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WORLD NEWS

Russia in new Ukraine attack threat
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 13:49 Ukraine crisis: Russia 'to respond if its interests' attacked Residents at the centre of the crisis in Sloviansk are trying to live normally Russia will respond if its interests in Ukraine are attacked, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgian war.

Ukraine: Sergei Lavrov warns Kyiv over Russian interests
Euronews

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned Kyiv it will respond if its interests in Ukraine are attacked.

Blair: Radicalized Islam a growing threat
New Zealand Herald

LONDON (AP) The West should set aside its differences with Russia and China to focus on the growing threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair said Wednesday, in a speech that included a call to support Egypt's military government against its Muslim Brotherhood opponents.

Radicalised Islam a growing threat, says Blair
The Hindu

AP Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the West should focus on the dangers of radicalised Islam.

Tony Blair: radicalised Islam biggest world threat
Telegraph

The West should set aside its differences with Russia and China to focus on the growing threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair said on Wednesday, in a speech that included a call to support Egypt's military government against its Muslim Brotherhood opponents.

US troops in Poland for exercises
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 23:28 Ukraine crisis: US troops land in Poland for exercises The 150 US troops that arrived in Swidwin will be joined by a further 450 soldiers in the coming days The first contingent of US troops has landed in Poland for military exercises amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

US warns Russia over Ukraine as Moscow announces military exercises
Guardian

Joe Biden (left) and the Ukrainian prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, at a joint news conference in Kiev.

American journalist 'suspected of bad activities' held captive in Ukraine
CBC News

Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified "bad activities.

Putin's military exercises are more than a game
Guardian

Russia announced on Wednesday it was conducting military exercises in the Rostov region, bordering Ukraine .

US middle class no longer most prosperous in world
Telegraph

And the gap between top, middle and lower income earners in the US is growing, according to the data on international incomes compiled by the Luxembourg Income Study Database.

Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo
New Zealand Herald

TOKYO (AP) President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming.

Russia blames US for Ukraine political unrest
ABC News

Ukraine crisis: Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov accuses the US of being behind political unrest Updated April 24, 2014 06:43:01 Photo: An armed man in military fatigues stands guard outside a regional administration building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk on April 23, 2014.

Police make Syria appeal to UK women
BBC News

24 April 2014 Last updated at 00:01 Police make Syria appeal to UK Muslim women By Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent, BBC News Several men from the UK have died after going to Syria to join anti-government forces British counter-terrorism police chiefs are making an unprecedented appeal to Muslim women to urge men against travelling to possibly fight in Syria.

Is the UK becoming more productive?
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 11:03 Is the UK becoming more productive?

Bodies pulled from Korean ferry reveal escape attempts
ABC News

South Korea ferry disaster: Corpses reveal desperate attempts to escape doomed ferry Updated April 24, 2014 10:50:35 Photo: A rescue crew operates in a boat near where the capsized ferry Sewol sunk in Jindo, South Korea on April 22, 2014.

NYPD's Twitter campaign backfires badly
New Zealand Herald

A police lieutenant swings his baton at Occupy Wall Street activists in New York, in one of the photos posted under the hashtag #myNYPD.

Fatah, Hamas agree to form Palestinian unity government
France 24

The rival Palestinian leaderships of Fatah and Hamas made a fresh attempt Wednesday to overcome their political divisions, announcing that they would seek to form a unity government within five weeks.

Israel accuses Abbas of sabotaging peace efforts as Palestinian president moves to form government with Hamas
National Post

The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Wednesday agreed to form a unity government and hold new elections, making a new attempt to overcome a seven-year split that has left them divided between two governments.

PLO and Hamas agree landmark pact
Guardian

Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah and Hamas agreed to implement a unity pact, with the aim of forming a government within five weeks.

Eight arguments about whether the UK is a Christian country
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 11:14 Eight arguments about whether the UK is a Christian country By Jon Kelly BBC News Magazine David Cameron's remarks that the UK is a "Christian country" were criticised by a group of public figures.

UN denies S. Sudan government statement
New Zealand Herald

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) The United Nations mission in South Sudan accused the government Wednesday of spreading false claims that the U.N. camp near the scene of a massacre refused to shelter victims.

UN denies turning away South Sudan massacre victims
CBC News

The United Nations mission in South Sudan accused the government Wednesday of spreading false claims that the UN camp near the scene of a massacre refused to shelter victims.

Hamas and Fatah declare end to rift
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 19:59 Hamas and Fatah unveil Palestinian reconciliation deal Please turn on JavaScript.

New York police Twitter campaign backfires
Telegraph

"Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD?

NYPD Twitter campaign 'backfires'
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 12:28 NYPD Twitter campaign 'backfires' after hashtag hijacked This was the original tweet posted by the NYPD asking for users' photos A plan by the New York Police Department to use Twitter to boost its image seems to have backfired.

Plane search examines coastal debris
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 13:39 MH370 search: investigators examine Australia debris The daily search operation 1,600km (990 miles) north-west of Perth involves some two dozen nations Authorities in Australia are examining material washed ashore to determine if it is related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Link to MH370 discounted after debris washes up on Western Australia coast
Guardian

A billboard in Beijing contains tributes to the missing passengers of flight MH370.

World Cup trophy begins national tour in Brazil
Telegraph

The World Cup trophy arrived at Maracana stadium, bringing to an end the world tour which saw it visit 88 countries in nine months.

Yes vote 'boon' for northern England
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 21:08 Yes vote 'boon' for northern England claims Salmond By James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News Mr Salmond told his audience in Carlisle that Scotland could be an "economic counterweight" to London Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond has insisted Scottish independence would be a boon for the north of England because it would rebalance the UK economy.

Russia says it would retaliate in Ukraine if citizens threatened
CBC News

Ukraine crisis orchestrated by U.S., Russia's Lavrov says Russia says it would retaliate if citizens' interests threatened Thomson Reuters Posted: Apr 23, 2014 4:10 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 23, 2014 7:33 AM ET

North Korea by night: satellite images shed new light on the secretive state
Guardian

New images taken from the International Space Station show North Korea's changing landscape New images taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station this year captured a fresh view of the Korean peninsula at night.

'Object Of Interest' Found In Search For Malaysian Jet
NPR

hide caption Ships continued to search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Wednesday.

Turkish PM offers condolences over killings of Armenians in WWI
ABC News

Turkish prime minister offers condolences over mass killings of Armenians in World War I Posted April 23, 2014 22:35:11 Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered condolences to the descendants of victims of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman troops during World War I. Mr Erdogan's statement was the first such overt comment by a Turkish leader over the killings, considered by many as the first genocide of the 20th century.

Armenian massacre finally acknowledged
New Zealand Herald

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a conciliatory message to Armenians on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre.

Turkish PM offers condolences over 1915 Armenian massacre
Guardian

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister.

Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt
New Zealand Herald

PERTH, Australia (AP) Authorities say unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane.

Obama Raises Curtain On 4-Country East Asia Trip
NPR

President Obama is visiting East Asia, stopping in Japan and three other countries.

Oil falls as US oil supplies rise by 3.5M barrels
New Zealand Herald

NEW YORK (AP) The price of oil slipped Wednesday as a government report showed U.S. oil supplies rose more than expected last week.

Rival Palestinian factions reach unity government deal
ABC News

Hamas and Palestine Liberation Organisation announce deal to form unity government Updated April 24, 2014 05:01:04 Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and president Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) have agreed to implement a unity pact.

After Bitter Split, Palestinian Factions Pledge To Reconcile
NPR

hide caption Palestinians march Wednesday in Gaza City in support of an attempt to reconcile the two main factions.

Ukraine weighs move on militants in the east
Telegraph

In a statement, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said the two bodies found in Slovyansk bore signs of torture.

Prince Charles's brother-in-law dies after fall
ABC News

Prince Charles's brother-in-law Mark Shand dies in New York from head injury after fall Updated April 24, 2014 07:53:02 Mark Shand, the brother-in-law of Prince Charles, has died in a New York hospital after suffering a serious head injury in a fall outside a club following a charity event.

Harper to send up to 500 election monitors to Ukraine
CBC News

Canada will send up to 500 people to monitor Ukraine's presidential election next month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday.

Ukraine government says truce is over
Euronews

Slovyansk in the east of Ukraine is one of an estimated 10 cities in the region where so called pro-Russian separatists have taken control of administrative buildings.

Ukraine says Russia supports torture, murder
New Zealand Herald

Oleksandr Turchynov.

New York police Twitter campaign backfires
ABC News

New York police Twitter campaign backfires, attracts photos of police brutality and critical tweets Updated April 24, 2014 07:33:09 A New York police department campaign to boost its image via social media instead produced critical tweets and a flood of pictures of apparent police brutality.

Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip
New Zealand Herald

TOKYO (AP) Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer.

MH370: bad weather halts search as 'unidentified material' found on Australian coast
Euronews

Shortly after Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced unidentified material had washed up on the Australian coastline, the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was temporarily suspended.

Piles and piles of bodies in Bentiu
The Hindu

The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe.

Reports Of Mass Slaughter As South Sudan Teeters On The Brink
NPR

hide caption South Sudanese civilians flee from attacks in the northern town of Bentiu on Sunday.

Ansan High School the focus of South Korean ferry disaster
Euronews

One South Korean school bore the brunt of the Sewol ferry disaster, Danwon High School in Ansan, an industrial town near the capital, Seoul.

William and Kate get hip in the city of churches
Guardian

William and Kate get hip in the city of churches Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, focused on youth during a visit to Adelaide in South Australia on Wednesday.

Camilla mourns death of brother after freak accident
New Zealand Herald

June 2010 photo from files showing Mark Shand, left, brother of The Duchess of Cornwall showing her an elephant sculpture.

Duchess of Cornwall's brother dies
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 20:37 Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand dies in fall Mark Shand married Clio Goldsmith in 1990, with whom he had a daughter, Ayesha The Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand, has died as a result of a serious head injury he sustained during a fall.

Anatomy of the cost of a new drug
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 15:05 Anatomy of the cost of a new drug The cost of drugs is in the headlines following the decision by NHS watchdog NICE that a new cancer treatment should not be funded.

Punching above military weight
New Zealand Herald

Abbott wants to be go-between for America and China, but huge investment needed to update military Decisions need to be made soon on major assets that will see decades of service.

Transnistria territorially tempting to Russia
Euronews

Transnistria, population approximately half a million, between pro-western Moldova and Ukraine, is appealing eastward.

Three children found dead in London
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 13:41 New Malden deaths: Arrest after three children found dead The children's father is understood locally to be called Gary Clarence A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three children were found dead at a south-west London home.

Hamas and Fatah agree on landmark Palestinian unity pact
Euronews

A landmark unity pact has been agreed in the Middle East between Palestinians.

Anti-Obama protesters clash with police in Manila
The Hindu

Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed on Wednesday with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines.

Ukraine's Maidan protesters: 'The revolution is not finished yet'
Telegraph

Members of Maidan self-defence forces march along the street in central Kiev on April 23 (REUTERS) The birth of the "Donetsk People's Republic" came in reaction to the fall of Mr Yanukovych's pro-Russian regime.

Farbrace named as England assistant
BBC News

Paul Farbrace named England assistant coach Paul Farbrace has been confirmed as England's new assistant coach after quitting as Sri Lanka head coach.

'Dangerous yet beautiful': South Africa's fascination with the AK-47
Guardian

For South African film director Ralph Ziman , growing up in Johannesburg meant guns were a fact of everyday life.

Are late night brawls a thing of the past?
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 10:54 Are late night brawls a thing of the past?

Fatah and the Hamas agree unity government
Telegraph

Prospects for prolonging them already hung in the balance after Israel this month broke a promise to release Palestinian prisoners, prompting Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, to sign up to 15 international treaties and organisations in breach of a prior commitment.

Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal
The Hindu

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold new elections a potentially historic step toward mending the rift that has split their people between two sets of rulers for seven years.

Violence in Rio after dancer's death sparks fury
Euronews

A police operation in the favelas overlooking the Copacabana tourist hotspot in Rio de Janeiro went badly wrong when the body of a renowned local dancer was found the morning after.

French government announces new measures to counter its citizens joining the Syrian conflict
Euronews

The French government has announced its intention to enhance surveillance of Islamist websites that recruit fighters and to block assets of people behind them.

EU in slow progress on deficit cuts
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 13:03 EU in slow progress on deficit cuts By Andrew Walker BBC World Service Economics correspondent The scale of Spain's spending cuts has been unpopular, but it still failed to meet EU targets New figures from the European Commission show that EU governments are gradually making progress with their financial problems.

Snowden installed as uni rector
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 11:54 Edward Snowden installed as Glasgow University rector Edward Snowden spoke at the ceremony in Bute Hall via a video link from Russia Intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has been installed as rector at Glasgow University.

Obama reassures Japan on China as Asia trip begins
Euronews

US President Barack Obama is in Japan for talks seen by many as a stepping stone towards one of the worlds biggest trade agreements, the Trans Pacific Partnership ( TPP ).

Lessons of costly conflicts - from Iraq to Afghanistan
Guardian

'Tony Blair has refused to apologise for the Iraq war and periodically pops up to argue that he was right all along.

Chelsea Manning granted name change
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 16:51 Chelsea Manning granted name change from Bradley This photo of Manning was used in her court martial A judge has granted a petition from Chelsea Manning to legally change her name from Bradley, as the US soldier continues her 35-year sentence for leaking government files.

UKIP angry over rival party's name
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 17:45 UKIP angry over similarly named rival party Mr Nattrass has likened Mr Farage's UKIP to a "one-man party" UKIP has said it is considering legal action over the name of another Eurosceptic party contesting the forthcoming European elections.

Moscow Answers Ukrainian Offensive With Warning Of Its Own
NPR

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said his country would respond if its citizens or interests came under attack in Ukraine.

No UN action on Iran envoy visa ban
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 11:54 UN committee takes no action on Iran envoy's visa ban Hamid Aboutalebi is a senior political adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani A UN committee has taken no action against the US refusal to grant a visa to Iran's newly appointed permanent representative in New York.

Putin's Chess Moves In Ukraine: Brilliant Tactics, But Bad Strategy?
NPR

hide caption Protesters play chess in Independence Square in Kiev last winter.

Billionaire Paul Ramsay hospitalised
SBS News

Australian billionaire and Ramsay Health Care founder Paul Ramsay is in a serious condition in a European hospital.

Palestinian Talks Could Heal Leadership Divide And Anger Israelis
NPR

Palestinian leaders say they're close to a deal that would end the seven-year division between Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

Ukraine crisis: Kiev protesters 'not satisfied' with revolution
Telegraph

More than two months after the revolutionaries in Kiev toppled Ukraine's previous government, thousands of demonstrators are still camped in Independence Square - popularly known as the "Maidan" - in the heart of the capital.

Nauru guards accused of assaulting children
Guardian

Security guards at the family camp on Nauru have been accused of verbally and physically abusing child asylum seekers in a letter of concern from staff at the centre.

Weight concerns behind Phelps return
BBC News

Michael Phelps: Olympic swimmer set for competitive return By Nick Hope BBC Olympic sports reporter Eighteen-time US Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps says concerns about weight gain were behind his decision to return to the sport.

Copacabana riots cast shadow over the World Cup
Telegraph

Witnesses described panic in hotels when shooting broke out at about 6pm on Tuesday.

MH370 search brings in powerful sonar equipment as officials scrutinize material that washed ashore
National Post

Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official said Wednesday.

Kansas judge grants Chelsea Manning's request to change name
Guardian

A Kansas judge granted a request Wednesday to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Malaysia Airlines MH370 search team investigate washed-up objects
Telegraph

However, Martin Dolan, from the ATSB, indicated the objects were unlikely to be from the missing plane.

Aust not in midst of budget crisis: Labor
SBS News

Labor has dismissed Treasurer Joe Hockey's warnings about the spiralling costs of welfare, health and other government spending.

US journalist Simon Ostrovsky held by pro-Russian militia in Ukraine
Guardian

American reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, with a Pro-Russian fighter in Slavyansk, on 13 April 2014.

New York police face backlash for #myNYPD photo campaign
CBC News

New York police face backlash for #myNYPD photo campaign Police department's #myNYPD Twitter call for photos of public interaction with officers doesn't go as planned The Associated Press Posted: Apr 23, 2014 10:38 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 23, 2014 5:46 PM ET

The growing pandemic of political speak
CBC News

John Kerry, America's ever-more-pontifical secretary of state, recently began an answer about Middle East peace negotiations by declaring, as he often does: "I want to make this crystal clear.

Why politicians don't just say what they mean: Neil Macdonald
CBC News

John Kerry, America's ever-more-pontifical secretary of state, recently began an answer about Middle East peace negotiations by declaring, as he often does: "I want to make this crystal clear.

Flybe in London City Airport deal
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 09:12 Flybe to start London City Airport routes Flybe is to offer flights from London City Airport after signing a five-year deal.

Jets scrambled over Russian planes
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 21:19 RAF fighter jets scrambled to investigate Russian planes Typhoon fighter jets are based at RAF Leuchars in Scotland Fighter jets were scrambled after two Russian military aircraft were spotted approaching UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.

Begging ban: Perth city council pushes to outlaw beggars in city centre
Guardian

A push by Perth city council to make begging a crime has been criticised by a peak housing body for the homeless.

Syria election: first candidate steps forward to take on Assad
Telegraph

Mr Assad, who became president after the death of his father Hafez in 2000 and whose current term ends on July 17, is expected to stand and win another seven-year term despite the three-year-old civil war.

Moyes thanks Ferguson for Man Utd job
BBC News

David Moyes: Man Utd accused of behaving unprofessionally Manchester United have been accused of acting unprofessionally following the sacking of David Moyes.

Sacked Moyes understands 'frustration' of Man Utd fans
ABC News

David Moyes says he understands 'frustration' of Manchester United fans Updated April 24, 2014 05:28:28 David Moyes has spoken out for the first time since his sacking as Manchester United manager, saying he understood fans' frustration after his ill-fated 10-month spell in charge at Old Trafford.

Study: Gene therapy may boost cochlear implants
New Zealand Herald

WASHINGTON (AP) Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.

S Sudan president sacks army chief
BBC News

24 April 2014 Last updated at 00:48 S Sudan conflict: President Salva Kiir sacks army chief No official reason was given for the removal of Gen James Hoth Mai South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has sacked the head of the army.

Experts criticise Australia's purchase of stealth jets
New Zealand Herald

$13 billion to be paid for more F-35s despite delays, technology and reliability issues Joint Strike Fighters.

Gang with golf clubs attack trio
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 17:15 East Belfast hate crime: Gang with golf clubs attack trio A hate crime in east Belfast in which three people were attacked by a gang armed with golf clubs is being investigated by police.

UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria
New Zealand Herald

UNITED NATIONS (AP) The U.N. Security Council says it is gravely concerned at reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, which caused deaths and injuries, and is calling for an investigation.

Syria: Assad accused of new gas attacks
New Zealand Herald

Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.

Muslims in CAR pray for an escape route
France 24

Hundreds of Muslims are trapped in a slum in the Central African Republic's capital, Bangui.

Obama: US-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands
New Zealand Herald

TOKYO (AP) President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

Is Louis van Gaal Man Utd's saviour?
BBC News

Manchester United: Is Louis van Gaal Old Trafford club's saviour?

France unveils plan to fight jihadist threat
New Zealand Herald

PARIS (AP) French authorities are taking steps to crack down on the flow of young would-be jihadis embarking to fight in Syria's civil war.

China says quality of its groundwater has worsened
New Zealand Herald

BEIJING (AP) Nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources.

Study: Binge drinking drop means fewer violent crime injuries
New Zealand Herald

When binge drinking falls, violent crime goes down, according to a new study.

Belieb It Or Not: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit
NPR

hide caption Justin Beiber poses next to unidentified man at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.

Texas prisons violate international human rights standards, report says
Guardian

Summer in Texas prisons is so sweltering that the heat violates international human rights standards and has caused the deaths of at least 14 inmates since 2007, according to a new study.

Journalist held hostage by Pro-Russian insurgents
The Hindu

Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive.

American Journalist Kidnapped By Ukraine's Pro-Russia Insurgents
NPR

hide caption In a photo taken earlier this month, U.S. reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands with a pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk.

South Korea ferry: Divers feel for children's bodies in dark
CBC News

South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing.

South Korea ferry disaster: children broke fingers in attempt to escape
Telegraph

South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing.

Mauritanian president says he will run again
New Zealand Herald

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) Mauritania's president, who initially took power in a coup, says he will run again in upcoming elections.

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials
New Zealand Herald

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: ___ April 22 The Oklahoman on Obama administration and Keystone XL pipeline: The Obama administration has found yet another way to keep from deciding the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline's northern leg, from Canada to Cushing.

Thespians celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday
CBC News

Thespians celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday Special performances and commemorative events held in London and New York City

Portsmouth Muslims work with police to deter youth from the lure of Syria
Guardian

One city facing up to the lure exerted by the conflict in Syria on its young people is Portsmouth .

Russia's Zuckerberg flees country
New Zealand Herald

Pavel Durov, founder of Russia's leading social network VKontakte, or "in contact", sits in a cafe in Red Square in Moscow, Russia.

Bieber upsets with war shrine image
BBC News

Justin Bieber causes upset with Japan war shrine image 23 April 2014 Last updated at 11:35 Share Justin Bieber has caused upset on social media after posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine on Instagram.

Bieber apologises for visiting Japan war shrine
ABC News

Justin Bieber apologises after visiting controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Japan Updated April 24, 2014 07:53:02 Justin Bieber has apologised and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.

Kiev to resume security operation to disarm eastern separatists
Reuters

video transcript This is video from a Ukrainian online news site.

Royal tour day 17: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Adelaide, South Australia
Telegraph

The Duchess of Cambridge has been crowned the Queen of the Decks after discovering a hidden talent for DJ-ing.

Official ferry death toll climbing
Reuters

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Death sparks Brazil favela unrest
Reuters

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Protests over Obama Asia trip
Reuters

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Underwater video of ferry search released
Reuters

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Obama arrives in Japan for state visit
Reuters

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Obama, Japan's Abe dine at venerable sushi restaurant
Reuters

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NASA astronauts perform spacewalk outside International Space Station
Reuters

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U.S. paratroopers arrive in Poland
Reuters

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Iceberg eight times the size of Manhattan breaks off from Antarctica
Reuters

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Risk of asteroid hitting Earth higher than thought, study shows
Reuters

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Judge approves Bradley Manning name change
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Led Zeppelin unleash unheard work
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 07:49 Led Zeppelin unleash unheard recordings By Rebecca Jones Arts correspondent, BBC News The band broke up in 1980 following the death of drummer John Bonham (second from right) Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin have unveiled two previously unheard recordings ahead of the reissue of the band's first three albums in June.

Danger of London's 'hidden homes'
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 11:21 Fire brigade worried about London's 'hidden homes' By John Waite and Joe Kent BBC Radio 4, Face the Facts Carlo and his teenage daughters live in this room above a car workshop Thousands of people in London are living in hidden homes - often in disturbing conditions - because they cannot afford to live elsewhere.

2,000 Buses Of Visitors: Rome Braces For Canonization Crowds
NPR

hide caption Workers stand on scaffolding in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on Tuesday.

German, French ministers visit Moldova, Georgia
New Zealand Herald

BERLIN (AP) The German and French foreign ministers are making a joint visit to Moldova and Georgia, former Soviet republics that have breakaway regions with Russian-speaking populations, as tensions simmer over Russia's intentions in Ukraine.

Pakistan Army demands suspension of Geo TV licence
The Hindu

After the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) director-general threatened legal action against Geo TV for maligning the ISI, the Defence Ministry filed an application to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) demanding suspension of the licence to the company, Independent Media Corporation, which runs Geo .

Army ups the ante on Geo TV
The Hindu

After the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) director general threatened legal action against Geo TV for maligning the ISI, the defence ministry filed an application to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) demanding suspension of the licence to the company, Independent Media Corporation which runs Geo.

Emirates says another family targeted in London
New Zealand Herald

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) State media in the United Arab Emirates say a family from the Gulf federation has been targeted by armed men who forced their way into the family's London apartment, weeks after a similar attack in the British capital.

Georgia will allow guns in churches
Telegraph

Earlier this week a similar liberalising gun reform measure was vetoed by Jan Brewer, the Republican governor of Arizona.

Everest Sherpas discuss boycott
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 10:14 Everest avalanche: Sherpas discuss boycott A cremation ceremony was held for sherpas in Kathmandu on Monday Sherpa guides in Nepal are meeting climbers at Everest base camp to decide whether to cancel ascents after an avalanche on Friday killed 16 sherpas.

Retailers urged to sign Bangladesh safety accord on collapse anniversary
ABC News

Rana Plaza factory collapse: Australian clothing retailers yet to sign Bangladesh safety accord Updated April 24, 2014 09:20:45 Two Australian companies still have not signed up to a crucial safety accord for Bangladeshi garment workers, a year after more than 1,000 people died in a building collapse.

Rana Plaza disaster marked by Oxford Street demonstration
Guardian

The collapsed Rana Plaza building in Dhaka last year.

Man Utd believe Moyes timing right
BBC News

David Moyes: Man Utd insist timing of sacking was right Manchester United opted to sack David Moyes because they did not want to start the search for a successor behind his back, the BBC has learned.

Mexico steps back from telecom, Internet limits
New Zealand Herald

MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexico's ruling party appears to have stepped back from proposals to block Internet and telecom signals, following protests that ended in physical confrontations in Mexico City.

Ukrainian official confronted by masked men hours before his body is found
Telegraph

Rybak had gone to the building to try to remove a flag placed on it by pro-Russian separatists, in the video, people can be heard shouting, "Kill this s**t!

Ukrainian PM gives MTV Cribs-style tour of flat
Telegraph

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, 39, became one of the world's youngest prime ministers and leader of Kiev ' s first post-revolutionary government in February this year following the 2014 revolution that removed Viktor Yanukovych from power.

The ways tattoos can get you into trouble
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 08:59 The ways tattoos can get you into trouble Magazine Monitor A collection of cultural artefacts The Sri Lankan authorities have ordered the deportation of a British tourist because she had a Buddha tattoo on her arm.

Prisoner charged over fellow inmate death
SBS News

A teenage prison farm inmate has been charged over the death of a fellow prisoner.

NBC: Olympics show wide second-screen use
New Zealand Herald

NEW YORK (AP) Slightly more than half of the people who watched the Sochi Olympics on NBC also used a computer, tablet or smartphone to get information about the games while the TV was on, the network said Wednesday.

Nepal minister to meet sherpas in base camp summit to end Everest impasse
Telegraph

Sherpas called for the remainder of the climbing season to be cancelled on Tuesday after a remembrance service at base camp for the 16 killed in the avalanche.

US President Barack Obama shares sushi with Japan's Prime Minister
Telegraph

The president kicked off his trip on an informal note, joining Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a famous Tokyo sushi restaurant with hard-to-come-by reservations and a hefty price tag.

Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment
NPR

hide caption President Obama and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe depart Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, on Wednesday.

Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy
NPR

hide caption President Obama shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before a private dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo on Wednesday.

In pictures: Violent protests erupt in Rio
France 24

Violent protests erupted in the Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday after the death of a 25-year-old man who was allegedly beaten by police.

South Korea ferry: Was steering gear failure to blame?
CBC News

A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank said Wednesday that he suspects there was a problem with the steering gear.

Court reserves decision on full hearing for asylum seekers data breach case
Guardian

A federal circuit court judge has reserved his decision on whether a case involving a group of asylum seekers who were named in a massive data breach will continue to a full hearing.

Nine indicted in kidnapping of North Carolina prosecutor's father
Guardian

As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said.

Men win sex discrimination pay case
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 19:16 Men win sex discrimination pay case against university Rob Cooze, Nicholas Thomas and Mike Betson are among the claimants Eighteen men unhappy at being paid less than their female colleagues have won an equal pay claim against a university.

Divers grapple with inhuman conditions as Sewol salvage continues
Euronews

Even experienced divers are saying they have never had to work in the conditions they are experiencing as they salvage bodies from the wreck of the Sewol ferry in South Korea.

A look at public artwork as 'Slipstream' unveils in new Heathrow Terminal
Telegraph

Heathrow's new terminal two, which has been glimpsed by press photographers, is dominated by the sprawling sculpture 'Slipstream' by renowned British artist Richard Wilson.

US soldier accused with killing two teens in Iraq as military investigates
Guardian

The two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a grove where a US army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago.

Slaughter In South Sudan Raises Fears Of Future Violence
NPR

Prompted by calls for violence on the radio, South Sudanese rebels have slaughtered hundreds of civilians.

Car bomb outside Nairobi police station kills 4
New Zealand Herald

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Police in Kenya's capital intercepted a suspicious car at a traffic light Wednesday and were taking the occupants in for questioning when the car exploded, killing four people, including two police officers, officials said.

Car bomb kills 4 outside Nairobi police station
CBC News

Police in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, intercepted a suspicious car at a traffic light Wednesday and were taking the occupants in for questioning when the car exploded, killing four people, including two police officers, officials said.

In pictures: Violent scenes as riot police clash with protestors in Rio de Janeiro
Telegraph

Violent protests broke out near Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beachfront district following the death of a resident in a nearby favela Picture: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea ferry disaster: Royal Navy salvage experts join recovery
Telegraph

Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were children and teachers on a high school outing.

House sales up by more than 20%
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 12:52 Wales house sales up by 21% in first three months of 2014 The help to buy scheme was launched in Wales by the Welsh government in January House sales in Wales have increased by 21% in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2013.

Plan to end corroboration on hold
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 22:29 Plan to abolish corroboration put on hold by Scottish government Kenny MacAskill said many victims could be denied justice if the current system was allowed to continue Controversial plans to end the need for evidence in Scottish criminal trials to come from two sources have been put on hold for at least a year by ministers.

Meteor lights up night sky over Russia
Telegraph

The occupants of a car in Russia were taken by surprise when a meteor soared past them during a late night drive.

Europe recovery shows signs of strengthening
New Zealand Herald

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) A closely-watched survey has found business activity across the 18-country eurozone running at a three-year high, in perhaps the clearest sign yet that the economic recovery is gaining momentum.

Anger over baby ashes report move
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 12:45 Mortonhall baby ashes: Families 'stunned' over report move Concerns were first raised over practices for disposing of ashes at Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh 18 months ago Parents of babies whose ashes were disposed of without their knowledge have said they were "stunned" to learn a report into the scandal was handed over last week.

Kidnapping of Ukrainian patriots has Russia's full support, says Kiev
Guardian

The last time Vladimir Rybak was seen alive was on Thursday 17 April .

Journey to North Korea's volcano: British scientists visit Mount Paektu
Guardian

A thousand years ago, it was responsible for one of the largest volcanic eruptions in human history.

New far-right mayor moves to quash Paris region mosque
France 24

The recently-elected far-right mayor of a Parisian suburb has not wasted any time in following through on one of his campaign promises: upend a project for a new mosque.

Scholes returns to help coach Man Utd
BBC News

Paul Scholes: Manchester United legend back to coach Paul Scholes has returned to help Manchester United's coaching team following the sacking of David Moyes.

Scholes returns to United as assistant
SBS News

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been drafted in to assist the club's newly appointed interim manager Ryan Giggs, United revealed on Wednesday.

Hubble images of thousand of galaxies should blow your mind
National Post

What happens when you take a 2.4-metre telescope, launch it into space, and command it to stare at one spot in the sky for a solid 14 hours, taking data both in visible light (like our eyes see) and infrared?

NSW gas bills set to flare up, adding $224 a year to average household bill
Guardian

NSW households face more pressure on their budgets with gas prices set to rocket 17.6% from July 1, adding up to $224 a year to an average bill.

World's fastest lifts to be built with speeds of up to 45mph
Telegraph

Installed "rollers" that detect and adapt to warping due to wind pressure will ensure passengers have a smooth ride.

'Patience' warning over gay marriage
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 12:44 Gay marriage 'patience' urged by Archbishop of Wales Same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales on 29 March, but not in church Supporters of gay marriage should be patient if they want the blessing of the Church in Wales, its archbishop has said.

Chinese shoe factory strike runs on
New Zealand Herald

The factory, which employs more than 40,000 workers, makes products for brands such as Nike.

Bombing kills senior Egypt police officer
The Hindu

Egyptian security officials on Wednesday said a senior police officer has died after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb.

Cairo bombing kills senior Egyptian police officer
CBC News

Cairo bombing kills senior Egyptian police officer Brig.-Gen Ahmed Zaki's death is the latest attack on police amid increasing violence The Associated Press Posted: Apr 23, 2014 6:46 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 23, 2014 6:51 AM ET

American arrested in Venezuela on murder charges
New Zealand Herald

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) A U.S. citizen has been arrested in Venezuela on attempted murder and weapons charges after he allegedly shot another man, authorities said Wednesday.

In India's vote, Hindu holy city is battleground
New Zealand Herald

VARANASI, India (AP) For tens of millions of Hindus, Varanasi is a place of pilgrimage.

Coulson 'did not cover anything up'
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 13:53 Phone-hacking trial: Coulson 'did not cover anything up' Mr Coulson is one of seven defendants in the hacking trial who all deny the charges against them Ex-News of the World chief Andy Coulson has said he did not "cover anything up" following the arrest of the paper's royal editor Clive Goodman in 2006.

Solar lamp brightening Africans' lives
New Zealand Herald

The Little Sun lamp is powered by the sun.

Polish Prime Minister sings Beatles' Hey Jude
Telegraph

The video, which has so far received almost a quarter of a million views, shows the prime minister singing the first lines from the popular Beatles song from behind his office desk, with the country's flag and coat of arms behind him.

Kenya car bomb kills four in capital city Nairobi
Guardian

Kenyan police have previously arrested Somali and Ethiopian nationals as part of a counter-terrorism crackdown.

Deadly car bomb strikes Nairobi
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 21:46 Kenya car bomb kills four in Nairobi's Pangani quarter The bomb went off outside Pangani police station A car bomb has exploded outside a police station in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, killing four people.

China And Beyond: NPR's Frank Langfitt Answers Redditors' Questions
NPR

hide caption Frank Langfitt is NPR's international correspondent based in Shanghai.

Benzema puts Real in charge against holders Bayern
SBS News

Bayern dominated possession in the semi-final, first leg at the Bernabeu without posing much of a threat to the home goal and Benzema's 19th-minute effort means Real will have the advantage going into next week's return in Munich.

Madrid beat Bayern 1-0 in first leg of Champions League semis
France 24

A single goal by French footballer Karim Benzeman was enough for home team Real Madrid to claim victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.

Death of dancer prompts deadly clashes in Rio
Guardian

Military police on patrol near a burning barricade in Rio.

Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier
New Zealand Herald

NEW DELHI (AP) Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest.

Climate change makes risks of climbing Mount Everest even greater, say scientists
Telegraph

There is nothing to prove the icefall was behaving unusually on Friday.

AUDIO: Page on Led Zeppelin song finds
BBC News

Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin have released two previously unheard recordings ahead of the reissue of the band's first three albums in June.

Oklahoma governor says executions to proceed despite court-ordered stays
Guardian

A day after the Oklahoma supreme court issued a stay of execution for two convicted killers, the governor issued her own order on Tuesday that the state would carry out their sentences next week, setting up a possible legal confrontation over constitutional powers.

APNewsBreak: Oklahoma court could face impeachment
New Zealand Herald

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A member of the Oklahoma legislature drafted a resolution Wednesday seeking the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices who granted a delay of execution to two death row inmates.

Madeleine police probe 18 break-ins
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 12:11 Madeleine McCann: Police probe 18 intruder break-ins Madeleine McCann disappeared from her holiday apartment in May 2007 British police investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance are now looking at 18 potentially linked break-ins by a lone intruder into Algarve villas.

Paul Kagame hints at seeking third term as Rwandan president
Guardian

Paul Kagame speaks at Tufts University near Boston.

New height limits for Shrine's surrounds
SBS News

The Shrine of Remembrance in central Melbourne will never be overshadowed by other buildings, under new planning laws being considered by the Victorian government.

Jodie Foster marries girlfriend
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 22:33 Actress Jodie Foster marries girlfriend The long-time actress acknowledged her long-time partner, Cydney Bernard, from whom she had already separated, in her Golden Globes speech US actress Jodie Foster has married her girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, the actress's representative confirms.

Comment: Cuba is running out of condoms
SBS News

Cubans have grown accustomed to shortages.

Guyana residents seek improvements to 911 system
New Zealand Herald

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) People in the South American country of Guyana are pressuring the government to improve its 911 emergency system amid accusations that numerous calls about serious incidents are going unanswered.

Amazon snares classic HBO shows in deal
CBC News

Fans of classic HBO shows like The Sopranos and The Wire will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon's Prime service in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

FATA demands local government elections
The Hindu

The clamour for holding local government elections in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is growing in a region where a governance system is non -existent at a local or provincial level.

Pictures of the day: 23 April 2014
Telegraph

A curious leopard cub toys with ranger Roan Ravenhill's GoPro camera in MalaMala Game Reserve in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa Picture: Roan Clive Ravenhill/Barcroft

Leopard steals GoPro camera
Telegraph

Roan Ravenhill, 26, a ranger at the MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa , mounted a GoPro on a wooden stand and waited for the leopard and her 10-month-old cub to come and investigate.

Violent uproar rocks Rio after killing
New Zealand Herald

Police special unit officers patrol the Pavao Pavaozinho slum.

Strange reasons for being deported
Telegraph

In August 2012, three French tourists were sentenced to six months in jail, which was suspended for five years, for kissing a Buddha statue in what the authorities considered was a sign of disrespect.

Cheerleaders sue over 'jiggle test'
Telegraph

Five former cheerleaders with the Buffalo Bills are suing the American football team claiming they were forced to work unpaid and were subjected to inappropriate examinations called the 'jiggle test'.

US jailers say loaded weapon found inside inmate
New Zealand Herald

KINGSPORT, Tennessee (AP) Police say a 19-year-old woman smuggled a loaded gun into a jail after a cavity search revealed she had been hiding the weapon in her crotch.

EU says Greece reached milestone in improving its finances, opens way for more debt relief
New Zealand Herald

BRUSSELS (AP) EU says Greece reached milestone in improving its finances, opens way for more debt relief.

Deer still stuck behind Iron Curtain
Telegraph

Czechoslovakia, where the communists took power in 1948, had three parallel electrified fences, patrolled by heavily armed guards.

Lebanese lawmakers vote, fail to elect president
New Zealand Herald

BEIRUT (AP) Lebanon's Parliament has held a round of voting but failed to elect a new head of state in its first try before President Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on May 25.

Lebanese MPs fail to elect president
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 15:27 Lebanese MPs fail to elect new president in first vote Parliament speaker Nabih Berri was among the 124 MPs who cast their vote in Wednesday's first ballot Members of Lebanon's parliament have failed to elect a new president at the first attempt before Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on 25 May.

UN envoy says 'no intention' to leave Somalia
New Zealand Herald

UNITED NATIONS (AP) The top United Nations envoy to Somalia says the U.N. "has no intention to withdraw" from the East African country, a day after warning that the U.N. and other foreign diplomats may have to do so if they continue to be attacked.

Seamer Junaid returns to Lancashire
BBC News

Junaid Khan: Lancashire re-sign Pakistan seamer Pakistan left-arm seamer Junaid Khan will return to Lancashire this season as an overseas limited-overs signing.

Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights'
NPR

hide caption Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the "NETmundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance", on Wednesday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Chelsea trio charged by FA
BBC News

Jose Mourinho among Chelsea trio handed FA charges Manager Jose Mourinho is among three Chelsea staff charged by the FA in the aftermath of the club's Premier League loss to Sunderland.

DR Congo train in deadly derailment
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 17:18 DR Congo train in deadly Katanga derailment People often catch lifts on freight trains in DR Congo At least 63 people have been killed after a freight train derailed in Katanga in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, officials have said.

AUDIO: Norgay son calls for Sherpa equality
BBC News

The son of Tenzing Norgay, who first scaled Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary, says Western climbers should treat Sherpas more "equally".

Michelle Wie ready to ride momentum from last win
New Zealand Herald

DALY CITY, California (AP) A beaming Michelle Wie explained her oversized visor as a necessary new addition after recently discovering wrinkles at age 24, then good-naturedly defended her unique, hunched-over putting stroke because Jack Nicklaus uses it.

Records: Man shot in court had vowed to behave
New Zealand Herald

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A Tongan Crip gang defendant who was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal while attacking a witness during a federal court trial had promised a judge earlier that he would behave, a court transcript shows.

Magna Carta was reactionary not radical
Guardian

A rare copy of the Magna Carta on display before being auctioned off at Sotheby's New York for $19m in December 2007.

Strongest sandstorm in decades sweeps China
Telegraph

A strong sandstorm swept Gansu Province in northwest China on Wednesday, reducing visibility to less than 65ft, according to the provincial meteorological center.

Missouri executes inmate after supreme court turns down stay request
Guardian

Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal.

Day in pictures: 23 April 2014
BBC News

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Liverpool reveal Anfield expansion plan
BBC News

Liverpool: Anfield stadium expansion plan unveiled by club Liverpool have revealed plans to increase Anfield's capacity from 45,500 to almost 59,000.

Complaints mount over Jamaica Inn
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 11:51 Jamaica Inn: Complaints mount over sound Jamaica Inn tells of a young woman, played by Jessica Brown Findlay (r), who gets involved with smugglers The number of viewer complaints over the audibility of BBC One drama Jamaica Inn has escalated, with the second episode seeing a decline in ratings.

'Trojan Horse' probe schools named
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 14:52 'Trojan Horse' probe schools named A leaked letter sent to local authorities last year made claims about several schools A list of the schools Ofsted has been sent in to inspect over an alleged plot by Muslim hard-liners to seize control of governing bodies has been published.

Hunter town donates Anzac rosemary
SBS News

About 20,000 rosemary sprigs used in Sydney's Anzac commemorations will be donated by a town in the Hunter.

CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say
NPR

hide caption Rebel fighters carry their weapons along a trench in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor on March 24.

Bomb 'kills senior Egypt policeman'
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 10:30 Cairo bombing 'kills senior Egyptian policeman' Bombings and shootings targeting the police have become common since the overthrow of President Morsi A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed by a bomb blast in the capital, Cairo, security officials say.

UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy
New Zealand Herald

PARIS (AP) A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high.

Guam woman charged with fatally stabbing husband
New Zealand Herald

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) A 33-year-old mother is being held on $500,000 bond after police say she fatally stabbed her common-law husband in their Toto apartment.

Bulls suffer blow as Van der Merwe picks up ban
SBS News

The Springbok forward will miss Saturday's clash against Australia's Western Force in Perth, as well as home fixtures against compatriots the Cheetahs and Stormers, compounding coach Frans Ludeke's concerns in the scrum.

Mali's president names negotiator for Tuareg talks
New Zealand Herald

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) Mali's president has chosen a former prime minister to negotiate with separatist rebels.

Bogota mayor Petro reinstalled
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 16:44 Colombia president reinstates ousted Bogota mayor Petro Gustavo Petro said his removal from office was politically motivated Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has reinstated the ousted Bogota mayor, Gustavo Petro, to his former office.

Colombia pays homage to Gabriela Garcia Marquez
Euronews

Colombians took to the streets of the capital Bogota on Tuesday to pay tribute to acclaimed author and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez who died on Thursday, aged 87.

No winner in first round of Lebanese presidential vote
Euronews

The Lebanese parliament has failed to elect a new president after the first round of voting.

Obama administration readies for non-violent inmates clemency push
Guardian

Efforts to free non-violent drug offenders jailed for decades under outdated sentencing rules took what appeared to be a major step forward on Wednesday as the Obama administration removed a senior official blamed for slowing attempts at commutations.

Textron eliminating 750 Cessna, Beechcraft jobs
New Zealand Herald

NEW YORK (AP) Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division.

The Hamid Mir case: 'In Pakistan, they used to censor journalists now they shoot us'
Guardian

More than a hundred bouquets line the lobby of the private ward of Karachi's posh, private Aga Khan Hospital.

Violence erupts in Brazil favela near Olympic venues
Telegraph

A Rio de Janeiro favela erupted in violence last night following the killing of a popular local figure , with angry residents setting fires and showering homemade explosives and glass bottles onto a busy avenue in the city's main tourist zone.

Rhys Jones withdraws from uni role
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 19:11 Griff Rhys Jones withdraws from Cardiff chancellor role The ceremony to confirm Griff Rhys Jones as chancellor was postponed at the last minute Griff Rhys Jones has withdrawn from becoming Cardiff University's new chancellor just two weeks after an embarrassing debacle which saw his appointment halted at the last minute.

Prosecutors charge 2 with crimes against humanity
New Zealand Herald

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Prosecutors will charge two former prison commanders with crimes against humanity for the deaths of political prisoners at lockups they commanded when Romania was a Communist country.

French teenager detained after repeatedly stealing fire engines
Guardian

The 17-year-old walked into fire stations without raising suspicions by wearing a firefighter's uniform he bought online.

Puerto Rico sees jump in cruise ship passengers
New Zealand Herald

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) The number of cruise ship passengers who visited the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has jumped more than 15 percent in nearly one year.

Barcelona transfer ban put on hold
BBC News

Barcelona: Fifa transfer ban put on hold pending appeal Barcelona can buy and sell players this summer after Fifa suspended its transfer ban on the club.

Information caravan for Vic murder victim
SBS News

Victoria homicide detectives will run an information caravan in Sunshine to gather further information following the death of Fiona Warzywoda on April 16.

Romanian rail workers stage two-hour strike
New Zealand Herald

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Romanian railway workers have staged a two-hour strike, disrupting service across the country, to demand higher salaries and better working conditions.

Bolivia approves downing of drug-smuggling planes
New Zealand Herald

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) A new Bolivian law authorizes the country's military to shoot down planes suspected of smuggling cocaine, though it cannot yet be put into practice because it doesn't have sufficient radar coverage.

Man on trial for murder wants 'murder' tattoo removed from neck
Telegraph

Jeffrey Champan, of Barton County, Kansas, says that he is worried the ink might influence the jury in his upcoming trial for a 2011 killing.

Murder accused wants 'murder' tattoo removed
New Zealand Herald

Jeffrey Wade-Chapman.

Eyewitness: Hoover Dam
Guardian

Eyewitness: Hoover Dam Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series The Guardian , Wednesday 23 April 2014 The Hoover Dam, in the Black Canyon of the Colorado river on the border between Arizona and Nevada, impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the US by volume Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Judge dismisses case against Blackwater defendant
New Zealand Herald

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. government said Wednesday it might seek new criminal charges against one of four former Blackwater security guards in the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens at a traffic circle in Baghdad in 2007.

Iran replaces prison service chief
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 16:45 Iran replaces prisons chief after Evin incident Relatives of the prisoners protested outside President Hassan Rouhani's office on Tuesday The head of Iran's prison service has been replaced following allegations that political prisoners were beaten by guards at Tehran's Evin jail last week.

