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  • France has 'information' Assad regime using chemical weapons: Hollande

  • French President Francois Hollande arrives to welcome the four French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year and freed yesterday, at the Villacoublay air base southwest of Paris on April 20, 2014France has "information" but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday. "We have a few elements of information but I do not have the proof," Hollande said in a radio interview after he was asked about reports that Assad was currently using chemical weapons. "What I do know is what we have seen from this regime is the horrific methods it is capable of using and the rejection of any political transition," he told the Europe 1 radio station. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the same radio station there were "indications, which have yet to be verified, that there have been recent chemical attacks".



  • Russia says Ukraine clash shows Kiev not disarming militants

  • A fatal gun battle overnight near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk shows that the Ukrainian authorities are failing to rein in armed extremists, Russia's foreign ministry said on Sunday. In a statement, the ministry said an unspecified number of innocent civilians were killed in an attack by armed men from "Right Sector," a far-right nationalist group which figured prominently in the overthrow of Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovich in February. "Russia is indignant about this provocation by gunmen, which testifies to the lack of will on the part of the Kiev authorities to rein in and disarm nationalists and extremists," the statement said. It said it was a source of surprise that the incident had happened after Russia, the European Union, the United States and Ukraine signed an April 17 accord in Geneva calling on people to desist from using violence or intimidation.
  • Carlyle launches sub-Saharan Africa fund

  • File picture shows a man cooking fish at the busy Kivukoni fish market in downtown Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaCarlyle this week became one of the first major private equity players to launch a dedicated sub-Saharan Africa fund, underscoring the growing investor interest in the continent's growing middle class. The US-listed alternative investment manager has raised $698 million (505 million euros) -- almost $200 million above its initial target -- from both African and international investors wanting to profit from the region's expanding pool of consumers with extra cash to spend. Marlon Chigwende, co-head of the firm's sub-Saharan Africa buyout advisory team, said the fund would focus on investments in the consumer, logistics, financial services and telecommunications sectors. So far it has made two investments: the Export Trading Group, a supply chain manager headquartered in Tanzania and J&J Africa, a logistics business based in Mozambique.



  • Surrender talks set with separatists in Ukraine as standoff lasts into Easter

  • People sing Ukranian national anthem as they attend a pro-Ukrainian rally in LuhanskBy Alissa de Carbonnel and Alastair Macdonald DONETSK/KIEV (Reuters) - A senior mediator from Europe's OSCE security body is due to start negotiating the surrender of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, although hopes for a rapid end to the crisis are limited. Gunmen occupying public buildings in Donetsk and other Russian-speaking border towns refuse to recognize an accord in Geneva on Thursday by which Russia, Ukraine and Kiev's U.S. and EU allies agreed that the OSCE should oversee the disarmament of militants and the evacuation of occupied facilities and streets. The coming days may determine whether unrest following the overthrow of Ukraine's pro-Moscow president can be contained. Russia, which annexed Crimea last month in the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, denies directing the separatists or planning to invade.



  • US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

  • WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
  • Sale stun Chiefs to seal European place

  • Sale scrum-half Dwayne Peel in action on October 11, 2009, at the stadium in Toulouse, southern FranceSale will play in next season's European Rugby Champions Cup after making sure of sixth place in the English Premiership table with a 55-12 win away to Exeter on Saturday. The Champions Cup will replace the European Cup and the top six teams in the Premiership are guaranteed a place among the continent's elite. "That was obviously one of our aims from today because there was a bit of pressure on us having played well all season," said Sale boss Steve Diamond. Sale scored eight tries as the Chiefs suffered their heaviest defeat in four seasons in the Premiership.



  • Boko Haram claims bombing in Nigeria's capital

  • A screengrab taken on April 19, 2014, from a video obtained by AFP shows a man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar ShekauKano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria’s capital in a video obtained Saturday, as the search continued for 85 schoolgirls still missing after a mass abduction by the Islamists. The bombing at a bus station packed with morning commuters early on Monday killed at least 75 people on the outskirts of Abuja, hours before gunmen kidnapped 129 girls from a school in northeastern Borno state, Boko Haram's base. "We are the ones who carried out the attack in Abuja," Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau said in video message obtained by AFP. Shekau, declared a global terrorist by the United States which has a $7 million (5.1 million euro) bounty on his head, spoke in Arabic and the Hausa language that is dominant in northern Nigeria, with a Kalashnikov resting on his left shoulder.



  • EU official against cutting Russia gas ties

  • BERLIN (AP) — A senior European Union official says he opposes cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years but the bloc should work on diversifying supplies.
  • Four French journalists 'free' after Syria kidnap

  • This combination shows the four French journalists (left to right) Didier Francois, Edouard Elias, Pierre Torres and Nicolas Henin who have been freed after being held captive for almost a year in SyriaFour French journalists held captive in Syria for almost a year were free and "in good health" on Saturday, President Francois Hollande told AFP, saying they would be back in France within hours. In a statement to AFP, the president said he had "learned with great relief this morning of the liberation of the four French journalists". Hollande said the four, who had been held in Syria since 2013, were "in good health despite the very challenging conditions of their captivity". Didier Francois, a reporter for Europe 1 radio, and photographer Edouard Elias were taken north of Aleppo on June 6.



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  • Leverkusen, Stuttgart claim vital Bundesliga wins

  • Nuremberg's Hiroshi Kiyotake, right,and Leverkusen's Lars Bender vie for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FC Nuremberg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Grundig-Stadion in Nuremberg, Germany, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa/Timm Schamberger)BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen reclaimed fourth place in the Bundesliga with a 4-1 with at relegation-threatened Nuremberg and Stuttgart eased its relegation fears with a 3-1 win over Schalke on Sunday.



