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17 killed in India army ammunition depot fire

1 hour 7 min ago

A fire at a massive military ammunition depot on Tuesday killed at least 17 people and injured 19 more in central India, officials said. The blaze broke out around 01:30 am (2100 GMT Monday) at the depot in Pulgaon, near the city of Nagpur in the western state of Maharashtra, with television footage showing flames lighting up the night sky. Nineteen are injured but are out of danger," Smita Patil, superintendent of Wardha district police, told AFP by phone from the scene.


Amnesty says 1.2 million Afghans internally displaced by war

1 hour 10 min ago
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Amnesty International said Tuesday that more than 1.2 million Afghans have been forced to flee their homes due to violence in the past three years and urged the Kabul government and the international community to tackle the country's growing crisis of refugees internally displaced by war.

S. Korea says North fails with attempted missile launch

1 hour 11 min ago

North Korea on Tuesday appeared to have tried and failed with a fresh ballistic missile launch in violation of existing UN resolutions, South Korea's defence ministry said. The ministry declined to speculate on the missile type, but local media cited military sources as saying it was a powerful, medium-range Musudan missile that has already undergone three failed launches this year. UN resolutions ban North Korea from any use of ballistic missile technology, although it regularly fires short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast.


Warriors beat Thunder to book NBA title showdown with Cavs

1 hour 14 min ago

Stephen Curry scored 36 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 96-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder and into an NBA title rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors, trying to cap a sensational season that included a record 73 regular-season victories with a second straight title, sealed the 4-3 series victory in the Western Conference finals on their home floor in Oakland, California -- clawing back after trailing 3-1 in the series. The Warriors, who became the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win a playoff series, host LeBron James and the Cavaliers in game one of the finals on Thursday.


If Captain Cook's ship is found, whose is it? Rhode Island's

1 hour 36 min ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — If the ship legendary explorer Capt. James Cook used to sail around the world is found at the bottom of Newport Harbor, Rhode Island will own it outright because of a legal maneuver it took nearly two decades ago based on an obscure, centuries-old maritime practice.

Saudi says intercepts and destroys ballistic missile from Yemen

1 hour 40 min ago

Saudi Arabia has intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired from Yemen and a Saudi-led military coalition said in a statement late on Monday it may be forced to reconsider a truce that has been place since April. Saudi Arabia, leading a coalition of Arab states, intervened in Yemen in March last year mainly with air strikes to try to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Houthis, backed by forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, had advanced on Hadi's temporary headquarters in the southern city of Aden, forcing him to flee the country.


Chacin wins duel with Verlander, Angels top Tigers 5-1

1 hour 58 min ago

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Over the first 4 1/2 innings at Angel Stadium, Jhoulys Chacin and Justin Verlander retired all 27 batters they faced. They kept trading zeros deep into the eighth inning of a scintillating pitchers' duel.


Leaked audio claims second Brazilian minister

2 hours 10 min ago

Brasília (AFP) - The government of Brazil's acting president Michel Temer took a fresh hit on Monday as the anti-corruption minister resigned after a recording revealed him criticizing a probe into graft at state oil giant Petrobras, officials said. Fabiano Silveira was the second minister to exit in the span of a week from Temer's government, which has only been in power for 18 days following the suspension of Dilma Rousseff for an impeachment trial. In audio released by Globo television on Sunday night, Silveira was heard talking to Senate President Renan Calheiros and Sergio Machado, the president of Petrobras subsidiary Transpetro, both of whom are being investigated in the embezzlement probe.


Penguins edge Sharks 3-2 in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

2 hours 31 min ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nick Bonino looks the part. Thatchy beard that juts out well below his chinstrap. Nose a bit askew. The rugged forward has etched out a career making a living in tight spaces, putting his body in places on the ice that aren't for the meek.


At least four people rush stage during Sanders' rally in California

2 hours 40 min ago

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - At least four people on Monday rushed the stage as presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke at a rally in Oakland, where Secret Service agents swarmed around him and detain the protesters, CNN reported. A Secret Service agent rushed to Sanders side, grabbed him and wrapped his arms around the presidential candidate during the ruckus. "We don't get intimated easily," said Sanders, who seemed unfazed by the situation, as he resumed his speech.


More than 45 million trapped in modern slavery: study

2 hours 49 min ago

More than 45 million men, women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery, far more than previously thought, with two-thirds in the Asia-Pacific, a study showed Tuesday. The details were revealed in the 2016 Global Slavery Index, a research report by the Walk Free Foundation, an initiative set up by Australian billionaire mining magnate and philanthropist Andrew Forrest in 2012 to draw attention to the issue. The report said India had the highest number of people trapped in slavery at 18.35 million, while North Korea had the highest incidence (4.37 percent of the population) and the weakest government response.


Haiti council starts deliberating on possible election redo

2 hours 54 min ago

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's electoral authorities begin deliberating Tuesday whether they should annul results of the disputed presidential election's first round, as recommended by a special commission that reported finding significant fraud.


Pressure grows on India over marital rape

2 hours 58 min ago

Deepti has spent three years since then fighting for justice, but she doubts her husband will ever be punished in a deeply patriarchal country that does not consider marital rape a crime. India has long suffered from high levels of sexual violence including in the home, but governments have shunned making marital rape a crime.


Mexican soccer player beats up kidnapper to free himself

3 hours 6 min ago

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Caught in a real-life win-or-lose challenge, soccer forward Alan Pulido overpowered a kidnapper, freed himself and then called police for help — a dramatic tale that shows how tough the professional player is, or how incompetent his abductors were.


NBA Finals rematch set as Warriors, Cavs to meet again

3 hours 7 min ago

The Golden State Warriors' historic season goes on, with just one left team to beat.


US comic finds humor in abyss of mental illness

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 22:49

What on earth could be funny about contemplating suicide? Lots, says American comedian Maria Bamford, who's been there, is still fighting and draws on her ordeal to make people laugh. Bamford, a petite 45-year-old blond with a high-pitched, squeaky voice, also wants to show that even in the nadir of a person's life there's humor in there, somewhere.


Rapper pleads not guilty to deadly shooting at T.I. concert

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 22:30
NEW YORK (AP) — A rapper charged in a deadly shooting at a New York City concert hall has pleaded not guilty.

Alibaba tells vendors to halt drug sales online, cites government rule change

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 22:28

Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has told vendors on its Tmall website to stop selling medicine, saying a local regulator has issued an "urgent" directive halting drug sales via third-party platforms. Alibaba, in a notice dated May 27 seen by Reuters, cited a circular from the Hebei province branch of the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) on "urgent control measures relating to drug products". The regulator's surprise directive comes as the government promotes retail sales of over-the-counter (OTC) medicine, with a pledge to harness technology to solve issues as varied as high drug prices and snarling hospital queues.


Asia shares firm but set for monthly loss

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 22:23

By Lisa Twaronite and Nichola Saminather TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asian shares recovered from a wobbly start on Tuesday, but remained on track for a monthly loss, while the dollar edged away from recent peaks scaled on expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates as soon as next month. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.4 percent, poised to end the month down 1.9 percent. Japan's Nikkei stock index slipped 0.5 percent after rallying 1.4 percent in the previous session.


State lawmakers override bill veto to ease Chicago pension payments

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 22:08

Chicago will be able to spread out state-mandated higher payments to its police and fire pensions after the Illinois Legislature on Monday overrode the governor's veto of a bill that became entangled in a political impasse. The Senate voted 39-19 and the House voted 72-43 to undo Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's veto on Friday that the city claimed would lead to a $300 million property tax hike. The bill gives Chicago short-term budget relief but will add to the city's big pension funding gap.