Top Gear 'regrets' Burma remark
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 10:49 Top Gear expresses regret for 'slope' remark in Burma special The show saw Clarkson (l) and his co-hosts face a series of challenges in Myanmar and Thailand The executive producer of Top Gear has expressed regret for a "light-hearted" remark on its Burma special that led to the BBC show being accused of racism.

Are gardeners wrong to put 'crocks' in plant pots?
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 14:42 Are gardeners wrong to put 'crocks' in plant pots?

Florida university opens TB lab in Haiti
New Zealand Herald

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) The University of Florida on Wednesday opened a state-of-the-art lab in Haiti to train researchers to better understand and fight tuberculosis.

Teenager spent six hours undetected before climbing into jet's wheel well
Guardian

A teenage stowaway spent up to six hours undetected at a San Jose airport before climbing into the wheel well of a jetliner that took him to Hawaii, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.

Pakistani policewoman offers protection and understanding
Deutsche Welle

Bushra Batool, 36, clears her throat and adjusts the black beret atop her head.

The great North Korean picture show video
Guardian

Security Situation In Eastern Ukraine Is Unpredictable
NPR

In some of the towns where pro-Moscow militants have occupied government buildings, it is clear that someone is giving orders.

Mining in Mongolia: rural and city living video
Guardian

Thai Red Shirt activist shot dead in capital
New Zealand Herald

BANGKOK (AP) Police in Thailand's capital say a pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing critics of the monarchy has been shot dead.

South Koreans mourn ferry disaster victims video
Guardian

Ukraine: US condemns detention of hostages video
Guardian

Wrigley Field celebrates 100 years of baseball
CBC News

Wrigley Field celebrates 100 years of baseball First baseball game at Chicago park took place on April 14, 1914

Miriam Clegg: men who care for children have more cojones - video
Guardian

Ex-NBA star McGrady turns to baseball
SBS News

Tracy McGrady, a seven-time NBA All-Star basketball guard, has signed a deal to become a right-handed pitcher with minor-league baseball's Sugar Land Skeeters.

Apple increases stock buyback
SBS News

Apple plans to buy back an additional $US30 billion ($A32 billion) of its stock and raise its quarterly dividend by eight per cent amid a slowdown in revenue growth.

Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
New Zealand Herald

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Apple is doling out more of its cash to shareholders and preparing to split its stock for the first time in nine years in an attempt to win back investors fretting about the iPhone maker's slowing sales growth and pace of innovation.

Boy says he sang gospel song, abductor freed him
New Zealand Herald

ATLANTA (AP) A 9-year-old boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him.

'Revenge attack' caused fire deaths
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 16:23 Leicester fire deaths was 'revenge attack' on wrong house The prosecution claims the fire in Wood Hill was a revenge attack on the wrong house A fire which killed four members of the same family was a revenge attack on the wrong house, a jury has heard.

Slowly And Sweetly, Vietnam's Chocolate Industry Grows
NPR

hide caption Vincent Mourou, co-founder of Vietnam's first artisan chocolate maker Marou, inspects cacao beans at a farmer's garden in Go Cong Tay district.

Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
New Zealand Herald

LOS ANGELES (AP) Barbie is coming alive.

Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
New Zealand Herald

LOS ANGELES (AP) Barbie is coming alive.

HK, Philippines compromise over tourist deaths
New Zealand Herald

HONG KONG (AP) Hong Kong and the Philippines reached a compromise Wednesday over Hong Kong's demands for an apology for the families of eight tourists killed in a bungled response to a 2010 Manila hostage-taking that soured relations.

Victim would be 'proud of Gerrard'
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 16:28 Hillsborough inquests: 10-year-old would be 'proud of Gerrard' Jon-Paul Gilhooley, who was ten, was Hillsborough's youngest victim Steven Gerrard's cousin, who died in the Hillsborough disaster, would have been "very proud" of the England captain, his mother told an inquest.

Scholars analyze bones of Swedish medieval king
New Zealand Herald

UPPSALA, Sweden (AP) Researchers from Uppsala University on Wednesday opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160.

Sydney bottle shop robbed at knifepoint
SBS News

Two men have been threatened by a knife-wielding bandit during a hold-up at a bottle shop in southwest Sydney.

Bionic eye helps blind man see again
Telegraph

Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, a degenerative eye disease, Roger Pontz has been almost completely blind for years.

Inside the giant panda research centre - in pictures
Guardian

Caixin , the highly respected Chinese business and economic news organisation, is a partner site of the Guardian

Clifford jury gets majority direction
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 16:17 Max Clifford jury gets majority direction Max Clifford denies all 11 charges of indecent assault against him Jurors in the indecent assault trial of publicist Max Clifford have been told they can return a majority verdict.

Taliban shura to be contacted for talks
The Hindu

AP Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

Noaa finds 19th century steamship sunk after collision off San Francisco
Guardian

A dense fog enveloped the iron and wood steamship City of Chester and its 106 passengers as they began the slow journey north from San Francisco Bay to Eureka.

Flat searched over 'murdered' Paige
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 11:06 Flat searched in missing Paige Chivers murder inquiry Anyone with information on Paige Chivers would be protected, police said.

ECONOMY

Kennan's revenge: remembering the reasons for the Cold War
Guardian

Earlier this month, the Russian president Vladimir Putin announced that gas giant Gazprom would start demanding payment a month in advance for the supplies that it sells to Ukraine .

Business news and markets: as it happened, Wednesday April 23, 2014
Telegraph

US home sales data disappoints at eight month low 16.00 An indication of how bad those home sales are Goldman lowers Q1 GDP forecast to 1.4% on new home sales plunge.

Russia offers to host EU, Ukraine gas talks on April 28
EUBusiness

( MOSCOW ) - Russia on Wednesday proposed to host three-way talks on its gas supplies to Europe in Moscow on April 28 with the European Union and Ukraine.

America has conquered its debt crisis with incredible speed
Telegraph

The US transferred more than $3 trillion to oil exporters from 2001 to 2008.

ATSB rules out link of metal material to MH370
ABC News

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Metal material washed ashore on WA not linked to missing flight Updated April 24, 2014 10:56:01 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau does not believe material found on a beach in WA's South West region is connected to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

Can Primark crack the US, where so many foreign retailers have failed?
Guardian

Can Primark crack the US, where so many foreign retailers have failed?

Primark to open its first US stores
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 11:26 Primark to open its first US stores Budget clothing retailer Primark is to open its first US stores, beginning with a 70,000 sq-ft shop in Boston in Massachusetts.

Australia falling behind on digital access: AIG
ABC News

Internet access, affordability falling behind, broadband investment needed: Australian Industry Group Updated April 24, 2014 08:32:37 The nation is falling behind its international competitors on internet access and affordability and more investment in communications infrastructure, like broadband, is needed, economists are warning.

Bieber sorry for Japan war shrine visit
SBS News

Justin Bieber has apologised to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer.

Business news and markets: live
Telegraph

12.50 Of course, the Greek surplus is adjusted to strip out bailout repayment costs, so the country is still losing money hand over fist.

Portugal's return to bond market fuels recovery hopes
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 18:04 Portugal's return to bond market fuels recovery hopes By Jamie Robertson Presenter, BBC World News Something to smile about at last?

Portuguese bond yield falls to 3.58%
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 18:24 Portuguese bond yield falls to record low 3.58% The yield on Portuguese 10-year bonds fell to 3.58% following strong investor demand Portugal's chances of exiting its three-year bailout programme rose after the sale of 10-year government debt fell sharply to a record low 3.57%.

Obama begins Asian tour
ABC News

Barack Obama pledges support for Japan in islands dispute as Asia trip begins Updated April 24, 2014 00:51:56 US President Barack Obama says he will oppose any attempt to undermine Japan's administration of disputed islands in the East China Sea, as he arrived in Tokyo for the start of his Asian tour.

Powdered alcohol condemned as company seeks US approval
ABC News

Palcohol powdered alcohol condemned by public health advocates as company seeks US approval Updated April 23, 2014 18:28:45 A company is seeking approval to sell powdered alcohol in the United States, sparking alarm from alcohol policy researchers.

UK hits deficit target; Greece posts a primary surplus - business live
Guardian

Dongbei Special Steel Group's plant in Liaoning province, China.

The unlikely debt capital of Britain
BBC News

24 April 2014 Last updated at 00:09 Lansdown, unlikely personal debt capital of Britain By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter, BBC News The 120ft-high Beckford's Tower is a landmark at Lansdown Hill, Bath Beckford's Tower stands proudly on the hills overlooking the spa city of Bath, a monument to eccentricity and wealth.

NTSB chief says Obama administration needs to act immediately on oil train safety
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION NTSB chief says Obama administration needs to act immediately on oil train safety By: Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted: 4:35 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:54 PM WASHINGTON - The head of the National Transportation Safety Board says the Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority.

Wolseley climbs on hopes of cash return to shareholders
Guardian

Wolseley is one of the day's biggest risers so far, climbing 1.5% on the prospects for the building materials company returning cash to shareholders.

Market report: Wolseley rises on cash return talk
Telegraph

Buoyed by the prospect of bumper payouts, Wolseley outperformed the FTSE 100, which finished a directionless session by closing down 7.02 points at 6,674.74.

FedEx makes play for e-commerce in Home Hardware deal
CBC News

Federal Express Canada Ltd. is planning to build a nationwide network of shipping centres geared to e-commerce through a deal with Home Hardware Stores Ltd.

Russian steel group warns against EU sanctions, job losses
EUBusiness

( BRUSSELS ) - The European arm of Russian steel giant NLMK has warned the EU against imposing economic sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis, officials said on Wednesday.

BoE upgrades growth forecasts amid 'booming' economy
Telegraph

The meeting was held before the latest jobs data were released.

Germany has no alternative to Russian gas
Deutsche Welle

Germany faces a renewed debate on energy in the wake of the ongoing Ukraine crisis.

Primark to open in the United States
Telegraph

A collection of British retailers have failed in the US, including Tesco, Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, and Dixons.

Greece's public finances are in a dire state, and cooking the books won't help
Guardian

Greece's finances are being portrayed as a success story, yet the reality is that its economy has shrunk by 23%.

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Greece reaches financial milestone
SBS News

The European Union says Greece has reached a major financial milestone that was required if it were to be granted more debt relief.

Greece and Portugal boost eurozone
Guardian

Greece's deputy finance minister Christos Staikouras speaks to reporters after the announcement that the country had posted a primary budget surplus.

Purchasing manager survey shows business activity at highest level in 3 years
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Purchasing manager survey shows business activity at highest level in 3 years By: David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted: 7:15 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:24 AM FRANKFURT - A closely-watched survey has found business activity across the 18-country eurozone running at a three-year high, in perhaps the clearest sign yet that the economic recovery is gaining momentum.

Chinese factory activity declines again
Euronews

Factory activity in China shrank in April for the fourth straight month.

Rogers to race after cleared of doping
SBS News

Australian Michael Rogers can race again after cycling's governing body accepted that the meat the former world time trial champion ate in China likely caused his positive doping test.

Can Mark Fields live up to role at Ford?
Telegraph

Can Mark Fields live up to role at Ford?
Telegraph

Primark to set the trend in US
Telegraph

Discount retailer Primark will expand to US shores in a bid to succeed where some of Britain's biggest retailers have failed.

Renewable energy projects approved
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 11:55 Eight renewable energy projects approved Half the approved projects are for offshore wind farms Eight major renewable energy projects, expected to support 8,500 jobs, have been given government approval.

Drax to sue Government over 'lost' green subsidy
Telegraph

The Government has granted a CFD contract for the conversion of Drax's Unit 1.

Goldcorp drops hostile bid for Quebec's Osisko
CBC News

Goldcorp drops hostile bid for Quebec's Osisko Shareholders opt for rival friendly offer from Yamana and Agnico Eagle CBC News Posted: Apr 23, 2014 11:11 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 23, 2014 11:11 AM ET Stay Connected with CBC News Latest Business Headlines Markets TSX COMPOSITE Apr 23, 2014 4:38 PM ET Apr 23, 2014 4:30 PM ET Apr 23, 2014 4:15 PM ET Apr 23, 2014 4:30 PM ET Apr 23, 2014 4:38 PM ET Index Last Trade Change TSX COMPOSITE 14533.39 -22.58 DOW 16501.65 -12.72 NASDAQ 4126.97 -34.49 SP 500 1875.39 -4.16 TSX-VENTURE 1010.98 6.10 The data on this site is informational only and may be delayed; it is not intended as trading or investment advice and you should not rely on it as such.

European markets at close: 23.04.2014
Euronews

A roundup of the day's markets data from euronews.com, brought to you as video on demand.

A free European market can give Britain the talent it needs
Telegraph

Many would argue that we have an oversupply of labour, with 2.2 million still unemployed.

While you were sleeping: Wall Street slips
National Business Review

Wall Street fell as disappointing earnings from companies including AT&T made investors cautious in a market trading near record highs.

EU market on recovery course as new registrations rise
Deutsche Welle

Demand for new passenger cars in the 28-member European Union increased for the seventh month in a row in March, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) reported Thursday .

Reluctant Kosovo approves war crimes court
EUBusiness

( PRISTINA ) - Kosovo's parliament on Wednesday approved the creation of an international war crimes court to investigate allegations against ethnic Albanian guerrillas during their conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s.

WhatsApp crosses half-a-billion user mark
The Hindu

Business Line WhatsApp was acquired by social networking giant Facebook in February this year for $19 billion.

Australian share market reaches highest level since 2008
ABC News

Major gains drive Australian share market to highest level since 2008 Posted April 23, 2014 18:15:10 The Australian share market has reached its highest level since the middle of 2008, with gains across most major sectors today.

Primark to enter US market with Boston store
Guardian

T shirts in the Primark flagship store in Oxford Street, London: the chain is launching in the US, where many foreign retailers have struggled.

The Rochdale Pioneers to Paul Flowers: how the Co-operative dream died
Guardian

In February 2009, the Co-operative Group announced that Bob Dylan had allowed it to use one of his most treasured songs in a UK TV advert .

Alstom restructures its operations and eliminates 150 jobs in Montreal
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Alstom restructures its operations and eliminates 150 jobs in Montreal By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:40 PM | Comments: 0 MONTREAL - French train manufacturer Alstom is eliminating about 150 full-time positions, or more than half the workforce, at its Montreal plant as it transfers activities to Europe.

Alstom to cut 150 jobs in Montreal
CBC News

Alstom , the French company known as a world leader in power transmission and rail infrastructure, says it will cut 150 jobs in Montreal over the next six months.

Hockey was concerned GrainCorp bidder 'not of good character'
ABC News

Treasurer Joe Hockey was concerned GrainCorp bidder Archer Daniel Midland 'not of good character' Updated April 24, 2014 00:45:28 The Federal Treasurer has revealed he blocked a foreign takeover bid for GrainCorp partly because the US-based company was "not of good character".

Allergan mounts 'poison pill' defence against Ackman and Valeant
Telegraph

It is a clear attempt to deter the advances of Mr Ackman, who has amassed a sizeable stake in Allergan, building it from below 5pc to 9.7pc in the last fortnight alone.

What is holding back US housing recovery?
Telegraph

Mortgage originations in the US are at a 17-year low in the first-quarter of 2014.

Bank raises UK growth forecast
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 15:46 Bank of England raises UK growth forecast Healthy industrial production and strong household spending figures were behind the MPC upgrade.

Sports Direct criticises shareholders for voting against bonus for founder
Guardian

Sports Direct has over 600 stores in Europe, including 400 in the UK.

Mike Ashley hits back at City over bonus rejection
Telegraph

In a trading update that confirmed the retailer is still growing rapidly, Dave Forsey, chief executive, warned that the rejection of the bonus is likely to lead to "further uncertainty in the future".

Sports Direct chief can sulk all he likes but shareholders have spoken
Guardian

Sports Direct founder and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley takes his seat at a Newcastle match.

Financial confidence hits three-year high
Telegraph

Patrick Foley, chief economist at Lloyds Bank, said the wider improvements in the economy are likely to spur more people on to spend on non-essential items.

Field of NY casino contenders grows clearer as $1M application fee deadline approaches
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Field of NY casino contenders grows clearer as $1M application fee deadline approaches By: David Klepper, The Associated Press Posted: 4:20 PM | Comments: 0 ALBANY, N.Y. - Proposals for casinos in upstate New York faced their first significant hurdle Wednesday, the deadline for casino contenders to submit a required $1 million application fee.

Dollar little changed before RBNZ interest rate decision as traders mull outlook
National Business Review

The New Zealand dollar was little changed ahead of the Reserve Bank decision on interest rates today as traders await clues to the pace of the tightening cycle.

New Zealand raises benchmark interest rate to 3 per cent as economy prospers
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION New Zealand raises benchmark interest rate to 3 per cent as economy prospers By: Nick Perry, The Associated Press Posted: 4:15 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:34 PM WELLINGTON, New Zealand - With its economy continuing to improve, New Zealand on Thursday raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time in six weeks, to 3 per cent.

New Zealand Reserve Bank lifts rates for second straight meeting
ABC News

New Zealand Reserve Bank lifts rates for second straight meeting Updated April 24, 2014 10:14:54 The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has raised interest rates for the second month in a row, in a foretaste of what may be to come for Australia within the next year.

CBI confidence is as high as 1973 - the year the economy went south
Guardian

Anthony Barber, the Conservative chancellor, presents his budget in 1972.

Would you trust Apple or Facebook with your money?
Telegraph

People are already trusting the likes of Facebook and Apple with their money, said Eileen Burbidge, a partner at Passion Capital.

Facebook earnings up sharply on surging ad revenue
CBC News

Facebook's first-quarter earnings and revenue grew sharply, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 per cent increase in advertising revenue.

Energy storage: The key to a smarter grid
BBC News

24 April 2014 Last updated at 00:16 Energy storage: The key to a smarter power grid By Richard Anderson Business reporter, BBC News Demand for electricity is set to soar due to efforts to reduce CO2 emissions Energy grids across the world are struggling to cope with a surge in demand for electricity and increasingly volatile supply from renewable power sources.

David Moyes: The price of failure
CNN

David Moyes: Paying the price of failure CNN's Isa Soares looks at what David Moyes' brief career at Manchester United means for the business side of the club.

Vermont leading US in campaign to require GMO labeling; bill wins lawmakers approval
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Vermont leading US in campaign to require GMO labeling; bill wins lawmakers approval By: Dave Gram, The Associated Press Posted: 7:22 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:25 PM MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favoured by the governor.

YES Bank Q4 net up 19 %
The Hindu

To raise up to $500 m in one or two tranches YES Bank, on Wednesday, posted an 18.8 per cent increase in the March quarter profit to Rs.430.20 crore, helped by a healthy increase in non-interest income.

Duke of Westminster sells stake in Paris flea market at a loss
Guardian

The Duke of Westminster has sold his stake in the St Ouen flea market to a French businessman.

India-EU FTA discussions may start after elections: French ambassador
The Hindu

French Ambassador Francois Richier, on Wednesday, expressed hope that the long on-going negotiations between India and the European Union (EU) for the free trade agreement (FTA) would re-commence after the new government assumes office post the general elections.

European football more divided than during Cold War?
Deutsche Welle

FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne said on Wednesday that, during the Cold War, football was able to unite a deeply divided continent - with next to nothing preventing clubs from either side of the Iron Curtain playing together.

Barclays faces rough ride at AGM over tax havens and bankers' bonuses
Guardian

Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins and chairman Sir David Walker have been criticised for increasing bonuses again.

General Electric 'in talks to buy Alstom for $13bn'
Telegraph

The company said orders fell 12pc in the first nine months of its financial year due to low demand for its new thermal power plants.

TPG Capital invests $750 million in Greek yogurt maker Chobani
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION TPG Capital invests $750 million in Greek yogurt maker Chobani By: The Associated Press Posted: 3:44 PM | Comments: 0 NEW BERLIN, N.Y. - Greek yogurt maker Chobani has secured a $750 million investment from investment firm TPG Capital to help fund its growth.

Michael Mann says it's cheaper to combat climate change
CBC News

Michael Mann, director of the Earth Systems Science Centre at Penn State University, urges the public to demand action on climate change.

Michael Mann says it's cheaper to combat climate change than pay for global warming
CBC News

American climatologist Michael Mann has been at the heart of the war of words over climate change for the last 15 years.

Ronald McDonald joins Twitter, gets new outfit as McDonald's puts focus back on clown
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Ronald McDonald takes to Twitter, gets new outfit as McDonald's puts focus back on clown By: The Associated Press Posted: 4:26 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 5:13 PM NEW YORK, N.Y. - Ronald McDonald has a new outfit, and he's ready for a selfie.

McDonald's restaurants put foreign worker program on hold, conducts audit
Winnipeg Free Press

VICTORIA - McDonald's Canada says temporary foreign workers are a necessary part of the fast-food chain's business model, but its use of the federal jobs initiative is now on hold until the company satisfies itself and Canadians that it doesn't abuse the program.

Sensex, Nifty at record highs on capital inflows
The Hindu

The BSE benchmark index Sensex on Tuesday rose by 118 points to record closing high of 22,876.54 points on buying by funds mainly in capital goods and banking stocks amid monthly expiry in derivatives.

Only 10-15% cards used for online transactions: RBI report
The Hindu

Of the 369 million debit and credit cards in the country, 10-15 per cent are used only for online transactions, the Reserve Bank said.

Royal Mail in spotlight again as MPs question bankers who handled sell-off
Guardian

Margaret Hodge, chair of the public accounts committee, which is hearing evidence on Royal Mail privatisation after a damning report by the National Audit Office.

Quindell shares recover some ground after disputed research
Guardian

Quindell , the technology company whose shares lost 38% on Tuesday following a disputed research report on its business , has regained some of the lost ground.

Wall Street slips but Apple and Facebook post strong earnings post-close
ABC News

Wall Street slips but Apple and Facebook post strong earnings post-close Updated April 24, 2014 10:35:16 Wall Street ended six days of gains as worries about the strength of the global economy overshadowed earnings season.

WA Premier says Padbury Oakajee proposal 'not realistic'
ABC News

Padbury Oakajee proposal 'not realistic': WA Premier Updated April 23, 2014 22:52:32 West Australia's Premier has again dismissed a plan by a small miner to build a stalled iron ore export development in the state's Mid West.

Brazil's Congress passes bill on Internet privacy on eve of Internet governance conference
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Brazil's Congress passes bill on Internet privacy on eve of Internet governance conference By: The Associated Press Posted: 7:15 AM | Comments: 0 SAO PAULO - Brazil's Congress has passed a bill guaranteeing Internet privacy and enshrining access to the Web.

Rana Plaza disaster marked by Oxford Street demonstration
Guardian

The collapsed Rana Plaza building in Dhaka last year.

Bangladesh factory collapse survivors still waiting for compensation
ABC News

Rana Plaza anniversary: compensation remains low for victims of Bangladeshi garment factory collapse By James Oaten, wires Updated April 24, 2014 10:13:38 A year after a building containing several garment factories collapsed in Bangladesh, the survivors say they're still waiting for compensation.

Eurozone upturn fails to dispel deflation fears
Telegraph

Selling prices fell for the 25th month running.

Yields fall sharply in Portuguese debt auction, raising hopes of successful end to bailout
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Yields fall sharply in Portuguese debt auction, raising hopes of successful end to bailout By: Barry Hatton, The Associated Press Posted: 7:08 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:26 AM LISBON, Portugal - Portugal's chances of ending its three-year bailout program without requiring more help have increased after interest rates fell steeply in a 10-year bond auction Wednesday.

Property sales continue to pick up
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 10:39 UK property sales continue to pick up, says HMRC Government schemes have pushed up activity in the UK housing market UK property sales were 19% higher in March than the same month a year ago as buyers continued to return to the market, figures show.

Queensland Motorways sells for more than $7 billion to private consortium
ABC News

Queensland Motorways sells for more than $7 billion to private consortium By Alyse Edwards Updated April 24, 2014 10:56:01 The state's major tollway network, Queensland Motorways, has been sold to a private consortium for more than $7 billion.

Amazon and HBO sign streaming deal
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 15:56 Amazon and HBO sign streaming deal The late James Gandolfini (l) played mob boss Tony Soprano in HBO's The Sopranos Customers of streaming service Amazon Prime in the US will be able to watch TV shows including The Sopranos and The Wire as part of a licensing agreement with subscription channel HBO.

Toronto stock market to head lower amid earnings news, weak Chinese data
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Toronto stock market to head lower amid earnings news, weak Chinese data By: Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted: 7:12 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:52 AM TORONTO - The Toronto stock market looked set to start the session Wednesday lower amid another heavy slate of earnings news to consider along with signs of weakening Chinese growth.

Emera secures financing for Maritime Link with help from federal government
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Emera secures financing for Maritime Link with help from federal government By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:03 PM | Comments: 0 HALIFAX - Nova Scotia utility company Emera (TSX:EMA) says it has secured $1.3 billion in financing to pay for the Maritime Link project to ship hydroelectricity from the Muskrat Falls development.

Drax drops 13% as government changes subsidy terms
Guardian

Shares in power station owner Drax have gone ex-dividend but that is not the reason for a 13% drop in its share price.

Drax is right to be angry at the shifting criteria for subsidy
Guardian

Drax power station, which will store and distribute sustainable biomass to support electricity generation.

Gold, silver rise on seasonal demand, global cues
The Hindu

Gold prices rose by Rs 190 to Rs 30,440 per ten grams at the bullion market on Wednesday following sustained buying by stockists on pick-up in seasonal demand amid firm global trend.

Arm slides on disappointing first quarter update
Guardian

Pharmaceuticals shares have continued to climb after Tuesday's deal frenzy, but chip designer Arm has fallen back after its latest update disappointed investors.

ARM royalties suffer on smartphone slowdown
Telegraph

ARM, the microchip designer, blamed stockpiles of unsold smartphones for slow growth of its royalties business in an otherwise upbeat first quarter.

FTSE 100 drifts lower with chip designer Arm hit by disappointing update
Guardian

Ahead of results from Apple and Facebook later, one of the UK's technology stars disappointed investors after its latest update.

Ronaldo shakes off injury fears in ECL
SBS News

Cristiano Ronaldo shook off his injury fears to make a winning return for Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday.

SAP thrives on cloud business, but strong euro a worry
Deutsche Welle

Germany's SAP reported Thursday it had been able to expand its thriving licensed software business in the first quarter of the year.

Fraudulent car insurance claims up 20pc, says Britain's biggest insurer
Telegraph

He said: "A combination of factors including the economic climate, social attitudes toward insurance fraud as a 'victimless crime', and a lack of effective deterrents are increasing the frequency of insurance fraud.

Two UK streets found slowest for broadband in a uSwitch test
Guardian

Two streets, in Wales and Essex, have been revealed as having the slowest broadband in the UK.

Apple to buy back $30B in stock
CBC News

Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock, raise its quarterly dividend by 8 per cent and split its stock for the first time in nine years.

Match-fixer arrested in Helsinki: report
SBS News

Finnish police have arrested a convicted Singaporean match-fixer linked to corruption cases in Europe and Australia, the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Patisserie Valerie owner seeks initial public offering
Telegraph

Mr Johnson aims to open as many stores in 2014 as last year, and has identified Wales and Ireland as possible areas of growth.

Wal-Mart cut outgoing CEO's pay 73 per cent to $5.6 million in 2013
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Wal-Mart cut outgoing CEO's pay 73 per cent to $5.6 million in 2013 By: Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted: 5:44 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 6:08 PM NEW YORK, N.Y. - The pay of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s outgoing CEO fell 73 per cent in 2013 because he received a lower performance-based bonus and he didn't get stock awards that are given in anticipation of future performance.

Royal Enfield gears up for hot race
The Hindu

Royal Enfield Motors continues to see its bike sales zoom even as its leadership position is expected to be challenged by upcoming competition.

Apple earnings: what to look out for
Telegraph

Some analysts are expecting the iPhone, Apple's biggest business, to have a weak quarter as the current model, the iPhone 5S reaches the end off its time at the top of the range.

Investor Warren Buffett says stock market prices are currently at a reasonable range
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Investor Warren Buffett says stock market prices are currently at a reasonable range By: The Associated Press Posted: 3:38 PM | Comments: 0 OMAHA, Neb.

Zynga founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer; will remain chairman
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Zynga founder Pincus stepping down as chief product officer, will remain chairman; Stock jumps By: The Associated Press Posted: 3:48 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 5:05 PM NEW YORK, N.Y. - Online game maker Zynga's founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company's CEO, as the company's sales slide.

Zynga founder Mark Pincus to step back
Telegraph

Zynga went public in 2011 on the strength of games like Farmville and Mafia Wars, which had enthusiastic Facebook followings.

Who is best prepared to dominate mobile payments?
Telegraph

James Gill, CEO of analytics platform GoSquared believes Facebook is in a "great position" to enable money transactions happen more easily online.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:44 PM | Comments: 0 TORONTO - Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (14,533.39 down 22.58 points): MGM Energy Corp. (TSX:MGX).

Warren Buffett disagrees with Coca-Cola pay plan
Telegraph

Mr Buffett has long been a critic of excessive executive compensation.

Delta tops 1Q expectations despite $90 million revenue hit from a wave of winter storms
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Delta tops 1Q expectations despite $90 million revenue hit from a wave of winter storms By: David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted: 6:59 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:48 AM DALLAS - Delta Air Lines Inc. is making more money by filling more seats on its planes and paying a bit less for fuel.

Eurozone deficits improve but debt mounts
Euronews

Eurozone government are finally starting to get their finances under control, according to the Eurostat statistics agency .

Mrs Money Penny's financial planning for women
Telegraph

Heather McGregor, former investment banker and author of Financial Advice for Independent Women says the key to women taking control of their money is to spend an hour a week working on their personal finances.

Energy switching numbers 'still low'
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 12:43 Energy switching numbers still low, says Ofgem Energy companies face new rules that should make switching easier Nearly two-thirds of people have never switched energy supplier, according to a survey for the energy regulator, Ofgem.

Kylie and Will.i.am bring out new voices
SBS News

Pop princess Kylie Minogue and music genius Will.i.am have enhanced the street cred of The Voice and attracted a new breed of artist, says the show's executive producer.

Kylie and Will.i.am bring out new voices
SBS News

Pop princess Kylie Minogue and music genius Will.i.am have enhanced the street cred of The Voice and attracted a new breed of artist, says the show's executive producer.

RIL raises $500 m from Japanese banks
The Hindu

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) has tied up Export Credit Agency (ECA) facility of up to $550 million, co-financed by the Japan Bank for International Corporation (JBIC) and a group of other Japanese banks backed by Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), to part finance its proposed expansion.

Camel maker Reynolds 1Q profit falls more than 28 pct on lower cigarette sales, higher costs
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Camel maker Reynolds 1Q profit falls more than 28 pct on lower cigarette sales, higher costs By: Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press Posted: 6:32 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:02 AM RICHMOND, Va. - Reynolds American Inc.'s first-quarter profit fell more than 28 per cent as the company sold fewer cigarettes and spent more on expanding its electronic cigarette brand and legal costs.

Forget Silicon Valley, meet Silicon Bali
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 20:00 Forget Silicon Valley, meet Silicon Bali By Kim Gittleson BBC business reporter, Bali, Indonesia Andrea Loubier stands on the balcony outside her office, which looks out on rice paddies in Denpasar The Sun is setting over lush green rice paddies in Denpasar, Bali, as Andrea Loubier leads me downstairs, towards the pool.

Apple and Facebook: can they deliver what users want?
Telegraph

Apple is expected to announce flat growth in revenue.

CR Mill of JSW Steels to go on stream on Friday
The Hindu

JSW Steels will commission its cold-rolling mill (CRM) at its integrated steel plant at Torangal, set up at a cost of Rs.4,500 crore, on Friday.

Safeway reports 1st-quarter loss on higher costs, acquisition expenses
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Safeway reports 1st-quarter loss on higher costs, acquisition expenses By: The Associated Press Posted: 3:47 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:13 PM PLEASANTON, Calif. - Safeway on Wednesday posted a net loss for the first quarter because of higher costs and acquisition expenses.

Netflix set to 'grow like crazy' despite price increase
CBC News

Netflix's decision to bump up its subscription rate for new members has been met with disdain in some quarters, but analysts say the price increase is unlikely to drive away viewers.

Bre-X lawsuits dismissed, 17 years after mining scandal
CBC News

After nearly two decades, an Ontario court has dismissed two lawsuits involving investors who lost millions of dollars in the Bre-X Minerals scandal back in the 1990s.

Will your pension pot last as long as you will?
Telegraph

The data, below, draws from longevity figures just published by the Office for National Statistics.

Hub for digital retail in heart of downtown
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Hub for digital retail in heart of downtown Canadian Tire unveils e-commerce HQ in city's core By: Danelle Cloutier Posted: 04/23/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Enlarge Image The new Canadian Tire Cloud Computing Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Toll road operator 407 International sees profits fall in Q1 despite revenue jump
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Toll road operator 407 International sees profits fall in Q1 despite revenue jump By: The Canadian Press Posted: 6:56 PM | Comments: 0 TORONTO - Toll highway operator 407 International Inc. says net income declined in the first quarter even as revenues revved up more than 10 per cent.

Second hike pushes OCR to 3%
National Business Review

LATEST : Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler lifted the official cash rate for the second time in as many months, saying non-tradable inflationary pressures were "becoming apparent" in an economy that's picking up pace and he's watching the impact of a strong kiwi dollar on import prices.

City's economic-development agency on a roll
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION City's economic-development agency on a roll By: Martin Cash Posted: 04/23/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 About 10 years ago, a very successful hospitality-industry professional in Winnipeg told me the travel industry in Winnipeg never changes.

Explosion, fire at natural gas pipeline hub forces evacuation of small southwest Wyoming town
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Explosion, fire at natural gas pipeline hub forces evacuation of small southwest Wyoming town By: The Associated Press Posted: 5:32 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 8:01 PM OPAL, Wyo.

SUBSCRIBER-ONLY POLL RESULT: Is NZ's economic bubble about to burst?
National Business Review

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SUBSCRIBER-ONLY POLL-RESULT: Who has more credibility on whether NZ has an economic bubble?
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Will Apple's 2Q results please investors?
Telegraph

Apple is set to announce its second-quarter results today after the US market close.

Tech sector sell-off is 'healthy'
Telegraph

Sell-offs in the technology market are "healthy" said Andrew Goldberg, Global Market Strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management.

Loblaws real estate spinoff Choice Properties beats its first-quarter forecast
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Loblaws real estate spinoff Choice Properties beats its first-quarter forecast By: The Canadian Press Posted: 5:12 PM | Comments: 0 BRAMPTON, Ont.

Increased commercial jet deliveries helps Boeing 1Q profit; retirement plan brings write-off
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Increased commercial jet deliveries helps Boeing 1Q profit; retirement plan brings write-off By: Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted: 6:51 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:52 AM Boeing's increased rate of commercial jet manufacturing is starting to pay off for shareholders.

Boeing raises 2014 profit forecast
BBC News

23 April 2014 Last updated at 15:51 Boeing raises 2014 profit forecast Boeing has raised its profit forecast for 2014 while announcing a "strong" first quarter.

Is Airbnb's valuation too risky?
Telegraph

The San Francisco-based business started six years ago when a group of graduates rented out sleeping space in their flat to help pay rent.

Britons' sweet tooth to drive prosecco sales
Telegraph

Wine-based mixed drinks such as spritzs being served at high-profile events are also raising awareness of the drink.

The democratic disruption of finance
Guardian

There seems to be no limit to the exciting possibilities that come from combining technical innovations, the internet, and social media.

Subtle jawboning from the RBNZ accompanies OCR hike
National Business Review

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Creditors owed $2.57 million after Mediaweb magazine collapse
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Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM and keeping top spot
Guardian

Toyota finished first last year with a record 9.98m vehicles in sales, remaining the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row.

Toyota world's biggest automaker in Q1
CBC News

Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen.

Benji never wanted to play rugby: Farah
SBS News

Benji Marshall's closest ally in rugby league says the former Golden Boot winner never truly wanted to play rugby union in the first place.

UltraTech Cement Q4 net up 15 pc
The Hindu

UltraTech Cement, on Wednesday, reported a 15 per cent growth in net profit at Rs.838 crore for the fourth quarter of 2013-14.

Nexen CEO who helped arrange sale to Chinese firm replaced
CBC News

Nexen Energy, the Calgary-based oil and gas company acquired last year by Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd., is replacing Kevin Reinhart as CEO.

Huge pharma deal inked
CNN

Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline ink $20B deal Jim Boulden speaks to the CEO's of GSK and Novartis about why they've agreed to swap assets and combine business units.

Boeing's profit jets above estimates
Telegraph

American aircraft company Boeing has announced higher-than-expected first-quarter results.

Gas price jump 'doesn't make sense'
CBC News

Drivers looking for a good reason for major gasoline price jumps across Canada overnight will be left lacking, as the usual seasonal influences don't add up to those types of increases.

Deepak Fert makes open offer to hike stake in Mangalore Chem
The Hindu

To spend Rs.190 cr to acquire 26 % stake at Rs.61.75 a share Deepak Fertilisers & Petrochemicals Corporation (DFPC) with SCM Soilfert Ltd. has made an open offer to acquire a further 26 per cent stake in Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers (MCF).

Pennsylvania businessman charged with illegally selling steel-making machine to Iranian firm
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Pennsylvania businessman charged with illegally selling steel-making machine to Iranian firm By: The Associated Press Posted: 3:45 PM | Comments: 0 HARRISBURG, Pa. - The owner of a Pennsylvania company that makes steel-processing equipment has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on a charge he conspired to illegally sell an $800,000 machine to an Iranian firm.

Apple raises buyback to $90bn as sales jump
Telegraph

Apple has approved another $30bn in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorised a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors.

Snapdeal is not an authorised reseller: Dell
The Hindu

PC-maker Dell is the latest consumer electronic company to join the anti-e-commerce bandwagon.

ASK ME ANYTHING: Forbes bubble guy Jesse Colombo
National Business Review

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AUSTRALIA

West should work with Russia: Blair
SBS News

Western leaders should set aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the growing threat of Islamic extremism, former British prime minister Tony Blair says.

South Korea president urges China to avert North Korea nuclear test
ABC News Politics

South Korea president urges China to avert North Korea nuclear test Updated April 23, 2014 20:57:42 South Korea's president Park Geun-Hye has urged Chinese leader Xi Jinping to make "further efforts" to dissuade North Korea from conducting a fresh nuclear test, warning of serious repercussions for regional stability.

In China politics is always about business
On Line Opinion

In order to promote mutual understanding, I am always searching for ways of better explaining China to an Australian audience.

Malaysia important to US pivot to Asia strategy
ABC News Politics

Malaysia important to US pivot to Asia strategy Updated April 24, 2014 01:20:11 As part of his Asian tour US President Barack Obama will visit Malaysia, where discussions about Beijing's territorial assertiveness are expected to be discussed.

Menindee-Mildura rail line hopes
ABC News Politics

Hope for progress on Mildura-Menindee freight line By Gavin Coote Updated April 23, 2014 20:18:41 Proponents of a possible freight rail link from Mildura to Menindee are hoping the project will get off the ground, after more than a decade of speculation.

Rich men and third party politics give a different twist to the Westminster system
Political Owl

Gordon Barton gave us a taste in Australia of rich men flirting with third party politics back in the 1960s with his Liberal Reform Group and opposition to the support of conservative Liberal and National (then Country) parties for the Vietnam war.

Neville Wran state funeral date set for May 1
ABC News Politics

Neville Wran's state funeral to be held on May 1 in Sydney Updated April 24, 2014 09:38:16 Former New South Wales Labor premier Neville Wran's state funeral will be held on May 1 at Sydney's Town Hall.

Thai court gives PM more time in abuse of power case
ABC News Politics

Thai court gives PM Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare defence against abuse of power charges Updated April 23, 2014 17:19:28 Thailand's Constitutional Court has given Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to defend herself and gather further evidence against charges of abuse of power.

WhatsApp says it has half billion users
SBS News

WhatsApp now has 500 million regular, active users around the world, the free mobile messaging service being acquired by Facebook says.

The Strangelove effect: how we are hoodwinked into accepting a new world war
On Line Opinion

I watched Dr. Strangelove the other day.

Pension plans won't win many fans
ABC News Politics

Pension plans won't win many fans Updated April 24, 2014 10:00:24 With big spending planned on fighter jets and a generous new paid parental leave scheme, changes to the pension could turn voters off, write Peter Lewis and Jackie Woods.

A new approach to cut death toll of young people in road accidents
The Conversation

Too often in Australia we hear tragic stories of another young life cut short in a car accident and yet any attempts to dramatically reduce the death toll are not working.

A rightfully responsible Australia
On Line Opinion

When we claim something as a problem, we should also consider how our own actions play into this.

Portrait of a fairy
Oz Conservative

Baptists and bootleggers and other news and views for Wednesday 23 April
Political Owl

Richard Farmer 2010.

No slippery slope?
Andrew Bolt

Health reform coalition warns that predicted budget changes are unhealthy
Croakey

This statement was issued yesterday by the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance.

Egalitarianism under threat
On Line Opinion

Egalitarianism goes deep in the Australian character.

In which Greg Sheridan does an imitation of a Little Golden Book ...
Loon Pond

(Above: and more Rowe here ) You don't have to be Saul Easlake to point out that the emperor is wearing exceedingly see-through clothes: ... in my view, it will do next to nothing to lift either participation of women in the workforce or productivity of those who are in the workforce.

Joint Strike Fighter price coming down: Lockheed Martin
ABC News Politics

Joint Strike Fighters: Price of F-35s will continue to fall, says Lockheed Martin Updated April 24, 2014 09:23:55 The company making the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter says the aircraft's price is falling, despite concerns raised in the US about cost blowouts.

Can we divorce theology from politics?
Tasmanian Times

Allegory to separation of church and state, 1905.

Generation's success depends on more than jobs
On Line Opinion

Australian employers are zooming in on youth unemployment and the 'skills mismatch' in a way that is crucial and long overdue.

Home security rebate criteria change 'makes scheme inaccessible': opposition
ABC News Politics

Seniors' security rebate criteria change criticised by WA Opposition Updated April 23, 2014 21:43:58 Western Australia's Opposition has condemned changes to a senior's rebate for home security costs saying this year "virtually no-one" would be able to access it.

NHS watchdog changes could endanger new cancer drugs
The Conversation

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published new draft proposals laying out major changes to the way it assesses whether new medicines offer value for money.

To know whether we face a new dot com bubble, look at how we work and consume
The Conversation

The ongoing weakness in tech stocks brings with it the inevitable portent that we are witnessing the bursting of a new dot com bubble akin to that of the late nineties and early noughties.

The myth that is ANZAC Day
En Passant

Ruling classes around the world have their national myths.

Anzac Day reveals an unhealthy obsession with the trauma of war
The Conversation

Thousands of young Australians will gather at Gallipoli this Anzac Day.

Let us bring the Anzac spirit home | Penny Wright
Guardian Australia

My family, like so many others around Australia, was directly affected by conflict.

News in 90 Seconds
ABC News Politics

News in 90 Seconds Posted April 23, 2014 16:57:31 In this update: The Federal Government announces it is purchasing 58 Joint Strike Fighters; the Prime Minister says he will not be drawn on whether the Government is considering deregulating higher education funding; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spend the day with disadvantaged youth in Adelaide.

News in 90 Seconds
ABC News Politics

News in 90 Seconds Posted April 23, 2014 16:57:31 In this update: The Federal Government announces it is purchasing 58 Joint Strike Fighters; the Prime Minister says he will not be drawn on whether the Government is considering deregulating higher education funding; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spend the day with disadvantaged youth in Adelaide.

Hockey warns of tougher means testing for welfare ahead of budget
ABC News Politics

Treasurer Joe Hockey warns of tougher means testing ahead of Commission of Audit's release Updated April 23, 2014 20:28:28 Treasurer Joe Hockey has warned next month's federal budget will introduce tougher means testing of support payments and more upfront costs for government services.

Joe Hockey warns aged pension is in the sights of budget razor gang
Guardian Australia

Joe Hockey is warning Australians to brace themselves for a new era in which government services they have taken for granted will require a co-payment or be means-tested or provided by the private sector.

Joe Hockey does want to frighten the horses ahead of May 13
The Conversation

Treasurer Joe Hockey has dwelt extensively on the burden of the age pension bill.

Just count the bodies and then judge
Andrew Bolt

Policies must be judged not by intentions but by consequences - and real consequences, not imagined: Michael Gordon, The Age , April 17: REAL price of stopping the boats.

Iggy Azalea forced to stop crowd surfing
SBS News

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has been forced to stop crowd surfing at her concerts after fans tried to grope her.

The forgotten Anzacs: 'honoured guests' of the Sultan
The Conversation

As we undertake our annual remembrance of Australians at war, some attention should be paid to those personnel who were taken captive by the enemy and then faced long years in brutal conditions.

Scholes returns to help Man United interim manager Giggs
SBS News

Giggs, with whom Scholes shared many title triumphs, was put in charge of the first team for the final four games of the season following the sacking of David Moyes on Tuesday.

Mother arrested over the deaths of three of her children
Mama Mia

Mother arrested over the deaths of three of her children Gary Clarence with the twin boys Ben and Max.

France service personal for Anzac bugler
SBS News

VILLERS-BRETONNEUX, France, April 23 AAP - Whether it's at a state funeral, a sporting event or a nursing home, every rendition of the Last Post is equally important to veteran bugler Ashley Thomson.

Universities should be able to charge students what they want
The Conversation

Top universities should be free to charge domestic students whatever they deem appropriate, according to the Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor of the Australian National University.

Sport News Update, what you need to know
SBS News

AFL - It seems as a driver, Buddy Franklin makes a very good footballer, with the Sydney Swans star issued with a negligent driving infringement after crashing into four parked cars in Sydney's east on Wednesday.

NSW North Coast Nationals: one meme says it all
North Coast Voices

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Clarence Valley Council trialling live streaming of meetings
North Coast Voices

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Parr Family of Wise County Texas win $2.9 million in case against Aruba Petroleum for adverse effects of mining & gas production activities
North Coast Voices

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Gautam Navlakha and Bernard D'Mello, "Hijackers of the Electoral Process: Maoists or the Indian Establishment?"
Monthy Review

Hijackers of the Electoral Process: Maoists or the Indian Establishment?

One year on from Rana Plaza collapse, work still to be done
The Conversation

One year ago on the 24th of April 2013, the horrific Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh claimed at least 1,129 lives and galvanised industry and government into action.

Why not retire at 81?
Ambit Gambit

April 24, 2014 | Graham The whole idea of retirement is a new-fangled invention, and not one that I think has been for the good.

Ritchie on top pay
38 South

Posted in Ragging on Ritchie Ritchie on top pay April 23, 2014 By Tim Worstall Comments: 15 Comments First clear signals have to be given as to what is considered fair pay in the UK.

Satellites say Southern hemisphere sea ice area is at a record area again
Warwick Hughes

Satellites say Southern hemisphere sea ice area is at a record area again Day 110 of 2014 just snuck into record territory again according to graphic at The Cryosphere Today

Cybersecurity czar dodges questions over IT security
The Conversation

Cyber security has been a hot item on the UK government agenda in the last few years.

