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John Major warns of a Labour-SNP deal - The Times


- Former British Prime Minister John Major will urge voters on Tuesday to reject a "weak and unstable" Labour government subjected to a "daily dose of political blackmail" by the Scottish National Party (SNP), the Times reported.

Migrants' bodies brought ashore as EU proposes doubling rescue effort

CATANIA, Italy/LUXEMBOURG - The European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of as many as 900 people feared killed in the deadliest known shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe. | Video

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Scottish nationalists call time on austerity and look to UK deal

EDINBURGH/LONDON - The Scottish National Party set out plans for higher public spending on Monday, aiming to reverse five years of austerity measures as it goes into a close-run UK election with hopes of winning the power to broker the next British government.

UK, New 20 Apr 2015

Conservatives four points ahead of Labour in pre-election poll

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have notched up a four point lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of a May 7 election, an Ashcroft poll showed on Monday, the party's largest lead in the polling series in six weeks.

UK, New 20 Apr 2015

ECB's Draghi confident on return of growth

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank is confident that euro zone growth will become more robust and that inflation will return to its medium-term target "without undue delay," ECB President Mario Draghi said.

20 Apr 2015

Iran still respecting terms of interim nuclear deal - U.N. report

VIENNA - Iran has continued to meet its commitments under an interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a confidential United Nations nuclear agency report seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

World, Middle East 20 Apr 2015

Britain orders sale of Russian billionaire Fridman's North Sea fields

LONDON - Britain ordered Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman to sell his North Sea gas fields within six months, an intervention that ratchets up the pressure on one of Russia's most influential tycoons two weeks before a UK election.

UK, Middle East 20 Apr 2015

New York Times wins Pulitzers for West Africa Ebola coverage

NEW YORK - The New York Times won two prestigious Pulitzer prizes on Monday for coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, described by the Pulitzer board as courageous and vivid journalism that engaged the public and held authorities accountable. | Video

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Air strike on missile base in Yemen capital kills 25, wounds hundreds

SANAA - An air strike on a Scud missile base in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa triggered a big explosion that killed 25 people and wounded almost 400 on Monday, state news agency Saba said. | Video

World, Yemen, Middle East 20 Apr 2015

Talks with Greece have gained momentum but still long way from target - IMF

BERLIN - Global lenders' negotiations with Greece, which have been moving at a crawl recently, have gained some momentum but remained a long way from the finish line, the International Monetary Fund's European head told a German newspaper.

IMF, World 20 Apr 2015
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