- Russia withdraws 30 aircraft from Syria: TASS cites defense ministry
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has withdrawn around 30 aircraft from Syria, including all of its Su-25 attack planes stationed in the country, TASS news agency cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday. (Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Dmitry Solovyov)
- Exclusive: Target gets tough with vendors to speed up supply chain
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Discount retailer Target Corp is cracking down on suppliers as part of a multi-billion dollar overhaul to speed up its supply chain and better compete with rivals including Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Amazon.com Inc .
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- EU moves on granting visa-free travel to Turkish citizens
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive Commission is recommending that Turkish citizens be allowed to travel to Europe without visas on short vacations and business trips, a major step toward fulfilling a key part of an agreement with Turkey to deal with the migrant crisis.
- As Trump becomes presumptive nominee, China urges objectivity
China on Wednesday urged people in the United States to take a rational and objective view of the relationship between the two countries, after Republican front-runner Donald Trump became the party's presumptive presidential nominee. Trump has proposed that tariffs on imported Chinese goods be increased to up to 45 percent and asserted that China had waged "economic war" against the United States, taking American jobs. On Sunday, he compared the U.S. trade deficit with China to rape.
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- Russia to boost troops levels along borders to counter NATO
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it will form new military divisions to be stationed along the country's borders with Europe to counter a planned NATO buildup.
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- Russia says planned truce in Syria's Aleppo disrupted by Nusra Front attacks: agencies
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A "regime of calm" in Syria's Aleppo was planned for May 3 but its introduction was disrupted by attacks by Nusra Front militants, Russian news agencies quoted Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov as saying on Wednesday. The "regime of calm" in Aleppo and its suburbs was originally planned to last for 24 hours and to be later extended for another two days, Konashenkov said. (Reporting by idia Kelly; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Jack Stubbs)
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- Trump, Clinton all but certain to face off in fall campaign
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Once dismissed as a fringe contender, businessman Donald Trump now is all but certain to lead the Republican Party into the fall presidential campaign against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton — a stunning political triumph for a first-time candidate whose appeal to frustrated voters was widely underestimated.
- Swiss defense chief says hackers targeted his ministry
BERLIN (AP) — Switzerland's defense minister says his department was targeted by hackers in January and is indicating that the motive was industrial espionage.
- Georgia governor defies party politics with pair of vetoes
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican governor rejected the two top priorities of a legislature controlled by his own party this year, defying election year politics in a deep red state.
- Residents evacuated as fires threaten Canada oil sands town
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — A fire that forced the evacuation of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, could get worse Wednesday, but no injuries have been reported, officials said.
- Europe gives conditional backing to visa-free travel for Turks
Brussels (AFP) - The European Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation EU, on Wednesday gave conditional backing for Turks to get visa-free travel as part of a deal to solve the migrant crisis, a commissioner said.
- EU Commission recommends Turkish citizens can travel to Europe without visas on short vacations and business trips
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU Commission recommends Turkish citizens can travel to Europe without visas on short vacations and business trips.
- China to carry out more military drills in South China Sea
China's military will carry out more military exercises in the South China Sea this month involving advanced warships and submarines, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday, terming the drills routine. China claims almost all of the energy-rich waters of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of maritime trade passes each year. Xinhua said the ships, including a new guided missile destroyed, would take part in anti-submarine, anti-missile and other exercises.
- Isolated Nepal PM not ready to go after Maoists call for change
By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's embattled Prime Minister K.P. Oli will not resign after the main Maoist party that props up his fragile coalition said on Wednesday it would try to form a new government, plunging the Himalayan nation into crisis. Oli rose to power with the backing of the Maoists after promising to resolve protests against a new constitution by southern plains dwellers and to step up efforts to rebuild homes destroyed by earthquakes last year. Increasing public anger at Oli has led the Maoists - who waged a decade-long insurgency before joining mainstream politics in 2006 - to conclude that he was an obstacle to ending the constitutional standoff.
- Sculptor of iconic knotted revolver, symbol of peace, dies
Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward, best known for his iconic sculpture of a revolver with a knotted barrel displayed outside the UN headquarters in New York, has died aged 81, Swedish officials said Wednesday. The artist, who was wheelchair bound after suffering from a stroke in 1989, died on Tuesday, Kjell Thoresson, the head of cultural affairs for the Swedish municipality of Landskrona where Reutersward lived, told AFP. Reutersward designed the oversized bronze Colt Magnum .357 with the knotted barrel, entitled "Non Violence", as a symbol of peace after the assassination of his friend John Lennon, the former Beatle, who was shot dead by Mark Chapman on December 8, 1980.
