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France outlines 'optimistic' pledge to get economy back on track

France outlines 'optimistic' pledge to get economy back on track
France on Wednesday outlined its strategy for bringing its public finances into line with eurozone rules via an anticipated economic upturn branded "optimistic" and spending cuts that face fierce opposition within the ruling Socialist party.

Valverde wins second Fleche Wallonne Classic

Valverde wins second Fleche Wallonne Classic
Spaniard Alejandro Valverde timed his attack to perfection on the gruelling Mur de Huy to win the Fleche Wallonne race for the second time on Wednesday.

Israel scraps Palestinian peace meet after unity deal: PM's aide

Israel scraps Palestinian peace meet after unity deal: PM's aide
Israel cancelled a session of peace negotiations with the Palestinians scheduled for Wednesday after the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Hamas pledged to form a joint government, an aide to Israel's prime minister said.

Palestinians pledge unity as Israel talks teeter

Palestinians pledge unity as Israel talks teeter
Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip agreed on Wednesday to form a unity government soon, bringing thousands of people on to the streets in celebration.

Palestinians to 'form unity govt in weeks'

Palestinians to 'form unity govt in weeks'
Rival Palestinian movements agreed Wednesday to form a unity government within five weeks to end seven years of divided  administration, the PLO and the Hamas rulers of Gaza said.

Obama fulfils dreams of sushi on first night in Tokyo

Obama fulfils dreams of sushi on first night in Tokyo
US President Barack Obama dined Wednesday at a tiny Tokyo sushi restaurant -- a revered spot with three coveted Michelin stars but only a handful of seats -- ruled with an iron rod by its redoubtable 88-year-old owner.

Boeing lifts profit outlook as jetliner demand booms

Boeing lifts profit outlook as jetliner demand booms
US aerospace and defense giant Boeing raised its 2014 profit outlook Wednesday despite a first-quarter profit slide, citing strong demand for its new jetliners.

Sacked Moyes 'proud' of Man Utd tenure

Sacked Moyes 'proud' of Man Utd tenure
David Moyes declared on Wednesday that he was "proud" to have managed Manchester United, but said that he understood the "frustration" that had led to his dismissal.

Sacked Moyes understands Man Utd fans' 'frustration'

Sacked Moyes understands Man Utd fans' 'frustration'
David Moyes spoke out on Wednesday for the first time since his sacking as Manchester United manager, saying he understood fans' frustration after his ill-fated 10-month spell in charge at Old Trafford.

Turkish PM offers first condolences for Armenian massacre

Turkish PM offers first condolences for Armenian massacre
Turkey's prime minister offered his condolences on Wednesday over the massacre of Armenians during World War I, calling it "our shared pain", the country's most significant overture yet over the deeply divisive episode.

Turkish PM Erdogan says WWI massacre of Armenians 'shared pain'

Turkish PM Erdogan says WWI massacre of Armenians 'shared pain'
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered condolences over the massacre of Armenians almost 100 years ago, describing the events of World War I as "our shared pain".

Turkish PM offers condolences over mass WWI killings of Armenians

Turkish PM offers condolences over mass WWI killings of Armenians
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered condolences to the descendants of the victims of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman troops during World War I.

WhatsApp says it now has half billion users

WhatsApp says it now has half billion users
WhatsApp now has 500 million regular, active users around the world, the free mobile messaging service being acquired by Facebook said.

Ancelotti in frame for Man Utd job - reports

Ancelotti in frame for Man Utd job - reports
Manchester United began their search for a new manager on Wednesday, with newspaper reports claiming that Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has emerged as a candidate to succeed David Moyes.

Justin Bieber says sorry after Japan war shrine trip

Justin Bieber says sorry after Japan war shrine trip
Justin Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.

Justin Bieber visits controversial Japan war shrine

Justin Bieber visits controversial Japan war shrine
Justin Bieber courted controversy once again on Wednesday, posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine after an apparent visit to the contentious spot that counts convicted war criminals among the fallen warriors it honours.

FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban

FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban
FIFA on Wednesday suspended a ban on Barcelona signing players while the club makes an appeal against a 14-month transfer ban.

Eurozone deficits improve but debt mounts: data

Eurozone deficits improve but debt mounts: data
Eurozone public finances improved in 2013 as the economy finally turned the corner on a record recession but total debt levels remained dangerously high, official data showed on Wednesday.

Eurozone deficits improve, debt mounts: data

Eurozone deficits improve, debt mounts: data
Eurozone public finances improved in 2013 as the economy finally turned the corner on a record recession but total debt levels remained dangerously high, official data showed on Wednesday.

