• Australia: EU needs tough border control after boat tragedy

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister urged European leaders on Tuesday to adopt tougher border control measures in the wake of the feared drowning of as many as 900 asylum seekers whose boat capsized off the coast of Libya. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose government implemented a strict policy of turning back asylum seekers' boats in a bid to discourage them from trying to reach Australia, called the latest Mediterranean crisis a "terrible, terrible tragedy" and suggested Europe follow Australia's lead to ensure it's not repeated. "The only way you can stop the deaths is to stop the people smuggling trade. The only way you can stop the deaths is, in fact, to stop the boats," Abbott told reporters in the nation's capit

  • UN refugee agency says Australia rejected Vietnamese at sea

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that it had raised concerns with Australian authorities that a boatload of Vietnamese asylum seekers had their refugee applications rejected at sea before the Australian navy secretly returned them to Vietnam. The 46 Vietnamese were offloaded from an Australian navy ship at the port city of Vung Tau last Friday, local Australian media reports said. UNHCR spokeswoman Vivian Tan said Australian officials had confirmed that asylum seekers had been screened at sea and returned to Vietnam. The UNHCR had asked the Australian government on Monday for details of the procedures used to assess their applications, Tan said. Australia had yet to respond.

  • Guam lawmaker proposes debt refinancing to pay for hospital

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Guam lawmaker has introduced a bill proposing to refinance the island government's $343 million debt to raise funds for construction of a new Guam Memorial Hospital facility. Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr. introduced the legislation on Monday, the Pacific Daily News, a Guam newspaper, (http://is.gd/OjOZx8) reported. The government debt was borrowed from bond investors in 2007. Rodriguez estimates the island government can save up to $45 million through refinancing. His bill states the funds should be applied toward capital improvements in the form of construction of a new hospital facility. A location has not been set.

  • AP NewsBreak: EU to put Thailand 1 step away from fish ban

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union is to give Thailand six months to drastically change its policies on illegal and unregulated fishing or face an EU seafood import ban by the end of the year. Two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press Monday that the 28-nation bloc will give Thailand an ultimate warning or it could face export losses of over half a billion euros (dollars) a year. The move is to be officially announced on Tuesday. The sources, including one EU official, spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement has yet to be made. They said Thailand now has six months to come forward with a new approach to stave off the ban. Thailand is a major exporter of seafood, with

  • Van and 3-wheeled vehicle collide in India; 5 students dead

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    PATNA, India (AP) — A van collided with a small three-wheeled vehicle packed with 11 teenage students in eastern India on Monday, killing five students and injuring six others, police said. Villagers who took the injured students, including three in critical condition, to a nearby government hospital in Bihar state became incensed when they discovered no doctors were present. About 100 people attacked the hospital in anger and burned six vehicles, including an ambulance, before stick-wielding police broke up the crowd, Siwan district police Chief Vikas Verman said. The villagers also held a protest around the bodies of the dead students in front of the hospital, stopping traffic, he said.

  • Chinese leader in Pakistan to unveil $45B in investments

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan on Monday for a two-day visit in which he is expected to announce $45 billion worth of investment projects in energy and infrastructure development. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the country's top civilian and military leadership received Xi at an air force base near the capital, Islamabad, complete with a military honor guard and a fighter jet fly-by. Pakistan's minister for planning and development, Ahsan Iqbal, said the Chinese leader's expected announcement on the projects is "proof of our great bond with China." Around $37 billion of the $45 billion would be invested in energy, Iqbal said.

  • US, Philippines start combat drills amid Chinese reclamation

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than 11,500 American and Filipino military personnel launched one of their largest annual combat exercises Monday amid growing alarm over massive land reclamation by China in disputed South China Sea territories. Philippine military officials said the "Balikatan," or shoulder-to-shoulder, maneuvers, which involve more than 90 aircraft and ships, were not directed at China. But the venue of some of the war games in waters facing the disputed region and a focus on territorial defense appear to link the exercises to the long-simmering conflict. More than 120 Philippine and U.S.

  • Thailand seizes 4 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Congo

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand seized 4 tons of ivory hidden in bean sacks tracked from Congo in what authorities said was the biggest bust in the country's history, customs officials said Monday. The 739 elephant tusks, bound for Laos, were seized upon arrival at a port in Bangkok on Saturday after the authorities received a tip-off and had tracked the containers from Congo, the Customs Department's director-general Somchai Sujjapongse told reporters. He said that the shipment, labeled as beans, was shipped out of Congo in February and went through Malaysia before reaching the Bangkok port. "We have been following the (shipment) for two months. Intelligence reports said ivory from Africa might be smuggled with other product

  • Image of Asia: A rooftop refuge in a New Delhi slum

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    In this photo by Bernat Armangue, an Indian man sleeps on the roof of his house in New Delhi. As temperatures rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Indian capital, slum dwellers take refuge from the heat on rooftop cots known as charpoys. The slum in the center of New Delhi is home to thousands of people. Apart from the heat, summer brings other dangers including swarms of mosquitoes bred in the open sewage lines and standing puddles throughout the shantytown.

  • UK police arrest boy over alleged Australia terror plot

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — British police have arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with an alleged plot to attack a war memorial ceremony in Australia. Greater Manchester Police says the boy was detained in Blackburn, northwestern England, on Saturday on suspicion of involvement in the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism. Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole said Monday the arrest came after police found "communication between an individual in the northwest and a man in Australia to what we believe is a credible terrorist threat." He said police had not uncovered an imminent threat to Britain. The force said it had passed information to Australian authorities.

