By Chrispin Mvano GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Two days of clashes between Congo's army and rebel fighters near the eastern city of Goma have killed at least 19 people, threatening an uneasy six-month peace just days before a scheduled visit by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Government forces and the M23 insurgents began exchanging heavy weapons fire for a second day early on Tuesday, with explosions still being heard late into the afternoon. ...
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The Supreme Court will hear a petition on Tuesday seeking to scrap the remaining matches of the country's lucrative Twenty20 cricket competition amid growing More »
- Survivors pulled from Oklahoma tornado debris as toll falls Reuters
A 2-mile-wide (3-km-wide) tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday, killing at least 51 people including 20 children, destroying entire More »
- IAS officers politicking, will complain to PM: Parrikar IANS
Panaji, May 21 (IANS) The Goa government will complain to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about some Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers indulging in More »
- Trinamool destroying development, democratic systems: Left Front IANS
Kolkata, May 21 (IANS) West Bengal's Left Front Tuesday charged the Trinamool Congress government with destroying the process of development and participatory More »
- Yahoo revamps Flickr, offers free terabyte storage ANI
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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African prosecutors dropped charges on Tuesday against one of the two men charged with raping, mutilating and killing a teenage girl in a crime that outraged a country hardened by some of the world's highest rates of sexual violence. Prosecution spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said the man had been released from custody because there was not enough evidence to take him to trial. ...
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By Carey Gillam and Ian Simpson MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) - Emergency workers pulled more than 100 survivors from the rubble of homes, schools and a hospital in an Oklahoma town hit by a powerful tornado, and officials lowered the death toll from the storm to 24, including nine children. The 2-mile (3-km) wide tornado tore through Moore outside Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon, trapping victims beneath the rubble, wiping out entire neighborhoods and tossing vehicles about as if they were toys. ...
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Tunis (Reuters) - A 66-year-old Tunisian man has died from new coronavirus, a strain of a virus that emerged in the Middle East last year, after a visit to Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said on Tuesday. The man, a diabetic, died in hospital in the city of Monastir, ministry spokesman Ibrahim Labassi said. It was the first death in Tunisia from the virus. "Tests showed that his two sons were infected by the same virus and they are under medical observation," Labassi said. ...
- EXCLUSIVE - Intel CEO shakes up units, creates 'new devices' group: source Reuters
By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp's new chief executive, Brian Krzanich, has reorganized key business groups and created a "new devices" unit, according to a source who has seen an internal email, shaking up the world's top chipmaker days after formally assuming control. The chipmaker's main product groups - including the PC client group, mobile communications and data center unit that previously reported to Intel Architecture group chief Dadi Perlmutter - now report directly to Krzanich, the source said, citing the email sent to employees. ...
- Far-right activist commits suicide in Paris Notre Dame cathedral Reuters
PARIS (Reuters) - Police evacuated Paris' Notre Dame cathedral on Tuesday after a well-known far-right former activist committed suicide by shooting himself in the mouth in front of its main altar, a police source said. The man, 78-year-old Dominique Venner, is a historian known in France for his far-right political essays. He carried a letter on his person but made no declaration before shooting himself dead in the mid-afternoon, the source said. A note posted on his blog dated May 21 slammed a law passed by the Socialist government last week allowing same-sex marriage. ...
- Ireland rejects blame for Apple's low tax rate Reuters
By Conor Humphries and Padraic Halpin CORK/DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland said on Tuesday it was not to blame for Apple Inc's low global tax payments and had no special rate deal with the company after the U.S. Senate said it paid little or no tax on tens of billions of dollars in profits stashed in Irish subsidiaries. The Irish government, which has seen the luring of U.S. multinationals with low taxes as a key part of its economic policy since the 1960s, said its system was transparent and other countries were responsible if the tax rate paid by Apple was too low. ...
- Rupee falls to near six-month low on stock losses, importer demand Reuters
By Subhadip Sircar MUMBAI (Reuters) - The rupee dropped to its lowest in nearly six months on Tuesday, dragged by late falls in local shares and import-related demand from a large private company. The rupee has fallen 2.9 percent so far this month against the dollar, despite strong foreign inflows into debt and stock markets as the dollar gains against global currencies on worries about whether the U.S. monetary stimulus will continue. Lingering domestic concerns such as the wide current account deficit have added to the rupee's weakness. "There was intermittent selling from custodian banks. ...
- Guidelines to help girls, women in disasters unveiled Reuters
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The government and the United Nations on Tuesday unveiled new guidelines on how to deal with the reproductive and sexual healthcare needs of girls and women when a disaster strikes. The guidelines spelled out in a 223-page manual are designed to help humanitarian workers reduce sexual violence, HIV transmission and maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. "When a disaster strikes, although the first concern is survival, other essential needs do not disappear. ...
- Luxembourg agrees to end bank secrecy with U.S. authorities Reuters
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Luxembourg has agreed to automatically exchange information with United States tax authorities about the bank accounts held by U.S. citizens and residents, the finance ministry said on Tuesday. In April, Luxembourg announced an end to bank secrecy rules from 2015 for EU citizens who have savings in the country. Luxembourg, with a banking industry roughly 22 times the size of its economy and with deposits 10 times its GDP, has come under heavy pressure to change its bank secrecy laws in recent months. ...
- iGate sacks Murthy over undisclosed relationship Reuters
By Sumeet Chatterjee and Harichandan Arakali MUMBAI/BANGALORE (Reuters) - IT outsourcing company iGate Corp sacked Chief Executive Phaneesh Murthy after a company sexual harassment investigation revealed that he had not disclosed a relationship with a subordinate. Shares of the company fell 13 percent on the Nasdaq after the removal of Murthy, who led several initiatives to improve the company's performance such as charging clients for business results instead of man hours, the billing method more commonly used by IT outsourcing firms. ...
