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Progress, but no finalized US-Japan trade deal during Obama visit

ImageAs President Barack Obama moves on to South Korea, the US and Japan have issued a joint statement saying that though a desired trade deal is not yet finalized, there has been progress.

Middle East

Israel responds to Palestinian unity deal by suspending peace talks

ImageIsrael has announced that it is suspending peace talks with the Palestinians after a deal between Fatah and Hamas. The rival factions hope to form a unity Palestinian government in the coming weeks.


Dozens of people reported killed in airstrike on rebel-held Syrian town

ImageDozens of people are reported to have been killed in airstrikes in northern Syria. The town in the north of the country is in rebel hands.


Thousands mourn collapse victims of Rana Plaza garment factory one year on

Thousands of people have gathered at the site of the Rana Plaza factory complex outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. The demonstrations come one year after the building collapsed, killing more than one thousand people.


Tech firms to donate millions to ease Heartbleed vulnerability

The world's biggest technology companies have agreed to lend financial support to a group meant to assist open-source software projects. Donations will also come in handy in the fight against the Heartbleed bug.


Afghan election set for run off with most votes counted

Former Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah has retained a strong lead in the country's presidential polls, with more than 80 percent of votes counted. However, a run-off between the top two still looks likely.

Formula One

F1 boss Ecclestone denies bribery in Munich trial

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has denied charges of bribery in a case before a Munich court. The high-profile case threatens the Briton's longtime dominance in one of the world's most-profitable sports.



25.4.1983: Hitler's "Diaries"


1927: Albert Uderzo

Days to remember

1898: The United States declares war on Spain