Friday, 4:04 AM
By Minami Funakoshi and Matt Spetalnick HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Barack Obama on Friday became the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, site of the world's first atomic bombing, in a gesture Tokyo and Washington hope will showcase their alliance and reinvigorate efforts to rid the world of nuclear arms. The two governments hope Obama's visit to Hiroshima, where a U.S. atomic bomb killed thousands instantly on Aug. 6, 1945, and some 140,000 by the year's end, underscores a new level of reconciliation and tighter ties between the former enemies. "We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in the not so distant past," Obama said after laying a wreath at a Hiroshima peace memorial.
Friday, 1:31 AM
By Tetsushi Kajimoto ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - The Group of Seven industrial powers pledged on Friday to seek strong global growth, while papering over differences on currencies and stimulus policies and expressing concern over North Korea, Russia and maritime disputes involving China. G7 leaders wrapped up a summit in central Japan vowing to use "all policy tools" to boost demand and ease supply constraints. "Global growth remains moderate and below potential, while risks of weak growth persist," they said in a declaration.
Friday, 4:41 AM
By John Davison BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters captured territory from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border on Friday and inched closer to a town on a supply route for foreign-backed insurgents fighting the jihadists, a monitoring group said. The rebels, who are supplied via Turkey, last month staged a major push against Islamic State, but the group counter-attacked and beat them back. The United States has identified the area north of Syria's former commercial hub Aleppo as a priority in the fight against the Islamic State group (IS).
Friday, 4:54 AM
At least 100,000 people were trapped Friday along Syria's border with Turkey after the Islamic State group swept through rebel territory in Aleppo province, rights groups and activists said. IS fighters cut a key road between the rebel towns of Azaz, close to the Turkish border, and nearby Marea, journalist Maamoun Khateeb told AFP from Azaz. The jihadist onslaught threatens tens of thousands of internally displaced Syrians living in informal camps near the border, closed by Turkey for several months.
Friday, 4:51 AM
Turkey on Friday accused the United States of hypocrisy after US commandos in Syria were pictured supporting a major ground offensive led by a Kurdish militia branded a terror group by Ankara. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it was "unacceptable" that US troops had been seen in images taken by an AFP photographer wearing insignia of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).
Friday, 4:50 AM
Russian President Vladimir Putin travels to Greece on Friday for a visit crisis-hit Athens hopes will bring energy and trade deals, including progress on a new Russian pipeline. "Russia needs to compete with China which is in the process of piecing together a 'pearl necklace' of ports" from Europe to the south China sea, Mazis told Skai television. In an article in Kathimerini daily on Thursday, Putin said Russia was interested in tenders involving Greek rail assets and the port of Thessaloniki, a major gateway into the Balkans.
Thursday, 10:34 PM
Stephen Curry scored 31 points as the defending champion Golden State Warriors kept their record-setting season alive with a 120-111 win over Oklahoma City in game five of their Western Conference playoff. "We did what we are supposed to the do -- win at home," said Curry. After a record-setting 73 regular season wins, desperation set in for Golden State on Thursday as they trimmed the Thunder's lead to 3-2 in the series.
Thursday, 10:00 PM
(Reuters) - Andrew Bogut responded to his coach's challenge with a big game for the Golden State Warriors as they kept alive their NBA season on Thursday. Before Game Five of their Western Conference final against Oklahoma City, Steve Kerr said he needed his Australian center to stay out of foul trouble early and contribute more minutes to his team's waning hopes of winning consecutive championships. Bogut came through, picking up just one foul in the first half and three the entire game, playing an important role in the Warriors' 120-111 victory that sends the series back to Oklahoma with the Thunder leading 3-2 going into Saturday's Game Six.... read more
Thursday, 9:05 PM
(The Sports Xchange) - Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes bombed in 3-pointers on consecutive possessions during an eight-point flurry that opened a 12-point lead early in the fourth quarter, and the Golden State Warriors held on from there to stay alive in the Western Conference finals with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma Thunder on Thursday night. The victory trimmed Golden State's deficit in the best-of-seven to 3-2, with the series returning to Oklahoma City for another possible close-out game for the Thunder on Saturday night. Stephen Curry poured in 31 points, going 10-for-10 from the free-throw line, as the Warriors overcame a 40-point explosion by Thunder star Kevin Durant to keep their hopes of a title repeat alive.
Friday, 4:53 AM
BRUSSELS (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” The European Union is launching an effort to contain the so-called "grey economy" of undeclared and untaxed work... read more
Friday, 4:23 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” A Maryland man has been once again convicted of killing his 3-month-old son in 2001 in order to collect life insurance... read more
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Friday, 4:16 AM
A former wealth manager of troubled Swiss private bank BSI was denied bail by the Singapore High Court on Friday and will await his trial in prison for two of the nine charges that are part of the city-state's investigations into money laundering. The case is related to illicit money transfers linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) [TERRN.UL], which is being investigated by at least six jurisdictions. Judge Chan Seng Onn said prosecution and defense should try to expedite the trial for the two offences of perverting the course of justice.
Friday, 4:08 AM
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Friday, 4:44 AM
(Reuters) - A panel that advises the European drugs regulator has supported an approval for AstraZeneca Plc's diabetes drug combination. The European Medicines Agency said on Friday that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use backed AstraZeneca's combination of saxagliptin and dapagliflozin. The components of the combination are currently sold separately for the treatment of type 2 diabetes under the Onglyza and Farxiga brand names.
Friday, 4:26 AM
By Minami Funakoshi HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Barack Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, laid a wreath on Friday at the site of the world's first atomic bombing, which killed thousands instantly and about 140,000 within months. Following are comments from people in Hiroshima, which was devastated on Aug. 6, 1945. EIJI HATTORI, 73, SURVIVOR "I think (Obama's speech) was an apology." Hattori's parents and grandparents, who sold rice near where the bomb fell, all either died that day or in the years that followed.... read more
Friday, 4:24 AM
By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - Just like raw tuna is a favorite of foodies everywhere, Robert Nathan Allen foresees a day when crickets will make their way onto consumers' plates. A growing need for more food sources as well as a desire to treat animals more humanely have proponents predicting entomophagy, or eating insects, will eventually spread more heavily to western and developed countries. "Sushi took 30, 40 years to really become a normal thing, but kale took like five years and kale's not even very tasty," said Allen, head of Austin, Texas-based Little Herds, a nonprofit founded to educate the public on the nutritional and environmental benefits of edible insects.