The hands of election workers are seen as they count votes of the 2015 presidential elections of Togo, in Lome

Early Togo election results give president lead; rival cries foul

Reuters - By David Lewis and John Zodzi LOME (Reuters) - Togo's main opposition candidate complained on Monday of widespread irregularities in Saturday's presidential election and called for the announcement …

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    Apple's quarterly revenue jumps 27 percent

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc reported a 27 percent rise in quarterly revenue as iPhone sales surged and the company raised its share repurchase program by $50 billion. The most valuable publicly traded U.S. company said net income rose to $13.57 billion, or $2.33 per share, from $10.22 billion, or $1.66 per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $58.01 billion in the second quarter ended March 28, from $45.65 billion a year earlier. Apple increased its share repurchase authorization to $140 billion from $90 billion announced last year. ... More »

    Reuters - 17 minutes ago
  • Google, Facebook join Red Cross to find thousands missing after Nepal  …

    Google, Facebook join Red Cross to find thousands missing after Nepal  …

    By Nita Bhalla and Joseph D'Urso NEW DELHI/LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - German development worker Caroline Siebald and her boyfriend Charles Gertler, an American glaciologist, were on a rafting trip in Nepal when the earthquake struck and initially panicked about how to let their families know they were safe. After about 30 attempts, Gertler, 25, managed to get a phone call through to his mother in Massachusetts in the United States, and she registered them as safe on Facebook's "Safety Check". Within minutes, their friends and families saw the news. "I had messages from my best friends in kindergarten saying 'Oh my God, I'm so glad you're alive'", Siebald, 22, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. More »

    Reuters - 26 minutes ago
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    Associated Press - 33 minutes ago
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    Microsoft phones infringe patents: U.S. International Trade Commission …

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    Reuters - 33 minutes ago
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    Reuters - 38 minutes ago
  • Salma Hayek pays tribute to Lebanese roots with film of 'The Proph …

    Salma Hayek pays tribute to Lebanese roots with film of 'The Proph …

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    Reuters - 42 minutes ago
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    Reuters - 46 minutes ago
  • An explanation of wild birds' role in avian flu outbreak

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    Associated Press - 47 minutes ago
  • Two Elvis jets to grace Presley's Memphis home permanently

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    Reuters - 49 minutes ago
  • Facebook launches video calling in Messenger app

    Facebook launches video calling in Messenger app

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    Reuters - 55 minutes ago
  • Indonesia rebuffs last-ditch bids to delay drug-convict executions

    Indonesia rebuffs last-ditch bids to delay drug-convict executions

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    Reuters - 1 hour 12 minutes ago
  • Nepal scrambles to organise quake relief, many flee capital

    Nepal scrambles to organise quake relief, many flee capital

    By Gopal Sharma, Rupam Jain Nair and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU, Nepal (Reuters) - Nepalese officials scrambled on Monday to get aid from the main airport to people left homeless and hungry by a devastating earthquake two days earlier, while thousands tired of waiting fled the capital Kathmandu for the surrounding plains. By afternoon, the death toll from Saturday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake had climbed to more than 3,700, and reports trickling in from remote areas suggested it would rise significantly. A senior interior ministry official said it could reach as much as 5,000, in the worse such disaster in Nepal since 1934, when 8,500 people were killed. Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport was hobbled by many employees not showing up for work, people trying to get out, and a series of aftershocks which forced it to close several times since the quake. More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 15 minutes ago
  • U.S. Secretary of State Kerry to travel to Sri Lanka, Kenya and Djibou …

    U.S. Secretary of State Kerry to travel to Sri Lanka, Kenya and Djibou …

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Sri Lanka, Kenya and Djibouti from May 2, the State Department said on Monday. It will be Kerry's first trip to Sri Lanka and the first visit by a U.S. secretary of state since 2004. In Colombo, he will meet with the country's new president, Maithripala Sirisena, who beat the country's long-time leader Mahinda Rajapaksa in an election in January. In Kenya, he will focus on trade and U.S. investment, as well as regional security and the threat from Somalia's al Shaabab militants. More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 20 minutes ago
  • US stocks edge lower at start of busy week for earnings

    US stocks edge lower at start of busy week for earnings

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly lower in afternoon trading on Monday as investors brace for a busy week of corporate earnings. European shares rallied on the hopes that Greece will strike a deal with its creditors for new bailout money after it reshuffled its negotiating team. More »

    Associated Press - 1 hour 29 minutes ago
  • Sudanese President Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of vote

    Sudanese President Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of vote

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    Reuters - 1 hour 31 minutes ago
  • Indonesia rebuffs last-ditch bids to delay drug-convict executions
    Indonesia rebuffs last-ditch bids to delay drug-convict executions

    By Kanupriya Kapoor and Jane Wardell CILACAP, Indonesia/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Indonesia said the execution of nine drug traffickers would go ahead this week, rebuffing last-minute appeals from Australia and the Philippines to spare their nationals and ignoring a decision by the Constitutional Court to hear a final challenge. Australia began the day with a plea for a stay in the execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, saying reports that their trial had been tainted by corruption needed to …

  • Halt Indonesia drug executions until graft claims probed: Australia
    Halt Indonesia drug executions until graft claims probed: Australia

    Australia urged Indonesia Monday to delay the execution of two men for drug offences until a corruption probe into their case is complete, after a report that judges sought tens of thousands of dollars in bribes. "Bali Nine" drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan could face the firing squad within days, along with others from Brazil, Nigeria, the Philippines and an Indonesian prisoner. The Indonesian attorney-general's office said the executions would take place this week but did …

  • Pump prices up anew
    Pump prices up anew

    Oil companies announced yesterday another round of price hikes with independent oil firms among the first to issue their respective announcements. PTT Philippines, the local subsidiary of Thailand’s biggest oil firm, and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, another independent oil company, were among the first to issue their respective advisories. Seaoil Philippines also issued its announcement. “PTT Philippines will increase pump prices of gasoline by P0.70 per liter and of diesel by P0.30 per …

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