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10 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Sherpas Seek Everest Expedition Halt

Senior Nepali officials will travel to the expedition base camp to try to defuse a standoff with a group of Sherpa guides who want to halt climbing on the world's tallest peak this spring following a deadly avalanche last week.

11 minutes ago // CBS

world "Meet The Parents" star files for bankruptcy

One of the stars of the blockbuster comedy series has filed for Chapter 11

13 minutes ago // New York Times

world Eastern Europe Frets About NATOs Ability to Curb Russia

An alliance hollowed out by years of military cuts has awakened to altered circumstances involving Ukraine and is not prepared to counter a newly assertive Moscow, its own leaders acknowledge.

17 minutes ago // CBS

world Facebook profits soar on strong mobile ad growth

Social networking firm's latest results show it is making big strides in critical sector

18 minutes ago // ABC

world UN: 3.5 Million Syrians Desperately Need Aid

UN chief: 3.5 million civilians in Syria desperately need aid and people are dying needlessly

18 minutes ago // BBC

world Cornish granted UK minority status

Cornish people will be granted minority status under European rules for the protection of national minorities.

24 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Fatah and Hamas agree landmark pact after seven-year rift

Move has aim of forming unity government within five weeks, but Israel says agreement will derail peace talks Continue reading...

25 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet

CANBERRA, Australia Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied it is not a clue in the search for the missing Malaysian plane.The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has advised search coordinators that the material, which washed ashore 10 kilometers 6 miles east of Augusta in Western Australia, is not from missing Flight 370, according to a sta

28 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world UK police in Syria appeal to Muslim women

Britain's counter-terrorism police reach out to Muslim women in campaign to stop young Britons from fighting in Syria.

29 minutes ago // VOA

world Despite Gains in Controlling Malaria, Drug Resistance Remains a Concern

Malaria is a disease that kills more than 600,000 people every year.  It debilitates even more.  Each year on World Malaria Day, we take stock of the disease, whats been done to contain it, and what still needs to be done.   Children are the most likely victims of malaria.  They live in Latin America and Asia, but mostly in sub-Saharan Africa where the most deadly strain of the disease is found. Dr. Anthony Fauci heads the infectious diseases division of the U.S. Nat

29 minutes ago // UPI

world U.S. calls Russian foreign minister's remarks 'ludicrous'

JC FinleyWASHINGTON, April 23 UPI -- The U.S. Department of State called Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's statements during an interview Wednesday with state-run Russia Today "ludicrous."

32 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Lack of Opportunity Frustrates South African Voters

South Africa's ruling African National Congress is expected to win national elections in May, but public frustration is growing over widening income disparity and the government's perceived inability to address the issue.

33 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Michael Phelps Ready to Start Comeback 'Journey'

There was something I missed, Phelps said Wednesday. I just missed being back in the water.

33 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Australia Casts Doubt on Debris Finding in Malaysian Jet Search

The debris that washed ashore on the coast of Australia is unlikely to have come from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australian officials said Thursday.

35 minutes ago // BBC

world Lib Dems 'to fight for EU cause'

Nick Clegg will pledge to speak "loudly, passionately and unequivocally" against "isolationists" when he launches the Liberal Democrat campaign for the European elections.

36 minutes ago // Reuters

world Obama to use Japan visit to reassure Asian allies

TOKYO Reuters - U.S. President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that his real aim is to contain Beijing's rise.

37 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world Potential for heart attack, stroke risk seen with marijuana use

Over a five-year period, a government-mandated tracking system in France showed that physicians in that country treated 1,979 patients for serious health problems associated with the use of marijuana, and nearly 2 percent of those encounters were with patients suffering from cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia and stroke, and circulation problems in the arms and legs. In roughly a quarter of those cases, the study found, the patient died.

37 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Palestinian Factions Agree on Unity Government

Rival Palestinian factions said they would form a unity government to end a seven-year divide between the West Bank and Gaza Strip, further undermining U.S.-mediated peace talks with Israel.

