Exclusive: U.S. carves out exceptions for foreigners dealing with IRGC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has largely carved out exceptions so that foreign governments, firms and NGOs do not automatically face U.S. sanctions for dealing with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards after the group’s designation by Washington as a foreign terrorist group, according to three current and three former U.S. officials. FILE PHOTO – Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards march during a military parade to commemorate the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war in Tehran September 22, 2007. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/File PhotoThe exemptions, granted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and described by a State…

Comedian Zelenskiy wins Ukrainian presidential race by landslide: exit poll

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Sunday after an exit poll showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had easily won enough votes to become the next president of a country at war. The apparent landslide victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion of Ukrainian identity. The national exit poll showed Zelenskiy had won 73 percent of…

Comedian ‘wins Ukrainian presidency’

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky elected president with more than 70% support, exit polls suggest This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source: BBC

Turkish opposition leader attacked at soldier’s funeral

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party has been attacked by protesters at a military funeral in Ankara. Republican People’s Party (CHP) chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu was set upon by an angry crowd while attending a memorial on Sunday. Footage shows him being pushed and shoved in the melee, with some in the crowd attempting to land blows. Escorted by security forces, he took shelter in a nearby house until the crowd dispersed. Mr Kilicdaroglu had attended the funeral to pay respects to a Turkish solider who was killed in clashes…

Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Wins Worst Easter Weekend in Over a Decade

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Warner Bros. and New Line’s “The Curse of La Llorona” ascended to the top of domestic box office charts, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in 3,372 North American theaters. “La Llorona” is the latest horror movie to outperform expectations, further cementing the genre as a reliable box office draw. Even so, “La Llorona” and other new releases “Breakthrough” and “Penguins” couldn’t salvage movie theaters from suffering the worst Easter weekend showing in almost 15 years. This weekend’s offerings amassed $112 million in ticket sales, the…

U.S. Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Wins Worst Easter Weekend in Over a Decade

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Warner Bros. and New Line’s “The Curse of La Llorona” ascended to the top of domestic box office charts, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in 3,372 North American theaters. “La Llorona” is the latest horror movie to outperform expectations, further cementing the genre as a reliable box office draw. Even so, “La Llorona” and other new releases “Breakthrough” and “Penguins” couldn’t salvage movie theaters from suffering the worst Easter weekend showing in almost 15 years. This weekend’s offerings amassed $112 million in ticket sales, the…

Facebook and Google scandals have made recruiting easier for start-ups with a strong social mission

Start-up executives in health and education say they’re having success recruiting from tech giants like Facebook and Alphabet, where they previously struggled. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The tech giants have suffered a variety of scandals and negative press in the last couple of years, making retention harder in the notoriously cutthroat competition for talent in Silicon Valley. Facebook has dealt with a series of crises, from allegations that the company doesn’t do enough to protect user data, to a one-day 20% stock plunge in the wake of a…

Bombs kill 138, wound hundreds in Easter attacks on Sri Lanka churches, hotels

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and four hotels killed 138 people and wounded more than 400, hospital and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago. The explosions, some of which officials said were suicide bomb attacks, led to an immediate clampdown, with the government declaring a curfew and blocking access to most major social media and messaging sites. It was unclear when the curfew would be lifted. More than 50 people…

Fed up with status quo, Ukrainians tipped to elect comedian as president

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainians began voting on Sunday in an election expected to thrust a comedian with no prior political experience into the presidency of a country at war and hungry for change. Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy demonstrates his ballot while standing in front of the media at a polling station during the second round of a presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko At stake is the leadership of a country on the frontline of the West’s standoff with Russia following the 2014 Maidan street…

Sri Lanka explosions: 30 killed as churches and hotels targeted

Media playback is unsupported on your device At least 50 people are reported to have been killed and more than 200 injured in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. At least six explosions have been reported. Three churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa were targeted during Easter services. The Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels, all in Colombo, were also hit. Easter Sunday is one of the major feasts in the Christian calendar. Images on social media showed the inside of one of the churches – St…

Sri Lanka explosions: 20 killed as churches and hotels targeted

At least 20 people are reported to have been killed and more than 200 injured in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. At least six explosions have been reported. Three churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa were targeted during Easter services. The Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels, all in Colombo, were also hit. Easter Sunday is one of the major feasts in the Christian calendar. Images on social media showed the inside of one of the churches – St Sebastian’s in Negombo – with a shattered…

Fed up with status quo, Ukrainians may elect comedian in presidential run-off

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainians vote on Sunday in the second round of an election that could thrust a comedian with no prior political experience into the presidency of a country at war and wanting transformational change. Presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy attends a policy debate with his rival, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, at the National Sports Complex Olimpiyskiy stadium in Kiev, Ukraine April 19, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn OgirenkoVolodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays a fictitious president in a popular TV series, has led opinion polls against the incumbent Petro Poroshenko, whose popularity has been…

Environment emerges as major issue for Australian voters

FILE PHOTO – A man runs across a hill in front of the Sydney city skyline under a smoke tinted sky at daybreak September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The environment has emerged as a major issue for Australian voters, a poll showed on Sunday, but healthcare and the cost of living are the top concerns ahead of next month’s elections. For 32 percent of Australians, access to affordable health services is the biggest worry, followed by the cost of living at 31 percent and crime at 25…

