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U.S. data point to soft March jobs report

Disappointing economic data raised concerns that Friday’s labor report will come in worse than expected, despite the Federal Reserve’s supersized stimulus. Private sector hiring cooled in March as the federal government launched $85 billion in “sequester” spending cuts over the next seven months in the face of congressional budget gridlock.…

Celtics beat Pistons to seal playoff berth

Jeff Green’s game-high 34 points included a key three-pointer that helped Boston hold on for a 98-93 victory over Detroit Pistons that secured the Celtics’ NBA playoff berth. Green made 13-of-19 shots from the field, including three three-pointers. The victory, coupled with the Philadelphia 76ers’ 88-83 loss to Charlotte, ensured…

Argentina in mourning as floods kill 54

Argentina’s government declared three days of national mourning from Wednesday after massive flooding killed 54 people in Buenos Aires and the nearby university city of La Plata. At least 46 people died as flood waters hit La Plata about 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of the capital, following historic rains…

U.S. boosts missile defense after North Korea warns of nuclear strike

The United States has scrambled to reinforce its Pacific missile defences, preparing to send ground-based interceptors to Guam, as North Korea said Thursday it had authorised plans for nuclear strikes on US targets. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Pyongyang’s increasingly bellicose threats combined with its military capabilities represented a…

Think tank: North Korea has already restarted plutonium reactor

North Korea has already begun work to restart a plutonium production reactor in a sign that its confrontational rhetoric may not all be bluster, a US think tank said Wednesday. The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said that a satellite photograph seen on March 27 indicated construction at the…

Carnival cruise ship involved in yet another mishap

Two dock workers were thrown into the water in a new mishap Wednesday involving a Carnival cruise ship, which broke free from moorings in a US port, the company said. One worker was reported missing after high winds caused the Carnival Triumph to break free in the Gulf Coast port…

SARS-like virus seems to cause deadly lung infection

A new and deadly virus that has killed 11 of the 17 patients treated for it in the Middle East and Britain appears to cause an infection deep in the lungs, researchers said. Six research monkeys infected with novel human coronavirus were found to quickly develop pneumonia, according to a…

North Korea: War could break out ‘today or tomorrow’

North Korea dramatically escalated its warlike rhetoric on Thursday, warning that it had authorised plans for nuclear strikes on targets in the United States. “The moment of explosion is approaching fast,” the North Korean military said, warning that war could break out “today or tomorrow”. Pyongyang’s latest pronouncement came as…

State Department offers $5 million for capture of Joseph Kony

The United States offered $5 million Wednesday for the capture of Lord’s Resistance Army chief Joseph Kony, one of the world’s most wanted men, and posted rewards for three other rebel leaders evading trial for war crimes. The announcement came just as Uganda and Washington said they had been forced…

Obama heads West to keep guns push alive

President Barack Obama Wednesday said many proud gun owners backed sensible measures to stop an epidemic of firearms deaths, as he fought to keep his reform drive alive. Obama flew west to Colorado, a state where gun rights and frontier spirit is strong, but which has also seen lawmakers push…

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