• 3 sought over deadly 1982 attack in Paris' Jewish quarter

    Associated Press - 34 minutes ago

    PARIS (AP) — More than 32 years after a deadly terror attack in Paris' old Jewish quarter, French authorities have at last identified three suspects and are seeking their arrest. More »3 sought over deadly 1982 attack in Paris' Jewish quarter

  • Cricket: Bat first to stop another South Africa 400, quips Tauqir

    AFP - 34 minutes ago

    Napier, New Zealand, March 4, 2015 (AFP) - United Arab Emirates captain Mohammed Tauqir Wednesday said his side only had one way of stopping South Africa from piling up their third 400-plus World Cup total -- bat first. More »Cricket: Bat first to stop another South Africa 400, quips Tauqir

  • Warner, Maxwell power Australia to World Cup record total

    Reuters - 36 minutes ago

    By David Gray PERTH (Reuters) - David Warner's career-best 178 and Glenn Maxwell's 88-run blitz powered Australia to a record World Cup total of 417 for six wickets in a Pool A match against lowly Afghanistan at Perth on Wednesday. Warner forged a 260-run partnership with Steve Smith (95) for the second wicket, an Australian record, and Maxwell dazzled in his 39-ball cameo in an amazing display of batting pyrotechnics by the tournament co-hosts. Warner hit five sixes and 19 fours in his belligerent knock before being dismissed in the 38th over, failing to better Shane Watson's 185 not out against Bangladesh (2011), which remained the highest ODI score by an Australian. It was some consolation for Watson who was replaced by James Faulkner for Wednesday's match in which his 252-run stand with Ricky Ponting was also bettered by the Warner-Smith duo. More »Warner, Maxwell power Australia to World Cup record total

  • India coal imports in Feb jump from year ago, but drop m/m

    Reuters - 39 minutes ago

    By Krishna N. Das NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's imports of thermal and coking coal jumped 31 percent in February from a year ago, as new power plants ramped up output, preliminary data from online trader mjunction showed, though purchases sank month-on-month on rising prices. Shipments through the 31 coal-handling ports in India, which is about to unseat Japan as the world's second biggest coal importer after China, stood at 17.94 million tonnes in February compared with 13.72 million tonnes a year ago. "Spot steam (thermal) coal prices remained volatile in the international markets during February while showing an increasing trend over the previous month," mjunction Chief Executive Officer Viresh Oberoi said in an email. Prices of thermal coal for export from Australia's Newcastle port , Asia's benchmark, soared 30 percent in January and February to over $80 a tonne at the end of last month as major miners cut production, although prices have since fallen below $70 a tonne. More »India coal imports in Feb jump from year ago, but drop m/m

  • Eurozone showing signs of economic momentum

    Associated Press - 39 minutes ago

    The 19-country eurozone's economy is kicking into a higher gear in the wake of falling oil prices. A brace of economic reports Wednesday point to economic activity picking up momentum after a year of stagnation, ... More »Eurozone showing signs of economic momentum

  • We'll take the win but we need to get better - Waqar

    Reuters - 40 minutes ago

    By Greg Stutchbury NAPIER (Reuters) - Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has seen this trajectory before. Pakistan next face South Africa on Saturday in Auckland before they finish their matches in Pool B with a clash against Ireland in Adelaide. More »We'll take the win but we need to get better - Waqar

  • RBI chief says not targeting value of rupee

    Reuters - 41 minutes ago

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will not target the value of the rupee, Governor Raghuram Rajan said on Wednesday, adding it would only intervene at times of volatility as per its stated policy. The comments come after the RBI on Wednesday said "an excessively strong rupee is undesirable" as part of a statement in which it cut interest rates by 25 basis points to 7.50 percent. "I said an excessively strong rupee is undesirable, which you'll agree I'm sure with. It's very hard for us to act on a sustained basis to maintain a value of the rupee." Turning to the monetary policy, Rajan said real interest rates of 1.5 to 2.0 percent were appropriate at this point in the economic cycle. More »RBI chief says not targeting value of rupee

  • Cricket World Cup - Australia v Afghanistan highlights

    Reuters - 42 minutes ago

    Latest from the cricket World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Afghanistan at the WACA, Perth on Wednesday. Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field. - - Australia innings 1st over - Dawlat Zadran begins with two slips and sends down four dot balls before David Warner top edges him trying to play a pull shot and the ball does not travel to fine leg. Aus: 4-0 2nd over - Encouraged by the bounce, Shapoor Zadran begins with a short ball but Warner pulls the chest-high ball for his first boundary. More »Cricket World Cup - Australia v Afghanistan highlights

  • Cricket: Australia hit record 417, Pakistan see off UAE

    AFP - 43 minutes ago

    Sydney, March 4, 2015 (AFP) - Merciless Australia hit the highest World Cup score in tournament history Wednesday when they piled-up 417-6 against Afghanistan while Pakistan continued their revival with a 129-run win over the UAE. More »Cricket: Australia hit record 417, Pakistan see off UAE

  • Egyptians race to expand Suez Canal, hoping for trade surge

    Associated Press - 43 minutes ago

    Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt's Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic, a project trumpeted by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi ... More »Egyptians race to expand Suez Canal, hoping for trade surge

  • RBI chief says independent debt management office a year or two away

    Reuters - 43 minutes ago

    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said on Wednesday an independent debt management office would take at least a year or two to come into effect and that the central bank was not worried about depletion of its regulatory powers. The government has added some provisions in the Finance Bill which could take away some debt market-related regulation from the purview of the central bank. Rajan also said it was discussing with the government about increasing transparency of government's cash balances that are kept with the central bank, but would also have to look into the government's concerns on revelaing the numbers. More »RBI chief says independent debt management office a year or two away

