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French leader visits gas chamber to honor Nazi camp victims

 
‎26 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎05:12:24 PMGo to full article
PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande urged vigilance against resurgent anti-Semitism and racism, as he visited a former gas chamber Sunday to honor Jews, Gypsies and French resistance fighters who died in the only Nazi concentration camp on French soil.
 

Kazakhstan strongman Nazarbayev 'confident' of poll win as turnout hits 89%

 
‎26 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎05:11:20 PMGo to full article
An electoral commission official invites Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (L) to cast his ballot at a polling station in the capital Astana on April 26, 2015Kazakhstan's citizens turned out in force Sunday for a presidential poll almost certain to re-elect the 74-year-old strongman incumbent Nursultan Nazarbayev, who said he was confident of public backing for his campaign. The country's Central Election Commission said the turnout was 89.69 percent by 1200 GMT with polling set to continue until 1400 GMT. The marginalised opposition in the energy-rich former Soviet state has not put forward any candidates for the election and Nazarbayev is standing against two candidates widely seen as pro-government figures. Nazarbayev has ruled the Central Asian country since before the breakup of the USSR in 1991.
 
 

Kazakhstan goes to polls as president expected to win

 
‎26 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎05:05:08 PMGo to full article
Kazakhstan's President and the main presidential candidate Nursultan Nazarbayev speaks to journalists after voting at a poling station in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Voters in Kazakhstan turned out in abundance at polling stations Sunday for a presidential election guaranteed to overwhelmingly reconfirm the 74-year-old incumbent, who has ruled over the former Soviet republic for more than 25 years. (AP Photo/Alexei Filippov)ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Voters in oil-rich Kazakhstan turned out in abundance Sunday for a carefully choreographed presidential election intended to cement the rule of the incumbent, who has ruled over the former Soviet republic for more than 25 years.
 
 

Serbia seals deal with Abu Dhabi developer for controversial Belgrade makeover

 
‎26 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎04:14:48 PMGo to full article
By Ivana Sekularac BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia sealed an agreement with an Abu Dhabi investor on Sunday for a multi-billion-dollar, Dubai-style riverside development that has drawn fire from some Belgraders worried about the scale and cost of the project. Belgrade Waterfront marks the first foray into central and eastern Europe by developer Eagle Hills and Emirates real estate tycoon Mohamed Alabbar. Eagle Hills plans to spend $3 billion (2.8 billion euros) building a glass forest of hotels, office buildings and apartments for 14,000 people, the largest shopping mall in the Balkans and a curvaceous 200-metre tower on 2 million sq meters of wasteland by the River Sava. The conservative government of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says the project will put Belgrade on the map as unofficial 'capital' of the Balkans.
 

Ceremonies mark liberation of 2 Nazi camps 70 years ago

 
‎26 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎04:02:49 PMGo to full article
Survivor Maria Gniatczyk, German president Joachim Gauck and the Duke of Gloucester, front from left, listen to a survivor's speech during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Bergen, northern Germany, Sunday, April 26, 2015. More than 52,000 people died in the Nazi terror in Bergen-Belsen, among them the famous teenage diarist Anne Frank, until British troops liberated the camp in April 1945. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)BERLIN (AP) — Holocaust survivors and officials gathered Sunday at the memorial site of the former concentration camp Bergen-Belsen in northern Germany in a solemn ceremony to commemorate the liberation of the camp 70 years ago.
 
 

UN chief says no military solution to migrant crisis

 
‎26 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:22:55 PMGo to full article
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attends the opening ceremony of the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria at Bayan palace in Kuwait City, on March 31, 2015UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged Europe to refrain from resorting to a military solution to prevent a repeat of the shipwreck in the Mediterranean that left more than 750 migrants dead. Last weekend's tragedy off the Libyan coast has spurred the EU to plan a military mission against people smugglers, with the bloc's top diplomat Frederica Mogherini charged with obtaining UN approval for such a deployment.
 
 

Klitschko outpoints Jennings to defend heavyweight titles

 
‎26 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:34:21 AMGo to full article
Wladimir Klitschko, left, of Ukraine, fights Bryant Jennings during the second round a boxing match Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK (AP) — The champ returned to the Garden, and it sounded and felt like Kiev.
 
 

Over two tonnes of cocaine seized off Scotland

 
‎26 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎03:38:51 AMGo to full article
Nine men have been charged with drug trafficking after the British coastguard seized more than two tonnes of cocaine off the east coast of Scotland, acording to French and British officialsNine men have been charged with drug trafficking after the British coastguard seized more than two tonnes of cocaine off the east coast of Scotland, French and British officials said on Sunday. French customs shared "specific information allowing two ships from the Royal Navy and the British coastguards to board a tug 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Scotland carrying a very large quantity of cocaine, more than two tons" on Thursday, it said in a statement. The drugs were found when the HMS Somerset and Border Force cutter Valiant intercepted the Hamal, a 35-metre tugboat registered in the Marshall Islands and owned by a Ukrainian company. Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) said nine men aged between 26 and 63 would appear before an Aberdeen court on Monday charged with drug trafficking offences.
 
 

Like shale oil, solar power is shaking up global energy

 
‎26 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎03:02:14 AMGo to full article
By Henning Gloystein and Aaron Sheldrick SINGAPORE/TOKYO (Reuters) - One by one, Japan is turning off the lights at the giant oil-fired power plants that propelled it to the ranks of the world's top industrialized nations. With nuclear power in the doldrums after the Fukushima disaster, it's solar energy that is becoming the alternative. Solar power is set to become profitable in Japan as early as this quarter, according to the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF), freeing it from the need for government subsidies and making it the last of the G7 economies where the technology has become economically viable. Japan is now one of the world's four largest markets for solar panels and a large number of power plants are coming onstream, including two giant arrays over water in Kato City and a $1.1 billion solar farm being built on a salt field in Okayama, both west of Osaka.
 

