• AP Top News at 8:35 a.m. EDT

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The official death toll in the South Korean ferry sinking soared to 58 on Sunday after divers finally succeeded in entering the vessel, which a newly released transcript shows was crippled with confusion and indecision well after it began listing dangerously. Three times in succession, and about half an hour after the ferry Sewol began tilting on Wednesday, a crew member asked Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) whether passengers would be rescued if they abandoned ship off South Korea's southern coast. That followed several statements from the ship that it was impossible for people aboard to even move, and another in which it said it was "impossible to broadcast" instructions. More »AP Top News at 8:35 a.m. EDT

  • India's democracy reaches out to lone voter in Gir forest

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 3 hours ago

    Ahmedabad, April 20 (IANS) He remains one of India's most prized voters. Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas is the lone voter in the midst of Gujarat's Gir forest, home to the Asiatic lion, for whom an entire election team sets up a polling booth every election - and will do so again on April 30. Darshandas, in his early 60s, is the lone occupant of a hamlet called Banej in Gir forest. This time too, the Election Commission of India is making all arrangements to ensure that Darshandas, a temple priest, gets to cast his precious single vote. More »India's democracy reaches out to lone voter in Gir forest

  • Italy releases Persian epic in digital format

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 3 hours ago

    Rome, April 20 (IANS) The oldest manuscript of Persian epic book in the world "The Shahnameh" (The Book of Kings) has been published digitally in Italy. The ancient manuscript that is kept in the National Library in Italian city of Florence, was recognised by an Italian scholar during his research in 1978, according to IRNA. Written by highly revered Persian poet Hakim Abulqasim Ferdowsi, "The Shahnameh" belongs to the 11th century. It is considered a classic among epic Persian poetry and recounts Iran's mythical and historical past. More »Italy releases Persian epic in digital format

  • Spain pulls level with Poland in Fed Cup

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain and Poland's Fed Cup World Group playoff will be decided by the doubles match after Agnieszka Radwanska and Silvia Soler-Espinosa split Sunday's reverse singles matches. More »Spain pulls level with Poland in Fed Cup

  • Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The official death toll in the South Korean ferry sinking soared to 58 on Sunday after divers finally succeeded in entering the vessel, which a newly released transcript shows was crippled with confusion and indecision well after it began listing dangerously. Three times in succession, and about half an hour after the ferry Sewol began tilting on Wednesday, a crew member asked Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) whether passengers would be rescued if they abandoned ship off South Korea's southern coast. That followed several statements from the ship that it was impossible for people aboard to even move, and another in which it said it was "impossible to broadcast" instructions. More »Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT

  • AP Top News at 8:30 a.m. EDT

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The official death toll in the South Korean ferry sinking soared to 58 on Sunday after divers finally succeeded in entering the vessel, which a newly released transcript shows was crippled with confusion and indecision well after it began listing dangerously. Three times in succession, and about half an hour after the ferry Sewol began tilting on Wednesday, a crew member asked Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) whether passengers would be rescued if they abandoned ship off South Korea's southern coast. That followed several statements from the ship that it was impossible for people aboard to even move, and another in which it said it was "impossible to broadcast" instructions. More »AP Top News at 8:30 a.m. EDT

  • Amy Jackson dating Ryan Thomas?

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 3 hours ago

    London, April 20 (IANS) Actress Amy Jackson, who made her Bollywood debut in 2012, is reportedly in a relationship with British TV show "Coronation Street" star Ryan Thomas. Thomas was pictured with the "Ekk Deewana Tha" actress on a night out here. "Ryan and Amy have started seeing each other, they first met a few years ago and have recently met up again," dailymail.co.uk quoted a source as saying. "It's early days but they're great together - Amy is a successful Bollywood actress, with a schedule to match - so it's not easy for them to find time together, but they both really want to make it work," added the source. More »Amy Jackson dating Ryan Thomas?

  • Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck? More »Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

  • Czech Republic beats Italy 3-0 in Fed Cup semis

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — The Czech Republic has reached the Fed Cup final by defeating defending champion Italy after Petra Kvitova won the first reverse singles on Sunday. More »Czech Republic beats Italy 3-0 in Fed Cup semis

  • Fire breaks out in Gurgaon mall, no one injured

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 3 hours ago

    Gurgaon, April 20 (IANS) A fire broke out at a shopping mall here Sunday causing loss of property. Luckily, no one was injured in the blaze, a fire officer said. The fire broke out around 11 a.m. in the Vishal Mega Mart outlet located on the second floor of the mall in the Dundahera area near Udyog Vihar. Fire fighters fought hard to make their entry into the mall as the outer glass sheets of the building could not be broken despite several attempts. More »Fire breaks out in Gurgaon mall, no one injured