  • Afghan doctor: 3 dead in suicide attack on police station

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked a police station in the provincial capital of Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, killing three people, a doctor at a local hospital that received the bodies said Monday. Provincial police chief Gen. Nabi Jan Mullahkhail said three people were wounded when a suicide bomber struck the gate of the compound in Lashkar Gah late Sunday, allowing two other militants to enter. He declined to elaborate. But Dr. Darwesh at the Emergency hospital, an international charity, said it had received the bodies of two policemen and one civilian. Another 11 people wounded in the attack are being treated there, he said. He asked that his last name not be published because he was not

  • Advocate: 5 asylum seekers on Nauru set to go to Cambodia

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Five asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Iran have agreed to be among the first to leave the Pacific island nation of Nauru for Cambodia under a deal that allows refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the Southeast Asian country, a refugee advocate said Monday. Ian Rintoul, spokesman for the Australia-based advocacy group Refugee Action Coalition, said none of the five men had had their refugee claims accepted yet. While the bilateral agreement signed last September stipulates that those resettled in Cambodia must be genuine refugees who volunteered to go, officials in Nauru were inviting asylum seekers whose refugee claims have yet to be processed as well as bona fide refugees,

  • Scott Dixon wins Grand Prix of Long Beach

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Scott Dixon, like nearly every IndyCar driver, loves racing the streets of downtown Long Beach. But whether it was bad luck or an inability to close out a race, the New Zealander always found victory well beyond his reach. That changed with a dominating Sunday under the warm California sun. Dixon passed Helio Castroneves during a mid-race pit stop and stayed out front over the final 47 laps to win the Grand Prix of Long Beach for the first time. "I guess I finally got it right," Dixon said. A three-time IndyCar Series champion, Dixon has not had much luck on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit, finishing fourth in 2010 for his only previous top 10.

  • Gunmen storm Afghan police station as mine clearers abducted

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents armed with guns and explosives attacked a police station Sunday in Afghanistan's southern city of Lashkar Gar, wounding two officers and a civilian as gunmen elsewhere kidnapped at least a dozen mine clearers, authorities said. Nabi Jan Malakhail, the police chief of Helmand province, said at least two insurgents were inside the police station, fighting late Sunday with police who had the building surrounded. One suicide bomber had blown himself up outside the station to allow the others in, he said. Helmand province is a stronghold of the Taliban, who have been fighting the Kabul government for more than a decade. Meanwhile, gunmen kidnapped at least a dozen Afghan mine clearer

  • Indian farmers protest gov't plans to ease land acquisition

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of flag-waving farmers rallied in India's capital Sunday to protest a government plan to ease rules for obtaining land for industry and development projects. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said existing rules, established in 2013 to protect land owners from land grabbing and forced relocation, were creating obstacles that were spooking investors. He and industrial leaders say the rules should be simplified to entice foreign business and boost manufacturing in India. Modi passed an executive order in December doing away with some of the rules.

  • 2 Indian policemen arrested in killing of Kashmiri youth

    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Two Indian policemen have been arrested in the killing of a teenage boy during weekend protests in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said. Towns across the Himalayan territory were mostly quiet Sunday, following two days of clashes between Indian law enforcement authorities and anti-India demonstrators. Streets in the main city of Srinagar were tense, with armed police and paramilitary soldiers inspecting vehicles and questioning people. Police said in a statement that they arrested two policemen after a preliminary investigation revealed one had ordered the other to fire his rifle at stone-throwing protesters in the northwestern village of Narbal on Saturday "in violation of laid down SOP (stand

  • Phelps roars from last to 1st in 100 free at Arizona meet

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps felt something coming off the wall in the 100-meter freestyle, a sensation he hadn't experienced since resuming training four months ago. It was like a switch flipped in the 18-time Olympic gold medalist. He zoomed off the wall in lane seven, rallying from last to win in 49.72 seconds Saturday night in his comeback from a six-month suspension at the Arena Pro Swim Series. "As soon as I was under water I just started kicking and one of the kicks I just felt something different that I hadn't felt before," Phelps said. "I don't know if that was the switching gear in knowing how to race again or what. I haven't felt that switch in anything." Ryan Lochte came in as the fastest qualif

  • Castroneves earns pole at Long Beach with track record

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An IndyCar mandate forced Chevrolet to ditch its winglets for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Winged or not, those Penske cars are still awfully hard to catch. Helio Castroneves set a track record and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya finished right behind him during qualifying Saturday, giving Team Penske the top two spots at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. "Every time I go to the race track, I feel like we not only have great speed and a great team — and that's what it's all about," Castroneves said after his 42nd pole, fourth on the career list. Castroneves, the 2001 champion at Long Beach, had a time of 1 minute, 0.66294 seconds around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit.

  • Islamic State blamed for Afghan suicide bombing killing 35

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a line of people waiting outside a bank Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 and wounding 125 in an assault the country's president blamed on the Islamic State group. The accusation by President Ashraf Ghani, following local media reporting the Islamic State group's Afghan affiliate claiming the attack, would mark a major escalation in the extremists' nascent campaign of violence in the country. While nowhere near as powerful as the Taliban, the affiliate's ability to strike at will would mark a new threat for the country to contend with as U.S. and NATO forces ended their combat mission at the start of the year.

  • As Spurs know, international players can impact NBA playoffs

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Kawhi Leonard was the MVP of last year's NBA Finals, though the San Antonio Spurs wouldn't have won without their incredible international presence. The victory celebration was a flag-waving party for players who came to San Antonio from around the globe. They had nine players born outside the U.S., all of whom are back this season as the Spurs try to win back-to-back titles for the first time. Tony Parker (France) and Manu Ginobili (Argentina) are stars, but key contributions from players such as Boris Diaw (France), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Marco Belinelli (Italy) and Patty Mills (Australia) made it easy for the Spurs to dominate Miami in five games.




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