Arsenal aim to redraw lines of Chelsea rivalry

 
‎26 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:48:55 AMGo to full article
Chelsea's John Terry (top) and Gary Cahill celebrate victory after the final whistle of their English Premier League match against Manchester United, at Stamford Bridge in London, on April 18, 2015Chelsea's trip to Arsenal on Sunday has been billed as a Premier League title decider, but in reality it is likely to have more of a bearing on next season. With 11 wins and two defeats since the turn of the year, Arsenal have amassed more points per game in 2015 than any other team in Europe's five major leagues, but still they trail Chelsea by 10 points. Chelsea will be champions if they beat Arsenal and win at Leicester City on Wednesday, but even though defeat on Sunday would probably only delay their coronation, it could herald the start of a north London revolt. Fixtures between Arsene Wenger's Arsenal and Jose Mourinho's Chelsea have traditionally represented a collision of competing ideologies, with Wenger the style-obsessed romantic and Mourinho the cold, hard pragmatist.
 
 

Quake triggers Everest avalanche, reports say 18 killed

 
‎26 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:02:11 AMGo to full article
By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An Indian army mountaineering team found 18 bodies on Mount Everest on Saturday, an army spokesman said, after a massive earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on the world's tallest mountain at the start of the main climbing season. Nepal's Tourism Ministry could only confirm 10 deaths, but spokesman Gyanendra Shrestha said the death toll could rise, and that the avalanche had buried part of the base camp. He died as a result of head injuries when the avalanche hit, according to a statement from the mountaineering company that had taken him to base camp."We pray too for all those who have lost their lives in one of the greatest tragedies ever to hit this Himalayan nation," Jagged Globe said.Tourism ministry officials estimated that at least 1,000 climbers, including about 400 foreigners, had been at base camp or on Everest when the earthquake struck. April is one of the most popular times to scale the 8,850-metre (29,035 foot) peak before rain and clouds cloak it at the end of May. Almost exactly a year ago, an avalanche killed 16 Nepali guides in what was the single deadliest day on the mountain.
 

Flights disrupted as Chile volcano spews more ash

 
‎26 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎12:44:45 AMGo to full article
Local residents walk along a street covered with ashes from the Calbuco volcano at La Ensenada, southern Chile, on April 25, 2015Ash from Chile's spewing Calbuco volcano threatened Saturday to spell travel misery in the region and beyond after it triggered the cancellation of domestic and international flights in several cities. A sleeping giant for more than 50 years, the volcano sprang to life in spectacular bursts of ash and lava Wednesday and Thursday, forcing 6,500 people living nearby to evacuate and blanketed southern Chile in suffocating volcanic debris. In the Chilean capital Santiago, domestic flights operated normally but some international flights were scrubbed. A handful of flights were scrapped at Montevideo's Carrasco International Airport, and authorities urged people to use face masks to avoid inhaling ash particles.
 
 

Democrats counter Obama on trade

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎11:15:43 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the Democratic Party's most vocal opponents of strengthening President Barack Obama's hand in trade deals are taking issue with his recent criticism and are calling on him to make public the draft text of a still incomplete deal with 11 other Pacific rim nations.
 

Inter beats Roma 2-1 with late strike; AC Milan loses

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎10:55:04 PMGo to full article
Inter Milan's Anderson Hernanes, second right, celebrates with his teammates Danilo D'Ambrosio, right, and Assane Gnoukouri after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Roma at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)ROME (AP) — Mauro Icardi scored in added time as Inter Milan beat visiting Roma 2-1 in Serie A on Saturday to signal a late charge for a spot in Europe.
 
 

Pro-Kremlin bikers ride for Berlin defying bans from Germany, Poland

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎10:01:59 PMGo to full article
Alexander Zaldostanov also known as "Khirurg" (The Surgeon), leader of the Night Wolves bikers' club, talks to media in Moscow on April 25, 2015, before starting a ride through EuropeDozens of bikers from pro-Kremlin gang the Night Wolves on Saturday set off on a ride to Berlin ahead of the anniversary of Soviet victory in World War II, despite Poland and Germany barring the riders. The bikers gathered Saturday morning in a Moscow suburb to launch the ride to Berlin, planned to retrace the 6,000-kilometre (3,730-mile) march of Soviet troops through Belarus, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria. The Night Wolves' long-haired, heavily tattooed leader Alexander Zaldostanov led a column of bikers waving red flags with portraits of Stalin and the wartime slogan "For the Motherland! For Stalin!" out of the gang's clubhouse in northwestern Moscow.
 
 

Italian navy rescues 274 from migrant ship off Libyan coast

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:57:54 PMGo to full article
AUGUSTA, Sicily (AP) — Italian authorities say they have rescued 274 migrants from a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean, while more than 300 rescued a day earlier arrived in a port in Sicily.
 

Migrant rescue mission must extend closer to Libya: Amnesty International

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:38:27 PMGo to full article
Migrants arrive at the Sicilian harbor of CataniaBy Gabriele Pileri CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) - European efforts to save the lives of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean must involve search and rescue operations near the shores of Libya, Amnesty International said on Saturday as hundreds more people arrived in Italy from North Africa. The European Union was shocked into action last week by a shipwreck that killed more than 700 people, and pledged to triple the budget of its sea mission which had replaced a more comprehensive Italian operation. "We only see that mission patrolling right around the borders of Italy.
 
 

For desperate migrants, shipwrecks a risk worth taking

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:11:33 PMGo to full article
Syrian refugee Fares al-Bashawat talks to journalists at a house in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on April 23, 2015Syrian refugee Fares al-Bashawat knows his two daughters may drown trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. His wife and two other daughters already reached Italy by boat, days after a shipwreck killed hundreds of other migrants. Bashawat, who says he was shot and tortured in Syria before the family escaped to Egypt, is planning to send two more of his children from the port city of Alexandria. Bashawat shows his 10-year-old son Nemr a photograph of the boy's mother and two of his sisters dining out in a restaurant in Italy.
 
 

Bayern beats Hertha to put Bundesliga title on ice

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:09:18 PMGo to full article
Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger, left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Hertha BSC at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)BERLIN (AP) — Bastian Schweinsteiger scored with 10 minutes remaining for Bayern Munich to beat Hertha Berlin 1-0 and move even closer to the Bundesliga title on Saturday.
 
