China seizes $14.5 billion assets from family, associates of ex-security chief

BEIJING, MARCH 30 (Reuters): Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least 90 billion yuan (8.7 billion pounds) from family members and associates of retired domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang, who is at the centre of China’s biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades, two sources said. More than 300 of Zhou’s relatives, political […]

Malaysia jet MH370 search stepped up

Perth/Kuala Lumpur, March 30 (AGENCIES): The search for a Malaysian airliner intensified Sunday, 22 days after it vanished with 239 people on board, as relatives of Chinese passengers arrived in Malaysia to demand answers about their fate. Eight ships — the largest number so far — and 10 planes from six countries were sweeping a […]

Russia sees no need for Ukraine incursion, Tatars seek autonomy

Moscow, March 30 (Reuters): Russia said on Saturday it had no intention of invading eastern Ukraine following its annexation of Crimea, while the Black Sea peninsula’s Muslim Tatars demanded autonomy. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet on Sunday in Paris, the State Department said, as both sides […]

War Crime Vote: Lanka claims moral victory

Colombo, March 28 (AFP): Sri Lanka tried to claim a moral victory Friday and insisted it would push on with reconciliation efforts after being censured by the UN’s top rights body for failing to bring perpetrators of war crimes to justice. The US-initiated resolution was carried at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Thursday […]

Heart beats differently in men, women

Washington, March 28 (IANS): In tests to diagnose heart conditions, physicians have used a formula for years to calculate maximum number of heart beats a person can achieve per minute. But this formula is flawed as it does not take into account the difference between men and women, a research said. The peak heart-rate norm […]

Christian gets death in blasphemy case

LAHORE, March 28 (AP): A court convicted a Pakistani Christian man and sentenced him to death Thursday in a blasphemy case that sparked a riot last year in the eastern city of Lahore, according to his lawyer. Naeem Shakir, the lawyer for Sawan Masih, said a judge announced the verdict during a hearing at the […]

Mexican women giving birth in street

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 photo, Irma Lopez, and her son, Sabino Salvador walk in front of her house in San Felipe Jalapa de Diaz, Mexico. Irma’s plight garnered national attention last year when a photo showed the 29-year-old woman of Mazatec ethnicity squatting in pain immediately after giving birth in October on the […]

Flight MH370: ‘Objects Spotted’ in new search area

A woman breaks into tears as she joins a ceremony in memory of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Australian officials said search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have been suspended for the day due to bad weather.  (AP Photo) PERTH, […]

Global executions up 15% in 2013

This May 27, 2008, file photo, shows the gurney in Huntsville, Texas, where Texas’ condemned are strapped down to receive a lethal dose of drugs. A new report says the number of reported executions around the world rose almost 15% in 2013, and the United States was among the 5 countries putting the most people […]

Egypt army chief to run for president

CAIRO, March 27 (AP): Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the Egyptian military chief who last summer removed the elected Islamist president, has announced that he will run for president in elections expected next month, putting him on an apparent track to lead a nation beleaguered by ongoing turmoil and violence, a broken political order, a dilapidated economy and […]

Obama, Francis find common ground, sharp divisions

US President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis, on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. Obama called himself a “great admirer” of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their historic first meeting comes as Obama’s administration and […]

‘US needs to win back trust after NSA spying’

THE HAGUE, March 26 (Reuters): President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that U.S. intelligence agencies were not snooping on ordinary citizens but admitted it would take time to win back the trust of European governments and people after revelations of extensive U.S. surveillance. Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the sweep of the National […]