WORLD NEWS

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,…

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 programme have been “tough and very serious” and the next few days will show…

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

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…

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…

Planes of Saudi-led alliance hit Yemen capital, Houthi heartland

Planes of Saudi-led alliance hit Yemen capital, Houthi heartland

SANAA (Reuters) – Warplanes hit Yemen’s Houthi-controlled capital and the Shi’ite Muslim group’s northern heartland on Friday, the second day of a Saudi-led campaign to stop the militia…

Co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing Germanwings jet

PARIS/SEYNE-LES-ALPES (Reuters) – A young German co-pilot barricaded himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings flight 9525 and apparently set it on course to crash into an Alpine…

Manila’s Aquino urges Congress to push ahead with Muslim autonomous region

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday urged lawmakers to resume debating a proposed law on an autonomous territory in the Muslim south, in a bid…

Amsterdam, surroundings hit by power grid outage

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A major power outage hit Amsterdam and surrounding areas on Friday, as Dutch grid operator TenneT reported an overload on its power lines. The ANP…

NEWS

Alps crash co-pilot ‘hid illness’

Alps crash co-pilot ‘hid illness’

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings airliner into the French Alps hid details…

Boko Haram HQ in Nigeria ‘retaken’

Boko Haram HQ in Nigeria ‘retaken’

The capture of Gwoza was celebrated by Nigerian soldiers after the battle The Nigerian army…

Duo begin year-long space trip

Duo begin year-long space trip

Scott Kelly (L) and Mikhail Kornienko (R) will stay up for a year, while Gennady…

Calls to ‘boycott’ Indiana after law

Calls to ‘boycott’ Indiana after law

Indiana Governor Mike Pence says the law is not discriminatory Activists have encouraged a boycott…

Police search home of crash co-pilot

Police search home of crash co-pilot

Police have seized possessions of the Germanwings co-pilot who prosecutors say deliberately crashed his plane…

Yemen urges swift end to air strikes

Yemen urges swift end to air strikes

Yemen’s foreign minister has said air strikes being carried out by a Saudi-led coalition against…

Sierra Leone in Ebola lockdown

Sierra Leone in Ebola lockdown

Thousands of people in Sierra Leone have died of Ebola The authorities in Sierra Leone…

Buildings collapse in New York blast

Buildings collapse in New York blast

At least 19 people have been injured after an explosion caused two buildings to collapse…

Co-pilot ‘wanted to destroy plane’

Co-pilot ‘wanted to destroy plane’

Rescue teams resumed their recovery operation in the mountains on Thursday The co-pilot of the…

US News

US charges in beating of Indian man

US charges in beating of Indian man

Sureshbhai Patel was seriously hurt and is still being treated for his injuries Federal officials have charged a former Alabama police officer with violating the civil rights of…

US gives permit to rhino hunter

US gives permit to rhino hunter

Corey Knowlton said he would target a rhino endangering the rest of the herd A Texan who won an auction to shoot an endangered black rhino in Namibia…

US Senate’s Harry Reid to retire

US Senate’s Harry Reid to retire

Mr Reid said he would continue fighting for his party to retake the Senate The top Democrat in the US Senate, Harry Reid, has announced he will not…

Deadly tornado rips through Oklahoma

Deadly tornado rips through Oklahoma

Rescuers work to free a man from a pile of rubble after a round of severe weather hit a mobile home park At least one person has been…

Three Americans among Alps crash dead

Three Americans among Alps crash dead

Emily Selke (above) and her mother Yvonne Selke were among the dead Three Americans died in the Alps air crash that killed 150 people, the US state department…

US TV star in rant against atheists

US TV star in rant against atheists

Robertson has previously come under fire for his remarks about homosexuality The star of the US TV reality show Duck Dynasty is facing criticism after a speech that…

Beating prompts protests in Michigan

Beating prompts protests in Michigan

Protesters in the US state of Michigan are demanding that two white two policemen be fired after a video aired showing them beating a black suspect. Floyd Dent,…

