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Coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as executions near
CILICAP, Indonesia (AP) ? Ambulances carrying coffins arrived Tuesday at a prison island and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones in a sign that Indonesia will imminently execute eight foreigners and one Indonesian man, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy.
Pop star Mariah Carey makes grand entrance for Vegas show
LAS VEGAS (AP) ? For anyone wondering what to expect from Mariah Carey's upcoming series of Las Vegas shows at Caesars Palace beyond her 18 number one hit singles, her grand entrance on Monday provided a hint of what's to come.
Global markets lower ahead of major earnings, Fed meeting
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? Global stock markets were dented Tuesday by downbeat economic data from Europe ahead of major earnings reports and the Federal Reserve's policy meeting.
IRA-style bomb damages Londonderry probation office
LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland (AP) ? Northern Ireland police say a small bomb has detonated outside a probation office on a residential street in Londonderry, injuring nobody, and the city's leaders have accused IRA die-hards of recklessly endangering the lives of families living nearby.
Australia's police work abroad under spotlight with Indonesia executions
By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - The case of two Australians on death row in Indonesia has cast a spotlight on the foreign work of Australia's police force, whose tip off to their Indonesian counterparts a decade ago was key in their arrest and looming execution by firing squad. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two Australians named as ringleaders of the 'Bali Nine' drug-smuggling group, were arrested in 2005 at an airport on the island of Bali for trying to smuggle 8 kg (18 lb) of heroin into Australia.
Aquino appeals to Indonesia one more time to keep Filipina alive
Philippine President Benigno Aquino said he made one last appeal to the Indonesian government to spare a Filipina among nine prisoners set to be executed for drug trafficking on Tuesday as she could be a vital witness in prosecuting drug syndicates. It was Aquino's third personal appeal, after the Indonesian attorney general rejected the Philippine's request on Monday for a second judicial review of the case of Mary Jane Veloso, who her lawyers say merely served as an unknowing mule to drug traffickers. Veloso's lawyers filed a human trafficking complaint recently against her recruiter Maria Cristina Sergio, who they allege promised the death-row inmate a job as a domestic worker but instead led her to become a drug mule. Veloso is one of nine drug traffickers ordered by Indonesian authorities to die in a mass execution that may proceed possibly within hours.
Apple profit soars on iPhone, China sales
Apple on Monday reported a sharp rise in its quarterly profit, lifted by robust sales of its iPhones and a jump in revenue from China. Revenue increased 27 percent from the same period a year ago to $58.01 billion, Apple said. A major contributor was the expansion of iPhone sales in China. Revenue for "greater China" leapt 71 percent to $16.8 billion in the quarter, allowing the region to overtake Europe as Apple's second-largest market.
Helicopters ferry injured from Nepal villages near epicenter
GORKHA, Nepal (AP) ? Helicopters crisscrossed the skies above the mountains of Gorkha district Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake, ferrying the injured to clinics, and taking emergency supplies back to remote villages devastated by the disaster in Nepal that killed more than 4,400 people across the region.
Burundi anti-president protestors clash for third day
Protesters in Burundi clashed with police for a third day Tuesday in fresh demonstrations against the president's bid to cling to power for a third term, witnesses said. At least five people have died since clashes broke out Sunday after the ruling CNDD-FDD party, which has been accused of intimidating opponents, designated President Pierre Nkurunziza its candidate in the June 26 presidential election.
Dispute outside church leaves 2 fatally shot, 4 injured
NEW YORK (AP) ? A dispute outside a New York City church where a funeral was taking place triggered a shooting that left two people dead and four others injured, police said.
Ukraine says rebels firing rocket launchers again
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) ? Ukrainian military officials said Tuesday that separatist rebels in the east have resumed the use of rocket launchers that should have been withdrawn under a February peace deal.
Riots in Baltimore raise questions about police response
BALTIMORE (AP) ? National Guard troops fanned out through the city, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early Tuesday as a growing area of Baltimore shuddered from riots following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.