Brexit: Labour must back another referendum – Tom Watson

Labour must promise another Brexit referendum to counter the electoral challenge posed by Nigel Farage, the party’s deputy leader has said. Writing in the Observer, Tom Watson said his party could not « sit on the fence » about the biggest issue to face the UK for a generation. But ex-UKIP leader Mr Farage said a new referendum would be « a total insult » to five million Labour Leave voters. The UK has been given an extension to the Brexit process until 31 October. This means the UK is…

Mexico warns of ‘deep concern’ over armed groups on U.S. border

FILE PHOTO – A general view shows a newly built section of the U.S.-Mexico border fence at Sunland Park, U.S. opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in this picture taken from the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis GonzalezMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico said on Saturday it had “deep concern” about armed groups that intimidate and extort migrants on the border, shortly after the ACLU and Democratic senators called for a probe into such citizen efforts to block migrants from crossing. “These…

FBI arrests leader of U.S. ‘patriots’ stopping migrants at border

TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) – The FBI on Saturday said it had arrested Larry Hopkins, the leader of an armed group who have been stopping migrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico. FILE PHOTO: U.S. soldiers walk next to the border fence between Mexico and the United States, as migrants are seen walking behind the fence, after crossing illegally into the U.S. to turn themselves in, in El Paso, Texas, U.S., in this picture taken from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, April 3, 2019. The writing on the wall reads,…

Ukraine election: Voters to choose between comic and tycoon

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ukrainians will head to the polls shortly in a run-off election to pick the country’s next president. Voters face a stark choice between tycoon Petro Poroshenko, the incumbent president, and television comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, new to politics. The TV celebrity is favourite in the polls, having dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago when 39 candidates were on the ticket. Poll stations will open 08:00 local (05:00 GMT) and close 12 hours later. A court in the capital, Kiev, has rejected…

Technology used to trace prison mobiles to exact cells

Prison staff are using technology to find and seize phones used illegally by inmates in England and Wales. New detection kits can narrow a phone’s location down to a single jail cell, the Ministry of Justice said. Staff get an alert when a phone is detected, which helps them track inmates organising drug smuggling or contacting criminals on the outside. After a six-month trial at one jail, the kits will now be used at four more. The locations are not being revealed. The real-time alerts are shown on a digital…

Theresa May says UK will stand up for religious freedom

Theresa May says the UK « must stand up for the right of everyone » to practise their faith in peace. In her Easter message, the prime minister said she will spend her time « giving thanks in church », but for many Christians « such simple acts of faith can bring huge danger ». About 245 million Christians worldwide are estimated to be facing persecution. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn compared Jesus’ experiences to the challenges currently facing some refugees. Mrs May, a vicar’s daughter and practising Christian, said: « Churches…

Agent Orange: US to clean up toxic Vietnam War air base

Media playback is unsupported on your device The US has launched a multi-million dollar clean-up operation at an air base in Vietnam it used to store the notorious chemical Agent Orange. The ten-year programme, unveiled more than four decades after the end of the Vietnam War, will cost $183m (£141m). The site at Bien Hoa airport, outside Ho Chi Minh City, is considered the most contaminated in the country. Agent Orange was a defoliant sprayed by US forces to destroy jungles and uncover the enemy’s hiding places. It contained dioxin,…

Girl finds her voice after brain surgery

Seven-year-old Leia Armitage lived in total silence for the first two years of her life, but thanks to pioneering brain surgery and years of therapy she has found her voice and can finally tell her parents she loves them. « We were told you could put a bomb behind her and she wouldn’t hear it at all if it went off, » said Leia’s father, Bob, as he recalled finding out their baby daughter had a rare form of profound deafness. Leia, from Dagenham in Essex, had no inner ear…

Ukraine election: Voters to choose between comedian and president

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ukrainians will head to the polls on Sunday in a run-off election to pick the country’s next president. Voters face a stark choice between incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and television comedian, and political newcomer, Volodymyr Zelensky. The celebrity is favourite in the polls, having dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago when 39 candidates were on the ticket. Poll stations will open 08:00 local (05:00 GMT) and close 12 hours later. A court in the capital, Kiev, has rejected a lawsuit…

UK PM May to be told to quit by top Conservative: Sunday Times

FILE PHOTO – British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after a news conference following an extraordinary European Union leaders summit to discuss Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Yves HermanLONDON (Reuters) – A top member of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party will tell her in the coming week that she must step down by the end of June or her lawmakers will try again to depose her, the Sunday Times reported, without citing sources. May survived a vote of no confidence in December and although party rules mean…

Solemn service to mark 20th anniversary of Columbine High massacre

LITTLETON, Colo. (Reuters) – A week-long series of events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre culminates on Saturday with a remembrance ceremony celebrating the lives of the 13 victims slain in the rampage. On April 20, 1999, two Columbine students, just three weeks shy of graduation, stormed the suburban Denver school armed with shotguns and semiautomatic weapons, fatally shooting 12 students and a teacher before committing suicide. For the relatives of those they killed, April 20 evokes a mix of emotions from sorrow and anguish to…