44 minutes ago // CBS

world Guam-sized iceberg drifts away from Antarctic glacier

Scientist says iceberg, which is roughly six times as big as Manhattan and 1,600 feet thick, is not a threat to shipping

46 minutes ago // Reuters

world Syria eyes end of chemical arms monitoring mission; West disagrees

UNITED NATIONS Reuters - Syria declared on Wednesday that it was looking ahead to the dismantling of the international mission overseeing the destruction of the conflict-torn country's chemical arsenal, though Western officials said they want the team to keep working.

47 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Colombia's President Reinstates Bogot Mayor

Colombia's president backed a court order reinstating the leftist politician Gustavo Petro as mayor of Bogot, a move that could provide a boost in popularity for the president as he campaigns for re-election.

49 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Infamous Gacy Case Helps Solve Unrelated Chicago Area Death

MAYWOOD, Ill. Four decades after John Wayne Gacy lured more than 30 young men and boys to his Chicago-area home and strangled them, his case has helped authorities solve another killing one he didn't commit.

49 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Mountain of Danger: Climate Change Could Make Everest Even Riskier

NEW DELHI -- Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest.

49 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Britain Pushes for Probe on Syria Gas Attack

Britain called for a U.N. investigation into new reports of alleged chlorine gas attacks in Syria, as the head of the international effort to rid Syria of chemical weapons said Damascus would likely meet a vital deadline on Sunday.

51 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

BEIRUT Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.Syria flatly denied the allegations, and they have yet to be confirmed by any foreign country or international organization. But if true, they highlight the limitations of t

53 minutes ago // BBC

world Duchess of Cornwall's brother dies

The Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand, dies in a New York hospital after sustaining a serious head injury in a fall.

57 minutes ago // CBS

world Barbie coming to the big screen in live-action comedy

Sony Pictures, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation are teaming up to develop a film about the iconic doll

57 minutes ago // New York Times

world Palestinian Rivals Announce Unity Pact, Drawing U.S. and Israeli Rebuke

The deal between Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization appeared more serious than past attempts, experts said, and came as hopes faded for a resolution to peace negotiations with Israel.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Afghan Police Dispatched North After Deadly Clash

The killing of a local warlord triggered a spasm of violence that left at least 10 people dead.

1 hour ago // BBC

world S Sudan president sacks army chief

South Sudan's president sacks the head of the national army amid reports of military setbacks - including rebels seizing the oil hub of Bentiu.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Korean Ferry's Cargo Was Over Limit

Officials expanded a probe into the owner of the sunken South Korean ferry as inspectors confirmed the cargo weight was three times the recommended limit.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Euro-Zone Business Activity Accelerates

Business activity in the euro zone accelerated at the start of the second quarter, but companies cut prices they charged customers, a sign that the European Central Bank's worries over low inflation are far from over.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world New Zealand Raises Rates

New Zealand on Thursday raised interest rates for the second consecutive month as the nation's economic expansion gains momentum and inflationary pressures increase.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Washington: Military Aid to Egypt Serves US National Security Interests

The United States is defending its decision to allow some military aid to flow to Egypt, despite concerns that the country's promised transition back to democracy has been anything but smooth.   Egyptian police in Alexandria respond to protesting students Wednesday with tear gas and buckshot. Clashes like this one have some questioning why the United States is agreeing to send 10 Apache attack helicopters to Egypt. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said, Weve identif

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Joe Hockey's budget cuts a tough sell when held against paid parental leave

The treasurer's intransigence on the leave policy will make it harder to convince people the pain is being spread fairly Continue reading...

1 hour ago // The Washington Post

world WorldViews: A year later, Bangladeshs garment factory disaster is still an open wound

Last year on April 24, an eight-story garment factory in the environs of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka collapsed, killing over 1,100 workers inside and injuring some 2,500 more. It was one of the worst industrial disasters in modern memory and, for a brief moment,