Bomb kills 4 in Pakistan; airstrikes hit militants
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:23:56 -0400
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A bombing in southern Pakistan killed a police officer known for his anti-militant campaigns and three other people on Thursday while army officials said the Pakistani air force carried out airstrikes against insurgents in a northwestern tribal region, killing 16 militants.
Afghan hospital guard kills 3 foreign doctors
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:19:48 -0400
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three foreign physicians and wounding two other people, officials said.
Unilever first quarter sales hit by strong euro
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:18:15 -0400
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Unilever PLC, the maker of consumer products such as Dove soaps and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, said Thursday that the stronger euro dented its revenues in the first quarter of the year.
Ukraine official: city hall cleared of protesters
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:11:41 -0400
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Police have cleared the city hall in a southeastern Ukrainian city of pro-Russian protesters who had been occupying it for over a week, Interior Minister Avakov said Thursday, but local police officials and protesters presented quite another picture of what happened.
Announcer relishes role as voice of Kentucky Derby
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:10:11 -0400
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — From his perch with a panoramic view of the world's most famous racetrack, the new voice of Churchill Downs will sit out one of the most anticipated moments of the tradition-soaked Kentucky Derby.
Large Scania shareholder accepts Volkswagen bid
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:04:48 -0400
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Volkswagen has come closer to realizing its ambition to takeover Scania after the fourth largest shareholder in the Swedish truck maker announced it will accept the 6.7 billion-euro ($9.2 billion) bid.
Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:59:28 -0400
By Mark Felsenthal and Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new "red line" and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands. His comments drew a swift response from China, which said the disputed islets were Chinese territory. Obama also urged Japan to take "bold steps" to clinch a two-way trade pact seen as crucial to a broad regional agreement that is a central part of the U.S. leader's "pivot" of military, diplomatic and economic resources towards Asia and the Pacific. U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators failed to resolve differences in time for Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to shake hands on a deal at the summit.
Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:52:25 -0400
ROME (AP) — Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square.
Three foreigners dead at Kabul hospital as guard opens fire
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:50:27 -0400
A guard at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity opened fire on staff Thursday, killing three foreigners including a doctor, in the latest attack targeting international civilians in the Afghan capital. The security guard was injured in the incident at the Cure International hospital and detained by police, officials said, adding that the motive behind the shootings was not immediately known. Cure International is a non-profit organisation founded in 1998 and based in Pennsylvania. A doctor who was treating the wounded at the hospital in west Kabul confirmed the incident and said a foreign doctor was among the dead.
Shares in French giant Alstom leap on rumoured GE bid
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:47:20 -0400
Shares in French engineering group Alstom, which builds power-generating equipment and high-speed trains, shot up nearly 14.0 percent in early trading on Thursday on rumours that US General Electric may make a takeover bid. Alstom, issued a statement to say that it had no knowledge of any such offer from General Electric (GE). Alstom shares, which surged initially by about 17.0 percent, shortly after were showing a gain of 13.87 percent to 27.72 euros on the Paris stock which was showing an overall advance of 0.54 percent. The financial news agency Bloomberg had reported on Wednesday that GE was in advanced talks to buy Alstom for more than $13.0 billion (9.4 billion), and a deal could be announced next week.
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