Compensation battle rages four years after BP’s U.S. oil spill

Compensation battle rages four years after BP’s U.S. oil spill

By Jemima Kelly (Reuters) – Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over. Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisherman on an island dotted with colorful houses [...]

Tech workers seek to use Steve Jobs evidence in upcoming trial on no-hire accords

Tech workers seek to use Steve Jobs evidence in upcoming trial on no-hire accords

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Four large technology companies should not be allowed to limit evidence about Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court document filed late on Thursday by employees suing the firms. Tech workers brought a class action lawsuit [...]

At least 12 Nepali guides killed in Everest avalanche

At least 12 Nepali guides killed in Everest avalanche

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) – An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday killing 12 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said. The avalanche, the deadliest in eight years, hit the most popular route to the mountain’s peak. Three Nepali guides were [...]

Iran says will firmly deter any attacks as military displays might

Iran says will firmly deter any attacks as military displays might

By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic had the might to deter any attacks as its military displayed a range of drones and missiles at an annual parade in Tehran, state television reported on Friday. Chanting "God is Greatest", troops paraded missiles carriers, some bearing banners saying "Death [...]

Students add Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

Students add Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

By Andrew Cawthorne and Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter. The religious-themed demonstrations are the latest tactics in anti-government protests since early February that have convulsed the South [...]

Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

By Anahi Rama MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez’s [...]

Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the [...]

U.S. special forces struggle with record suicides: admiral

U.S. special forces struggle with record suicides: admiral

By Warren Strobel TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) – Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, are at record levels, a U.S. military official said on Thursday, citing the effects of more than a decade of "hard combat." The number of special operations forces committing suicide has held at record highs [...]

U.S. envoy Power urges Myanmar action to stop Rakhine violence

U.S. envoy Power urges Myanmar action to stop Rakhine violence

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power on Thursday urged the Myanmar government to intervene in Rakhine State to stop violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid. Power’s remarks came after U.N. special adviser on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar briefed the 15-member U.N. [...]

U.N. inquiry chief wants North Korea hauled before international court

U.N. inquiry chief wants North Korea hauled before international court

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The chief U.N. investigator into human rights abuses in North Korea appealed to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to refer the situation in the reclusive Asian state to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. "In a week of many grave human rights matters occupying the attention of [...]