 

Late Fernandinho strike sends Man City second

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:07:27 PMGo to full article
Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (R) vies with Aston Villa's Dutch midfielder Leandro Bacuna during the English Premier League football match in Manchester, north west England on April 25, 2015Fernandinho volleyed in an emphatic 89th-minute winner as Manchester City edged FA Cup finalists Aston Villa 3-2 on Saturday to reclaim second place in the Premier League table. A calamitous miskick by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan allowed Sergio Aguero to put City ahead in the third minute and Aleksandar Kolarov extended the hosts' lead with a 66th-minute free-kick. Tom Cleverley and Carlos Sanchez hit back for Villa, punishing errors by City goalkeeper Joe Hart in the 68th and 85th minutes, only for Fernandinho to claim victory with a back-post finish from Kolarov's left-wing corner.
 
 

Europe's police crack massive horsemeat trafficking ring

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎08:29:36 PMGo to full article
A sample of a meat product is seen in a laboratory to be DNA-tested on February 19, 2013 in BerlinPolice from seven European countries detained 26 people in a crackdown on a horsemeat trafficking ring two years after a tainted meat scandal that rocked the continent, the EU's judicial agency Eurojust said Saturday. The operation involved officers and the judiciary in France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Britain, the European Union agency said. Eurojust did not say where the 26 suspects were arrested but the Dutch public prosecutor's office said three were arrested in the Netherlands.
 
 

Italy marks 70th anniversary of anti-Nazi uprising

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎08:09:32 PMGo to full article
Italian partisans Ivo Maggi, left, and Sante Merenna attend a ceremony to celebrate the liberation day in Rome, Saturday, April 25, 2015. Italy on Saturday celebrated the 70th anniversary of a partisan uprising against the Nazis and their Fascist allies at the end of World War II. The anniversary marks the day in 1945 when the Italian resistance movement proclaimed an insurgency as the Allies were pushing German forces out of the peninsula. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME (AP) — Italy on Saturday celebrated the 70th anniversary of a partisan uprising against the Nazis and their Fascist allies near the end of World War II.
 
 

Russian bikers begin run despite Polish entry ban

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎05:39:13 PMGo to full article
A group of Russian bikers rides leaving Moscow, Saturday, April 25, 2015, as they begin run to Germany to mark the 70th anniversary of Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. Riders from a Russian nationalist motorcycle group have begun their run commemorating the Red Army's offensive against Nazi Germany, despite Poland's announcement that it would refuse to let them in the country. About 20 bikers including members of the Night Wolves group set off from Moscow Saturday, with the aim of crossing into Poland before eventually reaching Berlin on May 9. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW (AP) — Riders from a Russian nationalist motorcycle group on Saturday began their run commemorating the Red Army's offensive against Nazi Germany, despite Poland's announcement that it would refuse to let them into the country.
 
 

Eurozone express hopes that Greek criticism will bear fruit

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:11:31 PMGo to full article
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks at the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Union in Riga, Latvia on Friday, April 24, 2015. Greece's finance minister came under fire Friday from his peers in the 19-country eurozone for failing to come up with a comprehensive list of economic reforms that are needed if the country is to get vital loans to avoid going bankrupt. (Dmitris Sulzics/F64 Photo Agency via AP)RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Greece's European creditors sought to douse talk that they are making plans for a potential Greek exit from the euro and expressed hope Saturday that recent criticism may prompt the country to push ahead with an economic reform plan needed to unlock rescue loans.
 
 

Europe pushes Greece in bogged down debt talks

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎05:32:21 AMGo to full article
Two people draped in a Greek flag stage a protest in front of the chancellery in Berlin prior to a meeting of the leaders of Greece and Germany on March 23, 2015European ministers heaped pressure on Greece to speed up negotiations to unblock critically needed bailout funds and avert a dangerous default, showing frustration after months of bogged down talks. The eurozone's 19 finance ministers ended a meeting in Riga without a breakthrough to unlock 7.2 billion euros ($7.8 billion) in bailout cash, with the threat of a messy exit by Greece from the euro still hanging in the balance. "It was a very critical discussion," said Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem after the talks ended, with eurozone ministers angry at the lack of progress as a hefty payment of 200 million euros to the IMF stands due on May 1. Athens is fast running out of money to pay its creditors and carry out everyday government duties, raising the risk of a default as a long series of huge loan repayments to the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank approach.
 
 

Armenia marks emotional centenary of Ottoman massacres

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎05:24:33 AMGo to full article
People take part in a torchlight procession in Yerevan on April 24, 2015 marking the centenary of the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forcesThe leaders of France and Russia joined ceremonies marking the centenary of the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces, a hugely emotional event that remains a diplomatic minefield. During a commemoration at a hilltop memorial in the Armenian capital Yerevan, French President Francois Hollande urged modern day Turkey to recognise the massacre as genocide, saying he bowed in memory of the victims. "Important words have already been said in Turkey, but others are still expected, so that shared grief can become shared destiny," Hollande told an audience that also included the leaders of Cyprus and Serbia and delegates from some 60 countries. President Vladimir Putin said Russia stood shoulder to shoulder with ex-Soviet Armenia, one of Moscow's closest allies.
 
 

Young calls for rousing finish from Man United

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:52:41 AMGo to full article
Manchester United's Juan Mata (L) celebrates with teammate Ashley Young after scoring a goal during their English Premier League match against Manchester City, at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on April 12, 2015Ashley Young says Manchester United will aim to secure second spot in the Premier League with five "cup final" displays in their remaining fixtures. United are a point behind second-placed Arsenal, who have played one match fewer, but Young is confident Louis van Gaal's third placed side can overtake the Gunners and finish as runners-up behind likely champions Chelsea. "Everybody is confident in the team that we can finish as high as we can," Young said ahead of United's trip to Everton on Sunday.
 
