Merkel and Xi agree Ukraine crisis needs to be solved via dialogue
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:46:40 -0400
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed during a telephone conversation on Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine needed to be solved via diplomacy. "The chancellor explained the situation in Ukraine and efforts to come to a political solution of the conflict," German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a written statement. Xi said the Ukraine situation is "very complicated and highly sensitive" and needs to be weighed carefully, according to a statement from China's foreign ministry. China supports mediation efforts and constructive actions by the international community, he said, adding that the German side should continue communicating with all sides in a constructive manner.
Radwanska races into Indian Wells 4th round
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:45:25 -0400
Indian Wells (United States) (AFP) - Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland breezed into the fourth round of the Indian Wells hardcourt tennis tournament on Sunday with a 6-0, 6-0 thumping of Germany's Annika Beck.
Blood test can predict Alzheimer's: study
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:43:00 -0400
Researchers in the United States say they have developed a prototype blood test that can tell with 90-percent accuracy whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer's disease within three years. It could help families of people developing the cognitive disorder make early decisions on how best to care for them and may also aid the search for treatment, the authors said. Several years of clinical trials are likely to be needed to assess the prototype technique, the first blood "biomarker" to predict the tragic degenerative disease. Alzheimer's, caused by toxic proteins that destroy brain cells, is a currently incurable and fatal degenerative disease.
Mexico government 100 pct sure drug capo killed
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:37:28 -0400
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's government confirmed late Sunday that the leader of the Knights Templar Cartel was killed in an early-morning shootout with troops despite being declared dead by authorities in 2010.
Mexico confirms killing of 'dead' drug capo
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:36:12 -0400
A Mexican drug lord said to have been killed more than three years ago was shot dead in a clash with authorities Sunday, officials said. A man who died in a shootout in western Michoacan state "has been identified as Nazario Moreno," also known as "El Chayo," a government official said. National Public Safety chief Monte Alejandro Rubido told a briefing that military staff tried to apprehend Moreno, but that when he resisted they responded by "killing the alleged criminal on the spot" near the town of Tumbiscatio. "From a fingerprint analysis we have confirmed 100 percent that this was Nazario Moreno Gonzalez," said Tomas Zeron, the investigations chief at the federal prosecutor's office.
Mavs extend Pacers' skid to 4 with 105-94 win
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:24:23 -0400
DALLAS (AP) — Monta Ellis and Devin Harris scored 20 points apiece and the Dallas Mavericks extended Indiana's season-long losing streak to four games with a 105-94 victory against the Pacers on Sunday night.
Rondo has 18 assists, Celtics beat Pistons 118-111
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:20:01 -0400
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics overcame Detroit's dominance inside by passing the ball precisely and protecting it better than they had all season.
Ex-rebel, right-wing rival in El Salvador election nailbiter
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:07:55 -0400
By Nelson Renteria and Michael O'Boyle SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A former Marxist guerrilla leader and his conservative rival were locked in an unexpectedly tight race in El Salvador's presidential election run-off on Sunday with the contest too close to call. Polls ahead of the run-off showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), the rebel group in the country's 1980-1992 civil war, the favorite to win with about 55 percent support. But he had only a razor-thin lead over his conservative challenger Norman Quijano, the former mayor of San Salvador, with returns in from 95.5 percent of polling stations. Sanchez Ceren had 50.11 percent support against 49.89 percent for Quijano.
Biden says Venezuela 'concocting' bogus stories
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:55:34 -0400
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden calls Venezuela's situation alarming in remarks published Sunday, suggesting its government is using "armed vigilantes" against peaceful protesters and accusing it of "concocting false and outlandish conspiracy theories" about the United States.
Lancaster hopes French resistance can bolster England
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:49:58 -0400
Stuart Lancaster was left looking for a favour from France after his side's 29-18 win over Wales set-up a three-way fight for the Six Nations Championship. England secured a first Triple Crown since their World Cup-winning year of 2003 with a commanding display at Twickenham on Sunday that scuppered Welsh hopes of an unprecedented third successive outright Six Nations title. Victory left England level on points with Ireland and France, who play each other in Paris on Saturday's final day of the tournament -- hours after England conclude their Championship away to Italy in Rome. Ireland have a points difference advantage of +49 over England.
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