A day after losing Wisconsin’s Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump brought his insurgent campaign to New York Wednesday night, kicking off a bid to win his home state primary with a massive rally that harkened back to the early days of his unlikely presidential effort. “It’s great to be home
A Bangladeshi law student who posted against Islamism on his Facebook page has been murdered, police said Thursday, the latest in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country. Nazimuddin Samad, a 26-year-old atheist who had taken part in protests against Islamist leaders, was attacked late on Wednesday near his university in Dhaka by unknown assailants carrying machetes. The Dhaka Tribune said they shouted Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest) as they attacked him on a busy road near Dhaka's Jagannath University, where he was a law student.
Sen. Ted Cruz is increasingly winning over voters to his presidential bid. The Texas Republican is notorious for alienating his colleagues with tactics including pushing a fruitless government shutdown in 2013 and accusing the Senate majority leader of lying. "I just haven't heard any talk about it," responded Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a senior Republican, when asked whether Republican colleagues would be gravitating toward Cruz.
Vietnam demanded China move a controversial oil rig on Thursday and abandon plans to start drilling in waters where jurisdiction is unclear, the latest sign of festering unease among the two communist neighbors. The $1 billion rig, which was at the center of a fierce diplomatic stand-off between the countries in 2014, had moved into an area of the Gulf of Tonkin in the South China Sea about which Vietnam said the two countries were still "executing delineation discussions". China calls the rig Haiyang Shiyou 981.
Searchers on Thursday found one of the six crew members from a Japanese military jet that disappeared a day earlier while flying over southern mountains. The Defense Ministry said rescue workers are still searching for the jet and the five other crew members. Only parts of equipment belonging to the jet and the airman, who was in a state of heart failure, were found in the mountains north of the Air Self-Defense Force's Kanoya base in southern Japan, according to the ministry.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday that a "No" vote in a Dutch referendum on a key EU pact with Kiev was no obstacle to the ex-Soviet country's integration with the bloc. Voters in the Netherlands on Wednesday rejected the cooperation deal in a people's referendum seen as a barometer of anti-EU feeling, although it is non-binding. "I would like to emphasise that this referendum has an exclusively consultative nature under the constitution and legislation of the Netherlands," Ukraine's pro-Western president said in a statement.
Around 110 passengers had to wait in a grounded Air India aircraft for nearly two-and-a-half hours after its commander refused to take off without his favourite female co-pilot. The passengers were travelling on the Air India flight from Chennai to Male via Thiruvananthapuram. According to reports, the Air India commander in question had resigned last week and was serving his notice period.
Thai police are investigating stickers lampooning Thailand's royal family which appeared briefly on the popular Japan-based Line instant messaging service, a police spokesman said on Thursday. Thailand's royal family is protected by some of the world's strictest lese-majeste rules. "We are investigating where the stickers came from and who did this," said Colonel Somporn Daengdee, deputy chief of the police's Technology Crime Suppression Division.
American warplanes struck a car carrying several members of the Khorasan Group in Syria on Tuesday night as part of the Pentagon’s widening campaign against al Qaeda in the war-torn country, a senior Defense Department official confirmed Wednesday. The strike in the the northwestern city of Idlib is the second attack this week against the Qaeda-linked militants allied with the al-Nusra rebel group. Until recently, the Pentagon almost exclusively targeted the Islamic State in Syria, and stopped short of attacking al-Nusra rebels who seek to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
A South Texas man has been executed for the 1998 slaying of a 12-year-old boy whose blood the convicted killer said he drank after beating the seventh-grader with a pipe and slitting his throat. Pablo Lucio Vasquez told police he was drunk and high when voices convinced him to kill David Cardenas in Donna, a Texas border town about 225 miles south of San Antonio. The 38-year-old Vasquez's lethal injection Wednesday evening was the 11th nationally this year and sixth in Texas.
Earlier this week, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that sales for Apple's new iPhone SE were off to a "lackluster" start. While Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the top Apple analysts around, he might not be right about this particular piece of information. AppleInsider points out that the new iPhone is completely sold out in many stores and shipping times for orders of the device have been pushed back to at least a couple of weeks. "As of Wednesday, the fastest a new iPhone SE will arrive from Apple in the U.S. is next Tuesday, April 12, and that's just select models," AppleInsider writes. "Many models are unavailable until April 20, and that's with paying extra for expedited shipping. Virtually all models with all carriers out of stock at Apple's retail stores as well.
If these big belly laughs coming from such a little baby don’t put a smile on your face, chances are nothing will!LittleBudha
The government can introduce thousands of laws against dowry, but the immortal truth is, more brides will be burnt and even more will kill themselves. Those who stay closer to the Ganges, will jump into its pious serenity and find eternal peace. Whatever
China reversed four months of declines in its giant foreign exchange reserves in March, the central bank said Thursday, as the flood of money leaving the country eased. China's foreign exchange reserves rose $10.3 billion to $3.21 trillion at the end of March, the People's Bank of China (PBoC) said on its website, well ahead of economists' median prediction of a $6.3 billion decline in a Bloomberg News survey. The data were a positive sign for Beijing policymakers, who have sought to reassure investors anxious about the economic outlook for the world's second-largest economy and further depreciation of its yuan currency.
