister resigned on Friday following opposition accusations she lied about an EU report that criticised security at Brussels Airport a year before last month’s Islamic…

News

Fire Kills 17 At Home For The Elderly In Ukraine

At least 17 people have been killed in a fire at a temporary home for…

Breakaway Taliban faction expresses support for peace talks

SHINDAND, Afghanistan (AP) — A breakaway Taliban faction is willing to hold peace talks with…

The Latest: Europeans mark 100 years since Battle of Verdun

VERDUN, France (AP) — The Latest on the ceremonies commemorating the Battle of Verdun in…

Lufthansa to suspend flights to Venezuela from June 17

German airline Lufthansa said Sunday it will suspend flights to Venezuela from next month owing…

Leaders mark Verdun battle centenary

Leaders mark Verdun battle centenary

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption French troops faced sustained bombardment during the 10-month battle…

Ukraine fire kills 17 in care home

Ukraine fire kills 17 in care home

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The authorities have launched an investigation into the fire Seventeen…

Leaders to mark Verdun battle centenary

Leaders to mark Verdun battle centenary

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption French troops faced sustained bombardment during the 10-month battle…

Lufthansa to suspend Venezuela flights

Lufthansa to suspend Venezuela flights

Image copyright AFP Image caption Lufthansa says the demand for international flights to Venezuela has…

Zoo gorilla shot as boy falls into moat

Zoo gorilla shot as boy falls into moat

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The 17-year-old male gorilla, Harambe, dragged the boy for about…

China firm sorry over race-row advert

Media captionThe advert was described as one of the most racist to be screened A…

US News

Once dismissed, shark attacks may hit new record in 2016

NEW YORK As the summer beach season opens in the United States, at least one expert is predicting an increase in shark attacks around the world this year…

Florida man arrested for fatal shooting of woman in front of children

A Florida man accused of fatally shooting a mother in front of her children and later wounding his former boss, was arrested by a SWAT team after a…

At least two killed, others missing in Texas flooding

At least two people person were killed and three others missing on Friday as record rainfall and severe flooding hit hard parts of southeast Texas, officials said. A…

Portland schools failed protocols over high lead levels in water

Portland Public Schools failed to follow federal protocols and did not notify parents after high levels of lead were detected at two of its schools two months ago,…

Clashes at Trump San Diego rally

Media captionOpponents of Donald Trump demonstrated outside San Diego’s convention centre, where riot police were deployed Supporters and opponents of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have clashed in…

Depp ordered to stay away from wife

Depp ordered to stay away from wife

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Heard included photos of her bruised face in the court filing A US judge has ordered actor Johnny Depp to stay away…

WW2 plane crashes into New York river

Media captionAerial footage shows search vessels combing the Hudson River A vintage World War Two aircraft has crashed in the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey.…

Trump backs out of Sanders debate

Trump backs out of Sanders debate

Image caption Mr Trump has said it would not be right to debate Mr Sanders Republican nominee Donald Trump has backed out of an offer to debate Democratic…

Depp’s wife accuses him of assault

Depp’s wife accuses him of assault

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Heard included photos of her bruised face in the court filing A US judge has ordered actor Johnny Depp to stay away…

Australian News

Teen allegedly set on fire by ex-boyfriend

Teen allegedly set on fire by ex-boyfriend

A teenager was set on fire in Queensland. Picture: Nine News A TEEN is in an induced coma after being set…

What could have saved Jill Meagher

What could have saved Jill Meagher

Murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher on her wedding day. Picture: Wilkinson Ciara YOU could say Jill Meagher’s tragic murder was a…

Turnbull, Shorten to face off in debate

Turnbull, Shorten to face off in debate

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are set to face off in the second debate of the election campaign. MALCOLM Turnbull and…

Where is the wheelie bin murderer?

Where is the wheelie bin murderer?

