• Malaysia Airlines plane turns back after tyre burst on takeoff

    Reuters - 19 minutes ago

    A Malaysia Airlines plane with 166 people on board turned back and landed safely at Kuala Lumpur airport early on Monday because one of the tyres on its main landing gear burst during takeoff, the airline said. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said tyre debris was noticed on the runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 16 minutes after the plane had taken off for Bangalore. Last month, a Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people on board disappeared soon after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. More »Malaysia Airlines plane turns back after tyre burst on takeoff

  • At Mt. Gox bitcoin hub, 'geek' CEO sought both control and escape

    Reuters - 43 minutes ago

    By Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo-based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". During an online chat, Karpeles moved the equivalent of $170 million in bitcoin at today's market rates - the virtual equivalent of a bank manager flashing a wad of cash in a wallet to establish credit. The gesture - with a sly wink to the "geek" culture Karpeles believed he shared with many of his 50,000 customers at the time, including an interest in coding, Japanese manga comics and science fiction - succeeded. By moving 424,242 bitcoins, Karpeles, then 26, evoked the random number, 42, described as the "meaning of life" in Douglas Adams' sci-fi novel. More »At Mt. Gox bitcoin hub, 'geek' CEO sought both control and escape

  • Vice President Biden to meet Ukraine president, prime minister in Kiev

    Reuters - 1 hour 16 minutes ago

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Ukraine's acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk during a visit to Kiev on Tuesday, the White House said on Sunday. Biden arrives in Kiev on Monday afternoon local time. He will meet with members of Ukraine's Rada parliament from different political parties and regions as well as representatives from non-governmental organizations during his two-day stay, the White House said in a statement. More »Vice President Biden to meet Ukraine president, prime minister in Kiev

  • Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela

    Reuters - 1 hour 32 minutes ago

    By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the "resurrection" of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela. Though millions of Venezuelans have headed for Caribbean beaches and family gatherings over the Easter period, student demonstrators have sought to keep a nearly three-month protest movement going with religious-themed demonstrations. "We're staying in the street until we get our country back," student leader Djamil Jassir, 22, told Reuters in a square where protesters displayed dozens of used gas canisters and bullets as symbols of repression. "This is the time to stand firm." Later, several hundred hooded protesters, many wearing Guy Fawkes masks, set up barricades in the eastern Chacao district of Caracas that has been a near-daily battleground during recent unrest in Venezuela since mid-February. More »Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela

  • Japan PM sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine: Japanese media

    Reuters - 2 hours 4 minutes ago

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, media reported on Monday, a move likely to further strain ties with China and South Korea. The offering from Abe, who visited the shrine in December, was sent just before U.S. President Barack Obama's three-day visit to Japan, which begins on Wednesday. Japanese media said Abe would not visit the shrine in person. Fourteen Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal after World War Two are honored there, along with Japan's war dead. More »Japan PM sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine: Japanese media

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  • Jimenez wins senior debut but focus is on Ryder Cup

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez made his Champions Tour debut in style when he won the Greater Gwinnett Championship by two strokes over Germany's Bernhard Langer in Georgia on Sunday. A week after finishing fourth at the Masters, Jimenez became the 18th player to win in his first start on the senior American circuit and only the third to lead from start to finish in a Champions Tour debut. But the 20-time European Tour winner indicated afterwards that he would focus primarily on his home tour for the rest of the season as he tries to qualify for the Ryder Cup in September. "I'm playing very well and now you don't know what to do, but I need to do my points for the Ryder Cup," Jimenez told the Golf Channel. More »Jimenez wins senior debut but focus is on Ryder Cup

  • Kuchar holes bunker shot at final hole to win Heritage

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    (Reuters) - American Matt Kuchar ended a frustrating run of close calls in spectacular style when he holed a bunker shot on his final hole to win the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Sunday. Minutes after three-putting the 17th from four feet, Kuchar responded emphatically by sinking a 20-yard sand shot for birdie at the par-four 18th to beat third round leader Luke Donald by one stroke at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island. More »Kuchar holes bunker shot at final hole to win Heritage

  • Niger could sign new deal with Areva within days: mines minister

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    The government of Niger, the world's fourth largest uranium producer, is on the verge of renewing an agreement with French state-controlled nuclear group Areva, the West African nation's mines minister said on Sunday. Niger, one of the world's poorest nations, is pushing to boost revenues from its uranium, but Areva, which dominates the sector in the country, has claimed that increasing royalties would make its operations there unprofitable. We will sign in the weeks, or even the days to come," Mines Minister Omar Hamidou Tchiana said in an interview with private television stations Labari and Dounia. Despite opening negotiations two years ago, Areva and Niger failed to reach a new agreement before the 10-year contracts expired on December 31. More »Niger could sign new deal with Areva within days: mines minister