Endangered salmon blocked for nearly a century from hundreds of miles of the Klamath River in Oregon and California are expected to return en masse under unusual agreements signed Wednesday to tear down four hydroelectric dams. The landmark deals also protect farmers and ranchers from rising power and water prices as the various interests work to end long-running water wars in the drought-stricken Klamath River basin. Salmon are sacred to some Native American tribes that use them for subsistence and ceremony.
Vietnam's rubber-stamp parliament on Thursday elected Nguyen Xuan Phuc as prime minister, and he takes office at a time of soaring public debt, a worrying budget deficit and China's growing assertiveness in nearby seas. The appointment of Phuc, who rose from governor of the central province of Quang Nam to deputy prime minister five years ago, was a mere formality after he was picked at the Communist Party's congress in January as the sole candidate to replace Nguyen Tan Dung, who was removed from office Wednesday. Phuc takes office at a time when the country is crippled with soaring public debt, a serious budget deficit, China's territorial assertiveness in the South China Sea, as well as an unprecedented drought and salt intrusion in the country's main rice-growing region of the southern Mekong Delta.
Minneapolis police are seeking suspects, after a woman was shot during an apparent road rage incident. (April 7)
The financial situation at the Internet company is becoming "increasingly dire," Recode said, citing pages from the "book" of disclosure documents that Yahoo bankers have given out to prospective buyers. A Yahoo spokesperson declined comment on the report. Yahoo also expects its employee count to fall to about 9,000 at the end of 2016, from 10,500 in 2015, but stock-based compensation remains steady, the technology news website said.
A 22-year-old Afghan man landed in Lithuania on Wednesday after reaching out to the president for help on YouTube and securing a temporary visa that paves the way for asylum. "I heard Germany has a lot of money, but I want to be in Lithuania. "I only need one thing: to stay here," he told reporters at the airport in the Baltic state's capital Vilnius, adding that he never wanted to return to Afghanistan.
The lunch box, staple accessory of every primary school age child. What was on yours was highly influential in the playground. Your mum’s choice could see you dining with the cool kids or crying into your space raiders with the rest of the dweebs. Let’s relive some of the classics.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition to halt the execution planned for Wednesday of a south Texas man who bludgeoned and slashed to death a 12-year-old boy, mutilated the corpse and said he drank the blood of his victim. The move came about four hours before Pablo Vasquez, 38, was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m at the state's death chamber in Huntsville. If the execution goes ahead, it would be the sixth in Texas this year and the 537th since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state.
The principles of designs at Meriyanda Nature Lodge located in Coorg were based on incorporating nature while being sensitive to its beauty to create an environmentally responsive passive habitat . Sanjanthi Sajan, one of the partners of the resort who designed the place along with Ravindra Kumar, says “The villas at Meriyanda Nature Lodge are all about an eco-conscious contemporary interpretation of design. The design implementation seeks to infuse natural elements into an architectural form. Sensitivity to the beauty and vulnerability of natural wooded environs has spurred some of the experimental ideas. We wanted to liven up the untainted landscape of Coorg and adhere to the three Rs ‘Recycle, Reduce, Reuse’; the entire space thence created is bio-degradable”. The resort is designed to culminate into a leisure space, a trek ground, a wild life exploratory space, natural habitat and an educational experience,par excellence. We take a green tour of the resort.
Nearly a third of the business of the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal came from its offices in Hong Kong and China, reports said Thursday, with the Asian giant assailed by corruption and capital flight. More than 16,300 of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca's active shell companies were incorporated through its Hong Kong and China offices, 29 percent of the worldwide total, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which co-ordinated a year-long investigation into a trove of 11.5 million documents.
An exploding Takata air bag has claimed another life, this time a 17-year-old girl whose car crashed near Houston. The girl is the latest victim of malfunctioning air bag inflators that have killed 10 people in the U.S. and another in Malaysia, touching off the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. More than 100 people have been hurt by the inflators, which can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending shards into drivers and passengers.
Following on a campaign in which women called Gov. Mike Pence's office to tell him about their periods, activists plan a more traditional protest this weekend of a new law banning abortions sought because of genetic abnormalities that makes Indiana one of the most restrictive states in the country. One caller asked if Pence could recommend a gynecologist.
The word "wholesome" has taken on a rather less-than-wholesome connotation, suggesting a moralism that would largely reject sex positivity, gender fluidity, the right to choose, etc. Honey Maid is trying to change all that with its This Is Wholesome ad campaign, rebranding wholesomeness as acceptance and inclusivity. Mis Hijos is one of many commercials in a campaign that emphasizes "true acceptance," according to a press release from Mondel?z International, the company that owns Honey Maid.
A teacher was arrested Wednesday for bringing a gun to the town's middle school, police said. The 46-year-old teacher, Jason Adams, has a valid pistol permit, but Connecticut state law prohibits possession of firearms on school grounds. A telephone message seeking comment was left at Adams' home in Newtown.