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Elderly passenger rescued from capsized ship on China's Yangtze River, others trapped

Rescue workers search on a sunken ship in the Jianli section of Yangtze RiverBy Sue-Lin Wong SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Divers pulled an 85-year-old woman from the hull of a passenger ship carrying 458 people that capsized on China's Yangtze River and others could still be alive, state media said on Tuesday, in one of China's worst recent disasters. Five bodies had been recovered since the ship capsized in a storm late on Monday, state media said. The People's Daily newspaper said other passengers were still inside the Eastern Star, while the official Xinhua news agency said rescuers could hear people calling for help from inside the stricken vessel.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:01:28 -0400
Mexican president changes asset declaration in wake of report on land deal

Mexico's President Pena Nieto gestures during an investment announcement from brewer Grupo Modelo in Merida in Yucatan state, at Los Pinos Presidential house in Mexico CityBy Simon Gardner MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Under pressure to detail his personal wealth, Mexico's president has made changes to his declaration of assets following a Reuters report that cast doubt on how he acquired one of his properties near Mexico City. President Enrique Pena Nieto released the annual update to his declaration of assets late on Sunday, days after a Reuters report showed he purchased a 1,000 square meter plot of land in the town of Valle de Bravo that he has declared as a donation from his late father.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:42:48 -0400
The Hollande-Sarkozy re-match France doesn't want

French President Hollande descends the steps of the Elysee Palace to greet former president and current UMP conservative political party head, Sarkozy, in ParisWith both having tightened their grips on their parties in recent days, a 2017 repeat of France's 2012 presidential election now looks like the most likely scenario. The snag is that three quarters of the French do not want either the current president or his predecessor to run again, polls show -- a fact that could boost the protest vote for the far-right National Front while making for a low turnout that would give any mainstream victor a weak mandate for reforms. "In Britain, party leaders resigned and quit politics after their defeat, even though they're only in their 40s," Gael Sliman of pollster Odoxa said, referring to the Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders who stepped down after being beaten by incumbent David Cameron in last month's election.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:08:56 -0400
Indonesia rescues 65 'after Australian navy towed away' asylum boat
Indonesian authorities have rescued 65 asylum-seekers trying to reach Australia after their boat ran aground on a reef, Indonesian police said on Tuesday. An Australian opposition politician said the boat had run aground after being towed away by the Australian navy, underscoring the risk to migrants of a tough Australian policy. Australia has adopted one of the toughest stands against asylum seekers trying to reach its shores by boat, turning back vessels where it is safe to do so and holding indefinitely thousands of others in overseas detention centers.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 01:39:51 -0400
Former leader of UK's Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy dies at 55
Charles Kennedy, a former leader of Britain's Liberal Democrats, has died at his home in Scotland at the age of 55, his family announced on Tuesday. Kennedy, whose party were virtually wiped out at last month's general election after five years in coalition with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, led the party from 1999 to 2006. Kennedy, who had a wife and 10-year-old son, died on Monday.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:46:07 -0400
Migrant boat still being held off Myanmar coast: government

Abdhulami, 22, who was released from a human trafficking boat, points at pictures of people he recognises from the boat as he rests at a refugee camp outside SittweBy Hnin Yadana Zaw YANGON (Reuters) - More than 700 migrants found packed aboard an overcrowded boat in the Andaman Sea were still being held offshore by Myanmar's navy on Monday, more than three days after the converted fishing vessel was intercepted off the country's coast. "The government is checking their identity, asking what they want to do and where they want to go," government spokesman Ye Htut told Reuters, without providing further details of the boat's location. "Usually, most of them want to go back to Bangladesh, so we will arrange according to their wishes." Government officials have been tight-lipped about the identities of 727 migrants on the overcrowded boat, found drifting and taking on water early Friday, as well as their eventual destination.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:59:15 -0400
US-led coalition against IS extremists re-examines strategy
PARIS (AP) — Iraq's prime minister and international allies are gathering in Paris to re-examine their strategy against Islamic State extremists, after the group's recent gains.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:52:33 -0400
India's central bank cuts key interest rate to boost growth
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's central bank cut a key interest rate by a quarter percentage point, the third such reduction this year in support of government efforts to boost growth.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:33:49 -0400
Afghan official: 9 workers killed in attack
MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says nine people, including a woman, have been shot dead in an attack on their guesthouse in a remote rural district in the country's north.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:51:49 -0400
Solar Impulse waits out weather before take-off for Hawaii