Conservatives were wicked for saying then what Hawke and Keating say now
Andrew Bolt

A conservative is someone who said at the time that the Rudd and Gillard Governments were dysfunctional and divisive.

Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 1-0
SBS News

Real Madrid took a huge step towards their first Champions League soccer final in 12 years as Karim Benzema's first-half goal gave them a 1-0 first-leg lead over holders Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu.

UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 1-0
SBS News

Carlo Ancelotti's side must still survive another 90 minutes against the European champion, but heads to the semi-final second leg in Munich with the added advantage of not conceding an away goal.

Habitable exoplanets are bad news for humanity
The Conversation

Last week, scientists announced the discovery of Kepler 186f, a planet 492 light years away in the Cygnus constellation.

Performance-related pay won't motivate teachers
The Conversation

This Easter Monday, members of the National Union of Teachers voted in favour of a motion for strike action this summer.

The Lives of Brian
Tasmanian Times

For six years I sat within meters of the late Senator Brian Harradine.

The samurai awaken
On Line Opinion

Yasukuni apologists will say that this a place where the war dead can be remembered and that Shinzo Abe's offering of a Masakaki "sacred tree" branch to the shrine on Monday was perfectly within the remit of a Japanese prime minister.

Nicholas of Cusa and the Instruction of Ignorance
Tasmanian Times

On a slow boat journey from Constantinople to Venice in the early 15th century, scholar and papal diplomat Nicholas of Cusa set modern scientific method in train when he conceived of the value of ignorance as a means towards knowledge.

Second hike pushes OCR to 3%
National Business Review

LATEST : Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler lifted the official cash rate for the second time in as many months, saying non-tradable inflationary pressures were "becoming apparent" in an economy that's picking up pace and he's watching the impact of a strong kiwi dollar on import prices.

Kaufmann: consensus Americanism
Oz Conservative

I've been tracing the arguments made by Eric Kaufmann in his book The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America .

Much learning does not teach understanding
Tasmanian Times

Polumathie noon ou didaskei.

Hong Kong, Philippines end hostage row
SBS News

Hong Kong and the Philippines have announced they have resolved an enduring and deeply emotional row over a deadly hostage crisis, allowing soured diplomatic relations to return to normal.

SUBSCRIBER-ONLY POLL RESULT: Is NZ's economic bubble about to burst?
National Business Review

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Subtle jawboning from the RBNZ accompanies OCR hike
National Business Review

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Creditors owed $2.57 million after Mediaweb magazine collapse
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Cannabis and hearts
Opinion Dominion

Australian based, conservative leaning commentary on politics, media, life, the multiverse and whatever else crosses my mind.

Economic guesswork
Opinion Dominion

Here are a couple of people with some apparent credentials in the field who think that the IPCC is doing a poor job at making accurate forecasts of the economic consequences of climate change.

ASK ME ANYTHING: Forbes bubble guy Jesse Colombo
National Business Review

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CANADA

Canada will send up to 500 observers to Ukraine election next month: Harper
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Canada wants Russia to notice its 500 observers to Ukraine election: Kenney By: Mike Blanchfield and John Ward, The Canadian Press Posted: 2:14 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:32 PM OLGA IVASHCHENKO / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Enlarge Image People hold a Ukrainian flag atop a World War I era MK V tank in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Opposition parties demand more details on CF-18 deployment to eastern Europe
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Opposition parties demand more details on CF-18 deployment to eastern Europe By: Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press Posted: 3:22 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:49 PM OTTAWA - Federal opposition parties are demanding to know where the country's CF-18s are headed in eastern Europe and what they'll be doing as tension rises throughout the region.

Canadian oil and gas touted for Europe amid Ukraine troubles
CBC

The Russian invasion of Crimea is making Alberta's oil and gas more attractive in European capitals, says Poland's ambassador to Canada.

New Zealand raises benchmark interest rate to 3 per cent as economy prospers
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION New Zealand raises benchmark interest rate to 3 per cent as economy prospers By: Nick Perry, The Associated Press Posted: 4:15 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:34 PM WELLINGTON, New Zealand - With its economy continuing to improve, New Zealand on Thursday raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time in six weeks, to 3 per cent.

Field of NY casino contenders grows clearer as $1M application fee deadline approaches
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Field of NY casino contenders grows clearer as $1M application fee deadline approaches By: David Klepper, The Associated Press Posted: 4:20 PM | Comments: 0 ALBANY, N.Y. - Proposals for casinos in upstate New York faced their first significant hurdle Wednesday, the deadline for casino contenders to submit a required $1 million application fee.

NTSB chief says Obama administration needs to act immediately on oil train safety
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION NTSB chief says Obama administration needs to act immediately on oil train safety By: Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted: 4:35 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:54 PM WASHINGTON - The head of the National Transportation Safety Board says the Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority.

Purchasing manager survey shows business activity at highest level in 3 years
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Purchasing manager survey shows business activity at highest level in 3 years By: David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted: 7:15 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:24 AM FRANKFURT - A closely-watched survey has found business activity across the 18-country eurozone running at a three-year high, in perhaps the clearest sign yet that the economic recovery is gaining momentum.

Manitoba latest province to sign onto federal government jobs program
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Manitoba latest province to sign onto federal government jobs program By: The Canadian Press Posted: 10:54 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 1:43 PM WINNIPEG - Manitoba became the latest province to sign on to the federal government's Canada Job Grant Wednesday.

Vermont leading US in campaign to require GMO labeling; bill wins lawmakers approval
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Vermont leading US in campaign to require GMO labeling; bill wins lawmakers approval By: Dave Gram, The Associated Press Posted: 7:22 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:25 PM MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favoured by the governor.

Memorial set for last of victims of mass stabbing in Calgary last week
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Memorial set for last of victims of mass stabbing in Calgary last week By: The Canadian Press Posted: 3:01 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:38 AM CALGARY - A service will be held today for the last of the five victims of last week's mass murder in Calgary.

Ronald McDonald joins Twitter, gets new outfit as McDonald's puts focus back on clown
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Ronald McDonald takes to Twitter, gets new outfit as McDonald's puts focus back on clown By: The Associated Press Posted: 4:26 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 5:13 PM NEW YORK, N.Y. - Ronald McDonald has a new outfit, and he's ready for a selfie.

Online petition on Fair Elections Act gets almost 50,000 signatures in 24 hours
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Online petition on Fair Elections Act gets almost 50,000 signatures in 24 hours By: The Canadian Press Posted: 5:09 PM | Comments: 0 OTTAWA - Thousands of Canadians have signed an online petition urging Conservative senators to put the boots to the government's Fair Elections Act.

Economic claptrap
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Economic claptrap By: Editorial Posted: 04/23/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 Canadians last fall were paying no attention to the Harper government's horn-tooting campaign about its Economic Action Plan.

Brazil's Congress passes bill on Internet privacy on eve of Internet governance conference
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Brazil's Congress passes bill on Internet privacy on eve of Internet governance conference By: The Associated Press Posted: 7:15 AM | Comments: 0 SAO PAULO - Brazil's Congress has passed a bill guaranteeing Internet privacy and enshrining access to the Web.

Alstom restructures its operations and eliminates 150 jobs in Montreal
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Alstom restructures its operations and eliminates 150 jobs in Montreal By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:40 PM | Comments: 0 MONTREAL - French train manufacturer Alstom is eliminating about 150 full-time positions, or more than half the workforce, at its Montreal plant as it transfers activities to Europe.

Yields fall sharply in Portuguese debt auction, raising hopes of successful end to bailout
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Yields fall sharply in Portuguese debt auction, raising hopes of successful end to bailout By: Barry Hatton, The Associated Press Posted: 7:08 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:26 AM LISBON, Portugal - Portugal's chances of ending its three-year bailout program without requiring more help have increased after interest rates fell steeply in a 10-year bond auction Wednesday.

Emera secures financing for Maritime Link with help from federal government
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Emera secures financing for Maritime Link with help from federal government By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:03 PM | Comments: 0 HALIFAX - Nova Scotia utility company Emera (TSX:EMA) says it has secured $1.3 billion in financing to pay for the Maritime Link project to ship hydroelectricity from the Muskrat Falls development.

Ottawa to propose new pension scheme, but is not budging on CPP expansion
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Ottawa to propose new pension scheme, but is not budging on CPP expansion By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:28 PM | Comments: 0 OTTAWA - The federal government is planning more pension plan changes, this time affecting Crown corporations and federally regulated firms.

May 9 Afghan tribute cloaked in secrecy with two weeks left to go
CBC

A Royal Proclamation, a moment of silence in schools, and the heavy beating of helicopter rotors over Parliament Hill are slated for May 9, but the Harper's government attempt to turn commemoration of the Afghan mission into a national event is facing delays, confusion and the sting of politics.

TPG Capital invests $750 million in Greek yogurt maker Chobani
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION TPG Capital invests $750 million in Greek yogurt maker Chobani By: The Associated Press Posted: 3:44 PM | Comments: 0 NEW BERLIN, N.Y. - Greek yogurt maker Chobani has secured a $750 million investment from investment firm TPG Capital to help fund its growth.

Zynga founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer; will remain chairman
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Zynga founder Pincus stepping down as chief product officer, will remain chairman; Stock jumps By: The Associated Press Posted: 3:48 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 5:05 PM NEW YORK, N.Y. - Online game maker Zynga's founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company's CEO, as the company's sales slide.

Toronto stock market to head lower amid earnings news, weak Chinese data
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Toronto stock market to head lower amid earnings news, weak Chinese data By: Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted: 7:12 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:52 AM TORONTO - The Toronto stock market looked set to start the session Wednesday lower amid another heavy slate of earnings news to consider along with signs of weakening Chinese growth.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:44 PM | Comments: 0 TORONTO - Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (14,533.39 down 22.58 points): MGM Energy Corp. (TSX:MGX).

Disciplinary body arguing it's above judicial scrutiny in nude judge's case
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Disciplinary body arguing it's above judicial scrutiny in nude judge's case By: Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press Posted: 4:00 PM | Comments: 0 TORONTO - The council that handles complaints against Canada's judges, including one against a Manitoba justice photographed in the nude, has taken its fight against judicial scrutiny of its own conduct to the Federal Court of Appeal.

McDonald's halts temporary foreign worker program
CBC

McDonald's Canada is putting its temporary foreign worker program on hold while a third party conducts an audit on its use of the plan.

McDonald's restaurants put foreign worker program on hold, conducts audit
Winnipeg Free Press

VICTORIA - McDonald's Canada says temporary foreign workers are a necessary part of the fast-food chain's business model, but its use of the federal jobs initiative is now on hold until the company satisfies itself and Canadians that it doesn't abuse the program.

Rob Ford calls to eliminate ombudsman after scathing TCHC report released
The Star

On Tuesday morning, city ombudsman Fiona Crean released a scathing report that may cost Toronto Community Housing Corp. chief executive Gene Jones his job.

TCHC employee with Rob Ford ties got rapid promotion, big raise
The Star

Four years ago, Lisa-Joan Overholt was one of the campaign volunteers trying to get out the vote for Rob Ford .

Matt Gurney: Rob Ford enables the gravy train
National Post

The Toronto Community Housing Corporation has long been a disaster.

Why Rob Ford won't win re-election: Hepburn
The Star

Take a deep breath and relax, Toronto.

How much global warming has occurred? Lots
Barrel Strength

From the height of the last ice age, 21,000 years ago,to now, there has been global warming.

Wal-Mart cut outgoing CEO's pay 73 per cent to $5.6 million in 2013
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Wal-Mart cut outgoing CEO's pay 73 per cent to $5.6 million in 2013 By: Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted: 5:44 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 6:08 PM NEW YORK, N.Y. - The pay of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s outgoing CEO fell 73 per cent in 2013 because he received a lower performance-based bonus and he didn't get stock awards that are given in anticipation of future performance.

Barbara Kay: Study paints a portrait of Canada as a nation of child abusers
National Post

While perusing my morning newspaper today, I was surprised to learn, from an article about the findings of a newly published study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, that I am a child abuser.

Investor Warren Buffett says stock market prices are currently at a reasonable range
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Investor Warren Buffett says stock market prices are currently at a reasonable range By: The Associated Press Posted: 3:38 PM | Comments: 0 OMAHA, Neb.

Delta tops 1Q expectations despite $90 million revenue hit from a wave of winter storms
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Delta tops 1Q expectations despite $90 million revenue hit from a wave of winter storms By: David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted: 6:59 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:48 AM DALLAS - Delta Air Lines Inc. is making more money by filling more seats on its planes and paying a bit less for fuel.

Christie Blatchford: Citizens step-up during Sammy Yatim shooting preliminary hearing
National Post

In the wider discussion about The Effects of Rob Ford Upon Toronto, there has been a thread of concern that the slash-and-burn mayor, blind to the hard-won charms of a walkable, livable and tolerant city and ever on guard to the alleged war on the car, has inflicted some permanent damage to the civic fabric.

Toronto weather: Gusty winds expected Wednesday
The Star

Torontonians can expect gusty winds up to 60 km/h with 40 per cent chance of showers early Wednesday morning.

Toronto airport tunnel problems known since 2012
The Star

zoom Just days after the Toronto Port Authority said a harsh winter would push completion of the island airport tunnel into 2015, it was revealed other problems were known as far back as summer 2012 when digging began.

Kenney reiterates vow to get tough on temporary foreign worker abusers
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Kenney reiterates vow to get tough on temporary foreign worker abusers By: Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press Posted: 12:15 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:23 PM OTTAWA - Jason Kenney says only "small numbers" of companies are abusing Ottawa's controversial temporary foreign workers program as a major fast-food chain freezes its participation and a respected economist casts fresh doubt on the extent of Canada's skills shortage.

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Safeway reports 1st-quarter loss on higher costs, acquisition expenses
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Safeway reports 1st-quarter loss on higher costs, acquisition expenses By: The Associated Press Posted: 3:47 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:13 PM PLEASANTON, Calif. - Safeway on Wednesday posted a net loss for the first quarter because of higher costs and acquisition expenses.

Increased commercial jet deliveries helps Boeing 1Q profit; retirement plan brings write-off
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Increased commercial jet deliveries helps Boeing 1Q profit; retirement plan brings write-off By: Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted: 6:51 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:52 AM Boeing's increased rate of commercial jet manufacturing is starting to pay off for shareholders.

Camel maker Reynolds 1Q profit falls more than 28 pct on lower cigarette sales, higher costs
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Camel maker Reynolds 1Q profit falls more than 28 pct on lower cigarette sales, higher costs By: Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press Posted: 6:32 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:02 AM RICHMOND, Va. - Reynolds American Inc.'s first-quarter profit fell more than 28 per cent as the company sold fewer cigarettes and spent more on expanding its electronic cigarette brand and legal costs.

Four firefighters injured, one in critical condition after commercial fire in Mississauga
The Star

zoom Four firefighters were injured, one in critical condition after a blaze broke out on Thamesgate Dr. early Wednesday morning in Mississauga, according to Peel Regional Police.

One firefighter in critical condition after blaze at Mississauga, Ont., warehouse
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION One firefighter in critical condition after blaze at Mississauga, Ont., warehouse By: The Canadian Press Posted: 7:18 AM | Comments: 0 MISSISSAUGA, Ont.

Survivors seek dangerous-offender label for sex-abuse 'superstar'
The Star

He slipped into the places where predators go: hockey arenas, carnivals, community centres, public school gyms, sports clubs.

You dirty rat: almost 80 dead rodents found in southern Alberta landfill
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION You dirty rat: almost 80 dead rodents found in southern Alberta landfill By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:12 PM | Comments: 0 MEDICINE HAT, Alta.

Judge strikes down Alberta law regarding sex switch on birth certificates
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Judge strikes down Alberta law regarding sex switch on birth certificates By: Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press Posted: 4:44 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 5:21 PM EDMONTON - A judge has ruled that an Alberta law dealing with birth certificates violates the rights of transgender people.

Toll road operator 407 International sees profits fall in Q1 despite revenue jump
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Toll road operator 407 International sees profits fall in Q1 despite revenue jump By: The Canadian Press Posted: 6:56 PM | Comments: 0 TORONTO - Toll highway operator 407 International Inc. says net income declined in the first quarter even as revenues revved up more than 10 per cent.

City's economic-development agency on a roll
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION City's economic-development agency on a roll By: Martin Cash Posted: 04/23/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 About 10 years ago, a very successful hospitality-industry professional in Winnipeg told me the travel industry in Winnipeg never changes.

Hub for digital retail in heart of downtown
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Hub for digital retail in heart of downtown Canadian Tire unveils e-commerce HQ in city's core By: Danelle Cloutier Posted: 04/23/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Enlarge Image The new Canadian Tire Cloud Computing Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

24 Sussex weekend medical call not for Harper family member: RCMP
CBC

24 Sussex weekend medical call not for Harper family member: RCMP Unidentified woman reportedly taken to hospital with suspected case of alcohol poisoning The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 23, 2014 1:46 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 23, 2014 6:01 PM ET

Have $2.5M? The RCMP has an Italian-made plane just for you
CBC

A 2003 Piaggio Avanti P180 being auctioned off online by the government of Canada was bought by the RCMP under former commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli for $8 million.

Calgary man charged with voyeurism, luring 14-year-old neighbour
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Calgary man charged with voyeurism, luring 14-year-old neighbour By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:29 PM | Comments: 0 CALGARY - A Calgary man has been charged with voyeurism and luring a 14-year-old girl through the Internet.

Five people rushed to hospital after Caledon crash
The Star

Five people were rushed to hospital Tuesday evening after a three-vehicle collision in Caledon, according to Peel EMS.

Practical nurse charged with identity theft; already faced 52 similar charges
The Star

Police say a registered practical nurse at a health care facility in Halton Region is facing a dozen new fraud-related charges.

Explosion, fire at natural gas pipeline hub forces evacuation of small southwest Wyoming town
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Explosion, fire at natural gas pipeline hub forces evacuation of small southwest Wyoming town By: The Associated Press Posted: 5:32 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 8:01 PM OPAL, Wyo.

Man wanted for murder and decapitation should be extradited, judge rules
The Star

A man wanted for a grisly murder and decapitation in the United States over 15 years ago should be extradited, a Toronto judge ruled Wednesday.

Ontario judge dismisses Bre-X lawsuits, orders remaining money to go to charity
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Ontario judge dismisses Bre-X lawsuits, orders remaining money to go to charity By: Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted: 1:51 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 3:29 PM TORONTO - After nearly two decades, an Ontario court has dismissed the last two lawsuits involving the Bre-X Minerals scandal, which resulted in investors losing an estimated $1 billion.

Loblaws real estate spinoff Choice Properties beats its first-quarter forecast
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Loblaws real estate spinoff Choice Properties beats its first-quarter forecast By: The Canadian Press Posted: 5:12 PM | Comments: 0 BRAMPTON, Ont.

Gairdner winner, 5 others named to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Gairdner winner, 5 others named to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame By: The Canadian Press Posted: 5:31 PM | Comments: 0 TORONTO - The recently named winner of a prestigious Gairdner award and five other leaders from the field of medicine will be inducted Thursday into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Tom Mulcair rails against 'illegally erased' Duffy-Wright emails
CBC

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs to "come clean" over the deletion of an email account belonging to a former PMO staffer involved in negotiations over the repayment of Senator Mike Duffy's ineligible expenses.

Montreal Board of Trade wants Oliver to nix securities regulator
CBC

Montreal's business community urged Finance Minister Joe Oliver on Wednesday to "reconsider" Ottawa's efforts to create a national securities regulator.

Montreal board of trade urges Oliver to abandon national securities regulator
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Montreal board of trade urges Oliver to abandon national securities regulator By: Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted: 2:46 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 3:47 PM MONTREAL - Montreal's business community urged Finance Minister Joe Oliver on Wednesday to "reconsider" Ottawa's efforts to create a national securities regulator.

Couillard becomes Quebec premier and warns of tough economic decisions
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Couillard becomes Quebec premier and warns of tough economic decisions By: The Canadian Press Posted: 1:34 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:21 PM QUEBEC - Philippe Couillard was sworn in as Quebec premier on Wednesday and immediately warned that the time has come for hard economic decisions.

LIVE: Blue Jays-Orioles game blog
The Star

Darren Calabrese / THE CANADIAN PRESS Toronto Blue Jays Brett Lawrie, left, celebrates his three-run home run with teammate Melky Cabrera, right, during eighth inning MLB baseball action against the Baltimore Orioles in Toronto on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Crown review out of order
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Crown review out of order By: editorial Posted: 04/23/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 If the purpose of a Crown prosecutor is to seek justice, not conviction of the accused, Manitoba's Justice department has done a marked disservice to the review of a case now the focus of a wrongful conviction application.

Canada Post takes 45 years to deliver letter to Calgary woman living just 215 kilometres away from sender
National Post

A letter between two Alberta sisters took 45 years to arrive at its destination via Canada Post could have been delivered faster by snail.

Ruth Myles: Cosplay on parade at Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo
Calgary Herald

If clothes make the man, then Shawn Trainor is a self-made warrior of the highest order.

The Dish: Chicken pad Thai from Thai Express
The Star

Location: More than 200 in Canada The emails began to arrive in March.

One person airlifted to hospital after Milton collision
The Star

One person was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries Wednesday afternoon after a school bus and a vehicle collided in Milton.

Pennsylvania businessman charged with illegally selling steel-making machine to Iranian firm
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Pennsylvania businessman charged with illegally selling steel-making machine to Iranian firm By: The Associated Press Posted: 3:45 PM | Comments: 0 HARRISBURG, Pa. - The owner of a Pennsylvania company that makes steel-processing equipment has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on a charge he conspired to illegally sell an $800,000 machine to an Iranian firm.

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Blair Urges West to Work with Putin to Fight Islamist Extremism
Breitbart

Blair Urges West to Work with Putin to Fight Islamist Extremism by Nick Hallett 23 Apr 2014, 2:04 AM PDT post a comment Tony Blair will today call for Western nations work with Vladimir Putin in the fight against radical Islam.

Russia Is Expanding Intimidation Tactics in Eastern Ukraine
Heritage Foundation

Photo: UPI/Ivan Vakolenko/Newscom Vice President Joe Biden, who went to Ukraine on Monday for a two-day visit to express U.S. support for the government in Kyiv, has accused Russia of being behind the irregular armed forces who are taking over Eastern Ukraine.

Obama Sends Paratroopers to Poland Amid Ukraine Crisis
Breitbart

AP: US army paratroopers arrive in Poland beginning a series of military exercises in four countries across Eastern Europe to bolster allies in the wake of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula last month.

At Least Sixteen People Missing in East Ukraine
Breitbart

At Least Sixteen People Missing in East Ukraine by Mary Chastain 23 Apr 2014, 11:49 AM PDT post a comment The Kyiv Post is keeping a tally on the people kidnapped in east Ukraine.

AMERICAN TROOPS ARRIVE IN POLAND
Drudge Report

April 13, 2014: Pro-Russian protesters escort a man detained in eastern Ukraine.

Behind-The-Scenes On The President's Asia Trip
ABC Politics

Apr 23, 2014 4:00pm Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo President Obama is in the midst of a week-long trip to four Asian nations, and ABC News is with him every step of the way.

Obama Finally Gets Back to the Asia-Pacific
Huffington Post

The Obama Administration is turning its focus back to the Asia-Pacific, and President Barack Obama's big trip there, beginning with a state visit to Japan on Wednesday and Thursday before proceeding to South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Kerry: 'It was easier' in Cold War...
Drudge Report

Washington (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of his "deep concern" Tuesday over Moscow's failure to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine, a senior State Department official said.

The Roundup
Fire Dog Lake

How are you doing today, folks?

STUDY: PARENTS SPENDING 11 HOURS A DAY ON MOBILES...
Drudge Report

Get Breaking News First Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.

In the News
Shakesville

Here is some stuff in the news today... [Content Note: Police brutality; images of police brutality at link] The New York Police Department had the swell idea of starting a #MyNYPD hashtag on Twitter yesterday, inviting people to share images of themselves with New York cops.

Hamas and Palestinian Authority Announce Reconciliation
Breitbart

Hamas and Palestinian Authority Announce Reconciliation by Jordan Schachtel 23 Apr 2014, 12:27 PM PDT post a comment Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, the two main factions of the Palestinian Nationalist movement, have announced a reconciliation agreement, creating the image of a united front towards Palestinian statehood.

CBS, NBC Evening Newscasts Omit IRS Tax Cheats Getting Bonuses; Mark 1964 World's Fair
NewsBusters

Tuesday's World News on ABC stood out as the only Big Three network evening newscast to cover a new "watchdog report" that found that the IRS " handed out more than $1 million in bonuses to employees who were delinquent on their federal taxes .

Pentagon moves to thwart Russia...
Drudge Report

NATO deploys ships in the Baltic Sea in response to the crisis in Ukraine as U.S. pledges to send 600 troops to region.

Understanding Tahrir Square and Prospects for Arab Democracy
Brookings

The Arab Spring is a story still being told.

Firehoses turned on protesters...
Drudge Report

Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Wednesday to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines.

CT Lawmakers Propose 'Do Not Text' Registry...
Drudge Report

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Spy device live-Tweets private conversations...
Drudge Report

Local News Local News More>> Updated: Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:58 PM EDT 2014-04-23 21:58:48 GMT The mayor's office is saying one thing.

George Will Tells Colbert Why Working At Fox News Is Better Than ABC (VIDEO)
Talking Points Memo

Months after he joined Fox News, George Will is a proud company man.

US Moves Troops Into Eastern Europe
Fire Dog Lake

The Pentagon has announced it is conducting joint exercises with Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with a contingent of approximately 600 US soldiers.

REPORT: U.S. Switched Sides in War on Terror...
Drudge Report

Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn't 'switched sides in the War on Terror' and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report Citizens Committee on Benghazi claims the US government allowed arms to flow to al-Qaeda-linked militants who opposed Muammar Gaddafi Their rise to power, the group says, led to the Benghazi attack in 2012 The group claims the strongman Gaddafi offered to abdicate his presidency, but the US refused to broker his peaceful exit The commission, part of the center-right Accuracy In Media group, concluded that the Benghazi attack was a failed kidnapping plot US Ambassador Chris Stevens was to be captured and traded for 'blind sheikh' Omar Abdel-Rahman, who hatched the 1993 WTC bombing plot By David Martosko, U.s.

The Worst Person In The World
Eschaton Blog

Of course that post title is always a bit tongue-in-cheek, but surely D'Souza is a candidate.

Cost Control in the UK
Balloon Juice

Via the Guardian: A Herceptin-style drug that can offer some women with advanced breast cancer nearly six months of extra life has been turned down for use in the NHS because of its high cost.

The Watercooler ~ An Open Thread
RedState

With so much change and upheaval going on in America, sometimes we need to pause and give ourselves and our side of the political battle credit where it is due.

Column: NBC's Gregory Exhibits Cognitive Dissonant Hack Syndrome
NewsBusters

I've always thought entrenched left-wing journalists in Washington needed their heads examined.

NBC's Cognitive Dissonant Hack Syndrome
Real Clear Politics

I've always thought entrenched left-wing journalists in Washington needed their heads examined.

Report: 87 percent of online spying comes from governments
Breitbart

Report: 87 percent of online spying comes from governments by John Hayward 23 Apr 2014, 1:25 PM PDT Share This: It's not surprising to learn that various governments (not just the United States) account for the bulk of online mischief, but it's a bit sobering to see the numbers laid out by a new Verizon investigative report, summarized by the UK Telegraph : there has been a 300 percent increase in cyber espionage since last year's report, and government agents are responsible for 87 percent of it.

Acreage BLM Owns in Nevada More Than ALL Land in New England...
Drudge Report

President Barack Obama in a field of solar panels in Nevada in 2012.

Dutch Scramble Jets After Bombers Approach...
Drudge Report

Viral Stories More>> Updated: Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:59 PM EDT 2014-04-23 16:59:23 GMT AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch defense department says several NATO member countries scrambled jets Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bomber planes approached their airspace over the North Sea.

STUDY: Naps Linked With Higher Risk Of Death!
Drudge Report

Viral Stories More>> Updated: Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:59 PM EDT 2014-04-23 16:59:23 GMT AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch defense department says several NATO member countries scrambled jets Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bomber planes approached their airspace over the North Sea.

BRIT JETS CHASE OFF RUSSIAN SPY PLANES
Drudge Report

Two Russian bombers which flew close to UK airspace have been chased away by an RAF jet fighter.

Creating good jobs requires a good jobs agenda
Congress Blog

Germany has a well-deserved reputation for smart economic policy, including ways in which the government, business, and labor work together to further the common goals of a skilled workforce producing quality output for both domestic and global markets.

FAA to U.S. pilots: Don't fly in Crimea
Politico

The FAA is banning U.S. airlines from flying in a large portion of Crimea and its surrounding waters as Russia and Ukraine continue to be at odds over the disputed region.

Forty Years After the Carnation Revolution
War is a Crime

Part II: Core Points of a New Socialism 1.

A Minute With Nick Griffin: The BNP Leader Speaks Out on His Party's Faltering Fortunes
Breitbart

A Minute With Nick Griffin: The BNP Leader Speaks Out on His Party's Faltering Fortunes by Andre Walker 23 Apr 2014, 2:38 AM PDT post a comment Nick Griffin, the Leader of the British National Party, has taken a few moments out of his day to answer some questions for Breitbart London (BL).

Antonin Scalia Suggests a 'Revolt' Against the Government in Response to Tax Hikes
Huffington Post

It's not 100 percent clear the extent to which Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia meant what it sounded like he meant, but tossing around the word "revolt" in the context of a discussion of the U.S. government is never a smart nor rational idea.

Palestinian Authority Walks Back Threat of Self-Dissolution
Breitbart

Palestinian Authority Walks Back Threat of Self-Dissolution by Abe Katsman 23 Apr 2014, 2:53 AM PDT post a comment The Palestinian Authority (PA), which had made threats of disbanding should Israel not meet certain of its demands, appeared to walk back those threats yesterday according to reports in The Jerusalem Post.

Amending the First Amendment: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Reason

SCOTUS After the Supreme Court overturned restrictions on political speech by unions and corporations in the 2010 case Citizens United v. FEC , Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig proposed a solution: a narrower First Amendment.

Joe Scarborough Subscribes to the Donald Trump School of Politics
National Journal

BREAKING: Joe Scarborough is visiting New Hampshire .

U.S. Will Allow Just 'Days' For Implementation Of Geneva Deal
Huffington Post

By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS, April 23 (Reuters) - Russia has not fulfilled its part of an international agreement to defuse tension in Ukraine and Washington will only wait "days" more for the accord to be implemented, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

"Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn't 'switched sides in the War on Terror' and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report..."
Althouse

After two years no believable reports have yet come out of the Obama Gang explaining why our Ambassador was assassinated.

J.D. Tuccille on the Security State and Institutionalized Fear
Reason

The National Guard/Foter One year after a bloody bombing that made international headlines, the Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon, was blunt about the new environment surrounding what was once a fun outing.

Why Obama Must Be in Asia
Real Clear Politics

The Obama trip to Asia fits a pattern of recent presidents trying to help a fractious region avoid conflicts by uniting around shared values.

Behold the Democratic Future, Boasts Jonathan Chait, Because Suspicion of Government Is Racist
Reason

BloggingHeads.tv Over at New York Magazine , which today suffered a website crash that temporarily lowered Internet smug levels by a measurable degree, Jonathan Chait makes the bold claim that the Democratic Party is entering a period of dominance.

Face-recognition software: the end of anonymity?
Drudge Report

The agencies were analysing images that they downloaded from webcams and scanning them for known terrorists who might be using the service to communicate, matching faces from the footage to suspects with the help of a new technology called face recognition.

RUSSIA WARGAMES UKRAINE...
Drudge Report

(Corrects to show Rostov region in south-west, not south-east) MOSCOW, April 23 (Reuters) - Russia on Wednesday conducted military exercises in its south-western Rostov region, which borders Ukraine, a spokesman for Russia's southern military district said.

Bashar al-Assad's Deadly Loophole in Syria Deal
ABC Politics

Apr 23, 2014 9:38am Free Syrian Army fighters run in Aleppo, Syria, April 18, 2014.

GOP Field in North Carolina Says Climate Change Is Not Fact
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Missouri Republicans Seek to Impeach Governor
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Perry Wants to Debate Cuomo
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Scottish Independence Poll Tracker
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Quote of the Day
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Southern Senate Races Remain Close
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

GOP Candidate Urges Parents to Pull Kids Out of School
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Candidate Attacked for Link to Weather Underground
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Hickenlooper Leads All Challengers
Political Wire

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Landrieu Aggressively Defends Obamacare
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Bonus Quote of the Day
Political Wire

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Walker Holds Small Lead in Wisconsin
Political Wire

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Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Why Government Fails So Often
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Conservatives Don't Want Bush to Run
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Intoxicated Girl Rushed from Prime Minister's Home
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Georgia Now Allows Guns Almost Anywhere
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

How to Use the Internet to Win in 2014
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Conversation with Rob Christensen
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Federal Report Shines Light On Health Impacts Of West Virginia Chemical Spill
Think Progress

By Emily Atkin on April 23, 2014 at 3:57 pm " Federal Report Shines Light On Health Impacts Of West Virginia Chemical Spill " The Freedom Industries site, which released 10,000 gallons of chemicals into West Virginia water, is seen in this Jan. 13, 2014, photo.

Why Thousands of Americans Gave Up Their Citizenship Status Last Year
Heritage Foundation

Photo: Alex Grimm/Getty Images Americans have always enjoyed the privilege of living abroad without losing citizenship.

British MPs Condemn Alleged Islamist School Takeover Plot
Breitbart

British MPs Condemn Alleged Islamist School Takeover Plot by John Rossomando 23 Apr 2014, 2:04 AM PDT post a comment An alleged plot by Muslim extremists to subvert state schools in Birmingham, England and run them according to a rigid interpretation of Islam has angered members of the British Parliament.

Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday
Daily Kos

Cheers and Jeers for Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Note: Whew, what an Earth Day!

Retired Justice Says Time to Hit Refresh on the Constitution
Huffington Post

As you may recall from your eighth-grade social studies class, the United States Constitution was written to be changed and we have changed it often.

Jacob Sullum on Michael Bloomberg's Divine Mission to Take Away Our Freedom
Reason

Office of the Mayor Last week Michael Bloomberg told The New York Times he had secured a spot in heaven through his efforts to restrict guns, soda, and cigarettes.

Spooked by Immigration, Disgruntled UK Voters Turn to Anti-EU Party
Breitbart

Spooked by Immigration, Disgruntled UK Voters Turn to Anti-EU Party GRIMSBY, England (Reuters) - Like many in the once thriving fishing town of Grimsby, Dave thinks an influx of east European migrants has made it harder to find work and he plans to register his anxiety by voting in an election for the first time in 18 years.

ROUGH: TWITTER campaign backfires on NYPD...
Drudge Report

NYPD Twitter Campaign Catastrophically Backfires Within Minutes They called for city residents to tweet pictures of themselves posing with police officers using #myNYPD.

Twitter's Take on #MyNYPD Not Exactly What NYPD Hoped for
Reason

It's always a bit entertaining to watch misguided social media moves backfire.

Supreme Court Hears Case on Government Asserting Power to Decide What the Political Truth Is, and There's Nothing At All Scary About That
Ace of Spades HQ

Supreme Court Hears Case on Government Asserting Power to Decide What the Political Truth Is, and There's Nothing At All Scary About That Maybe one of the most important cases in a long time.

Ukraine Ends Easter Truce, Relaunches 'Anti-Terrorism Operation'
Huffington Post

An armed man in military fatigue guards a barricade outside the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 21, 2014.

Man Found Dead Inside Port-A-Potty; Lived There For Months As Shelter During Cold Winter...
Drudge Report

Get Breaking News First Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.

Obama Can't Be the Green Lantern
Real Clear Politics

The LBJ Library recently held a multiday program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and by all accounts, the program was stirring and stimulating, up to and including President Obama's speech.

What Does the Allegedly Neutral and/or "Moderate" Media's Embrace of the Hard-Left Marxist Theories of Piketty Tell Us About Their True Politics?
Ace of Spades HQ

What Does the Allegedly Neutral and/or "Moderate" Media's Embrace of the Hard-Left Marxist Theories of Piketty Tell Us About Their True Politics?

Elizabeth Warren's New Book Rehashes Her Past Vague Claims About Her Alleged Native American Ethnicity, But Fails to Address Any of the Important Questions Asked of Her
Ace of Spades HQ

Elizabeth Warren's New Book Rehashes Her Past Vague Claims About Her Alleged Native American Ethnicity, But Fails to Address Any of the Important Questions Asked of Her Good recap at US News & World report.

Cartoon: Scott Brown's New Hampshire adventure
Daily Kos

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PAGLIA: Repeal the drinking age...
Drudge Report

The age 21 rule sets the United States apart from all advanced Western nations, and it has pushed kids toward pills and other anti-social behavior.

Cooley Drops Calderon Endorsement After Breitbart Report
Breitbart

Cooley Drops Calderon Endorsement After Breitbart Report by Joel B. Pollak 23 Apr 2014, 2:44 PM PDT post a comment California State Assemblyman has apparently pulled his list of endorsements off his campaign website, after a Breitbart News article by Kurt Bardella earlier this week highlighted Cooley's continued use of an endorsement by State Sen. Ron Calderon.

Obama's Asia Trip: TPP Make-or-Break Moment?
Huffington Post

A major goal of President Barack Obama's Asia trip is to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after four years of negotiations have resulted in talks deadlocked over scores of issues and growing U.S. congressional and public opposition.

The Downside of Democracy (5)
The Moderate Voice

Posted By ROBERT A. LEVINE, TMV Guest Voice Columnist on Apr 23, 2014 | 0 comments There are so many negative aspects of democracy that it is difficult to focus on one particular problem as being responsible for the failure of democratic elections to produce good government.

Successful U.S. Action in Libya Leads to Jihadists Controlling Secret American Bases There.
Reason

Without getting sidetracked with "What About Benghazi?

David Cameron Was Right When He Called the U.K. a 'Christian Country'
Reason

Credit: Johan Bakker/wikimedia British Prime Minister David Cameron has caused a minor controversy in the U.K. by writing in the Church Times that "I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country.

New Home Sales Dive in March, Miss Expectations by Miles; Result Is 'Unexpectedly' 'Surprising'
NewsBusters

March was going to be the month when new home sales in the U.S. would finally break out after several months of horrible weather.

A Minute with Syed Kamall MEP: A Q&A With the Tory Euro Election Leader
Breitbart

A Minute with Syed Kamall MEP: A Q&A With the Tory Euro Election Leader by Andre Walker 23 Apr 2014, 2:41 AM PDT post a comment Syed Kamall, Leader of the Conservatives at the European Parliament, took a few moments to answer some questions for Breitbart London (BL).

Under A Blood Red Sky
The Moderate Voice

Posted By John McCarthy on Apr 23, 2014 | 0 comments Joe Raedle/Getty The World Is Yours, Kids!

Obama's Last Shot on Climate Change
Real Clear Politics

President Obama is not even halfway through his second term yet, but you can almost feel the cement hardening around his feet.

The Republican Foreign-Policy Mess
Real Clear Politics

The Republican Foreign-Policy Mess By Ramesh Ponnuru , Bloomberg - April 23, 2014

Go to Heaven, Bloomberg
Reason

If Michael Bloomberg is going to heaven, as he recently assured The New York Times , does that mean I am going to hell?

White, older and self-employed people want to keep their health plans
Wonk Blog

Remember the furor over canceled health plans?

Court Strikes Blow for Campus Colorblindness
Real Clear Politics

Court Strikes Blow for Campus Colorblindness By Washington Times , Washington Times - April 23, 2014

Friday May Bring Good News
Crooks and Liars

First we get information that Friday is going to be an interesting day .

Conservatives Rip Into Sotomayor's 'Legally Illiterate' Dissent On Race
Talking Points Memo

Justice Sonia Sotomayor's impassioned defense of race-conscious admissions policies Tuesday hit a nerve with conservatives and inflamed an already bitter ideological chasm over race in the Obama era.

About that New York Times Arkansas Senate poll
Power Line

A new poll by the New York Times has Sen. Mark Pryor 10 points ahead of Rep. Tom Cotton, 46-36.

Earth Day After Action Report
Power Line

The indefatigable Roy Spencer offers a roundup of Earth Day cartoons yesterday on his site DrRoySpencer.com , reminding us along the way that folks who drove their cars to tree-planting ceremonies undoubtedly released more CO2 than the tree will ever absorb, before inevitably dying someday and releasing most of that CO2 into the atmosphere again anyway.

Florida Lawmaker Arrested for DUI
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Twitter Users Brutalize NYPD
Drudge Retort

Buzzfeed: The request from the New York City Police Department on Twitter was pretty innocuous: "Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD?

John Stossel on the Value of Privacy
Reason

ntr23/Flickr We voluntarily give up privacy all the time.

New Media, Conservatives Team to Boost Gosnell Movie Campaign
Breitbart

New Media, Conservatives Team to Boost Gosnell Movie Campaign by Christian Toto 23 Apr 2014, 12:04 PM PDT post a comment Traditional media outlets aren't eager to cover the crowdfunding success behind the Gosnell movie , a TV project which will expose the horrors committed by convicted killer and late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Arizona Supreme Court Makes It Harder to Convict Unimpaired Pot Smokers of Driving Under the Influence
Reason

Yesterday the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that people whose blood contains a secondary, inactive byproduct of marijuana can drive without violating state law.

Put It To Bed
Think Progress

By CAP Action War Room on April 23, 2014 at 6:14 pm New Records Reveal IRS Targeted Progressive Groups More Extensively Than Tea Party Our conservative friends can have a hard time letting go of homemade controversies that have been proven to be unsubstantiated and untrue (see: Benghazi ).

B&A Podcast: Robots, Rebels and Richard Ravitch
The Weekly Standard

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Books & Arts Podcast with Philip Terzian, on the April 28, 2014 edition of the Books and Arts section.

Buckley's Realist Foreign Policy
Real Clear Politics

Buckley's Realist Foreign Policy By Sen. Rand Paul , National Review - April 23, 2014

Meet The Oppo Researchers Who Want To Derail The Clinton 2016 Train
Talking Points Memo

The Hillary Clinton leviathan presents a real problem for Republicans.

Yet Another Heartbreaking Inmate Death
Fire Dog Lake

In a report titled Kentucky Inmate Starves to Death , the Associated Press (AP) reported on Monday that James Kenneth Embry, age 57, died of starvation at the state penitentiary in Eddyville, Kentucky, on January 16, 2014.

Stephen Colbert Appears On Letterman Promising To Continue Doing the Same Show Letterman Did, Awkward and Unfunny
Ace of Spades HQ

Stephen Colbert Appears On Letterman Promising To Continue Doing the Same Show Letterman Did, Awkward and Unfunny Yeah, guys, I dunno.

Obama Seeks To Ease Asian Allies' Doubts
Huffington Post

In this image from TV, US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, in the rain for a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013.

NYT's Liptak Leads With Dissent in Supreme's 6-2 Race Ruling, Laments Citizens United Case
NewsBusters

Even though the Supreme Court voted 6-2 to uphold Michigan's ban on affirmative action, New York Times' s Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak in his lead story in Wednesday's paper first quoted Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent, the "most passionate and most significant dissent of her career.

Hoboken Mayor Releases 'Bully' Chris Christie Journal Pages
Talking Points Memo

New pages from the personal journal of the Hoboken, N.J. Mayor Dawn Zimmer became public this week, after she included them in a letter to New Jersey lawmakers.

SNAP: Naked Man Does Martial Arts From Sunroof in Middle of Traffic...
Drudge Report

S A man in a Tesla Model S decided that this scenic spot on the Pacific Coast Highway was a good place to get naked, stand up out of the sunroof, and work on his martial arts regimen.

Liz Warren is Shocked! Shocked! at 'Obscene' Profits From Student Loans ... Raked in by Government
NewsBusters

Still trying to decide which was funnier last night on "The Daily Show" -- big-government devotee Elizabeth Warren fulminating against government greed or her conspicuous lie of omission about why government is generating "obscene" profits from the toil of college kids.

Thomas Piketty, Wealth Inequality and Cargo Cult Economics
RedState

Economics is much more akin climatology than to real science.

Supreme Court Agrees With Michigan Voters: Affirmative Action Must Remain for Whites Only
Huffington Post

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold Michigan's voter-approved ban on affirmative action in admissions to the state's public universities reinforces an ugly reality: that most white Americans support affirmative action only when it is for whites and no one else .

Rand Paul Warns Climate Change Debate 'Should Not Be Dumbed Down' -- Then Dumbs It Down
Huffington Post

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said scientific debate should not be "dumbed down" by politics at an event at the University of Chicago Tuesday.

Shakespeare's 450th birthday.
Althouse

It's today, presumably .

Obama Dines On $300 Sushi in Tokyo...
Drudge Report

YouTube Jiro Ono.

Key Republican: Obama's New Clemency Initiative Proves He's Lawless
Talking Points Memo

The House Republican chairman who oversees the Justice Department slammed President Barack Obama's huge new clemency initiative unveiled Wednesday, characterizing it as a symptom of the president's lawlessness, even though Obama has been stingier on pardons than his modern predecessors.

Strippers v. the Supreme Court: Live Nude Theater!
Reason

Is it constitutional to require strippers to wear pasties and G-strings?

Strippers v. the Supreme Court: Live Nude Theater!
Reason

Is it constitutional to require strippers to wear pasties and G-strings?

Syria Announces Presidential Elections for June
The Weekly Standard

Monday the Syrian regime announced that presidential elections will be held June 3.

Rick Perry Defends Cliven Bundy: Claiming Obama Administration 'Acting Imperialistically'
Crooks and Liars

Fox News is leading a new charge of federal government land grabbing malfeasance by claiming the BLM is going to steal land between the Texas side of the Red River.

Gov Perry Warns Feds to Stay Away: 'It's Not a Dare, It's a Promise'...
Drudge Report

Texas Gov.

Georgia Governor Signs Bill Allowing Guns In Bars, Churches, Libraries And Schools
Think Progress

By Ian Millhiser April 23, 2014 at 1:13 pm Updated: April 23, 2014 at 1:26 pm " Georgia Governor Signs Bill Allowing Guns In Bars, Churches, Libraries And Schools " CREDIT: Shutterstock Georgia Gov.

John Lott Announces Gun Data Research Project to Counter Bloomberg, Soros
Breitbart

John Lott Announces Gun Data Research Project to Counter Bloomberg, Soros by AWR Hawkins 23 Apr 2014, 11:40 AM PDT post a comment On April 21, economist and gun scholar John Lott Jr. announced he is launching the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) to produce "peer reviewed" research to counter the "bogus academic studies" of gun control advocates like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros.

World View: Arab Countries Recruit More Soldiers from Pakistan
Breitbart

World View: Arab Countries Recruit More Soldiers from Pakistan by John J. Xenakis 23 Apr 2014, 12:40 PM PDT post a comment This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com Arab countries recruit more soldiers from Pakistan U.S. threatens to cut off all aid to the Palestinians ZeroHedge: China's commodity and real estate bubbles are bursting 45 people in Chicago shot over the weekend Arab countries recruit more soldiers from Pakistan Saudi Arabia has begun recruiting soldiers in Pakistan's tribal areas, which are the stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaeda militants.

