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7 minutes ago // UPI

world Report: Worldwide executions down, death sentences up

Ed AdamczykLONDON, April 1 UPI -- The number of executions globally declined in 2014 but death sentences increased, a report by rights advocates Amnesty International said.

8 minutes ago // VOA

world Top 5 Songs for Week Ending April 4

Here are the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending April 4, 2015. There's no clever way to say it: nothing changes this week! We begin in 5th place where Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney settle in with FourFiveSeconds. Last week, Rihanna released a new song; its expected to turn up on her eighth studio album, sometime later this year. Rihanna also voices one of the lead characters in the animated film Homewhich top

9 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Thailand Lifts Martial Law

Thailand lifted martial law nearly a year after a coup, but the military-installed government will retain sweeping security powers that give the prime minister deep control over the Southeast Asian kingdom.

9 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Andrew Getty suffered long-term health problems, police say

Andrew Getty, an heir to the billion-dollar Getty oil fortune, was suffering from long-term health problems at the time of his death Tuesday, authoritiestold The Times.

9 minutes ago // CBS

world "Abandoned" South Korean adoptee faces deportation from U.S.

Abused by adoptive family as a child, 39-year-old father Adam Crapser could be further punished by an immigration policy

10 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world 10 Ebola cases found during Sierra Leone's shutdown

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone Sierra Leone says it found 10 new Ebola cases during a three-day countrywide shutdown and an official says the West African nation is now at the "tail end" of the epidemic.Alfred Palo Conteh, head of the country's Ebola response, said Wednesday that hundreds of sick people were identified during the door-to-door operation that also aimed to remind people how to prevent Ebola. But only 10 of those people eventually tested positive for Ebola.

10 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Gary Ross Dahl, originator of '70s Pet Rock sensation, dies at 78

Gary Ross Dahl, who turned a barroom joke into a multimillion-dollar gag gift sensation called the Pet Rock, has died. He was 78.

11 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world 2016 Chevy Malibu advances safety, fuel economy

Chevrolet has struggled to become a player in the mid-sized sedan segment, which accounts for sales of about 2.4 million vehicles annually and is dominated by the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion. Those four nameplates account for more that 60% of the mid-sized sedan...

11 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Buhari Vows to Fight Militants, Corruption in Nigeria

A pledge from Nigerias new president-elect to tackle the countrys intractable troubles of terrorism and corruption elicited cheer from his countrymen and helped underpin a stock-market rally, signs of new optimism that arrived overnight in Africas top economy.

12 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Lufthansa, Insurers Pledge Quick Settlement

Relatives of victims of Germanwings Flight 9525 can expect a complete, fair and swift settlement of insured costs, the insurers of the flight and Germanwings parent Lufthansa pledged.

12 minutes ago // USA Today

world 1 dead, 10 hurt in oil platform fire in Gulf of Mexico

Pemex, Mexico's state oil giant, says 300 workers were evacuated from the facility.

16 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world St. Louis County taxpayers no longer on hook for planned Rams stadium

The plan to pay for a $985 million stadium to keep the Rams in St. Louis just got a little bit wobblier.

17 minutes ago // Time

world Iran Nuke Talks Stumble a Day After Missing Deadline

For nearly a week, Iran and six powers have been locked in negotiations

18 minutes ago // New York Times

world A Newly Assertive Russia Jolts Norways Air Defenses Into Action

The Russian moves have set off debate over military spending and highlighted how quickly President Vladimir V. Putin has shredded the certainties of the post-Cold War era.

19 minutes ago // Time

world Twitter Courtesy Has Been a Factor in Reducing Post-Election Violence in Nigeria

Nigeria's election defied predictions for widespread violence and fraud. A concerted social media campaign may have played a part

21 minutes ago // ABC

world In Jamaica, Man Hurls 'Suspicious Package' at US Embassy

Man throws 'suspicious package' over wall of US Embassy in Jamaica a week before Obama visit

22 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world Iran nuke talks stumble a day after missing deal deadline

LAUSANNE, Switzerland German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks are still facing a "tough struggle," indicating the talks are not likely to end soon.At the same time, he's holding out hope that the sides will be able to negotiate a preliminary accord that will let them embark on a new phase of talks aiming for a final deal by June.

22 minutes ago // BBC

world Cautious campaign won't break stalemate

Both main parties seem reluctant to rock the boat, writes Laura Kuenssberg - but will the cautious approach achieve a breakthrough?

