• Suspected militant, son killed in Thailand's south

    Associated Press - 50 minutes ago

    HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — A suspected insurgent and his 6-year-old son were shot dead in Thailand's violence-plagued south, police said Friday. More »Suspected militant, son killed in Thailand's south

  • Ukrainian militia deny calls to free buildings

    Associated Press - 51 minutes ago

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns. More »Ukrainian militia deny calls to free buildings

  • Bolt hails Bale's Spanish Cup final stunner

    Reuters - 52 minutes ago

    Olympic champion Usain Bolt has hailed Gareth Bale's brilliant winner for Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final against Barcelona, saying it was the kind of goal any sprinter would be proud of. Wales winger Bale picked up the ball wide on the left on the halfway line five minutes from time and galloped away from Barca centre back Marc Bartra before slipping the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto to secure a 2-1 victory. More »Bolt hails Bale's Spanish Cup final stunner

  • Schoolgirl raped, murdered in Tripura

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 53 minutes ago

    Agartala, April 18 (IANS) A 16-year-old schoolgirl was raped and murdered in Tripura, police said here Friday. More »Schoolgirl raped, murdered in Tripura

  • Remembering an officer slain after bombs went off

    Associated Press - 54 minutes ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life — and then died doing it, becoming a central character in one of the most gripping manhunts the nation has ever seen. More »Remembering an officer slain after bombs went off

  • Hamilton fastest in second practice in China

    Reuters - 55 minutes ago

    By Abhishek and Takle SHANGHAI, April 18 (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton returned Mercedes to the top of the timesheets on Friday by setting the fastest time in the second practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix. Hamilton completed 25 laps of the 5.4 kilometre Shanghai International Circuit in the afternoon to end the day with a best time of one minute 38.315 seconds. His Formula One championship leading team mate Nico Rosberg was third, the German lapping four tenths of a second slower than Hamilton's benchmark on a cool and hazy afternoon at the circuit located on the outskirts of Shanghai. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who had topped the weekend's opening session, split the two Mercedes in second. More »Hamilton fastest in second practice in China

  • Hurricanes beat Blues 39-20 in Super Rugby

    Associated Press - 56 minutes ago

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Hurricanes stretched their mid-season winning streak to three games, scoring three second-half tries to claim a record 39-20 win over New Zealand conference rivals the Blues in Super Rugby on Friday. More »Hurricanes beat Blues 39-20 in Super Rugby

  • Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade

    Associated Press - 57 minutes ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West in a speech Friday during a military parade on the country's National Army Day. More »Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade

  • Putin tells Snowden Russia doesn't spy like NSA

    ANI - 1 hour 0 minutes ago

    Washington, Apr 18 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow does not carry out mass surveillance programmes like the US' National Security Agency. More »Putin tells Snowden Russia doesn't spy like NSA

  • Ramdev says Congress desperate to create controversies against BJP

    ANI - 1 hour 0 minutes ago

    New Delhi, Apr. 18 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Friday said that he was not involved in any issue related to black money and that the Bharatiya Janata Party Alwar candidate Mahent Chandnath had generally told him about the increasing number of cases of black money in the country, and added that the controversy stirred by the incident was a desperate attempt of the Congress "If me or any worker of mine is associated with Black money or is caught in any such thing, the person should be investigated. "Chandnath had just told me that a lot of black money was getting caught nowadays, and I told him not to bring up such topics during the press conference. This is a desperate attempt of the Congress to win," he said. More »Ramdev says Congress desperate to create controversies against BJP

  • 'Netaji' went 'mulayam' on rapists, says Modi

    ANI - 1 hour 0 minutes ago

    Etawah (Uttar Pradesh), Apr.18 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday attacked Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for his rape remark, saying that instead of being tough he has actually gone soft on those who rape women. "There is a problem with Netaji. More »'Netaji' went 'mulayam' on rapists, says Modi

  • Lost stem cells are replaced by non-stem cells: Study

    ANI - 1 hour 0 minutes ago

    Washington, Apr 18 (ANI): A new study has found that when a certain kind of stem cell is killed off experimentally, another group of non-stem cells can come out of retirement to replace them. The discovery sheds light on the tiny "environments" that stem cells occupy in animal bodies and may help explain how stem cells in tumors replenish themselves, the researchers said. The research group, led by Erika Matunis, Ph.D., a professor of cell biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been using the fruit fly as a model living system in which to study stem cells in their natural state. Most stem cell research is done on cells grown in the laboratory, but in real life, stem cells reside in tissues, where they are sequestered in tiny spaces known as niches. More »Lost stem cells are replaced by non-stem cells: Study