Ex-Im, exemplar of crony capitalism
Congress Blog

Reports have surfaced indicating that Boeing has successfully leveraged its political muscle to woo and strong-arm legislators into granting the corporation a basket of favors, ranging from tax breaks to government contracts.

Rand Paul: GOPers May Have 'Over-Emphasized' Voter Fraud
Talking Points Memo

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) thinks Republicans may have "over-emphasized" the issue of voter fraud, according to The Washington Post .

The "Knockout Game" Isn't a Real Trend. These Lawmakers Are Trying to Ban It, Anyway.
Mother Jones

The Connecticut state Legislature's Judiciary Committee passed a bill last week that would ramp up penalties for people who commit assault as part of the so-called "knockout game.

GLAAD to Honor 'Star Trek's' George Takei for Supporting LGBT Rights
Breitbart

GLAAD to Honor 'Star Trek's' George Takei for Supporting LGBT Rights by Breitbart News 23 Apr 2014, 3:24 PM PDT post a comment George Takei, the Star Trek veteran who became a gay rights activist after publicly coming out, will be honored by GLAAD for his work on behalf of LGBT rights.

Supreme Court Juggles Copyright Law and Modern Technology in Aereo Case
Reason

The U.S. Supreme Court stepped gingerly into the brave new world of cloud computing and online streaming Tuesday morning when the justices heard oral argument in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo , a case testing the reach of copyright law in today's hi-tech world.

Digby Wins Hillman Award For Opinion And Analysis Journalism
Crooks and Liars

I'm so very proud to announce that Digby (Heather Parton) won the 2014 Hillman Award for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.

Obama Skipped Aunt's Funeral; Went Golfing Instead
The Weekly Standard

President Obama did not attend the funeral of his late aunt Zeituni Onyango.

Women, Energy Access, and India's Elections
Huffington Post

Co-authored with Vrinda Manglik, Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy Access The world's largest democracy is holding its elections, and the result will have big implications for the future of Indian energy policy.

A Wind of Freedom Blows Through North Korea
Drudge Retort

After decades of absolute control, Pyongyang's iron grip on the lives of ordinary citizens is finally slipping.

Chris Christie Campaign Lawyer Calls Republican Governors Association Attack Ad 'A Disgrace'
Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- A lawyer representing New Jersey Gov.

REPORT: Growing perils of living in a cashless society...
Drudge Report

Of course, it's not just companies that want to make a buck.

'Intelligent' UKIP Poster Parody Actually Backs UKIP's Position... If You Bother Reading the Report
Breitbart

'Intelligent' UKIP Poster Parody Actually Backs UKIP's Position...

There's an Award for Comprehensible Writing in Government. Guess Who Won.
Mother Jones

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's award-winning loan document.

Jeb Bush Flat Out Says He's 'Thinking About Running For President'
Talking Points Memo

Talk about not beating around the bush.

Jeb Bush Admits That He's 'Thinking About Running For President'
Huffington Post

Jeb Bush is admitting what most political observers have already assumed -- the former Florida governor is weighing a 2016 presidential bid.

Jeb Bush Tells NY Donors He's 'Thinking about Running for President'
Breitbart

Jeb Bush Tells NY Donors He's 'Thinking about Running for President' by Charlie Spiering 23 Apr 2014, 12:51 PM PDT post a comment Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush received a standing ovation from donors in New York after he announced that he was thinking about running for president.

Illegal immigrants benefit the U.S. economy
Congress Blog

There are few subjects that evoke as much emotion as immigration reform , especially since future laws could result in a path to citizenship for over 11 million illegal immigrants.

Wednesday Night Open Thread
TalkLeft

... an investigatory piece by Walt Bogdanich that levels some very serious charges at Florida State University and the Tallahassee Police Department, regarding their handling of allegations that Heisman Trophy-winning QB Jameis Winston raped an FSU coed back in early December 2012: New York Times | April 16, 2014 A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation -- "Early on the morning of Dec. 7, 2012, a freshman at Florida State University reported that she had been raped by a stranger somewhere off campus after a night of drinking at a popular Tallahassee bar called Potbelly's.

Lapel Video Unavailable in Third Fatal Albuquerque Police Shooting in Past Month
Reason

via KOAT Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, shot and killed 19-year-old suspected car thief Mary Hawkes after she allegedly pulled a gun out at officers.

Camille Paglia: Get Rid of the National Drinking Age
Ace of Spades HQ

Camille Paglia: Get Rid of the National Drinking Age I guess so.

Climate Change Is the Fight of Our Lives
Real Clear Politics

This is a story about bad timing.

How Lindsey Graham outmaneuvered the tea party
Politico

Part of an occasional series on the hottest races of the 2014 midterm election.

Are reports of the death of a viable challenge to Lindsey Graham grossly exaggerated?
Legal Insurrection

Posted by William A. Jacobson Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:43am A runoff is the wild card.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to Sign Controversial Gun Bill Into Law
The Moderate Voice

Posted By JANET SHAN on Apr 23, 2014 | 2 comments Georgia Gov.

Elizabeth Warren Offers Latest Version of Debunked 'Elopement' Story In New Book
Breitbart

Elizabeth Warren Offers Latest Version of Debunked 'Elopement' Story In New Book In her new autobiography, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reiterates claims that her parents "eloped" despite the existence of a marriage certificate and contemporaneous press accounts of their wedding.

Death and Anger on Everest
Real Clear Politics

For many years, the most lucrative commercial guiding operation on Mt.

Boston Marathon-Style Intrusive Security Has 'Institutionalized Fear'
Reason

The National Guard/Foter One year after a bloody bombing that made international headlines, the Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon, was blunt about the new environment surrounding what was once a fun outing.

Felix Salmon to Fusion
Politico

Finance blogger Felix Salmon is leaving Reuters and joining Fusion, the ABC News-Univision joint venture, he announced Wednesday.

The Value of Privacy
Reason

ntr23/Flickr RELATED ARTICLES 4.16.14 12:00 pm 4.09.14 12:00 pm 4.02.14 12:00 pm Scarlett Johansson left nude photos of herself on her computer.

Privacy, Please
Real Clear Politics

Scarlett Johansson left nude photos of herself on her computer.

Georgia Governor Signs Controversial 'Guns Everywhere' Bill Into Law
Crooks and Liars

The Ted Nugent/NRA conservative gun nut coalitions are celebrating today because Georgia Gov.

New Clemency Policy Could Free 'Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands' of Drug War Prisoners (and Yes, That Would Be Constitutional)
Reason

Senate Judiciary Committee Today Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced new criteria for expedited consideration of clemency applications by President Obama, focusing on prisoners serving sentences longer than the ones currently imposed for similar offenses.

Buckley's Realist Foreign Policy
Real Clear Politics

The knives are out for conservatives who dare question unlimited involvement in foreign wars.

Fox News' Erick Erickson On Hillary Clinton: 'I Don't Know How Far Back They Can Pull Her Face'
Crooks and Liars

Red State and Fox News' Erik Erickson makes believe he's a big time Christian conservative politico, but when he opens his mouth about the left, he almost always sounds like nasty degenerate.

Lawsuit to Protect Atmosphere as Public Trust to Be Heard in DC
War is a Crime

The groundbreaking atmospheric trust case, Alec L, et al., vs. McCarthy, et al .

Which U.S. Universities Are The Greenest?
Think Progress

By Mike Rivera on April 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm " Which U.S.

Designer Simplifies Map of United States Highways in Style of Subway Map
Breitbart

Designer Simplifies Map of United States Highways in Style of Subway Map by William Bigelow 23 Apr 2014, 12:40 PM PDT post a comment Cameron Booth, an Australian designer, has created a simplified road map of the Interstate and US highways of the continental United States that looks like a subway map, with straight lines connecting 4,385 different places along the way.

Assvertising
Shakesville

[Content Note: Classism; victim-blaming.

Quote of the Day
Shakesville

[Content Note: Privilege; bootstraps.

Rand Paul: Lack Of Political Experience Can Be An Asset In Washington
Talking Points Memo

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Tuesday that a lack of political experience can be an asset in Washington.

Senate Polls Buoy Southern Dems; GOP Is Skeptical
Real Clear Politics

A new round of polls released on Wednesday offered generally upbeat news for Democrats in four U.S. Senate contests in Southern states considered key to the party's hopes of retaining its majority in November.

STUDY: Marijuana may cause heart problems in young adults...
Drudge Report

Young adults who smoke marijuana may be at risk for serious or even fatal heart problems, according to a study by French researchers on Wednesday.

Talk Nation Radio: Charles Komanoff: We Need a Carbon Tax
War is a Crime

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-charles-komanoff-we-need-a-carbon-tax Charles Komanoff is an activist, economist and policy-analyst.

AP Bends Truth in Story About Bradley Manning's Name-Change Court Hearing
NewsBusters

Convicted spy Bradley Manning is going to court in the hopes of securing a legal name change to Chelsea Manning.

Conservative Org Uses Aurora Shooting Pic Of Obama In Obamacare Attack Ad
Talking Points Memo

Update: Americans For Prosperity said Wednesday afternoon that the photoshopped image would be removed from the ad.

Aurora Victims' Families Denounce Photoshopped Ad Attacking Udall As 'Disgrace'
Talking Points Memo

Families of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado shooting denounced Americans For Prosperity for photoshopping a picture of President Barack Obama and Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) into a new ad attacking Udall on Obamacare.

Families Of Aurora Shooting Victims Call Out Koch-Backed Group For Insensitive Ad
Huffington Post

A group backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch has agreed to adjust an ad featuring President Barack Obama and Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) after facing complaints about an insensitive photo.

The Genius of John Kerry
Power Line

The short video below captures our alleged secretary of state John Kerry in full.

'Meritless' GOP Ethics Complaint Gives Reid More Oxygen To Trash Koch Bros
Talking Points Memo

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office swiped back Wednesday at the Republican National Committee after it filed an ethics complaint over the Nevada Democrat's use of his website and Twitter account to attack the billionaire Koch brothers.

Game of Thrones Debate Tests Feminist Concept of Rape
Real Clear Politics

Game of Thrones , the HBO hit series now in its fourth season, based on George R.R.

They signed up for Obamacare. Now, how to keep them enrolled?
Wonk Blog

Millions signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Student Debt Nearly Tripled Over The Past Decade
Think Progress

By Alan Pyke April 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm Updated: April 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm " Student Debt Nearly Tripled Over The Past Decade " CREDIT: Wall Street Journal Total student debt has nearly tripled in recent years, according to new research.

Jon Stewart skewers how the right-wing reacts to male vs. female politicians
Daily Kos

CHELSEA CLINTON (4/18/2014): Mark and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year.

POLL: 61% support Keystone XL pipeline...
Drudge Report

New High: 61% Favor Building the Keystone XL Pipeline Sign up for free daily updates Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Support for building the Keystone XL pipeline is now at its highest level ever.

WATCH: Rand Paul Says Jimmy Carter Was Better on the Budget Than Ronald Reagan
Mother Jones

As Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ponders a presidential bid, he has lately made efforts to wrap himself in the banner of Ronald Reagan.

Paul: Carter Better on Spending Than Reagan
Drudge Retort

In a series of campaign appearances between 2007 and 2009, Rand Paul committed what amounts to a mortal sin among Republicans.

Racial Equality Loses at the Supreme Court
Real Clear Politics

Racial Equality Loses at the Supreme Court By New York Times , New York Times - April 23, 2014

Report: Al Qaeda Affiliated Terrorist Now Running US Training Base In Libya
Ace of Spades HQ

Report: Al Qaeda Affiliated Terrorist Now Running US Training Base In Libya Smart power !

Minnie Driver Tweets Nude Pic in Response to 'Body Bullies'
Breitbart

Minnie Driver Tweets Nude Pic in Response to 'Body Bullies' by Breitbart News 23 Apr 2014, 4:09 PM PDT post a comment Actress Minnie Driver isn't the only actor to take heat from social media denizens for her physique.

Colbert Appears On 'Late Night' For The First Time As Future Host (VIDEO)
Talking Points Memo

Stephen Colbert appeared on "The Late Show" Tuesday for the first time since CBS announced he would take over for host David Letterman when he retires in 2015.

Who Gets Rewarded for Stiffing the IRS? IRS Agents!
Reason

Joshua Doubek If you and I pay the Internal Revenue Service less than it claims it owes us, we can get slammed pretty hard with fines, penalties , and even jail time .

More Than 2,800 IRS Workers With Conduct Issues Received Performance Awards
Heritage Foundation

Photo: JUSTIN LANE/EPA/Newscom As the Internal Revenue Service grapples with budget cuts , a newly reported audit reveals the federal tax collection agency doled out bonuses and other rewards to more than 2,800 workers who had conduct and tax-evasion issues.

Bangladesh's Factory Collapse: A One-Year Retrospective
Huffington Post

April 24 marks the one-year anniversary of Bangladesh's tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed more than 1,100 garment workers.

Call of Duty Gamer Loses, Swats Winner
Drudge Retort

A sore loser who had just lost a Call of Duty match caused a fake police raid on the player who beat him, causing more than 60 police in Long Beach, New York, to raid the victor's home.

Brazil's Rousseff praises USA for giving up control of Internet...
Drudge Report

By Esteban Israel SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff praised the United States on Wednesday for its decision to ease control over the Internet and called for a more democratic, transparent network following the U.S. National Security Agency spying scandal.

REPORT: Over 40,000 voters registered in both Virginia and Maryland...
Drudge Report

Nov. 5, 2013: An election worker sets up a voting booth in the library of Spring Hill Elementary School, which is being used as a polling station in McLean, Virginia.

Kristol Podcast: The NYT Poll is Bogus, but GOP Shouldn't Be Complacent
The Weekly Standard

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on his recent piece about why the NYT Arkansas Senate poll is bogus, and why the GOP still shouldn't be complacent.

Actually, Washington Times, Coloradoans Increasingly Think Legalization Was the Right Decision
Fire Dog Lake

4/20 in Boulder Colorado For some reason the Washington Times decided to begin their article about the marijuana initiative in Alaska by making the misleading claim that Colorado voters seem to regret their decision.

Lunch Buffet
Washington Monthly

April 23, 2014 2:11 PM Lunch Buffet By Ed Kilgore Had dinner last night with church friends who are living in a retirement community.

Rebuilding democracy at home with lessons from abroad
Congress Blog

While it is difficult to get the American public to agree on anything, one issue does seem to unite citizens from across the political spectrum: our democracy is dysfunctional.

NBC's Today: Caroline Kennedy 'More Dignitary Than Diplomat'
NewsBusters

President Obama began a week-long trip of Asia on Wednesday with a stop in Japan, and NBC's Today dutifully heaped praise on the trip and the American Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy.

Dem: O-Care may help us win House
The Hill

A senior Democratic lawmaker says that the "ramping up" of insured people under ObamaCare may help his party win control of the House in November.

Here's just how low the Kochs will go
Daily Kos

They really are despicable.

Hyperbolic Sharpton 'Dialed Back' by Liberal Guests on 'Devastating' Affirmative Action Ruling
NewsBusters

After an incensed Al Sharpton led his PoliticsNation show on Tuesday portraying the day's Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action as a "devastating blow" and a "dangerous precedent," both of his liberal guests made a point of disagreeing with his over the top language.

Kansas Governor Brownback Signs Bill Nullifying Gun Laws
Breitbart

Kansas Governor Brownback Signs Bill Nullifying Gun Laws by AWR Hawkins 23 Apr 2014, 2:40 PM PDT post a comment On April 23rd, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill "nullifying city and county gun restrictions" to ensure that it is legal to "openly carry firearms" throughout the state.

Ohio Alt-Weekly 'Can't Locate' Anyone to Argue Against Legal Weed
Reason

Dayton City Paper The Dayton City Paper , an alt-weekly out of Dayton, Ohio, recently ran a "debate" on marijuana legalization .

California May Tax High CEO Salaries
Drudge Retort

Robert Reich: Until the 1980s, corporate CEOs were paid, on average, 30 times what their typical worker was paid.

REPORT: CONSERVATIVES LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVE TO ERIC CANTOR...
Drudge Report

Palace Intrigue: Right Searches For Cantor Alternative Eric Cantor has never been closer to wielding the speaker's gavel, but he may want to keep an eye over his right shoulder.

The NRA Is Now Helping Advance Anti-Domestic Violence Laws
Think Progress

By Carimah Townes April 23, 2014 at 4:11 pm Updated: April 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm " The NRA Is Now Helping Advance Anti-Domestic Violence Laws " CREDIT: Shutterstock Thanks to clandestine support from the National Rifle Association (NRA), domestic violence victims in several states have been granted a major protection from their abusers.

Mississippi Enacts Blatantly Unconstitutional Abortion Ban
Think Progress

By Tara Culp-Ressler April 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm Updated: April 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm " Mississippi Enacts Blatantly Unconstitutional Abortion Ban " Mississippi Gov.

Cartoon: Indefinite internment
Daily Kos

...for engineering students at our university.

Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9am ET!
Daily Kos

Daily Kos Radio's Kagro in the Morning show podcasts are now available through iTunes.

The Subtleness of a Court Retirement
Real Clear Politics

WASHINGTON -- The law operates with bright-line rules but also with balancing tests and concerns over image.

Not Justice Ginsburg, But The Two After Her
Huffington Post

The people who see everything through the lens of partisan politics are currently playing a rather crass game which might be called "guess the date of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's retirement.

California County Demands Photo ID to See New Voting Machines
Breitbart

California County Demands Photo ID to See New Voting Machines by Joel B. Pollak 23 Apr 2014, 4:48 AM PDT post a comment California is one of many states that do not require photo identification for voters at polling places.

'Bionic ear' restores hearing for first time...
Drudge Report

'Bionic ear' restores a person's hearing for the first time - and technology could help those with depression and Parkinson's Uses electrical pulses from a cochlear implant to deliver gene therapy This causes the auditory nerves to regrow improving hearing It allows for better hearing than a cochlear implant does The same technique could offer a way of delivering gene therapy to treat people with Parkinson's and depression By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 18:03 GMT, 23 April 2014 | Updated: 18:03 GMT, 23 April 2014 Scientists have used bionic ear technology to restore a person's hearing for the first time.

'Net Neutrality' Turnaround as FCC Plans for Fast Lane...
Drudge Report

In Policy Shift, F.C.C.

Virginia Government Rolls Full Steam Toward Shutdown Over Obamacare
Talking Points Memo

We might not have seen the last shutdown over Obamacare: The Virginia legislature continued its stalemate over the health care reform law Wednesday, creeping closer toward shuttering this summer if the two sides can't agree.

NYT On Polls Showing Southern Senate Dems Ahead: Critics Are 'Misguided'
Talking Points Memo

The New York Times' Nate Cohn pushed back on criticism of a set of new polls released Wednesday that showed Southern Democrats either leading or neck-and-neck in four Senate races that have long been regarded as easy pickups for Republicans in the 2014 cycle.

On Fox & Friends: No Academic Freedom For Liberal Professors!
NewsHounds

When Ayaan Hirsi Ali was denied a Brandeis honorary degree over her perceived anti-Muslim agenda, Fox News was all academic freedom, First Amendment, yadda, yadda.

After Some Counties In Texas Released Air Pollution Data, A State Agency Cut Their Funding
Think Progress

By Jeff Spross on April 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm " After Some Counties In Texas Released Air Pollution Data, A State Agency Cut Their Funding " Drilling at night in the Eagle Ford shale.

Reporter Takes State Dept. Spokesperson To Task Over Hillary Clinton's Record (VIDEO)
Talking Points Memo

An Associated Press reporter on Tuesday challenged a State Department spokesperson to name an achievement from an initiative launched under former Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Comcast army in motion, filings show
Politico

Comcast has leaned heavily on its high-powered D.C. operation to sell the $45 billion Time Warner Cable deal to Washington regulators, according to newly filed federal disclosures.

Rick Perry on Jeb Bush's 'Act of Love' Remarks: I Sympathize with Illegals who Break Laws to Help Their Families
Breitbart

Rick Perry on Jeb Bush's 'Act of Love' Remarks: I Sympathize with Illegals who Break Laws to Help Their Families by Tony Lee 23 Apr 2014, 4:12 PM PDT post a comment Texas Gov.

Hannity Tears Into Jon Stewart For Calling Him 'Hypocritical' On Bundy Ranch (VIDEO)
Talking Points Memo

Sean Hannity is a little miffed that Jon Stewart mocked him for supporting Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters.

Sean Hannity Mocks Jon Stewart's Smirky Pose As a 'Devout Law-and-Order Type of Guy'
NewsBusters

Sean Hannity went after Comedy Central jokester Jon Stewart Tuesday night at the top of his program.

Kashkari Campaign Recommends Treating Public Schools Like Charters
Breitbart

Kashkari Campaign Recommends Treating Public Schools Like Charters by John Sexton 23 Apr 2014, 3:05 PM PDT post a comment Neel Kashkari, one of the Republican candidates for Governor of California, published a new blueprint for the state's education system Tuesday.

China Takes Japanese Vessel for 1930s 'Debt'
Drudge Retort

China seized a large Japanese freight vessel, claiming unpaid bills from the 1930s when Japan occupied the country.

Zach Weismueller on the Wrong Cure for Sex Trafficking
Reason

Reason TV "If there were no demand for commercial sex, sex trafficking would not exist in the form it does today," reads the first line of a 2013 State Department report on curbing sexual slavery.

Hillary Clinton Will Be Old By 2016
RedState

It should not even be a debate.

Texas Produces More Oil Than 11 OPEC Nations
Drudge Retort

Benefiting from the booming Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin, Texas likely will best the oil output of every OPEC country but Saudi Arabia by year-end, says a top exploration official at ConocoPhillips, a key acreage holder in both of those oil-and-gas formations.

How A New Book About Gay Christians Is Reviving Evangelical Homophobia
Think Progress

By Zack Ford on April 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm " How A New Book About Gay Christians Is Reviving Evangelical Homophobia " Matthew Vines CREDIT: YouTube Two years ago, former Harvard student Matthew Vines presented an hour-long lecture in Wichita, Kansas, arguing that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality as many conservative Christians claim that it does.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Blasts John Roberts Court Over Affirmative Action Ban
Crooks and Liars

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor blasted the Roberts court over their decision to uphold the ban on affirmative action in Michigan.

American Muslims Sue FBI for Allegedly Placing Them on No Fly List After They Refused to Become Informants
Fire Dog Lake

Banner on FBI Building in 2008 A lawsuit brought on behalf of four American Muslim men has been filed against the FBI for allegedly punishing them by placing them on the No Fly List when they refused to become informants and spy on American Muslim communities.

Advanced Trolling
Eschaton Blog

Enjoy 12 years ago I started this sucky little blog, mostly because this "blog" thing seemed to be taking off and it was dominated by co...

Happy Hour Thread
Eschaton Blog

Enjoy 12 years ago I started this sucky little blog, mostly because this "blog" thing seemed to be taking off and it was dominated by co...

CLAIM: Pope Francis tells divorced woman 'nothing wrong' in her taking Holy Communion...
Drudge Report

The Pope, who since being elected 13 months ago has established a reputation for phoning ordinary Catholics out of the blue in response to letters they have sent, called her at her home in the central region of Santa Fe on Easter Monday.

Gay-Marriage Backers, Admirably Open to Dissent
Real Clear Politics

According to an increasingly influential bloc of same-sex marriage supporters, Americans cannot reasonably disagree any longer.

10 Ways Society Can Close the Confidence Gap
Huffington Post

Female lack of confidence is a big topic of conversation this week in the wake of the publication of Katty Kay's and Claire Shipman's new book , The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance .

Profits up for cow-calf ranchers
Politico

Cow-calf ranchers may be the last romantics of American agriculture.

Airport installs restroom for dogs...
Drudge Report

Detroit Airport Gives Services Dogs Own Bathroom On April 21 the Detroit Airport introduced a new service dog relief area complete with real grass and miniature fire hydrants.

Remember Gary Johnson? He Wants to Run for President Again.
National Journal

Everyone's third-favorite 2012 presidential candidate is back in the ring.

Signature Gathering Begins for D.C. Legalization Ballot Initiative
Fire Dog Lake

Volunteers in the District of Columbia have begun collecting signatures to legalize marijuana.

Rand Paul's Compassionate Conservatism
National Journal

Sen. Rand Paul is taking full advantage of Congress's recess with a tour of speaking engagements in Real America.

CBS Highlights Liberal Justice's 'Impassioned Dissent' on Affirmative Action
NewsBusters

The journalists at CBS This Morning, Wednesday, highlighted the "impassioned dissent" of liberal Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor on affirmative action.

TWITTER BITTER: Clarence Thomas catches hate after affirmative action ruling...
Drudge Report

The irony of Clarence Thomas opposing affirmative action is almost tragic in its grandeur and scope.

NYT Poll: Even These Southern States Don't Want Obamacare Repealed
Talking Points Memo

Majorities of people surveyed in a trio of Southern states said they would rather keep Obamacare and improve than repeal and replace it, according to a New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Wednesday.

Conservative Group Targets Liberal Billionaire Donor
National Journal

A conservative outside group is taking a page from the Democratic Party's Koch brothers playbook, running a new online ad in Colorado accusing Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of kowtowing to wealthy liberal donor Tom Steyer at the expense of his constituents.

Sheriff ran air surveillance over Compton without telling residents...
Drudge Report

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department acknowledged this week that Compton residents were not notified of an airborne video-surveillance program that was tested in 2012.

Closer, But Still No Deal on Iran
Real Clear Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Iran nuclear talks reach roughly the halfway point in the six-month timetable for negotiating a comprehensive agreement, both sides report slow, steady progress in closing gaps -- but no deal yet.

Is Cliven Bundy the New NRA Poster Child?
Huffington Post

With Bunkerville crisis, NRA reaping what it has sowed through decades of insurrectionist propaganda "There never was a government without force.

Erin Brockovich Rallies Outside Supreme Court for Camp Lejuene Victims
ABC Politics Blog

Apr 23, 2014 3:27pm Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich addresses a rally against the federal government's support for what they say is a known polluter on Capitol Hill April 23, 2014 in Washington, DC.

STB named 'most innovative' agency
Politico

The Surface Transportation Board fosters the most innovation of any government agency, according to a new report.

Keystone Uncensored
Real Clear Politics

Republicans are denouncing President Obama's latest delay on the Keystone XL pipeline, six long years after it was proposed.

Senate Poll: Pryor Leads Cotton By 10
The Weekly Standard

Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor has a 10-point lead in his race to retain his Senate seat, according to a new poll from the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Unraising Cain
Washington Monthly

April 23, 2014 4:58 PM Unraising Cain By Ed Kilgore About three-and-a-half years ago, Herman Cain leaped into the lead in polling for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, 'As A Mom,' Doesn't Get Problem With 'Under God' In Pledge Of Allegiance!
NewsHounds

In addition to providing a platform for persecuted Christians, Fox & Friends promotes a platform for any perceived affronts to the American flag which, for those who watch Fox, is an object of cultic worship because it represents Jesus' favorite country.

No Time for Cowards -- Let's Talk About Race
Real Clear Politics

When it comes to race in America, the last thing I'd want is to be considered a coward.

Jeb Bush Says He's Thinking About Running for President
Ace of Spades HQ

Jeb Bush Says He's Thinking About Running for President I haven't seen this much buzz and hype about a product America had no particular desire for since Cop Rock.

Crowd goes wild after Jeb Bush announces he's 'thinking about' 2016
Daily Kos

Former Florida Gov.

Richly Earned Awards
Washington Monthly

April 23, 2014 2:29 PM Richly Earned Awards By Ed Kilgore Political writing is often an unrewarding line of work, in more ways than one.

Boogeymen And Shady Deals Define Spin For Senate
Talking Points Memo

For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been pushing an unrelenting string of criticism against Charles and David Koch, the wealthy industrialists who have backed some of the nation's most effective conservative groups.

GOP Savages Harry Reid: 'If at First You Don't Succeed, Lie, Lie Again'...
Drudge Report

The Republican National Committee has released a brutal memo on Senate majority leader Harry Reid, savaging him for repeatedly lying.

RNC Goes After 'Dirty,' 'Unethical' Harry Reid For His Koch Attacks
Talking Points Memo

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) unapologetic criticism of the billionaire Koch brothers is clearly getting to Republicans.

The Perfect Venue
The Weekly Standard

The political conventions will be coming in the summer of 2016 and the parties must choose locations for the festivities.

Jon Stewart's Hilarious Takedown Of Sexism Looks At When 'It's OK To Be A P***y'
Huffington Post

When news of Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy broke, the pundits immediately began wondering what it would mean for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential hopes -- and if it's sexist to even ask.

Whooooooops Your "Feminism"
Shakesville

[Content Note: Misogyny; reproductive policing; fat bias; transphobia.

The President's Cynical Keystone Strategy
Real Clear Politics

On Friday, the State Department quietly released a notification that the Keystone XL pipeline decision is being delayed yet again.

Researchers: Poverty Changes Children's DNA, Causes Premature Aging
Crooks and Liars

Just pull yourself up by the bootstraps and it'll all be fine!

Can Climate Change Be Stopped Politically?
Fire Dog Lake

It may well take catastrophe or calamity, Jane.

Why Care About McCutcheon?
Real Clear Politics

In the food world, change from the ground up is all well and good.

DOJ Announces Broadened Clemency Criteria for Drug Offenders
TalkLeft

To identify the clemency-eligible inmates and process their applications: To facilitate the thorough and rapid review of the new clemency applications this initiative will likely spur, Deputy Attorney General Cole announced that he issued a department-wide call for attorneys willing to help review new petitions.

Cantor hits primary opponent
Politico

Eric Cantor is going negative.

Is Paul really plausible?
The Hill

Can Sen. Rand Paul really become the 45th president?

Kassim Ouma, Professional Boxing Veteran, Arrested For Allegedly Punching Man Who Made Gay Advances
Huffington Post

Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Brendon Ayanbadejo, has been a vocal long-time supporter of marriage equality.

Justice Dept. lays out criteria for clemency release of thousands of federal drug offenders
Daily Kos

James M. Cole Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced at a press conference Wednesday the parameters of the Department of Justice's new clemency initiative for federal prisoners.

The Republican Foreign-Policy Mess
Real Clear Politics

Republican politicians are at war over the world.

How Bad Is the Economy? This Bad
Power Line

I have often said that in order to understand how bad our economy truly is, you have to have children at an age where they and their friends are getting out of school and looking for jobs.

How Sriracha Became a Political Prop
National Journal

Irwindale, Calif., has had enough of Sriracha.

Democrat in Valley Woos Sriracha Hot Sauce
Breitbart

Democrat in Valley Woos Sriracha Hot Sauce by William Bigelow 23 Apr 2014, 1:03 PM PDT post a comment Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Los Angeles, is determined to sell Huy Fong Foods, the makers of Sriracha Hot sauce, on the idea of moving their factory to San Fernando Valley.

Bush And Christie Stand Alone Amid GOP's Slow-Motion Revolt On Common Core
Talking Points Memo

Until recently, the Common Core initiative looked to be the most successful assessment-based education reform effort in many years, with 45 states plus the District of Columbia signing onto set of English and math standards and assessments due to be implemented beginning in the 2015-16 school year.

Patient, heal thyself
Legal Insurrection

Posted by William A. Jacobson Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:00am Reader Tugboat Phil spotted this in a patient parking spot.

Garrett Graff to leave Washingtonian
Politico

Washingtonian Magazine editor Garrett Graff will leave in June, ending a four-year run at the helm of the D.C.-based lifestyle magazine, publisher Cathy Merrill Williams announced on Wednesday.

Christie not going to miss Letterman
Politico

Chris Christie is apparently more than ready for the late-night regime change.

Poll: GOP Voters Wedded to Marriage as One Man, One Woman
Heritage Foundation

Photo: Zhang Jun/Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom About eight out of 10 Republican voters strongly believe marriage should be defined as the union of one man and one woman, a new poll from Wilson Research Strategies finds.

Black Caucus Member: Paul Ryan Doesn't Know Anything About 'Inner City' Men (VIDEO)
Talking Points Memo

When House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) meets with members of the Congressional Black Caucus next week, he may have to explain his opinion of conservative social scientist Charles Murray.

AZ Supreme Court Rejects Presence of THC Metabolite as Proof of Drugged Driving
TalkLeft

The state prosecutor and its expert witness agreed.

Alaska Energy Boom Starts Cranking Up
Breitbart

Alaska Energy Boom Starts Cranking Up In a flurry of Alaskan oil deals, London-based BP announced a sale of interests to Houston-based Hilcorp in four North Slope oil fields and the use of the proceeds for a big growth of investments on the North Slope.

Indiana Man Allegedly Spits Blood at Cops, Says 'I Have Hep C'
Breitbart

Indiana Man Allegedly Spits Blood at Cops, Says 'I Have Hep C' An Indiana man is facing a series of charges after being arrested for an early morning domestic assault.

The Simple Truth of Tax Policy
RedState

One of the ephemeral trends in Washington policy circles these days is for members of Congress to craft their own draft plans for tax reforms in anticipation of a wholesale reform effort in the coming years.

Race-baiting loudmouth gets his comeuppance at the hands of angry parents
Breitbart

Race-baiting loudmouth gets his comeuppance at the hands of angry parents by John Hayward 23 Apr 2014, 2:34 PM PDT Share This: One of the salient features of Democrat race-baiting is that participants believe themselves to be invincible.

The Dems Are In Trouble In Oregon
Power Line

In Oregon, little-known Senator Jeff Merkley is running for re-election.

Power grid at limit: Road to electrical blackouts...
Drudge Report

Americans take electricity for granted.

MSNBC's Ari Melber Shamefully Promotes Democratic Campaign Ad Labeled 'Mostly False'
NewsBusters

MSNBC's Ari Melber seemed downright gleeful at the news that vulnerable Senate Democrats have started running campaign ads touting their support for ObamaCare.

Why I'm Not Sending My Kids To Yale Either...
Breitbart

Now study the above photograph carefully and see if you can work out why I definitely, definitely don't want them to go to Yale either...

Barbara Walters Gushes Over Elizabeth Warren: 'I Can See You Running for President'
NewsBusters

With only weeks left before she retires, View co-host Barbara Walters on Wednesday found time to fawn over another liberal Democrat.

Thomas Piketty Is Right
Real Clear Politics

Income inequality in the United States and elsewhere has been worsening since the 1970s.

We Did It Cheaply
Eschaton Blog

One big mistake many American cities made too accommodate the car was to knock down buildings and build surface parking lots, and then later just surround any new building with giant surface parking lots (YMMV depending on precisely which city we're talking about).

Feds May Be Looking To Bail On Net Neutrality: WSJ
Huffington Post

Net neutrality is not dead.

Show Me Some Posturing
Washington Monthly

April 23, 2014 3:41 PM Show Me Some Posturing By Ed Kilgore Readers of WaPo today may have run across this wild-sounding report by Reid Wilson from the Show-Me State: A Missouri state House committee will hold hearings Wednesday into three proposed articles of impeachment against Gov.

Nixon faces impeachment
Daily Kos

Gov.

Time's Frizell Slams Georgia's 'Radical' Safe Carry Protection Act
NewsBusters

In the mind of the folks at Time magazine, a new gun law that allows church leaders and business owners to decide for themselves if concealed-carry permitees can carry their weapons on premises is "radical.

An awful lot of what seems like scientific information about nutritution deserves to be called "nutritional folklore."
Althouse

The Crack Emcee said... All they're doing is raising the cost of food,... 4/23/14, 11:11 AM Ann Althouse said...

Ted Cruz Endorses Ben Sasse, Will Attend Nebraska Rally with Palin, Lee
Breitbart

Ted Cruz Endorses Ben Sasse, Will Attend Nebraska Rally with Palin, Lee by Tony Lee 23 Apr 2014, 3:19 PM PDT post a comment On Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse and announced he will attend a rally next week for him along with former Alaska Gov.

Republican senate candidate Bill Cassidy imagines Vladimir Putin is very worried about him
Daily Kos

"Veer" In Louisiana, Republican and stalwart protector of his bodily fluids Rep. Bill Cassidy is a serious threat this year to Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu.

O'Reilly Asks Bundy Supporter How Protest Differs From Occupy Wall Street (VIDEO)
Talking Points Memo

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday asked a Cliven Bundy supporter how the "militia" that defended the ranch in its standoff with the federal government this month differs from the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: (No) Herding Cats
Balloon Juice

Apparently, some animal behavior scientists now understand the origins of the phrase "herding cats.

Open Thread
Shakesville

Welcome to Shakesville Welcome to Shakesville, a progressive feminist blog about politics, culture, social justice, cute things, and all that is in between.

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime
Shakesville

Welcome to Shakesville Welcome to Shakesville, a progressive feminist blog about politics, culture, social justice, cute things, and all that is in between.

The Wednesday Blogaround
Shakesville

Welcome to Shakesville Welcome to Shakesville, a progressive feminist blog about politics, culture, social justice, cute things, and all that is in between.

Photo of the Day
Shakesville

Welcome to Shakesville Welcome to Shakesville, a progressive feminist blog about politics, culture, social justice, cute things, and all that is in between.

Should GCC states take Qatar's charm offensive seriously?
Huffington Post

There might not have been a better opportunity for Qatar to find its way back to the bosom of its neighbors than the last GCC foreign ministers meeting in Riyadh.

With Obamacare attacks losing juice, Senate Republicans officially flailing
Daily Kos

GOP's electoral Plan B, since Obamacare repeal is losing steam.

Why Inequality Doesn't Matter
Real Clear Politics

What are we talking about when we talk about inequality?

The Democrat Running on Obamacare
National Journal

For Schwartz, publicly backing the law also represents a gambit that its relative popularity with Democrats will help her make up ground in the primary, where she trails the front-running former state Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf.

The 29 Greatest Selfies Of All Time
Huffington Post

It's easy to write off the Oxford Dictionary's 2013 Word of the Year as a silly, narcissistic fad.

[Ilya Somin] On freedom of speech, social tolerance, and opposition to gay marriage
The Volokh Conspiracy

I agree with most of the points made in this recent statement on the forced resignation of Brendan Eich from Mozilla, put together by co-blogger Dale Carpenter and several other prominent gay rights advocates.

Boozman recovering after surgery
Politico

Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.

Boozman Doing Well After Heart Surgery For Acute Aortic Dissection
Talking Points Memo

Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) is recovering after successful heart surgery on Tuesday, according to a statement from his office.

Arkansas Sen. John Boozman In Recovery Following Emergency Heart Surgery
Huffington Post

Arkansas Sen. John Boozman (R) continues to recover Wednesday after undergoing unexpected heart surgery, according to an update from the senator's office.

Is It Any Wonder Ted Cruz Turned Out The Way He Did?
Crooks and Liars

If you've ever wondered how Senator Ted Cruz became as far right as he has, look no further than his dad.

A Constitutional Case for Gay Marriage
Reason

When liberals and conservatives argue they often talk past each other, deploying arguments that seem like winning ones to them but that the other side views as irrelevant or unimportant.

Karen Handel for Senate
RedState

I have not wanted to take a position on the Georgia Senate race.

How Obamacare Will Help Americans Retire Sooner
Think Progress

By Tara Culp-Ressler April 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm Updated: April 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm " How Obamacare Will Help Americans Retire Sooner " CREDIT: Shutterstock The health reform law will likely help lead to earlier retirements, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Health Economics .

Antonin Scalia's Plain Truth
Real Clear Politics

Few issues have tumbled more vertiginously from the top of the political agenda than affirmative action.

Roseanne Barr Says Zimmerman Address Tweet an Accident, Follow-Up Message Suggests Otherwise
Breitbart

Roseanne Barr Says Zimmerman Address Tweet an Accident, Follow-Up Message Suggests Otherwise by Breitbart News 23 Apr 2014, 12:39 PM PDT post a comment Comedian Roseanne Barr admitted she tweeted out the home address of George Zimmerman's parents, but the former sitcom star claims it was sent accidentally.

Of Course Recidivism Is High When Everything Is a Crime
Reason

Credit: Bandesz | Dreamstime.com A new report released this week from the Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that slightly more than three-quarters of released prisoners will end up arrested again within five years.

Poll: Dead heat in Colorado Senate
Politico

U.S. Chamber of Commerce polling, conducted by Fabrizio, Lee & Associates last Wednesday and Thursday, shows the Colorado Senate race is a dead heat with the climate favorable for the GOP.

The Closing of the Academic Mind
Real Clear Politics

The Closing of the Academic Mind By M.G.

The Closing of the Academic Mind
Real Clear Politics

Harvard student Sandra Y.L.

'To Be Or Not To Be': That Was Our Poll Question
Huffington Post

On Wednesday, William Shakespeare would have turned 450 -- if the bard really were immortal.

Saunders: Solve SF Housing Crisis with 'Google Barges'
Breitbart

If backers win passage of Proposition B, it will block high-rise development.

Kurt Loder Reviews Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Reason

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Neil Patrick Harris hurls himself into the title role in the new Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch , which opened last night at the Belasco Theatre on West 44 th Street.

The Big Problems with Chris Hayes Comparison of Slavery and Fossil Fuel Consumption
Breitbart

The Big Problems with Chris Hayes Comparison of Slavery and Fossil Fuel Consumption by John Sexton 23 Apr 2014, 1:10 PM PDT Share This: MSNBC's Chris Hayes had a piece in the Nation Tuesday in which he compared putting an end to the use of fossil fuels to the abolition of slavery.

"By using a common four-letter term for sexual intercourse... Lawrence was trying to remove the stain of profanity from plain English words."
Althouse

Writes the NYT in an obituary for Richard H. Hoggart , the cultural historian who was the star witness in a case about the censorship of "Lady Chatterley's Lover.

Feeling blue in Puerto Rico
Congress Blog

24-hour news pundits may not be the most reliable sources, but even non-partisan, reputable economists and political scientists have long failed to predict the consequences, or benefits, of their favorite red or blue state fiscal policy .

CA Bill to Label GMO Foods Advances--After Voters Rejected Idea in 2012
Breitbart

CA Bill to Label GMO Foods Advances--After Voters Rejected Idea in 2012 by William Bigelow 23 Apr 2014, 12:38 PM PDT post a comment The California Senate has passed a bill that would require genetically modified food to be labeled as such.

PAC to air positive ads for Cotton
Politico

A super PAC supporting Rep. Tom Cotton is preparing a major TV ad -buying investment in his Arkansas Senate battle against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, hoping to positively define the GOP challenger with more than $1.5 million worth of ads, a source told POLITICO.

The Wrong Cure for Sex Trafficking
Reason

"If there were no demand for commercial sex, sex trafficking would not exist in the form it does today," reads the first line of a 2013 State Department report on curbing sexual slavery.

Ex-deputies charged with planting guns at pot dispensary...
Drudge Report

Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been charged with conspiracy, perjury and altering evidence in connection with planting guns inside a medical marijuana dispensary to justify two arrests in 2011, prosecutors said.

The real-life meningitis scandal
Congress Blog

Last Thursday, 10.5 million viewers tuned into the season finale of Scandal on ABC.

In Landmark Ruling, Jury Says Fracking Company Must Pay $3 Million To Sickened Family
Think Progress

By Emily Atkin April 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm Updated: April 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm " In Landmark Ruling, Jury Says Fracking Company Must Pay $3 Million To Sickened Family " In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, the sun sets behind an oil pump jack and the Rocky Mountains near Fredrick, Colo. CREDIT: AP Photo/Ed Andrieski A family claiming they were sickened because of pollution from hydraulic fracturing operations near their home should be awarded $2.95 million for their troubles, a jury ruled on Tuesday.

Top Ten At Ten 4/23/2014
Fire Dog Lake

Pleased, Noted & Filed.

Tech Millionare Who Beat Girlfriend 117 Times Ducks Jail Despite Damning Video
Huffington Post

RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence and battery charges last week, dodging 45 felony counts for the videotaped 30-minute beating of his girlfriend.

TEXAS WARNS FEDS EYEING LAND GRAB: 'STAY OUT'
Drudge Report

Texas officials are raising alarm that the Bureau of Land Management, on the heels of its dust-up with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, might be eyeing a massive land grab in northern Texas.

The Land Grabbing Feds
Breitbart

The Land Grabbing Feds by Ben Shapiro 23 Apr 2014, 12:13 PM PDT post a comment In October 1980, Gerald Chaffin threw gasoline on his wood-frame home and burned it to the ground.

[Jonathan H. Adler] Another 5-4 decision, but not another left-right split
The Volokh Conspiracy

Today the U.S. Supreme Court decided Paroline v. United States , concerning the limits of restitution victims of child pornography may seek under 18 U.S.C.

Diane Keaton: Woody Allen Didn't Molest Daughter Dylan Farrow
Breitbart

Keaton kept on working with Allen long after the two split.

Burglary Victim Forced Kill His Dog With Bare Hands After Texas Cop Shoots It For Barking
Crooks and Liars

A Texas man said this week that he was forced to kill his dog with his bare hands after an officer who he called to investigate a burglary shot the animal because it was barking.

'Game of Thrones' T-Shirt Gets Prof Suspended
Drudge Retort

A popular community college professor was suspended after posting a photo of his daughter wearing an oversized T-shirt bearing a tagline from this season of Game of Thrones -- Daenerys Targaryen's "I will take what is mine with fire and blood.

BuzzFeed hires second LAT reporter
Politico

BuzzFeed has poached a second reporter from the Los Angeles Times and added yet another member to its rapidly growing investigations team.

Feed Our Student-Athletes (and Their Classmates, Too)
Huffington Post

Sports fans reacted with shock earlier this month when Shabazz Napier, a star of the University of Connecticut's national champion men's basketball team, told reporters that he wasn't always getting enough to eat.

Hustle Is Overrated
The Weekly Standard

The Bryce Harper-Mike Trout showdown is underway and the outcome is, well, inconclusive.

A. Barton Hinkle: A Constitutional Case for Gay Marriage
Reason

Credit: Mr-T in DC / Foter.com / CC BY-ND When liberals and conservatives argue they often talk past each other, deploying arguments that seem like winning ones to them but that the other side views as irrelevant or unimportant.

HOLLYWOOD MOVIE BASED ON 'BARBIE' TOYLINE?
Drudge Report

EXCLUSIVE : Sony Pictures has found what the studio believes will be its next global franchise.

Other People Are Horrible
Eschaton Blog

The term "hipster" used to refer to poor 20somethings who drank PBRs, wore skinny jeans, had beards (the men) and tattoos, worked as bartenders or baristas, and probably were in a band.

'Jeopardy' Contestants Have Forgotten All About Herman Cain (VIDEO)
Talking Points Memo

It appears Herman Cain has faded from public memory since his failed campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Who Is Herman Cain? Nobody Knows, Apparently
Huffington Post

Who is Herman Cain?

Jeopardy Contestants Have Already Forgotten About Herman Cain
Breitbart

On Tuesday night's "Jeopardy!

Group Bashing Charlie Crist Vows It's Not A Conservative Front
Talking Points Memo

This is a story about a little political front group that maybe wasn't.