  • Gunmen kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush

    AFP - 3 hours ago

    Gunmen killed 11 Algerian soldiers in an ambush overnight, the defence ministry said on Sunday, in the first attack of its kind since President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term. The attack took place in the restive Kabylie region east of Algiers, where discontent with the ailing 77-year-old Bouteflika was most evident during the presidential election. The defence ministry said a convoy of the People's National Army was attacked by a "terrorist group" near Iboudrarene in Kabylie, and that five soldiers were also wounded. Witnesses said security reinforcements had been dispatched to Kabylie, a rugged region where Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is active and has carried out operations against government forces. More »Gunmen kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush

  • Air strikes in Yemen kill 40 al Qaeda militants in two days

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    By Mohamed Mukhashaf ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 30 suspected al Qaeda members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in the second day of strikes against militant targets in the country. On Saturday an air strike killed 10 al Qaeda militants and three civilians in central Yemen, a country that neighbors top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and is home to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group's most lethal wings. More »Air strikes in Yemen kill 40 al Qaeda militants in two days

  • Messi free kick ends Barcelona's nightmare run

    Reuters - 4 hours ago

    By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - Lionel Messi smashed in a superb free kick to complete a 2-1 comeback win for injury-hit Barcelona at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday that kept alive their slim hopes of a fifth La Liga title in six years. After a wretched 12 days when they were eliminated from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, beaten in the King's Cup final by Real Madrid and suffered a shock 1-0 reverse at lowly Granada in La Liga, Barca badly needed a morale-boosting victory in front of their fans at the Nou Camp. However, after Messi, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez squandered clear scoring opportunities, Aritz Aduriz fired fourth-placed Bilbao ahead five minutes into the second half, prompting rumblings of discontent among the home faithful. More »Messi free kick ends Barcelona's nightmare run

  • Top Palestinian cleric says Israel threw stun grenades into al Aqsa; Israel denies

    Reuters - 4 hours ago

    The most senior Islamic cleric in Jerusalem said on Sunday Israeli police hurled stun grenades into al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest site, to quell the latest in a string of Palestinian protests at the politically sensitive holy site. Israeli police denied the allegation, saying officers threw the non-lethal devices, which emit a loud noise, on a plaza outside the mosque after protesters threw rocks and firecrackers at them. The demonstrators, who have confronted police for the past four days in a bid to stop Israeli and foreign visitors from entering the holy compound, then retreated into al-Aqsa, a police spokesman said. Tensions at the site run high during Jewish holidays - Jews are now celebrating Passover - when Palestinians are on alert against any attempt by Jews to pray on the compound in defiance of a de facto Israeli government ban on such worship. More »Top Palestinian cleric says Israel threw stun grenades into al Aqsa; Israel denies

  • Boston Marathon defies terror attacks one year on

    AFP - 4 hours ago

    The Boston Marathon returns Monday amid major security after last year's deadly bombings as a near record 35,660 runners get set to compete. Organizers have drastically tightened security for participants and bags have been banned at the start in Hopkinton, along the course and at the finish line. The Tsarnaev brothers, the presumed bombers, allegedly hid the explosive devices in backpacks. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick vowed the massive event, which coincides with the state's Patriots' Day, would be "very safe." More »Boston Marathon defies terror attacks one year on

  • Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

    Football411.com - 4 hours ago

    Barcelona were given a real fright but ultimately kept their slim title hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp. More »Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

  • Ex-army chief, leftist to run for Egyptian presidency

    Reuters - 4 hours ago

    By Maggie Fick and Mahmoud Mourad CAIRO (Reuters) - The former army general who toppled Egypt's first freely elected president will face a leftist politician in next month's presidential election, as they were the only candidates to enter, the committee organising the vote said on Sunday. The committee had received paperwork from former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and former parliamentarian and presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi, its head told a news conference, hours after the deadline for nominations had passed. The elections will be held in a barren political climate, three years after the uprising that overthrew autocrat Hosni Mubarak raised hopes of a robust democracy in the biggest Arab nation. There will be no Islamist candidate, in contrast to the hotly contested 2012 presidential race which featured more than a dozen rivals from across the political spectrum and was won by Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood. More »Ex-army chief, leftist to run for Egyptian presidency

  • Australia sees 'regroup' on Malaysian plane search in a few days

    Reuters - 5 hours ago

    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Australia will decide in a few days whether to alter or scale back the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but will consult all countries involved on any changes, Australia's ambassador to the United States said on Sunday. Kim Beazley told CNN the search countries would "regroup and reconsider" if nothing is found in a section of the Indian Ocean floor now being scanned by a U.S. Navy underwater drone. This includes adjustments to the air and sea surface search efforts and the possibility of bringing in private contractors to replace some military assets, he said. You may well also consider bringing in other underwater search equipment," Beazley said on the "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" program. More »Australia sees 'regroup' on Malaysian plane search in a few days

