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  • Khamenei says Iran nuclear weapons are a "myth"

    Sunday, 1:34 AM

    Iraqi women walk past a poster depicting images of Shi'ite Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at al-Firdous Square in BaghdadIran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the concept of Iranian nuclear weapons was a fabrication and the United States was the real source of threat, hardening his rhetoric before nuclear negotiations resume this week. "They created the myth of nuclear weapons so they could say the Islamic Republic is a source of threat. No, the source of threat is America itself," Khamenei said in comments cited by the semi-official Fars news agency on Sunday.


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  • Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya: UNHCR

    Sunday, 1:22 AM

    As many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, a United Nations official said on Sunday. Twenty eight people were rescued in the incident, which happened in an area just off Libyan waters, south of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, the official said, adding that a number of Italian coast guard and naval vessels were being sent in rescue operations. "At the moment, we fear that this is a tragedy of really vast proportions," Carlotta Sami, a spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, told SkyTG24 television. No comment was immediately available from the Italian coast guard or navy.... read more

  • Afghan blast kills 33; president blames Islamic State

    Saturday, 8:49 AM

    People run for cover after an explosion in JalalabadBy Rafiq Sherzad JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday, setting off a blast outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city's police chief said. President Ashraf Ghani blamed Islamic State militants, without giving further detail. If true, it would be the first such major attack carried out by the group in Afghanistan, marking a significant step in its expansion into South Asia. Up until now militants claiming allegiance to Islamic State in Afghanistan have been widely identified as former Taliban fighters disillusioned with their leadership.


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  • EU dreams of Iranian gas to break dependence on Moscow

    Sunday, 12:34 AM

    File picture shows phase 15-16 of the South Pars gas field facilities in the southern Iranian port of Assaluyeh on the shore of the GulfThe EU is hoping future gas imports from Iran can break its dependence on Russia as prospects grow for a nuclear deal that would include lifting sanctions on Tehran. The European Union is betting on so-called Southern Corridor pipelines to supply gas to southern Europe via Turkey from fields in Azerbaijan and nearby countries, including Iran. "It's one of our priorities," EU commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete said Wednesday in the Latvian capital Riga when referring to the gas route. Due to be operational in 2019, the project is expected in an initial stage to deliver 10 billion cubic metres of gas per year to Bulgaria and Greece.


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  • Republican hopefuls target middle-class insecurity as economy improves

    Saturday, 10:06 PM

    Former Florida Governor and probably 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in NashuaBy James Oliphant and Andy Sullivan NASHUA (Reuters) - Facing a recovering economy and a tumbling jobless rate, Republican presidential candidates honing their economic message are trying tap into a lingering sense of insecurity among Americans seven years after the global financial crisis. Then, Republican nominee Romney had the luxury of being able to hammer President Barack Obama with an unemployment rate of more than 8 percent. Now, with the jobless rate at 5.5 percent, the 18 Republican White House hopefuls who gathered this weekend in the key early primary state of New Hampshire faced the challenge of arguing the country needs new economic stewardship even as the worst of the downtown has passed. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said that simply blasting Obama’s economic policies would not suffice.


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  • Niger says 2.5 million suffering food insecurity

    Saturday, 7:41 PM

    In an attempt to reduce the cereal deficit in Niger, the government has launched a programme to irrigate 130,000 hectares of land to produce 500,000 tonnes of foodMore than 2.5 million people in Niger are suffering from food insecurity because of a shortfall in the cereal harvest due to bad weather and crop pests, the agriculture minister said Saturday. "A survey conducted since December 2014 indicated that 15.7 percent of the population, or 2,588,128 people, are in a situation of food insecurity, including 410,297 in severe insecurity," Maidagi Allambeye told MPs. The situation has been aggravated by the presence of some 200,000 refugees who had fled attacks by Boko Haram and other militants. Food insecurity in the poor Sahel country, which is plagued by recurring food crises, is linked to a cereal deficit of more than 230,000 tonnes at the end of the 2014 crop year, he explained.


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  • Kim Sei-Young tops Park in playoff for LPGA LOTTE win

    Saturday, 11:57 PM

    Kim Sei Young of South Korea poses with the winner's trophy after the final round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship, at Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii, on April 18, 2015Kim Sei Young chipped in for par to force a playoff then holed a shot for eagle to beat Park In-Bee in the LPGA LOTTE Championship. She was joined there by world number three Park, who posted a one-under 71 in the final round.


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  • Warriors hold off Pelicans to launch playoff race

    Saturday, 11:30 PM

    Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans goes up to slam dunk the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 18, 2015 in Oakland, CaliforniaThe Golden State Warriors powered to a big lead Saturday, but had to battle late to hold off the New Orleans Pelicans 106-99 in the first game of the NBA Western Conference playoffs. Stephen Curry scored 34 points and the Warriors looked like living up to their status as the top team in the regular-season with a blowout. New Orleans put together a 14-0 scoring run bridging the third and fourth quarters, trimming a 25-point deficit to 11. Curry and Klay Thompson responded for Golden State, draining back-to-back three-pointers to launch a 7-0 run for the hosts.