Kraft Foods to merge with Heinz

Kraft Foods to merge with Heinz

US food giant Heinz is to merge with Kraft Foods Group, creating what the companies say will be the third-largest food and beverage company in the US. The…

Obama: Israel peace prospects ‘dim’

Obama: Israel peace prospects ‘dim’

US President Barack Obama says prospects for a two-state solution in the Middle East are “dim” after the Israeli prime minister vowed to oppose a Palestinian state. Mr…

Indiana set to enact ‘freedom’ bill

Indiana set to enact ‘freedom’ bill

A number of US states are considering similar bills The governor of Indiana is poised to enact a “religious freedom” law, which opponents say will give state businesses…

Australian News

Media Release: AFP members recognised for bravery and excellence

Media Release: AFP members recognised for bravery and excellence Release Date: Friday, March 27 2015, 02:35 PM …

Fraser a ‘unique and great Australian’

Fraser a ‘unique and great Australian’

Members of the Vietnamese community holds signs and a photograph of Malcolm Fraser before his state funeral. Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty…

Man loses leg in mulcher accident

Man loses leg in mulcher accident

A man lost lower half of left leg in accident with tree mulcher. Picture: iStock Source: istock A MAN lost the…

Father-son duo jailed for ‘brutal’ assault

Father-son duo jailed for ‘brutal’ assault

CCTV footage shown to the Darwin Supreme Court of an assault at the corner of Mitchell and Knuckey Streets in Darwin.…

Metadata laws pass Parliament

Metadata laws pass Parliament

Bill passed … Attorney-General George Brandis in Parliament. Source: News Corp Australia AUSTRALIANS will have two years of their metadata stored…

Liberal MP’s bizarre indiscretion

Liberal MP’s bizarre indiscretion

Video Image Queensland Coalition MP Andrew Laming pours bunker fuel over himself to argue against cruise ship liners burning the fuel…

Another teen tries to join ISIS

Another teen tries to join ISIS

Video Video Image A teen boy has been returned to his family after he was caught trying to join conflict in…

Trip of a lifetime that turned tragic

Trip of a lifetime that turned tragic

The last image Bethany Farrell posted to Instagram was of an idyllic view in the Whitsundays. Source: Supplied Bethany Farrell pictured…

The nation’s new weed capital?

The nation’s new weed capital?

Is Australia ready for medical marijuana? Source: AP A GREENS MLA has proposed a bold new plan to make Canberra the…

POLITICS

Labour to cap private profits in NHS

Labour to cap private profits in NHS

Labour would cap the amount of profit private firms can make from the NHS in England, Ed Miliband has said as he launched the party’s election campaign.…

Election 2015: How close are you to the political centre?

Election 2015: How close are you to the political centre?

There is a particular piece of hallowed turf which all politicians like to think they are standing on. It is a Goldilocks place where everything seems just…

Analysis: ‘Hell yes, I’m tough enough’

Analysis: ‘Hell yes, I’m tough enough’

Hell yes, I’m tough enough. Ed Miliband might just have acquired a catchphrase. The Labour leader who Jeremy Paxman dubbed a “north London geek” borrowed the argot…

Leaders grilled in election special

Leaders grilled in election special

David Cameron and Ed Miliband have been put on the spot over immigration, the EU and spending plans in the first set-piece TV broadcast of the election.…

Miliband to launch Labour campaign

Miliband to launch Labour campaign

Mr Miliband will say Labour offers the country a better future Ed Miliband will officially launch Labour’s general election campaign later, declaring the race is “neck and…

Bid to change Speaker election rules

Bid to change Speaker election rules

John Bercow is the current Speaker of the House of Commons A last-minute bid to change the way the Speaker of the House of Commons is elected…

Finance

UPDATE 1-Lender says will make ‘significant’ new bid for RadioShack

(Adds details from paragraph three) By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del, March 27 (Reuters) – A lender to bankrupt RadioShack Corp told a U.S. judge on Friday it…

UPDATE 10-Oil dives 5 pct as worries about Iran talks trump Yemen

* Traders weigh possibility of Iran nuclear deal by next week * Tehran eager to recover oil market share lost due to sanctions * Oil prices down…

