NEW DELHI (AP) â India's finance minister announced the government's new budget on Saturday, promising a slew of measures that attempt to balance welfare spending with high economic growth and infrastructure development, while vowing to keep a tight control on the fiscal deficit.
KORIYAMA, Japan (AP) â Britain's Prince William is spending the latter half of his four-day stay in Japan, starting Saturday, in the country's tsunami-ravaged northeast, a visit certain to draw global attention to the stories of survival and continuing suffering in the region.
New Zealand reached the World Cup quarter-finals with a nail-biting one-wicket win over Australia in Auckland on Saturday, while 5,500km away in Perth India destroyed the amateurs of the UAE by nine wickets. New Zealand carved out a fourth win in four games in Pool A but, in pursuit of just 152 and sitting comfortably at 78 for one, the Black Caps were crippled by sudden stage-fright as their next eight wickets fell for just 68 runs with 40,000 fans at Eden Park on the edge of their seats.
Voters in the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho went to the polls Saturday in a snap election, six months after an alleged coup bid plunged the country into a political crisis. Voting got underway at 0500 GMT at more than 2,000 polling stations across the landlocked nation, which is completely surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho has been mired in a political crisis since Prime Minister Thomas Thabane suspended parliament in June 2014 to avoid a motion that would have seen him ousted from power after his fragile coalition government fell apart. Thabane described the violence as a coup attempt fuelled by the opposition and fled to neighbouring South Africa.
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry rebounded from a poor shooting performance to combine for 47 points as the Golden State Warriors whipped the Toronto Raptors 113-89 on Friday. Thompson tallied 25 points with five assists and Curry finished with 22 points with five rebounds in front of a crowd of 19,800 at the Air Canada Centre arena. Thompson and Curry carried the load Friday, joining forces to shoot 17-of-31 against the Swiss cheese Toronto defense.
BOSTON (AP) â Publicity hasn't jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's right to an impartial jury, a federal appeals panel says, and opening statements can proceed next week as scheduled in the city where the deadly explosions occurred almost two years ago.
HSBC , in the spotlight after details emerged about how its Swiss unit allegedly helped clients dodge taxes, isn't the troublemaker it is currently depicted as, the head of a rival private bank was quoted saying on Saturday. "HSBC has been described as the troublemaker in class, and it is not," Carlos Esteve, founder and CEO of Geneva-based Heritage, said in an interview with Swiss daily Le Temps. "HSBC was among the first to take steps to regularize its clients. Founded in 1986, Banque Heritage is part of a program brokered by the Swiss government for Swiss banks to come clean on their untaxed American clients, paying fines and cooperating with authorities in order to avoid prosecution.
By Reuters Staff CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. and Liberian researchers have started a clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc's Ebola drug ZMapp, an experimental treatment that has already been tried in a handful of Ebola patients, including two U.S. missionaries. The trial, a joint effort by the Liberian government and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), will be conducted in Liberia and the United States among adults and children infected with Ebola, NIAID said on Friday.
By Kyle Plantz LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Doctors should take the lead in supporting political efforts to cut the pace of climate change and encouraging more people to see the problem as a crucial issue for public health, experts say. With the 68th World Health Assembly coming up in May in Geneva, countries are poised to adopt the world's first resolution on air pollution and health, in an effort to reduce premature deaths linked to air pollution. Studies have found that air pollution can worsen a variety of health problems, from heart disease to strokes, said Carlos Dora, coordinator of public health and the environment at the World Health Organization (WHO).