CORRECTS IDENTIFICATION OF PEOPLE ON THE GROUND - The Solar Impulse 2 project staff members gather around the aircraft as it lands the Nagoya Airport in Toyoyama, near Nagoya, central Japan, Monday, June 1, 2015. The solar-powered plane attempting to circle the globe without a drop of fuel made an unscheduled landing late Monday in Japan to wait out bad weather. Swiss pilot André Borschberg took off from Nanjing, China, on Sunday on what was to be the longest leg of the journey, a six-day, 8,175-kilometer (5,079-mile) flight to Hawaii. (Takuya Inaba/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORYTOKYO (AP) — Ultimately when it comes to adventure, however advanced the technology, the weather holds the trump card.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:43:56 -0400
Malaysian brothers get settlement in Flight 370 law suit
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two Malaysian boys whose father was a passenger on the jetliner that vanished in March last year secured an out of court settlement in the tragedy's first legal case against Malaysia Airlines and the government.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:43:27 -0400
Japan PM to pledge 26% greenhouse gas cut

Fukuoka city on Japan's southern main island of Kyushu is seen blanketed in smog, in March 2013Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he would pledge a 26 percent cut in the country's greenhouse gas emissions, ahead of a global summit on climate change this year. Abe also promised to take a "leading role" in the international drive to reduce pollutants blamed for global warming. "This is an ambitious target which is no way inferior to other countries internationally," Abe said in a climate change cabinet meeting Tuesday.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:42:59 -0400
Kerry focused on Iran talks despite broken leg

US Secretary of State John Kerry, pictured riding here in March 2015, broke his right femur in a cycling accident in the village of Scionzier near ChamonixUS top diplomat John Kerry remains focused on nailing down a nuclear deal with Iran and plans to join the final negotiations in late June despite breaking his leg in a cycling accident, officials said. The globe-trotting Kerry landed in Boston from Geneva on a military C-17 plane accompanied by his personal doctor late Monday. Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Kerry was in "good spirits" Monday and had spoken to several European counterparts to apologize for cancelling stops in Madrid and Paris.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:39:50 -0400
Rescuers working to free five more from capsized China ship
BEIJING (Reuters) - Rescuers are working to save five more passengers trapped inside the hull of a passenger ship that capsized on China's Yangtze River with 458 people on board, the official People's Daily said on its microblog on Tuesday. A 65-year-old woman was pulled alive from the wreck, although state media had earlier given her age as 85. Five bodies have been recovered from the ship that capsized late on Monday. Rescuers are working in bad weather to find more survivors. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Paul Tait)
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:39:34 -0400
Report: Survivors yell for help in China boat sinking

In this image taken from video released by China's CCTV, rescue workers listen for a response to their tapping on the hull of a capsized ship on the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei province Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The small cruise ship sank overnight in China's Yangtze River during a storm, state media said Tuesday. Chinese words on the bottom read "Ferry capsize on Yangtze." (CCTV via AP Video) CHINA OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES, EDITORIAL USE ONLYBEIJING (AP) — Rescuers pulled six survivors to safety after hearing cries for help Tuesday from inside a capsized cruise ship that went down overnight in a storm on China's Yangtze River with 458 people aboard, most of them elderly, state broadcaster CCTV said.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:38:46 -0400
Latest on China Boat Sinking: Relatives seek news from gov't

