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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

Fights follow Trump rally in Southern Cal, about 20 arrested

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Raucous protesters and supporters of Donald Trump took to the…

Second medical facility hit by strike in Syria: reports

An air strike hit a clinic in a rebel-held district of Aleppo on Friday, the…

After brief lull, new air raids over Syrian city of Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — After a brief morning lull, Syrian government warplanes launched fresh airstrikes Friday…

Clinic In Syria Hit By Another Airstrike

A Syrian clinic has been hit by an airstrike, the second time this week a…

SA corruption case blow for Zuma

SA corruption case blow for Zuma

South Africa’s High Court has ruled that a decision to drop 783 corruption charges against…

Clashes near Trump rally in California

Media captionThe demonstrators blocked traffic outside the venue where Donald Trump was holding a rally…

Kenyan call to stamp out ivory trade

Kenyan call to stamp out ivory trade

Image copyright AP Image caption Kenya will incinerate almost all its confiscated ivory President Uhuru…

IMF announces $1.5 bn loan for Sri Lanka

The IMF has agreed a $1.5 billion loan for Sri Lanka in support of economic…

UN ‘to respond to NK missile tests’

UN ‘to respond to NK missile tests’

Image copyright AFP The UN Security Council is preparing a response to North Korea after…

US man ‘jailed for spying in N Korea’

US man ‘jailed for spying in N Korea’

North Korea has sentenced a US citizen to 10 years of hard labour for spying,…

US News

Charleston church shooting suspect’s friend to plead guilty to lying

CHARLESTON, S.C. A friend of the gunman accused of slaying nine black parishioners in a 2015 attack on a South Carolina church is expected to plead guilty on…

Apple employee died of self-inflicted gunshot wound: police

The Apple Inc (AAPL.O) employee found dead at the company’s California headquarters committed suicide, dying of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, police said on Thursday. The victim,…

US man jailed for spying in N Korea

US man jailed for spying in N Korea

Image copyright AP Image caption Kim was escorted by two North Korean guards to his trial on Friday North Korea has sentenced a US man to 10 years…

Ted Cruz ‘is Lucifer’ – ex-Speaker

Media captionJohn Boehner told an audience at Stanford University that Ted Cruz ‘is Lucifer in the flesh’ US presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has been called “Lucifer in the…

NY Times faces discrimination case

NY Times faces discrimination case

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mark Thompson is accused alongside another executive of creating an “environment rife with discrimination” at the New York Times The chief executive…

Man in panda suit shot after alleged bomb threat at Baltimore Fox affiliate

A man wearing a white panda suit who allegedly made a bomb threat at Fox Television’s Baltimore affiliate on Thursday was shot and wounded by police outside the…

Brother of San Bernardino shooter arrested with two others

LOS ANGELES Three people linked to the couple responsible for December’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California were arrested on Thursday on conspiracy, marriage fraud and other charges…

Three linked to San Bernardino shooter charged with marriage fraud

LOS ANGELES FBI agents arrested the brother of a man who carried out the December mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, as well as two women on Thursday…

U.S. military punishes 16 over 2015 Afghan hospital bombing

WASHINGTON The U.S. military will announce on Friday that has it taken disciplinary action against 16 service members over a deadly Oct. 3 air strike in Afghanistan that…

Australian News

Super boost for mothers on maternity

Super boost for mothers on maternity

Detailed figures show the average woman has a superannuation balance half that of a man’s. File image MOTHERS should get taxpayer-funded…

Son charged with mother’s murder

Son charged with mother’s murder

Socrates Tamvakis has been charged with murder. A MAN has been charged with murdering his mother whose body was found in…

Turnbull looks to Iran for Manus solution

Turnbull looks to Iran for Manus solution

Four Labor MPs have called for asylum seekers on Manus Island to be settled in Australia. THE Turnbull Government is negotiating…

Aussie kidnap: ‘They only took her’

Aussie kidnap: ‘They only took her’