Mitch McConnell wants to take away insurance from 400,000 constituents
Daily Kos

The crimp in Mitch McConnell's reelection plans.

OWN HELL: Oprah's bitter stepmother spills more dirt...
Drudge Report

'To me it was just bizarre.

Race-Based Preferences Forever
Real Clear Politics

You can often tell when advocates of one side in an argument fear they will ultimately lose.

Scandals Republicans Like
Real Clear Politics

The decision by the I.R.S.

Man accused of murder wants 'murder' tattoo removed from neck before facing jury trial...
Drudge Report

Jeffrey Chapman is worried his 'murder' neck tattoo is go against him during the trial Barton County Sheriff Department A murder suspect who has the word "murder" tattooed on his neck is hoping to have the tattoo removed as he fears it will prejudice him in front of a jury.

Sacramento County Bans Outdoor Marijuana Grow Operations
Breitbart

Sacramento County Bans Outdoor Marijuana Grow Operations by Daniel Nussbaum 23 Apr 2014, 2:06 PM PDT post a comment Sacramento County supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban outdoor marijuana grow operations countywide, according to a report in the Sacramento Bee .

California County Tries To Ban Pot Farms As Medical Weed Business Thrives
Huffington Post

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. April 23 (Reuters) - Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California's cannabis industry.

State rips out osprey nests blocking traffic cameras...
Drudge Report

An osprey is determined to build a nest in front of a Maryland Transportation Authority traffic camera near the Bay Bridge, despite multiple attempts by the MDTA to remove the nest.

Militia groups fear infiltration by feds...
Drudge Report

'Militia' groups fear infiltration by feds at Bundy Ranch 'Militia' groups fear infiltration by feds at Bundy Ranch Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:14 PM EDT By Lauren Rozyla, Reporter - bio | email Former Bundy guard Frank Lindysthe left the ranch.

Anti-Choicers Are Exhausting Jerks
Shakesville

[Content Note: War on agency.

Adrien Broner Tells Breitbart Sports Stolen Girlfriend 'Sidepiece' Sideshow with Paulie Malignaggi Is Over
Breitbart

Adrien Broner Tells Breitbart Sports Stolen Girlfriend 'Sidepiece' Sideshow with Paulie Malignaggi Is Over by Daniel J. Flynn 23 Apr 2014, 12:30 PM PDT post a comment Whoever said, "Any publicity is good publicity," surely said it to Adrien Broner.

Whatever It Takes
Eschaton Blog

Horrible person Matt Miller makes vapid campaign ad.

Daily Dose of Cute
Shakesville

In case there were any question (there is no question) whether Shakes Manor is a hub of nerdery, here is a picture of Sophie sitting on the box for Settlers of Catan, following the action on the television on which we were watching a video about The Impossible Game.

I Get Letters
Shakesville

Shakesville is run as a safe space.

Robert Musil's "Rachel Carson and Her Sisters"
War is a Crime

Despite the central role of women in environmental activism, surprisingly little is known about them.

The deliberate inconvenience of airline boarding
Breitbart

The deliberate inconvenience of airline boarding by John Hayward 23 Apr 2014, 1:51 PM PDT Share This: If you've ever been stuck in the agonizingly slow-moving, confusing queue to board an airplane, you might have found yourself thinking, "There couldn't be a worse way to manage this circus!

Controversy Unleashed
Eschaton Blog

Lead story in the hometown paper .

Jaguar Played Through On-Field Stroke
Breitbart

Jaguar Played Through On-Field Stroke Football has a hard-earned reputation of players being expected to toughen up and "play through" an injury.

Obama's Lies Have Led to Global Mistrust
Real Clear Politics

As a young reporter, I once expressed shock at how routinely and reflexively government officials lied to the press.

Lindsey Graham: Exception or Rule?
Washington Monthly

April 23, 2014 12:16 PM Lindsey Graham: Exception or Rule?

'Emotion'
Talking Points Memo

Conservatives are not pleased with Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in yesterday's affirmative action case, even if they reaffirmed the right to ban it.

Braying Jackasses Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
Ace of Spades HQ

Braying Jackasses Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse] A concise portrait of every debate you've ever held with a Liberal.

Brickbat: Losers
Reason

ah - bullies.

Ted Cruz's Worst Nightmare: Obamacare Works
Drudge Retort

Americans, it turns out, have a compelling desire for a basic necessity of life: affordable health coverage.

Federal Eye: IRS paid bonuses to tax-delinquent employees, report says
Washington Post

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GovBeat: Missouri legislature will begin impeachment proceedings against governor
Washington Post

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In the Loop: Cory Booker, leading man
Washington Post

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GovBeat: There are just 4 unchallenged state gay marriage bans. Soon, there will be 3.
Washington Post

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The Fix: The 4 big takeaways from the NYT/Kaiser Senate polls
Washington Post

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Monkey Cage: The rocky relationship between Russia and the European Court of Human Rights
Washington Post

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In the Loop: A rare wolf named for Sec. Jewell and Stephen Colbert
Washington Post

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Progressive super PAC to help Dems in five close senate races -- but not Pryor and Landrieu
Washington Post

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Rand Paul: GOP might be over-selling voter fraud
Washington Post

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The Fix: Is 2014 the year self-funders strike back? Maybe.
Washington Post

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Poll from pro-Shannon group shows him surging ahead of Lankford in Oklahoma
Washington Post

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Cantor takes aim at primary opponent in new ad
Washington Post

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In the Loop: After stowaway, congressman seeks airport security perimeter review
Washington Post

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Federal Eye: New online job-searching tool helps veterans connect with employers
Washington Post

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Monkey Cage: What would make Southeast Ukrainians take up arms?
Washington Post

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The Fix: Abe poured the sake. Then President Obama drank it.
Washington Post

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The Fix: So, what did Hillary Clinton accomplish at the State Department?
Washington Post

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Parents of Aurora victims denounce Koch group for using photo from post-shooting press conference
Washington Post

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Daylight Video
Washington Monthly

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Question of the Day
Shakesville

Suggested by Shaker trinity91: " How did you realize you were a feminist/womanist?

Obama Heads On Asia Tour, Visits US Disaster Site
Crooks and Liars

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New York Police Twitter Campaign Backfires Badly
Crooks and Liars

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James Clapper Bans Intelligence Community From Basically Any Interaction With Nearly Anyone With A Social Media Account
Crooks and Liars

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Aereo Vs. The Networks: The Supreme Court Battle
Crooks and Liars

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Embattled Ethics Commission Confirms Samson Probe Underway
Crooks and Liars

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Five Illinois Cops Are Caught Lying On The Stand When Defense Produces A Recording Contradicting Their Testimony
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US Astronauts Step Out On Spacewalk For Repairs
Crooks and Liars

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The Latest Plot To Undermine Obamacare And Prevent Millions From Enrolling In Medicaid
Crooks and Liars

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NEW ZEALAND

More Kiwis returning home
Kiwiblog

April 24th, 2014 at 7:00 am by David Farrar The number of people migrating from Australia to New Zealand continues to grow.

Students believe forging links with Australia has benefits
Scoop

Students believe forging links with Australia has benefits Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:58 am Press Release: University of Canterbury Many Canterbury students surveyed believe forging links with Australia has benefits April 24, 2014 University of Canterbury history and anthropology second year students mostly believe forging links with Australia has benefits but sharing the same currency was not an option.

War Games As Putin Covets Eastern Ukraine And Beyond
New Zeal

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton NoisyRoom.net Today, US Army paratroopers arrive in Poland.

UK jets see off Russian planes near Scotland
Stuff.co.nz

UK jets see off Russian planes near Scotland KYLIE MACLELLAN Britain has scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to see off Russian military planes flying close to its airspace off the coast of Scotland, a spokeswoman from the defence ministry said.

Debris found in MH370 search
Stuff.co.nz

Debris found in MH370 search Debris has washed up on the coast of Western Australia, raising hopes it may be from the missing flight MH370.

Debris 'unlikely' to be from MH370
Stuff.co.nz

Debris 'unlikely' to be from MH370 Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official says.

Reserve Bank lifts interest rate
Stuff.co.nz

Reserve Bank lifts interest rate JAMES WEIR The Reserve Bank has lifted its key interest rate to 3 per cent and says it will keep increasing "as needed", with mortgage rates also set to rise.

Real independence needed in food safety
Scoop

Real independence needed in food safety Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:45 am Press Release: Green Party Real independence needed in food safety The Green Party are calling for a truly independent body to regulate our food safety.

SAFE Slams Lab Animal Cruelty
Scoop

SAFE Slams Lab Animal Cruelty Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:38 am Press Release: SAFE SAFE Slams Lab Animal Cruelty On World Day for Laboratory Animals (24 April) animal advocacy group SAFE has slammed the Government for failing to reduce the number of animals being used in experiments.

Punching above military weight
New Zealand Herald

Abbott wants to be go-between for America and China, but huge investment needed to update military Decisions need to be made soon on major assets that will see decades of service.

New visa to build Turkey-New Zealand ties
Scoop

New visa to build Turkey-New Zealand ties Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:14 am Press Release: New Zealand Police New visa to build Turkey-New Zealand ties Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced a new three year multiple-entry visa to make it easier for Turkish business people and diplomats to visit New Zealand.

Light and sound from the Great War
New Zealand Herald

Photo / Richard Robinson Will you be attending an Anzac Day service tomorrow?

Labour and the working class
The Standard

So Shane Jones is going.

Foreign Influence Plays Key Role in Housing Debate
Scoop

Foreign Influence Plays Key Role in Housing Debate Thursday, 24 April 2014, 11:50 am Article: Jamie Neikrie At his weekly press conference in Wellington last week, Prime Minister John Key was questioned about the idea of reducing or slowing the rate of housing prices by limiting foreign purchases.

Key comes under attack from young and old at housing project
New Zealand Herald

Mr Key said they were idle, mindless acts.

Key comes under attack from young and old at housing project
New Zealand Herald

Mr Key said they were idle, mindless acts.

War Pimp Alert: Russian Jets Breaching NATO Airspace.
Aotearoa: A Wider Perspective

This morning while catching up on the 100 or so news publications I go through every morning a headline in a Dutch paper caught my eye.

Greens links rankled with Jones
New Zealand Herald

Departing Labour MP stated he would never be a minister playing 'second fiddle' to Russel Norman Shane Jones says the impact of his job on his health was concerning his friends and family.

Greens links rankled with Jones
New Zealand Herald

Departing Labour MP stated he would never be a minister playing 'second fiddle' to Russel Norman Shane Jones says the impact of his job on his health was concerning his friends and family.

Boy killed at site of new family home
New Zealand Herald

The boy is the second to be killed by a vehicle on a private driveway in South Auckland this month.

Editorial: Departure of Jones leaves Labour all the poorer
New Zealand Herald

Jones is a no-nonsense believer in industry and jobs, not the green causes, gender balances and diverse identity politics of Labour today.

Editorial: Departure of Jones leaves Labour all the poorer
New Zealand Herald

Jones is a no-nonsense believer in industry and jobs, not the green causes, gender balances and diverse identity politics of Labour today.

Samantha Bluemel: Is the gym sucking your motivation?
New Zealand Herald

Does the thought of going to the gym have you in a bind?

Person who found debris did not link to MH370
Stuff.co.nz

Person who found debris did not link to MH370 ALEISHA ORR AND TASHA CAMPBELL The person who came across an object, which is now being analysed to see if it is debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, may not have initially realised there was a possibility it could be a significant find.

Dry patches picked for Anzac Day
Stuff.co.nz

Dry patches picked for Anzac Day MICHAEL DALY Northern and eastern areas of the country have the best chance of good weather for Anzac Day dawn ceremonies tomorrow.

Minister travels to UAE, Kuwait, North Africa and France
Scoop

Minister travels to UAE, Kuwait, North Africa and France Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:57 am Press Release: New Zealand Government Minister travels to UAE, Kuwait, North Africa and France Trade Minister Tim Groser will depart today for the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, North Africa and France to undertake a range of activities and bilateral calls.

Ease work stress — call in the dogs
New Zealand Herald

Kiwis following US trend of taking their pets to the office Jeremy Barron has been bringing Dexter to work for 11 years and says he is loved by staff.

From Oz with kayak
Stuff.co.nz

From Oz with kayak MATT RILKOFF ON A MISSION: Scott Donaldson A New Zealand man has set out for Taranaki from Australia in his second attempt to become the first person to kayak the Tasman solo.

Fallow: Missing pieces surface in productivity jigsaw puzzle
New Zealand Herald

OECD economists take hard look at NZ's relatively poor performance Our R&D spending is one of the lowest among advanced economies.

Book to record life of squadron
New Zealand Herald

Paul Harrison has been commissioned to write a book detailing the history of the squadron.

An FPP politician in an MMP world
No Right Turn

So, now that Shane Jones has gone, he's come clean about the reason: he didn't want to work alongside Russel Norman and the Greens .

Clouds marching in for Anzac Day
New Zealand Herald

Showers should not put people off, RSA says, while holidaymakers warned of delays Wet weather shouldn't affect the number of people who attend services too much.

Ask Phoebe: Upside-down signs ... can anyone shed light?
New Zealand Herald

Mystery of traffic signage showing traffic lights wrong way round An April Fools' Day prank?

Drinking age linked to rise in crash risk
New Zealand Herald

Study says danger for drivers aged 18 to 19 has soared in years since law change Researchers have found the increased risk has become the new normal.

Labour promises pensions to all vets
New Zealand Herald

Veterans are only eligible for a pension at present if they are disabled.

Claire Trevett: Cunning McCully's king hit neutralises Jones
New Zealand Herald

McCully's cunning is legendary and the true genius of this particular weasel becomes clear the more it is scrutinised.

Claire Trevett: Cunning McCully's king hit neutralises Jones
New Zealand Herald

McCully's cunning is legendary and the true genius of this particular weasel becomes clear the more it is scrutinised.

Driving test pass rates drop
Stuff.co.nz

Driving test pass rates drop AMY JACKMAN More than half of young drivers are failing the new driver-licence tests two years after they were introduced.

Dunne Speaks - Anzac Day
Scoop

Dunne Speaks - Anzac Day Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:35 am Column: Peter Dunne Dunne Speaks - Anzac Day 24 April 2014 Tomorrow morning, rain or shine, thousands of New Zealanders will gather at dawn and throughout the morning to commemorate the disastrous Allied landings at ANZAC Cove, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, nearly 100 years ago.

Commemorating Anzac Day
Scoop

Commemorating Anzac Day Thursday, 24 April 2014, 11:43 am Press Release: New Zealand Government Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of Defence 24 April 2014 Commemorating Anzac Day Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says Anzac Day will be especially poignant this year with the start of WWI centenary commemorations.

Davis says he's suited for the job
New Zealand Herald

Davis says he is not a second Shane Jones.

Davis says he's suited for the job
New Zealand Herald

Davis says he is not a second Shane Jones.

New Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security appointed
Indian Weekender

Prime Minister John Key today announced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.

Dominic Corry: Revisiting an under-rated classic
New Zealand Herald

Dominic Corry takes another look at the groundbreaking New Zealand film, The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey.

While you were sleeping: Wall Street slips
National Business Review

Wall Street fell as disappointing earnings from companies including AT&T made investors cautious in a market trading near record highs.

Focus on housing costs, raise wages not interest rates
Scoop

Focus on housing costs, raise wages not interest rates Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:40 am Press Release: New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Focus on housing costs, raise wages not interest rates "The increase in the Reserve Bank's interest rate, while expected, shows little imagination and will raise mortgage costs for home owners," says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg.

NZ Politics Daily - 24 April 2014
Liberation

The main issue in NZ politics today is Shane Jones and the Labour Party.

School holidays cut Auckland commute times
Stuff.co.nz

School holidays cut Auckland commute times JOSH FAGAN Fairfax NZ FREE FLOWING: Auckland commuters are enjoying some easier commutes with less on traffic on the motorways because of the school holidays.

Absolutely the same applies in this country
Lindsay Mitchell

NCPA again highlights how much single parent families ahve contributed to inequality.

Rebuild 'hampered by government'
Stuff.co.nz

Rebuild 'hampered by government' GEORGINA STYLIANOU Stacy Squires REBUILD: Work is advanced on the central city's Theatre Royal, but it is surrounded by undeveloped wasteland.

Guilty plea over $155K sports club theft
New Zealand Herald

Wayne Reeves of West Auckland has been charged with stealing $155,000 from the Starling Park sports club.

Man admits $155k sports club theft
New Zealand Herald

Wayne Reeves of West Auckland has admitted stealing $155,000 from an Auckland sports club.

Dollar little changed before RBNZ interest rate decision as traders mull outlook
National Business Review

The New Zealand dollar was little changed ahead of the Reserve Bank decision on interest rates today as traders await clues to the pace of the tightening cycle.

Another hike delivered, with more to come
Scoop

Another hike delivered, with more to come Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:44 am Press Release: HSBC Bank RBNZ Observer Update: Another hike delivered, with more to come The RBNZ increased its cash rate by +25bp to 3.00% today, as expected.

Access: Defective, deficient, deviant and delinquent
Public Address

As many NZ babies do, I developed eczema and asthma.

Hard News: Friday Music: News from talented women
Public Address

As I may have noted once or twice, Janine and the Mixtape 's Dark Mind EP is one of last year's overlooked local gems.

Progress made to prevent another Rana Plaza tragedy
Scoop

Progress made to prevent another Rana Plaza tragedy Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:53 am Press Release: First Union One year on: progress made to prevent another Rana Plaza tragedy An official from one of the two global union bodies that negotiated the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety , currently visiting New Zealand, says that the Accord continues to make big steps forward to ensure that no such tragedy happens again.

Song of the Day - 24 April 2014
Keeping Stock

We may be in a different land, but Curly Sue has been in touch again.

Body found in North Shore creek
New Zealand Herald

File photo / NZ Herald Police are investigating how the body of a middle-aged man came to be found in an Auckland creek.

Body found in Auckland creek
New Zealand Herald

Photo / File Police will not give any more information about the discovery of the body of a middle-aged man in an Auckland creek yesterday.

Matauri Bay: There are certain stories that get under your skin
Greenpeace NZ

There are certain stories that get under your skin, stories that no matter how many times you hear them somehow strike you in a way that you never forget, stories that become a very part of you.

Inside Money: Old selfies could help you save
New Zealand Herald

Photo / Thinkstock By age 67 I will, according to a digitally-imagined version of my future self produced by US bank Merrill Lynch, look equal parts ex-coalminer and chimpanzee.

Former cop had concerns about fatal road
New Zealand Herald

Former investigator says he crashed on part of highway that claimed young mother The young mum was killed on the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway on Monday morning.

Everest Base Camp Day 15
Kiwiblog

April 24th, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar A wonderful late 10 am departure from Namche and this view as we depart.

Anti Fluoridation Advertisements Rejected
Scoop

Anti Fluoridation Advertisements Rejected Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:48 am Press Release: Making Sense of Fluoride Anti Fluoridation Advertisements Rejected by The Advertising Complaints Authority Over the past week, the Advertising Complaints Authority (ASA) has upheld three complaints made against the anti fluoride group (Fluoride Action Network of NZ) FANNZ.

MPs clash over sick Fijian
New Zealand Herald

Kaye critical of Labour but says lack of waiver means she can't discuss immigration case Fijian kidney patient Sanil Kumar is being forced to leave NZ today.

MPs clash over sick Fijian
New Zealand Herald

Kaye critical of Labour but says lack of waiver means she can't discuss immigration case Fijian kidney patient Sanil Kumar is being forced to leave NZ today.

Parker's handlers demand better from Kiwi
Stuff.co.nz

Parker's handlers demand better from Kiwi DUNCAN JOHNSTONE Joseph Parker's handlers are demanding better discipline from the New Zealand heavyweight as he steps into the unknown in Germany this weekend.

Corpses reveal desperate escape attempts
Stuff.co.nz

Corpses reveal desperate escape attempts UNGMIN JANG AND JU-MIN PARK South Korea's navy releases underwater video of search operations those still missing from the sunken ferry.

Long delays after crash on Auckland motorway
New Zealand Herald

Drivers heading west on the North Western motorway are moving a bit faster than their city-bound counterparts after a crash this morning.

Major delays after Auckland crash
Stuff.co.nz

Major delays after Auckland crash NZTA BLOCKED: An NZTA webcam image taken just before 8am shows the build-up of city-bound traffic on Auckland's Northwestern motorway.

Taupo-sized iceberg, B-31, on the move
Stuff.co.nz

Taupo-sized iceberg, B-31, on the move Nasa imagery shows a massive iceberg breaking away from a glacier in Antarctica.

Origin of Gallipoli art remains mystery
New Zealand Herald

Anzac Cove as depicted in an oil painting by artist A.A. Forrester.

Brent Sheather: It's your money, fool
New Zealand Herald

Property syndicate Bunnings Silverdale is currently being marketed to retail investors.

Shelley Bridgeman: What's all the froth over coffee?
New Zealand Herald

Kiwis love their coffee, but Shelley Bridgeman doesn't understand what all the fuss is about.

Oz Tour: What Kate's Wearing
Stuff.co.nz

Oz Tour: What Kate's Wearing SARAH BERRY & NYREE MCFARLANE Getty Getty Getty Getty Getty Getty Getty Getty Getty Getty Getty Getty Getty Images Getty Images Getty Images Getty Getty Getty DAY EIGHT, ADELAIDE: The royal mum touched down in a stunning pale pink Alexander McQueen outfit.

Sideswipe: April 24: Stunning Diana snap
New Zealand Herald

Stunning Diana snap and no security Jill Brookes writes: "There have been recollections during the recent royal tour by William, Kate and George, of Charles and Diana visiting the assembled schools at Eden Park in 1983.

Jesse Ryder assault accused due in court today
New Zealand Herald

Jesse Ryder.

From busking to singing at Gallipoli
Stuff.co.nz

From busking to singing at Gallipoli SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR A Christchurch singer will go from busking on the streets to one of the biggest performances of her career when she sings the national anthem in Gallipoli.

Police hunt shotgun and suspect after Makara shooting
Stuff.co.nz

Police hunt shotgun and suspect after Makara shooting Police are searching the area near Wellington's Makara Beach for a shotgun allegedly used to wound a man on Easter Monday - and have also revealed they are hunting a third assailant.

I'm the victim in assault, Marshall says
New Zealand Herald

I wasn't at fault in attack on me outside Queenstown strip club, says All Black veteran Justin Marshall wanted the court to keep his name secret.

Charges laid after incident with Justin Marshall
Stuff.co.nz

Charges laid after incident with Justin Marshall BLAIR ENSOR AND CHE BAKER Former All Black Justin Marshall was allegedly drinking inside a Queenstown strip-club before he was assaulted.

Brutal dog abuse prompts law change call
New Zealand Herald

A man has been charged with a brutal attack on a pomeranian dog.

Government committed contempt over order on black money
Indian Weekender

The Supreme Court of India, pulled up the government for doing nothing to comply with its July 2011 order directing it to disclose the names of Indians who have stashed away money in foreign banks.

First woman chief justice of Delhi HC takes oath
Indian Weekender

Justice G Rohini was sworn in as the first woman Chief Justice of the Delhi high court.

Anzac Day services 2014
New Zealand Herald

AUCKLAND Albany Service: 11am at Albany Coronation Hall, 21 Library Lane.

Govt gets tough on UC's $100m
Stuff.co.nz

Govt gets tough on UC's $100m JODY O'CALLAGHAN The Government will withhold a $100 million cash boost from the University of Canterbury unless it can provide financially "robust" plans for its Dovedale campus.

Steve Gurney banged up - but back on bike
New Zealand Herald

Leave in the middle of a race?

Dolphins flip off shark on Cook Strait swim
Stuff.co.nz

Dolphins flip off shark on Cook Strait swim TOM HUNT Cook Strait swimmer Adam Walker gets up close and personal with dolphins on his journey.

Service station robberies may be connected
New Zealand Herald

An offender suspected involved in an aggravated robbery at the Mobil petrol station on Mt Wellington Highway yesterday.

See, I'm far from alone
Not PC

Thursday, April 24, 2014 See, I'm far from alone " Fifty-five percent of the people in my neighbourhood have no religion, while [only] thirty-nine percent identify as Christian.

Thousands of claims for Eketahuna quake damage
New Zealand Herald

DAMAGE CONTROL: Dave Claude has been assessing the safety of houses in Eketahuna and Pahiatua after the earthquake on January 20.

Child injured in quad bike accident
New Zealand Herald

A police spokesman said it is understood the boy was one of two children who had been riding quad bikes at the property, before they collided.

Honesty, reality as Benji Marshall bids adieu
Stuff.co.nz

Honesty, reality as Benji Marshall bids adieu LIAM NAPIER Fairfax NZ Former NRL star Benji Marshall has confirmed his mid-season departure from the Blues.

Tragedy still too raw for family to discuss
Stuff.co.nz

Tragedy still too raw for family to discuss MATT BOWEN NICK REED/Fairfax NZ TRAGEDY: The Pokeno driveway where a five-year-old boy died in a mishap with a trailer and a four-wheel drive.

Second hike pushes OCR to 3%
National Business Review

LATEST : Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler lifted the official cash rate for the second time in as many months, saying non-tradable inflationary pressures were "becoming apparent" in an economy that's picking up pace and he's watching the impact of a strong kiwi dollar on import prices.

SUBSCRIBER-ONLY POLL RESULT: Is NZ's economic bubble about to burst?
National Business Review

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SUBSCRIBER-ONLY POLL-RESULT: Who has more credibility on whether NZ has an economic bubble?
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Son: Nurse bequest OK
Stuff.co.nz

Son: Nurse bequest OK JOELLE DALLY The son of a couple who bequeathed $315,000 to a nurse who cared for them before their deaths says he holds no animosity towards her.

Subtle jawboning from the RBNZ accompanies OCR hike
National Business Review

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Creditors owed $2.57 million after Mediaweb magazine collapse
National Business Review

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comment@whoar:..shane jones..a traitor..?..a hubris-drenched fool..?..or both..?..
Whoar

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ASK ME ANYTHING: Forbes bubble guy Jesse Colombo
National Business Review

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how does goldman sachs use new zealand as a tax haven..(would you believe 155 subsidiary-companies..here..in new zealand..?..)
Whoar

Quotes of the Day - 24 April 2014
Keeping Stock

An eclectic mix of some of the finer things in life - politics, sport, music, humour and God.

Other reviews of Capital
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NZ@Noon: Broken boat dock threatens sea life
New Zealand Herald

SCIENCE

US urged to drop India WTO case on solar
Phys.org

Environmentalists Wednesday urged the United States to drop plans to haul India to the WTO to open its solar market, saying the action would hurt the fight against climate change.

60% of China underground water polluted: report
Phys.org

Sixty percent of underground water in China which is officially monitored is too polluted to drink directly, state media have reported, underlining the country's grave environmental problems.

Odds of storm waters overflowing Manhattan seawall up 20-fold, study shows
Phys.org

Maximum water levels in New York harbor during major storms have risen by nearly two and a half feet since the mid-1800s, making the chances of water overtopping the Manhattan seawall now at least 20 times greater than they were 170 years ago, according to a new study.

UK foreign aid turns to research
Nature

qaphotos.com/Alamy Laboratories in South Africa could benefit from a new UK programme for funding research in 15 countries.

Medical genomics: Gather and use genetic data in health care
Nature

Illustration by Pete Ellis/www.drawgood.com More and more people are getting their DNA sequenced.

US astronauts to step out on spacewalk for repairs
Phys.org

Two US astronauts are preparing to step out on a brief spacewalk Wednesday to install a backup computer at the International Space Station after one failed earlier this month.

Explorer Pleads to Save the Great Barrier Reef
Scientific American

Adapted from The Reef: A Passionate History , by Iain McCalman, by arrangement with Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC (US/CAN) , Scribe Publications (UK), Penguin Books (AUS/NZ).

Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest
Phys.org

Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe.

Kepler Telescope Finds 700 New Exoplanets
Scientific American

See Inside Kepler Telescope Finds 700 New Exoplanets Data from the damaged spacecraft reveal new worlds May 1, 2014 | By Clara Moskowitz NASA's Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009 and stopped taking data last year after a mechanical failure.

Facebook profits nearly triple to $642 mn; mobile soars
Phys.org

Facebook profits nearly tripled in the first quarter to $642 million on a 72 percent surge in revenues, helped by strong gains in mobile users and mobile advertising.

Internet TV case: US justices skeptical, concerned
Phys.org

Grappling with fast-changing technology, U.S. Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

Health database: Restore public trust in care.data project
Nature

Public confidence has already been undermined in the National Health Service's care.data programme in England, which will integrate medical records into a database for health-care and research purposes ( Nature 507 , 7 ; 2014 ).

Mental health: Drug search on risky path
Nature

I fear that the requirement by the US National Institute of Mental Health for investigators to come up with a hypothesis as an initial part of the drug-discovery process ( Nature 507 , 273 and 288 ; 2014 ) will not end well.

The Quest: $84,000 Miracle Cure Costs Less Than $150 to Make
Scientific American

From the editors and reporters of Scientific American , this blog delivers commentary, opinion and analysis on the latest developments in science and technology and their influence on society and policy.

Not just the poor live hand-to-mouth
Phys.org

When the economy hits the skids, government stimulus checks to the poor sometimes follow.

Attacks on payment systems trail other cybercrimes
Phys.org

Target's massive data breach last year caused consumers to panic and drew attention to Internet crime.

Tech Tips: Add 2nd layer of protection online
Phys.org

If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it's that passwords don't offer total protection.

Increased infrastructure required for effective oil spill response in US Arctic
Phys.org

A changing climate is increasing the accessibility of U.S. Arctic waters to commercial activities such as shipping, oil and gas development, and tourism, raising concern about the risk of oil spills.

CO2 makes growing seasons longer
Nature

Steve Asmus Researchers warmed grassland plots and enriched them with carbon dioxide to capture climate-change effects.

Sing Your Way to Fitness
Scientific American

See Inside Sing Your Way to Fitness Producing tunes instead of simply listening may make your body more efficient May 1, 2014 | By Allison Bond Chain-gang chants, military cadences, sea shanties: humans have long paired music making with intense physical exercise.

New social networks connect cooks and diners
Phys.org

If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants.

A question of trust
Nature

For sale: one flying observatory, barely used.

Microbes provide insights into evolution of human language
Phys.org

Big brains do not explain why only humans use sophisticated language, according to researchers who have discovered that even a species of pond life communicates by similar methods.

Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law
Phys.org

Brazil's Congress on Tuesday passed comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy in what some have likened to a web-user's bill of rights, after stunning revelations its own president was targeted by US cyber-snooping.

Superconducting qubit array points the way to error-free quantum computers
Phys.org

A fully functional quantum computer is one of the holy grails of physics.

Iran needs to present a united front on science
Nature

Iranian officials last month unveiled the Mustafa Science and Technology prizes, for researchers in Islamic countries.

Citizen scientists match research tool when counting sharks
Phys.org

Shark data collected by citizen scientists may be as reliable as data collected using automated tools, according to results published April 23, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Gabriel Vianna from The University of Western Australia and colleagues.

Researchers make major advances in dye sensitized solar cells
Phys.org

Working on dye-sensitized solar cells - researchers from University Malaya (UM) and National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) have achieved an efficiency of 1.12 %, at a fraction of the cost compared to those used by platinum devices.

Regrown nerves boost bionic ears
Nature

UNSW Australia Biological Resources Imaging Laboratory and National Imaging Facility of Australia A computer-tomography scan shows a deaf guinea pig's skull and cochlear implant.

Geology: Ancient impact recorded in rock
Nature

South African rocks reveal that a huge asteroid smashed into Earth 3.26 billion years ago, turning sediments to liquid.

Repreive For Men: Y Chromosome Is Not Vanishing
Scientific American

Repreive For Men: Y Chromosome Is Not Vanishing Alarming shrinkage has stopped, researchers say, because the Y is a bastion of elite genes that play vital roles throughout the body.

How Much Protein Can the Body Absorb?
Scientific American

How Much Protein Can the Body Absorb?

Zynga founder Pincus leaving operations role
Phys.org

Online game maker Zynga says company founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company's CEO.

Amazon Prime wins streaming deal with HBO
Phys.org

Amazon scored a deal Wednesday to distribute old shows from premium cable TV channel HBO to its monthly Prime subscribers, landing a blow on rival Netflix in the streaming video battle.

SensaBubble: It's a bubble, but not as we know it (w/ video)
Phys.org

Multi-sensory technology that creates soap bubbles, which can have images projected onto them or when the bubbles are burst release a scent, will be unveiled at an international conference later this month.

Climate researchers measure the concentration of greenhouse gases above the Atlantic
Phys.org

Using specially developed spectrometers, KIT climate re-searchers on board of the Polarstern will study the concentration of carbon dioxide and methane in the Earth's atmosphere.

Heads Up! Thirteen Years Of Asteroid Impacts On Earth
Scientific American

(NASA/JPL-Caltech) Since the Chelyabinsk event in early 2013, when a brilliant meteor fireball streaked across Russian skies and exploded with the energy of thirty Hiroshima bombs, humans have paid slightly more attention to the potential danger of asteroids than before.

Faster computation of electromagnetic interference on an electronic circuit board
Phys.org

As electronic components on electronic circuit boards continue to shrink, problems of electromagnetic compatibility are arising.

Dying coral reefs threaten the livelihood of millions
Phys.org

Declining coral reef health is threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of people living in the coastal tropics, according to a study by University of Queensland researchers.

Was Shakespeare Aware of the Scientific Discoveries of His Time?
Smithsonian Magazine

Russian science: US sanctions put research at risk
Nature

Medicine: The commodified body
Nature

Astronomy: Earth twin spotted in habitable zone
Nature

Climate science: Stratospheric folly
Nature

Mental health: More than neurobiology
Nature

Natural history: A scientist's eye
Nature

Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
Phys.org

Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock, raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent and split its stock for the first time in nine years.

First-of-its-kind NASA space-weather project
Phys.org

A NASA scientist is launching a one-to-two-year pilot project this summer that takes advantage of U.S. high-voltage power transmission lines to measure a phenomenon that has caused widespread power outages in the past.

Modified photocatalyst effective for transforming organic pollutants into harmless end products
Phys.org

UiTM researchers have developed a modified photocatalyst which is economical and effective at transforming organic pollutants into harmless end products.

WSU innovation improves drowsy driver detection
Phys.org

Researchers at Washington State University Spokane have developed a new way to detect when drivers are about to nod off behind the wheel.

First sex determining genes appeared in mammals 180 million years ago
Phys.org

The Y chromosome, which distinguishes males from females at the genetic level, appeared some 180 million years ago.

Start-up investor bets on biotech
Nature

Marla Aufmuth Elizabeth Iorns brought her expertise with biotech projects to Y Combinator, a start-up accelerator known for its investments in the technology business.

Nanoreporters go underground to check oil for sulfur
Futurity

Nanoreporters go underground to check oil for sulfur Rice University right Original Study Posted by Mike Williams-Rice on April 23, 2014 Chemists have created nanoparticles that can sample crude oil and natural gas for hydrogen sulfide before pumping.

Organismal biology: 'Extinct' plankton found in Pacific
Nature

A plankton species thought to have gone extinct more than a million years ago has been found living in the western Pacific Ocean.

'Photonic transistor' switches light signals instead of electronic signals
Phys.org

Electronic transistors, which act as miniature switches for controlling the flow of electrical current, underpin modern-day microelectronics and computers.

Animal behaviour: Fruit-fly microbes draw more flies
Nature

Researchers have pinpointed a chemical source that attracts fruit flies to food: the gut bacteria of fruit-fly larvae sitting on the food.

Illegal fishing hooks online attention
Nature

A variety of topics grabbed the attention of researchers on Twitter earlier this month, including fish catches, deadly pathogens, engineered vaginas and the nature of peer review.

Microbiology: Bacteria elbow out the competition
Nature

Some microorganisms push others out of the way to gain better access to oxygen.

Physics: Liquid bubbles stop sound
Nature

Liquid foam can block the transmission of ultrasound, report Valentin Leroy at Paris Diderot University and his colleagues.

Microbial evolution: How a flesh-eater evolved
Nature

A deadly wave of flesh-eating bacteria emerged in the 1980s when a single cell gained a pair of toxin genes from another bacterium.

Antimicrobials: Biocide boosts bacterial binding
Nature

People exposed to an antimicrobial compound used in many consumer products are more likely to carry an opportunistic pathogen, increasing their risk of infection.

Zoology: Sex changed in Brazilian insect
Nature

Female insects in Brazilian caves initiate reproduction, and they do so with a penis.

NASA sees last vestiges of Tropical Depression Jack
Phys.org

Tropical Cyclone Jack lost its credentials today, April 22, as it no longer qualified as a tropical cyclone.

The hemihelix: Scientists discover a new shape using rubber bands (w/ video)
Phys.org

While setting out to fabricate new springs to support a cephalopod-inspired imaging project, a group of Harvard researchers stumbled upon a surprising discovery: the hemihelix, a shape rarely seen in nature.

Warp Drive Research Key to Interstellar Travel
Scientific American

As any avid Star Trek fan can tell you, the eccentric physicist Zefram Cochrane invented the warp-drive engine in the year 2063.

Pop-ups
Nature

Jacey I was half-starved, my head ached from a long day of selling commonplace holidays to difficult customers, and if I missed the 5:17 dronebus it would be an hour till the next one.

Research suggests ELABELA hormone plays a key role in endoderm and heart development
Phys.org

The binding of hormones to their receptors plays a key role in the development of many organs of the body.

Math modeling handbook now available
Phys.org

Math comes in handy for answering questions about a variety of topics, from calculating the cost-effectiveness of fuel sources and determining the best regions to build high-speed rail to predicting the spread of disease and assessing roller coasters on the basis of their "thrill" factor.

Atomic switcheroo explains origins of thin-film solar cell mystery
Phys.org

Treating cadmium-telluride (CdTe) solar cell materials with cadmium-chloride improves their efficiency, but researchers have not fully understood why.

Scientists watch enormous Antarctic iceberg drift
Phys.org

Scientists are watching an iceberg bigger than the island of Guam as it slowly moves away from an Antarctic glacier.

Abundance of Chesapeake Bay's underwater grasses increases
Phys.org

An annual survey led by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that the abundance of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay increased 24 percent between 2012 and 2013, reversing the downward trend of the previous three years.

Revolutions in bike design
Euronews

The Halfbike is a tricycle, made in Bulgaria, designed to be ridden standing up in order to work muscles that are not used when riding a conventional bicycle.

'Off-the-shelf' equipment used to digitize insects in 3-D
Phys.org

Scientists have developed a cost-effective, off-the-shelf system to obtain natural-color 3D models of insects, according to results published April 23, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Chuong Nguyen from CSIRO in Australia, and colleagues.

Archaeologists, tribe clash over Native remains
Phys.org

Archaeologists and Native Americans are clashing over Indian remains and artifacts that were excavated during a construction project in the San Francisco Bay Area, but then reburied at an undisclosed location.

Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay
Phys.org

The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by U.S. ocean scientists.

Don't Sell Your Dog Short
Scientific American

In 1996, veteran dog trainer Jean Donaldson picked a fight with Walt Disney.

Design of optical modulators with low losses to improve optical communications
Phys.org

Modulators are key components within optical fiber networks and serve to transfer information from an electrical current to a signal suitable for optical fibers.

TECHNOLOGY

China remains the top source for cyberattacks -- report
CNET

China remains the top source for cyberattacks -- report Nearly half of all Internet attacks came from China last quarter, says cloud provider Akamai.

Will Facebook Dodge The Teen Usage Question Again?
TechCrunch

When Facebook mentioned a slight drop in young US teen engagement during Q3 2013 earnings, its share price fell 18%, disintegrating well over $10 billion in value.

Facebook Passes 1B Mobile Monthly Active Users In Q1, Mobile Ads Reach 59% Of All Ad Sales
TechCrunch

Another mobile milestone for Facebook: the company reported in its Q1 earnings that it has now passed the 1 billion mark for monthly active users on phones and tablets.

Facebook now has more than a billion mobile users every month
TheVerge

Facebook reported its first-quarter earnings today, posting revenues of $2.5 billion and a profit of $1.07 billion in profit.

Facebook Q1 by the numbers: $1.34B in mobile sales
CNET

Facebook Q1 by the numbers: $1.34B in mobile sales The first three months of 2014 proved fruitful for Facebook as it brought in $2.5 billion in total revenue with extra help from an audience of more than 1 billion people on mobile.

Explora lets international travelers rent a Nexus 5 with 4G for $8 a day in the US
NextWeb

International travelers coming to the US now have a convenient option for renting a smartphone with a data plan.

WhatsApp now has 500m active users sharing 700m photos a day
Guardian Technology

Messaging app WhatsApp now has 500m active users, having added 70m since announcing in February that it was being bought by Facebook for $19bn .

Snowden revelations have been 'good and bad' for business, says Huawei CEO
Guardian Technology

The chief executive of the Chinese network and handset supplier Huawei says that last year's Snowden revelations about the extent of western government surveillance have been "good and bad" for business.

Huawei set to spend $300M on global marketing in '14
CNET

Huawei set to spend $300M on global marketing in '14 The company's focus will be improving brand image so it can appeal to people looking for higher-end handsets.

Hacker attacks on websites shot up 75 percent last quarter
Engadget

Akami Technologies' State of the Internet report for Q4 2013 has just arrived, and one stat stands out like a bad rash: DDoS (denial of service) attacks were up 75 percent over last quarter , and 23 percent from the year before.

UK foreign aid turns to research
Nature

qaphotos.com/Alamy Laboratories in South Africa could benefit from a new UK programme for funding research in 15 countries.

Medical genomics: Gather and use genetic data in health care
Nature

Illustration by Pete Ellis/www.drawgood.com More and more people are getting their DNA sequenced.

HBO is coming to Amazon Instant Video
TheVerge

Forgot password?

Mattermark (YC S12) is hiring a Data Quality Lead
Hacker News

Data Quality Lead Mattermark is changing venture capital and the wider finance world by tracking growth signals of over 200,000 private companies.

One of Activision's top moneymakers gets a new entry in Skylanders: Trap Team
Engadget

Like taxes, iPhones and, well, Madden , you can count on a new Skylanders game every year.

Skylanders Trap Team the billion dollar series gets a new generation
Guardian Technology

The business idea was perfect, really.

Brazil passes an internet bill of rights enshrining net neutrality and privacy
Engadget

While the world has been deciding who governs the internet , Brazil has been busy establishing internet rules of its own -- and they may just set an example for everyone else.

The revolving door between Google and the Department of Defense
Pandodaily

By Yasha Levine On April 23, 2014 So, Google continues to try to distance itself from the military-industrial complex.

Ear implant uses electrical impulses to regrow auditory nerves
TheVerge

The bionic human is nearly a reality.

Explorer Pleads to Save the Great Barrier Reef
Scientific American

Adapted from The Reef: A Passionate History , by Iain McCalman, by arrangement with Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC (US/CAN) , Scribe Publications (UK), Penguin Books (AUS/NZ).

Regrown nerves boost bionic ears
Nature

UNSW Australia Biological Resources Imaging Laboratory and National Imaging Facility of Australia A computer-tomography scan shows a deaf guinea pig's skull and cochlear implant.

Genetic Tricks Could Make Bionic Ears Hear Better
Wired

A CT scan showing a cochlear implant in the left ear of a guinea pig.

This Chrome add-on lets you copy and erase text inside any image on the web
Engadget

What would you say if we told you that it's possible to copy, translate, edit and even erase the text inside any image you find on the internet?

Sky launches its movie download store that also pops a DVD in the post
Engadget

Sky's explored almost every way of serving up TV and film possible, but today it becomes a true movie retailer for the first time.

FCC plans net neutrality review to ensure open web
Guardian Technology

US regulators on Thursday will begin to review the specifics of a new set of so-called "net neutrality" rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers' access to legal internet content or applications.

Facebook shines with $2.5B in Q1 revenue
CNET

James Martin/CNET Facebook sales mushroomed 72 percent to $2.5 billion in the first quarter of 2014.

Facebook mobile sales surge, CFO to exit
CNET

James Martin/CNET Facebook sales mushroomed 72 percent to $2.5 billion in the first quarter of 2014.

Ubuntu 14.04 review: Missing the boat on big changes
Ars Technica

Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock Canonical pushed out Ubuntu 14.04 last week.

Top Gun, robot-style: Navy moves ahead on carrier-based drone program
Ars Technica

The X-47B at its unveiling ceremony in December 2008.

Kepler Telescope Finds 700 New Exoplanets
Scientific American

See Inside Kepler Telescope Finds 700 New Exoplanets Data from the damaged spacecraft reveal new worlds May 1, 2014 | By Clara Moskowitz NASA's Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009 and stopped taking data last year after a mechanical failure.

Viber's first major redesign makes it look right at home on the iPhone
Engadget

Internet calling and messaging service Viber does a solid job of constantly bringing new features to its apps, regardless of the platform .

Meet the teen aiming to breathe life into global IT education
CNET

ThinkSpace helps students learn how to code, develop, and create apps.

The Cubicle You Call Hell Was Designed to Set You Free
Wired

A promotional image for Action Office I's debut in 1964.

Health database: Restore public trust in care.data project
Nature

Public confidence has already been undermined in the National Health Service's care.data programme in England, which will integrate medical records into a database for health-care and research purposes ( Nature 507 , 7 ; 2014 ).

Mental health: Drug search on risky path
Nature

I fear that the requirement by the US National Institute of Mental Health for investigators to come up with a hypothesis as an initial part of the drug-discovery process ( Nature 507 , 273 and 288 ; 2014 ) will not end well.

Your connected home could one day save your life
Engadget

Consider this scenario: Randall is an elderly man living alone.

ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses
Slashdot

The IPv4 address exhaustion is a useful case study in human behavior in response to resource exhaustion.

Scarcity triggers new restrictions on obtaining Internet addresses
CNET

ARIN has entered a more restrictive phase 4 for allocating the IPv4 addresses needed by websites and anything else using the Internet.

US government approves Facebook's purchase of Oculus
Engadget

We're not sure there was ever much doubt, but the US government has given the thumbs up to Facebook's $2 billion purchase of Oculus VR.

'Friendly' drone flies on dog leash
BBC Technology

24 April 2014 Last updated at 00:01 'Friendly' drone on dog leash takes off By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter A tethered drone is "like a flying pet", according to developers Drones are becoming more common in our skies, performing a variety of tasks, from taking photos to monitoring crops and potentially even delivering broadband.

The Quest: $84,000 Miracle Cure Costs Less Than $150 to Make
Scientific American

From the editors and reporters of Scientific American , this blog delivers commentary, opinion and analysis on the latest developments in science and technology and their influence on society and policy.

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions
Slashdot

I see everyone going off on either Libertarian or Leftist rants here... but it's not quite that simple.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 lineup reaches the US on May 1st
Engadget

Americans no longer have to splurge on the high-end Galaxy Tab Pro or Note Pro if they want a modern Samsung tablet -- the more affordable Galaxy Tab 4 range is headed to the US.