Bomb kills police brigadier general in Cairo

Bomb kills police brigadier general in Cairo
An Egyptian police brigadier general was killed Wednesday by a bomb placed under his car in Cairo, security officials said, in the fifth such attack targeting police in the capital within a week.

Bomb kills police general in Cairo

Bomb kills police general in Cairo
An Egyptian police brigadier general was killed Wednesday by a bomb placed under a police car in Cairo, security officials said.

Young royals turn DJs in Queen's Australian namesake

Young royals turn DJs in Queen's Australian namesake
Prince William on Wednesday visited the South Australian town named after his grandmother Queen Elizabeth, where he and wife Kate met disadvantaged youngsters and tried their hands at DJ-ing.

Mourners flock to funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy hero

Mourners flock to funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy hero
Hundreds of mourners gathered Wednesday to mark the funeral of Win Tin, a former journalist and giant of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom.

With awards, Bollywood shows growing imprint in US

With awards, Bollywood shows growing imprint in US
Bollywood this week throws its premier awards event for the first time in the United States, which has quietly become the leading overseas market for India's prolific film industry.

China manufacturing improves slightly in April

China manufacturing improves slightly in April
Chinese manufacturing activity improved slightly in April as domestic demand showed "mild improvement", HSBC said on Wednesday, but it warned the world's second-largest economy was still showing signs of weakness.

Grief, anger at memorial for Korea ferry student victims

Grief, anger at memorial for Korea ferry student victims
Thousands of mourners paid tearful respects Wednesday at a temporary memorial to the hundreds of student victims of South Korea's ferry disaster, as the grim search for  bodies entered a second week.

Grim S. Korea ferry disaster search enters second week

Grim S. Korea ferry disaster search enters second week
The search for scores of passengers still missing from South Korea's ferry disaster entered a second week Wednesday, to the deepening distress of their grieving, angry and frustrated families.

Grim SKorea ferry disaster search enters second week

Grim SKorea ferry disaster search enters second week
The search for scores of passengers still missing from South Korea's ferry disaster entered a second week Wednesday, to the deepening distress of their grieving, angry and frustrated families.

Champions League the priority for Mourinho

Champions League the priority for Mourinho
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hinted he will rest a number of key players for his side's crucial Premier League game away to Liverpool on Sunday to concentrate his squad's efforts on the Champions League.

Wizards edge Bulls while Pacers, Raptors equalize

Wizards edge Bulls while Pacers, Raptors equalize
Bradley Beal scored a game-high 26 points to spark Washington over Chicago 101-99 in overtime, giving the Wizards their best NBA playoff start in 32 years.

Pentagon scientists show off life-size robot

Pentagon scientists show off life-size robot
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a first-hand look at a life-size robot that resembles Hollywood's "Terminator," the latest experiment by the Pentagon's hi-tech researchers.

Obama arrives in Japan for tension-filled Asia trip

Obama arrives in Japan for tension-filled Asia trip
US President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday to launch an Asian tour dedicated to reinvigorating his policy of "rebalancing" US foreign policy towards a dynamic Asia.

Obama visit lifts lid on simmering Asia tensions

Obama visit lifts lid on simmering Asia tensions
US President Barack Obama's Asian tour starts in Japan on Wednesday, lifting the lid on a bubbling cauldron of regional animosities and exposing historical rifts.

Obama heads on Asia tour, visits US disaster site

Obama heads on Asia tour, visits US disaster site
After meeting with survivors of a deadly landslide near Seattle, President Barack Obama left on a weeklong tour of Asia in what the White House has called a "rebalancing" eastward of US foreign policy.

Canadian woman's letter arrives -- after 45-year delay

Canadian woman's letter arrives -- after 45-year delay
A 45-year-old letter arrived in the mailbox of a Canadian woman, who received the correspondence from her younger sister decades after it was sent, Canadian media reported.

Japan's Seibu Holdings jumps 11% on Tokyo stock market debut

Japan's Seibu Holdings jumps 11% on Tokyo stock market debut
Japanese railway and hotels giant Seibu Holdings jumped nearly 11 percent on its return to the Tokyo stock market on Wednesday, a decade after it was de-listed following a major accounting scandal.

Japan's Seibu Holdings valued at $5.6 bln on relisting

Japan's Seibu Holdings valued at $5.6 bln on relisting
Japanese railway and hotels giant Seibu Holdings returned to the Tokyo stock market on Wednesday, a decade after it was de-listed following a major accounting scandal.

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