A man grieves for his missing parents as his aunt calls on her phone outside a travel agency which was involved in organizing a Yangtze River cruise, in Shanghai, China Tuesday June 2, 2015. A small cruise ship sank overnight in China's Yangtze River during a storm, state media said Tuesday. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — The latest on the capsized cruise ship on China's Yangtze River:


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:32:33 -0400
Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Rescuers pulled out six trapped survivors after hearing cries for help Tuesday from inside a capsized cruise ship that went down overnight in a storm on China's Yangtze River with 458 people aboard, most of them elderly, state broadcaster CCTV said. At least other 12 people are known to have survived, some of them by swimming ashore, and five people were confirmed dead in the accident late Monday during a cruise from Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing, the broadcaster said.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:32:29 -0400
At Iran anti-IS cartoon contest, pens also jab the West

The work of Moroccan cartoonist Benaji Naji is displayed in the Daesh (Islamic State jihadist group) International Cartoon and Caricature Contest on May 31, 2015 in TehranCaricatures of Arab and Western leaders appeared beside those of top jihadists at an Iranian cartoon contest on Islamic State group crimes that drew entries from artists around the world. Political cartoons have a long tradition in Iran, despite many restrictions in the staunchly conservative Islamic republic on taboo subjects such as the supreme leader, the clergy and military. Launched last week, the International Daesh Cartoon and Caricature Contest attracted 300 entries from more than 40 countries -- including Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia and Morocco.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:20:32 -0400
Rohingya migrants raped at Thai-Malaysia border camps: report

Royal Malaysian Police personnel walk towards the dense jungle area in Wang Kelian that leads to an abandoned migrant camp used by people-smugglers, on May 28, 2015Muslim Rohingya women who were held at human-trafficking camps in Thailand and Malaysia were subjected to gang rapes by their captors, assaults that left at least two of them pregnant, a Malaysian media report said. Malaysia's state-run Bernama news agency quoted a Rohingya survivor of the camps, Nur Khaidha Abdul Shukur, as saying young women would be taken away nightly from the jungle post where she was held near Padang Besar in Thailand. The report also quoted her husband Nurul Amin Nobi Hussein saying he witnessed similar crimes taking place at nearby camps on the Malaysian side of the border.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:16:09 -0400
U.S. floats conservation measures for imperiled bull trout
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed on Tuesday actions needed to support imperiled bull trout, an iconic native fish that is still found in pristine, cold-water streams and some lakes in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The proposed measures, which will stay open for public comment until July 20, divide threatened bull trout in the mainland United States into six areas targeted for recovery and seek to tailor conservation efforts to the specific challenges facing fish in waters from east central Idaho to southern Oregon. The overall range of bull trout is thought to have decreased by as much as 60 percent when it was added in 1998 to the federal endangered and threatened species list, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:07:34 -0400
Black and Jewish WWI heroes finally getting Medal of Honor

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2012, file photo, Elsie Shemin-Roth flips through a book documenting the heroic acts of her father, William Shemin, during World War I, at her home in Labadie, Mo. Two World War I Army heroes, Shemin and Pvt. Henry Johnson are finally getting the Medal of Honor they may have been denied because of discrimination, nearly 100 years after bravely rescuing comrades on the battlefields of France. President Barack Obama plans to posthumously bestow the nation’s highest military honor on both men for their actions in 1918 during a White House ceremony Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Two World War I Army heroes — one black, one Jewish — are finally getting the Medal of Honor they may have been denied because of discrimination, nearly 100 years after bravely rescuing comrades on the battlefields of France.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:02:00 -0400
Crocodile-skin handbag sells for a record $222,912: Christie's