22 minutes ago // ABC

world Watch: New Questions Surround Reported Germanwings Plane Crash Video, Co-Pilot's Mental Health

ABC News' Alex Marquardt has the latest details on the investigation from Cologne, Germany.

24 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Nine Britons 'arrested' trying to cross into Syria from Turkey

Foreign Office looking into reports of UK nationals attempting to cross border Continue reading...

25 minutes ago // VOA

world Jihadist Assassin says Goal of Tunisia Murders Was Chaos

The jihadist assassin of Tunisian secular party leader Mohamed Brahmi, who was shot dead in Tunis in 2013, says his murder and that of secular politician Chokri Belaid a few weeks earlier were designed to create chaos in the North African country. Abu Muqatil at-Tunusis remarks in a propaganda interview in the latest issue of the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq also cast light on the strategy behind the murderous assault on March 18 on a landmark museum in the Tunisian capit

26 minutes ago // ABC

world Popularity of Presidents of Brazil, Chile Fall Amid Scandals

Presidents of Brazil, Chile both see popularity fall amid corruption scandals

26 minutes ago // ABC

world 9 UK Citizens Headed to Syria Arrested, Turkey Military Says

Turkish military says 9 British citizens trying to get to Syria have been arrested

26 minutes ago // ABC

world Full Episode: GMA 04/01/15: Best April Fools' Day Pranks Go Viral

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Continue Past Initial Deadline; 'Bloodline' Star Linda Cardellini on Netflix Family Drama

28 minutes ago // Fox News

world Turkish military says 9 British citizens trying to get to Syria have been arrested

Turkey's military says that nine British citizens have been arrested trying to cross into Syria.

31 minutes ago // Reuters

world Islamic State expands in Damascus, al Qaeda vows sharia for city

BEIRUT Reuters - Islamic State fighters seized most of a Palestinian camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, nearing President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power.

32 minutes ago // BBC

world S Korea details Sewol compensation

South Korea is to pay about $380,000 256.000; 353,000 in compensation for each of the nearly 250 students killed in the Sewol ferry disaster.

33 minutes ago // BBC

world VIDEO: General Election 2015: Day three of the campaign

On the third day of the election campaign trail Ed Miliband has criticised zero-hours contracts.

33 minutes ago // NPR

world U.S. Creates First Sanctions Program Against Cybercriminals

President Obama signed a new executive order that will allow the administration to freeze the assets of any individual or group involved in "malicious" cyberattacks.

34 minutes ago // VOA

world Rio Residents Protest Olympic Eviction With Road Block

Residents of a squatter settlement in Brazil marked for demolition to make way for the Olympic Park protested against eviction on Wednesday, blocking a main road into Rio de Janeiro during morning rush-hour traffic. Cars were gridlocked for at least five kilometers in Rio's southern neighborhood of Barra de Tijuca after around 30 residents stood in the road, holding aloft banners, singing and hitting pans. The protesters are the holdouts of Vila Autodromo, a squatter settlement, or favela, l

35 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Giuliana Rancic tells of surrogate's miscarriage, her own weight loss

Giuliana Rancic has revealed another setback in her quest with husband Bill Rancic to have another child: Their surrogate miscarried their third and final embryo on New Year's Eve.

35 minutes ago // ABC

world See the Triplet Sisters Who Tied the Knot Together

Identical triplet sisters got married in a joint wedding together in Passo Fundo, Brazil.

37 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Teen Whot Got Heart Transplant Dies in Car Chase

A Georgia teenager who received national attention for a controversial heart transplant in 2013 was killed Tuesday in a high-speed police chase.

37 minutes ago // Reuters

world About 90 pct of Brazilians reject Rousseff's austerity drive -poll

BRASILIA Reuters - Roughly nine out of 10 Brazilians disapprove of President Dilma Rousseff's austerity drive aimed at winning back investor confidence in the economy, a nationwide poll showed on Wednesday.

39 minutes ago // The Independent

world Republicans just can't help themselves in the conflict between religion and discrimination

Boy, have the Republicans got themselves into a tangle over this religious freedom bill that the Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, just signed into law. It allows folk to forgo doing any kind of business that may run counter to their religious convictions. Own a bakery and abhor alternative lifestyles? No need to serve that gay cou

39 minutes ago // BBC

world Britons held on Turkey-Syria border

Nine British nationals have been seized by Turkish authorities after trying to illegally enter Syria, armed forces in the country say.