Facebook earnings gain as ad sales surge 82%; CFO is stepping down
Hacker News

By Reed Albergotti Facebook Inc. displayed new evidence of its advertising momentum as it posted first-quarter earnings that nearly tripled, giving the company more resources to challenge bigger players in the technology industry.

Implant Injects DNA Into Ear, Improves Hearing
Slashdot

This is an article about "hearing loss.

Zuckerberg pitches private sharing, says Messenger has 200M users
CNET

Zuckerberg pitches private sharing, says Messenger has 200M users The Facebook chief discusses the audience of the company's in-house mobile messaging app for the first time and simultaneously signals a growing interest in less public forms of expression.

A Siri-controlled Apple TV may be on the way
Engadget

Soon you might be able to simply ask your Apple TV to start playing 'House of Cards' rather than fumbling through a series menus.

Award-Winning Microscope Images Come to Life in Extraordinary Videos
Wired

The Nikon Small World photomicrography competition was expanded to include video three years ago, and the result has been an incredible look into living things on the microscopic scale.

Striking Photos of the Rooms Where VIPs Shape History
Wired

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Everything Your Startup Needs To Know About Corporate Venture Capital
Hacker News

Everything Your Startup Needs To Know About Corporate Venture Capital Corporate venture capital is on the rise, with more deals at higher volume and more players involved.

Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance
Slashdot

"Can't find cheap" /= "can't find".

Sprint aims to make all its devices unlockable by February
CNET

CNET Starting next February, Sprint customers should be able to unlock any phone or tablet offered by the carrier.

Xiaomi launches two routers and a revamped set-top box, will expand to 10 more countries this year
NextWeb

Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been teasing a mysterious new product which looked suspiciously like an Apple Magic Trackpad, but today it was finally as a mini wireless router.

Apple CEO: We've made 24 acquisitions in the last 18 months
CNET

Apple CEO: We're on the prowl Tim Cook tells analysts that Apple's made 24 deals in the last 18 months, says the company wants to make acquisitions that bring along "great people and great technology and that fit culturally.

The return of the 'bedroom' programmer [video]
Hacker News

The games industry began with people writing computer programs on their own and some developers have now decided to leave big firms and return to this idea of "bedroom" programming.

Woman goes on online date, has TV and dog stolen
CNET

On a first date, don't dress up and don't show anyone your Samsung.

Geology: Ancient impact recorded in rock
Nature

South African rocks reveal that a huge asteroid smashed into Earth 3.26 billion years ago, turning sediments to liquid.

Quip releases an API
Hacker News

Today, we are excited to announce the availability of the Quip API .

CO2 makes growing seasons longer
Nature

Steve Asmus Researchers warmed grassland plots and enriched them with carbon dioxide to capture climate-change effects.

Sing Your Way to Fitness
Scientific American

See Inside Sing Your Way to Fitness Producing tunes instead of simply listening may make your body more efficient May 1, 2014 | By Allison Bond Chain-gang chants, military cadences, sea shanties: humans have long paired music making with intense physical exercise.

Google Opens Up Street View Archives From 2007 To Today
Slashdot

So when are they going to update the actual MAPs themselves?

Something strange in the neighborhood: 'Ghostbusters' fan art invades New York City
TheVerge

Similar determination can be found up and down the line.

Mail-in-a-box: easy to set up modern SMTP/SMTPS server stack
Hacker News

Mail-in-a-Box Mass electronic surveillance by governments revealed over the last year has spurred a new movement to re-decentralize the web, that is, to empower netizens to be their own service providers again.

A question of trust
Nature

For sale: one flying observatory, barely used.

Akamai: Global average Internet speed grew 27% year-over-year to 3.8 Mbps, mobile traffic jumped by 70%
NextWeb

Global average connection speeds have hit a new high, rising 27 percent year-over-year to 3.8 Mbps.

Verizon and Google have spent over $6 million on lobbying in 2014
Engadget

Two of the biggest names in American communications, Verizon and Google, are also two of the highest spenders in the world of political lobbying.

The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos
Slashdot

An anonymous reader sends this story from Wired: "The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project has since 2007 brought some 2,000 pictures back from 1,500 analog data tapes.

OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture
Slashdot

With open-source software, a monoculture isn't that bad a thing, as the Heartbleed exploit has shown.

Apple's Q2 2014 earnings live blog
TheVerge

Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer discuss Apple's Q2 2014 financial results Don't refresh the page - new posts update in real time New posts will show up on top of the page Scroll to the bottom of the page to load older posts Click on a timestamp to link to a specific update

Google Street View now serves as your own personal time machine
Engadget

In the seven years since Google launched Maps, it's collected a ton of imaging and location data, which we've only been able to see in its most recent form.

Pulp Hero Flash Gordon May Be Headed Back to the Big Screen
Wired

Image courtesy King Features Eighty years after his creation and following multiple television and film adaptations, 20th Century Fox has reportedly scooped up the rights to bring Flash Gordon back to the big screen.

Bigger-screen iPhone 6 may mean smaller sales at Apple -- for now
CNET

James Martin/CNET Apple may not have sold as many iPhones as investors and analysts hoped last quarter -- even with the addition of China Mobile as a distribution partner in the world's largest smartphone market -- because some customers may already be holding off and waiting for the larger-screen iPhone 6 rumored to be released later this year.

Shocker! Nobody uses Samsung bloatware
Engadget

If you used a Samsung app recently it was possibly a mis-click, according to a Strategy Analytics survey of 250-plus Galaxy S3 and S4 users.

FCC to reportedly lay out new 'Net Neutrality' rules tomorrow
CNET

FCC to lay out new 'Net Neutrality' rules Thursday, says report A new proposal from the commission could allow companies to pay Internet service providers for faster access to consumers, according to The Wall Street Journal.

FCC to lay out new 'Net Neutrality' rules Thursday, says report
CNET

FCC to lay out new 'Net Neutrality' rules Thursday, says report A new proposal from the commission could allow companies to pay Internet service providers for faster access to consumers, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Iran needs to present a united front on science
Nature

Iranian officials last month unveiled the Mustafa Science and Technology prizes, for researchers in Islamic countries.

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg on why girls need to do computer science
Guardian Technology

This week on Tech Weekly with Aleks Krotoski we hear from one of the most powerful figures in the global digital economy, Sheryl Sandberg , COO of Facebook.

Apple's Cook: It means more to get it right than to be first
CNET

Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised great things are in store for the company.

Meet the One, OnePlus' $299 Nexus killer
Engadget

Rarely do we see a tech startup spending five months actively hyping up an unborn product; and when we do, most of them end up being vaporware.

AOL bringing Miramax movies to its online video platform
Engadget

AOL doesn't just want short clips of newsy content on its online video platform, AOL On.

The Amazing MicroMouse Contest
Ieee Spectrum

Image: Battelle Moonlight Special came in fourth in the 1979 championship, held in New York City.

Microbiology: Bacteria elbow out the competition
Nature

Some microorganisms push others out of the way to gain better access to oxygen.

Engadget HD Podcast 395 - 4.23.14
Engadget

Let's just cut to the chase: Aereo's battle with broadcast TV hit the Supreme Court this week and it's one of the biggest entertainment-related court confrontations since the Betamax case in 1984 .

WSJ: FCC's new net neutrality rules let ISPs charge services for wide open 'special access'
Engadget

After existing Open Internet, or net neutrality, regulations were struck down in court earlier this year , it appears the FCC is ready to come back with new ones.

The FCC is about to kill the free Internet
Pandodaily

By Nathaniel Mott On April 23, 2014 The Federal Communications Commission is poised to ruin the free Internet on a technicality.

Net neutrality dead for good? FCC may endorse pay-for-play deals
Ars Technica

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

It's time for the FCC to stand up for Americans instead of ruining the internet
TheVerge

The internet is fucked , and the US government is making it worse.

Bing's kid-friendly search is now available to every grade school in the US
Engadget

Your kid's in-school web searches may soon be much safer and smarter: Microsoft has just expanded availability of its Bing school program (now Bing in the Classroom) to all K-12 institutions in the US.

Google introduces 'time machine' feature in Street View
Guardian Technology

Google has turned its Google Maps Street View into a time machine to let users travel back in time and see how places have changed.

Time travel is just a click away: Google opens up Street View archives
Ars Technica

Google's Street View cars buzz up and down the world's roadways rather frequently.

Google Maps Street View now lets you go back in time
CNET

Google Maps Street View now lets you go back in time Turn back the clock to as far back as 2007 and watch landmarks being constructed through the years in this new Google Street View feature.

A New Codecademy
Hacker News

Two years ago, we started building a product that would help teach people the skills they needed to succeed in a digital world.

High school seniors conquer watery ketchup with 3D-printed bottle cap
Engadget

3D printers have produced some pretty amazing (and scary ) stuff, and now a pair of high school seniors have successfully used the tech to ensure they'll never have to eat a soggy hotdog again.

Amazon will add older HBO shows to Prime Instant Video, HBO Go to Fire TV
Engadget

HBO's always been stingy about who gets to stream its cherished TV assets but on May 21st, some of the network's vintage material will get a wider release.

Amazon Prime users will soon be able to watch The Wire, other HBO hits
Ars Technica

The Wire is the Cadillac of HBO original programming.

HBO signs up for Amazon Prime, Fire TV
CNET

HBO's "True Blood" HBO Amazon unveiled a significant licensing agreement with HBO on Wednesday that brings popular programs from the premier cable channel to its Prime Instant Video service and puts the HBO Go app on its Fire TV media-streaming box.

Amazon plays a great hand with HBO but game isn't over
CNET

HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" HBO With a narrow view of history, you could call Amazon's HBO deal historic.

Apple posts $10.2B in profit on $45.6B in revenue, announces stock split
TheVerge

As investors look to Apple for signs it can continue to grow, the company had better news than many expected, posting a quarter that outdid its performance a year ago.

Apple tops estimates, announces 7-for-1 stock split
CNET

Apple's headquarters are located in Cupertino, Calif. James Martin/CNET Apple on Wednesday posted better-than-expected quarterly results, said it would return more cash to shareholders, and announced a 7-for-1 stock split.

Repreive For Men: Y Chromosome Is Not Vanishing
Scientific American

Repreive For Men: Y Chromosome Is Not Vanishing Alarming shrinkage has stopped, researchers say, because the Y is a bastion of elite genes that play vital roles throughout the body.

How Much Protein Can the Body Absorb?
Scientific American

How Much Protein Can the Body Absorb?

Apple profits surprise investors as company launches charm offensive
Guardian Technology

Tech giant Apple chose a bombshell solution to the problem of its struggling share price, launching a full-on charm offensive to win over investors with a financial candy basket of stock splits and huge dividend increases to win back those who may have been disillusioned by the company's lagging growth.

NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires
Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes "A NYPD community outreach campaign designed to show images of citizens with cops turned ugly quickly when a deluge of images depicting police brutality came in.

Why I threw away three Jawbone UPs, sold my Fitbit Flex and deinstalled Human
Hacker News

Why I threw away three Jawbone UPs, sold my Fitbit Flex and deinstalled Human I remember that I ordered my Jawbone UP the day it came out.

Fitbit's wearable lead stays strong despite Force recall
CNET

Sarah Tew/CNET Despite the recall of Fitbit's Force fitness tracker in February, the device maker is still out front -- and its lead among wearable fitness trackers is growing, not shrinking.

Robot portable printer secures cash
BBC Technology

23 April 2014 Last updated at 14:28 Pocket Printer secures Kickstarter cash By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor Zuta Labs says its robot will move around a page, printing as it goes An Israeli start-up plans to release a printer early next year that is small enough to fit inside its owner's pocket but works with any-sized paper.

Challenge 1: Create epic list of every video game ever made
CNET

Challenge 1: Create epic list of every video game ever made A 4chan user sets up a Pastebin to make a list of every video game there's ever been.

Beyond anti-virus: Sentinel Labs raises $12M to bring predictive intelligence to the enterprise security game
Pandodaily

By Michael Carney On April 23, 2014 The enterprise computing landscape has changed dramatically in recent years, which means that the challenge of securing this environment has as well.

Ubislate 7Ci, a $38 tablet that makes a decent movie, game player
CBC Technology

The Ubislate 7Ci has a seven-inch screen and runs Google's Android mobile operating system.

Instagram now personalizing photos, videos for exploration
CNET

Instagram now personalizing photos, videos for exploration With content picked just for you, the Facebook-owned app hopes to send you down a never-ending path of discovery.

Instagram's 'Explore' tab now shows photos from people you actually know
TheVerge

Instagram is trying to make its "Explore" section feel more personal, rather than overload users with photos from celebrities they care little or nothing about.

How Airbnb and Lyft Finally Got Americans to Trust Each Other
Wired

In about 40 minutes, Cindy Manit will let a complete stranger into her car.

Apple Announces 7 For 1 Stock Split
Hacker News

As part of its earnings cycle today, Apple announced that it will increase its dividend 8 percent, add $30 billion to its share buyback program current to a total of $90 billion, and split its stock 7 for 1 in June.

Apple Announces 7 For 1 Stock Split, Boosts Its Dividend 8%, Adds $30B To Its Buyback Program
TechCrunch

As part of its earnings cycle today, Apple announced that it will increase its dividend 8 percent, add $30 billion to its share buyback program current to a total of $90 billion, and split its stock 7 for 1 in June.

The problems and some security implications of websockets
Hacker News

WebSockets - An Introduction WebSockets is a modern HTML5 standard which makes communication between client and server a lot more simpler than ever.

Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips
Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes "On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officers are legally allowed to stop and search vehicles based solely on anonymous 911 tips .

Apple Q2 2014 Fiscal Results
Anandtech

Today Apple announced its Q2 results, and sales of the iPhone continue to dominate revenue and earnings for the company.

Hitachi is building the world's fastest elevator: 95 floors in 43 seconds
Engadget

In 2016, Hitachi will take over Toshiba's title as the maker of the fastest elevator in the world.

DoubleTwist's latest Android tweak brings Google Play Music to Apple TV
Engadget

Google's mobile-streaming tech has a lot going for it, but listening to music stored in Mountain View's cloud is still limited to a handful of home devices.

Ex-astronauts plan to launch an asteroid-tracking satellite
Ars Technica

B612 Foundation representative Bill Anders stands in front of the famed "Earthrise" photo he took during his mission on Apollo 8 while announcing his new group's efforts to launch an asteroid-detecting satellite.

The OnePlus One is a sexy $299 flagship Android smartphone (photos)
CNET

You may have not heard of the OnePlus brand before, but the people behind this gorgeous smartphone were previously at Oppo.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Lauds Office On iPad, Chides Microsoft For Not Delivering It Earlier
TechCrunch

Apple CEO Tim Cook took time to answer a question about Microsoft Office for iPad arriving this past month, and his answer was surprisingly long.

Amazon's Prime Pantry service lets you ship 45 pounds of groceries for a $6 fee
Engadget

Amazon's dead-set on killing off the grocery store, with a same-day delivery service and even a Dash gadget for restocking items around the house.

KMel's Hexrotors Put on Autonomous Musical Spectacular
Ieee Spectrum

We love KMel Robotics because they're a fantastic example of how it really is possible to take robots straight out of a research environment and use them to do awesome stuff that also (we assume) is to some extent commercially viable.

Apple Sold 44M iPhones, 16M iPads And 4M Macs In Q2 2014
TechCrunch

Apple shared its quarterly earnings results today , and for fiscal Q2 2014, the company moved 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads and 4.1 million Macs.

iPhones and profits up, iPads down for Apple in Q2 of 2014
Ars Technica

The growing maturity of the smartphone and tablet markets was readily apparent in Apple's financial results for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 , which runs from the beginning of January to the end of March.

Apple's iPhone sales soar while the iPad slumps slightly
Engadget

It's that time again: Apple has just posted its Q2 2014 financials, and there are some interesting device sales numbers to peep at.

Illegal fishing hooks online attention
Nature

A variety of topics grabbed the attention of researchers on Twitter earlier this month, including fish catches, deadly pathogens, engineered vaginas and the nature of peer review.

F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane
Slashdot

Dega704 (1454673) writes in with news of the latest FCC plan which seems to put another dagger in the heart of net neutrality.

Due to license plate reader error, cop approaches innocent man, weapon in hand
Ars Technica

The Elsag PMH-900, as described in a company brochure.

Heads Up! Thirteen Years Of Asteroid Impacts On Earth
Scientific American

(NASA/JPL-Caltech) Since the Chelyabinsk event in early 2013, when a brilliant meteor fireball streaked across Russian skies and exploded with the energy of thirty Hiroshima bombs, humans have paid slightly more attention to the potential danger of asteroids than before.

Golden Goose scrambles eggs in the shell
CNET

Golden Goose scrambles eggs in the shell Shake it up.

Playing peek-a-boo in a colossal rocket box
New Scientist

(Image: Edgar Martins) This mobile gantry, seen from a rocket's-eye view and looking up, is where the latest example of the European Space Agency's new Vega launch vehicle is taking shape.

7 things you can do right now to protect your vision
NextWeb

Andrea Ayres-Deets is the Lead Writer at Crew, an invite-only network connecting short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers.

Recon's deal with the 'other' Motorola could see a rugged Glass rival
Engadget

Head-mounted computing specialists Recon Instruments is building quite a team to take on Google Glass .

Motorola ships 6.5 million phones in 2014 thanks to Moto G
CNET

The cheap-as-chips Motorola Moto G Sarah Tew/CNET More people are saying "Hello, Moto.

Mark Pincus Steps Down From All Operational Roles at Zynga
Hacker News

Mark Pincus is stepping down from all operational duties at Zynga, the social gaming company that he founded in 2007.

Mark Pincus steps down from daytime duties at Zynga as Q1 earnings miss
CNET

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick (left) with company founder and former CEO Mark Pincus.

Burnout Comes in Three Varieties
Hacker News

Mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, or carting your children to and from soccer practice can leave you exhausted by the time you get to work the next morning.

The Machine Stops (1909)
Hacker News

THE MACHINE STOPS by E.M. Forster (1909) I THE AIR-SHIP I magine, if you can, a small room, hexagonal in shape, like the cell of a bee.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom slims down S4 Zoom in leaked pics
CNET

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom slims down S4 Zoom in leaked pics We're a week away from meeting the photo-focused Samsung Galaxy K Zoom cameraphone, and new snaps give us a glimpse of how it's changed.

Defiantly plastic: designing the Galaxy S5
Engadget

"Our major aims were usability, friendliness and a more humanistic design.

How ACH works: A developer perspective
Hacker News

The Automatic Clearing House (ACH) network is the primary way money moves electronically through the banking system today.

Meet Flappy48, The Clone Game To End Clone Games
TechCrunch

Take the rules of 2048.

Flappy48 combines Flappy Bird and 2048 into a single clone
CNET

Flappy48 combines Flappy Bird and 2048 into a single clone The title requires users to glide through gaps in blocks while collecting squares that will add up to higher scores.

Michigan FIRST Robot Championship Bout for 2014 (Video)
Slashdot

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, AKA FIRST , holds annual robot challenges, in which student teams build robots, then operate them to the cheers of an adoring crowd.

OnePlus launches the OnePlus One: Initial Thoughts
Anandtech

In what has possibly been the most hyped-up launch in recent history, OnePlus has finally unveiled their new One.

Apple Sold 20 Million Apple TVs, Which Are Now Far From A Hobby
TechCrunch

The Apple TV continues to gain traction despite little effort from Apple.

Apple has sold 20 million Apple TV units, CEO says
CNET

Apple has sold 20 million Apple TV units, CEO says In reaffirming that Apple TV is no longer a hobby, Tim Cook says Apple generated over $1 billion in sales off media content ordered directly through the box last year.

Super Mario theme song played with finger snaps
CNET

Super Mario theme song played with finger snaps A Swedish fan shows off his finger dexterity by sharing a rendition of the Super Mario Bros. theme song done entirely with finger snaps.

Who's 'Next'? Customers are stepping up for AT&T's no-contract plan
CNET

More people are signing up for Next to get early upgrades for phones like the new HTC One M8.

The 404 1,471: Where if this, then that (podcast)
CNET

The Next Big Thing Consoles go wide and far beyond gaming with power and realism.

Zoology: Sex changed in Brazilian insect
Nature

Female insects in Brazilian caves initiate reproduction, and they do so with a penis.

Doctors want to fix you with 3D-printed tissues made from water droplets
Engadget

Doctors dream of using 3D-printed tissues to patch up injuries, but current techniques tend to kill a lot of the cells used in the process.

Start-up investor bets on biotech
Nature

Marla Aufmuth Elizabeth Iorns brought her expertise with biotech projects to Y Combinator, a start-up accelerator known for its investments in the technology business.

Apple users left exposed to serious threats for weeks, former employee says
Ars Technica

A noted whitehat hacker who spent more than a year on Apple's security team has dealt her former employer some blistering criticism for fixing critical vulnerabilities in iOS three weeks after they became widely known to blackhats.

Nanoreporters go underground to check oil for sulfur
Futurity

Nanoreporters go underground to check oil for sulfur Rice University right Original Study Posted by Mike Williams-Rice on April 23, 2014 Chemists have created nanoparticles that can sample crude oil and natural gas for hydrogen sulfide before pumping.

OnePlus One is a powerhouse Android smartphone running CyanogenMod, starts from $299
NextWeb

OnePlus , the startup founded by former Oppo executive Pete Lau , today unveiled its first flagship smartphone.

OnePlus One is a high-end phablet with CyanogenMod for $299 unlocked
Ars Technica

A typical example of OnePlus' very confident marketing materials.

Organismal biology: 'Extinct' plankton found in Pacific
Nature

A plankton species thought to have gone extinct more than a million years ago has been found living in the western Pacific Ocean.

How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?
Slashdot

----------- About six months ago, I was overexerting myself trying to get rid of a terrible virus on a client's PC (I own a PC repair shop and have been fixing computers for over 10 years).

Zynga Rallies 4% After Reporting Q1 Revenue Of $168M, EPS Of -$0.01
TechCrunch

This afternoon following the bell, Zynga reported its calendar first-quarter financial performance including revenue of $168 million, bookings (non-GAAP) of $161 million, and earnings per share of -$0.01 (non-GAAP).

Apple iTunes nears 800 million mark
CNET

Apple iTunes nears 800 million mark CEO Tim Cook touts the now "staggering" number of iTunes accounts while discussing Apple's blowout quarter.

What I Wish I Knew When Learning Haskell 2.0
Hacker News

What I Wish I Knew When Learning Haskell 2.0 Stephen Diehl ( @smdiehl ) Since I wrote these slides for a little user group talk I gave two years ago they have become a surprisingly popular reference.

Get 50GB of iDrive iOS cloud storage for 99 cents
CNET

New iDrive customers can take advantage of this amazing storage deal.

Sirius: A distributed system library from Comcast
Hacker News

Technical Overview At Comcast, our applications need convenient, low-latency access to important reference datasets .

Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes Join Forces to Tackle Supercapacitors
Ieee Spectrum

Graphene and carbon nanotubes have been competing for many of the same applications for years, especially in the broad area of electronics .

Microsoft offers a peek at Remote Desktop to Windows Phone 8.1 users
Engadget

Microsoft promised that it would put out a Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone, and it's making good on its word -- provided you're an early adopter, anyway.

Warp Drive Research Key to Interstellar Travel
Scientific American

As any avid Star Trek fan can tell you, the eccentric physicist Zefram Cochrane invented the warp-drive engine in the year 2063.

Pop-ups
Nature

Jacey I was half-starved, my head ached from a long day of selling commonplace holidays to difficult customers, and if I missed the 5:17 dronebus it would be an hour till the next one.

Upgraded cochlear implant regrows animals' auditory nerves
CNET

Regenerated auditory nerves after treatment (top) and untreated (below).

HTC One M8 draws fans of Apple, Samsung, but mostly HTC, survey says
CNET

HTC One M8 draws fans of Apple, Samsung, but mostly HTC, survey says According to a survey of consumers upgrading to the HTC One M8, most are loyal HTC owners, but plenty are trading up from an iPhone or Samsung device as well.

LoyaltyLion Raises $370K Led By EC1 Capital To Let Smaller E-Commerce Sites Run Loyalty Programs
TechCrunch

LoyaltyLion , a graduate of accelerator Startupbootcamp, is another startup attempting to level the playing field for smaller e-retailers.

Etsy acquires Grand St.
Hacker News

is a co-founder of Grand St. and infamous blogtress.

Etsy Acquires Gadget Marketplace Grand St.
TechCrunch

Grand St. , a service once described as an Etsy for electronics , is now actually a part of Etsy, the companies confirm.

Etsy acquires indie-gadget marketplace Grand St.
Engadget

Gadgets are probably the last thing you'd look for on Etsy's DIY-heavy marketplace, but that could soon change.

Server from IBM, Google, others part of effort to best Intel in data centers
CNET

IBM's new compute architecture and the OpenPower Foundation have high aspirations: dislodge Intel from data centers.

Spindle Founder Pat Kinsel Joins Polaris Partners
TechCrunch

The co-founder and former CEO of Spindle, a social discovery app that was acquired by Twitter last year , has joined Polaris Partners as venture partner on its technology investment team.

Scribd brings Lonely Planet guides to its book subscription service
Engadget

Scribd's e-book subscription service is only six months old, and already it's working hard to hook some big names to convince you that it's worth $9 a month.

Kittyo Keeps Your Cats Entertained While You Spy On Them
TechCrunch

Do you feel blue when separated from your cat for any length of time?

You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free
Slashdot

I bought a bike at Walmart for $200 yesterday.

Garbage Collection Optimization for High-Throughput and Low-Latency Java Apps
Hacker News

High-performance applications form the backbone of the modern web.

Animal behaviour: Fruit-fly microbes draw more flies
Nature

Researchers have pinpointed a chemical source that attracts fruit flies to food: the gut bacteria of fruit-fly larvae sitting on the food.

'Matrix' model maker 3D-prints sweet figures from sugar
CNET

'Matrix' model maker 3D-prints sweet figures from sugar By modifying a 3D printer to work with sugar and water, Julian Sing is able to make figures that look good enough to eat.

Sweet! 3D-printed figures made from sugar (pictures)
CNET

Julian Sing, a Netherlands-based model maker who worked on two "Matrix" films, has combined his talents for modeling and baking to create artwork from sugar and water.

The OnePlus One Offers Top-Tier Specs Android Phone Specs At $299
TechCrunch

Not all smartphones are created equal, but the new OnePlus One (not to be confused with that other One, the HTC One) is roughly equivalent on paper with some of the most expensive smartphones in the world, albeit with a price that puts it much more within reach than most of those.

Apple Beats In Q2 2014 With $45.6B Revenue, $10.2B Profit And $11.62 EPS
TechCrunch

Apple has just released its fiscal Q2 2014 earnings, reporting $45.6 billion in revenue, $10.2 billion in net profit representing $11.62 per share.

Revolutions in bike design
Euronews

The Halfbike is a tricycle, made in Bulgaria, designed to be ridden standing up in order to work muscles that are not used when riding a conventional bicycle.

Japan Display promises 4K tablet screens that won't kill your battery
Engadget

If we draw an almost totally arbitrary line in the sand and call it "500 pixels per inch," then smartphones now stand proudly on one side of it, while tablets still languish on the other.

Google initiative will lease solar panels to consumers
Engadget

Google has just announced another major investment in renewable energy -- not to power its own vast data centers this time, but rather to bring cheaper electricity to the homes of ordinary Americans.

Don't Sell Your Dog Short
Scientific American

In 1996, veteran dog trainer Jean Donaldson picked a fight with Walt Disney.

'The Door Problem' of Game Design
Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes "Game design is one of those jobs everybody thinks they can do.

Amicus (YC S12) is hiring for Development, Sales, Marketing in NYC
Hacker News

Amicus (http://amicushq.com/) combines purpose with profits.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk for Docker
Hacker News

AWS Elastic Beanstalk makes it easy for you to deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud.

'Cosmos' brings Neil deGrasse Tyson's moustache to Blu-ray and DVD in June
Engadget

If you've missed a few episodes of the Cosmos revival or maybe just want to fill the universe-sized hole in your media rack, the series hits Blu-ray and DVD this summer.

Life-size Darth Vader action figure based on vintage toy
CNET

Life-size Darth Vader action figure based on vintage toy Your living room will go to the Dark Side should you choose to invest in an ominous full-size figure of Darth Vader, minus the ability to strangle you from afar.

Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought
Slashdot

We don't have enough history to gauge what actually has happened over time, so we have to estimate.

Physics: Liquid bubbles stop sound
Nature

Liquid foam can block the transmission of ultrasound, report Valentin Leroy at Paris Diderot University and his colleagues.

Tesco Broadband faces double fault
BBC Technology

23 April 2014 Last updated at 16:19 Tesco Broadband faces double fault Tesco has offered a broadband service to UK customers since 2004 Tesco's internet service has been hit by two separate problems that coincided, leaving some of its customers irate.

Kittyo looks after your cats so you don't have to
Engadget

What does the internet love more than cats?

Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans
Slashdot

I was hoping the link would include an actual self-administered test, with your score reported at the end.

Mobile Game Attempts To Diagnose Alzheimer's
Slashdot

that works just as well.

Microbial evolution: How a flesh-eater evolved
Nature

A deadly wave of flesh-eating bacteria emerged in the 1980s when a single cell gained a pair of toxin genes from another bacterium.

Antimicrobials: Biocide boosts bacterial binding
Nature

People exposed to an antimicrobial compound used in many consumer products are more likely to carry an opportunistic pathogen, increasing their risk of infection.

The $5,600 Tablet
Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes "Tablets have come a long way in the past few years, and it has become possible to find a capable device for under $200.

The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand
Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes "This article goes into the making of upcoming fantasy title The Witcher 3 .

LibreSSL: FIPS mode is not coming back
Hacker News

[ prev in list ] [ next in list ] [ prev in thread ] [ next in thread ] List: openbsd-misc Subject: FIPS mode is not coming back From: Ted Unangst

Beats Studio Wireless review: expensive headphones with lacklustre sound
Guardian Technology

Beats have always been big, bold, showy headphones that are as much a fashion statement as they are personal listening devices, but you might expect a company founded by a rapper would make sure the product sounds good too.

Show HN: NCurses Terminal Webcam
Hacker News

terminal-webcam a webcam that can be run on a bare terminal, please maximize your terminals!

THINK TANKS

Russia Is Expanding Intimidation Tactics in Eastern Ukraine
Heritage Foundation

Photo: UPI/Ivan Vakolenko/Newscom Vice President Joe Biden, who went to Ukraine on Monday for a two-day visit to express U.S. support for the government in Kyiv, has accused Russia of being behind the irregular armed forces who are taking over Eastern Ukraine.

POMED: The Federal Budget and Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014: Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa
Council on Foreign Relations

"U.S. support for democracy, governance, and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa is needed now as much as ever.

Ukraine crisis shows global governance is in a mess
Bruegel

This opinion was first published by the Telegraph on 18th April.

Kidnapped: Pro-Russian Gunmen Are Holding This U.S. Journalist Hostage
Heritage Foundation

An American journalist for Vice News is being held captive by pro-Russian gunmen following his reporting on the turmoil in Ukraine.

Media (R)evolutions: New Publications on Media Development around the World
World Bank

Twice a year, CAMECO , a consultancy specializing in media and communications, publishes a list of selected publications on media and communications in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Just How Corrupt Are These People?
Foreign Policy

BEIJING -- If the prominence of a social phenomenon can be gauged in part by the variety of terms used to describe it -- like the (apocryphal) notion that Eskimos employ an unusual plentitude of words for snow -- then Chinese officials' engagement in illicit sexual relations is pervasive indeed.

Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence and the Defense of Europe, 1944-1949
Wilson Center

Washington History Seminar Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence and the Defense of Europe, 1944-1949 Thomas Boghardt U.S. ARMY CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY As the Third Reich collapsed, Soviet forces moved deep into Central Europe, and the United States had to adjust rapidly to the new political landscape.

Justin Bieber Just Accidentally Offended 1.3 Billion People
Foreign Policy

Share + Twitter Facebook Google + Reddit Justin Bieber has once again displayed his talent for seemingly effortless international gaffes.

The World's Largest Union: A 'Capitalist Running Dog'
Foreign Policy

China boasts the world's largest trade union, but its labor movement may still need a bit of help.

Education: Our Competitive Challenge with Christopher Pyne, Australian Minister of Education
Policy Exchange

Policy Exchange is delighted to be hosting the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education for the Australian federal government and Leader of the House, on a high quality and autonomous education.

What should the political parties promise on education in 2015?
Policy Exchange

All political parties are passionate about education as a vehicle to spreading opportunity and enabling young people to fulfil their potential.

J.D. Tuccille on the Security State and Institutionalized Fear
Reason

The National Guard/Foter One year after a bloody bombing that made international headlines, the Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon, was blunt about the new environment surrounding what was once a fun outing.

Behold the Democratic Future, Boasts Jonathan Chait, Because Suspicion of Government Is Racist
Reason

BloggingHeads.tv Over at New York Magazine , which today suffered a website crash that temporarily lowered Internet smug levels by a measurable degree, Jonathan Chait makes the bold claim that the Democratic Party is entering a period of dominance.

Why Thousands of Americans Gave Up Their Citizenship Status Last Year
Heritage Foundation

Photo: Alex Grimm/Getty Images Americans have always enjoyed the privilege of living abroad without losing citizenship.

Radio Free Europe: Tiny Moldova Faces Its East-West Moment Of Truth
Council on Foreign Relations

"Torn between Russia and the West, Moldova's fault lines are visible everywhere and are rendered more volatile by the country's weak sense of national identity.

Jacob Sullum on Michael Bloomberg's Divine Mission to Take Away Our Freedom
Reason

Office of the Mayor Last week Michael Bloomberg told The New York Times he had secured a spot in heaven through his efforts to restrict guns, soda, and cigarettes.

Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev's Adaptation, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War
Wilson Center

Washington History Seminar Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev's Adaptation, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War James Graham Wilson OFFICE OF THE HISTORIAN, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE In the Triumph of Improvisation , James Graham Wilson takes a long view of the end of the Cold War, from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to Operation Desert Storm.

Twitter's Take on #MyNYPD Not Exactly What NYPD Hoped for
Reason

It's always a bit entertaining to watch misguided social media moves backfire.

Supporting Access to Finance by SMEs: Mapping the initiatives in five EU countries
Center for European Policy Studies

This paper maps the initiatives to support access to finance for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that were available at national level in 2012 in the five biggest European economies (Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spain).

U.S. Soldiers to the Baltics: A Good First Step
Heritage Foundation

Polish soldiers (L) accompany US Airborne soldiers upon their arrival at the military airport in Swidwin, northern Poland, 23 April 2014.

Go to Heaven, Bloomberg
Reason

If Michael Bloomberg is going to heaven, as he recently assured The New York Times , does that mean I am going to hell?

Successful U.S. Action in Libya Leads to Jihadists Controlling Secret American Bases There.
Reason

Without getting sidetracked with "What About Benghazi?

David Cameron Was Right When He Called the U.K. a 'Christian Country'
Reason

Credit: Johan Bakker/wikimedia British Prime Minister David Cameron has caused a minor controversy in the U.K. by writing in the Church Times that "I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country.

The North Korean Nuclear Threat: Evaluating Its Twenty-Year Evolution
Council on Foreign Relations

The North Korean Nuclear Threat: Evaluating Its Twenty-Year Evolution Speakers: Stephen W. Bosworth, Dean Emeritus, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Special Representative for North Korea Policy, U.S. Department of State Han Sung-Joo, Professor Emeritus, Korea University; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea Presider: Richard C. Bush III, Director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, and Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution April 24, 2014 Experts discuss the progression of the North Korean nuclear threat over the past two decades, including their experiences during negotiations for the 1994 Agreed Framework.

Arizona Supreme Court Makes It Harder to Convict Unimpaired Pot Smokers of Driving Under the Influence
Reason

Yesterday the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that people whose blood contains a secondary, inactive byproduct of marijuana can drive without violating state law.

Getting India Back on Track: An Action Agenda for Reform
Carnegie Endowment

India has fallen far and fast from the runaway growth rates it enjoyed in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

The fourth revolution: The global race to reinvent the state
American Enterprise Institute

About This Event Has political dysfunction weakened America to the point where all it can hope for is a passably managed decline?

Understanding Tahrir Square and Prospects for Arab Democracy
Brookings

The Arab Spring is a story still being told.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner was interviewed by Radio Free Asia on the latest China Environmental Law amendments
Wilson Center

Official news agency Xinhua reported late on Apr 21, the amendments to China's 1989 environmental protection law have been submitted to the country's parliament for deliberation.

Does U.S. Leadership Have a Future?
Council on Foreign Relations

Does U.S.

Does U.S. Leadership Have a Future?
Council on Foreign Relations

Does U.S.

Amending the First Amendment: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Reason

SCOTUS After the Supreme Court overturned restrictions on political speech by unions and corporations in the 2010 case Citizens United v. FEC , Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig proposed a solution: a narrower First Amendment.

John Stossel on the Value of Privacy
Reason

ntr23/Flickr We voluntarily give up privacy all the time.

Strippers v. the Supreme Court: Live Nude Theater!
Reason

Is it constitutional to require strippers to wear pasties and G-strings?

Supreme Court Juggles Copyright Law and Modern Technology in Aereo Case
Reason

The U.S. Supreme Court stepped gingerly into the brave new world of cloud computing and online streaming Tuesday morning when the justices heard oral argument in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo , a case testing the reach of copyright law in today's hi-tech world.

Strippers v. the Supreme Court: Live Nude Theater!
Reason

Is it constitutional to require strippers to wear pasties and G-strings?

Language isn't what it used to be (British Sign Language - that is)
Economic and Social Research Council

23 April 2014 Awareness about the changing use of language isn't just limited to speakers of English, who may lament the loss of old words and the inclusion of new words like 'selfie' in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Lapel Video Unavailable in Third Fatal Albuquerque Police Shooting in Past Month
Reason

via KOAT Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, shot and killed 19-year-old suspected car thief Mary Hawkes after she allegedly pulled a gun out at officers.

Boston Marathon-Style Intrusive Security Has 'Institutionalized Fear'
Reason

The National Guard/Foter One year after a bloody bombing that made international headlines, the Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon, was blunt about the new environment surrounding what was once a fun outing.

New Clemency Policy Could Free 'Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands' of Drug War Prisoners (and Yes, That Would Be Constitutional)
Reason

Senate Judiciary Committee Today Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced new criteria for expedited consideration of clemency applications by President Obama, focusing on prisoners serving sentences longer than the ones currently imposed for similar offenses.

Financial Regulator Considers New Cybersecurity Regulations
Heritage Foundation

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an initiative last week to examine the cybersecurity of 50 security brokerages.

What to Do About Guantanamo Bay
Council on Foreign Relations

Speakers: Phillip Carter, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security, Marc A. Thiessen, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Former Chief Speechwriter to President George W. Bush, The White House, and Matthew C. Waxman , Professor, Columbia Law School; Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations Presider: Richard N. Haass , President, Council on Foreign Relations April 23, 2014 HAASS: Welcome to the Council on Foreign Relations.

Was Paul Ryan A New Kind of V.P. Candidate?
Mischiefs of Faction

The Ryan budget is in the news once again, attracting questions about the issues that will shape the 2014 midterms .

Piketty and Krugman admit the Laffer Curve is real
American Enterprise Institute

Liberal and conservative economists disagree sharply over the extent to which a lower marginal tax rate motivates talented workers to take the risks and suffer the consequences necessary to earn more money.

The launch of Policy Exchange's new Black and Minority Ethnic Research Unit
Policy Exchange

We are delighted to invite you to a drinks reception to celebrate the launch of Policy Exchange's Black and Minority Ethnic Research Unit, including a speech from Rt Hon David Lammy MP.

Powerful Force Teaching Students the Very Essence of Being Americans
Cato Institute

During the continuously explosive debates about education reform and teacher evaluation, no mention has been made by the media in all its forms of a persistently effective national teaching force in enabling college students to know how to become self-governing Americans for the rest of their lives.

State-Based Visas: A Federalist Approach to Reforming U.S. Immigration Policy
Cato Institute

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) recently proposed a regional visa program that would allow immigrants to live and work exclusively in Detroit or other cities in the United States.

Bankrupt: Detroit and the Future of Urban America
Wilson Center

Washington History Seminar Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs Bankrupt: Detroit and the Future of Urban America Thomas Sugrue UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Detroit is the largest American municipality to have declared bankruptcy.

The Value of Privacy
Reason

ntr23/Flickr RELATED ARTICLES 4.16.14 12:00 pm 4.09.14 12:00 pm 4.02.14 12:00 pm Scarlett Johansson left nude photos of herself on her computer.

What Is Internet Governance?
Council on Foreign Relations

Introduction Disclosures of controversial U.S. surveillance practices, including the monitoring of some foreign leaders, have reignited an international debate over Internet governance.

Small firms, giant leaps, and the elephant in the room
Adam Smith Institute

IPPR has recently released a detailed and thought-provoking report.

Local elections 2014: LGiU Live Coverage
Local Government Information Unit

Local elections 2014: LGiU Live Coverage Posted by Lizzie Greenhalgh on April 23, 2014 The LGiU and our guest contributors will be live blogging during the 2014 Local Elections on 22 May and throughout the counts the next day.

The end of super PACs? An address by Rep. Chris Van Hollen
American Enterprise Institute

About This Event As the 2014 election cycle gains momentum, political action committees (super PACs) continue to play a prominent role in campaigns and campaign finance.

Should anonymous campaign expenditures be allowed? An address by Rep. Chris Van Hollen
American Enterprise Institute

About This Event As the 2014 election cycle gains momentum, political action committees (super PACs) continue to play a prominent role in campaigns and campaign finance.

Ohio Alt-Weekly 'Can't Locate' Anyone to Argue Against Legal Weed
Reason

Dayton City Paper The Dayton City Paper , an alt-weekly out of Dayton, Ohio, recently ran a "debate" on marijuana legalization .

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Gave a Talk at University of California San Diego
Wilson Center

The water-energy-food choke point is forcing a new 21st century reckoning.

Bill Clinton Is Concerned and You Should Be, Too
Heritage Foundation

What do Bill Clinton, The Washington Post, and The Heritage Foundation have in common?

Who Gets Rewarded for Stiffing the IRS? IRS Agents!
Reason

Joshua Doubek If you and I pay the Internal Revenue Service less than it claims it owes us, we can get slammed pretty hard with fines, penalties , and even jail time .

Zach Weismueller on the Wrong Cure for Sex Trafficking
Reason

Reason TV "If there were no demand for commercial sex, sex trafficking would not exist in the form it does today," reads the first line of a 2013 State Department report on curbing sexual slavery.

Increasing Resilience to Climate Change
Wilson Center

Roger-Mark De Souza // Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center

Strengthening the Field: The Role of Demography in Responding to Climate Change
Wilson Center

Roger-Mark De Souza // Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center

More Than 2,800 IRS Workers With Conduct Issues Received Performance Awards
Heritage Foundation

Photo: JUSTIN LANE/EPA/Newscom As the Internal Revenue Service grapples with budget cuts , a newly reported audit reveals the federal tax collection agency doled out bonuses and other rewards to more than 2,800 workers who had conduct and tax-evasion issues.

Economic liberty and human flourishing: Perspectives from political philosophy
American Enterprise Institute

About This Event While it is widely accepted that human flourishing requires political liberty, the role of economic liberty has received comparatively little attention.

Poll: GOP Voters Wedded to Marriage as One Man, One Woman
Heritage Foundation

Photo: Zhang Jun/Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom About eight out of 10 Republican voters strongly believe marriage should be defined as the union of one man and one woman, a new poll from Wilson Research Strategies finds.

CPP Co-Director Rachel Griffith wins prestigious Birgit Grodal Prize
Economic and Social Research Council

Rachel Griffith, Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy, has been awarded the prestigious Birgit Grodal Prize.

Unleashing Innovation with Matt Ridley, Author of "The Rational Optimist"
Policy Exchange

The dividing lines for the next General Election are already clear.

A Constitutional Case for Gay Marriage
Reason

When liberals and conservatives argue they often talk past each other, deploying arguments that seem like winning ones to them but that the other side views as irrelevant or unimportant.

Of Course Recidivism Is High When Everything Is a Crime
Reason

Credit: Bandesz | Dreamstime.com A new report released this week from the Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that slightly more than three-quarters of released prisoners will end up arrested again within five years.

Blog Summary
Open Europe

Portugal this morning followed the lead set by Ireland and Greece and issued new debt for the first time since its bailout in 2011.

Kurt Loder Reviews Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Reason

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Neil Patrick Harris hurls himself into the title role in the new Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch , which opened last night at the Belasco Theatre on West 44 th Street.

The Wrong Cure for Sex Trafficking
Reason

"If there were no demand for commercial sex, sex trafficking would not exist in the form it does today," reads the first line of a 2013 State Department report on curbing sexual slavery.

A. Barton Hinkle: A Constitutional Case for Gay Marriage
Reason

Credit: Mr-T in DC / Foter.com / CC BY-ND When liberals and conservatives argue they often talk past each other, deploying arguments that seem like winning ones to them but that the other side views as irrelevant or unimportant.

Brickbat: Losers
Reason

ah - bullies.

Public finance bulletin: April 2014
Intitute for Fiscal Studies

Daily Corruption News: 23 April 2014
Transparency International

Is Cyberwar Real?
Council on Foreign Relations

Hypocrisy Hype
Council on Foreign Relations

The OneVoice Movement: Toward a Two-State Solution
Wilson Center

Maimonides Meets Modernity
Council on Foreign Relations

The First Cold War
Council on Foreign Relations

How China and America See Each Other
Council on Foreign Relations

Live and Let Leak
Council on Foreign Relations

Moscow and the Mosque
Council on Foreign Relations

Among the Believers
Council on Foreign Relations

(Mis)leading Indicators
Council on Foreign Relations

Networking Nature
Council on Foreign Relations

As Objects Go Online
Council on Foreign Relations

The Key to Successful Tech Management
Council on Foreign Relations

Failure to Launch
Council on Foreign Relations

Privacy Pragmatism
Council on Foreign Relations

The Indian in the Closet
Council on Foreign Relations

Eastern Europe Goes South
Council on Foreign Relations

The Mobile-Finance Revolution
Council on Foreign Relations

Reforming Nigeria
Council on Foreign Relations

Into the Fold or Out in the Cold? NATO Expansion and European Security after the Cold War
Wilson Center

HACKS & STATS

IBM opens up the POWER CPU
Reddit

It's a good idea.

Mattermark (YC S12) is hiring a Data Quality Lead
Hacker News

Data Quality Lead Mattermark is changing venture capital and the wider finance world by tracking growth signals of over 200,000 private companies.

You Have Ruined JavaScript
Reddit

whoa there, pardner!

A New Codecademy
Hacker News

Two years ago, we started building a product that would help teach people the skills they needed to succeed in a digital world.

Facebook earnings gain as ad sales surge 82%; CFO is stepping down
Hacker News

By Reed Albergotti Facebook Inc. displayed new evidence of its advertising momentum as it posted first-quarter earnings that nearly tripled, giving the company more resources to challenge bigger players in the technology industry.