A crocodile-skin Hermes handbag, part of the "Birkin" series named after British-born French actress and singer Jane Birkin, was sold for US$222,912 at a Christie's auction in Hong KongA fuchsia-coloured crocodile-skin Hermes bag has broken the record for the most expensive handbag sold at auction, selling for US$222,912 at a Christie's auction in Hong Kong. The final price realised at the Monday auction was around 15 percent more than the auction house's estimate. "With its 18k white gold and diamond hardware, Hermès Shiny Fuchsia Porosus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 35 dazzled the crowds, achieving a HK$1.72 million record," Christie's said in the statement.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 01:38:58 -0400
Person rescued from inside capsized Chinese vessel: state TV
BEIJING (Reuters) - Divers have rescued an elderly passenger who was trapped inside a ship that capsized on the Yangtze River in southern China with 458 people on board, state television said on Tuesday. Only about a dozen survivors have been rescued so far from the ship that capsized late on Monday. State media also reported earlier that five bodies had been recovered. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Koh Guiqing; Editing by Paul Tait)
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 01:33:26 -0400
Irish broadcaster seeks permission to report speech accusing billionaire

Digicel Chairman Denis O'Brien poses on the rooftop of his company's headquarters in Port-au-PrinceBy Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's state broadcaster will appeal on Tuesday for a court to let it report a lawmaker’s speech in parliament that accused a billionaire of obtaining sweetheart bank loans, a ruling that could determine how far Irish courts can go to muzzle the press. At issue is whether “absolute privilege” of lawmakers to speak up in parliament - and news organizations to report their remarks - trumps the wide power of Irish courts to halt publication of stories that they rule may be libelous. Ireland's domestic media have so far mainly complied with a court order banning reporting of accusations against billionaire press baron Denis O'Brien, even though lawmaker Catherine Murphy stood up in parliament last week to repeat the allegations.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 01:32:16 -0400
Expedition returns to South Pacific to crack Amelia Earhart mystery

The quest to solve one of aviation's most enduring mysteries, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, shown here in the cockpit of her plane in the 1930s, resumes on a South Pacific atoll next weekThe quest to solve one of aviation's most enduring mysteries, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, resumes on a South Pacific atoll next week -- with a cruise ship looking on for the first time. The 11th TIGHAR expedition will be searching for more clues to back up the theory that the celebrated American aviatrix crash-landed on Nikumaroro when she vanished in 1937 during a round-the-world flight. "The object is to see if we can add to the preponderance of evidence that we have assembled in the course of 27 years and 10 expeditions to the island," said Ric Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR -- the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 01:30:16 -0400
Fear reigns in northern Mali's 'besieged' capital

A French soldier of Operation Barkhane, an anti-terrorist operation in the Sahel, patrols at a market in Gao, northern Mali, on May 30, 2015They were sleeping out in the open along the banks of the river Niger to escape the stifling summer heat when a rocket fired at a nearby UN base sent the vegetable growers of Gao and their families running for cover. Dawn was about to break in northern Mali's main city when the Islamists attacked. The idiots doing this don't give a damn about Mali.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 01:14:09 -0400
Japanese government seeks to reassure public over pension data leak

Japan Pension Service president Mizushima bows in apology during a news conference in TokyoBy Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government sought on Tuesday to assure the Japanese public their pensions were not at risk after a big data leak, an incident with echoes of a scandal that helped oust Abe during his first term in office. The leak, underscoring what critics have long charged is Japan's vulnerability to cyber attacks, coincide with Abe's push to legislate a big shift from post-war pacifism, keep a nascent recovery on track and craft plans to rein in public debt. News of the hacking came days after the United States and Japan announced Washington would extend its cyber defense umbrella over its ally to help it cope with the growing threat of attacks against military bases and infrastructure.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 01:06:57 -0400
Mexican teachers protest education reform after government weakens stance