Basheeruddin Mohammed, 33, is wanted in relation to the death of 31-year-old Shoukat Mohammed. Source: NSW Police ON A cold night…

Boy swept away inside submerged vehicle

Boy swept away inside submerged vehicle

Emergency services set up search for four-year-old. Source: Seven News DIVERS are frantically searching for a four-year-old boy in the Hawkesbury…

Lindt siege: the glaring errors police made

Lindt siege: the glaring errors police made

Lindt Cafe manager Tori Johnson was executed by gunman Man Haron Monis at the Lindt Cafe on December 16, 2014. SEVERAL…

Politics

Tory challenge to PM over immigration

Image copyright PA Image caption Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have written an open letter to David Cameron Two of the PM’s most senior colleagues have told…

Hammond urges Syria and Yemen action

Image copyright AP Image caption The Syrian civil war has seen Islamic State militants take control of parts of the country Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is to…

Blair warns against Corbyn ‘experiment’

Media captionTony Blair spoke to This Week’s World presenter Emily Maitlis about radicalisation and the legacy of the 2003 invasion of Iraq It would be a “very…

Miliband ‘call to arms’ for young voters

Image copyright PA Former Labour leader Ed Miliband has issued a “call to arms”, urging young people to register to vote in next month’s EU referendum. The…

Blair warns against Corbyn ‘experiment’

Media captionTony Blair spoke to This Week’s World presenter Emily Maitlis about radicalisation and the legacy of the 2003 invasion of Iraq It would be a “very…

Miliband ‘call to arms’ for young voters

Image copyright PA Former Labour leader Ed Miliband has issued a “call to arms”, urging young people to register to vote in next month’s EU referendum. The…

Finance

China’s HNA buys currency exchange firm ICE as European deals spree continues

LONDON, April 15 Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has agreed to buy British bureau-de-change operator International Currency Exchange (ICE), the companies said on Friday, the latest takeover in…

UPDATE 2-Second time lucky: BATS shares soar in debut

Shares of BATS Global Markets Inc (BATS.Z) jumped as much as 23 percent in their debut on the company’s own exchange – redemption after a botched attempt…

Banks on Argentina bond to earn up to US$27m in total fees

NEW YORK, April 15 (IFR) – Banks leading Argentina’s jumbo bond sale, which is set to price next week, could earn up to US$27m in total fees,…

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Argentina wins WTO appeal in case targeting Panama tax practices

GENEVA The World Trade Organization’s appellate body on Thursday threw out a complaint from Panama about Argentina’s efforts to combat alleged tax evasion and avoidance. The case…

UPDATE 2-Kenya central bank evaluates offers for closed Chase Bank

* Central bank reassures market with liquidity offer * Banks seeking extra liquidity face more scrutiny * Spate of smaller bank closures could spur consolidation (Adds details…

UPDATE 2-Citi profit slumps on weak trading, investment banking revenue

Citigroup Inc’s (C.N) quarterly profit plunged 27 percent as it earned less from trading and investment banking and incurred higher costs related to shrinking some of its…

Travel Advice

Romania

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism. Most visits to Romania are trouble-free. If you need to contact the emergency services in Romania call 112.…

Tajikistan

In early September 2015, armed clashes involving security forces resulted in a number of deaths close to Dushanbe International Airport and in the Romit Valley not far…

Costa Rica

Cases of Zika virus have been reported in 2016. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre, particularly if you’re pregnant or…

Hungary

Delays may be possible at the Hungarian borders with Austria, Croatia and Serbia due to police and border enforcement action as a result of significant numbers of…

Serbia

Most visits to Serbia are trouble-free. Protests occasionally take place in major towns and cities. These usually remain peaceful, but you should keep up to date with…

Afghanistan

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all or all but essential travel to different parts of the country according to provincial region: Kabul the FCO…

All Sports

Young Gun: Matt Gallagher – England U20s full-back

Matt Gallagher didn’t play in the Premiership this season but it didn’t stop him proving he is good enough to represent England at the…

Harrison to earn first England cap against Wales

Teimana Harrison is to win his first international cap after being named in England’s side to take on Wales at Twickenham on Sunday .…

Lydiate to captain Wales against England

Dan Lydiate will lead Wales against England at Twickenham on Sunday as Warren Gatland’s side begin their five match summer tour. Lydiate continues with…

Premiership final teams

Saracens v Exeter Saracens: Alex Goode; Chris Ashton, Duncan Taylor, Brad Barritt (c), Chris Wyles; Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth; Mako Vunipola, Schalk Brits, Petrus Du…

Brendan Gallagher: England’s colourful history of touring Australia

Compared with New Zealand and South Africa, an England trip to Australia is sometimes seen as a ‘softer’ tour but the bare statistics don’t…

Nick Cain column: Lions tour schedule devised by donkeys

A year from now the 2017 Lions will be travelling to the other end of the world with the aim of cracking the hardest…

Sport UK

Mamadou Sakho no longer banned as UEFA choose not to renew drugs test suspension leaving door open for France Euro 2016 call