 

Europe migrant military mission faces rough seas ahead

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:19 AMGo to full article
Rescued migrants arrive in Catania, Italy, on April 20, 2015The Mediterranean's worst migrant shipwreck has spurred the EU to plan a military mission against people smugglers, but it will be hard to implement and risks reinforcing the image of an uncaring "Fortress Europe". After more than 700 people drowned in last weekend's tragedy off the Libyan coast, European leaders agreed at a special crisis summit on Thursday to take a series of steps to tackle the problem. "No matter how far beyond the Mediterranean the EU expands 'Fortress Europe', it will never stop people from risking their lives to enter Europe if the root causes of their situation are not tackled," Caritas said in a statement Friday. Over it all hangs the spectre of the NATO air war that toppled Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in 2011 -- which some in Europe blame for the chaos and political vacuum that has led to the flood of Mediterranean migrants.
 
 

Former Polish foreign minister Bartoszewski dies at 93

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:11:34 AMGo to full article
Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, left; Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former foreign minister; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, pose while visiting an exhibition commemorating Polish-German reconciliation, in Krzyzowa, Poland, Thursday Nov. 20, 2014. Bartoszewski died on Friday, April 24, 2015 at age 93. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former Auschwitz prisoner and member of Poland's underground World War II resistance who helped save Jews and later served twice as the country's foreign minister, died Friday in Warsaw. He was 93.
 
 

Chill in the air as Arctic nations meet

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:04:13 AMGo to full article
The giant jawbones of bullwhale guard the entrance to the original Inuit village of Iqaluit northeastern Canada, on April 24, 2015Arctic nations warned Friday of the dangers facing the environment and the peoples of the remote region, as it now also becomes a new flashpoint in global tensions with Russia. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as everywhere else on the globe and US officials last month said the Arctic sea ice had reached its lowest winter point since satellite observations began in the late 1970s. "One of the biggest challenges everybody has talked about today is climate change. The numbers are alarming -- and that's putting it mildly," US Secretary of State John Kerry told ministers as the United States took over from Canada as the chairman of the Arctic Council.
 
 

Angelina Jolie criticizes UN failures on Syria crisis

 
‎25 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎12:35:12 AMGo to full article
Actress Angelina Jolie seen in Khanke, Iraq, on January 25, 2015, criticized the UN Security Council's failure to end the war in Syria, as she appealed for urgent help for the growing ranks of Syrian refugeesActress Angelina Jolie on Friday criticized the UN Security Council's failure to end the war in Syria, as she appealed for urgent help for the growing ranks of Syrian refugees. The Hollywood star spoke at the council in her role as special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, which has seen her visit camps hosting victims of the Syrian crisis 11 times. "The purpose of the UN is to prevent and end conflict, to bring countries together, to find diplomatic solutions and to save lives," said Jolie, dressed in a white blazer. She fumed at the stalemate, as ambassadors and ministers gathered for a debate on the humanitarian crisis tearing the country apart.
 
 

Kazakh elections Sunday set to extend Nazarbayev's rule

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎11:41:52 PMGo to full article
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (C) greets his supporters during a celebration rally in Astana on April 4, 2011Citizens in energy-rich Kazakhstan will head to the polls Sunday for early elections almost certain to extend the quarter-century rule of incumbent 74-year-old President Nursultan Nazarbayev by another five years. Few doubt that the snap vote - which takes place amid economic uncertainty connected to low oil prices and the weakened ruble in neighbouring Russia - will reconfirm Nazarbayev's mandate to rule the country he has controlled with limited opposition since before independence. His marginalised opponents have not offered any candidates for the vote but Nazarbayev will face two other candidates, both of whom are widely seen as pro-government figures. While Nazarbayev's posters and billboards are "visible throughout the country," "almost no campaign materials have been observed for the other two candidates," the OSCE said.
 
 

Italian judge keeps migrant disaster ship skipper behind bars

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎11:27:38 PMGo to full article
Tunisian captain Mohammed Ali Malek (2nd L) and a man identified as Mahmud Bikhit (2nd R), another survivor and understood to be a crew member of the boat, stand onboard an Italian Coast Guard vessel in Senglea, Malta, April 20, 2015The Tunisian captain of a migrant boat in which at least 700 people drowned is to remain behind bars as an Italian judge continues his inquiry into the deadly disaster. A judge in the Sicilian city of Catania on Friday ruled that Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, should be kept in detention along with his alleged deputy, Syrian national Mahmud Bikhit, who is 25. The 20-metre (66-foot) former fishing boat Malek was in charge of capsized and sank off Libya in the early hours of Sunday after a collision with a container ship that had answered a distress call. Prosecutors also want him to be charged with illegal confinement on the basis of testimony from survivors that hundreds of those on board were locked into either the hold or a lower deck.
 
 

Mylan makes official bid for Perrigo in generic drug contest

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎11:03:37 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — Generic drugmaker Mylan is making official its offer for over-the-counter medicines maker Perrigo as it remains at the center of a three-way battle: Mylan wants to buy Perrigo, while a larger rival wants to buy Mylan.
 

Bulgaria is EU's other migrant pressure point

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎10:48:53 PMGo to full article
International volunteers interact with Syrian children at the refugee camp near Harmanli, Bulgaria on April 22, 2015Braving the Mediterranean may be the main route for refugees into Europe, but large numbers are also trying their luck via a treacherous land journey through Turkey into Bulgaria, the EU's poorest country. At Bulgaria's main Harmanli refugee camp, 1,600 men, women and children -- mostly fleeing Syria's civil war -- are already packed like sardines into former military barracks dreaming of a safe new life in Europe. "First we passed the border between Syria and Turkey. After that we passed the border between Turkey and Bulgaria," one of them, Muhamad Ali Al-Ismail, 29, from Kobane in Syria, told AFP in a recent visit.
 