  • Sachin Tendulkar asks fans to suggest movie title

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 44 minutes ago

    Mumbai, March 4 (IANS) Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has invited his fans to suggest the title of a "docu-feature" based on his life. Send me your thoughts here: http://Bit.ly/NameMyMovie," Tendulkar tweeted on Wednesday. More »Sachin Tendulkar asks fans to suggest movie title

  • Loans could become cheaper as India's central bank cuts keys rates

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 46 minutes ago

    Mumbai, March 4 (IANS) Housing, auto and commercial loans could become cheaper with the Reserve Bank of India cutting key lending rates by 25 basis points in an unexpected move on Wednesday as it expected inflation to soften further, sending stock indices soaring during the bulk of the day. Getting some positive cues from the national budget tabled last week, and sensing an sustained economic recovery, the repurchase (repo) rate has been cut to 7.5 percent from 7.75 percent and the reverse repo rate has been adjusted to 6.5 percent from 6.75 percent. The cuts follow a far-reaching agreement between the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday, under which the central bank will aim to bring the country's retail inflation below the 6-percent mark by January 2016 and to around 4 percent by the end of 2016-17. The repo rate is the interest commercial banks pay for borrowing money from the central bank to meet short-term fund needs. More »Loans could become cheaper as India's central bank cuts keys rates

  • Turkish Airlines plane skids off runway in Kathmandu

    ANI - 48 minutes ago

    Kathmandu, Mar.4 (ANI): Passengers aboard a Turkish Airlines plane had a narrow escape, when the aircraft skidded off the runway while landing at the Tribuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Weednesday. More »Turkish Airlines plane skids off runway in Kathmandu

  • India firmly committed to peace, stability: Pranab Mukherjee

    ANI - 48 minutes ago

    New Delhi, Mar. 4 (ANI): Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday presented the President's Standard to 31 squadron and 116 helicopter unit of Indian Air Force at Jodhpur and said that India is firmly committed to peace and stability. "India is firmly committed to peace and stability for which we need an effective deterrence and a strong defence force. The Indian Air Force has been fulfilling its role of protecting the Indian skies and safeguarding the sovereignty of our Nation and has also provided aid to its citizens during natural calamities," said the President. "The resilience and tenacity displayed by the Air Warriors is a great source of encouragement and a matter of pride for the Nation. More »India firmly committed to peace, stability: Pranab Mukherjee

  • Teen obesity 'strongly linked' to high blood pressure

    ANI - 48 minutes ago

    Washington, Mar 4 (ANI): A new study has shown strong link between adolescent obesity and high blood pressure. The Oxford University study has found that body mass index (BMI) in healthy adolescents has a statistically significant association with both systolic blood pressures (SBP) and diastolic blood pressures (DBP), and highlights the significance of the global trend of rapidly increasing adolescent obesity. The study, led by Yaron Arbel, examined 715,000 Israeli adolescents, both male and female, aged 16-20, who had received medical exams from 1998-2011. There was a statistically significant link observed between BMI and blood pressure, both of which saw significant annual increases during the study. More »Teen obesity 'strongly linked' to high blood pressure

  • Rights body scolds France over corporal punishment of kids

    Associated Press - 48 minutes ago

    PARIS (AP) — A top European human rights body says France isn't doing enough to prevent spanking and other kinds of corporal punishment of children. More »Rights body scolds France over corporal punishment of kids

  • Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after botched raid

    Reuters - 51 minutes ago

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised police commandos better extra resources on Wednesday, weeks after 44 commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, but declined to answer questions about the botched raid, a senior officer said. On Jan. 25, police commandos sneaked into a southern rebel area to "neutralise" Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, an al Qaeda-linked bomb maker with a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head. The mission went disastrously wrong for the government when members of the police Special Action Force were ambushed by combined rebel forces and 44 were killed. "Of course, they have questions... why was there no artillery support, why was there no mechanised (vehicles)," the new commander, Chief Superintendent Moro Virgilio Lazo, told journalists, saying the commandos felt they had been left on their own. More »Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after botched raid

  • Cricket: Highest World Cup team totals

    AFP - 53 minutes ago

    Canberra, March 4, 2015 (AFP) - Highest innings totals at a World Cup after Australia made 417-6, the highest team score in the tournament's history, against Afghanistan at the WACA on Wednesday (score, team, opponents, venue, date): More »Cricket: Highest World Cup team totals

  • Charities that funded Cage, one time supporter of IS's Emwazi, under pressure

    Reuters - 56 minutes ago

    By Ahmed Aboulenein, Michael Holden and Simon Falush LONDON (Reuters) - The financial backers of a campaign group that had contact with the man later known as 'Jihadi John' are under pressure from British politicians and a regulator's investigation to explain why they gave it several hundred thousand pounds. The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, a Quaker foundation, and The Roddick Foundation, set up by the late founder of beauty retailer Body Shop, are among those now being asked how they came to fund Cage, a small activist group that called Mohammed Emwazi, killer of American, British and Syrian hostages, a once "beautiful young man". "I condemn anybody who attempts to excuse that barbarism away in the way that has been done by Cage," British interior minister Theresa May told parliament in response to the comment by Cage's research boss Asim Qureshi to media last week. Cage was set up by a group of London Muslims with the aim of supporting British suspects being held by the United States in Guantanamo Bay. More »Charities that funded Cage, one time supporter of IS's Emwazi, under pressure

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