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Civilians emerge as pawns in South China Sea legal chess game

Still image from United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly IslandsNot far away, China is building lighthouses and weather stations on reclaimed land. Further north, a Chinese cruise ship takes "patriotic" tourists to a separate group of contested islands. Little noticed in the heated debate over the potential military use of China's holdings is a growing civilian presence across the South China Sea - a trend that potentially complicates any future armed conflict while buttressing competing claims to territory.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 03:26:57 -0400
U.S. says need to save lives as Asia migrant crisis talks begin

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn poses with delegates during an opening ceremony of the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean at a hotel in BangkokBy Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Kanupriya Kapoor BANGKOK (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday that thousands of vulnerable migrants adrift in Southeast Asian seas needed urgent rescue, as Myanmar told a regional meeting on the crisis that it was not to blame. More than 3,000 migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar have landed in Indonesia and Malaysia since Thailand launched a crackdown on human trafficking gangs this month. "We have to save lives urgently," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard told reporters on her way into the meeting at a Bangkok hotel.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 01:14:29 -0400
Exclusive: Mexican president misrepresented personal land deal, records show

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto reacts during a ceremony to sign into law a new-anti corruption legislation, at the National Palace in Mexico CityBy Simon Gardner VALLE DE BRAVO, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto misrepresented to authorities the circumstances under which he acquired one of his properties, public documents reviewed by Reuters show, a discrepancy that could add to a controversy surrounding his personal finances. According to an official asset declaration first made in 2013, Pena Nieto stated that he acquired the property through a "donation" or gift from his father. Pena Nieto, who made his asset declaration public in 2013 as part of a transparency and accountability push, has since updated and ratified this declaration twice.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 00:32:12 -0400
Blatter seeks re-election as scandal engulfs FIFA

FIFA President Blatter arrives for opening ceremony of 65th FIFA Congress in ZurichBy Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - The embattled head of world soccer, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, is expected to be re-elected on Friday despite growing calls for his resignation amid a corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport's governing body. At a meeting in Zurich starting at 0730 GMT, up to 209 FIFA members will choose between Blatter, who is seeking his fifth term as president, and his sole challenger Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan. Anger within Europe's powerful regional soccer body UEFA and other members over the damage allegations of graft are doing to FIFA is unlikely to be enough to topple the 79-year-old Swiss, who is backed by the Asian and African confederations.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:59:48 -0400
Rebels capture last Syrian town in Idlib province

Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front carry their weapons as they move towards their positions during an offensive to take control of the northwestern city of Ariha from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Idlib provinceBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army has pulled back from the northwestern city of Ariha after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the last city in Idlib province in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border that was still held by the government. Syria's al Qaeda offshoot Nusra Front is a major part of the coalition. The Syrian army said intense fighting was going on with Nusra forces that had infiltrated Ariha.

Date Posted : Thu, 28 May 2015 18:08:18 -0400
South Korea to ban taxi services by private drivers in blow to Uber

Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in MadridBy Se Young Lee and Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean lawmakers passed a bill early on Friday to ban taxi services provided by private drivers, marking what is likely the first nationwide legislation to outlaw Uber Technologies Inc's low-cost uberX service. "Uber respects this decision by the National Assembly and looks forward to continuing its conversations with Seoul City on how to best serve Seoul and its citizens within the legal framework allowed by Korean Law," the U.S. company said in a statement to Reuters ahead of the floor vote. While the legislation, which amends an existing law on transportation services, imposes a blanket ban rather than explicitly mentioning Uber, it was pushed by lawmakers to block uberX.

Date Posted : Thu, 28 May 2015 19:00:14 -0400
Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — When the Taliban descended a month ago on Dam Shakh, a hamlet on the wheat-growing plains of northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province, nobody was prepared. "They turned up suddenly and took us completely by surprise," said resident Ghulam Sakhi of the night of April 24 when hundreds of Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack. "It was horrific. People just started running away as fast as they could and for those who stayed, we were on our own for 10 days. The government just couldn't cope."
Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 03:32:56 -0400
Blatter defiant as re-election vote looms

FIFA President Sepp Blatter (C), flanked by his girlfriend Linda Barras (L), speaks to Swiss Sports Minister Ueli Maurer at the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich on May 28, 2015FIFA president Sepp Blatter headed into a re-election vote Friday adamant that only he can clean up the world's most popular sport, to the dismay of critics who want to issue a red card to his 17-year rule. The boss of football's governing organisation brazened it out after governments joined leading figures of the global game along with deep-pocketed sponsors in crying foul over FIFA's corruption scandal. British Prime Minister David Cameron backed calls for Blatter to resign, while French President Francois Hollande said sports groups selecting the hosts of major events must be "irreproachable".