  • Trott stands down again after relapse of stress problems

    Reuters - 1 hour 1 minute ago

    (Reuters) - England batsman Jonathan Trott has suffered more stress-related problems on his return to first class action and will take another break from the sport to undergo treatment, the country's cricket board said on Friday. Trott, who will turn 33 next week, left England's Ashes tour of Australia in November after the first test in Brisbane due to a stress-related illness. The right-handed batsman later cited "burnout" as the problem and said he was targeting a return to international cricket. However, the South African-born batsman's illness relapsed while playing in the English domestic season with county side Warwickshire this week where he scored 37 and 26 in defeat. More »Trott stands down again after relapse of stress problems

  • Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

    Associated Press - 1 hour 2 minutes ago

    The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say ... More »Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

  • Interest in a task reduces burnout

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 1 hour 3 minutes ago

    It allows us to perform at high levels without wearing out," said Paul O'Keefe, a former doctoral student at Duke University's department of psychology & neuroscience. "Engaging in personally interesting activities not only improves performance, but also creates an energised experience that allows people to persist when persisting would otherwise cause them to burn out," said O'Keefe, now a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychology at Stanford University. In the first study, 153 Duke undergraduate students worked on a set of word puzzles. "In other words, they were 'in the zone', as athletes say," said study co-author Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia, a faculty member at Michigan State University. More »Interest in a task reduces burnout

  • NBA playoff predictions: Heat, Spurs, Pacers and Clippers look set to dominate

    Sportskeeda - 1 hour 3 minutes ago

    Conference quarterfinal predictions for NBA playoffs - Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers look set to dominate. More »NBA playoff predictions: Heat, Spurs, Pacers and Clippers look set to dominate

  • Vandals damage mosque in northern Israel

    Associated Press - 1 hour 5 minutes ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Police say vandals have damaged a mosque in northern Israel in an attack blamed on a fringe group of Jewish extremists. More »Vandals damage mosque in northern Israel

  • Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension

    Reuters - 1 hour 8 minutes ago

    By Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia's biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera will break ground on Saturday for a military lookout station on Yonaguni, which is home to 1,500 people and just 150 km (93 miles) from the disputed Japanese-held islands claimed by China. The mini-militarization of Yonaguni - now defended by two police officers - is part of a longstanding plan to improve defence and surveillance in Japan's far-flung frontier. Building the radar base on the island, which is much closer to China than to Japan's main islands, could extend Japanese monitoring to the Chinese mainland and track Chinese ships and aircraft circling the disputed crags, called the Senkaku by Japan and the Diaoyu by China. More »Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension

  • Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

    Reuters - 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    Nearly 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, a practice the Roman Catholic Church frowns upon as a distortion of the Easter message. The annual Philippine ritual draws thousands of spectators to San Fernando, 80 km (50 miles) north of Manila, to see penitents flagellate themselves and a series of crucifixions in a recreation of Christ's death on the cross. "It was a great experience between me and God," 48-year-old Danish film director and stunt coordinator Lasse Spang Olsen, who stayed on the cross for more than 10 minutes, told Reuters before being treated for his wounds. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ died on the cross on Good Friday and rose from the dead two days later, on Easter Sunday. More »Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

  • Glass half empty for Germany's proud beer industry

    Reuters - 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    By Madeline Chambers FREISING Germany (Reuters) - Behind the pale yellow walls of a former Benedictine monastery on a wooded hill near Munich, the master brewers of Weihenstephan are still perfecting their art after nearly 1,000 years of making beer. Weihenstephan's cosy brew house, dominated by four steel vats of foamy brown liquid and infused with the sweet smell of malt, embodies a proud beer culture that culminates every year in Munich's Oktoberfest folk festival - a 16-day homage to beer. Yet for many German brewers, the good times are over. A slump in consumption of more than a third in the last 25 years has hit Germany, Europe's biggest beer producer, triggering intense competition and price discounting. More »Glass half empty for Germany's proud beer industry

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