Possible kingmakers Liberal Democrats demand post-election stability budget
By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Liberal Democrats, possible kingmakers after a May 7 election, on Tuesday demanded a 'stability budget' within 50 days of the vote as a pre-condition of any coalition with either Conservative leader David Cameron or Labour's Ed Miliband. With neither Cameron nor Miliband expected to win an outright majority, the Liberal Democrats are eyeing a second term as junior coalition partner, positioning themselves in the centre ground as a possible partner to either party. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said instability stoked by unfunded election pledges from the Conservatives and vague fiscal targets from Labour would necessitate a post-election budget to decide how and when Britain's books would be balanced. The budget would have to set out detailed tax and spending plans to balance the cyclically-adjusted current budget by 2017/18, Clegg said.
Mother of death row Australian says he'll be executed at 1700 GMT
The mother of an Australian drug trafficker on death row in Indonesia said Tuesday he would be executed by firing squad at midnight (1700 GMT). They are going to take him at midnight and shoot him," Raji Sukumaran, the mother of Myuran Sukumaran, tearfully told reporters. Sukumaran is one of eight foreigners due to be put to death imminently in Indonesia.
Special Report - For UK political donors, an unintended tax break
By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Some of Britain's biggest political donors, including a dozen senior lawmakers, have benefited from a little-noticed loophole that lets them avoid tax on millions of pounds in donations to political parties, a Reuters analysis has found. Reuters is the first to measure the loophole, which offers political parties ? and in some cases, individual politicians or their families ? an unintended gift from the taxpayer. Political donations made by individuals are not tax-deductible in Britain. If a donor makes money as salary or dividend and then donates it, they have to pay income tax.
Favours needed again as Juventus look to clinch title
After their weekend derby disappointment, Juventus will need favours from elsewhere if they are to secure a fourth consecutive Serie A title in front of their own fans on Wednesday. Fourteen points clear at the top of the table with six matches remaining, Massimiliano Allegri's side entertain Fiorentina at the Juventus Stadium knowing a win will see them confirmed as champions provided nearest rivals Lazio slip up at home to Parma. A draw could also be enough for the Bianconeri to clinch their 31st scudetto this midweek, but only if Lazio, Roma and Napoli all fail to win, with the latter not in action away to Empoli until Thursday. In the last week, Juve have gone from the high of winning through to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 12 years to the low of losing 2-1 to city rivals Torino, their first defeat in the so-called 'Derby della Mole' since 1995.
Britain's recovery slows sharply in pre-election setback for government
By William Schomberg and David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy slowed more sharply than expected in the first three months of 2015, a setback for Prime Minister David Cameron who has staked his campaign for re-election next week on the strength of the recovery. Gross domestic product grew by 0.3 percent in the January-March period, the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday. It was the slowest quarterly growth since the end of 2012 when there were fears Britain was heading into recession.
Osborne says economy at 'critical moment' after first-quarter slowdown
Britain's economy is at a "critical moment", finance minister George Osborne said on Tuesday after official figures showed growth fell sharply in the first three months of 2015, just days before Britons go to the polls. "Good news economy continues to grow, but this is a critical moment and reminder you can't take recovery for granted," he said on Twitter. "GDP figures show future of the economy is on the ballot paper," he added. Opinion polls show Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives are almost neck and neck with the opposition Labour Party.
U.S. Stocks cool ahead of Fed, pound skids on disappointing GDP
By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - World shares shuffled away from all-time highs on Tuesday as surging Chinese stocks took a breather and investors began to retreat to the sidelines ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting. The figures were seen as loaded with significance coming just nine days before an election and its aftermath, when Britain's future cohesion and its membership of the European Union could be potentially at stake. "I think the real risk is so much uncertainty," said Societe Generale strategist Kit Juckes. Overnight in Asia, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan had followed Wall Street lower as it dropped 0.5 percent, but only after touching its highest level since January 2008.
Indonesia gears up for executions as families wail in grief
Indonesia made final preparations Tuesday to execute eight foreigners by firing squad, as family members wailed in grief during last visits to their loved ones and ambulances carrying white coffins arrived at the drug convicts' prison. Relatives of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the Australian ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" heroin trafficking group, arrived at Nusakambangan prison calling for mercy for their loved ones, with Sukumaran's sister collapsing in grief. They are among nine prisoners, including nationals from Brazil, the Philippines, Nigeria, and one Indonesian, facing imminent execution after authorities gave them final notice. Executions are traditionally carried out just after midnight in Indonesia by a 12-man firing squad, with the condemned prisoner led to a clearing and tied to a post.
