Dozens of miners missing, feared dead after blast in east Ukraine

March 4th, 2015

Family members wait outside the Zasyadko coal mine in DonetskBy Maria Tsvetkova DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Dozens of miners were trapped underground and feared dead after a blast on Wednesday at a coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk. Mine officials said the explosion was most likely caused by gas and not linked to fighting at the nearby frontline in the war between Moscow-backed rebels and Ukraine government forces. Nevertheless, Kiev suggested the war had made the disaster worse, accusing the separatists of holding up a rescue effort by restricting access.


Read more Yahoo News – Top Stories

Obama dismisses Netanyahu speech

March 4th, 2015

US President Barack Obama reacts scathingly to a speech by Israel’s prime minister, saying it offers no viable alternative to his Iran policy.

Read more BBC News – US & Canada

Hilton brother Conrad agrees to plead to assault on flight

March 4th, 2015

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2008, file photo, Conrad Hilton, left, Kathy Hilton, center, and Rick Hilton arrive at the launch party of new MTV series "Paris Hilton's My New BFF" in Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say Paris Hilton's brother Conrad has agreed to plead guilty to assaulting flight attendants on a trip from London last year. The U.S. attorney's office says Hilton signed the agreement Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He's set to appear in court Thursday but will officially plead guilty to the misdemeanor later. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say Paris Hilton's brother Conrad has agreed to plead guilty to assaulting flight attendants on a trip from London last year.


Read more Yahoo News – Top Stories

‘Racial bias’ at Ferguson police

March 4th, 2015

The US Justice Department has found evidence of racial bias at the Ferguson police department, US media report.

Read more BBC News – US & Canada

Ukraine’s central bank to lift benchmark rate to 30 percent

March 3rd, 2015

By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s central bank will raise its benchmark refinancing rate to 30 percent from 19.5 percent, the head of the central bank said on Tuesday, seeking to rein in rocketing inflation and stem persistent currency weakness. The hryvnia has halved in value so far in 2015 after shedding 50 percent last year. The new interest rate, which takes effect on Wednesday, is the highest for 15 years and will inflict further pain on an economy expected to shrink by 5.5 percent this year. The government sees inflation at 26 percent in 2015, though Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk has said that may be “too optimistic”.

Read more Yahoo News – Top Stories

Netanyahu warns US over Iran deal

March 3rd, 2015

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says an Iran nuclear deal could “pave Iran’s path to the bomb”, in a contentious speech to the US Congress.

Read more BBC News – US & Canada

Libya’s elected parliament agrees to return to UN talks

March 3rd, 2015

Bernardino Leon, U.N. special envoy for Libya, attends a meeting with members of the Libyan General National Congress in TripoliBy Ayman Al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya's elected parliament agreed on Monday to return to U.N.-sponsored peace negotiations one week after pulling out and a delegate from its rival assembly said the talks would resume on Thursday. Western powers see the U.N. talks as the only chance to end turmoil in Libya, where a power struggle between two rival governments and their armed factions risks pushing the North African country deeper into civil war four years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Fighting between the two factions has cut into Libya's vital crude exports and has also allowed militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State to gain a foothold in the large desert nation. Forces loyal to Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni's internationally recognised government and the elected parliament based in the east are battling Libya Dawn forces who took over the capital Tripoli last summer and set up their own government.


Read more Yahoo News – Top Stories

Homeless man ‘reached for LAPD gun’

March 3rd, 2015

The Los Angeles police chief says a homeless man shot dead by police had reached for an officer’s weapon before being killed.

Read more BBC News – US & Canada

Cuba signals readiness to fast-track U.S. diplomatic ties

March 2nd, 2015

The head of the Cuban delegation, Josefina Vidal, appears at a news conference in WashingtonBy David Adams and Daniel Trotta MIAMI/HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba is willing to restore diplomatic relations with the United States as soon as the Obama administration declares its intent to take the country off a list of state sponsors of terrorism, according to a senior Cuban official. That could take place before both sides are ready to open embassies, Josefina Vidal, the head of the United States division at the Cuban Foreign Ministry told state media. It is the first time Cuba has said publicly it is willing to restore relations before it is removed from the list. …


Read more Yahoo News – Top Stories

‘No disrespect’ in Netanyahu speech

March 2nd, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his upcoming speech to Congress is “not intended to disrespect” President Barack Obama.

Read more BBC News – US & Canada