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Bahrain says expels representative of Shi’ite Ayatollah Sistani

MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain expelled a prominent Shi’ite religious figure on Wednesday, accusing him of acting as a representative of influential Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani…

Hamas, Abbas’s PLO announce reconciliation agreement

GAZA (Reuters) – The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact, both sides announced in a…

Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklistings at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic’s former President Francois…

Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked

KIEV (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests…

China says probing reports Chinese chlorine used in Syria attack

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday that it was investigating reports that a chlorine canister bearing the name of the country’s biggest arms maker was…

Turkey’s Erdogan offers unexpected condolences for Armenian killings

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan offered what the government said were unprecedented condolences on Wednesday to the grandchildren of Armenians killed in World War One…

NEWS

Russia in new Ukraine attack threat

Russia in new Ukraine attack threat

23 April 2014 Last updated at 14:15 …

Plane search examines coastal debris

Plane search examines coastal debris

23 April 2014 Last updated at 13:39 …

Obama pledges Japan islands support

Obama pledges Japan islands support

23 April 2014 Last updated at 14:02 …

More held in S Korea ferry disaster

More held in S Korea ferry disaster

23 April 2014 Last updated at 10:54 …

US threatens more Russia sanctions

US threatens more Russia sanctions

23 April 2014 Last updated at 04:39 …

US president embarks on Asia tour

US president embarks on Asia tour

23 April 2014 Last updated at 04:57 …

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HUMAN RIGHTS

China: End persecution of detained Uighur religious leader after prison term increased for fifth time

The relentless persecution of an ethnic Uighur religious leader must stop, said Amnesty International, as it called on the Chinese authorities to disclose why Abdukiram Abduveli’s prison term…

Chelsea Manning’s statement on her legal name change

Chelsea Manning’s statement on her legal name change

How Chelsea Manning sees herself -portrait by Alicia Neal April 23, 2014. By Chelsea Manning. Today is an exciting day. A judge in the state of Kansas has…

Foreign domestic workers in Qatar: Shocking cases of deception, forced labour, violence

The Qatari authorities are failing to protect migrant domestic workers who face severe exploitation, including forced labour and physical and sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new…

China’s crackdown on corruption continues to take some significant scalps

Since Chinese president Xi Jinping made his pledge to root out graft in China, whether it involves massive wealth accumulated by the powerful “tigers” of the elite or…

Three to contest in Amdo MP by-election

The Election Commission (EC) of the Central Tibetan Administration on Monday announced three candidates short-listed from a preliminary round of voting to fill a seat made vacant following…

Defending Democracy: A presentation by Chelsea Manning’s new defense team, now on Youtube!

On Sunday, April 13th, Chelsea Manning’s new defense team, Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward, gave their first public presentation alongside NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, FBI whistleblower Mike German,…

OPINIONS

Democracy, learning to live with it

Today I tweeted a rather banal statement in which I reasoned that democracy was fine as long as I agreed with…

POLITICS

Lib Dems ‘won’t back minority rule’

Lib Dems ‘won’t back minority rule’

23 April 2014 Last updated at 17:00 Article written by James Landale Deputy political editor …

UKIP angry over rival party’s name

UKIP angry over rival party’s name

23 April 2014 Last updated at 17:00 Mr Nattrass has likened Mr Farage’s UKIP to a “one-man…

Finance

UPDATE 2-Insurer Saga could announce $5 bln London listing next week

(Recasts, adds background, comments) By Freya Berry and Anjuli Davies LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) – British over-50s insurer Saga is planning to announce its intention to float…

UPDATE 2-Telekom Austria proves slippery target for Slim

* Labour representatives boycott syndicate deal vote * Unclear whether quorum reached * Shares fall almost 5 percent (Rewrites first paragraph, adds details on quorum, deal deadline,…

UPDATE 3-Dow Chemical expects margin growth after cost control pays

* First-qtr earnings per share $0.79 vs est. $0.71 * Sales $14.46 bln vs est. $14.72 bln * Shares rise as much as 3.5 pct to $50.64…

UPDATE 3-Bailout exit beckons for Portugal after record bond sale

* Lisbon auctions first bond since bailout began in 2011 * Yield of 3.58 percent is record low for 10-year bond * Portugal better placed for clean…

Slovenian government vulnerable to leadership challenge

LJUBLJANA, April 23 (Reuters) – Slovenia’s coalition government, which averted an international bailout last year, could collapse on Friday if Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek loses the leadership…

UPDATE 1-Trane aircon maker Ingersoll-Rand beats 1st-qtr estimates

(Adds details, background) April 23 (Reuters) – Ingersoll-Rand Plc, best known for its Trane airconditioners, forecast current-quarter earnings above estimates after reporting better-than-expected first-quarter results, helped by…

UK TRAVEL ADVICE

Worldwide priority: Increasing business with Austria

Issue The British Embassy works to boost the UK’s reputation as a place to do business, to broker commercial partnerships and to increase Austrian inward investment in…

News story: Travel advice: Eurovision Song Contest 2014

The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark from 6 to 10 May at the B&W Hallerne Arena. Copenhagen is located on the eastern…

Press release: London to host Friends of Yemen meeting on 29 April 2014

The governments of the UK, Saudi Arabia and Yemen will co-chair the next Friends of Yemen meeting in London on 29 April 2014. The Friends of Yemen…

Denmark

23 April 2014 23 April 2014 Latest update: Summary – Eurovision Song Contest The Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Copenhagen from 6 to 10 May. See…

Algeria

Algeria

23 April 2014 23 April 2014 Latest update: Summary and Terrorism section – terrorist attack in Tizi Ouzou Download map (PDF) The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)…

USA

23 April 2014 23 April 2014 Latest update: Entry requirements section – Form I-94 admission record Snow storms during winter can cause delays and cancellations throughout the…