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 03:30:38 -0400
Mexico arrests senior New Generation cartel operative

State police stand guard at a ranch along the Jalisco-Michoacan highway in Tanhuato, Michoacan State, on May 23, 2015, after federal police killed 42 New Generation suspects in what authorities described as an intense gunfightMexican authorities have detained a senior operative of a drug cartel that has clashed with security forces in the western state of Jalisco in recent weeks, officials said. Victor Manuel Garcia Orozco, 47, is suspected of running criminal activities of the Jalisco New Generation cartel in the Cienega region, including drug smuggling, fuel theft and extortion, the interior ministry said. The investigation into their disappearance led to the discovery of 37 clandestine graves containing 75 bodies in the Jalisco municipality of La Barca, which borders Michoacan, the statement said.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 03:22:34 -0400
Cairo yearns for liberal heyday of its park of romance

Cairo's Merryland Park pictured in July 1963It was a symbol of a more liberal Egypt where young Muslims and Christians mingled under its leafy canopies, bands played and a young Omar Sharif wooed the glamorous Faten Hamama in the classic film romance "The River of Love". A rare oasis in a metropolis home to eight million people, Merryland park offered respite from Cairo's dusty, traffic-choked cacophony. "Merryland was a vent for eastern Cairo," said Magdy Badr al-Din, whose balcony overlooks the park.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 03:22:18 -0400
Britain's Cameron in Poland in search for support on reform

Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron, left, adjusts his earpiece as French President, Francois Hollande, speaks during a joint press conference, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron is in Warsaw as a part of a visit to four European capitals as he seeks support for renegotiating his country's relationship with the European Union.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 03:20:24 -0400
Afghan official: Kidnapped German aid worker rescued
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a German aid worker kidnapped more than a month ago in northern Afghanistan has been freed.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 03:15:44 -0400
Muhammadu Buhari takes over Nigeria in crisis

A man sells banners of former General and Nigerian President elect, Muhammadu Buhari, and Vice President elect Yemi Osibajo, outside Eagle Square, a day ahead of the Presidential Inauguration of Buhari, in Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Muhammadu Buhari takes over a nation in crisis Friday with an Islamic uprising that has made 1.5 million people homeless and coffers emptied by massive corruption.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 03:11:58 -0400
Israel begins honoring long-overlooked Jewish WWII veterans

In this Tuesday, May 19, 2015 photo, British Jewish World War II veteran Norman Cohen who landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day with the British 2nd Army as a radio operator under the command of General Miles Dempsey, poses for a photo at his home in Jerusalem. Cohen is among a dwindling population of Jewish war veterans who battled the Nazis before immigrating to Israel - a group that until recently received little recognition in the Jewish state. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)JERUSALEM (AP) — As a proud patriot, Brooklyn-born Dan Nadel enlisted in the U.S. army right after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But there was another force driving him to battle — his Jewish faith.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 03:10:31 -0400
China destroys more than 660 kilograms of smuggled ivory
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities Friday destroyed 662 kilograms of ivory that was seized after being smuggled into the country, as part of a crackdown on the illegal trade.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 03:01:07 -0400
Chile students, police clash at new protest over reforms

Students protest against what they call inadequate education reforms and heavy-handed crackdowns on recent demonstrations, in Santiago on May 28, 2015Chilean police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse stone-throwing students protesting against what they call inadequate education reforms and heavy-handed crackdowns on recent demonstrations. Thousands of students took to the streets of Santiago to condemn President Michelle Bachelet's reforms, claiming they fall short of overhauling an unequal education system inherited from the 1973-1990 dictatorship of late ruler Augusto Pinochet. The protest began in the early morning hours as students dragged piles of rubbish into the streets and set them on fire, blocking traffic.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:57:15 -0400
Civilians biggest losers on Afghan war's new northern front

