• Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

    Associated Press - 7 minutes ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night. More »Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

  • U.N. Security Council members mulling South Sudan sanctions

    Reuters - 12 minutes ago

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Security Council members are considering sanctions on South Sudan's warring parties, envoys said on Wednesday, after U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous demanded "serious consequences" be imposed to force an end to the violence. Ladsous and U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic briefed the 15-member council on a recent escalation in attacks on civilians, including an ethnic massacre in the oil town of Bentiu and the killing of dozens of people who had sought refuge inside a U.N. peacekeeping base in Bor. "The United Nations is doing everything it can to protect the civilians that are fleeing the violence, the war, but let us never forget that the primary responsibility for protection of civilians is with the government," he said. Nigerian U.N. Ambassador Joy Ogwu, president of the council for April, said there was a lot of support among council members for pursuing sanctions on South Sudan. More »U.N. Security Council members mulling South Sudan sanctions

  • All at sea: global shipping fleet exposed to hacking threat

    Reuters - 14 minutes ago

    By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The next hacker playground: the open seas - and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. Somali pirates help choose their targets by viewing navigational data online, prompting ships to either turn off their navigational devices, or fake the data so it looks like they're somewhere else; While data on the extent of the maritime industry's exposure to cyber crime is hard to come by, a study of the related energy sector by insurance brokers Willis this month found that the industry "may be sitting on an uninsured time bomb". Globally, it estimated that cyber attacks against oil and gas infrastructure will cost energy companies close to $1.9 billion by 2018. More »All at sea: global shipping fleet exposed to hacking threat

  • Japan's Mitsui O.S.K. ship ready to leave Chinese port

    Reuters - 18 minutes ago

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd said on Thursday that its ship, the "Baosteel Emotion" 226,434 deadweight-ton ore carrier, is ready to leave a Chinese port soon after it paid a Chinese court to release the vessel from seizure. The company did not disclose how much it paid the court over an alleged payments dispute dating back to World War Two. (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Dominic Lau) More »Japan's Mitsui O.S.K. ship ready to leave Chinese port

  • Tamil Nadu votes for LS, assembly

    IANS - 18 minutes ago

    Chennai, April 24 (IANS) Voting for all 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu and by-poll for one state assembly seat began Thursday, officials said. Tamil movie actor Rajnikant cast his vote at a polling booth near his residence here. There were reports of some electronic voting machines (EVMs) non-functioning but officials sorted the issue. As many as 846 candidates are in the fray for the Lok Sabha seats and 14 in the bye-poll for the Alandur assembly seat. More »Tamil Nadu votes for LS, assembly

  • Obama uses Japan visit to reassure wary Asian allies

    Reuters - 19 minutes ago

    By Linda Sieg and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama used 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. Obama is being treated to a display of pomp and ceremony meant to show that the U.S.-Japan alliance, the main pillar of America's security strategy in Asia, remains solid at a time of rising tensions over growing Chinese assertiveness and North Korean nuclear threats. "As you said, my visit here, I think, once again represents my deep belief that a strong U.S.-Japan relationship is not only good for our countries, but good for the world," Obama told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the start of their summit. "Our shared democratic values mean that we have to work together in multilateral settings to deal with regional hot spots Around the globe, but also to try make sure we are creating a strong set of rules that govern the international order." Behind the scenes, U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators for the two countries were working around the clock in Tokyo on a two-way trade pact seen as crucial to a broader trans-Pacific agreement. More »Obama uses Japan visit to reassure wary Asian allies

  • Venezuela's Maduro promises importers overdue hard currency

    AFP - 19 minutes ago

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro promised to pay back billions of dollars in government debt to disgruntled importers, after widespread shortages of basic goods helped fuel months of deadly anti-government protests. "We are going to immediately pay back 30 percent of (the total hard currency owed to importers) as a way to move forward on these commitments," Maduro told a gathering of business leaders. Venezuela -- which sits atop the world's largest proven crude oil reserves -- has Latin America's highest inflation rate -- 57 percent. Maduro's heavily state-led government inherited from late leader Hugo Chavez a decade-old system of hard currency controls. More »Venezuela's Maduro promises importers overdue hard currency

  • China to open 8 state industries for investment

    Associated Press - 19 minutes ago

    BEIJING (AP) — China's government says it will open 80 projects in eight state-run industries to private and foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing economy more efficient. More »China to open 8 state industries for investment