  • McLaren woes continue in China

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    McLaren endured another tough weekend in China on Sunday with both drivers failing to score points for the second race running and the team tumbling down the Formula One constructors' standings. After a double retirement in Bahrain, the team's first since 2006, Jenson Button and Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen finished a distant and disappointing 11th and 13th respectively in Shanghai. McLaren, the second most successful team in the sport, had led the constructors' championship after the opener in Australia when Magnussen was second and Button third but they slumped to fifth overall on Sunday. "We've got a lot of work to do and it's tough for all of us, it's tough for us out there driving the car because we've got to put up with it for an hour and a half." Magnussen said the car overall was good but lacked overall grip: "We just need loads of downforce," he said. More »McLaren woes continue in China

  • AP Top News at 8:12 a.m. EDT

    Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The official death toll in the South Korean ferry sinking soared to 58 on Sunday after divers finally succeeded in entering the vessel, which a newly released transcript shows was crippled with confusion and indecision well after it began listing dangerously. Three times in succession, and about half an hour after the ferry Sewol began tilting on Wednesday, a crew member asked Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) whether passengers would be rescued if they abandoned ship off South Korea's southern coast. That followed several statements from the ship that it was impossible for people aboard to even move, and another in which it said it was "impossible to broadcast" instructions. More »AP Top News at 8:12 a.m. EDT

  • AP Top News at 8:11 a.m. EDT

    Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago. Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal led Mass at the Holy Sepulcher church in Jerusalem on Sunday. The site is where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. More »AP Top News at 8:11 a.m. EDT

  • Vettel chafes after orders to let Ricciardo pass

    Reuters - 4 hours ago

    By Abhishek Takle SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel smarted on Sunday after being told for the second race in a row to let Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo overtake because the Australian was faster. Ricciardo finished fourth in the Chinese Grand Prix with quadruple champion Vettel, winner of the last nine races of 2013, in fifth. Vettel sounded reluctant to comply when he received the radio instruction on the 24th lap, replying 'tough luck'. Ricciardo went past on lap 27 and ended the race more than 20 seconds ahead of Vettel and with Ferrari's third-placed Fernando Alonso in his sights. More »Vettel chafes after orders to let Ricciardo pass

  • Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land

    Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago. More »Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land

  • AP Top News at 8:05 a.m. EDT

    Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The official death toll in the South Korean ferry sinking soared to 58 on Sunday after divers finally succeeded in entering the vessel, which a newly released transcript shows was crippled with confusion and indecision well after it began listing dangerously. Three times in succession, and about half an hour after the ferry Sewol began tilting on Wednesday, a crew member asked Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) whether passengers would be rescued if they abandoned ship off South Korea's southern coast. That followed several statements from the ship that it was impossible for people aboard to even move, and another in which it said it was "impossible to broadcast" instructions. More »AP Top News at 8:05 a.m. EDT

  • 'Sultan' got shelved, but not Soundarya's animation dream

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 4 hours ago

    Mumbai, April 20 IANS) She ventured on the filmmaking journey with "Sultan", but it got shelved. Unfazed, Soundarya Rajinikanth says that it didn't affect her animation dream and she fulfilled it with "Kochadaiiyaan". Starring her superstar father Rajinikanth, "Kochadaiiyaan" is Soundarya's directorial debut, which is set to deliver ground breaking technology -- the Rs.125-crore project is said to be the country's first motion capture photo-realistic 3D animated movie. "I started 'Sultan' six years ago when animation was not as advanced as it is today. More »'Sultan' got shelved, but not Soundarya's animation dream

  • Cyclists pedal for road safety

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 4 hours ago

    New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Over 1,000 cyclists, including students and cancer survivors, Sunday took part in a cyclothon here to raise awareness about road safety. Olympic silver-medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar flagged off the cycle rally and urged people to follow safety rules while driving and walking on the roads. A large number of people from cycling groups, school and college students and individuals, including cancer survivors, enthusiastically took part in the rally. "The ministry is concerned about the high number of fatalities and therefore we have initiated the process of making road safety a national movement by involving various concerned stakeholders including school, college, organisations, corporates and individuals to create awareness on various road safety issues," said ministry secretary Vijay Chhibber, who also attended the event. More »Cyclists pedal for road safety

  • Japan official visits controversial shrine

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 4 hours ago

    Tokyo, April 20 (IANS) A senior Japanese government official Sunday visited a controversial World War II shrine that is viewed as a symbol of the country's past militarism. Chairman of Japan's National Public Safety Commission Keiji Furuya visited Yasukuni shrine to honour 2.5 million Japanese victims, which also include 14 Class A war criminals, Press TV reported. Furuya said he regularly visits Yasukuni at spring and autumn festivals, and on Aug 15, the day Japan surrendered in 1945. Japan's Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Yoshitaka Shindo prayed at Yasukuni earlier this month. More »Japan official visits controversial shrine

  • 14 soldiers killed in terrorist attack in Algeria

    IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News - 4 hours ago

    Algiers, April 20 (IANS) At least 14 troops were killed in a clash with a terrorist group in the Tizi Ouzou province of Algeria, media reported Sunday. The soldiers were killed Saturday night during a clash between the army and a large terrorist group, Xinhua reported. More »14 soldiers killed in terrorist attack in Algeria

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