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  • Gibraltar fire stops global online betting

  • Smoke billows behind residential buildings following an explosion at Gibraltar's power plant on April 20, 2014An explosion and fire at a Gibraltar power station Sunday blacked out much of the British outpost and halted international online betting operations with giants including William Hill and Ladbrokes. No one was harmed, police and a spokesman for the Gibraltar government said. But the blaze interrupted Gibtelecom services, bringing down worldwide betting services such as Ladbrokes, William Hill and Betfred.



  • Air strikes in Yemen kill 35 al Qaeda militants in two days

  • By Mohamed Mukhashaf ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 25 suspected al Qaeda members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in the second operation of its kind within two days. On Saturday an air strike killed 10 al Qaeda militants and three civilians in central Yemen, a country that neighbors top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and is home to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group's most lethal wings. The defense ministry did not specify the nature of the air strikes, but in both cases local sources said unmanned drone aircraft had been seen above the target areas beforehand.
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  • Monaco beats Nice 1-0 in France

  • MONACO (AP) — Dimitar Berbatov helped Monaco secure a Champions League spot with a 1-0 win over Nice in the French league on Sunday.
  • France has 'information' Assad regime using chemical weapons: Hollande

  • French President Francois Hollande arrives to welcome the four French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year and freed yesterday, at the Villacoublay air base southwest of Paris on April 20, 2014France has "information" but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday. "We have a few elements of information but I do not have the proof," Hollande said in a radio interview after he was asked about reports that Assad was currently using chemical weapons. "What I do know is what we have seen from this regime is the horrific methods it is capable of using and the rejection of any political transition," he told the Europe 1 radio station. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the same radio station there were "indications, which have yet to be verified, that there have been recent chemical attacks".



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  • Hungary remembers Holocaust amid boycotts, protests

  • A person searches her siblings on the wall of Holocaust victims at the Holocaust Musem in Budapest on April 16, 2014Pécs (Hungary) (AFP) - Hungary bean 70th anniversary commemorations of the Holocaust on Wednesday amid boycotts and protests by Jewish groups which accuse the government of whitewashing the country's role in the mass deportations of Jews in 1944. Marking the day when Hungarian Jews were first placed in ghettoes in 1944, ceremonies were held around the country as part of "Holocaust 2014", a programme of events organised by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government. In Budapest, President Janos Ader and Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics lit candles at a monument by the Danube commemorating the thousands of Jews shot into the water in 1944-1945 by the Hungarian fascist Arrow Cross militia. A ceremony was also to be held at Budapest's Holocaust Museum, with trees planted and candles lit to remember the 600,000 Hungarian Jews who perished in the Holocaust.



  • Serbia eyes renewed coalition of center-right and Socialists

  • Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and the leader of Serbian Progressive Party Vucic toasts with champagne at the party headquarters in BelgradeBy Ivana Sekularac BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia's center-right Progressive Party, which won the March election by a landslide, said on Tuesday it had offered a place in a coalition government to the Socialists of outgoing Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, despite deep differences over austerity. The two parties have been in government together since mid-2012, but the Progressives forced a snap election last month saying they needed a stronger mandate to overhaul the bloated public sector and stabilize Serbia's shaky finances. The Socialist Party (SPS) has opposed radical belt-tightening, fearing a backlash from its support base among public sector workers and pensioners. Nevertheless, Progressive Party (SNS) leader and Serbia's next prime minister, Aleksandar Vucic, said he had offered a place in a new coalition cabinet to the Socialists and a party of ethnic Hungarians.



  • Hungary's Orban retains two-thirds legislative majority

  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives his first international press conference after the parliamentary election, in the Delegation Hall of the parliament building in Budapest on April 7, 2014Budapest (AFP) - Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban retained his controlling two-thirds majority in parliament following last week's election, a final ballot count revealed early Sunday, giving him free legislative rein for the next four years.



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  • Radwanska leads Poland to 3-2 Fed Cup win vs Spain

  • BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Agnieszka Radwanska won her second singles rubber before teaming up with Alicja Rosolska to claim the decisive doubles match and give Poland a 3-2 win over Spain in their Fed Cup World Group playoff on Sunday.
  • Spain pulls level with Poland in Fed Cup

  • BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain and Poland's Fed Cup World Group playoff will be decided by the doubles match after Agnieszka Radwanska and Silvia Soler-Espinosa split Sunday's reverse singles matches.
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  • Ukraine, Russia trade blame for shootout in east

  • Masked pro-Russia insurgents show a detained man, who reportedly is a member of the Right Sector, a nationalist Ukrainian group, when people gathered at barricades in front of a regional administration building that was seized by pro-Russian activists earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Pro-Russian activists brought to the stage a man who was accused of being a member of the radical organization Right sector. They also spoke about what he had found weapons and ammunition.(AP Photo/Max Vetrov)BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead.



  • Mystery gunfight in east Ukraine sparks blame, counter-blame

  • By Aleksandar Vasovic SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian authorities in eastern Ukraine presented identity documents, maps and a business card to support their view that Ukrainian far-right nationalists had carried out a deadly attack early on Sunday. The nationalists and authorities in Kiev said it was a staged display to conceal the hand of Russian secret services in the gunfight, in which at least three people were killed. The truth, as in so much of the standoff over Ukraine between Moscow and Kiev, was hard to establish. The local pro-separatist mayor of the nearby town of Slaviansk announced a curfew and urged Moscow to send in peacekeepers, complicating efforts to defuse the standoff between Ukraine's pro-Western leaders and Russia.
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