 

Chile volcano belches more smoke after twin eruptions

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎10:36:42 PMGo to full article
A man cleans the roof of a house in La Ensenada, Chile, with the Calbuco volcano in the background, April 24, 2015A large column of smoke streamed from Chile's Calbuco volcano Friday, prompting new warnings that it could erupt again after unexpectedly roaring back to life and forcing thousands to evacuate. As thick plumes of pale gray smoke began to billow again from the volcano's crater, the National Geology and Mines Service issued new warnings that a third eruption could follow the spectacular bursts of ash and lava that sent southern Chile into panic late Wednesday and early Thursday. Authorities ordered the preventive evacuation of some 2,000 people from three more towns at risk of flooding from snow and ice melting high in the mountains due to the volcano's heat, bringing the total number of evacuees to around 6,500.
 
 

Klitschko back in US, meets unbeaten heavyweight Jennings

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎10:15:38 PMGo to full article
Boxer Wladimir Klitschko speaks after working out Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in New York. Klitschko is scheduled to defend his heavyweight titles against Bryant Jennings on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK (AP) — It's difficult to tell if Wladimir Klitschko has a tougher time holding up all his championship belts or defending them in the ring.
 
 

Leaders pay tribute to Gallipoli fallen on centenary

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:44:39 PMGo to full article
A picture of Captain Herbert Hunter from 7th Australian Infinity is seen on a wall at the Helles Memorial prior a memorial service marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Gallipoli in Canakkale, on April 24, 2015Turkey and the former World War I Commonwealth foes of the Ottoman Empire on Friday joined together to honour the tens of thousands killed at the Battle of Gallipoli 100 years ago in one of the most futile yet emblematic campaigns of the conflict. The ceremonies were being held the same day as centenary commemorations for the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire with several world leaders opting to attend the events in Yerevan instead as history cast a dark shadow. The Battle of Gallipoli ended with up to half a million casualties and achieved little. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a ceremony at the memorial for Ottoman troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula that the world needed a message of peace "more than ever" in the 21st century.
 
 

Hungary to seek public's views on immigration

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:35:00 PMGo to full article
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives at the European Council headquarters for an extraordinary summit of European leaders to deal with a worsening migration crisis, on April 23, 2015 in BrusselsHungary's government said Friday it will seek the public's views on immigration, including on whether asylum-seekers should be made to work, as Prime Minister Viktor Orban called existing EU rules "stupid". "People will be asked (by questionnaire) whether they agree that illegal border-crossers should be taken into custody, or whether they should be deported immediately," government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said. Around eight million people in 10-million-strong Hungary, which receives the second-highest number of asylum applicants by size of population in the EU, will be sent the "public consultation" in May. Since 2013, the central European country -- part of Europe's visa-free Schengen zone -- has seen a sharp rise in numbers of asylum-seekers, most arriving at its southern border with non-EU member Serbia.
 
 

Venezuela accuses former transit minister of corruption

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:27:36 PMGo to full article
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A former transportation minister confirmed in an interview released Friday that Venezuelan officials have filed a corruption complaint against him.
 

Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎11:32:40 AMGo to full article
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has expressed "shock and sorrow" over the inadvertent deaths of an American and an Italian hostage held by al-Qaida in a U.S. drone strike in January near the Afghan border. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended Pakistan's condolences in a statement Friday, saying the deaths of hostages Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto underline the "risk and unintended consequences of the use of this technology that Pakistan has been highlighting for a long time."
 

U.N. welcomes EU migrant plan, says test is whether lives saved

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎11:26:38 AMGo to full article
The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday the European Union's plan to triple its naval search mission in the Mediterranean for migrants was an "important first step towards collective European action". In a statement issued in Geneva, the UNHCR called on the EU to focus on saving lives and facilitating access to protection in Europe through other legal channels. "Ultimately the test will be whether we see reduction in lives lost, effective access to protection in Europe without having to cross the Mediterranean, and an effective Common European Asylum System, which truly lives up to its commitments of solidarity and responsibility-sharing," the agency said, a day after EU leaders agreed the plan in Brussels.
 

Police: 14 migrants killed by train in Macedonia

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎11:22:28 AMGo to full article
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Fourteen migrants believed to be from Afghanistan and Somalia who were heading north toward the European Union were killed by an express train as they walked along tracks in central Macedonia at night, police said Friday.
 

Armenians mark 100 years since Ottoman massacres

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎11:14:50 AMGo to full article
Armenia's President Serzh Sarkisian arrives for the commemoration ceremony for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan on April 24, 2015Armenians on Friday marked the centenary of the massacre of up to 1.5 million of their people by Ottoman forces as tensions mounted over Turkey's refusal to recognise the killings as genocide. In the capital Yerevan, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian and first lady Rita Sarkisian laid a wreath at a hilltop memorial at the start of a solemn ceremony commemorating the mass killings that began in 1915. French President Francois Hollande and Russia's Vladimir Putin, who are among a handful of world leaders to visit for the anniversary, then joined the ceremony.
 
 

Italian police stage raids on group linked to suspected Pakistan plot

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎11:13:47 AMGo to full article
By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Italian police said on Friday they were staging a "vast anti-terrorism" operation against an armed organization inspired by al Qaeda whose members were ready to carry out attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Some had been arrested in Italy, including of the group's suspected spiritual leader, but others were believed to have left the country. The group had "an abundant amount of weapons and numerous faithful willing to carry out acts of terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan before returning to Italy," police said in one of a series of statements. Police wiretaps had determined that two people among the 18 targeted by arrest warrants were suspected of being part of a group that had protected al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. special forces at his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan in 2011, a statement said.
 

Fourteen migrants killed in Macedonia, hit by train in canyon

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:49:46 AMGo to full article
By Kole Casule SKOPJE (Reuters) - Fourteen migrants were hit by a train and killed in central Macedonia late on Thursday as they walked through a canyon along an increasingly well-trodden Balkan route for migrants trying to reach western Europe. Macedonia's state prosecutor said that from interviewing survivors it appeared most of the group were from Somalia and Afghanistan. Migrants fleeing war, poverty and repression in the Middle East and Africa are increasingly turning to the Balkans as a land route to western Europe, longer but deemed safer than trying by boat across the Mediterranean. Up to 900 went down on a single boat on Sunday off the coast of Libya, a major staging point for migrants heading for Europe.
 