Brian Wilson, the father of Australian aid worker, Kerry Jane Wilson, who is missing. Picture: Twitter/ABC AN Australian aid worker in…

‘There’s not enough f***ing time’

‘There’s not enough f***ing time’

Video Image Police are investigating a shooting in Sydney’s south-west that left one man dead and two people injured. Two people…

Hackett vows to give up grog

Hackett vows to give up grog

Video Image Exclusive vision obtained by Seven News shows Olympian Grant Hackett being assisted off a plane by Collingwood CEO Gary…

Politics

Labour ‘will get grip on anti-Semitism’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ken Livingstone speaks to the media as he leaves his home Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has said the party will “get…

Major in North Korea Brexit claim

Media captionSir John Major says the UK will not lose its sovereignty by staying in the EU. Sir John Major has told those campaigning for Britain to…

Farage blasts Vote Leave campaign

Image caption Mr Farage brandished a UK passport as he called for more emphasis on EU migration Nigel Farage has accused the official EU leave campaign of…

Labour ‘will get grip on anti-Semitism’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ken Livingstone speaks to the media as he leaves his home Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has said the party will “get…

Expenses fraud MEP jailed for four years

Image caption Peter Skinner claimed he was confused over EU rules An MEP who dishonestly claimed almost £500,000 in expenses has been jailed for four years. Peter…

Labour ‘must be quicker on anti-Semitism’

Media captionJeremy Corbyn tells John Pienaar: There is no crisis Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham has criticised his party for failing to deal effectively with allegations of…

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

Syria

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Syria. British nationals in Syria should leave now by any practical means. The FCO is not…

Moldova

Anti-government protests, including a number of violent incidents took place in central Chisinau on 24 April 2016. Opposition groups have announced that they intend to hold further…

Curaçao

Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 2 months. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre…

Democratic Republic of Congo

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the provinces of Haut-Uele, Haut Lomami, Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu, Maniema and Tanganyika, and to…

American Samoa

The tropical cyclone season normally runs from November to April. Tropical cyclone Amos is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to American Samoa from around…

Belize

Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 2 months. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre…

All Sports

Premiership round 21 teams

Exeter v Wasps Exeter: Phil Dollman; Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Ian Whitten, Olly Woodburn; Gareth Steenson (c), Will Chudley; Ben Moon, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Harry…

Championship semi-finals teams

Bedford v Bristol Bedford: Steffan Jones; George Perkins, Michael LeBourgeois (c), Tom Griffiths, Dean Adamson; Jake Sharp, Henry Taylor; Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, Charlie Clare, Phil…

Peter Jackson column: Underdogs Connacht my team of the season

Pat Lam achieved some notable firsts as a player at the end of the 20th century and the start of the 21st. A permanent…

Shane Williams column: We’ll see who thrives in pressure cauldron

Next Saturday’s Judgement Day could be just that for the Welsh regions and some players hoping to get into Warren Gatland’s summer squad. Two…

Anthony Watson must switch to full-back – Sinbad

Electrifying Bath star Anthony Watson can end England’s full-back debate by taking the shirt from Mike Brown, according to former Red Rose wing James…

Neal Hatley named England scrum coach

England head coach Eddie Jones has added scrum coach Neal Hatley to his backroom staff. The 46-year-old will join the England set-up at the…

Sport UK

Pochettino to extend Spurs contract

Pochettino joined Spurs in May 2014 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he plans to extend his contract at Spurs by two years until 2021. The Argentine, who…

Hamilton quickest as Vettel breaks down

Hamilton believes he cannot afford any more bad luck if he is to recover the ground lost on Rosberg Lewis Hamilton was fastest by a large margin…

Man City’s Silva misses Real return leg

David Silva will be available for the Champions League final should Manchester City get there, says boss Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City midfielder David Silva will miss Wednesday’s…

Lewis Hamilton sets the pace in practice for the Russian Grand Prix 2016 as Sebastian Vettel suffers technical problems with Ferrari

1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:37.583 2. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1:38.235 3. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:38.450 4. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:38.793 5. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:38.793 6.…

