Friday, 2:01 AM
By Minami Funakoshi HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Barack Obama became the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Hiroshima on Friday, laying a wreath at the site of the world's first atomic bombing in a gesture Tokyo and Washington hope will showcase their alliance and invigorate efforts to end nuclear arms. The two governments hope Obama's tour of Hiroshima, where an atomic bomb killed thousands instantly on Aug. 6, 1945, and some 140,000 by the year's end, underscores a new level of reconciliation and tighter ties between the former enemies. "We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past," Obama said after laying a wreathe at a peace memorial.
Friday, 1:31 AM
By Tetsushi Kajimoto ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - The Group of Seven industrial powers pledged on Friday to seek strong global growth, while papering over differences on currencies and stimulus policies and expressing concern over North Korea, Russia and maritime disputes involving China. G7 leaders wrapped up a summit in central Japan vowing to use "all policy tools" to boost demand and ease supply constraints. "Global growth remains moderate and below potential, while risks of weak growth persist," they said in a declaration.
Friday, 2:45 AM
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters captured territory from Syrian rebels in an area near the Turkish border on Friday and were close to cutting off an insurgent-held town, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The jihadists seized a number of villages around the town of Marea, north of Aleppo, and had almost fully encircled it, the British-based monitoring group said. The advance also brought them closer to Azaz, a town 6 km (4 miles) from Turkey. ...... read more
Friday, 2:34 AM
Three soldiers from Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's elite bodyguard unit were sentenced to one year in prison Friday for beating up two opposition lawmakers, a case a human rights group has called a "blatant cover-up". The trio of soldiers turned themselves in days after the incident and admitted to attacking the two opposition MPs, Kong Sakphea and Nhoy Chamreoun, after a parliament session in October. "The court decides... to sentence (the three defendants) to four years in prison each, but they must serve only one year in jail while the remaining sentence is suspended," judge Heng Sokna said at Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
Friday, 2:24 AM
Israeli environment minister Avi Gabbay announced his resignation on Friday, saying the appointment of a hardline nationalist as defence minister had created an "extremist government". Gabbay said that he was "unable to swallow" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to take the defence portfolio from former general Moshe Yaalon and hand it to Avigdor Lieberman, who has pledged harsh measures against Palestinian "terrorists". Yaalon resigned from the government a week ago in protest, warning of a rising tide of extremism in the party and the country as a whole.
Friday, 2:20 AM
Ise-Shima (Japan) (AFP) - Pumping up the world economy is an "urgent priority" G7 leaders said Friday, as they warned there could be dire global consequences if Britain decides to leave the EU. Wrapping up their meeting in rural Japan, the leaders endorsed a pick-and-mix approach to dealing with the malaise that has lingered since the financial crisis erupted in 2008. "Global growth is our urgent priority," the G7 said in a final statement.
Thursday, 10:34 PM
Stephen Curry scored 31 points as the defending champion Golden State Warriors kept their record-setting season alive with a 120-111 win over Oklahoma City in game five of their Western Conference playoff. "We did what we are supposed to the do -- win at home," said Curry. After a record-setting 73 regular season wins, desperation set in for Golden State on Thursday as they trimmed the Thunder's lead to 3-2 in the series.
Thursday, 10:00 PM
(Reuters) - Andrew Bogut responded to his coach's challenge with a big game for the Golden State Warriors as they kept alive their NBA season on Thursday. Before Game Five of their Western Conference final against Oklahoma City, Steve Kerr said he needed his Australian center to stay out of foul trouble early and contribute more minutes to his team's waning hopes of winning consecutive championships. Bogut came through, picking up just one foul in the first half and three the entire game, playing an important role in the Warriors' 120-111 victory that sends the series back to Oklahoma with the Thunder leading 3-2 going into Saturday's Game Six.... read more
Thursday, 9:05 PM
(The Sports Xchange) - Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes bombed in 3-pointers on consecutive possessions during an eight-point flurry that opened a 12-point lead early in the fourth quarter, and the Golden State Warriors held on from there to stay alive in the Western Conference finals with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma Thunder on Thursday night. The victory trimmed Golden State's deficit in the best-of-seven to 3-2, with the series returning to Oklahoma City for another possible close-out game for the Thunder on Saturday night. Stephen Curry poured in 31 points, going 10-for-10 from the free-throw line, as the Warriors overcame a 40-point explosion by Thunder star Kevin Durant to keep their hopes of a title repeat alive.
Friday, 2:51 AM
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” A Connecticut commission is expected to approve a $22 million loan and grant package to help the world's largest hedge fund upgrade its offices... read more
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Eight automakers said on Friday they are recalling more than 12 million vehicles in new recalls related to defective Takata air bags, according to documents posted by U.S. government regulators. Honda Motor Co is calling back 4.5 million U.S. vehicles, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is recalling 4.3 million, the documents show. The recalls come after Japan's Takata earlier this month agreed to declare up to 40 million additional inflators defective by 2019, a move that will prompt 17 automakers to issue vehicle recalls.
Friday, 2:22 AM
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Friday, 1:45 AM
HONG KONG/HELSINKI (Reuters) - China's Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co Ltd has abandoned its $3.4 billion bid for U.S. crane maker Terex Corp after failing to agree terms, clearing the way for a smaller deal between Terex and Finland's Konecranes . The decision comes after months of merger talks between the three companies and marks the latest setback to corporate China's ambitions to acquire U.S. assets. Zoomlion and Konecranes had both bid for Terex to help them better cope with cooling Chinese and weak European demand in the cranes business.
Friday, 2:00 AM
Upgrade of Toxic Substances Control Act long overdue... read more
Friday, 1:55 AM
AstraZeneca said on Friday U.S. regulators would not approve its new drug for high potassium levels at present due to a manufacturing issue, dealing a blow to a product acquired when it bought ZS Pharma for $2.7 billion last year. Analysts said the drug's launch would now likely be delayed until 2017 after the British drugmaker said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had issued a so-called complete response letter (CRL) for ZS-9, or sodium zirconium cyclosilicate. "The CRL refers to observations arising from a pre-approval manufacturing inspection," AstraZeneca said.
Friday, 1:37 AM
By Kylie MacLellan and Ben Hirschler ISE-SHIMA, Japan/LONDON (Reuters) - Britain told the G7 industrial powers on Friday to do more to fight killer superbugs as the United States reported the first case in the country of a patient with bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic. U.S. scientists said the infection in a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman "heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria" because it could not be controlled even by colistin, an antibiotic reserved for "nightmare" bugs. In Japan, British Prime Minister David Cameron said leading countries needed to tackle resistance by reducing the use of antibiotics and rewarding drug companies for developing new medicines.