  • Italy economy minister says 2014 growth could be above 0.8 percent - paper

    Reuters - 5 hours ago

    Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said in interview published on Sunday he believed that growth in 2014 could be more than 0.8 percent but that he could not say by how much. In the interview in the Corriere della Sera, Padoan was asked if growth could come in more than the 0.8 percent forecast earlier this month in the government's so-called Economic and Financial Document (DEF) containing new targets for coming years. More »Italy economy minister says 2014 growth could be above 0.8 percent - paper

  • Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel

    AFP - 5 hours ago

    Palestinian negotiators have warned they may pass responsiblity for their territory back to occupying power Israel if peace talks remain stalled, a senior Palestinian official said on Sunday. The official said the Palestinians told US peace envoy Martin Indyk on Friday that unless Israel releases Palestinian prisoners as agreed and freezes settlement building, they could dismantle the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) of president Mahmud Abbas. "The Palestinians informed Indyk that if this Israeli intransigence continues, they have several options to resort to," the Palestinian official told AFP on condition of anonymity. More »Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel

  • Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

    Reuters - 6 hours ago

    By Aleksandar Vasovic and Alissa de Carbonnel SLAVIANSK/YENAKIEVO, Ukraine (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. The incident triggered a war of words between Moscow and Ukraine's western-backed government with each questioning the other's compliance with the agreement, brokered last week in Geneva, to end a crisis that has made Russia's ties with the West more fraught than at any time since the Cold War. The separatists said armed men from Ukraine's Right Sector nationalist group had attacked them. Failure of the Geneva agreement could bring more bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, but may also prompt the United States to impose tougher sanctions on the Kremlin - with far-reaching consequences for many economies and importers of Russian energy. More »Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

  • Al Qaeda kills 14 Algerian soldiers in ambush

    Reuters - 6 hours ago

    By Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Islamist militants killed at least 14 Algerian soldiers in an ambush in mountains east of the capital Algiers at the weekend in one of the deadliest attacks on the military in years. The troops were in the Tizi Ouzou region, 120 km (75 miles) east of Algiers, when they were attacked by al Qaeda's north African branch, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), state news agency APS and a security source said on Sunday. The attack on Saturday night came just days after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, was re-elected for a fourth term following a campaign that portrayed the ageing leader as the key to continued security for the North African OPEC state. Since the end of its 1990s war with armed Islamists, attacks have been rarer in Algeria. More »Al Qaeda kills 14 Algerian soldiers in ambush

  • Iran, world powers to start work on nuclear drafts next month

    Reuters - 6 hours ago

    Iran and world powers will begin work drafting a long-term settlement of Iran's disputed nuclear program at expert-level talks in New York next month, the official state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday. During the May 5-9 meeting, the P5+1 world powers and Iran will start "writing draft of comprehensive agreements which will be a complex and difficult work," said senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi, according to IRNA. Hamid Baeedinejad, Director General for the Political and International Affairs Department of Foreign Ministry, will head Iran's team at talks on the sidelines of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review preliminary committee meeting, IRNA said. More »Iran, world powers to start work on nuclear drafts next month

  • Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to old Christian town

    AFP - 6 hours ago

    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad paid an Easter Sunday visit to a historic Christian town newly recaptured from jihadist-backed rebels as opposition fighters counter-attacked his forces in a key battleground city. The surprise visit to Maalula, just north of Damascus, came as Pope Francis said in his Easter message that it was time for warring parties to "boldly negotiate" peace in Syria after three years of conflict estimated to have killed 150,000 people. Assad's regime has sought to portray itself as the protector of religious minorities from foreign-backed extremists, a notion his opponents dismiss as part of a divide-and-rule strategy also aimed at deterring Western support for rebels. "No people anywhere have ever had to face what Syria is facing today. More »Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to old Christian town

  • Boston Marathon looks to emerge from shadow of 2013 bombing

    Reuters - 6 hours ago

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Runners from the world's elite racers to first-timers will step to the Boston Marathon starting line on Monday for the first time the race has been held since last year's deadly bombing attack. Some 36,000 people, the second-largest field in the race's 118-year history, will set out from Hopkinton, a town west of Boston, for the 26.2-mile race that finishes on Boston's Boylston Street, where two homemade pressure-cooker bombs last year killed three people and injured 264. The fans, hundreds of thousands of whom are expected to line the course, will also be rooting for top U.S. entrants including Ryan Hall of California and Desiree Linden of Michigan. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Sunday told CBS's "Face the Nation" that added security measures, including a higher than usual police presence, would assure a "very safe" atmosphere at the race. More »Boston Marathon looks to emerge from shadow of 2013 bombing

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