Sweden’s Tomas Transtromer, Nobel prize-winning poet, dies at 83

By Reuters on March 27, 2015, at 3:14 p.m.
STOCKHOLM — Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, a winner of the Nobel prize for literature, has died of a stroke at the age of 83, members of the Swedish Academy that confers the award said on Friday. Transtromer was known for a relatively spare canon of surreal and lyrical poetry. His …

Islamist fighters kill 7 in Somali hotel, officials trapped

By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheik, Reuters on March 27, 2015, at 11:35 a.m.
MOGADISHU — Islamist militants blasted their way into a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least seven people and trapping government officials inside, police and witnesses said. Somali special forces broke through the compound wall and exchanged gunfire with fighters holed up in the main …
French gendarmes and investigators work amongst the debris of the Airbus A320 on Thursday at the site of the plane crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps.

Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot should have been grounded

By Tom Käckenhoff, Reuters on March 27, 2015, at 9:32 a.m.
DUESSELDORF, Germany — German authorities said on Friday they had found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy. French prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked himself …
Shiite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, on March 26. Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shiite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president Thursday, in a major gamble by the world's top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard without direct military backing from Washington.

With Yemen strikes, Saudis show growing independence from US

By Matt Spetalnick, Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball, Reuters on March 26, 2015, at 9:37 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia kept some key details of its military action in Yemen from Washington until the last moment, U.S. officials said, as the kingdom takes a more assertive regional role to compensate for perceived U.S. disengagement. The Middle East’s top oil power told the United States weeks ago …

National Guardsman charged with trying to join Islamic State group

By James Queally, Los Angeles Times on March 26, 2015, at 3:49 p.m.
A National Guard specialist was arrested and charged with attempting to join the Islamic State extremist group and helping his cousin plot a possible terror attack at a U.S. military base in Illinois, federal investigators said Thursday morning. Hasan Edmonds, 22, was planning to board an Egypt-bound flight when he …

Canada’s New Brunswick province bans fracking, plans study

By Dave Sherwood, Reuters on March 26, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
PORTLAND — Lawmakers in New Brunswick voted on Thursday to prohibit fracking in the eastern Canadian province, committing to study the controversial method of extracting oil and gas for one year before reconsidering the ban in 2016. The province’s Liberal-led government said it will require five conditions be met before …

Scientist defends WHO group report linking herbicide to cancer

By Carey Gillam, Reuters on March 26, 2015, at 2:43 p.m.
A World Health Organization group’s controversial finding that the world’s most popular herbicide “probably is carcinogenic to humans” was based on a thorough scientific review and is a key marker in ongoing evaluations of the product, the scientist who led the study said Thursday. “There were several studies. There was …

Air Canada changing cockpit policy after Germanwings crash

By Reuters on March 26, 2015, at 2:42 p.m.
TORONTO — Air Canada said on Thursday it is changing its policies to ensure that all flights have two people in the cockpit at all times after initial reports on the Germanwings flight that crashed on Tuesday. Canada’s biggest airline is making the change “without delay,” said spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick …

Study shows acceleration in decline of Antarctic ice shelves

By Will Dunham, Reuters on March 26, 2015, at 2:38 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Satellite data from 1994 to 2012 reveals an accelerating decline in Antarctica’s massive floating ice shelves, with some shrinking 18 percent, in a development that could hasten the rise in global sea levels, scientists say. The findings, published on Thursday in the journal Science, come amid concern among …
A French gendarme helicopter flies over the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes, March 25, 2015.

Co-pilot deliberately crashed Germanwings jet, officials suspect

By Tim Hepher and Jean-Francois Rosnoblet, Reuters on March 26, 2015, at 8:25 a.m.
PARIS — A young German co-pilot barricaded himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings Flight 9525 and apparently set it on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board including himself, French prosecutors said Thursday. They offered no motive for why Andreas Lubitz, 27, would …
A girl walks past candles at the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school in Haltern am See, March, 25, 2015. Students and teachers at a small-town German high school broke out in tears when they realised that 16 classmates and two teachers were on board an ill-fated Germanwings airplane that crashed in France on Tuesday on a flight home to Duesseldorf. An Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in a remote snowy area of the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 on board including 16 schoolchildren.