UEFA have decided not to renew Mamadou Sakho’s initial suspension Liverpool star Sakho tested positive for a prohibited substance in April UEFA will investigate whether the substance should…

Real Madrid parade European Cup on open-top bus tour after returning home from Milan as thousands of jubilant fans celebrate Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid 

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Yannick Carrasco receives kiss from model girlfriend Noemie Happart

Yannick Carrasco came off the bench to cancel out Sergio Ramos’ opener The Atletico Madrid midfielder scored with 11 minutes left on the clock Carrasco’s girlfriend Noemie…

Zika virus is being mishandled like Ebola epidemic warns global health expert ahead of Olympics

The Zika virus is being ‘mishandled’ by the World Health Organisation ahead of the Olympics, according to Canadian Professor Amir Attaran  Athletes including Jessica Ennis-Hill have already…

Jordan Spieth tops leaderboard after third round at Dean and Deluca Invitational

Jordan Spieth takes one-shot lead into final day at Colonial Country Club Webb Simpson and Ryan Palmer trailed on 11 under par overall Harris English, Kyle Reifers…

Wayne Rooney behind Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane alongside Chris Smalling… is this how Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United could line up next season?

Contrary to popular belief, Manchester United did not snub Jose Mourinho three years ago. The Special One told his close friend Sir Alex Ferguson long before his…

Sport US

Curry keen to avoid another Game Seven letdown

(Reuters) – Stephen Curry will get the chance to make up for one of the few disappointments of his career on Monday when the Golden State Warriors…

Thompson, Curry rally Warriors to force game 7 with Thunder

Washington (AFP) – Klay Thompson and NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry sparked a stunning fourth-quarter rally as Golden State beat host Oklahoma City 108-101 to avoid…

NBA-Thompson, Warriors shock Thunder, force Game 7

(The Sports Xchange) – Klay Thompson scored 41 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday at…

Japan’s Darvish triumphant in Rangers return

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish won in his first Major League Baseball start after almost 22 months, striking out seven batters in five innings in returning from…

Jutanugarn within sight of third straight LPGA victory

(Reuters) – Ariya Jutanugarn, eyeing a third straight LPGA Tour victory, rescued a sloppy round with a closing eagle to vault back in front after three rounds…

Spieth leads by one stroke after three rounds at Colonial

(Reuters) – Jordan Spieth charged into the lead despite a stumble at the final hole of the third round at the Colonial tournament in Texas on Saturday.…

All Sports

Aaron Mauger: Reduce fixtures or risk injury increase

Leicester head coach Aaron Mauger has demanded a reduction in the number of games in order to reduce the risk of player burnout. With…

Room 101: Matt Jess – Exeter Chiefs wing

1. Road cyclists Even though it was a while ago since I took my cycling proficiency test, I’m pretty sure there was a rule…

Brendan Gallagher:  Premiership final preview

It’s been a long haul but nobody can question that the two best and most consistent club sides in England will be contesting the…

Peter Jackson column: The Welshman who helped spark Saracens’ revolution

Mark Evans has never forgotten his first night of European football, watching Cardiff City beat Real Madrid from the blue-collar Grange End at Ninian…

Jeff Probyn column: Bill Beaumont’s got a big job balancing demands to suit everyone

Over the last week the rugby world has had a real shake-up which has the potential to transform when and where we watch and…

Horwill and Houston in Wallabies training squad

James Horwill and Leroy Houston could face England next month after being named in Michael Cheika’s Australia 39-man training squad. Houston, who announced his…

Health

WHO seeks to allay Zika Olympics fears

Image copyright AP Image caption Brazil has send teams to eradicate mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus The World Health Organization (WHO) has played down concerns over…

Infections resist ‘last antibiotic’ in US

Image copyright SPL The first case of an infection that resists the antibiotic of last resort – colistin – has been detected in the US. The 48-year…

Scots Ebola nurse ‘may never run again’

Image caption Pauline Cafferkey contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone in 2014 The Scottish nurse who survived Ebola has said she has been left with permanent weakness in…

Infections resist ‘last antibiotic’ in US

Image copyright SPL The first case of an infection that resists the antibiotic of last resort – colistin – has been detected in the US. The 48-year…

Scots Ebola nurse ‘may never run again’

Image caption Pauline Cafferkey contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone in 2014 The Scottish nurse who survived Ebola has said she has been left with permanent weakness in…

Infections resist ‘last antibiotic’ in US

Image copyright SPL The first case of an infection that resists the antibiotic of last resort – colistin – has been detected in the US. The 48-year…