Armenians to mark 100 years since Ottoman massacre

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎08:33:47 AMGo to full article
Candles are placed on the ground to read 1915 as people hold a vigal outside a church service in Berlin on April 23, 2015 commemorating the centenary of the massacre of 1,5 million Armenians by Ottoman forcesArmenians worldwide will mark the centenary of an Ottoman massacre of up to 1.5 million of their people on Friday, as tensions over Turkey's refusal to recognise the killings as genocide reach boiling point. In a procession to a hilltop memorial in the capital Yerevan, Armenians will carry candles and flowers to lay at an eternal flame, as members of the diaspora that fled as a result of the slaughter commemorate the sombre anniversary in cities thousands of miles away. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Francois Hollande are expected to be among a handful of leaders to travel to Armenia for the commemorations, but others are shying away for fear of upsetting Ankara. In an unusual ceremony on Thursday, the Armenian Church conferred sainthood on those massacred by Ottoman forces a century ago, in what was believed to be the biggest canonisation service in history.
 
 

After rescue, a long, agonizing wait for migrants in Italy

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎08:07:59 AMGo to full article
Silla Zelia, 23, an asylum seeker from Ivory Coast, watches a soccer match at the Mineo center, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Sicily, Italy. The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that more than 800 people were believed to have drowned in the weekend sinking of a boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe, making it the deadliest such disaster in the Mediterranean. Survivors of the shipwreck were taken to Mineo, the largest center in Sicily, hosting nearly 4,000 people. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)MINEO, Sicily (AP) — Silla Zelia, a 23-year-old from Ivory Coast, is stuck in Italy's largest migrant center with nowhere to go after her asylum application was twice rejected and she lost contact with her family in Abidjan.
 
 

Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:32:41 AMGo to full article
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Filipino maid facing the death penalty after being convicted of drug trafficking was moved Friday to an island prison in Indonesia where the execution will take place. An armored personnel carrier and a car were seen arriving at a port Friday for the short trip to Nusakambangan island, and prison officials said Mary Jane Veloso was inside the car. Tony Spontana, a spokesman for the Indonesian attorney general, confirmed that Veloso had been moved.
 

China, Japan stocks fall on data, Nasdaq boosts some markets

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎05:25:39 AMGo to full article
Market data is displayed on the screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The Nasdaq composite has closed at a record high for the first time since the dot-com bubble of 2000. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and Japanese stocks fell Friday on weaker global manufacturing data while other Asian benchmarks rose after the U.S. Nasdaq index hit a new high.
 
 

EU leaders commit ships, aid to address migrant crisis

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:05:32 AMGo to full article
The moment of the blessing of the coffins during a funeral service for 24 migrants drowned while trying to reach the Southern coasts of Italy, in Msida, in the outskirts of Valletta, Malta, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The migrants died as a smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off the coast of Libya on Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)BRUSSELS (AP) — Late to the rescue, European leaders came through Thursday with pledges of big ships, aircraft and a tripling in funds to save lives in the Mediterranean after the deaths at sea of more than 1,300 migrants over the past three weeks, and agreed to lay the groundwork for military action against traffickers.
 
 

Shocked by drowned migrants, Europe restores rescue mission

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎12:55:42 AMGo to full article
Migrants arrive at the Sicilian harbor of AugustaBy Alastair Macdonald and Philip Pullella BRUSSELS/ROME (Reuters) - Four days after up to 900 desperate people drowned trying to reach Europe from Libya, EU leaders agreed on Thursday to triple its naval search mission in the Mediterranean, restoring its funding to last year's level. Critics called it a face-saving operation that did not go far enough to emulate an Italian rescue mission abandoned six months ago for want of EU support. Countries, including Britain which will send the Royal Navy's helicopter-carrying flagship, pledged aircraft and boats to Operation Triton, an EU frontier operation off Italy.
 
 

EU leaders seek UN clearance for operation against migrant smugglers

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎12:34:52 AMGo to full article
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the European Council headquarters for an extraordinary summit of European leaders to deal with a worsening migration crisis, on April 23, 2015 in BrusselsBritain and France agreed Thursday to seek UN approval for an EU military operation against people smugglers, in a bid to curb the soaring number of migrants dying as they seek a better life in Europe. At crisis talks in Brussels, EU leaders also decided to triple funds for the bloc's maritime search and rescue operation, as horrific details continued to emerge of last weekend's shipwreck that saw hundreds drown in the Mediterranean's worst migrant disaster.
 
 

India to host Afghan leader, seeks to regain ground lost to China, Pakistan

 
‎24 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎12:03:27 AMGo to full article
India's PM Modi speaks as Afghanistan's President Ghani watches during the opening session of 18th SAARC summit in KathmanduBy Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes his first official visit to India next week, it will be a chance for New Delhi to regain ground lost to regional rivals Pakistan and China and push interests including trade routes and arms sales. More than his predecessor Hamid Karzai, Ghani has reached out to neighboring Pakistan to help negotiate a settlement with Taliban insurgents and to China to add clout to the fragile peace process as well as to invest in the Afghan economy. China's emerging role in Afghanistan, and its announcement this week of $46 billion of investment in India's neighbor and nuclear-armed rival Pakistan, have heightened the sense that India could lose influence in South Asia, experts said.
 
 

Merkel: must prevent Greece running out of cash before deal

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎11:43:48 PMGo to full article
German Chancellor Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Tsipras go to shake hands after addressing news conference in BerlinBy Paul Taylor BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday everything must be done to prevent Greece running out of money before it reaches a cash-for-reform deal with its international creditors, amid heightened concern that Athens is nearing the brink. Merkel, Europe's pre-eminent leader, was speaking after a meeting she called "constructive" with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the sidelines of a European Union summit in Brussels. Asked how great the risk was of Athens running out of cash before any agreement was reached with its official lenders, she told a news conference: "Everything must be undertaken to prevent that." Tsipras told reporters they had noted significant progress had been made in the negotiations and added: "We have covered a large part of the distance." He said he was very optimistic and that they had moved closer to a deal on an economic reform program that would unlock frozen bailout funds.
 