Cockpit voice tape studied in Airbus crash; NYT says pilot locked out

By Jean-Francois Rosnoblet and Tim Hepher, Reuters on March 26, 2015, at 5:28 a.m.
SEYNE-LES-ALPES — Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the German Airbus plane that crashed into the Alps, killing everyone on board, officials said on Wednesday. The New York Times reported that evidence from the recordings showed that one of the pilots left the …
Zayn Malik performs with his band One Direction on NBC's Today show in New York, November 13, 2012.

Zayn Malik quits One Direction, says he wants normal life

By Michael Roddy, Reuters on March 25, 2015, at 1:23 p.m.
LONDON — Singer Zayn Malik said on Wednesday he was quitting the best-selling pop band One Direction because he wanted to live a normal life and apologized to fans of the hugely popular British-Irish group for doing so. The decision by Malik to quit came after he dropped out of …
British television presenter Jeremy Clarkson leaves his home in London March 24, 2015.

BBC drops ‘Top Gear’ host Jeremy Clarkson after producer attack

By Reuters on March 25, 2015, at 12:20 p.m.
LONDON — The BBC said on Wednesday it would not renew the contract of Jeremy Clarkson, the hugely-popular but divisive presenter of its motoring program “Top Gear” after what it called an unprovoked physical attack on a producer. Clarkson, 54, who has generated both controversy and profits for Britain’s publicly …

Islamic State claims suicide bombing in Libya’s Benghazi

By Ayman al-Warfalli, Reuters on March 24, 2015, at 8:31 p.m.
BENGHAZI, Libya — Islamic State militants claimed a suicide bombing that killed seven people at an army checkpoint in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday and triggered retaliatory airstrikes by army forces. In a separate incident in Libya’s second-largest city, where army forces are fighting Islamist militants, a rocket …

Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border, say US officials

By Mark Hosenball, Phil Stewart and Matt Spetalnick, Reuters on March 24, 2015, at 8:10 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict. The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shiite …

Vatican to give homeless private VIP tour of Sistine Chapel

By Reuters on March 24, 2015, at 4:57 p.m.
VATICAN CITY — In Pope Francis’ latest gesture toward Rome’s homeless, the Vatican said Tuesday homeless people will get a special private tour of its museums and the Sistine Chapel. About 150 homeless people who frequent the Vatican area — where Pope Francis has already set up facilities for them …
A rescue helicopter from the French Securite Civile flies over the French Alps during a rescue operation near the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes, March 24, 2015. An Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline, en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, crashed in a remote snowy area of the French Alps on Tuesday and all 150 on board were feared dead.

Investigators seek clues into why jet plowed into French mountainside

By Jean-Francois Rosnoblet, Reuters on March 24, 2015, at 10:26 a.m.
SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — French investigators will sift through wreckage Wednesday for clues into why a German Airbus plowed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 people on board, including 16 schoolchildren returning from an exchange trip to Spain. The A320 jet operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline was obliterated when …

British police hunt thieves who stole 38 pythons

By Reuters on March 23, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
LONDON — British police said Monday they were hunting for thieves who broke into an apartment in northwest England and stole 38 Royal python snakes. The nonvenomous snakes, which included eight pregnant females, were taken from a house in St. Helens last week, police added. Two men were spotted leaving …
Anti-Houthi protesters run as pro-Houthi police troopers open fire in the air to disperse them in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz March 23, 2015.

Yemen minister calls for Gulf Arab military intervention

By Noah Browning, Reuters on March 23, 2015, at 4:45 p.m.
DUBAI — Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen called Monday for Gulf Arab military intervention to halt advances by Houthi fighters, a move that could draw neighboring states into the country’s deepening power struggle. The Sunni Muslim monarchies of the Gulf back President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, whose forces have recently suffered …
Singapore's former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew speaks during an interview at a Reuters Newsmaker event in Singapore in March 2009. Lee, Singapore's first prime minister and architect of the tiny Southeast Asian city-state's rapid rise from British tropical outpost to global trade and financial center, died early on Monday local time, at age 91, the Prime Minister's Office said.

Modern Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

By Saeed Azhar, Reuters on March 22, 2015, at 8:52 p.m.
SINGAPORE — Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister and architect of the tiny city-state’s rapid rise from British military outpost to global trade and financial center, died on Monday aged 91. Although Lee had receded from public and political life over the past few years, he was still seen …
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