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New risks as young Londoners priced out of housing market
By Andy Bruce and Sara Ledwith LONDON (Reuters) - Last weekend, London couple Vicki Clayton and James Renhard left behind cramped bedrooms that smelt of smoke, housemates who stole their food and a landlord who kept his deposit, and moved into a rented flat of their own. "Aside from a mystery benefactor or a lottery win." The couple is a relatively wealthy example of London's Generation Rent: people shut out of the city's housing market by high prices. To buy an average house in London today, you need to earn over 100,000 pounds ($150,000) a year, according to the National Housing Federation (NHF), a trade body for affordable housing providers. High prices are reshaping the housing market. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:39:47 -0400
Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash
Manny Pacquiao's face is on shirts, dolls and postage stamps, his life story is playing in movie houses and millions are getting ready to party as the Philippine boxing hero's "fight of the century" nears. Pacmania is sweeping the Southeast Asian nation of 100 million people ahead of the May 2 Las Vegas bout against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather to decide who is the best boxer of their generation. Of course, it's the fight of the century," Manila film producer Lucky Blanco told AFP.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:34:14 -0400
Skipper of sunken migrant boat held after 800 died in tragedy
Italian police on Tuesday arrested the captain and first mate of a boat involved in the Mediterranean's deadliest disaster in decades on suspicion of murder, causing a shipwreck and involvement in illegal immigration. The two seamen, who have not been formally charged, were being held as part of a probe into a catastrophe that has evoked chilling comparisons with the slave trade and allegations of callous disregard on the part of European governments. As the UN's refugee body said at least 800 people had died following Sunday's capsizing of an impossibly overcrowded fishing boat off Libya, authorities in Sicily said they had detained the boat's Tunisian skipper and his Syrian number two. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday described the traffickers who packed their human cargo into the boat as akin to 18th-century slave traders.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:32:42 -0400
Son says Egypt's Mursi plans comeback despite jail sentence
By Sylvia Westall CAIRO (Reuters) - Mohamed Mursi's reversal of fortune from Egypt's first freely-elected president to a prisoner sentenced to 20 years in jail on Tuesday will not break his will to return to power, his son said. Those aspirations may seem unrealistic two years after the army toppled Mursi and crushed his Muslim Brotherhood. Speaking to Reuters ahead of the verdict, read out as Mursi stood in a courtroom cage, Osama Mursi also chose what seems like the only option available to the Brotherhood these days -- putting on a brave face. Osama still calls his father president Mursi, even though the Egyptian state now has a tighter grip than ever on the Brotherhood in a decades-long struggle. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:30:44 -0400
Replacing carpet at Jerusalem shrine reveals religious rift
Prosecutors build case against traffickers as EU mulls plan
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) Prosecutors began building the case against the traffickers responsible for what might be the Mediterranean's worst migrant disaster as European Union leaders mulled a new plan to stem the tide and undermine smugglers' finances and most precious assets: the boats.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:28:27 -0400
After tasting power, former Egyptian president Mursi sent to prison
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Mursi was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on Tuesday, nearly three years after he was declared Egypt's first freely elected president. Mursi stood in a cage in court as judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef read out the ruling against him and 12 other Brotherhood members, including senior figures Mohamed el-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian. The men were convicted on charges of violence, kidnapping and torture stemming from the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012. The ruling is the first against Mursi, who says he is determined to reverse what he calls a military coup in 2013 staged by then army chief, now president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:23:56 -0400
Court sentences ousted Egypt president to 20 years in prison
Japan's maglev train breaks world speed record
Japan's state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre (373 miles) per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad. The seven-car maglev train -- short for "magnetic levitation" -- hit a top speed of 603 kilometres per hour, and managed nearly 11 seconds at over 600kph, operator Central Japan Railway said. The new record came less than a week after the company recorded a top speed of 590 kph, breaking its own 2003 record of 581 kph.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:22:03 -0400
Ex-Nazi 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz' goes on trial in Germany
A former Nazi death camp officer dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" went on trial in Germany Tuesday, with almost 70 Holocaust survivors and victims' relatives at the court. Oskar Groening, 93, is being tried on 300,000 counts of "accessory to murder" for deported Hungarian Jews who were sent to the gas chambers, and faces up to 15 years jail. Given the advanced age of most German war crimes suspects, Groening is expected to be among the last to face justice, 70 years after the liberation of the concentration camps at the end of World War II. Media interest in the trial of the frail widower, who entered court using a Zimmer frame, is intense, with several Auschwitz survivors set to appear as witnesses or co-plaintiffs.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:20:43 -0400
U.S. couple found guilty of 'sadistic' Bali suitcase murder
By Trisha Sertori DENPASAR (Reuters) - An Indonesian court found a young U.S. couple guilty on Tuesday of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her battered body into a suitcase on the resort island of Bali. Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer, both from the Chicago area, were arrested last August after staff at a luxury hotel discovered the body of Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, in an abandoned suitcase in a taxi. The pair were tried separately in Denpasar District Court and it was not immediately clear if they would appeal.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:18:16 -0400
Microsoft to launch first flagship store outside US in Sydney
Microsoft on Tuesday said it will open its first flagship store outside the United States in Sydney, as the technology giant expands its physical footprint to take on global rivals Apple and Samsung. Microsoft Australia's managing director Pip Marlow said the shop, to be located in Sydney's main Pitt Street shopping district, was a "significant development" for the American firm.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:17:21 -0400
Senior Egyptian Brotherhood figure says Mursi trial a travesty of justice
The trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi was a travesty of justice controlled by the government, a senior figure from the Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday, after Mursi was sentenced to 20 years in prison. "His trial has been a travesty of justice, which has been scripted and controlled by the government and entirely unsupported by evidence," Amr Darrag, a former minister under Mursi, said in a statement in Istanbul. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:16:54 -0400
Migrants' bodies brought ashore as EU proposes doubling rescue effort
By James Mackenzie and Robin Emmott CATANIA, Italy/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of as many as 900 people feared killed in the deadliest known shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe. Three other rescue operations were underway on Monday to save hundreds more migrants in peril on overloaded vessels making the journey from the north coast of Africa to Europe. The mass deaths have caused shock in Europe, where a decision to scale back naval operations last year seems to have increased the risks for migrants without reducing their numbers. "The situation in the Mediterranean is dramatic.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:09:11 -0400
Serbia president's plane trouble caused by coffee spill