- Iran agency says it heard Rafsanjani and Mashaie barred from vote Reuters
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency said on Tuesday that it had heard that the Guardian Council, which is vetting candidates for next month's presidential election, had barred former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and a leading ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from running. If true, the exclusion of Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, a former chief of staff to Ahmadinejad detested by the clerical establishment, would leave the presidential race dominated by hardline conservatives close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. ...
- JPMorgan shareholders support Dimon's dual roles in vote Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co shareholders voted in support of Chairman and Chief Executive Jamie Dimon maintaining both roles, rejecting a proposal from shareholders who said the corporate governance structure was flawed, according to a preliminary tally at its annual meeting on Tuesday. Only 32.2 percent of shareholders voted in favor of splitting the chairman and CEO roles, less than the roughly 40 percent who voted to split a year ago. Shareholders also voted to support the bank's 11 directors in a range of 53.1 percent for Ellen Futter to 99. ...
- U.S. court rules bin Laden death photos can stay secret Reuters
By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. government had properly classified top secret more than 50 images of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden taken after his death, and that the government did not need to release them. The unanimous ruling by three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a request for the images by a conservative nonprofit watchdog group. Judicial Watch sued for photographs and video from the May 2011 raid in which U.S. ...
- Syria, Israel exchange fire on Golan Heights Reuters
By Dominic Evans BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria said its troops destroyed an Israeli vehicle that crossed into its territory from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday and warned that any attempt to violate its sovereignty would meet "immediate and firm retaliation". Israel said the incident took place on its side of the Golan ceasefire line, that the vehicle was damaged but not destroyed, none of its soldiers were hurt and they returned fire. ...
- Akali Dal claims clean sweep in Punjab local polls IANS
Chandigarh, May 21 (IANS) Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party combine Tuesday claimed a "clean sweep" in the zila parishad and block samiti elections.
- IPL scam: Ex-Ranji player introduced Royals player to bookie IANS
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Former Ranji cricket player Baburao Yadav, arrested in the IPL spot fixing scandal, was in constant touch with a bookie for two years and introduced him to an accused Rajasthan Royals player, Delhi Police said Tuesday.
- NHRC issues notice to Haryana over assault of Dalit boy IANS
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tuesday sought a response from Haryana's director general of police and Kaithal police chief following media reports that a Dalit boy was assaulted by a man who was part of a group which had attacked Dalits earlier as well.
- India's growth needs more opening, foreign funding: Powell IANS
Kolkata, May 21 (IANS) US Ambassador Nancy Powell Tuesday called for greater economic opening and more foreign investments for India's higher economic growth, saying "there is more yet to do" in the area of reforms to return to 10 percent growth.
- Slow work at Petrapole check post: Official IANS
Kolkata, May 21 (IANS) Works for the Rs.200-crore proposed integrated check post at Petrapole on the India-Bangladesh border are slow moving due to problems regarding land acquisition and obtaining clearances from different agencies, an official said Tuesday.
- Harassed by in-laws, man commits suicide IANS
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) A 27-year-old man committed suicide here Tuesday, depressed over being beaten by his in-laws and his wife's refusal to return home from her parents' house.
- Sahara pulls out of IPL, Indian team's sponsorship IANS
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Sahara India Pariwar pulled out its franchise Pune Warriors India from the already scandal-hit Indian Premier League (IPL) Tuesday besides announcing that the group will not sponsor the Indian cricket team after the present contract expires in December 2013.
- Srei Infra to raise Rs.1,500 crore by debentures IANS
Kolkata, May 21 (IANS) Kolkata-based non-banking finance company Srei Infrastructure Finance Tuesday said its board has okayed to raise funds up to Rs.1,500 crore by public issue of debentures in one or more tranches this fiscal.
- IPL scam reaches Bollywood, cricketers' questioning on IANS
Mumbai/New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to ban remaining IPL matches while Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh Randhawa, a bookie and a hawala operator were arrested by Mumbai police in the spot fixing scam and investigators in Delhi got five more days to question cricketer S. Sreesanth.
- Chennai Super Kings set 193-run target for Mumbai Indians IANS
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Blistering unbeaten knocks by Mike Hussey and Suresh Raina took Chennai Super Kings to a mammoth 192/1 in 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Tuesday.
- 'Goa hospital faces water shortage because taps are stolen' IANS
Panaji, May 21 (IANS) The Goa Medical College (GMC), the state's top health facility, regularly faces water shortage because people steal taps installed in the hospital premises, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Tuesday.
- Chavan invites investments from China IANS
Mumbai, May 21 (IANS) Maharashtra is willing to set up a special investment zone for Chinese companies in the state, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told the visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang here Tuesday.
- Chinese premier to be conferred Pakistan's highest honour IANS
Islamabad, May 21 (IANS) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who is paying a two-day official visit to Pakistan from Wednesday, will be conferred Nishan-e-Pakistan - the country's highest honour.
- Lok Sabha speaker meets Belarus president IANS
Minsk (Belarus), May 21 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has told Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko that India deeply values its relations with the east European country, a statement from her office said Tuesday.
- British Open squash: World no.1 Nicol too hot for Joshana IANS
Hull (England), May 21 (IANS) World No.1 and defending champion Nicol David outclassed India's Joshana Chinappa in the first round of the Allam British Open Squash Championships here Tuesday.
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