 

Europe's asset offers to save migrant lives in the Med

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎11:42:51 PMGo to full article
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders pledged Thursday to double the size of the EU's Mediterranean border operation Triton, tripling its budget and offering ships and aircraft to try to halt the migrant deaths.
 

Murder and abuse before deadly migrant crossing

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎10:59:38 PMGo to full article
By James Mackenzie CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) - Italian investigators are piecing together a picture of beatings and abuse that hundreds of Africans and Bangladeshis suffered before setting sail from Libya to Italy, only to drown late on Saturday in one of the worst migrant shipwrecks ever in the Mediterranean. One man was killed when he stood up on a rubber dinghy without permission, the prosecutors said. More than 700 people, most locked into the hold and lower deck of a 20-metre-long fishing boat, are believed to have drowned instantly when the overloaded vessel capsized after colliding with a Portuguese merchant ship coming to its aid some 70 nautical miles off the coast of Libya.
 

Strong dollar squeezes company earnings

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎10:57:28 PMGo to full article
FDILE - In this April 21, 2008 file photo, a customer takes a bottle of Pepsi from a display at T & P Grocery in Hosford, Fla. Big companies of all stripes said their quarters would have been much better if it weren’t for the rising dollar. This week, April 23, 2015, the snack and beverage company behind Doritos and Pepsi blamed currency swings for falling revenue during the quarter. It now expects the dollar to knock 11 percentage points off its earnings per share in 2015, up from its previous forecast of 7 percentage points. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)NEW YORK (AP) — Procter & Gamble and Facebook seem to have nothing in common. One deals in razors and toothpaste, the other in "likes," self-promotion and embarrassing family photos. But this week, they shared the same problem: the strong dollar took a cut of their quarterly sales.
 
 

Hollande says France to seek UN resolution to destroy migrant boats

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎10:17:31 PMGo to full article
French President Francois Hollande addresses a press conference after an emergency European leaders meeting to discuss Europe's response to the Mediterranean migrants crisis at the European Council in Brussels, April 23, 2015Brussels (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande said Thursday he will seek a UN resolution authorising the EU to destroy boats used by traffickers to send thousands of migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe.
 
 

Armenian Church makes saints of 1.5 million genocide victims

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:54:19 PMGo to full article
Worshippers take part in the canonisation ceremony for Armenians massacred by Ottoman forces a century ago, April 23, 2015 in Echmiadzin, outside YerevanThe Armenian Church on Thursday conferred sainthood on some 1.5 million Armenians massacred by Ottoman forces a century ago, as tensions raged over Turkey's refusal to recognise the killings as genocide. The ceremony, which is believed to be the biggest canonisation service in history, came ahead of commemorations expected to see millions of people including heads of state on Friday mark 100 years since the start of the killings. The two-hour ceremony outside Armenia's main cathedral, Echmiadzin, close to the capital Yerevan, ended at 7:15 pm local time, or 19:15 according to the 24-hour clock (1515 GMT), to symbolise the year when the massacres started during World War I. "During the dire years of the genocide of the Armenians, millions of our people were uprooted and massacred in a premeditated manner, passed through fire and sword, tasted the bitter fruits of torture and sorrow," Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, said at the ceremony.
 
 

Greek finance minister tells magazine: Grexit no bluff if more austerity imposed

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:39:19 PMGo to full article
The risk that Greece would have to leave the euro if it has to accept more austerity is no bluff, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis told a French magazine, saying that no one could predict what the consequences of such an exit would be. When I say that we'll end up leaving the euro, if we have to accept more unsustainable austerity, this is no bluff," Varoufakis is quoted as saying. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for a speeding up of work to conclude a reform-for-cash deal with euro zone creditors to keep his country afloat after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday. The Greek government has insisted it will remain a euro zone member, and its currency bloc partners have said they want it to stay.
 

Greece may ask Europe to buy bonds to pay for redemptions: paper

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:39:19 PMGo to full article
Greece is considering asking the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) to buy Greek government bonds held by the European Central Bank (ECB) to pay for debt redemptions this summer, newspaper Kathimerini reported on Thursday. Shut out of bond markets and fast running out of cash, Greece faces big redemptions to the ECB, 4.18 billion euros ($4.46 billion) in July and 3.38 billion in August, as remaining bailout money remains locked until it agrees with creditors on reforms. "The aim of the government's plan is to have the ESM buy the bonds and reach a deal to repay them further out in time, as is the case with loans from the EFSF (European Financial Stability Facility)," the paper said without citing sources. To receive some 7.2 billion euros of remaining bailout cash, Athens must agree a reforms' program with the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the ECB.
 

FIFA rejects lawmakers' call to re-run Qatar World Cup vote

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:30:38 PMGo to full article
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has rejected a call by European lawmakers to re-run the vote which chose Qatar as 2022 World Cup host.
 

Rubber dinghies, old fishing boats feed Europe migrant rush

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:22:43 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this file photo taken on Feb. 13, 2011, a boatload of would-be migrants believed to be from North Africa is seen moments before being rescued by the Italian Coast Guard in the waters off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, Italy. Large and barely seaworthy wooden fishing boats carrying loads of many more paying migrants are so highly valued by Libyan smugglers that armed men recently showed up in speedboats to recover them for reuse after migrants were saved by the European Union's Frontex border patrol mission. As the number of migrants heading to Europe soars, the boats that get them there are the smuggler's key commodity - one that's incredibly difficult for authorities to prevent them from obtaining. (AP Photo/Daniele La Monaca, File)MADRID (AP) — The hottest commodity in the saga of migrants risking death to reach European shores: decrepit wooden fishing boats. And Italy is asking the United States to supply drones that can identify them before they're packed with refugees and sent across the Mediterranean.
 
 

'Never again' says Med boat survivor recalling horror journey

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:19:42 PMGo to full article
Gode Mosle (pseudonym), 22, a photo technician from Damascus, is pictured on April 23, 2015 in Vaellingby near StockholmGode Mosle, a photo technician from Damascus, shudders when he looks back on his terrifying journey on board a smuggler's trawler from a Libyan port across the Mediterranean into Europe. Mosle doesn't believe EU proposals to destroys smugglers' boats or push them back to land will succeed, so long as people are fleeing terrible conflicts and poverty.
 