Juan Mata joined by Manchester United stars as he celebrates birthday

Manchester United news: Click here for all the latest from Old Trafford  Juan Mata enjoyed an evening out on Thursday to celebrate his birthday  Spain midfielder went…

Brendan Rodgers shows fighting spirit in rigorous training session as ex-Liverpool boss eyes return to management

Brendan Rodgers has been out of work since he was sacked by Liverpool Rodgers was relieved of his duties in October following a poor run of form…

Sport US

Celtics’ Swede Jerebko finishes season strong despite loss to Atlanta

By Philip O’Connor (Reuters) – The Boston Celtics may have crashed out of the playoffs after being pummeled by Atlanta on their home floor, but power forward…

Rams take Goff as top pick, Tunsil tumbles to number 13

Chicago (AFP) – The Los Angeles Rams chose Jared Goff as the number one pick in the NFL draft, handing the young quarterback from California the task…

Day trails clubhouse leader Stuard in rain-hit Zurich Classic

Miami (AFP) – Jason Day was one of the early pace-setters but the world No. 1 still finished five strokes back of clubhouse leader Brian Stuard at…

Hawks eliminate Celtics in six games

Los Angeles (AFP) – Paul Millsap had 17 points and eight rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Boston Celtics with a 104-92 win in game six…

A California dream come true as Rams take QB Jared Goff

By Michael Hirtzer CHICAGO (Reuters) – Quarterback Jared Goff was less than a year old when the National Football League Rams left Los Angeles in 1995. Now…

Hawks finally find way to eliminate Celtics

(The Sports Xchange) – It took nearly 60 years, but the Atlanta Hawks finally found a way to beat the Boston Celtics in the playoffs. Atlanta had…

All Sports

Room 101: Craig Hampson- Wasps scrum-half

Alarms I know alarms have their uses but I can’t think of anything worse than lying in bed and a house alarm or a…

Final curtain for Saracens and Namibia legend Jacques Burger

Jacques Burger has confirmed that he will retire from rugby after this weekend’s Premiership clash against Newcastle at Allianz Park. The legendary back row…

Jeff Probyn column: Sorry Jerry Guscott, but I disagree with your Pro12 prognosis

I read with interest last week’s article by Jerry Guscott and his thoughts on why he thinks the Pro12 has failed to register any…

Brendan Gallagher: How Richmond aim to be most ‘professional’ of amateurs …

It’s six weeks ago now, after a regular Tuesday night training session, that Richmond director of rugby Steve Hill and club chairman Peter Moore…

High-octane Teimana Harrison backed for Test berth

Teimana Harrison deserves a shot in Red Rose colours according to North-ampton coach Alex King, who reckons the youngster’s mongrel spirit bears comparison with…

Marler and Farrell banned but free to play in European finals

Joe Marler and Owen Farrell have received a two-week ban today following Harlequins and Saracens European semi-finals last weekend. The pair will therefore miss…

Health

Gene therapy reverses sight loss

Image copyright BBC News Image caption A life transformed: Joe Pepper was slowly going blind until a gene therapy reversed his sight loss. A genetic therapy has…

Obesity ‘explosion’ in Chinese youth

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Obesity is more prevalent in boys because they are likely to enjoy more of the family’s resources, the study says Obesity…

Obesity ‘explosion’ in Chinese youth

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Obesity is more prevalent in boys because they are likely to enjoy more of the family’s resources, the study says Obesity…

Obesity ‘explosion’ in Chinese youth

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Obesity is more prevalent in boys because they are likely to enjoy more of the family’s resources, the study says Obesity…

Bed bugs repulsed by certain colours

Image copyright SPL Bed bugs appear to have a strong preference for particular colours – a quirk that could be used against the troublesome pests, say scientists.…

‘Dentist of horror’ jailed in France

Image copyright AP Image caption Prosecutors said Jacobus van Nierop took “pleasure at causing pain” A Dutchman dubbed the “dentist of horror” has been sentenced to eight…