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  • Kim holes out from fairway to win LOTTE Championship

    Saturday, 11:20 PM

    LPGA: ANA Inspiration-Final Round(Reuters) - LPGA Tour rookie Kim Sei-Young produced a stunning turnaround to win the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii on Saturday, chipping in to force a playoff with Park In-bee before holing out from 150 yards to beat the world number three on the first extra hole. Kim In-kyung (74) was third on nine-under, with Choi Chella (72) and Kim Hyo-joo (69) fourth on 281.


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  • Q&A: Details about Hinckley and the insanity defense

    Sunday, 1:07 AM

    When John Hinckley Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan, jurors left open the possibility that he would one day live outside a mental institution. For decades he's been receiving treatment at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., and in 2003 a judge ordered Hinckley be allowed to start testing his freedom outside of the facility. For the past year, Hinckley has spent 17 days a month living with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia. Hearings set for Wednesday will determine whether that time should be increased. Nearing 60, Hinckley could potentially be granted full-time, year-round "convalescent leave" in the community... read more

  • Reagan shooter finds rejection, indifference in future home

    Sunday, 1:06 AM

    The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community... read more

  • Fast-moving brush fire forces home evacuations near Los Angeles

    Sunday, 12:08 AM

    (Reuters) - A fast-moving brush fire east of Los Angeles has forced the evacuation of more than 200 homes just hours after it started, fire department officials said on Sunday. The blaze, named the "Highway Fire," was zero percent contained and had spread over 175 acres in Chino Hills, a suburb about 35 miles east of Los Angeles, according to a statement released by the City of Riverside Fire Department... read more

  • Hitchbot's poetry-writing sibling will also make its way across Canada

    Sunday, 12:05 AM

    Hitchbot's poetry-writing sibling will also make its way across Canada


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  • Foreign automakers double down on China bets despite slowing growth

    Sunday, 12:01 AM

    File photo of employees working at the third factory of Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile company in WuhanForeign automakers continue to plough money into factories in China, the world's largest car market, even as the biggest economic slowdown in a quarter of a century crimps sales growth. Market leaders Volkswagen AG and General Motors show no sign of letting up on their planned investments, while Toyota Motor and Ford Motor are also pursuing new China expansion plans. Foreign automakers, many of which are expected to unveil new products for China at this week's Shanghai autoshow, including Ford's redesigned Taurus sedan , aren't fretting over the first quarter slowdown.


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  • Volkswagen exploring new budget models for China: exec

    Saturday, 11:58 PM

    Man unveils a Volkswagen car during the International Sao Paulo Motor Show media day in Sao PauloBy Norihiko Shirouzu SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Volkswagen is exploring the possibility of developing budget sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) in China in a bid to keep up with shifts in the market, its China chief executive, Jochem Heizmann, said on Sunday. Heizmann told reporters that the firm's struggle to keep up with the pace of growth in China's passenger car market in the first quarter was in part caused by its lack of budget-priced SUVs and MPVs. Retail sales of SUVs in China soared more than a third last year to 3.82 million, and have more than doubled since 2012, rapidly outpacing growth in other segments, according to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA). Nomura forecasts around 5.2 million SUVs to hit the China market this year, up 27 percent compared to last year.


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  • India's bidi workers suffer for 1,000-a-day habit

    Sunday, 12:14 AM

    Young Indian labourer packs bidis into colourful conical packets and boxes, at the New Sarkar Bidi Factory in Kannauj, some 200 km south-east of New DelhiZainab Begum Alvi and her band of young helpers hunch over baskets filled with tobacco flakes and dried leaves, trying to roll a thousand dirt-cheap cigarettes a day at the behest of India's powerful bidi barons. "There is no other work than this, so if I don't do it, I can't do anything else," added Alvi, a tiny and gaunt woman from the impoverished northern state of Uttar Pradesh who says she is in her 50s. - 'No link to cancer' - Three lawmakers from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on a parliamentary committee looking into the issue were widely condemned when they cited a lack of evidence that smoking caused cancer as a reason for stalling the measure. "There is no medical evidence that bidis cause cancer," said Shyama Charan Gupta, one of the three lawmakers on the committee and who heads a company that produces one of the industry's best-selling brands.


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  • Bird flu confirmed on second farm in Ontario, Canada

    Saturday, 6:29 PM

    Preliminary testing has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a second Ontario farm, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Saturday. Avian influenza is an infectious viral disease of birds. Most bird flu viruses do not infect humans or pose a food safety risk when poultry products are properly handled and cooked. Canadian authorities earlier this month confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a turkey farm near Woodstock, Ontario.... read more

  • The Most Fitness-Friendly Cities In America

    Saturday, 9:22 AM

    The Most Fitness-Friendly Cities In AmericaPhoto credit: flickrSummer is almost here and with it, many people are looking to get in better shape.Find out now: How much house can I afford?At SmartAsset, we're all about helping people meet their biggest goals (like retirement and homeownership). That's why we wanted to find the cities that make getting in shape easiest. These are the...


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