In this Thursday, May 21, 2015 photo, an Afghan refugee woman walks near her tent in a makeshift camp on the outskirts of Kunduz province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. When the Taliban descended a month ago on Dam Shakh, a hamlet on the wheat-growing plains of northern Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, nobody was prepared. By the time they were beaten back from the provincial capital of Kunduz, more than 100,000 people were forced from their homes and total of 204 war-wounded were admitted to Kunduz’s only trauma hospital, run by French NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres in less than a month. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — When the Taliban descended a month ago on Dam Shakh, a hamlet on the wheat-growing plains of northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province, nobody was prepared.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:55:26 -0400
Volcano erupts on southern Japanese island

In this image taken from a surveillance camera observed from Motomura Nishi on Kuchinoerabu island, a column of black smoke rises from Mount Shindake on the island, southern Japan, Friday, May 29, 2015. The volcano erupted on the small island about 10 a.m. local time Friday, spewing black clouds of ash and rock towering into the sky and prompting authorities to tell residents to evacuate the island. (Japan Meteorological Agency via AP) CREDIT MANDATORYTOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing black clouds of ash and rock towering into the sky and prompting authorities to tell residents to evacuate the island.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:55:13 -0400
Myanmar warns against 'finger pointing' at migrant meeting

Htin Linn, the head of the Myanmar delegation, speaks at the "Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean" regarding the Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrant crisis at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, May 29, 2015. In the past month, more than 3,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and impoverished Bangladeshis hoping to find jobs have landed on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, drawing international attention to a crisis in Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)BANGKOK (AP) — Regional talks to deal with the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia began Friday with a defensive Myanmar official criticizing those who blame his country for causing the crisis, saying "finger pointing" would not help.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:49:08 -0400
Thailand says agrees to US flights to search for boat people
BANGKOK (AP) — Bangkok has agreed to allow the U.S. military to operate flights out of Thailand to search for migrants stuck on boats, a Thai official said Friday.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:42:33 -0400
Underdog Villa aims to spring a surprise in FA Cup final
Aston Villa is one win away from ending a 19-year wait for a major trophy and it's all getting a bit too much for the second in line to the British throne.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:41:41 -0400
India's heat wave tests water supply; death toll over 1,800

An Indian man rests on a hand cart under a market umbrella on a hot day in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, May 28, 2015. Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,000 in the past month. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Dizzying temperatures killed hundreds more Indians over the past day, causing water shortages in thousands of villages and driving the death toll from a weeks-long heat wave to at least 1,826 by Friday.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:37:31 -0400
Myanmar says don't 'single us out' at migrant crisis talks

Rohingya migrants from Myanmar gather at a confinement area in Bayeun on northern Sumatra island, May 28, 2015Myanmar rebuked the UN Friday after being called on to address the cause of the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from its shores, saying it is being "singled out" for criticism at international talks. Tensions over Southeast Asia's migrant crisis were exposed as delegates from 17 nations gathered to address the flight of thousands of desperate people on boats across the Bay of Bengal, aiming for Malaysia and Indonesia. The crisis unfurled at the start of this month after a Thai crackdown on people smuggling threw the multi-million dollar industry into disarray.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:36:35 -0400
Blatter the right man for the job says power-broker Sheikh Ahmad
By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the right man for the job and should be re-elected for another four years on Friday, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, one of the most powerful men in world sport, has told Reuters in an interview. The Kuwaiti was speaking on the eve of Friday's presidential election where, despite the crisis currently engulfing FIFA, Blatter is expected to see off the challenge of 39-year-old Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein. Sheikh Ahmad, elected to FIFA's executive committee last month at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) congress, said the 79-year-old Swiss still had the support of the Asian bloc.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:34:40 -0400
US spelling bee ends in a tie -- again

