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Top Stories - U.S. drought evaporates to lowest level since 2011

The USA`s drought has been squelched to its lowest level in nearly four years.

Thursday, May 28, 2015  21:00


World - Egyptian court clears state security officer of killing detainee

An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a state security officer who had been convicted of torturing to death an Islamist detainee, state media said, in a case that has fueled anger over police brutality in the weeks before the 2011 uprising. Mohamed Abdel Rahman al-Shemi had been sentenced to 15 years in prison, but Egypt`s highest civil court overturned the conviction and ordered a retrial in which he was cleared, state news agency MENA said. Egypt`s police force, widely accused by human rights groups of abuses during Hosni Mubarak`s 30-year rule, has made a strong comeback since he was toppled in 2011.

Thursday, May 28, 2015  17:39


World - Number of starving worldwide drops below 800 million: U.N.

By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of people worldwide who don`t get enough to eat has fallen to 795 million, 10 million less than last year, U.N. officials said on Wednesday. Social investments, including cash transfer programs for the poor and free school meals, have helped reduce starvation in South America to close to zero, U.N. officials said. East Asia and Southeast Asia have also shown major progress, officials said, while South Asia is lagging.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015  17:10


World - South Sudan hunger at its worst since independence in 2011: experts

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 40 percent of South Sudan`s 11 million people need food aid, the latest analysis shows, the highest hunger levels recorded in the world`s youngest country, where fighting erupted 18 months ago. Conflict, high food prices and the worsening economy have pushed 4.6 million South Sudanese into hunger, according to the analysis carried out by hunger experts from aid agencies and the government. The number has almost doubled since the start of the year, and those facing hunger in the northeast African nation include 874,000 children under five, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis showed.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015  16:33


World - Eastern Japan shaken by 5.6 magnitude quake, no tsunami warning

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 shook Tokyo and surrounding areas on Monday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The quake, centred in Ibaraki prefecture just northeast of the Japanese capital, shook buildings in Tokyo and briefly halted train lines, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. On March 11, 2011, Japan - one of the world`s most seismically active nations - was hit with a massive earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 20,000 people dead. ...

Monday, May 25, 2015  07:09


World - Six people killed, eight wounded in rocket attack in Libya`s Benghazi: official

By Ayman al-Warfalli and Ahmed Elumami BENGHAZI, Libya/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Six people were killed and eight wounded when a rocket hit a residential district in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, officials said. An army commander blamed Islamist fighters for the rocket strike. Fighting for control of the country`s second-largest city has been going on for a year, part of a conflict between former rebels groups who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now back two rival governments.

Friday, May 29, 2015  21:55


World - Blatter faces bigger challenge at divided FIFA

As Sepp Blatter was re-elected FIFA president on Friday he made almost exactly the same speech he did in 2011 about the need to pull together and root out corruption. Not only has FIFA failed to change its scandal-plagued image, it faces an even bigger credibility crisis after United States prosecutors unveiled the gory details of alleged corruption in soccer, some involving top FIFA officials. To complicate matters FIFA is also showing the first signs of a dangerous split in its ranks.

Friday, May 29, 2015  20:26


World - UK reporter sentenced after paying cop for stories

Anthony France of The Sun tabloid paid a police officer at London`s Heathrow airport over £22,000 (30,000 euros, $34,000) for 38 stories and pieces of information between 2008 and 2011. Sentencing France at London`s central criminal court, judge Timothy Pontius said that paying people for stories was acceptable practice at the Sun, which has daily circulation figures of around two million. The police officer, Constable Timothy Edwards of the counter-terrorism unit SO15, passed on stories about pilots being breath-tested and a drunken model getting angry after `catching her boyfriend romping with a woman,` the court heard.

Friday, May 29, 2015  18:55


Sports - Bowditch leads Byron Nelson with blistering first round

Steven Bowditch, an Australian who has made his home in Texas, upstaged native son Jordan Spieth, grabbing a two-shot lead in the Byron Nelson Championship with a sparkling 62. Bowditch, seeking a second victory on the USPGA Tour, had eight birdies in his eight-under effort and a two-stroke lead over American Jimmy Walker, who had seven birdies and a bogey in his six-under 64. Americans Ryan Palmer and James Hahn shared third on 65, with Tom Gillis, John Merrick and 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley a further stroke back on 66.

Friday, May 29, 2015  03:22


World - Adesina: from farmer`s son to Africa bank chief

Nigeria`s outgoing agriculture minister Akinwumi Adesina has risen from humble origins to become the head of the African Development Bank at a time of economic transformation on the continent. The son of a poor farmer earning 10 US cents per day in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria, 55-year-old Adesina gradually climbed the social ladder, according to friends. Before becoming a minister in 2011, he worked for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and held senior positions in agricultural bodies around the world.

Thursday, May 28, 2015  20:23

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