Deutsche Bank co-CEO on trial over battle with media mogul
BERLIN (AP) ? Deutsche Bank co-CEO Juergen Fitschen went on trial Tuesday along with two of his predecessors, charged with attempted fraud for allegedly colluding to deceive judges in a long-running legal battle with a now-deceased media mogul.
Australian drug convict to be executed in Indonesia at midnight-mother
CILACAP, Indonesia (Reuters) - Australian death row inmate, Myuran Sukumaran, will be executed by an Indonesian firing squad at midnight for drug trafficking, his mother said on Tuesday. "They're going to take him at midnight and shoot him. I'm asking the government not to kill him. Please don't kill him today," Raji Sukumaran told reporters after visiting her son for the last time in prison. Sukumaran is among a group of nine drug convicts, mostly foreigners, due to be executed at the Nusakambangan prison island in central Java. (Reporting by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)
Baltimore deploys National Guard as riots erupt
Thousands of police and National Guard troopers were ordered to back up beleaguered officers in Baltimore on Tuesday after riots triggered by anger over the death of a black man in police custody. The state of Maryland declared a state of emergency after furious rioters looted businesses, ransacking shops and stealing armloads of merchandise, and torched cars. Last summer's fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri triggered coast-to-coast protests. The unrest in Baltimore started after the funeral of a black man who died April 19 of spinal injuries apparently suffered during his arrest this month.
Deutsche Bank co-CEO in dock on false testimony charges
Deutsche Bank co-CEO Juergen Fitschen was one of five defendants who went on trial on Tuesday accused of giving false testimony in a long-running legal battle with the defunct Kirch media group. A guilty verdict would deal a deadly blow to Germany's biggest lender as it struggles to clean up its image in the wake of a long list of legal challenges in recent years, and would leave the defendants facing prisons sentences of anywhere between one and 10 years. Fitschen and four others -- ex-chief executives Rolf Breuer and Josef Ackermann and former executives Clemens Boersig and Tessen von Heydebreck -- are accused of giving misleading evidence to judges in one of the lawsuits brought by the late media magnate Leo Kirch against the bank.
Political insiders benefit from tax break on UK party giving
By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - When British businessman Robert Durward decided to spend 1.9 million pounds ($2.9 million) funding a new free-market political party in the mid-2000s, friends said he was wasting his money. Over the same period they gave just 1.2 million pounds personally.
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At least one dead, 80 injured in S.Africa train collision
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - At least one person was killed and several others injured after two commuter trains collided on Tuesday in South Africa's biggest city Johannesburg, train operator Metrorail and emergency services said. Both trains were travelling from the capital Pretoria when one hit the other from behind, Metrorail spokeswoman Lillian Mofokeng told Talk Radio 702. "We just do not know how it happened. We will be investigating that. There is an indication that people have been injured," she said. ...
Daimler Q1 earnings nearly double on new models
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ? German automaker Daimler saw net profit nearly double in the first quarter on strong demand across all major markets for its updated line of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars.
Wall Street stocks retreat from record highs
New York (AFP) - US stocks snapped Monday a three-day rally to record highs as investors awaited Apple earnings results and a Federal Reserve policy meeting.
British economy slows ahead of general election
LONDON (AP) ? Britain's economic growth has slowed to a quarterly rate of 0.3 percent in the January-March period, a drop that will be seen as setback to the Conservative-led coalition only days before a general election.
British growth slows sharply on eve of election
The British economy gre far more slowly than expected in the first quarter of 2015, official data showed Tuesday, delivering a blow to the government just nine days before a general election. Gross domestic product expanded by 0.3 percent between January and March compared with GDP growth of 0.6 percent in the final quarter of 2014, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in an initial estimate. GDP, the main indicator of economic growth, is the last major piece of data on the British economy before Britain votes in a knife-edge general election on May 7.