Speller Vanya Shivashankar (L) of Olathe, Kansas, and speller Gokul Venkatachalam (R) of St. Louis, Missouri, hold up the trophy after winning the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 28, 2015 in National Harbor, MarylandThe world's premier spelling bee ended in a tie in the US for a second year in a row after an intense 10-round showdown between two young contestants who tackled some of the English language's most obscure words. Vanya Shivashankar, 13, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, together hoisted the gold trophy amid a flurry of confetti after they clinched the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Venkatachalam, a basketball fanatic sporting sharp Air Jordans, also tackled such tongue-twisters as poblacion, caudillismo and nixtamal with panache.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:23:40 -0400
Russia steps up propaganda push with online "Kremlin trolls"

In this picture taken on Sunday, April 19, 2015, a women enters the four-story building known as the "troll factory" in St. Petersburg, Russia. The “troll factory” is where hundreds of young Russians work around the clock writing blogs and posting comments on the Internet staunchly supporting President Vladimir Putin and attacking the West. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Deep inside a four-story marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the front lines of an information war, say those who have been inside. Known as "Kremlin trolls," the men and women work 12-hour shifts around the clock, flooding the Internet with propaganda aimed at stamping President Vladimir Putin's world vision on Russia, and the world.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:09:46 -0400
FIFA President Blatter asks to be re-elected despite crisis

FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks at the opening ceremony of the FIFA congress in Zuerich, Switzerland, Thursday, May 28, 2015. The FIFA congress with the president's election is scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2015 in Zurich. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter will seek another term as FIFA president later Friday after asking soccer leaders to entrust him with guiding the governing body's recovery from a corruption crisis — again.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:07:08 -0400
Japan data show spending, factory output muted as yen falls

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2015 file photo, people walk a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo. Japan's jobless rate dropped to an 18-year low in April, but industrial production, inflation and household spending were muted as consumers kept purse strings tight. The government said Friday, May 29, 2015 that the unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in April, the lowest since April 1997, as firms stepped up hiring. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, FIle)TOKYO (AP) — Japanese data on Friday showed a mixed outlook for the world's third-largest economy while a renewed decline in the value of the yen is adding to uncertainty over whether the recovery is gaining ground.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:04:20 -0400
Cameron urges 'flexible and imaginative' EU reforms

Prime Minister David Cameron (C) leaves after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande (L) on May 28, 2015 at the Elysee presidential Palace in ParisPrime Minister David Cameron prepared Friday to lobby German Chancellor Angela Merkel for "flexible and imaginative" EU reforms, but faces an uphill battle against Franco-German plans for a more integrated eurozone. The second day of Cameron's European tour came as his government published a law paving the way for the controversial vote on whether Britain should leave the EU that must be held by the end of 2017. The prime minister has moved rapidly to kickstart efforts to secure EU reforms before the referendum which he promised voters ahead of his surprise election win earlier this month.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 02:01:53 -0400
Alleged Nazi war criminal wanted by Russia dies in Quebec

FILE - In this April 25, 2012 file photo, Vladimir Katriuk stands at his honeybee farm in Ormstown, Quebec. The second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of Nazi war criminals — charged earlier this month by Russia with genocide — has died at age 93, his lawyer said. Katriuk passed away last week after a long illness, Orest Rudzik said Thursday, May 28, 2015. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDITMONTREAL (AP) — The second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of Nazi war criminals — charged earlier this month by Russia with genocide — has died at age 93, his lawyer said.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 01:45:35 -0400
Japanese island to be evacuated after volcano erupts

A video grab from the Japan Meteorological Agency's live camera image shows an eruption of Mount Shindake on Kuchinoerabujima island,JapanBy Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima erupted suddenly on Friday, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky, prompting authorities to start evacuating the island and airlines to re-route flights. A pyroclastic flow of super-heated gas and rock flowed down the side of Mount Shindake and reached the ocean after the mountain's "explosive" eruption, but officials said there was no danger to human life. "There was a huge bang and black smoke rose up immediately," Nobuaki Hayashi, an island official, told NHK television, adding that residents were gathering to await evacuation.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 01:39:30 -0400
Buhari to be sworn in as Nigeria president after historic win