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Google to pay CFO Porat more than $70 mln

(Corrects to remove ‘in the next two years’ from headline and paragraph 1) March 26 (Reuters) – Google Inc said it would pay its new Chief Financial…

UPDATE 1-U.S. Fed weighs insurers’ proposal for new capital rules

(Adds source commenting on Fed in fifth paragraph.) By Douwe Miedema WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve is considering a proposal from life insurers…

UPDATE 1-Former telecoms regulator to lead drive to merge UK financial trade bodies

(Adds detail, background) LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – Former telecoms regulator Ed Richards has been appointed by 10 banks and building societies in Britain to head a…

UPDATE 5-Oil falls more than $1 as Middle East supply fears ease

* U.S. crude set for biggest weekly gain since early 2011 * Analysts see low risk of shipping disruption from Yemen * Yemen sits on Bab el-Mandeb…

TRAVEL ADVICE

Ukraine

29 December 2014 29 December 2014 Summary – Isolated explosions and other security incidents in Kharkiv city, Odesa, Kherson and Lviv. Remain vigilant, avoid demonstrations and public…

Sri Lanka

21 December 2014 21 December 2014 Latest update: Summary section – Flooding in Anuradhapura and Habarana areas. Risk of flooding has led to the temporary closure of…

Congo

Congo

18 December 2014 18 December 2014 Latest update: Summary – addition of new a map Download map (PDF) The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all…

India

18 December 2014 18 December 2014 Latest update: Summary section – SpiceJet flight cancellations The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel in the immediate…

Ghana

16 December 2014 16 December 2014 Latest update: Summary – information about UK screening for travellers returning to the UK from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia An…

Solomon Islands

10 December 2014 10 December 2014 Latest update: Summary and Safety & security section – removal of advice about general elections on 19 November The Royal Solomon…

OPINIONS

Open letter to Ed Miliband MP and Nick Clegg MP.

  Dear Sirs, As potential leaders of this once great country what gives you the right to totally ignore the feeling and wishes of the population. It…

Is ‘The terrifying reality that the Scots could rule the UK’ so bad?

Is ‘The terrifying reality that the Scots could rule the UK’ so bad?

  This headline has become the latest Tory scare story and dire warning in certain, what could be loosely described as, newspapers. ‘The terrifying reality that the Scots could rule…

Paris. To go or not to go? That is the question.

Paris. To go or not to go? That is the question. Lately I am more likely to be put off visiting Paris by the price of even…

France’s ‘Charlie Hebdo’ now a worldwide phenomenon.

A magazine which was once a very clique publication with a circulation of 20,000 has become a world wide phenomenon today. The Paris based publication renowned for its…

The hypocrisy of the ideological middle classes.

The hypocrisy of the ideological middle classes. In the week prior to the Local and European elections the National press, Twitter and the blogosphere were, to a…

SPORT UK

Hamilton left ‘heavily compromised’

Hamilton left ‘heavily compromised’

By Andrew Benson Chief F1 writer in Sepang Lewis…

Renault considers quitting Formula 1

Renault considers quitting Formula 1

Renault is considering pulling out of F1 following criticism of its engines. However, the French firm, which supplies engines to Red Bull and…

‘Legal career on hold for football’

‘Legal career on hold for football’

England and Chelsea forward Eniola Aluko will be writing a regular column for the BBC Sport website throughout the season. Ahead of Chelsea’s…

Boxer Froch to start acting career

Boxer Froch to start acting career

WBA super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is set to take his first steps on the road to Hollywood stardom while he considers his future in…

Rooney wary of building up Kane

Rooney wary of building up Kane

England captain Wayne Rooney has warned against putting too much pressure on fellow striker Harry Kane. Kane, 21, won his first senior…

Hamilton quickest despite problems

Hamilton quickest despite problems

By Andrew Benson Chief F1 writer in Sepang Mercedes’…

SPORT US

Ex-NFL star’s fiancee: he told me he didn’t kill Lloyd

Ex-NFL star’s fiancee: he told me he didn’t kill Lloyd

By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) – Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee said on Friday that he told her he did not murder the man he…