A friend in need: China, India turn on aid diplomacy in Nepal
By Sanjeev Miglani and Ross Adkin DHADING, Nepal/KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At a 12-bed hospital deep in Nepal's Himalayan mountains, Indian Air Force helicopters bring in the casualties of a devastating earthquake that has killed more than 4,000: injured men, women and children plucked from hilltops and inaccessible valleys. Nepal's government has struggled in the wake of the country's worst earthquake in nearly a century, its officials have been largely absent from public view. "We have no faith in our government, only India and (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi are helping us," said villager Dhruba Kandel in Dhading. "If it were not for these helicopters, people would be dying on the mountains by the dozens." Nepal is sandwiched between India and China and the two Asian giants have used aid and investment to court Kathmandu for years.
Kerry renews U.S. pledge to Japan security, including East China Sea islets
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Japanese leaders on Monday that Washington's treaty commitments to Japan's security remain "iron-clad" and cover all territories under Tokyo's administration, including tiny islands in the East China Sea that China also claims. Kerry renewed the security pledge related to the islets, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, at a New York news conference with Japan's foreign and defense ministers to unveil updated U.S.-Japan defense guidelines on the eve of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's talks with President Barack Obama. The new guidelines for defense cooperation reflect Japan's willingness to take on a more robust international role at a time of growing Chinese power and rising concerns about nuclear-armed North Korea. It follows a Japanese Cabinet resolution last year reinterpreting Japan's pacifist post-World War Two constitution to allow the exercise of the right to "collective self-defense".
Japanese government wants nuclear to be 20-22 pct of power mix
Japan should aim to make nuclear energy account for between 20 and 22 percent of the country's electricity mix by 2030, with renewable energy making up slightly more, the industry ministry said on Tuesday. The proposal is likely to be unpopular among a public that opinion polls show has consistently opposed atomic energy since the three meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant north of Tokyo in 2011. It would, however, constitute a shift away from nuclear power, which supplied nearly 30 percent of Japan's electricity before the Fukushima crisis, the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. All Japan's reactors are currently closed pending safety checks by a new regulator set up after the Fukushima crisis highlighted lax regard for rules along with cosy links between industry and those meant to monitor security.
1 person killed in train collision in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? Two passenger trains collided south of Johannesburg, killing the conductor of one of the trains and injuring about 80 people on Tuesday.
Two passenger trains collide in South Africa, several injured
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Several people were injured after two busy commuter trains collided on Tuesday in South Africa's biggest city Johannesburg, a spokeswoman for train operator Metrorail said. Both trains were travelling from the capital Pretoria when one hit the other from behind, Lillian Mofokeng told Talk Radio 702. "We just do not know how it happened. We will be investigating that. There is an indication that people have been injured," she said. Mofokeng had no details on how many passengers were on the trains, how many were injured or if there were any fatalities.
Captain of doomed S. Korea ferry sentenced to life in prison
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, was given an increased sentence of life in prison Tuesday by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide.
Panasonic says annual profit soared 49% to $1.5 bn
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Tuesday that its annual profit soared 49 percent, strong results at its lesser-known auto parts unit and lower costs linked to a sweeping restructuring boosted its bottom line. The upbeat figures underscore how Panasonic's shift to focus on lesser-known businesses, including an energy and auto division, has helped its finances, and made it a standout as rivals Sony and Sharp continue to struggle. Panasonic's auto division makes various products found in vehicles, including electrical components and car navigation systems. For the current fiscal year, which started this month, Panasonic said it expects a 180 billion yen net profit on revenue of 8.0 trillion yen.
Texas asking appeals court to uphold voter photo ID law
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? A federal appeals court was set to hear arguments Tuesday on a Texas voter identification law condemned by the Justice Department as a means of suppressing minority voting.
Nepalis dig through quake rubble for survivors, PM says toll could be 10,000
By Rupam Jain Nair and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake could reach 10,000, the prime minister said on Tuesday, as residents frustrated by the government's slow response used their bare hands to dig for signs of their loved ones. "The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing," Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told Reuters. "It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal." International aid has finally begun arriving in the Himalayan nation of 28 million people, three days after Saturday's 7.9 magnitude quake, but disbursement is slow. According to the home (interior) ministry, the confirmed death toll stands at 4,349, with more than 7,000 injured.