- U.N. peace talks on Yemen resume after three-day suspension: delegates
U.N.-backed peace talks to end Yemen's civil war resumed on Wednesday after they were suspended by the Yemeni government for three days in protest at a Houthi assault on a military base near the capital Sanaa. Buttressed by a truce which had been largely holding since April 10, the talks in Kuwait had been inching ahead before their pause and the Houthis said Saudi Arabia had on Saturday released 40 Yemeni prisoners. U.N. special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed tweeted a picture of delegates representing the main warring sides sitting around a U-shaped table and said talks on Wednesday would focus on cementing the shakey ceasefire.
- Wildfire rages through Canadian city, forcing mass evacuation
By Nia Williams CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Fire raged unchecked through the Canadian city of Fort McMurray overnight as authorities raced to complete the evacuation of its population of 80,000, fearful that hot, dry winds forecast for Wednesday would further fan the flames. About 44,000 people were estimated to have fled the city by late on Tuesday on traffic-chocked roads, and the province of Alberta requested military help to bring the blaze under control and airlift others from fire- and smoke-filled streets. "I'm afraid that huge parts of my home town... may burn tonight and will continue to burn," Brian Jean, leader of Alberta's official opposition party, told CBC Radio, saying his own home was in the immediate path of the flames.
- European court: Tougher rules on electronic cigarettes
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court has approved new rules requiring plain cigarette packs, banning menthol cigarettes and regulating the growing electronic cigarette market.
- Brazil prosecutors sue BHP, Vale for US$43 bn over mine tragedy
Brazilian prosecutors have filed a US$43.4 billion lawsuit against BHP Billiton and Vale over the Samarco mine dam burst that killed 19 and wreaked environmental havoc. The authorities "estimate the preliminary value for repairs to be 155 billion reals," the public prosecutor's office in the state of Minas Gerais said in a statement. Brazilian-owned Vale and Anglo-Australian BHP, which co-own the Samarco iron ore facility, had already agreed to a separate settlement of US$6.2 billion with the Brazilian government in March.
- Obama visits Flint as questions linger on EPA role in water crisis
By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday will visit Flint, Michigan, a city struggling with the effects of lead-poisoned drinking water, as questions linger over whether his environmental regulators could have acted more urgently to address the crisis. Obama will get updates from federal officials on the response in Flint, a mostly African-American city where more than 40 percent of the city's 100,000 people live in poverty. "Like you, I'll use my voice to call for change and help lift up your community," Obama wrote last week to Amariyanna Copeny, an eight-year-old Flint girl who has marched in protests about the crisis and had asked to meet him.
- Kerry warns Assad as truce talks shift to Berlin
US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria's Bashar al-Assad of "repercussions" if his regime flouts a new truce under negotiation, as talks to halt the violence shifted to Berlin on Wednesday. Russia has said a new ceasefire to halt fighting in Aleppo could be imminent, with Syria's divided northern city hit by a wave of violence that has killed more than 270 people since April 22. With the UN Security Council to meet on the crisis later Wednesday, diplomatic efforts to stem the violence shifted to Berlin, where German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was to hold talks with UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, Syria's main opposition leader Riad Hijab and France's top diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault.
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- Brazil turmoil costs AB Inbev in quarterly results
BRUSSELS (AP) — The world's biggest brewer, AB Inbev, says economic and political turmoil in Brazil hit its quarterly earnings, with sales volumes declining by 10 percent in the huge Latin American nation.
- Trump, the outrageous outsider, now presumptive Republican nominee
By Ginger Gibson and Alana Wise INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Reuters) - Billionaire reality TV star Donald Trump completed his transformation from long-shot White House candidate to presumptive Republican presidential nominee after his commanding win in Indiana's primary forced his main rival Ted Cruz to drop out of the race The New York billionaire, who has never held public office, had repeatedly defied pundits' predictions that his campaign would implode. Trump now can prepare for a match-up in the Nov. 8 election. Hillary Clinton is expected to be his Democratic opponent, though her march to the nomination was slowed by rival Bernie Sanders' victory over her in Indiana.
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- Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The deputy commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they "threaten" the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported on Wednesday.