  • Kashmir's Anantnag votes

    IANS - 21 minutes ago

    Anantnag, April 24 (IANS) People turned up early at polling booths as voting for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir began Thursday, officials said. As many as 12 candidates are in the fray in Anantnag, one of six Lok Sabha constituencies in the state. Over 1.2 million electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in 1,615 polling booths. More »Kashmir's Anantnag votes

  • Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 22 minutes ago

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama is seeking to reassure Japanese leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges to Asia even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere. The ominous standoff between Ukraine and Russia is threatening to overshadow Obama's four-country Asia swing that began Wednesday. He may decide during the trip whether to levy new economic sanctions on Moscow, a step that would signal the failure of an international agreement aimed at defusing the crisis. More »Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

  • Bihar votes for Lok Sabha, assembly

    IANS - 24 minutes ago

    Patna, April 24 (IANS) Balloting in Bihar for seven Lok Sabha seats and two state assembly seats began Thursday, officials said. Balloting for the Lok Sabha and state assembly bye-polls is being held simultaneously. As many as 108 candidates are in the fray for the Lok Sabha seats and 10 for the two assembly seats. Voting for the 40 Lok Sabha constituencies will be completed in six phases. More »Bihar votes for Lok Sabha, assembly

  • Assam votes for six Lok Sabha seats

    IANS - 24 minutes ago

    Guwahati, April 24 (IANS) Balloting for six Lok Sabha seats in Assam began Thursday in the final round of voting in the state, officials said. More »Assam votes for six Lok Sabha seats

  • Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97

    Associated Press - 27 minutes ago

    MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward. More »Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97

  • UN considering sanctions over South Sudan massacre

    Associated Press - 28 minutes ago

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday viewed "horrific pictures of corpses" from the scene of last week's massacre in South Sudan and discussed taking actions that could include sanctions, diplomats said. More »UN considering sanctions over South Sudan massacre

  • US court rejects death row inmates' claims

    Al Jazeera - 28 minutes ago

    Oklahoma Supreme Court lifts stay of execution on death row inmates who questioned drug secrecy. More »US court rejects death row inmates' claims

  • Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1

    Associated Press - 31 minutes ago

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece. More »Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1

  • Court won't review Michael Jackson doctor's case

    Associated Press - 34 minutes ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, rejecting his lawyer's petition without comment. More »Court won't review Michael Jackson doctor's case

  • White House considers former banking lawyer for Fed board - sources

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago

    By Jonathan Spicer and Emily Stephenson NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former lawyer with the American Bankers Association is being considered by the White House as a possible nominee to the board of the Federal Reserve, according to sources familiar with the efforts The lawyer's name emerged as the White House weighs candidates with community banking backgrounds to fill gaps on the Federal Reserve's powerful but depleted board, the sources said. People familiar with the White House's process said administration officials may fill one of the remaining openings with someone with banking experience, as opposed to an economist. Two sources said the administration is considering Diana Preston, a lawyer who recently left a post at the American Bankers Association, which represents many small banks. More »White House considers former banking lawyer for Fed board - sources

  • Brent climbs, stays above $109 on Ukraine tensions

    Reuters Middle East - 36 minutes ago

    * Russia says it will respond if its Ukraine interests attacked * U.S. crude oil inventories rise to highest on record -EIA * Iraq's southern oil exports on track for record in April * Brent to rebound to $109.66 -technicals By Manash Goswami SINGAPORE, April 24 (Reuters) - Brent futures rose on Thursday as Russia vowed to respond if its interests in Ukraine came under attack, stoking fears of an escalation in tensions that have pushed the oil benchmark up 5 percent this month to hover above $109 a barrel. Russia accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine, now in its fourth month, which has dragged Moscow's relations with the West to their lowest since the Cold War. More »Brent climbs, stays above $109 on Ukraine tensions

  • Apple expands buybacks by $30 billion, OKs 7-for-1 stock split

    Reuters - 40 minutes ago

    By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors. Activist investor Carl Icahn, who had famously called on the iPhone maker to boost its buyback program, tweeted his approval of the move on Wednesday. On Wednesday, Apple reported sales of 43.7 million iPhones in the quarter ended March, far outpacing the roughly 38 million that Wall Street had predicted. But whether Apple can again produce a revolutionary new product remains the central question in investors' and Silicon Valley executives' minds. More »Apple expands buybacks by $30 billion, OKs 7-for-1 stock split

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