Automaker Fiat-Chrysler said on Saturday that it would begin producing the iconic American brand Jeep in China from 2015 to meet demand in the world's largest car market. Fiat-Chrysler -- created by Italy's Fiat acquiring Chrysler of the United States -- will produce three Jeep sport utility vehicle (SUV) models in China, including one specifically designed for the Chinese market, the company said in a statement. The announcement came ahead of the Beijing auto show, which opens to the public on Monday, as global automakers flock to China to show off their latest models. Jeeps are currently available to Chinese consumers as imports, the statement said, adding nearly 60,000 Jeeps were sold in China last year, making the country the largest market for the brand outside of the United States.
By Ju-min Park and Jungmin Jang JINDO/MOKPO, South Korea (Reuters) - Angry relatives of more than 200 people, mostly children, missing inside a sunken South Korea ferry demanded authorities act now to raise the vessel and hit out at officials, including the country's president, as hopes of finding survivors faded. "Please lift the ship, so we can get the bodies out," a woman who identified herself as the mother of a child called Kang Hyuck said, using a microphone in the gymnasium where hundreds of people have spent day and night since the ferry capsized on Wednesday.
Nick Calathes, a Greek rookie backup guard for the Memphis Grizzlies, was suspended 20 games without pay Friday by the NBA for a doping violation, the league announced. Only minutes before the opening day of the playoffs, the NBA revealed that Calathes would be banished after testing positive for tamoxifen, a banned substance found in a supplement he had been taking. The suspension for Calathes will begin with Saturday's playoff opener for the Grizzlies at Oklahoma City. Last season, Memphis upset Oklahoma City in the playoffs.
By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Sherpa climbers aided by helicopters resumed a search on Saturday for four missing guides after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, killing at least 12 in the deadliest accident on the world's highest mountain. "I sat and counted 13 helicopter lifts - 12 were dead bodies flying overhead suspended by a long line from a helicopter," Tim Rippel of Peak Freaks Expeditions wrote in a blog. "Everyone is shaken here at Base Camp. Reality has set in." The ice avalanche struck a perilous passage called the Khumbu Icefall, which is riddled with crevasses and piled with seracs - massive ice boulders or columns that can break free without warning.
Australia's Daniel Ricciardo pushed his Red Bull to the fastest lap time during a wet final practice session on Saturday for the Chinese Grand Prix. With championship leader Nico Rosberg and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton opting not to set any flying lap times in the miserable damp and cold conditions but instead perform pit stop practice and preserve tyres, there were some unfamiliar names near the top of the timings board. Felipe Massa in the Williams, an impressive sixth fastest on Friday, continued to show great pace with second place in 1 min 54.492 sec, and Romain Grosjean in the Lotus was third with a 1:54.514. The rain meant Ricciardo's time of 1:53.958 on intermediate tyres was more than 15 seconds down on his best from Friday.
Sterling (United States) (AFP) - Adrienne Schreiber curls down her lower lip to reveal "SF1" inked in black -- a tattoo celebrating Scare Force One, a tribe of fierce Washington women on roller skates. Bureaucrats, teachers and scientists, the women who compete in roller derby -- an American game that is quickly gaining traction abroad -- come from all walks of life. On a recent Saturday afternoon in a sportsplex in Sterling, Virginia, a suburb of the US capital, the DC All-Stars A team -- drawn from the area’s four teams including Scare Force One -- competed against the Vixens from Canada's Rideau Valley Roller Girls league. Condoleezza Slice and Nasty Pelosi -- puns on the names of two of Washington's most powerful women -- play in the area.
LeBron James and his Miami Heat teammates seek their third title in a row and fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals starting with their playoff opener Sunday against Charlotte. But it will be the league-best San Antonio Spurs and Eastern Conference pace-setter Indiana that carry the top seedings and home-court edges throughout the NBA playoffs that begin Saturday. Attention will focus on four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James and Miami's bid to defend the crown once again.
Chelsea's vast experience of the Premier League title race could be the deciding factor as the Blues try to overhaul leaders Liverpool, according to the club's assistant manager Steve Holland. Jose Mourinho's side are two points behind Liverpool but, with a crucial trip to Anfield looming on April 27, the Blues have their destiny in their own hands. If Chelsea win their last four matches, starting at home to bottom of the table Sunderland on Saturday, then they will be crowned champions for the fourth time in the Premier League era. The west Londoners' impressive pedigree means they know exactly what it takes to get over the finish line, while Mourinho has enjoyed title triumphs in several countries including England in his previous spell with Chelsea.