A vendor sells wrist watches with portraits of Nigerian president-elect Mohammadu Buhari ahead of a handover ceremony in Abuja, on May 28, 2015Muhammadu Buhari becomes Nigeria's new head of state on Friday, in an unprecedented ceremony after he won the first opposition victory over a sitting president in the nation's history. The 72-year-old takes charge of Africa's most populous nation, which is facing crises on several fronts, from severe economic turmoil to Boko Haram's still-raging Islamist insurgency. The inauguration, before visiting heads of state and dignitaries, comes 32 years after the former army general seized power in a military coup.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 01:34:43 -0400
Thailand has 600 new 'boat people' in holding areas: deputy PM
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has 600 new "boat people" in temporary holding areas, the country's Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn said on Friday. There were still more migrants out at sea, Tanasak said, talking to reporters at a press conference during a regional meeting on Southeast Asia's migrant crisis. He did not say when the 600 new migrants arrived or where in Thailand they were being held. (Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Alex Richardson)
Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 01:16:42 -0400
New stars likely to be found at Under-20 World Cup in NZ

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2015 file photo, Argentina's Giovanni Simeone celebrates after scoring a goal against Paraguay during a South America Under-20 soccer match in Montevideo, Uruguay. Though it will be staged on the opposite end of the earth from the most glamorous leagues and the turmoil of corruption investigations into senior soccer officials, the under-20 World Cup is set to be a showcase for a new generation of talent. Simeone, who was the leading scorer in the qualifying tournament with nine goals, is expected to be among front-runners for the Golden Ball. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A world away from the turmoil of corruption and political infighting plaguing soccer, there will be a reminder this weekend of what is best about the game — the talent showcase of the Under-20 World Cup.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 01:14:01 -0400
AP Exclusive: UN rights staff fear for jobs amid abuse case

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2006, file photo, Anders Kompass, the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights representative in Guatemala, speaks with members of the media during a news conference in Guatemala City. The U.N.’s poor handling of child sex abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers in the field fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body’s human rights chief obtained by The Associated Press. The letter dated May 8 from U.N. human rights field staffers is an angry response to last month’s suspension of colleague Kompass for telling French authorities, a decision that the U.N. Dispute Tribunal reversed this month. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s poor handling of child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body's human rights chief obtained by The Associated Press.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 01:02:48 -0400
For 2nd year in a row National Spelling Bee ends in tie

Eesha Sohail, 13, of Bakersfield, Calif. reacts as she incorrectly spells "morphallaxis" during the semifinals of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)OXON HILL, Maryland (AP) — They couldn't be rattled. They couldn't be denied. Indian-Americans Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 00:59:07 -0400
Australia confident Great Barrier Reef not 'in danger'

An aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of QueenslandAustralia said Friday it was confident it had done enough to prevent the United Nations from listing the Great Barrier Reef, the world's biggest coral reef ecosystem, as being 'in danger'. Amid concerns about planned coastal developments, including ports, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is set to announce overnight a draft decision on the site, which teems with marine life. "They can see we are doing real work to improve the reef," Environment Minister Greg Hunt told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 00:45:34 -0400
Future at stake, Republicans crowd into White House race

Supporters gather to listen to former US senator Rick Santorum announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for president at Penn United Technologies May 27, 2015 in Cabot, PennsylvaniaWith eight declared Republican presidential hopefuls and eight more expected to run, consensus has been brushed aside for 2016, as GOP rivals battle to shape the future of the party, and America, in the post-Obama era. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton may have the aura of inevitability about her, but it is another world for the GOP, where social conservatives and fiscal hawks are galloping alongside moderates as they race to see which philosophy prevails. Republican tradition has largely had it that party leaders engage in the so-called "imaginary primary," in which the establishment anoints a consensus candidate before the primary contests kick off at the start of an election year.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 00:42:28 -0400
Ex-FIFA vice president Warner leaves jail in ambulance

FILE - In this Thursday, June 2, 2011 file photo, suspended FIFA executive Jack Warner gestures during a news conference held shortly after his arrival at the airport in Port-of-Spain, in his native Trinidad and Tobago. Warner was one of the 14 people indicted Wednesday May 27, 2015 in the U.S. on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur, File)PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner left a Trinidad jail by ambulance Thursday, a day after he was charged in a U.S. corruption case that has led to the arrests of more than a dozen international soccer officials and businessmen.

Date Posted : Fri, 29 May 2015 00:39:47 -0400
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