The return of the 'bedroom' programmer [video]
Hacker News

The games industry began with people writing computer programs on their own and some developers have now decided to leave big firms and return to this idea of "bedroom" programming.

Why I threw away three Jawbone UPs, sold my Fitbit Flex and deinstalled Human
Hacker News

Why I threw away three Jawbone UPs, sold my Fitbit Flex and deinstalled Human I remember that I ordered my Jawbone UP the day it came out.

Quip releases an API
Hacker News

Today, we are excited to announce the availability of the Quip API .

Mail-in-a-box: easy to set up modern SMTP/SMTPS server stack
Hacker News

Mail-in-a-Box Mass electronic surveillance by governments revealed over the last year has spurred a new movement to re-decentralize the web, that is, to empower netizens to be their own service providers again.

Apple Announces 7 For 1 Stock Split
Hacker News

As part of its earnings cycle today, Apple announced that it will increase its dividend 8 percent, add $30 billion to its share buyback program current to a total of $90 billion, and split its stock 7 for 1 in June.

Strange behavior when implementing Back propagation in DBN
Metaoptimize questions

Hi, Currently I'm trying to implement the Deep Belief Network.

Stand-alone distributed system
Reddit

whoa there, pardner!

Everything Your Startup Needs To Know About Corporate Venture Capital
Hacker News

Everything Your Startup Needs To Know About Corporate Venture Capital Corporate venture capital is on the rise, with more deals at higher volume and more players involved.

The problems and some security implications of websockets
Hacker News

WebSockets - An Introduction WebSockets is a modern HTML5 standard which makes communication between client and server a lot more simpler than ever.

TDD is dead. Long live testing. (DHH)
Reddit

Rails started out as a revolutionary thing: A web framework written in Ruby that was actually productive and nice to work with.

Burnout Comes in Three Varieties
Hacker News

Mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, or carting your children to and from soccer practice can leave you exhausted by the time you get to work the next morning.

The Machine Stops (1909)
Hacker News

THE MACHINE STOPS by E.M. Forster (1909) I THE AIR-SHIP I magine, if you can, a small room, hexagonal in shape, like the cell of a bee.

How ACH works: A developer perspective
Hacker News

The Automatic Clearing House (ACH) network is the primary way money moves electronically through the banking system today.

Y Combinator Bets on Biotech
Hacker News

Marla Aufmuth Elizabeth Iorns brought her expertise with biotech projects to Y Combinator, a start-up accelerator known for its investments in the technology business.

Mark Pincus Steps Down From All Operational Roles at Zynga
Hacker News

Mark Pincus is stepping down from all operational duties at Zynga, the social gaming company that he founded in 2007.

What I Wish I Knew When Learning Haskell 2.0
Hacker News

What I Wish I Knew When Learning Haskell 2.0 Stephen Diehl ( @smdiehl ) Since I wrote these slides for a little user group talk I gave two years ago they have become a surprisingly popular reference.

GCC compound statement expressions.
Reddit

Same as me, somedays ago(not with this specific expression).

Sirius: A distributed system library from Comcast
Hacker News

Technical Overview At Comcast, our applications need convenient, low-latency access to important reference datasets .

LibreSSL - FIPS Mode is Not Coming Back
Reddit

And they can continue to use OpenSSL forever.

Done with question
Metaoptimize questions

Getting a PSN Card code might sound too excellent to be actual, but it is now not.

Garbage Collection Optimization for High-Throughput and Low-Latency Java Apps
Hacker News

High-performance applications form the backbone of the modern web.

Don't Settle for Eventual Consistency
Reddit

I like this article.

Etsy acquires Grand St.
Hacker News

is a co-founder of Grand St. and infamous blogtress.

Amicus (YC S12) is hiring for Development, Sales, Marketing in NYC
Hacker News

Amicus (http://amicushq.com/) combines purpose with profits.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk for Docker
Hacker News

AWS Elastic Beanstalk makes it easy for you to deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud.

LibreSSL: FIPS mode is not coming back
Hacker News

[ prev in list ] [ next in list ] [ prev in thread ] [ next in thread ] List: openbsd-misc Subject: FIPS mode is not coming back From: Ted Unangst

How FPGAs work, and why you'll buy one
Reddit

Why are they slower than ASICs?

Show HN: NCurses Terminal Webcam
Hacker News

terminal-webcam a webcam that can be run on a bare terminal, please maximize your terminals!

Project Naptha: a browser extension that enables text selection on any image
Reddit

I would love it if this would work on PDFs as well.

PMP Preparation
Reddit

Fixing old bugs, without the source.
Reddit

I just love reading about these kind of hacks.

A Quick Look at Haskell
Reddit

Venera: The Soviet Exploration of Venus
Hacker News

Distributed systems library for convenient, low-latency access to reference datasets
Reddit

I suspect most of the downvotes are people hating on comcast because comcast, and that has merit on its own.

5 Tools for Load Testing Your Website & Apps
Reddit

Flappy 2048
Hacker News

My First Job Interview was with a Billionaire
Hacker News

A better way to share github projects - /r/coolgithubprojects
Reddit

Show Proggit: I wrote an HDFS FUSE bindings entirely in C! No libhdfs, no Java -
Reddit

Very nice work, OP.

Martin Fowler about the relationship between programmers, users and the wider society
Reddit

A google software engineer interview question from Glassdoor, dated: Jan 7, 2014
Reddit

Is the problem not to simply convert 9,9,9,9 into a number then add one and convert back to comma delimited?

What I Wish I Knew When Learning Haskell 2.0
Reddit

How Learning to Code Made Me Rich
Reddit

I wrote an article about my experience learning to code when I was 21 and how it changes my life and income.

SOUTH AFRICA

Russia accuses US of 'running the show' in Kiev
Times Live

Russia accuses US of 'running the show' in Kiev AFP | 2014-04-23 11:32:45.0 Masked pro-Russia protesters stand near Ukranian police officers outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine April 22, 2014.

Ukraine resumes offensive, hopes for more US help
Times Live

Ukraine resumes offensive, hopes for more US help Reuters | 2014-04-23 10:07:48.0 The United States will send about 600 US troops to Poland and the three Baltic states to take part in exercises in the coming days to reassure NATO allies following Russia's seizure of the Crimean region from Ukraine, the Pentagon.

South Africa's top 7 challenges in the next 20 years
The New Age

Officially around 25 percent of South Africa's work force is unemployed, though the real figure is likely closer to 40 percent.

Yaya or no-no? A call for a little African football appreciation
Daily Maverick

Yaya Toure is feeling a little bit irked.

Soapbox: Radical economic change should be the focus of this election
Mail & Guardian

What are the 2014 national and provincial elections really about?

Russia will respond if interests attacked in Ukraine: Lavrov
Times Live

"If we are attacked, we would certainly respond," he told state-controlled RT television in an interview.

Graduates lured into crime
The New Age

Nigerian graduates.

Possible Malaysian plane debris found on Australian coast
Times Live

Possible Malaysian plane debris found on Australian coast Reuters | 2014-04-23 12:38:58.0 A South Korean P3 Orion aircraft takes off from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pearce Airbase, near Perth, as it participated in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean.

South African mother held after children's bodies found in London
Times Live

South African mother held after children's bodies found in London TimesLIVE | 2014-04-23 11:01:11.0 Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident at this time Image by: Wikimedia Commons A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three children were found dead at a house in London, British police said on Wednesday.

SANDF needs more money: minister
Times Live

"I don't think government has a choice at this point.

Samwu Eastern Cape will reconsider ANC support in future
Sowetan Live

Wed Apr 23 14:52:11 SAST 2014 Samwu Eastern Cape will reconsider ANC support in future If the ANC does not address municipal workers' issues, Samwu will reconsider its support for the party in the future, the union in the Eastern Cape said on Tuesday.

Provinces want more Sanral: Dipuo Peters
Times Live

Provinces recognised the strengths the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) brought to road maintenance, she told reporters.

Platinum talks seek to end longest South African mine strike
Mail & Guardian

The world's three largest platinum producers are again meeting with union officials to try to end South Africa's longest mining strike after talks on Tuesday following an increased pay offer failed to break the three-month deadlock.

Easter road deaths drop
The New Age

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters.

Big penis, big problem in a marriage: study
Times Live

Big penis, big problem in a marriage: study Times LIVE | 2014-04-23 10:32:16.0 Image by: Gallo Images/Thinkstock A study into marital infidelity has found that longer penises are linked to wives cheating on their spouses.

WhatsApp hits 500 million users
Times Live

When the news first broke that Facebook had snapped up WhatsApp for a scarcely believable $19 billion, reports stated surfacing that the social messaging app's closest rivals had started to see a huge influx of new customers.

WhatsApp hits 500 million users
The New Age

WhatsApp.

Lies and damn lies: The Northern Cape (or looking for votes in all the hot and dry places)
Daily Maverick

The Northern Cape is a sort of inverse of Gauteng.

Consumer price index hit 6% in March
The New Age

Retail outlet.

Midday business snapshot
The New Age

Nedbank.

Don't be voting cattle, warns Tutu
news24

Don't be voting cattle, warns Tutu Cape Town - South Africans should think carefully before they cast their ballots on 7 May, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu warned on Wednesday.

The Cape's top 20 wineries of 2014
Mail & Guardian

The 20 years since South Africa's first democratic elections have been momentous for the country's wine industry.

One killed as violent protests erupt in Rio
Times Live

Angry demonstrators from a slum set ablaze barricades of tires, forcing two main roads closed as they hurled bottles to protest the death of the 25-year-old dancer, whom Brazilian media say was killed after police mistook him for a drug trafficker.

3rd business snapshots
The New Age

Aquarius Platinum mine.

Netanyahu tells Abbas to choose peace partner: Hamas or Israel
Times Live

Delegates from Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas representatives held a fence-mending session on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip, their first since a 2007 conflict in which forces loyal to Western-backed Abbas lost control of the enclave to the militant group, an opponent of peace with Israel.

Renault Sandero: More than meets the eye
Daily Maverick

The Renault Sandero can trace its roots back to Romanian brand Dacia, which started out in the mid-1960s, producing various Renault-based models under licence from the French automaker.

Woman chopped to death as KZN election violence continues
Times Live

While the conflicts were no longer on the scale of that of the 1990s in which thousands of people died, especially in the conflict between the African National Congress and the Inkatha Freedom Party, the province had yet to hold an election without politically-motivated killings.

DA supporters march for jobs in Joburg
news24

More News DA supporters march for jobs in Joburg Johannesburg - Hundreds of Democratic Alliance supporters marched for jobs in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Zuma labels booers 'empty vessels who make the most noise'
Times Live

Zuma labels booers 'empty vessels who make the most noise' Sapa | 2014-04-23 09:01:38.0 ANC President Jacob Zuma at Potchefstroom a day day after the Nkandla report was released by Thuli Madonsela.

AU head staying put
The New Age

ANC national executive committee member Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Brazil passes 'Internet bill of rights' after NSA snoops on president
Times Live

Brazil passes 'Internet bill of rights' after NSA snoops on president AFP | 2014-04-23 13:57:18.0 Image by: PAWEL KOPCZYNSKI / REUTERS Brazil's Congress passed comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy in what some have likened to a web-user's bill of rights, after stunning revelations its own president was targeted by US cyber-snooping.

Right wing crybabies will derail the transformation train
City Press

Right wing crybabies will derail the transformation train Transformation in sport is non-negotiable.

Electoral court to hear DA SMS appeal
news24

More News Electoral court to hear DA SMS appeal (Giordano Stolley, Sapa) Bloemfontein - The Electoral Court will hear argument on Friday in an appeal against a ruling that a DA SMS about President Jacob Zuma 's Nkandla homestead was fair comment.

Probe Sassa tender: corruption watch
Sowetan Live

Wed Apr 23 14:39:32 SAST 2014 Probe Sassa tender: corruption watch "Corruption Watch will urge the police to undertake an investigation into allegations of bribery surrounding the Sassa contract," executive director David Lewis said in a statement.

Op-ed: The telling electoral silence on patriarchy
Daily Maverick

We live in a society where violence is omnipresent.

Longer, greener Range Rover launches in Beijing
The New Age

The new Range Rover.

IEC likens Free State voters to good wine
news24

More News IEC likens Free State voters to good wine Bloemfontein - Voters in the Free State have matured like good wine and were ready for the upcoming national and provincial elections, local IEC officials said on Wednesday.

I am not imposing any 60-40 onto anybody: Mbalula
Times Live

"Talking is not endless, but we need to find each other.

Mbalula says he's not applying 60-40 team quotas
Mail & Guardian

A 60-40 quota favouring black players would not be imposed on anybody, Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula said in Pretoria on Wednesday after meeting three minority groups.

Taxis exceed speed limit - study
news24

Taxis exceed speed limit - study 2014-04-23 22:17 Cape Town The story told in these pages is both immensely readable and endlessly interesting, and is sure to... Now R399.00 buy now Johannesburg - Minibus taxis exceed the speed limit more often than other passenger vehicles, according to a study released on Wednesday.

Official suspended for using public land
news24

Location Settings News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location.

12 held for public violence
news24

Location Settings News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location.

SA mom held for UK murder of 3 children
news24

Location Settings News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location.

8 tons of bricks nicked
news24

Location Settings News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location.

20 years on, Mandela's party faces tough test in SA
Times Live

Rampant corruption and a failure to erase apartheid's enduring legacy of abject poverty have sown social and political discontent in what is one of the most unequal nations on earth.

Twenty years on, Mandela's party faces tough test
The New Age

Nelson Mandela.

Pressure on Vavi to toe line
Times Live

Vavi, despite being critical of government policies and corruption, is required to campaign for the ruling party, in keeping with his federation's long-standing support of the ANC.

Ailing SANDF needs urgent resurrection: defence minister
Times Live

"There is thus an urgent need to comprehensively capacitate and equip the SANDF, rejuvenate and expand its human resource component and fund the operational deployments of the SANDF," she said in Pretoria.

Ailing SANDF needs resuscitation
The New Age

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

South Korea ferry death toll hits 150 as search gets tougher
Times Live

The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul.

Communication key to economy, so cut call costs: Carrim
Times Live

The costs of communicating have to drop, Communications Minister Yunus Carrim said on Wednesday.

Carrim calls for mobile operators to lower costs
Mail & Guardian

The costs of communicating have to drop, Communications Minister Yunus Carrim said on Wednesday.

Two guilty of stabbing, robbing Dali Mpofu
Times Live

Chuma Komeni, 23, and Thulani Simon, 18, attacked Mpofu and stabbed him several times before robbing him of his personal belongings in a bushy area along the Eastern Beach, East London, on April 11 last year.

Mpofu attackers found guilty
news24

Mpofu attackers found guilty 2014-04-23 18:26 East London - Two men were convicted of assaulting prominent human rights lawyer Dali Mpofu by the East London Regional Court on Wednesday.

Two found guilty of Dali Mpofu assault
The New Age

Dali Mpofu.

SA in R25m pact to help Maputo
The New Age

Rhino pledge: The government has pledged R25m to Maputo to combat rhino poaching.

Icasa to decide on EFF's ad complaint
The New Age

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will decide on Thursday whether to hold public hearings over the SABC's decision to "reject" the Economic Freedom Fighters election advert.

Judgment reserved in textbook case
news24

Judgment reserved in textbook case 2014-04-23 19:16 Pretoria - Judgment was reserved on Wednesday on an application to force Limpopo education authorities to deliver outstanding textbooks.

'I do not owe Numsa' : Vavi
The New Age

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

'I do not owe Numsa' says Vavi
Times Live

'I do not owe Numsa' says Vavi Sapa | 2014-04-23 08:41:33.0 Zwelinzima Vavi Image by: Alon Skuy Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has indicated that he does not owe Numsa for its support to have him reinstated at the trade union federation, The Star newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Unity is the only way, says Vavi to Numsa
Mail & Guardian

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has called for unity at the trade union federation's Western Cape office in Cape Town on Tuesday, the Star reported ?on Wednesday.

Climate change makes Everest even more dangerous
Times Live

Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed down onto a group of Sherpa guides on Friday and killed 16 in the deadliest single disaster on Everest.

Costs of communicating have to drop: Carrim
The New Age

The costs of communicating have to drop, Communications Minister Yunus Carrim said on Wednesday.Picture: Gallo Images The costs of communicating have to drop, Communications Minister Yunus Carrim said on Wednesday.

Costs of communicating have to drop: Carrim
The New Age

The costs of communicating have to drop, Communications Minister Yunus Carrim said on Wednesday.Picture: Gallo Images The costs of communicating have to drop, Communications Minister Yunus Carrim said on Wednesday.

Opposition going on and on about Nkandla - Zuma
news24

More News Opposition going on and on about Nkandla - Zuma (Giordano Stolley, Sapa) Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday criticised opposition parties using the Nkandla saga during their electioneering, the SABC reported.

Solidarity urges members to vote
news24

More News Solidarity urges members to vote Johannesburg - The Solidarity Movement urged its members and supporters on Wednesday to vote in the 7 May general election.

DA marches in Johannesburg
The New Age

Hundreds of Democratic Alliance supporters marched for jobs in Johannesburg on Wednesday.Picture: Gallo Images Hundreds of Democratic Alliance supporters marched for jobs in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Land reform process lawful - Zuma
news24

More News Land reform process lawful - Zuma Johannesburg - The land reform process is being done according to the law and the Constitution, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

Chaos as ANC leaders storm out of Scopa inquiry
Mail & Guardian

What would have been an unprecedented moment to hold politicians to account for wasted public funds quickly degenerated into chaos and pure politics even before the actual inquiry began at the Western Cape legislature on Wednesday morning.

Bribery contributes to lawlessness - Peters
news24

Bribery contributes to lawlessness - Peters 2014-04-23 18:26 Pretoria - Bribing traffic officers contributes to the lawlessness on South Africa's roads, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Wednesday.

On the campaign trail: Tears for Msholozi
City Press

On the campaign trail: Tears for Msholozi Tuesday.

Afrikaners 'also believe in economic freedom' - EFF
Mail & Guardian

Afrikaners, including some farmers, also believe in economic freedom, according to an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) communications and media strategist, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

Afrikaners want economic freedom: EFF
Sowetan Live

Wed Apr 23 14:42:53 SAST 2014 Afrikaners want economic freedom: EFF "I believe any South African who has an interest in democracy will be interested in the economic freedom that the EFF seeks.

Afrikaners want economic freedom: EFF
Times Live

Afrikaners want economic freedom: EFF Sapa | 2014-04-23 10:26:43.0 Economic Freedom Fighters' leader Julius Malema at an election rally in the Free State.

Afrikaners want economic freedom - EFF
news24

Kim Heller.

65% of Gauteng youth don't have jobs: Maimane
Times Live

"Twenty years later we can't say we have a good story to tell because people don't have jobs," Maimane told supporters in Johannesburg during a Democratic Alliance march for jobs.

DA: No jobs for most Gauteng youth
news24

DA: No jobs for most Gauteng youth (File, Sapa) Johannesburg - 65% of young people in Gauteng will not find jobs after finishing school, DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday.

DA, EFF deny coalition reports
Mail & Guardian

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters?

No DA, EFF coalition
The New Age

The DA and the EFF on Wednesday denied reports of a possible coalition between them after the May 7 elections.

Awakening: Religion comes back into politics
Daily Maverick

Priests played a key role during Apartheid.

Man arrested for axe attack on gardener he caught in bed with wife
Times Live

Man arrested for axe attack on gardener he caught in bed with wife TimesLIVE | 2014-04-23 10:00:30.0 Image by: Gallo Images/Thinkstock A Bulawayo man was arrested for assaulting his gardener with an axe after catching him in bed with his wife.

Five simple innovations that changed motoring forever
Times Live

In that race, the best a manufacturer can hope for is that it can bring an entirely new innovation to market before any of its competitors do.

Man who killed girlfriend dies in hospital
news24

Man who killed girlfriend dies in hospital 2014-04-23 10:02 Johannesburg - A 29-old-man man who allegedly shot dead his girlfriend after an argument in Zola, Soweto, has died in hospital, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

EFF, SABC face off over ad ban
The New Age

EFF leader Julius Malema.

Man dies in hospital after girlfriend killed
The New Age

Further investigations led to the man's firearm being seized.

Obama dreams of sushi on first night in Tokyo
Times Live

The world's most powerful man, who will be dining with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will be entirely at the mercy of Jiro Ono, whose exacting standards and tireless work ethic have made him legendary among global foodies.

Spoon-bending psychic Geller helps Israelis defy disasters
Times Live

Spoon-bending psychic Geller helps Israelis defy disasters Reuters | 2014-04-23 13:00:18.0 Uri Geller.

Marius Fransman faces sanctions after walking out of Scopa meeting
City Press

Marius Fransman faces sanctions after walking out of Scopa meeting Marius Fransman.

'Disrespectful' ANC leaders walk out of Scopa hearing
Mail & Guardian

Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman and former health MEC Pierre Uys on Wednesday walked out of a provincial standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) hearing on the mismanagement of public funds.

Oklahoma execution halted amid confusion over stay orders
Times Live

Fallin ordered the stay for convicted murderer Clayton Lockett a day after the state Supreme Court issued its own emergency stay for Lockett and a second inmate, Charles Warner, amid legal wrangling over drugs used in lethal injections.

Sloths' guts designed to let them hang upside down: study
Times Live

Sloths' guts designed to let them hang upside down: study AFP | 2014-04-23 10:50:24.0 A sloth hangs from a tree on the outskirts of Colon city.

Zille, Malema dismiss coalition rumours
Times Live

Zille, Malema dismiss coalition rumours Sapa | 2014-04-23 12:56:17.0 Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Helen Zille.

No chance of DA-EFF coalition, say Zille and Malema
City Press

No chance of DA-EFF coalition, say Zille and Malema DA leader Helen Zille.

Nine-year-old sings gospel until kidnapper lets him go
Times Live

Nine-year-old sings gospel until kidnapper lets him go Sapa | 2014-04-23 10:41:27.0 A crucifix.

SANDF soldier convicted of murder
news24

SANDF soldier convicted of murder 2014-04-23 22:17 Johannesburg - An SA National Defence Force border control soldier was convicted of murder by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.

Scopa orders Fransman, Uys to appear
news24

Scopa orders Fransman, Uys to appear 2014-04-23 09:51 Cape Town - Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman and former health MEC Pierre Uys have been summoned to appear before the provincial public accounts committee (Scopa) on Wednesday.

Fransman and Uys summoned to appear at Western Cape Scopa
The New Age

Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman.

Uys, Fransman walk out on Scopa, accuse it of 'political agenda'
Times Live

"They are trying to attack the ANC in the Western Cape because we are making inroads," Uys told Sapa shortly after he and provincial African National Congress leader Marius Fransman walked out of a Scopa hearing on the mismanagement of public funds.

Cops keep asking us for 'cooldrink money': taxis
Times Live

Cops keep asking us for 'cooldrink money': taxis Sapa | 2014-04-23 13:17:13.0 Coca Cola logo.

Platinum talks continue
The New Age

The Amcu was meeting platinum mining companies in a bid to resolve the wage dispute, now in its third month.

Platinum talks continue
The New Age

The Amcu was meeting platinum mining companies in a bid to resolve the wage dispute, now in its third month.

Pentagon shows off life-saving 'Terminator' robot
Times Live

But unlike the cinematic version, the hulking Atlas robot is designed not as a warrior but as a humanitarian machine that would rescue victims in the rubble of a natural disaster, officials said.

Delta navigates nasty winter,tops profit forecast
The New Age

Delta is making more money by filling more seats on its planes and fuel costs inch downward from last year.Picture: Getty Images Delta is making more money by filling more seats on its planes and fuel costs inch downward from last year.

Commuters treat us like animals - taxi drivers
news24

Commuters treat us like animals - taxi drivers 2014-04-23 17:20 Johannesburg - Minibus taxi commuters do not know what they want and often confuse drivers, according to some drivers interviewed on Wednesday.

FNB apologises for offensive tweet
Sowetan Live

Wed Apr 23 14:40:33 SAST 2014 FNB apologises for offensive tweet First National Bank has apologised for an offensive tweet sent on Tuesday from the bank's "FNB Guy" account about a bomb being placed under a paralyzed person's wheelchair in Afghanistan.

Lady Gaga the face of Versace Eyewear
Times Live

Lady Gaga the face of Versace Eyewear AFP Relaxnews | 2014-04-23 11:48:21.0 Lady Gaga is the face of the new Versace Eyewear campaign.

Rapist jailed for life
Sowetan Live

Wed Apr 23 14:39:35 SAST 2014 Rapist jailed for life Aubrey Sibongiseni Fakude, 28, was found guilty in the Nelspruit Regional Court earlier in the day.

Uncle arrested after boy decapitated, buried
news24

Uncle arrested after boy decapitated, buried 2014-04-23 11:38 Cape Town The story told in these pages is both immensely readable and endlessly interesting, and is sure to... Now R399.00 buy now Cape Town - A 21-year-old man has been arrested in Cape Town after the decapitated body of his 4-year-old nephew was found in a shallow grave.

The things you do for love
news24

The things you do for love 2014-04-23 07:30 Everyone was dressed in their Sunday finest.

FNB disciplinary process under way over Steve bomb tweet
Times Live

FNB disciplinary process under way over Steve bomb tweet Sapa | 2014-04-23 15:45:22.0 Users who sign up to receive an account's Twitter Alerts will receive a notification directly to their phone for tweets marked as alerts from certain senders.

Zim govt says it won't seize foreign investment capital
Mail & Guardian

Zimbabwe will not take any foreign investment capital as part of its controversial indigenisation policy, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said on Tuesday.

Watch: You just can't keep a good honey badger in
Times Live

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Train jumps tracks in Congo, at least 30 dead
Times Live

Train jumps tracks in Congo, at least 30 dead Sapa-AP | 2014-04-23 15:52:45.0 Train tracks.

Afghan election result delayed due to fraud probe
Times Live

Afghan election result delayed due to fraud probe AFP | 2014-04-23 09:44:58.0 Minister Abdullah Abdullah in the lead after half of the ballots were counted.

DA to offer small Gauteng businesses R1 rent
Times Live

DA to offer small Gauteng businesses R1 rent Sapa | 2014-04-23 14:23:09.0 A rand coin Image by: Sunday Times Small, innovative businesses will pay R1 for rent under the DA in Gauteng, premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said.

Small businesses to pay R1 rent - DA
news24

More News Small businesses to pay R1 rent - DA (File, Sapa) Johannesburg - Small, innovative businesses will pay R1 for rent under the DA in Gauteng, premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday.

Rea Vaya to connect inner city, Alexandra, Sandton
Times Live

Rea Vaya to connect inner city, Alexandra, Sandton LEHLOHONOLO TAU | 2014-04-23 11:39:50.0 A Rea Vaya bus.

Sekunjalo revenue up seven percent
Sowetan Live

Wed Apr 23 14:51:51 SAST 2014 Sekunjalo revenue up seven percent Empowerment company Sekunjalo Investments on Tuesday posted interim results showing a seven percent increase in group revenue.

The road to democracy is paved with promises
City Press

The road to democracy is paved with promises Before every election, the residents of Mgezankamba, the home village of Mondli Makhanya , are reminded of all the tangible rewards of democracy.

Commuters 'undermine us, fart on our seats': taxi driver
Times Live

Commuters 'undermine us, fart on our seats': taxi driver Sapa | 2014-04-23 14:33:37.0 Minibus taxi driver Zakes Hadebe is reflected in his rearview mirror during his first run of the day ferrying passengers from Soweto township to central Johannesburg February 21, 2014.

Platinum producers, AMCU to meet
Sowetan Live

Wed Apr 23 14:49:49 SAST 2014 Platinum producers, AMCU to meet Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Implats have presented Amcu with the new offer in a bid to end the three-month-long strike in the platinum sector.

Platinum bosses, Amcu talks still underway
The New Age

Anglo American Platinum.

Police investigating mosque abuse suspect
The New Age

Evaton police have confirmed to ANN7 that they are investigating a Tanzanian accused of child abuse in a mosque.Picture: Gallo Images ANN7 Reporter Evaton police have confirmed to ANN7 that they are investigating a Tanzanian accused of child abuse in a mosque.

Woman shoots husband, mistaking him for burglar
news24

Woman shoots husband, mistaking him for burglar 2014-04-23 09:46 Bloemfontein - A Free State woman appeared in court on Tuesday following an incident in which she accidentally shot her husband after mistaking him for a burglar.

Potholes damaging our vehicles - taxi drivers
news24

Potholes damaging our vehicles - taxi drivers 2014-04-23 20:38 Johannesburg - Orange Farm minibus taxi drivers are battling to maintain their vehicles because of potholes in the area, taxi operators complained on Wednesday.

Undercover cops nab smash-and-grab suspects
news24

Undercover cops nab smash-and-grab suspects 2014-04-23 22:17 Johannesburg - Five men linked to smash-and-grab robberies in Braamfontein have been arrested, the Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) said on Wednesday.

Watch: Football spectators spooked by ghostly figure
Times Live

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Watch: Taiwan's sex themed restaurant achieves market penetration
Times Live

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Woman kills son with machete over minor disagreement
Times Live

Woman kills son with machete over minor disagreement TimesLIVE | 2014-04-23 10:33:56.0 Panga Machete.

Shortage of cancer drugs halts treatment at Joburg hospital
Times Live

Shortage of cancer drugs halts treatment at Joburg hospital Sapa | 2014-04-23 11:56:24.0 Patients in the central corridor of Charlotte Maxeke Academic Johannesburg Hospital.

Woman shoots husband after he blowtorches gate open
Times Live

Woman shoots husband after he blowtorches gate open Sapa | 2014-04-23 16:35:43.0 Image by: Gallo Images/ Thinkstock Attempted murder charges were withdrawn against a Free State pharmacist who allegedly shot her husband after mistaking him for an intruder.

Charges against woman who shot husband withdrawn
news24

Charges against woman who shot husband withdrawn 2014-04-23 19:16 Johannesburg - Attempted murder charges were withdrawn against a Free State pharmacist who allegedly shot her husband after mistaking him for an intruder, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

Watch: Getting humans onto Mars
Times Live

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Call for probe into stolen rhino horns
Sowetan Live

Call for probe into stolen rhino horns Mpumalanga community safety MEC Vusi Shongwe on Tuesday called for a high-level investigation into the disappearance of about 40 rhino horns.

UNITED KINGDOM

Tony Blair Says Forget The People Of Ukraine, Let's Side With Putin And Fight Radical Islam
Huffington Post News

Tony Blair will urge the West today to reach out to Vladimir Putin in the fight against radical Islam, despite the Russian president's militant stance over Ukraine.

Blair warns West over radical Islam
BBC Politics

23 April 2014 Last updated at 10:22 Tony Blair: 'West should focus on radical Islam' Mr Blair told the BBC it would be a "mistake" to "forget" about the threat of radical Islam Tony Blair has warned Western leaders they must put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the threat of Islamic extremism.

Tony Blair's speech calling for global drive to fight Islamist extremism - reaction: Politics live blog
Guardian Politics

Say what you like about Tony Blair - and a quick glance at Twitter this morning shows that people do - but you can't fault him of lack of ambition.

Tony Blair: west must take sides against growing threat of radical Islam
Guardian Politics

Link to video: Tony Blair: radical Islam threat 'spreading' Western military intervention in the Middle East has so far failed due to the distorting impact of an Islamic extremism so opposed to modernity that it could yet engender global catastrophe, Tony Blair warned on Wednesday in a keynote speech on the state of politics in the Middle East.

Tony Blair's Middle East speech should prick consciences and spur action
Guardian Comment

Tony Blair speaking at Bloomberg in London today.

Tony Blair is completely wrong about Russia
Lib Dem Blogs

Tony Blair is completely wrong about Russia 23 April 2014 by Nick Leave a Comment Blair is on one of his very occasional visits to these fair isles, this time round to give a speech at Bloomberg about the threat of radical Islam.

The 65th Best Parliament in the World for Women
Huffington Post Blog

From the ages of four to eleven, primary school sports days marked a low point in every slightly-chubby child's life.

Is the UK becoming more productive?
Robert Peston

23 April 2014 Last updated at 11:03 Is the UK becoming more productive?

East Belfast MP claims Alliance party is target of sinister campaign
Guardian Politics

East Belfast MP Naomi Long.

Where's NotaSheep?
Not a sheep

In case you are wondering what's happened to me, Mrs NotaSheep has taken me away for a surprise very long Easter break.

This war on 'Islamism' only fuels hatred and violence
Guardian Comment

Tony Blair speaks at Bloomberg in London on 23 April.

Tony Blair, the Violent Islamist's Best Friend
Huffington Post Blog

I wanted to begin this piece with the sentence "Tony Blair is back".

Tony Blair spoke the truth about Islamism. But not the whole truth
Spectator Coffee House

As so often (in my opinion) Tony Blair is almost right.

Strengthening the anti-fascist movement in Greece
Open Democracy

An anti-fascist festival in Athens earlier this month brought activists from across Greece and Europe together to build solidarity and co-ordinate resistance against Golden Dawn.

The April TaxCast from the Tax Justice Network
Tax Research UK

The April 2014 TaxCast from the Tax Justice Network is out.

Tony Blair: EXTREMISM WARNING
Huffington Post News

Tony Blair resurfaced today to warn about the growing threat from radical Islamism.

UKIP row over 'confusing' rival name
BBC Politics

23 April 2014 Last updated at 14:37 UKIP angry over 'confusing' Euro election name First we had the candidate for the "Literal Democrats".

HOW DO YOU CRUSH AN IDEOLOGY CALLED SHARIA?
A Tangled Web

By David Vance On April 23rd, 2014 Oh my.

Interesting report
A Tangled Web

By The Troll On April 23rd, 2014 A report that is not being discussed in the American Press.

Candidate Support Service - Don't be an April Fool
Lib Dem Blogs

Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014 ALDC is here to help our 2014 candidates In just 24 hours nominations will have closed for the local and european elections on May 22nd.

In Hock to the Oligarchs?
Standpoint

While Vladimir Putin was busy annexing Crimea, a civil servant was photographed arriving in Downing Street with a document that said Britain should "not support, for now, trade sanctions" as response to the Crimea crisis and that it would be a mistake to "close London's financial centre to Russians".

NO BORDERS MEANS NO NATION
A Tangled Web

By David Vance On April 23rd, 2014 If ever you needed proof that the UK can ONLY regain control over its borders by LEAVING the UK, have a read o f this one; Border guards have been banned from asking EU nationals how long they intend to stay in the UK or even what they plan to do here.

If the UK is serious about the digital economy, we need to stay in the EU
Labour Uncut

by Callum Anderson Just in my life time, the way we communicate both with our friends and family, as well as, perhaps more significantly, in the work place, has changed dramatically.

Tony Blair Told 'Shortcuts Cannot Be Taken With Guns And Missiles' After Demanding Intervention, Again
Huffington Post News

Tony Blair has come under fire after demanding, yet again, that the West intervene in Syria and simultaneously forget about international tensions over Ukraine, to instead focus on the "growing" danger of religious extremism.

Sixty-second bulletin: Why Ukraine is dividing the CIA and the Pentagon
Telegraph Blogs

The first of my 60-second video bulletins gives you a (very) quick guide to the foreign policy mess created by simultaneous crises in Syria and Ukraine.

Chechnya, Crimea, and Western Realpolitik
New Left Project

In a recent Guardian article Tariq Ali described the contrasting reaction of the West to the largely bloodless Russian takeover of the Crimea and Putin's brutal war in Chechnya in the early 2000s.

Sudanese university students demand a campus free of violence
Open Democracy

Students share their strike demands with a wider public at a press conference at the University of Khartoum, April 10, 2014.

British East Asian Artists cheer on Somi Guha's Top Gear racism complaint & BBC apology
Madam Miaow

BRITISH EAST ASIAN ARTISTS PRESS RELEASE 23RD APRIL 2014 British East Asian Artists congratulate Somi Guha for winning an apology from the BBC over racism Doubts remain about contradictory BBC statement The British East Asian Artists group (BEAA) are supporting actor Somi Guha's formal complaint to the BBC for the broadcast of racist material and are delighted to see that this has resulted today in an apology from Top Gear's Executive Producer, Andy Wilman.

As the Yes side rises in the polls, Scotland prepares for a Neverendum
Spectator Coffee House

I suspect I might be one of the Scottish journalists Iain Martin considers keen to make a melodrama from the independence referendum .

What we so desperately need is government for the interests of the many
Tax Research UK

You could dismiss one report in the Guardian this morning as being of minor concern.

The search for an English politics of identity, locality and democracy
LabourList

The debate about nationhood will finish on September 18 th .

Daily Mail on top form
Mark Wadsworth

Three disabled children have been found dead at their home and a 43-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

What should the political parties promise on education in 2015?
Policy Exchange

All political parties are passionate about education as a vehicle to spreading opportunity and enabling young people to fulfil their potential.

Most of the counting following the May 22nd local elections will take place the following day
Political Betting

The latest information 68 councils intend to count overnight and 93 to start counting on Friday.

The public are more concerned about inequality than either immigration, cutting taxes or curbing benefits
Left Foot Forward

New polling found that 76 per cent of voters think big businesses has too much power over the government, reports Luke Hildyard Last week a study from Princeton University was published analysing 1,800 policies enacted in the United States between 1981 and 2002.

RAF Typhoons Chase Off Two Russian Surveillance Planes Detected Off Coast Of Scotland
Huffington Post News

A pair of Russian surveillance planes flew close to UK airspace on Wednesday, forcing the RAF to scramble jet fighters.

Opinion: Manufacturing is a growing sector in the UK and EU membership is vital.
Lib Dem Blogs

By Liz Lynne | Wed 23rd April 2014 - 10:43 am Manufacturing has been something I have been passionate about for years now.

To make housing affordable requires more than tinkering around the edges
Guardian Comment

'Building more houses would reduce the price of existing ones, and hence in itself would make the UK a less unequal society.

Another Labour bust up in Gateshead
The Potter Blogger

There appears to have been yet another bust up in the Labour party in Gateshead, this time in Saltwell, the ward of the Labour Leader Mick Henry, so my contacts inform me.

Hit the Fossil Fuel Industry Where it Hurts: Science
New Left Project

There was another one of those International Panel on Climate Change reports published last weekend.

Asylum housing badly managed - MPs
BBC Politics

24 April 2014 Last updated at 00:59 Asylum housing scheme 'badly managed', say MPs Housing provided to asylum seekers was not of the required standard, MPs concluded A "badly managed" Home Office scheme resulted in asylum seekers being placed in "unacceptably poor" housing, the Public Accounts Committee has said.

David Cameron in St George's Day plea
Telegraph Politics

In a televised message, David Cameron said it was possible to be proud of the individual nations in the United Kingdom while remaining committed to the union.

Parliament and the City - Still Male Clubs - Time to do Something Mr Cameron, dear.
Huffington Post Blog

Our democracy relies uncomfortably on rituals, but one that should be dropped is the unenlightening and unedifying spectacle that is Prime Minister's questions.

Iraq War Chilcot Report Should Be Published Immediately, Says Ex-Blair Attorney General Lord Morris
Huffington Post News

A former minister in Tony Blair's government has said the report of the official inquiry into the Iraq War must be published immediately, after prolonged delays.

Climbing Everest is the peak of hubris
Guardian Comment

Climbers make their way to camp 2 on Mount Everest: 'As conditions are made safe for these blithe cretins they become more dangerous for Sherpas'.

8 Seats Boris Johnson Could Return To Parliament From In 2015
Huffington Post News

Tennis - AEGON Championships 2013 - Day Seven - The Queen's Club Boris Johnson (centre) takes part in a celebrity tennis match in aid of the Royal Marsden Hospital at The Queen's Club, London.

Boris: To run or not to run?
BBC Politics

23 April 2014 Last updated at 18:31 Boris Johnson's fudges are approaching sell-by date By Chris Mason Political correspondent, BBC News They are some of the biggest questions in politics.

Boris Johnson told to announce his intentions for next election
Guardian Politics

Friends of Boris Johnson say he thinks it is possible to combine the job of mayor and MP.

London borough elections: Britain's other other country
Guardian Comment

Westminster's insular punditry is waking up to the fact that this is, already, a disunited kingdom.

Clegg wife: Childcare takes cojones
BBC Politics

23 April 2014 Last updated at 18:10 Caring men have more 'cojones', Nick Clegg's wife Miriam says Nick Clegg took paternity leave when son Miguel was born in 2009 Men who believe in gender equality and look after their children have "the most cojones", Nick Clegg's wife has has said.

Technophobes? No, being wary of innovation is a natural human response
Guardian Comment

'What will be the consequences for the next generation of growing up more used to talking through their fingertips rather than lips?

Cornish people formally declared a national minority along with Scots, Welsh and Irish
Cornish Republican

It's not that Cornwall became part of England, it's just that the English forgot Cornwall was not part of their country.

Diary: Boris's legendary sense of humour gets lost in the smog
Guardian Politics

One of the illustrations thoroughly un-endorsed by the mayor of London.

Britain is both a Christian country and not
Telegraph Blogs

Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire.

Tories admit Brown tweet 'mistake'
BBC Politics

23 April 2014 Last updated at 18:27 Tories admit 'mistake' over Gordon Brown joke tweet By Ross Hawkins Political correspondent, BBC News Labour said the use of the mocked-up image showed a lack of judgement The Conservatives have admitted making a "mistake" when they tweeted a picture of Gordon Brown attending a World War II memorial service to make a joke.

THE ALMIGHTY STATE!
A Tangled Web

By David Vance On April 23rd, 2014 Did you read this one?

Has a lack of trust and information led to stalemate in the Scottish independence battle?
survation

Blog Has a lack of trust and information led to stalemate in the Scottish independence battle?

The coalition is slowly terminating the social contract
Left Foot Forward

We need to talk about our rights as members of the public rather than letting corporations define them, writes Matt Hawkins What did Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Paine, and Tony Benn all have in common?

Agency: banking system in independent Scotland risks Iceland-style meltdown
Guardian Politics

Two women take a selfie in Lerwick, a town closer to Oslo than London.

Ukip MEPs Voted Against Ivory Trade Clampdown In European Parliament
Huffington Post News

Ukip has been branded "morally repugnant" after it emerged the party's MEPs - including Nigel Farage - voted against a resolution designed to combat the illegal ivory trade in Europe.

People of Scotland vote yes, and set us English free
Guardian Comment

'The English are looking at the benefits that devolution has brought the Scots and asking why they are not able to enjoy the same.

QUIZ: Name the 11 Liberal MPs in this 1967 photograph
Liberal England

Twelve Liberal MPs were elected at the 1966 general election.

Opinion: Britain needs jobs, not UKIP/Tory insults
Lib Dem Voice

Over 4 million British jobs depend on exports to the Single Market.

Ukip Can Do Dave a Huge Favour - By Winning!
Huffington Post Blog

The Ukip poster campaign, in all its crudity, shows that however much Nigel Farage tries to differentiate himself from conventional, professional politicians, he really is one of us after all.

Well-being is more than a side-show to neoliberal economics
Open Democracy

Well-being should not be placed outside the economic sphere, in the box marked 'fluffy things'.

Iain Duncan Smith warns over costs of Scottish welfare pledges
Guardian Politics

Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary.

Labour – There's a lot to protest about in Sefton!
The Potter Blogger

There have been a quite a number of public protests in recent years across the Borough of Sefton against things like:- The Post Office closure programme pursued under the last Labour Government which saw Maghull and Lydiate having 4 Post Offices axed:- Below are Lib Dem protestors fighting for the former Coronation Road Post Road Post Office in Lydiate.

A Very British Murder...
Ambush Predator

And the killer is hardly a "Frenchman" in the Inspector Maigret sense of the word.

The paradox of religion and rights
Open Democracy

While religion is foundational to human rights, it is also problematic.

The Blood is The Life 23-04-2014
The Potter Blogger

Page generated Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 12:46 pm

Nigel Farage takes his message to the country
Telegraph Politics

But it is also, Farage points out, the constituency of David Blunkett, who as Labour home secretary oversaw the immigration policy which - as Farage puts its - left the door open to 400 million Europeans.

Ideas for 23-24 April
Guardian Comment

Welcome to You Tell Us, the thread on which you can share your ideas for topics we should be covering right now on Comment is free.

Public finance bulletin: April 2014
Intitute for Fiscal Studies

Six random lessons of the David Moyes debacle
Spiked Online

Liberal Democrats will treat vulnerable residents as a priority
Lib Dem Blogs

In the run up to the local and European elections many residents in our seven town centres will be making the decision as to how they might vote.

Captain America 2: Marvel without the MacGuffins
Spiked Online

Weeping for Peaches: ersatz grief gone mad
Spiked Online

Toby Young vs The Blob
Spiked Online

CPP Co-Director Rachel Griffith wins prestigious Birgit Grodal Prize
Economic and Social Research Council

Rachel Griffith, Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy, has been awarded the prestigious Birgit Grodal Prize.

Ancient Lives, New Discoveries: unwrapping the mystery of mummies
Spiked Online

Overrated: Edward Snowden
The Commentator

Anyone who has seen The Bourne Identity, or the many similar Hollywood films, finds the Edward Snowden saga familiar.

Lorely Burt to support female entrepreneurs
Lib Dem Blogs

Vince Cable has appointed Lorely Burt to a new role aimed at promoting and supporting female entrepreneurs.

Tony Blair: radical Islam threat 'spreading' - video
Guardian Politics

Here's How Ed Miliband Can Deflect Tory Smears
Huffington Post News

Nick Clegg's delusion about winning the debate on Europe | @guardianletters
Guardian Politics

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and Ukip leader Nigel Farage take part in a debate over Britain's future in the European Union.

Deputy PM's wife: men who care for children have more cojones - video
Guardian Politics

Education: Our Competitive Challenge with Christopher Pyne, Australian Minister of Education
Policy Exchange

Policy Exchange is delighted to be hosting the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education for the Australian federal government and Leader of the House, on a high quality and autonomous education.

UKIP, England and St George
LabourList

Labour tends to view UKIP like Nelson viewed the signal at the Battle of Copenhagen.

Why attacking Ukip's 'racist' campaigning is counter-productive
Guardian Comment

Ukip campaign poster: 'blue-collar voters are feeling cut out of our political conversation and threatened by the exact type of immigration Ukip billboards are magnifying.

Most Ukip supporters are in favour of gay marriage. Yes, you read that right
Telegraph Blogs

Ukip's Facebook page There's a Ukip party election broadcast tonight, but somehow I doubt it will feature the following statistic, reported by my colleague John Bingham : according to Ipsos MORI , most people planning to vote Ukip support gay marriage.

Christians are scared because they are the hated majority
Telegraph Blogs

Christians have a tough role model to emulate Almost 60 per cent of Britons call themselves Christians .

Loathing Made Apparent.
Old Rightie

Obamas At War.

What does the sacking of Davie Moyes say about us?
Socialist Unity

Imagine being Davie Moyes right now, having your face splashed across the media for days in the wake of your very public dismissal from the biggest job in football, evidence of your failure analysed, dissected, and held up for the entire world to ponder and gloat over.