Flawless Lee Mi-Rim grabs LPGA Kia Classic lead

Flawless Lee Mi-Rim grabs LPGA Kia Classic lead

Carlsbad (United States) (AFP) – South Korea’s Lee Mi-Rim had seven birdies without a bogey in a seven-under par 65 to take a one-shot lead in the…

Labor unions, developers reach agreement on Los Angeles-area NFL stadium

(Reuters) – Labor leaders said on Thursday they had reached an agreement with developers of a proposed Los Angeles-area stadium project, which is backed by the billionaire…

Hoffman leads at wind-whipped PGA Texas Open

Hoffman leads at wind-whipped PGA Texas Open

San Antonio (AFP) – Charley Hoffman fired five birdies in a five-under par 67 to take the lead by one shot after the wind-whipped first round of…

Highlights of Thursday’s NBA game

(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Thursday’s National Basketball Association game: – – - Bucks 111, Pacers 107 Ersan Ilyasova set a career high with 34 points…

Raptors book playoff berth despite loss to Bulls

Toronto (Canada) (AFP) – The Chicago Bulls strengthened their grip on the NBA’s Eastern Conference third seed with a 116-103 come-from-behind triumph over Toronto, who nevertheless secured…

ALL SPORTS

Poll: How many teams should there be in the Rugby World Cup?

THE RBS 6 Nations is in full swing and the latest issue of Rugby World brings you interviews with the… Source Article from http://www.rugbyworld.com/tournaments/world-cup/how-many-teams-should-there-be-in-the-rugby-world-cup-44239…

Rugby versus football: Saracens challenge some of Arsenal’s stars

THE RBS 6 Nations is in full swing and the latest issue of Rugby World brings you interviews with the… Source Article from http://www.rugbyworld.com/videos/rugby-versus-football-saracens-challeng-some-of-arsenals-stars-44255…

Could Alex Dunbar be back in Scotland’s blue sooner than we expect?

Could Alex Dunbar be back in Scotland’s blue sooner than we expect?

When strong-running Scotland centre Alex Dunbar damaged his knee two days before the Calcutta Cup, it was a devastating blow for Scottish rugby. Not only did one…

Six Nations: Five things we’ve learnt – Scotland

Six Nations: Five things we’ve learnt – Scotland

Ireland are currently much, much better than us There was a sneaky hope that Vern Cotter could get some egg on to the face of his chum…

Six Nations wrap: The Alternative awards 2015

Award for the best use of social media – #Finnocent As Dan Biggar, arch proponent of the ‘kick and collect’ took to the air, Finn Russell, turned,…

Six Nations: France review underway for World Cup

Six Nations: France review underway for World Cup

“The World Cup starts today!” declared Philippe Saint-Andre the day after France had suffered a 20-point stuffing by England. Never before had France shipped 50 points to…

HEALTH

Office workers ‘too sedentary’

Office workers ‘too sedentary’

Office workers need to get off their backsides and move around more, according to a new campaign. On Your Feet Britain says sitting for long periods at…

First Europe non-beating heart swap

First Europe non-beating heart swap

Surgeons in Cambridgeshire have performed the first heart transplant in Europe using a non-beating heart. Donor hearts are usually from people who are brain-stem dead, but whose…

Fitness linked to lower cancer risk

Fitness linked to lower cancer risk

Even small changes in fitness levels could reduce the risk of developing cancer, the study suggested Very fit men in their late 40s are less likely to…

DNA of ‘an entire nation’ assessed

DNA of ‘an entire nation’ assessed

The study was conducted in Iceland The genetic code of “an entire nation” has effectively been deduced, say researchers in Iceland. The feat was performed by combining…

Ebola ‘more deadly’ in young children

Ebola ‘more deadly’ in young children

Ebola is more deadly for young children than adults, an analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests. Scientists found 90% of babies under one suspected…

Warning of UK mosquito disease threat

Warning of UK mosquito disease threat

23 March 2015 Last updated at 03:16 More rainfall and warmer temperatures could provide ideal conditions for…