Police officers stand guard as CNTE teachers' union members march past the Revolution Monument in Mexico CityBy Max De Haldevang MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Thousands of Mexican teachers protested on the streets of Mexico City on Monday against a crucial part of President Enrique Pena Nieto's education reform, sensing that government support for it was crumbling. On Friday, the Education Ministry said it would suspend the planned teacher evaluations opposed by militant teaching unions in Mexico, which fear it will curb their power.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 01:02:54 -0400
The Latest on China Boat Sinking: Rescuers hear survivors

Rescue workers prepare to head out on boats on the Yangtze River to search for missing passengers after a ship capsized in central China's Hubei province Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The passenger ship carrying more than 450 people sank overnight in the Yangtze River during a storm in southern China, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — 12:45 p.m. (0445 GMT)


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:45:16 -0400
3D printers get Ugandan amputees back on their feet

Ugandan schoolboy Jesse Ayebazibwe, 9, sits next to his 3D-printed artificial limb at the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Uganda in Wakiso on April 24, 2015Doctors amputated Ugandan schoolboy Jesse Ayebazibwe's right leg when he was hit by a truck while walking home from school three years ago. Now an infrared scanner, a laptop and a pair of 3D printers are changing everything for Jesse and others like him, offering him the chance of a near-normal life. "The process is quite short, that's the beauty of the 3D printers," said Moses Kaweesa, an orthopaedic technologist at Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services (CoRSU) in Uganda which, together with Canada's University of Toronto and the charity Christian Blind Mission, is making the prostheses.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:18:54 -0400
Broadcaster says rescuers hear survivors yelling for help in capsized ship in China's Yangtze
BEIJING (AP) — Broadcaster says rescuers hear survivors yelling for help in capsized ship in China's Yangtze.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:16:53 -0400
All Blacks lock Patrick Tuipulotu to have hip surgery
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lock Patrick Tuipulotu will be sidelined for the rest of the year due to surgery to correct a developmental defect in both hips.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:06:22 -0400
Five bodies recovered from capsized Chinese ship
BEIJING (Reuters) - Five bodies have been recovered so far from a ship that capsized on the Yangtze River in southern China with 458 people on board, a state-run newspaper reported on Tuesday. The official Hubei Daily said on its microblog that 12 survivors had also been rescued. The ship capsized late on Monday. Many of those on board are elderly Chinese tourists. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Paul Tait)
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:01:52 -0400
CONCACAF executive says organization is working with DOJ
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — CONCACAF's acting general secretary said the organization is cooperating with the U.S. Justice Department while it investigates allegations of corruption in FIFA.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Jun 2015 23:58:26 -0400
Captain of capsized Chinese vessel detained: Xinhua
BEIJING (Reuters) - The captain and chief engineer of a vessel carrying 458 people that capsized on the Yangtze River in southern China have been detained by police for questioning, the state-run Xinhua news agency said on its official microblog on Tuesday. It gave no other details. The ship capsized in a storm late on Monday. Only about a dozen people have been rescued so far. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Michael Martina; Editing by Paul Tait)
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Jun 2015 23:49:41 -0400
South Korea reports 2 deaths from MERS

South Korean acting Prime Minister Choi Kyung-hwan, right, talks with Health and Welfare Minister Moon Hyung-pyo, left, during a meeting to discuss ways to counter the spread of the MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country's first two deaths from MERS as it fights to contain the spread of the virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. (Choi Dong-joon/Newsis via AP) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of the virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Jun 2015 23:39:28 -0400
Latvia to choose president in controversial 'black box' vote

Latvia's President Andris Berzins, pictured during a visit to the White House in Washington, DC, in August 2013Four candidates are in the race, but given Latvia's indirect presidential voting system and its fractious 100-member parliament, it is unclear whether anyone will win the required 51 votes to replace centrist President Andris Berzins. "What goes on in parliament on election day is very much a 'black box'," University of Latvia political scientist Ivars Ijabs told AFP. The Latvian president is commander in chief of the armed forces, nominates the prime minister and has the right to propose and return legislation to parliament.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Jun 2015 23:36:24 -0400
 

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