 

U.N. expert says secret trade deals threaten human rights

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎09:03:42 PMGo to full article
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Secret negotiations on international trade deals threaten human rights, an independent United Nations expert said on Thursday in comments that appeared aimed at agreements the United States is seeking with the European Union and Pacific nations. In a statement, Cuban-born U.S. lawyer Alfred de Zayas voiced particular concern about provisions that allow companies to sue states. “I am concerned about the secrecy surrounding negotiations for trade treaties, which have excluded key stakeholder groups from the process, including labor unions, environmental protection groups, food-safety movements and health professionals," said De Zayas, who is U.N. special rapporteur on promotion of a democratic and equitable international order. The United States, Japan and 10 other countries are racing to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would cut trade barriers and harmonize standards covering two-fifths of the world economy and a third of global trade.
 

Kiev to ask EU to send experts to eastern Ukraine

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎08:59:46 PMGo to full article
By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine will ask the European Union next Monday to send experts to eastern Ukraine to carry out missions ranging from removing mines to training police, its ambassador in Brussels said on Thursday. Kostiantyn Yelisieiev said Ukraine would raise the issue at a Kiev summit between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk. "We are of the view it is high time to go from theoretical debates to practical discussion," he told reporters, adding that Ukraine would suggest the EU send an assessment mission to eastern Ukraine to look into a possible EU role.
 

Clegg: Human rights issues not overshadowing European Games

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎08:32:23 PMGo to full article
LONDON (AP) — With 50 days left until the opening ceremony, the head of the inaugural European Games in Baku said there is still "a huge amount" of work to be done to be ready on time for an event that continues to be dogged by human rights issues in Azerbaijan.
 

Germany orders intelligence agency to fix flaws in operations

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎08:29:03 PMGo to full article
The German government has ordered its foreign intelligence agency to address flaws in some of its operations, after Der Spiegel reported that agency officials indirectly helped U.S. agencies spy on European firms such as defense manufacturer Airbus. Surveillance is a sensitive issue in Germany, after its experience of abuse by the Gestapo under the Nazis and by the Stasi in Communist East Germany during the Cold War years. "The chancellery has identified technical and organizational shortcomings at the BND," government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement, without elaborating. BND officials provided intelligence data in up to 40,000 instances after U.S. requests, the report said, adding that one of the NSA targets was the Franco-German aerospace company EADS, which renamed itself Airbus Group last year.
 

Malta holds funeral for migrant shipwreck victims

 
‎23 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎08:05:51 PMGo to full article
Maltese soldiers hold coffins during the funeral ceremony of 24 migrants who died after a fishing boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast, at Mater Dei Hospital in Malta on April 23, 2015Malta on Thursday honoured the memory of the estimated 800 people who perished in the Mediterranean's worst migrant disaster with a poignant inter-faith funeral service for 24 of them. The bodies of the unidentified victims, 20 men and four male teenagers, were taken to Malta after being recovered along with 28 survivors from the waters off Libya where the boat capsized in the early hours of Sunday. The 45-minute inter-faith service was led by the Bishop of Gozo, Mario Grech, and Imam Mohammed El Sadi.

 

 
 
 

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Join Gordon Robertson as he travels to Vienna, Austria, to explore the first attempt by the Islamic Ottoman Empire to invade the city of Vienna. With prayer and creativity, the city’s outnumbered Christian army defeated the vast Ottoman forces at the height of their power and singlehandedly stopped the march of Islam through Europe.

 

 

 

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Death of Discernment Intro - Ron Matsen

In this segment, Ron Matsen discusses signs of the end times. This segment comes from the "Death of Deiscernment" briefing pack published by Koinon...

Of all the end-time themes discussed in the Bible—such as global disasters (Mt 24), the rise of the global super-state, the identity of the Antichrist, the mark of the beast, and the Magog invasion (Ezek 38-39)—“deception and apostasy in the church” is listed more times than any other end-time “sign of the times.”

Are we currently living in the Age of Apostasy? Ron Matsen explores the evidence and causes of apostasy and provides an antidote for apostasy in this timely study
 

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Are we now IN the Age of Apostasy?
 
Indicators of Decline
• Church Attendance: Church attendance in Eng­land as a percentage of the population (both Protestant and Catholics are included in these figures):
1970 13.3%
1980 11.1%
1990 9.4%
2000 7.2%
2010 5.3%
• Decline in Biblical Literacy: In England, The Portsmouth News, 13 April 2001, asked 50 members of church clergy about their congregation’s beliefs: 48% “Did not believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus” and 60% “believed that the spirit of Easter had been lost in favour of bunnies and Easter eggs.”
Cause for this Decline?
We will examine three causes—all three have an ex­ample in the history of Israel.
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4

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Dr. Chuck Missler, an internationally known business executive, outlines our current economic predicament and defensive steps you can take to lessen the impact of the impending economic crisis. As a Bible teacher for over 30 years with a ministry reaching over 40 countries, Chuck shares some key strategies to prepare yourself spiritually and practically.

Is the World facing another major economic upheaval?

What is the best strategy to protect your family in times of economic uncertainty?

The Church has enjoyed a relatively peaceful existence in the West for a few centuries but the with the coming persecution, how do we go about organizing home study and home-church?

Soul Survival – Keeping your “lamp full” during the hard times ahead.

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"I know thy works, and tribulation and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
The most wealthy bloodline in the world bar none and the leader of the Ashkenazi Jews in the world today is the Rothschild family.  As you will see in the timeline, the Rothschilds have obtained this position through lies, manipulation and murder.  Their bloodline also extends into the Royal Families of Europe, and the following family names:  Astor; Bundy; Collins; duPont; Freeman; Kennedy; Morgan; Oppenheimer; Rockefeller; Sassoon; Schiff; Taft; and Van Duyn.

 

 

 

 

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