UK TRAVEL NEWS

A421 | Bedfordshire | Southbound | Incident, road closed

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M62 westbound between J36 and J35 | Westbound | Bridge or Barrier Repairs

M62 westbound between J36 and J35 | Westbound | Bridge or Barrier Repairs

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M62 westbound between J36 and J35 | Westbound | Bridge or Barrier Repairs

M62 westbound between J36 and J35 | Westbound | Bridge or Barrier Repairs

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M62 eastbound between J35 and J36 | Eastbound | Bridge or Barrier Repairs

M62 eastbound between J35 and J36 | Eastbound | Bridge or Barrier Repairs

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M62 eastbound between J35 and J36 | Eastbound | Bridge or Barrier Repairs

M62 eastbound between J35 and J36 | Eastbound | Bridge or Barrier Repairs

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A63 eastbound between A1079 and A1165 | Eastbound | Roadworks

A63 eastbound between A1079 and A1165 | Eastbound | Roadworks

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SPORT UK

Man Utd believe Moyes timing right

Man Utd believe Moyes timing right

Manchester United opted to sack David Moyes because they did not want to start the search for a successor behind his back, the BBC has…

Chelsea trio charged by FA

Chelsea trio charged by FA

Manager Jose Mourinho is among three Chelsea staff charged by the FA in the aftermath of the club’s Premier League loss to Sunderland. …

Farbrace named as England assistant

Paul Farbrace has been confirmed as England’s new assistant coach after quitting as Sri Lanka head coach. The 46-year-old former Kent wicketkeeper will…

Januzaj elects to play for Belgium

Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has decided to represent Belgium in international football. The Red Devils’ national coach Marc Wilmots made the announcement…

Sean Dyche’s brilliant Burnley promotion campaign built on hard work and manners

Sean Dyche’s brilliant Burnley promotion campaign built on hard work and manners

By Paul Collins Published: 08:31 EST, 23 April 2014 | Updated: 10:35 EST, 23 April 2014 The secrets to Burnley’s promotion campaign have been revealed… and the…

Jose Mourinho could play a weakened Chelsea team against Liverpool… but he tore into rival boss for doing same in Spain

Jose Mourinho could play a weakened Chelsea team against Liverpool… but he tore into rival boss for doing same in Spain

Mourinho was Real Madrid coach in 2011 when he blasted Sporting Gijon boss Manuel Preciado for playing a weakened team against Barcelona Preciado labelled Mourinho ‘despicable’ after…

SPORT US

Report: Phelps planning Rio comeback

Report: Phelps planning Rio comeback

Is Michael Phelps planning a comeback? A report Friday night from WBBH, an NBC television affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla., said Phelps will return to swimming with…

Best comeback attempts in sports history

Having won the French Open three straight years and both the U.S. Open and Australian Open in consecutive years, Seles was on top of the women’s tennis…

Friends, family: Trickle was in pain

Friends, family: Trickle was in pain

Family and friends said ongoing medical issues could have figured into Dick Trickle’s apparent decision to end his own life Thursday at the age of 71. DICK…

Military family reunited at Rays game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Her pitch bounced twice before rolling softly into a glove near home plate, a moment that began a reunion. Alayna Adams, 9, walked…

Byron Nelson second-round leaderboard

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ALL SPORTS

20 Questions: Ian Whitten – Exeter centre

20 Questions: Ian Whitten – Exeter centre

Enjoy your open-top bus ride last week? It was a great crack and a good crowd turned out. Everybody enjoyed it and it was…

WIN a signed Lions jersey

Win your chance to meet some of your Lions heroes as they prepare for their epic summer cycle ride across the UK & Ireland…

London Wasps sign Ruaridh Jackson

London Wasps have signed Scotland international fly-half Ruaridh Jackson from Glasgow Warriors. The 26-year-old Jackson, who has 23 caps to his name, becomes the…

Jeremy Guscott: Manu Tuilagi and Niki Goneva give Leicester Tigers real title potential

Jeremy Guscott: Manu Tuilagi and Niki Goneva give Leicester Tigers real title potential

You have to admire Saracens. They have lost only two games this season, and one more victory will see them home and hosed. By…

Nick Cain: Game’s flashpoints stem from inconsistent refereeing

Nick Cain: Game’s flashpoints stem from inconsistent refereeing

Empathy. Consistency. Clarity. Accuracy. All those crucial factors were missing for large tracts of the officiating in the Wild West Premiership showdown between Gloucester…

Courtney Lawes still dishes it out but is not so hit and miss

Courtney Lawes still dishes it out but is not so hit and miss

If anyone was in doubt that Courtney Lawes can still deliver big hits with the best of them, then look no further than Owen…

HEALTH

Saudi health minister sacked

Saudi health minister sacked

22 April 2014 Last updated at 10:00 The Saudi health minister has been sacked without…

Novartis in $16bn GSK division deal

Novartis in $16bn GSK division deal

22 April 2014 Last updated at 07:49 Novartis said the deals would help to strengthen its financial…

Foreign doctors ‘need tougher tests’

Foreign doctors ‘need tougher tests’

18 April 2014 Last updated at 13:03 International medical graduates take a different test to the one…

Skin cancer rates ‘surge since 70s’

Skin cancer rates ‘surge since 70s’

21 April 2014 Last updated at 01:03 Using sun cream protects the skin The incidence…

Sensors to prevent pain for amputees

Sensors to prevent pain for amputees

15 April 2014 Last updated at 00:41 By Adam Brimelow Health Correspondent, BBC News …

Glaxo ‘paid Polish doctors bribes’

Glaxo ‘paid Polish doctors bribes’

14 April 2014 Last updated at 00:04 …