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Prominent political prisoner freed in Myanmar, many remain

Friday April 1, 2016    7:35 AM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) A prominent political prisoner was released Friday after he finished his six-month jail sentence, coincidentally on the day that Myanmar's new, democratically-elected government began working.Patrick Kum Ja Lee's release was on schedule and not ordered freed by the new government. But it serves as a reminder that President Htin Kyaw will soon have to confront the military to free scores of other political prisoners ... Full Story

PKK militant group claims responsibility for Turkish car bombing: website

Friday April 1, 2016    7:35 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Friday claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack a day earlier that killed seven police officers and wounded 27 people in southeast Turkey's Diyarbakir city, a statement on a PKK website said. The attack, ... Full Story

Palmyra's dynamited temple can be restored, de-miners use robots

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Palmyra's renowned Temple of Bel, blown up by Islamic State last year, is not beyond repair but the full extent of damage in the ancient city could take weeks to establish because of mines laid amid the ruins, Syria's antiquities chief said. Sa ... Full Story

Kremlin denies report of Russia-U.S. deal on Assad's future

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Thursday that a report by the al-Hayat newspaper on an agreement between Russia and the United States on the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not true. The newspaper reported that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had told several ... Full Story

At least 15 killed as flyover collapses in India's Kolkata

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

The flyover was under construction when a 100-metre (330-feet) section collapsed suddenly onto a crowded street around lunchtime, crushing pedestrians, cars and other vehicles under huge concrete slabs and metal.Authorities said they expected the death toll to rise further, with an unknown nu ... Full Story

Tunisia border guard wounded in 'terrorist' ambush

Wednesday March 30, 2016    6:03 PM

Tunis (AFP) - A border guard was injured late Wednesday in an ambush by more than a dozen "terrorists" in the Kasserine region near Tunisia's frontier with Algeria, the interior ministry in Tunis said."A group composed of around 15 terrorists ambushed a border guard vehicle and o ... Full Story

Ko in top form heading into first major of 2016

Wednesday March 30, 2016    6:03 PM

So far in 2016 Ko has yet to finish outside the top 15 in six global starts, defending her title in the New Zealand Women's Open in February on the Ladies European Tour.She notched her 11th LPGA title at the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, on Sunday.But the 18-year-old hasn't fared especially well at this championship in three prior ap ... Full Story

Battle heats up for crunch New York primary

Friday April 1, 2016    7:35 AM

Despite being the media and financial capital of America, New York is typically a sideshow in presidential elections, an overwhelmingly blue state whose primary typically comes too late to make a difference.But with Republicans potentially facing a contested election and Clinton locked into a tighter race than she imagined, the 247 Democrat and 95 Republican delegates up for grabs could prove decisive.This year, New Yorkers also have the unique choice of three candidates who consider the state their home: celebrity Manhattan tycoon Trump, Bro ... Full Story

U.S., Japan, South Korea warn North Korea over 'provocations'

Friday April 1, 2016    7:35 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama joined South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, vowing to ramp up pressure on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear and missile tests. Meeting on the sidelines ... Full Story

Cameron holds crisis talks as UK steel fights for its future

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

The sale throws into doubt the future of an industry that fuelled British industrialisation and helped build its empire.Tata's decision notably puts at risk Britain's biggest steel plant at Port Talbot in the former industrial heartland of south Wales. The facility is Wales's biggest si ... Full Story

French protesters clash with police over labour reforms

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

A nationwide strike shut the Eiffel Tower, disrupted train services and saw some 200 schools closed or barricaded by students.Riot police used tear gas against stone-throwing protesters in the western cities of Nantes and Rennes, while around 10 youths were arrested in Paris where demonstrators threw firecrackers and yellow paint at security forces.Official figures said at least 200,000 people had joined demonstrations in around 50 towns around the country despite rainy weather.Adding to Hollande's miserable week, a separate strike by air traffic controllers threatened headaches for thousands of passengers, while drivers faced more than 400 kilometres (250 miles) of tailbacks on motorways around Paris.The Socialist government is despera ... Full Story

Nuclear terrorism fears loom over Obama's final atomic summit

Thursday March 31, 2016    12:30 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just as fears of nuclear terrorism are rising, U.S. President Barack Obama's drive to lock down vulnerable atomic materials worldwide seems to have lost momentum and could slow further. With less than 10 months left in office to follow through on ... Full Story

Britain to ship record amount of nuclear waste to U.S.: UK government source

Wednesday March 30, 2016    6:03 PM

In return for the shipment, the largest ever movement of highly enriched uranium, the United States will send Europe a different type of nuclear waste that can be used to produce medical isotopes for the treatment of some cancers. "The prime minister will be announc ... Full Story

Canadian PM Trudeau invited to Cuba

Wednesday March 30, 2016    6:03 PM

"He is welcome to Cuba any time he wishes to come when his schedule allows him, and if President Raul Castro is invited to come to Canada, I'm sure he will take this opportunity," Ambassador Julio Garmendia Pena told a press conference in Montreal.The invitation comes one week after U ... Full Story

Activists decry Nairobi road project after two lions killed

Friday April 1, 2016    7:35 AM

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A new road and rail project cutting through a nature reserve on the outskirts of Nairobi threatens wildlife, livestock and people, conservationists said on Friday, after two lions were killed this week. Kenyan wildlife rangers shot dead a male lion named "Mohawk" on Wednesday after it strayed from Nairobi National Park and attacked and injured a resident. The next day rang ... Full Story

Myanmar army MPs slam bill to create Suu Kyi 'advisor' role

Friday April 1, 2016    7:35 AM

The Southeast Asian nation was dominated by the military for more than half a century until Wednesday when Suu Kyi and her pro-democracy party took power.The Nobel laureate, whose party secured a landslide election win in November, has vowed to rule the country despite a constitutional block on h ... Full Story

'Great Escape' hero denied payout due to insufficient hardship: files

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

Flight Lieutenant Bertram "Jimmy" James spent five months in solitary confinement at Sachsenhausen camp in Germany, where he was held for a year after being recaptured following his escape from Stalag Luft III in March 1944.The Stalag Luft III breakout inspired the 1963 film "T ... Full Story

Fugitive S. African lion caught after latest escape

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

Sylvester the lion slipped out of the Karoo National Park in the south of the country at the weekend, triggering a major hunt for him by wildlife authorities.He was caught after being shot with a tranquiliser dart fired from a helicopter, the South Africa National Parks authority (SANParks) announc ... Full Story

Nuclear terrorism fears loom over Obama's final atomic summit

Thursday March 31, 2016    12:30 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just as fears of nuclear terrorism are rising, U.S. President Barack Obama's drive to lock down vulnerable atomic materials worldwide seems to have lost momentum and could slow further. With less than 10 months left in office to follow through on ... Full Story

Would-be suicide bomber in Cameroon not Chibok abductee: non-profit

Wednesday March 30, 2016    6:03 PM

The Murtala Muhammed Foundation said three representatives of the Chibok schoolgirls' parents reviewed photographs of the girl at its offices but she and a woman also detained "do not fit the description of any of the missing daughters from Chibok".Nigeria's government told th ... Full Story

Indonesia pushes to unshackle victims of mental illness

Tuesday March 29, 2016    9:31 PM

SERANG, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian rice farmer Usman has kept his 19-year-old son chained in the family's tiny wooden hut for more than a month, reluctant to release the mentally disturbed boy for fear he might wander off and steal neighbors' livestock. The t ... Full Story
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