Tom Watson boasts about all-male Labour campaign team
Lib Dem Blogs

Labour are always quick to criticise the Lib Dems for their lack of diversity, but this campaign team so gleefully shown off by Tom Watson hardly looks particularly diverse.

By Claim of Right
Huffington Post Blog

As the old saying goes, every dog has it's day, and for the people of Scotland that comes on 18 September this year.

A Spanner in the Works
Huffington Post Blog

Get UK Politics Newsletters: Modern life depends on IT.

Lib Dems 'won't back minority rule'
BBC Politics

23 April 2014 Last updated at 17:00 Lib Dems 'won't back Tory or Labour minority rule' Please turn on JavaScript.

Will the Lib Dems enter another coalition?
Spectator Coffee House

Will the Lib Dems enter another coalition?

Lib Dems 'to fight for EU cause'
BBC Politics

24 April 2014 Last updated at 01:13 European elections: Lib Dems 'to fight for EU cause' Nick Clegg will pledge to speak "loudly, passionately and unequivocally" against "isolationists" when he launches the Liberal Democrat campaign for the European elections.

Allison Pearson: Wishy-washy Anglicans like me should speak up for the Church
Telegraph Comment

Then, the vicar said something that was truly shocking.

Syria: when representational violence is as ruthless as political violence
Open Democracy

The way violence in Syria has been represented in the international media has sadly run in parallel with the spiralling political violence.

Who do they think they are?
Progress Online

Who do they think they are?

STILL THE WONDER OF THE WORLD!
A Tangled Web

By Pete Moore On April 23rd, 2014 At least 1,000 hospital patients are dying needlessly each month from dehydration and poor care by doctors and nurses, according to a NHS study.

Ukip MEP William Dartmouth 'Hypocrite' Over Wind Turbines, Warns Tory Rival
Huffington Post News

Ukip MEP William Dartmouth "will have to accept the label of hypocrite" for failing to make clear that he will not benefit from a potential onshore wind farm project in Yorkshire, critics have warned.

Paul Sykes: the man spending millions to make Ukip's posters visible from space
Guardian Politics

Paul Sykes: 'You'll see this campaign from the moon before long.

Pupil Premium rise this month
Lib Dem Blogs

Liberal Democrats in government have really focused on providing the Pupil Premium for schools to help ensure that more pupils are able to achieve higher standards.

Hundreds of British workers 'apply to be Nigel Farage's PA'
Telegraph Politics

It identified the employer as Ukip, which it described as ''a Eurosceptic right-wing populist political party in the United Kingdom''.

Nigel Farage Gets Hundreds Of Brits Applying To Be His Assistant
Huffington Post News

Hundreds of British workers have come forward to challenge Nigel Farage's claim that only his German wife is capable of doing the job of being his assistant, an employment agency has said.

Fake job ad for Nigel Farage PA gets hundreds of responses
Guardian Politics

Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader.

200 girls are missing in Nigeria so why doesn't anybody care?
Guardian Comment

Soldiers stand guard in front of the school in Chibok, Nigeria, where 200 students were abducted last week.

Language isn't what it used to be (British Sign Language - that is)
Economic and Social Research Council

23 April 2014 Awareness about the changing use of language isn't just limited to speakers of English, who may lament the loss of old words and the inclusion of new words like 'selfie' in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Leaking more gas than Wales consumes
Syniadaw

I thought I'd re-post this article from this evening's Channel 4 News on Williston, North Dakota, the centre of the current boom in fracking in the USA.

Three steps forward
Adam Smith Institute

In today's City AM I outline a fairly simple growth agenda that would, I think, deliver very strong growth without requiring tax cuts (which are very important, but seem to be politically dead in the water right now).

Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr Cameron?
Guido Fawkes

Bill Quango MP says: Westminster-On-Sea The Home Guard platoon.

Why is Westminster, unlike Washington, still intoxicated by the cult of youth?
Telegraph Politics

So Warren is becoming a problem for Clinton.

Public Sector Finances, March 2014
Office for National Statistics

Latest figures This is the first provisional estimate of the complete financial year 2013/14, this will be revised as more data becomes available.

Rana Plaza: the price of indifference
Guardian Comment

Early in the morning a year ago today , around 2,200 workers employed by various brands at the garment factory in the Rana Plaza in the Savar district of Dhaka gathered anxiously outside the building.

National Minority status for the Cornish - a massive Lib Dem win and a win for Cornwall
A Lanson Boy

Tomorrow, the government will announce that National Minority Status has been given to the Cornish people, under the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

CORNISH SECURE NATIONAL MINORITY STATUS
Cllr Dick Cole

Fantastic news.

Moyes' message
Stumbling and Mumbling

Some (female) tweeters have expressed exasperation at the amount of coverage given to David Moyes' sacking .

Campaigning MP told her husband 'did not die like a battery hen'
Telegraph Politics

Following widespread publicity around her criticisms, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board asked an independent panel to examine the care given to Mr Roberts before his death.

Jamaica Inn was not only mumbly, the Cornish accents were ropey, too
Guardian Comment

Matthew McNulty and Jessica Brown Findlay in Jamaica Inn.

Classic Car Show at Rotary Fields, Purley, June 22
Inside Croydon

After a resounding success last year, the Croydon Classic Car Show is back in 2014.

Majority of Conservative and Ukip voters back gay marriage - poll
Telegraph Politics

When the same question was asked in 1975, support for gay marriage stood at just 16 per cent, with 53 per cent against.

David Cameron: Zacchaeus Reborn?
Huffington Post Blog

This is definitely not the last we will hear of David Cameron's evangelical Christian faith.

The World's First E-Cig Ban In Private Homes?
Dick Puddlecote

Do these people know how ridiculous they look?

Blairites, Valls and Renzi, offer little hope for Eurozone
Left Futures

Blairites, Valls and Renzi, offer little hope for Eurozone Valls and Renzi, the new prime ministers of France and Italy respectively, have made clear their respect for Blair and their intention to follow his example.

No more onshore wind farms if Conservatives win 2015 election
Telegraph Politics

But no more onshore turbines would be put in place beyond that, Michael Fallon, the energy minister, will say.

Councillors Advice Centre - Thursday 24th April
Lib Dem Blogs

Meols Ward Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, Nigel Ashton and David Rimmer, together with local candidate Jo Barton, are holding their next advice centre in Churchtown.

General attacks Nigel Farage over burning flag poster
Telegraph Politics

The poster, unveiled by Mr Farage in Sheffield yesterday, shows a Union Flag with a burning hole in the centre, revealing the EU's blue and gold stars.

Class-based college admissions are no magic wand for keeping schools diverse
Guardian Comment

Every blow to affirmative action sends people casting about desperately for alternatives.

I already miss those autobahns, but it's time to go home
The Last Ditch

I already miss those autobahns, but it's time to go home How does such an orderly and compliant society as Germany come to be the last one to allow its citzens to use their intelligence to decide how fast to drive?

Do you want to comment on Liverpool's bus lanes?
Lib Dem Blogs

If you want to comment on the effects of the suspension of bus lanes in Liverpool, you've only got a few more days to do it.

The launch of Policy Exchange's new Black and Minority Ethnic Research Unit
Policy Exchange

We are delighted to invite you to a drinks reception to celebrate the launch of Policy Exchange's Black and Minority Ethnic Research Unit, including a speech from Rt Hon David Lammy MP.

Ukip and Nigel Farage set to be beaten by Ed Miliband
Telegraph Blogs

Photo: PAUL GROVER A quick thought on Ukip.

Women are under represented
Lib Dem Blogs

I have decided to express publicly some concerns I feel about local democracy.

No matter what the Boy Scouts claim, my lesbian moms were role models
Guardian Comment

Last week, on Good Friday, the Boy Scouts of America revoked the charter of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church, because its Scoutmaster, Geoffrey McGrath, is gay, and the Church refused to fire him.

The truth about Ukip's immigration billboards
Lib Dem Blogs

Yesterday Ukip published billboards designed to scare people about the impact that being in Europe has on immigration.

"Methinks I am a prophet new inspired And thus expiring do foretell of him: His rash fierce blaze of..."
The Potter Blogger

1 note April 23, 2014 Methinks I am a prophet new inspired And thus expiring do foretell of him: His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last, For violent fires soon burn out themselves; Small showers last long, but sudden storms are short; He tires betimes that spurs too fast betimes; With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder: Light vanity, insatiate cormorant, Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.

Local elections 2014: LGiU Live Coverage
Local Government Information Unit

Local elections 2014: LGiU Live Coverage Posted by Lizzie Greenhalgh on April 23, 2014 The LGiU and our guest contributors will be live blogging during the 2014 Local Elections on 22 May and throughout the counts the next day.

Stop! No more holiday photos, please
The Media Blog

There is very little in this life more tedious than being taken through somebody else's holiday photos.

House of Commons Westminster Hall
UK Parliament Forthcoming Events

Parliamentary business for Thursday 1 May 2014 Time Business 1.30pm - 4.30pm (i) Second Report of the Welsh Affairs Committee: The impact of changes to housing benefit in Wales, HC 159, 2013-14 (ii) Third Report of the Welsh Affairs Committee: The Work Programme in Wales, HC 264, 2013-14 Future Parliamentary business is provisional and is subject to change.

Removing Military Bases From Yemen's Cities
Huffington Post Blog

On Tuesday 6 August, Reuters reported a military helicopter shot down by rebels thought also to have attacked Yemen's primary oil pipeline.

Where Could Gove be Going?
Guido Fawkes

Conversation in Westminster never seems more than two minutes away from reshuffle speculation, with attention focusing on the weeks after the European elections.

Unlikely causes of acid rain, part 94: Ammonia
Mark Wadsworth

Cows and sheep release 37 per cent of the world's methane, which is 23 times as warming as CO2.... Yup, that would appear to be true.

Scottish independence and civic nationalism | @guardianletters
Guardian Politics

I cannot be the only reader mystified by Tom Morton's referring to "civic nationalism" as a "myth" ( I believe in solidarity with folk living south of Carlisle , 22 April).

Nigel Farage, if your wife really is answering your emails at midnight, shame on you
Telegraph Politics

During the televised debates recently, we learned to feel sorry for Farage's wife!

Pyongyang Style Unionist Propaganda
Craig Murray

by craig on April 23, 2014 1:25 pm in Uncategorized The unionists were worried that the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn might remind Scots of their national history.

Why I have little sympathy for the Buddha tattoo tourist
Guardian Comment

A monk by a Buddha statue in Gal Vihara, Sri Lanka.

St Mary's Road update.
The Potter Blogger

The state of St Mary's Road is one of the things people raise with us most often.

Policy Unpacked #4 - Rethinking post-crash economics
The Potter Blogger

Since the Global Financial Crisis questions have been asked about the adequacy of dominant approaches to economic analysis.

Google+ hangout: Does God have a place in our politics?
Telegraph Politics

In this week's hangout we ask if God's time has come, what's bringing Britain's Christians out of the closet, and is it a healthy thing?

A GRIZZLY FATE?
A Tangled Web

By David Vance On April 23rd, 2014 Truth?

The female 'confidence gap' is a sham
Guardian Comment

Despite an ongoing, glaring lack of equality for women in culture and in policy, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman's new book , The Confidence Code, argues that what's truly holding women back is their own self-doubt.

What Shakespeare and Farage Have in Common
Huffington Post Blog

I once sat next to Nigel Farage during his umpteenth appearance on Question Time , the programme that helped make him a household name.

I spoke too soon! A fine example of BBC bias by omission
Not a sheep

As I blogged earlier I was going to have a bit more time away from blogging but then I took a quick look at the BBC website...

Caroline backs firefighters against austerity and privatisation
Caroline Lucas

BLOG Caroline backs firefighters against austerity and privatisation 23 April 2014 I recently met firefighters at Preston Circus to support their fight against proposed cuts and the potential privatisation of vital emergency services.

Unleashing Innovation with Matt Ridley, Author of "The Rational Optimist"
Policy Exchange

The dividing lines for the next General Election are already clear.

Liberal Democrat Newswire 46 is out: how Jeremy Browne is copying Lembit Opik
The Potter Blogger

Edition #46 of Liberal Democrat Newswire came out last week, including pieces looking at the Liberal Democrat prospects in May, how polling on the EU is turning out rather well for pro-Europeans and the unlikely choice of Lembit Opik as a role model by Jeremy Browne.

Ofsted hunt for Islamist 'infiltration' was harrowing says headteacher
Guardian Politics

A Birmingham headteacher whose school was among 18 in the city inspected as part of an investigation into alleged infiltration by Muslim fundamentalists has described the experience as harrowing.

We're really not sure. But we definitely know.
Mark Wadsworth

From the BBC , a couple of days ago: For most of the 20th Century crime rose and rose and rose.

From another age
Bishop Hill

Sheila Jasanoff is reckoned one of the great thinkers about science and technology and her writings therefore tend to command instant interest.

Do Ipswich Tories really want new homes built?
Alasdair Ross

Tory bloggers have been very quick today to pick up on the interview our local paper did with departing Tory councillor for Rushmere, Judy Terry.

House of Commons Main Chamber - Adjournment
UK Parliament Forthcoming Events

Parliamentary business for Thursday 8 May 2014 Time Business 9.30am Oral Questions Transport, including Topical Questions; Leader of the House and the House of Commons Commission Business Statement Leader of the House Consideration of any Lords amendments Backbench Business Subject to be announced Adjournment Subject to be announced Future Parliamentary business is provisional and is subject to change.

House of Commons Main Chamber - Adjournment
UK Parliament Forthcoming Events

Parliamentary business for Wednesday 7 May 2014 Time Business 11.30am Oral Questions Scotland 12pm Prime Minister's Question Time Ten Minute Rule Motion Smoke Alarms (Private Rented Sector) - Mr Nick Raynsford Consideration of any Lords amendments Adjournment Subject to be announced Future Parliamentary business is provisional and is subject to change.

House of Commons Main Chamber - Oral Questions
UK Parliament Forthcoming Events

Parliamentary business for Tuesday 6 May 2014 Time Business 2.30pm Oral Questions Justice, including Topical Questions Ten Minute Rule Motion Subject to be announced Business Legislation: Wales Bill - Committee of the Whole House (Day 2) Adjournment Subject to be announced Future Parliamentary business is provisional and is subject to change.

Ex-Sun Hack Cleared After 582 Days on Bail
Guido Fawkes

John Coles was nicked on 9 September 2012 by Operation Elveden cops on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office.

I Shall Vote Yes
Bella Caledonia

The last in the series of referendum poems by A.R.

Discrimination against black and minority ethnic staff within the NHS is widespread, deep-rooted, systemic and largely unchanging
LSE British Politics

Research by Roger Kline finds that black and minority ethnic (BME) staff are grossly under-represented at senior levels of the NHS and their presence has declined despite the increasing number of BME nurses and doctors.

Tennessee's bill isn't just anti-mother it's anti-poor, anti-family, anti-doctor
Guardian Comment

There is dangerous legislation sitting on the desk of my governor, Bill Haslam, and if he doesn't veto it in the next few days, pregnant mothers of color and poor mothers could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty of using illegal drugs.

Rumour: harrassment claim MP Mike Hancock to announce retirement
Political Scrapbook

Rumour: harrassment claim MP Mike Hancock to announce retirement Whispers from Portsmouth suggest the scandal-hit Lib Dem may be about to announce his retirement .

Life is returning to our pubs and high streets
Telegraph Politics

To attract people in to the high street, we want them to be exciting and vibrant places to eat and drink, spend leisure time and use practical services as well as shop.

Blog Summary
Open Europe

Portugal this morning followed the lead set by Ireland and Greece and issued new debt for the first time since its bailout in 2011.

Here Comes Boo Radley
Bella Caledonia

By Mike Small Here comes the Boo Radley of Scottish politics again.

CORRECTION AND APOLOGY
Political Betting

CORRECTION and APOLOGY The screenshot of UKIP PEB I Tweeted earlier was of a 2013 election broadcast.

Greenbait
Bishop Hill

Ian Plimer has a new book on the way, one that seems to take a fairly strong poke at the environmentalist fraternity.

If 'stunt foods' are attention-trolling, then foodie criticism is concern-trolling
Guardian Comment

A noteworthy poultry restaurant founded more than 80 years ago in the heart of Appalachia is reinventing the French classic chicken cordon bleu.

Wisdom on Wednesday : The eleventh commandment was missing for a good reason
Scot Goes POP!

Contact Details If you have any queries, or if you'd like to contribute to Scot Goes Pop, please contact me at: icehouse.250@gmail.com

The Essence of Libertarian Thought
A Tangled Web

There are no great libertarian thinkers.

South Norwood Allotment Holders open day: June 28
Inside Croydon

About insidecroydon News, views and analysis about the people of Croydon, their lives and political times in the diverse and most-populated borough in London.

Seven Times Vince Cable Warned Banks Against Excessive Bonuses
Huffington Post News

Vince Cable has warned banks against "excessive" executive pay and failing to slash bonuses, in a move which some may find familiar.

California Dreaming: Hey Little Cobra
Lib Dem Blogs

The success of the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean had not gone unnoticed, and every musician with an eye for what was hot was soon cutting their own surf and hot rod tunes.

Winning Here Blog - don't be an April Fool!
The Potter Blogger

This post is reserved for ALDC members Campaigning Liberal Democrats choose ALDC.

Steve Bell's If ... on David Cameron's muscular Christianity
Guardian Comment

Do you have an idea for an assignment you think should run on GuardianWitness?

Steve Bell on Tony Blair's extremism speech - cartoon
Guardian Comment

Do you have an idea for an assignment you think should run on GuardianWitness?

EUROPE

Russia vows to respond if 'attacked' in Ukraine
France24 Europe

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issued a blunt warning Wednesday that Moscow would "certainly respond" if its interests come under attack in Ukraine as pro-Kremlin rebels in the east braced for a new military offensive by Kiev.

Ukraine: Sergei Lavrov warns Kyiv over Russian interests
Euronews

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned Kyiv it will respond if its interests in Ukraine are attacked.

US to send 600 troops to Baltics, Poland amid Ukraine tensions
euobserver

BRUSSELS - The US Tuesday (22 April) announced it is sending hundreds of troops for military exercises to four countries in Eastern Europe to assure them of its commitment to the region's defence amid ongoing tension in Ukraine.

Ukraine crisis shows global governance is in a mess
Bruegel

This opinion was first published by the Telegraph on 18th April.

Tony Blair: west must take sides against growing threat of radical Islam
Guardian Europe

Western military intervention in the Middle East has so far failed due to the distorting impact of an Islamic extremism so opposed to modernity that it could yet engender global catastrophe, Tony Blair warned on Wednesday in a keynote speech on the state of politics in the Middle East.

Tony Blair's speech calling for global drive to fight Islamist extremism - reaction: Politics live blog
Guardian Europe

Say what you like about Tony Blair - and a quick glance at Twitter this morning shows that people do - but you can't fault him of lack of ambition.

Russia insists on Ukrainian troop pullout
Deutsche Welle

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said it believed that both the West and Kyiv had distorted an agreement reached in Geneva last week aimed at defusing the Ukraine crisis.

Russia offers to host EU, Ukraine gas talks on April 28
EUBusiness

( MOSCOW ) - Russia on Wednesday proposed to host three-way talks on its gas supplies to Europe in Moscow on April 28 with the European Union and Ukraine.

Stopping Russia Starts in Syria
Project Syndicate: Europe

Exit from comment view mode.

This war on 'Islamism' only fuels hatred and violence
Guardian Europe

Tony Blair speaks at Bloomberg in London on 23 April.

Ukraine ends 'Easter truce' with separatists
Aljazeera Europe

Russia has said it will respond if its "legitimate interests" are attacked, as Ukraine announced it had ended an Easter truce and was relaunching "anti-terrorist" operations against pro-Russian separatists on its territory.

Turkey: Armenia killings 'inhumane'
BBC Europe

23 April 2014 Last updated at 17:59 Turkey offers condolences to Armenia over WWI killings Turkey rejects the use of the term "genocide" to describe the 1915 mass killings of Armenians Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered condolences for the first time for the mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule during WWI.

'EU needs to rethink its refugee policy'
Deutsche Welle

DW: There are frequent television pictures of refugee boats which have sunk in the Mediterranean.

Object found on Australian shore examined for link to flight MH370
Guardian Europe

A billboard in Beijing contains tributes to the missing passengers of flight MH370.

MH370: bad weather halts search as 'unidentified material' found on Australian coast
Euronews

Shortly after Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced unidentified material had washed up on the Australian coastline, the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was temporarily suspended.

Mr Blair: your view of the Arab world is dangerously simplistic / Inside Arab Spring
euobserver blogs

On Wednesday 23, Tony Blair gave a speech at Bloomberg articulating his vision on the Arab world.

Hamas and Fatah agree on landmark Palestinian unity pact
Euronews

A landmark unity pact has been agreed in the Middle East between Palestinians.

PLO and Hamas agree landmark pact
Guardian Europe

Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organisation and Hamas agreed to implement a unity pact, with the aim of forming a government within five weeks.

#myNYPD Twitter callout backfires for New York police department
Guardian Europe

The New York police department had tweeted: 'Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD?

Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand dies after fall in New York
Guardian Europe

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and her late brother, Mark Shand.

Ukraine government says truce is over
Euronews

Slovyansk in the east of Ukraine is one of an estimated 10 cities in the region where so called pro-Russian separatists have taken control of administrative buildings.

Ansan High School the focus of South Korean ferry disaster
Euronews

One South Korean school bore the brunt of the Sewol ferry disaster, Danwon High School in Ansan, an industrial town near the capital, Seoul.

Transnistria territorially tempting to Russia
Euronews

Transnistria, population approximately half a million, between pro-western Moldova and Ukraine, is appealing eastward.

Poster wars breaking out across Europe
BBC Europe

23 April 2014 Last updated at 11:36 Poster wars breaking out across Europe By Piers Scholfield BBC News, Brussels With Easter behind us it's now just a month until the European elections.

French government announces new measures to counter its citizens joining the Syrian conflict
Euronews

The French government has announced its intention to enhance surveillance of Islamist websites that recruit fighters and to block assets of people behind them.

Obama reassures Japan on China as Asia trip begins
Euronews

US President Barack Obama is in Japan for talks seen by many as a stepping stone towards one of the worlds biggest trade agreements, the Trans Pacific Partnership ( TPP ).

Stop your sons joining war in Syria, urges Metropolitan police
Guardian Europe

Abdul Waheed Majeed, thought to be the first British suicide bomber in Syria, at a refugee camp on the border of Turkey and Syria.

Speech: The Internet needs better governance, starting now
Europa Press Releases

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Neelie KROES Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda The Internet needs better governance, starting now Opening remarks, NETMundial Sao Paulo, Brazil, 23 April 2014 To add your comment to this speech, see the social version of the speech here This could be an historic gathering.

Article - Inspiring young Europeans at EYE2014
Europarl Headlines

Participants at the European Youth Event (EYE2014) will not only be able to discuss their ideas with business leaders and decision makers, but they will also have the chance to meet last year's Charlemagne Youth Prize winners.

Justin Bieber apologises for posting Tokyo war shrine photograph
Guardian Europe

Justin Bieber said he had been unaware of the controversy surrounding Yasukuni shrine.

Google introduces 'time machine' feature in Street View
Guardian Europe

Google has turned its Google Maps Street View into a time machine to let users travel back in time and see how places have changed.

Eight major UK renewable energy projects receive government backing
Guardian Europe

The UK government has agreed deals to financially support eight major new renewable energy projects that will power millions of homes.

Juncker warns EU governments 'don't make a mockery of democratic process'
Euronews

Just 30 days before the European elections, Jean-Claude Juncker warned EU governments to respect who voters choose as European Commission president.

South Korean prosecutors raid organisations linked to ferry operator
Guardian Europe

Media gathered at the dock near the area where family members of the capsized South Korean ferry wait for news of the rescue operations.

Erasmus+ set for Berlin launch
Europa Press Releases

European Commission Press release Brussels, 23 April 2014 Erasmus+ set for Berlin launch Erasmus+, the EU's new funding programme for education, training, youth and sport, will be launched in Berlin tomorrow (24 April) by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Johanna Wanka, the Federal Minister of Education and Research.

Russian Duma passes film swearing ban
BBC Europe

23 April 2014 Last updated at 16:41 Russia: Swearing in films banned by lower house By News from Elsewhere... ...media reports from around the world, found by BBC Monitoring The Russian parliament's lower house has passed a bill that bans swearing from films, music and other works of art, it's been reported.

Climbing Everest is the peak of hubris
Guardian Europe

Climbers make their way to camp 2 on Mount Everest: 'As conditions are made safe for these blithe cretins they become more dangerous for Sherpas'.

Optimism in Britain's factories at four-decade high
Guardian Europe

Optimism in Britain's manufacturers is at its highest peak since 1973.

Supporting Access to Finance by SMEs: Mapping the initiatives in five EU countries
Center for European Policy Studies

This paper maps the initiatives to support access to finance for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that were available at national level in 2012 in the five biggest European economies (Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spain).

Technophobes? No, being wary of innovation is a natural human response
Guardian Europe

'What will be the consequences for the next generation of growing up more used to talking through their fingertips rather than lips?

Primark to enter US market with Boston store
Guardian Europe

T shirts in the Primark flagship store in Oxford Street, London: the chain is launching in the US, where many foreign retailers have struggled.

Madeleine McCann: police now know of nine assaults on British girls in Algarve
Guardian Europe

Madeleine McCann, who went missing from the Praia da Luz holiday complex in May 2007.

Agency: banking system in independent Scotland risks Iceland-style meltdown
Guardian Europe

Two women take a selfie in Lerwick, a town closer to Oslo than London.

Cost of alcohol credited for drop in serious violence in England and Wales
Guardian Europe

Revellers talk to a friend in a ambulance during a night out in Cardiff.

What next for Manchester United after David Moyes? live!
Guardian Europe

Got to be van Gaal for me over Ancelotti.

[Ticker] Schultz most tweeted commission candidate in April
euobserver

Ticker Schultz most tweeted commission candidate in April Today @ 17:30 By EUOBSERVER In the race to become European Commission president, Martin Schulz (S&D) was the most tweeted candidate with over 37,000 mentions in the period 8-22 April , data from TNS opinion show.

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense review - Robert Webb and Mark Heap are unflappably farcical
Guardian Europe

Ingenious ... Mark Heap, Robert Webb and Mark Hadfield in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense.

Schengen guarantees a borderless Europe
Deutsche Welle

On June 14, 1985, in the village of Schengen in Luxembourg, EU member states Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands signed an agreement which provided for the gradual abolition of controls at their common border crossings.

People of Scotland vote yes, and set us English free
Guardian Europe

'The English are looking at the benefits that devolution has brought the Scots and asking why they are not able to enjoy the same.

China says more than half of its groundwater is polluted
Guardian Europe

Nearly 60% of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources.

Royal couple spend a day being entertained by the youth of Elizabeth
Guardian Europe

The Duke of Cambridge passed up the chance to show off his scooter skills at a skate park in Adelaide for fear he might "stack it".

Valls signals concessions to Socialists
Euro Intelligence

Valls received Socialist opponents to his austerity plans yesterday, and signals compromise on pension freeze but not on the overall spending cut target; Valls signals concessions to Socialists France projects its public deficit to come in at 3.8% this year, instead of 3.6% envisaged earlier.

Never underestimate the Greek hoopsters
ekathimerini

Never underestimate the Greek hoopsters By George Georgakopoulos Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, who between them have won the last three European crowns, won again at home on Wednesday to take their Euroleague play-off series with Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow respectively to a fifth game.

New step towards 'wonder material' graphene applications
Europa Press Releases

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 23 April 2014 New step towards 'wonder material' graphene applications Researchers of the AMBER centre @ambercentre in Dublin have developed a new process to mass produce graphene-based material.

[Ticker] Greece plans lower corporate tax to spur growth
euobserver

Ticker Greece plans lower corporate tax to spur growth Today @ 08:58 By EUOBSERVER When the Eurogroup meets on 5 May, Greece is set to ask its eurozone partners for permission to gradually reduce corporation tax rates, Kathimerini reports.

Ten things the Duchess of Cambridge should wear on her tour
Guardian Europe

From a beautiful reservoir to a stylish library, a new project aims to reinvigorate former glories of buildings left derelict and empty.

The great North Korean picture show video
Guardian Europe

"The Banks And Austerity: A Simple Story Of The Last Ten Years" by Simon Wren-Lewis
Social Europe Journal

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Provision of deficit and debt data for 2013 - first notification Euro area and EU28 government deficit at 3.0% and 3.3% of GDP respectively Government debt at 92.6% and 87.1%
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Peter Capaldi: 'A lot of surrealist art is about sex' - video
Guardian Europe

Mining for minerals in Mongolia video
Guardian Europe

US to deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt
Guardian Europe

The Egyptian Islamic Arts Museum building in Cairo was attacked this year.

Lily Allen performs Our Time live session video
Guardian Europe

Students who gamble their loans away
Guardian Europe

Students with a gambling addiction may be risking more than just money.

Should everyone in the EU receive an Unconditional Basic Income?
Debating Europe

In some regions of Spain and Greece, youth unemployment is now above 70%.

South Sudan: Bentiu atrocity will not be the last unless pleas for help are heard
Guardian Europe

Bentiu, South Sudan: a rebel fighter stands oustide Kali-Ballee mosque, where more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and some 400 wounded.

How to wear long skirts video
Guardian Europe

Tracks star Mia Wasikowska: 'Camels are a very obliging film animal' video interview
Guardian Europe

[Opinion] EU and Ukraine: too busy to protect gay rights?
euobserver

KIEV - The new Ukrainian government has just made a u-turn on protecting gay rights and the European Commission is playing along.

Kansas judge grants Chelsea Manning's request to change name
Guardian Europe

A Kansas judge granted a request Wednesday to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Research links austerity to suicide
neoskosmos

Men aged 45-89 face the highest suicide risk Node Tools Professor Alan Collins, co-author of the report linking austerity with suicides in Greece.

Glazers fly in for discussions on new Manchester United manager
Guardian Europe

Louis van Gaal is thought to be the prime target to replace Davis Moyes as Manchester United's manager.

The top 10 crime scenes in art
Guardian Europe

A silkscreen of Warhol's Birmingham Race Riot is headed to auction at Christie's in New York in May.

[EU Elections] Students should vote for pro-Erasmus MEPs
euobserver

FLORENCE - European elections have a bad reputation.

Three children found dead in London
Guardian Europe

A 42-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three children were found dead at a house in south London.

Greek records first surplus as EU moves closer to balanced budgets
euobserver

BRUSSELS - Cash-strapped Greece recorded its first primary budget surplus in a generation last year, according to data released by Eurostat on Wednesday (23 April).

The Road to Slovyansk
Project Syndicate: Europe

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Six reasons for the fall in violent crime
Guardian Europe

Police arrest a potential suspect in an operation targeting knife crime.

Russian steel group warns against EU sanctions, job losses
EUBusiness

( BRUSSELS ) - The European arm of Russian steel giant NLMK has warned the EU against imposing economic sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis, officials said on Wednesday.

[Ticker] UKIP's poll ratings unaffected by bad press
euobserver

Ticker UKIP's poll ratings unaffected by bad press Today @ 10:39 By EUOBSERVER UKIP's recent bad headlines, featuring adultery allegations and dubious expense claims, have not affected its poll ratings.

Why attacking Ukip's 'racist' campaigning is counter-productive
Guardian Europe

Ukip campaign poster: 'blue-collar voters are feeling cut out of our political conversation and threatened by the exact type of immigration Ukip billboards are magnifying.

Andy Coulson denies 'covering up' phone hacking at News of the World
Guardian Europe

Andy Coulson has denied that he "covered up" phone hacking at the News of the World after one of his reporters was arrested in 2006 for eavesdropping on royal household voicemails.

The Rochdale Pioneers to Paul Flowers: how the Co-operative dream died
Guardian Europe

In February 2009, the Co-operative Group announced that Bob Dylan had allowed it to use one of his most treasured songs in a UK TV advert .

Article - Box Your EP: discover the European Parliament's first ever tablet application
Europa Press Releases

From Facebook to Foursquare, the European Parliament can already be found in many different places.

Hungary's Orban likes to dislike Brussels
Deutsche Welle

When the European People's Party (EEP) held its congress for the European Elections in early March, Hungary's participating head of state Viktor Orban appeared to be a supportive European.

Paul Scholes appointed to Ryan Giggs' Manchester United backroom staff
Guardian Europe

Link to video: Manchester United fans' opinion divided on David Moyes's sacking Paul Scholes has been added to Ryan Giggs ' backroom staff at Manchester United , with the 39-year-old helping run Wednesday morning's training session.

Manchester United manager: five steps to finding a successor to David Moyes
Guardian Europe

Manchester United's search for a new manager is likely to involve more analysis than did the appointment of David Moyes.

David Moyes says Manchester United need a 'fundamental rebuilding'
Guardian Europe

Link to video: Manchester United fans' opinion divided on David Moyes's sacking David Moyes has broken his silence on his sacking by Manchester United , saying he "understands and shares" the frustration of their fans at the club's disappointing season but suggested that the squad needed a fundamental overhaul to achieve success in the future.

David Moyes thanks Manchester United staff but no mention of players
Guardian Europe

David Moyes said taking over at Manchester United was "inevitably going to be a significant challenge".

Boris Johnson told to announce his intentions for next election
Guardian Europe

Friends of Boris Johnson say he thinks it is possible to combine the job of mayor and MP.

Paul Sykes: the man spending millions to make Ukip's posters visible from space
Guardian Europe

Paul Sykes: 'You'll see this campaign from the moon before long.

Talking Horses: today's best bets and all the latest racing news
Guardian Europe

Richard Hughes has been given the go-ahead to return to race-riding at Sandown on Friday.

Ghosts: AK-47 guns made from beads and wire - in pictures
Guardian Europe

Ghosts: AK-47 guns made from beads and wire - in pictures New art installation of replica AK-47s from wire and beads, made by Zimbabwean craftsmen, offers powerful comment on South Africa's continuing obsession with guns Read an interview with Ralph Ziman

What does your postcode say about you?
Guardian Europe

How much can you tell about a person from their postcode ?

Scotland's Ruaridh Jackson becomes latest international to join Wasps
Guardian Europe

Scotland fly-half Ruaridh Jackson has spent six years with Glasgow but will join Wasps in the summer.

200 girls are missing in Nigeria so why doesn't anybody care?
Guardian Europe

Soldiers stand guard in front of the school in Chibok, Nigeria, where 200 students were abducted last week.

Italian right calls for end to migrant rescue programme
euobserver

BRUSSELS - Italian right-wing politicians have called for the country's programme to rescue North African refugees from the Mediterranean sea to be scrapped after figures suggested that 1,100 immigrants had been rescued in the past two days.

Divers grapple with inhuman conditions as Sewol salvage continues
Euronews

Even experienced divers are saying they have never had to work in the conditions they are experiencing as they salvage bodies from the wreck of the Sewol ferry in South Korea.

Barack Obama pays tribute to 'trailblazer' Frankie Knuckles
Guardian Europe

Barack Obama has paid tribute to the late his fellow Chicagoan Frankie Knuckles, calling the DJ and producer a "trainblazer" who "captured our attention and ignited our imaginations".

Formula One holds its breath as Bernie Ecclestone's bribery trial begins
Guardian Europe

Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One chief executive, could face up to 10 years in jail if found guilty in Munich.

Ecclestone trial to begin in Germany
BBC Europe

24 April 2014 Last updated at 00:29 Bernie Ecclestone bribery trial begins in Germany Ecclestone insists he was the victim of blackmail Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is set to appear at the start of a trial on bribery charges in Munich.

Kidnapping of Ukrainian patriots has Russia's full support, says Kiev
Guardian Europe

The last time Vladimir Rybak was seen alive was on Thursday 17 April .

Daily News of 2014-04-23
Europa Press Releases

EXME 14 / 23.04 DAILY NEWS 23 / 04 / 14 Provision of deficit and debt data for 2013 - first notification - Euro area and EU28 government deficit at 3.0% and 3.3% of GDP respectively - Government debt at 92.6% and 87.1% In 2013, the government deficit of both the euro area (EA18) and the EU28 decreased in absolute terms compared with 2012, while the government debt rose in both zones.

Kenya car bomb kills four in capital city Nairobi
Guardian Europe

Kenyan police have previously arrested Somali and Ethiopian nationals as part of a counter-terrorism crackdown.

Royal Mail in spotlight again as MPs question bankers who handled sell-off
Guardian Europe

Margaret Hodge, chair of the public accounts committee, which is hearing evidence on Royal Mail privatisation after a damning report by the National Audit Office.

Miracle of flight: Heathrow sculpture expected to be most viewed in UK
Guardian Europe

Slipstream by Richard Wilson at the new Heathrow Terminal 2 which opens in June 2014.

A history of the workhouse - in pictures
Guardian Europe

A history of the workhouse - in pictures The Workhouse Encyclopedia is a pictorial history of a notorious British institution.

Michael Rogers cleared to race as UCI accepts contaminated meat claim
Guardian Europe

The Tinkoff-Saxo rider Michael Rogers will face no further sanctions over his positive test for clenbuterol.

Laura Davies tips teenager Charley Hull to inspire the next generation
Guardian Europe

Charley Hull poses with her trophy after winning her first LPGA title, the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco in March.

Time for Manchester United to get real: Sir Alex Ferguson's legacy is long gone
Guardian Europe

Manchester United's hopes of building another legacy to follow Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson have been dealt a major blow.

The sorry saga of David Moyes won't shake Sir Alex Ferguson's self-belief
Guardian Europe

Sir Alex Ferguson, left, will regard himself entirely unbesmirched by the sacking of David Moyes at Manchester United.

Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight lawsuit is thrown out for now
Guardian Europe

Quentin Tarantino takes part in a script reading of The Hateful Eight at the United Artists theatre in LA.

Czech deer still avoid Iron Curtain
BBC Europe

23 April 2014 Last updated at 18:56 Czech deer still avoid Iron Curtain The red deer were tracked via GPS-equipped collars that sent data to computers The Iron Curtain fell 25 years ago, but it seems that nobody told the deer.

Reluctant Kosovo approves war crimes court
EUBusiness

( PRISTINA ) - Kosovo's parliament on Wednesday approved the creation of an international war crimes court to investigate allegations against ethnic Albanian guerrillas during their conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s.

Weapon of Last Resort: ECB Considers Possible Deflation Measures
Spiegel Europe

One of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's most important duties is watching his mouth.

Designs of the Year: chairs that make you fidget and a piano from the future
Guardian Europe

From folding safety helmets to sentient smoke alarms, the Design Museum's Designs of the Year exhibition showcases some of the most cunning innovations in transport and fashion, technology and industrial design.

How Dmitry Tymchuk Broke the Russian Blogosphere
Global Voices CE Europe

Russian bloggers not sure what to make of Dmitry Tymchuk (pictured on the laptop).

Why I have little sympathy for the Buddha tattoo tourist
Guardian Europe

A monk by a Buddha statue in Gal Vihara, Sri Lanka.

David Letterman grills Late Show successor and 'new kid' Stephen Colbert
Guardian Europe

David Letterman, the Late Show host, interviewed his successor Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, in their first public appearance together since it was announced that Colbert would take over the show in 2015.

Football transfer rumours: PSG's Adrien Rabiot to Chelsea?
Guardian Europe

Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Radbiot wants a pay rise, which has alerted other clubs.

Can't work out the mumblings of Jamaica Inn? Try these other BBC dramas quiz
Guardian Europe

The BBC is being inundated with complaints about all the indecipherable mumbling in its flagship drama Jamaica Inn .

Scientists solve mystery of Southern Ocean 'quacking' sound
Guardian Europe

The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound heard in the ocean has finally been traced to the Antarctic minke whale, scientists say.

Which Premier League team has performed best in 2014?
Guardian Europe

Premier League team of the week Photograph: WhoScored.com La Liga team of the week La Liga Team of week Photograph: WhoScored.com Photograph: WhoScored.com Ligue 1 team of the week Photograph: WhoScored.com Premier League table 2014 Photograph: WhoScored.com Managers often make assertions about their team needing to 'complete the job' with a chunk of the season still to play.

Numbers of elderly needing care will soon outstrip relatives able to help
Guardian Europe

Within four years 800,000 people in the UK may need care, and 20,000 will have no family to help, says the IPPR.

The female 'confidence gap' is a sham
Guardian Europe

Despite an ongoing, glaring lack of equality for women in culture and in policy, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman's new book , The Confidence Code, argues that what's truly holding women back is their own self-doubt.

[Ticker] Syriza drops Roma candidate from European Parliament race
euobserver

Ticker Syriza drops Roma candidate from European Parliament race Today @ 08:59 By EUOBSERVER Greek leftist Syriza party on Monday announced it has removed Roma activist Saticha Suleiman from its list of candidates for the European Parliament following intense internal criticism.

Syriza suffers pre-election setback
neoskosmos

Party removes candidates in Thrace for the European parliament and local government elections Node Tools Roma activist Sabiha Suleiman was removed as a candidate of SYRIZA for the European parliament elections.

Liverpool unveil plans to expand Anfield's capacity to 58,000
Guardian Europe

Liverpool's latest proposals include a new three-tiered Main Stand and an expanded Anfield Road Stand.

Lenny Henry campaign: back TV diversity or we'll boycott licence fee
Guardian Europe

Lenny Henry calls for action on the TV Collective website Supporters of a campaign launched by comedian and actor Lenny Henry to change the law to boost the number of black, Asian and minority workers in the television industry say they will consider boycotting the licence fee if the government fails to take action.

[Ticker] Finland signs Nato assistance deal
euobserver

Ticker Finland signs Nato assistance deal Today @ 08:58 By EUOBSERVER Finland has agreed to receive assistance from Nato forces and to maintain military assets such as ships and aircraft by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) deal similar to that signed by Sweden.

University tuition fee rise may not save taxpayers any money, says thinktank
Guardian Europe

Lib Dem Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, has refused to rule out another increase in tuition fees.

Shipton Mill: the flour fuelling Britain's baking revolution
Guardian Europe

A miller carrying Shipton Mill flour.

[Ticker] Eurozone deficit rates fall within 3 percent EU limit
euobserver

Ticker Eurozone deficit rates fall within 3 percent EU limit Today @ 17:31 By EUOBSERVER The average eurozone budget deficit fell from 3.7% in 2012 to 3.0% in 2013, and in the EU28 from 3.9% to 3.3%, according to figures released by Eurostat Wednesday.

FBI investigates London links of teacher who abused 90 boys
Guardian Europe

William James Vahey in 2013, left, and 2004.

JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy to become HBO/BBC miniseries
Guardian Europe

Like most of JK Rowling's literary projects, The Casual Vacancy's release in 2012 was shrouded in secrecy.

Colombia pays homage to Gabriela Garcia Marquez
Euronews

Colombians took to the streets of the capital Bogota on Tuesday to pay tribute to acclaimed author and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez who died on Thursday, aged 87.

No winner in first round of Lebanese presidential vote
Euronews

The Lebanese parliament has failed to elect a new president after the first round of voting.

Yorkshire's Andrew Gale could drop himself despite win over Northants
Guardian Europe

Yorkshire's captain, Andrew Gale, insists he is 'not frightened' of leaving himself out for the sake of the team.

Jamaica Inn: complaints to BBC over 'mumbling' soar to nearly 800
Guardian Europe

Jamaica Inn: the audience fell by 1.5 million viewers for the second episode after complaints about 'mumbling'.

BBC's Jamaica Inn drama loses quarter of audience after sound quality issues
Guardian Europe

Mary Yellan, left, (played by Jessica Brown Findlay) gets swept into the smuggling life in the BBC's drama Jamaica Inn.

Parklife how does Blur's album sound 20 years on?
Guardian Europe

Parklife, Blur's third studio album, was released 20 years ago this Friday.

Max Clifford jury told they can reach majority verdicts
Guardian Europe

Max Clifford denies sexually assaulting seven teenage girls and women between 1966 and 1984.

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Holcim assets by Cemex
Europa Press Releases

European Commission Press release Brussels, 23 April 2014 Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Holcim assets by Cemex The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the planned acquisition of the Spanish operations of Swiss building materials group Holcim ("Holcim assets") by its Mexican rival Cemex is in line with the EU Merger Regulation.

Ramones: 10 of the best
Guardian Europe

Shall we deal with the Blitzkrieg Bop question first?

The Hamid Mir case: 'In Pakistan, they used to censor journalists now they shoot us'
Guardian Europe

More than a hundred bouquets line the lobby of the private ward of Karachi's posh, private Aga Khan Hospital.

Barcelona's transfer ban suspended by Fifa pending appeal
Guardian Europe

With Carles Puyol among the players set to leave this summer, Barcelona are in desperate need of reinforcements.

French teenager detained after repeatedly stealing fire engines
Guardian Europe

The 17-year-old walked into fire stations without raising suspicions by wearing a firefighter's uniform he bought online.

Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj opts to represent Belgium
Guardian Europe

Adnan Januzaj has opted to play for Belgium despite being eligible for several other countries.

Blog Summary
Open Europe

Portugal this morning followed the lead set by Ireland and Greece and issued new debt for the first time since its bailout in 2011.

Bryan Singer accuser's abuse claims denied by Hollywood executives
Guardian Europe

Michael Egan and his mother, Bonnie Mound, at a news conference this week in Beverly Hills.

Jackfruit heralded as 'miracle' food crop
Guardian Europe

Jackfruit ( Artocarpus heterophyllus ) growing in Kerala, India.

Are you fit for the future? interactive
Guardian Europe

Are you fit for the future?

If 'stunt foods' are attention-trolling, then foodie criticism is concern-trolling
Guardian Europe

A noteworthy poultry restaurant founded more than 80 years ago in the heart of Appalachia is reinventing the French classic chicken cordon bleu.

[Ticker] Wilders' right-hand man resigns
euobserver

Ticker Wilders' right-hand man resigns Today @ 09:15 By EUOBSERVER Populist politician Geert Wilders has lost his right-hand man Stephan Jansen who quit the PVV party because he was upset over its political strategy, reports De Volkskrant.

Inside the giant panda research centre - in pictures
Guardian Europe

Caixin , the highly respected Chinese business and economic news organisation, is a partner site of the Guardian

Beats Studio Wireless review: expensive headphones with lacklustre sound
Guardian Europe

Beats have always been big, bold, showy headphones that are as much a fashion statement as they are personal listening devices, but you might expect a company founded by a rapper would make sure the product sounds good too.

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Never underestimate the Greek hoopsters
ekathimerini

Never underestimate the Greek hoopsters By George Georgakopoulos Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, who between them have won the last three European crowns, won again at home on Wednesday to take their Euroleague play-off series with Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow respectively to a fifth game.

Syriza suffers pre-election setback
neoskosmos

Party removes candidates in Thrace for the European parliament and local government elections Node Tools Roma activist Sabiha Suleiman was removed as a candidate of SYRIZA for the European parliament elections.

Research links austerity to suicide
neoskosmos

Men aged 45-89 face the highest suicide risk Node Tools Professor Alan Collins, co-author of the report linking austerity with suicides in Greece.