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Afghan blast kills 33; president blames Islamic State
News ImageBy 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.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:49:43 -0400
Greece wants EU/IMF deal but impasse could bring referendum: deputy PM
News ImageGreece aims for a deal with its creditors over a reforms package but will not retreat from its red lines, the country's deputy prime minister told the Sunday newspaper To Vima, not ruling out a referendum or early polls if talks reach an impasse. Athens is stuck in negotiations with its euro zone partners and the International Monetary Fund over economic reforms required by the lenders to unlock remaining bailout aid. "Our objective is a viable solution inside the euro," Yannis Dragasakis told the paper. The aim is (to reach) an agreement." Greece is quickly running out of cash and in the next few weeks may face a choice of either paying salaries and pensions or paying back loans from the International Monetary Fund.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:42:10 -0400
Car bomb kills three outside U.S. consulate in Iraq's Kurdish capital
News ImageBy Isabel Coles ERBIL (Reuters) - A car bombing claimed by the Islamic State killed three people on Friday outside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, in a relatively rare attack in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region. No U.S. personnel were hurt in the blast, according to the U.S. State Department, which said a "vehicle-borne improvised explosive device" exploded right outside the entrance to the heavily fortified compound. Iraq's Kurdish region is an important partner for the U.S.-led coalition in its campaign to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State group, which overran large parts of Iraq last summer and threatened to reach Erbil.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:32:07 -0400
Iraqi forces retake most of Baiji refinery from Islamic State
News ImageIraqi forces retook most of the country's largest refinery from Islamic State on Saturday, officials said, reversing gains by the militants who seized parts of the sprawling complex in northern Iraq this week. A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State said troops had recaptured all of Baiji refinery at 11:30 GMT (7.30 a.m. EDT), but officials in Salahuddin, the province where it is located, said there was still fighting around some facilities. The Baiji refinery produced around 175,000 barrels per day before it shut in June when Islamic State fighters seized it at the same time as the city of Mosul. Iraqi forces retook it from militants in November but subsequently lost control again.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:34:40 -0400
Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-U.S. trade deal
News ImageBy Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they fear will erode food, labor and environmental standards. Opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is particularly high in Germany, in part due to rising anti-American sentiment linked to revelations of U.S. spying and fears of digital domination by firms like Google. A recent YouGov poll showed that 43 percent of Germans believe TTIP would be bad for the country, compared to 26 percent who see it as positive. The level of resistance has taken Chancellor Angela Merkel's government and German industry by surprise, and they are now scrambling to reverse the tide and save a deal which proponents say could add $100 billion in annual economic output on both sides of the Atlantic.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:30:58 -0400
Putin says ready to work with United States: TV
News ImageRussia has key interests in common with the United States and needs to work with it on a common agenda, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday in a television interview. In his comments to the state-run Rossiya channel, Putin appeared to soften his anti-American rhetoric after being highly critical. Relations between Moscow and Washington and other Western powers have soured over the conflict in Russia's neighbor Ukraine, sinking to an all-time low. We have a common agenda." Putin has in the past fiercely attacked the United States and the West in general, blaming them for the Ukraine crisis, which Russia says was the result of a Western-backed "coup" against Ukraine's former leader Viktor Yanukovich.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:36:56 -0400
Last 2 Raiders give congressional medal to Ohio museum
CINCINNATI (AP) The last two "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders" have presented their Congressional Gold Medal for permanent display at a museum in southwest Ohio. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:09:59 -0400
Browne, Langer match record 64s in Greater Gwinnett
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) Olin Browne shot a tournament-record 8-under 64 to take the Greater Gwinnett Championship lead and still couldn't relax. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:05:58 -0400
Top Asian News at 11:00 p.m. GMT
FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (AP) A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a line of people waiting outside a bank Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 and wounding 125 in an assault the country's president blamed on the Islamic State group. The accusation by President Ashraf Ghani, following local media reporting the Islamic State group's Afghan affiliate claiming the attack, would mark a major escalation in the extremists' nascent campaign of violence in the country. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:02:57 -0400
Mathews wins interim WBA lightweight title
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Hometown fighter Derry Mathews won the interim WBA lightweight title after beating Tony Luis of Canada by unanimous decision at Echo Arena on Saturday. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:02:09 -0400
Castroneves earns pole at Long Beach with track record
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Helio Castroneves will start on the pole for the Grand Prix of Long Beach after setting a track record Saturday during qualifying. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:00:36 -0400
Finance officials see rising risks to economic recovery
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) World finance officials said Saturday they see a number of threats on the horizon for a global economy still clawing back from the deepest recession in seven decades, and a potential Greek debt default presents the most immediate risk.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:47:40 -0400
Boko Haram Cameroon attack toll rises to 19, 'many beheaded'
News ImageYaound (AFP) - Nineteen people were killed in Thursday night's attack on a Cameroonian village by Nigeria-based Boko Haram militants, a security source said in an updated toll, adding that most of the victims were beheaded. "The final toll from this attack is 19 dead, with a majority of the victims decapitated," a security source said Saturday on condition of anonymity. Security sources had previously said 10 civilians were killed in the cross-border raid on the village of Bia in Cameroon's Far North region. The attack comes after a regional military offensive -- which includes Cameroon -- has claimed a string of successes in their fightback against the Islamist militants in Nigeria in recent weeks.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:42:24 -0400
Swans, Crows unbeaten in Australian Rules
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Sydney Swans and Adelaide Crows had comfortable weekend wins to remain unbeaten in the Australian Football League after three rounds. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:06:58 -0400
California revises drought plan after pressure from cities
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California water regulators on Saturday revised a still-tentative drought plan by easing cuts for Los Angeles and San Diego and bumping up reduction targets in the areas that consume the most water. With the country's most populous state entering the fourth year of a devastating drought, Governor Jerry Brown has ordered an overall 25 percent cut in urban water use though the first statewide mandatory reductions in California's history. The plan, developed by the state's Water Resources Control Board, is scheduled to be approved in early May, but officials said more fine-tuning could take place before then. "We're not at the point where we can set a single target for everywhere in California, because climates are so different and because we're in an emergency," Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, said in a conference call with reporters. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:04:54 -0400
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