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Diplomacy

Obama lauds US-Japan ties in meeting with Prime Minister Abe

ImageUS President Barack Obama has met with Prime Minister Abe on his state visit to Japan, following a formal reception at the Imperial Palace. Tricky talks on a trade accord top the agenda, but both sides have reservations.

Afghanistan

Three American doctors killed in attack at Afghan hospital

ImageAn Afghan security guard has opened fire at a hospital run by a US charity in Kabul, killing three American doctors, according to officials. It is the latest in a series of attacks targeting foreigners in Afghanistan.

Disasters

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

ImageThousands 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.

Syria

Ban Ki-moon urges aid access in Syria, says neither side cooperating

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told the Security Council that a resolution demanding humanitarian aid access in Syria is being honored by neither the government nor rebel fighters.

Aviation

'Highly unlikely' that debris washed up in Australia from MH370

Australian authorities have said they are sure that the debris found on the western coastline south of Perth is "not a lead in terms of the search for MH370." The Boeing 777 disappeared seven weeks ago without trace.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Alstom denies takeover bid from General Electric

French train maker Alstom has denied it has received an official offer for its shares from US engineering group General Electric. The denial, however, doesn’t silence takeover rumors reported earlier.

Economy

German business confidence defies tensions over Ukraine

The business climate in Germany has rebounded after a drop in March caused by the Ukraine crisis. The rise in April has surprised analysts who expected another hit amid ongoing talk of sanctions against Russia.

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Topics

24.4.1854: Dream Wedding

Birthdays

1952: Jean Paul Gaultier

Days to remember

1877: Tsar Alexander II comes to the rescue