Socialist candidate Nicolas Maduro has won a narrow victory in Venezuela's presidential poll. Mr Maduro, who was chosen by the late Hugo Chavez, won 50.7% of the vote, as against 49.1% for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. An electoral commission spokeswoman said the results were "irreversible". There has been no comment from Mr Capriles, who earlier on Sunday has suggested there was an attempt to doctor the result. ...
The world's second-largest, China's economy, has performed worse than many analysts expected in the first three months of the year.
Growth hit an annual rate of 7.7% in the January to March quarter. Analysts had forecast a figure closer to 8%.
China wants to spur growth after it hit a 13-year low in 2012 but it has been careful not to overheat the economy.
Other key data on Monday also came in lower than market expectations, raising questions over the outlook for growth.
People in Venezuela have been voting in a presidential election, called after the death of Hugo Chavez.
Acting President Nicolas Maduro, chosen by Mr Chavez as his successor, is running against Henrique Capriles, currently governor of Miranda state.
Mr Capriles lost to Mr Chavez in elections last October.
In a Twitter message sent as polls began to close, Mr Capriles suggested there was an attempt under way to doctor the results.
"We warn the country and the world of the intention to change the ...
PHILADELPHIA: Dr Hilary Koprowski, the Polish-born researcher who developed the first successful oral vaccination for polio, died this week at his Philadelphia home. He was 96. Although not as well-known as fellow researchers Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin, Koprowski's 1950 clinical trial was the first to show it was possible to vaccinate against polio, the crippling and sometimes fatal disease that's now all but eradicated. Christopher Koprowski said his father had been sick for several months before dying Thursday in ...
BALI, APR 13 -
A Lion Air plane carrying more than 100 passengers and crew overshot a runway on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday and crashed into the sea, injuring nearly two dozen people, officials said.
I Made Krisna Maharta, an official with Bali's search and rescue agency, said all of the passengers and crew were safely rescued and that 22 people were taken to three different hospitals with various injuries. He said initial reports showed there were 101 ...
CARACAS, APR 13 - Nicolas Maduro hopes to ride a tide of grief into Venezuela's special presidential election Sunday and win voters' endorsement to succeed the late Hugo Chavez, the adored larger-than-life leader who chose him to carry on the messy, unfinished Chavista revolution.
That will mean inheriting multiple problems left behind by Chavez, troubles that have been harped on by opposition challenger Henrique Capriles.
Although he's still favored, Maduro's early big lead in opinion polls sharply narrowed in the past week ...
TOKYO: A strong earthquake shook Japan on Saturday near the southwestern city of Kobe, leaving 22 people injured, seven of them seriously — mostly elderly tripping while trying to flee, police said. No one was killed.
The magnitude 6.3 quake left some homes with rooftop tiles broken and cracked walls, while goods fell off store shelves, according to the Meteorological Agency and Japanese TV news footage.
The agency had earlier said the magnitude was 6, but later upgraded it.
The quake was ...
The US says it is urging China to use all its leverage to help rein in North Korea's "destabilising" actions.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Seoul, where US officials say he will call on China to evoke "a sense of urgency" in its talks with Pyongyang.
North Korea has ratcheted up tensions in the region, threatening nuclear strikes against South Korea and the US.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon has denied a report suggesting Pyongyang is able to mount nuclear warheads on ...
LOS ANGELES: Recently discovered dinosaur embryos are giving scientists their best glimpse yet into how the ancient creatures developed.
The 190-million-year-old fossils unearthed in China belonged to Lufengosaurus, a long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur known for its gigantic size, with adults reaching 30 feet long.
A detailed look at more than 200 bones from 20 individual animals at various stages of development revealed they grew much more rapidly inside the egg than other dinosaurs and flexed their muscles in much the same way ...
LONDON: Robert Edwards, the scientist known as the father of IVF for pioneering the development of ‘test tube babies’ for couples unable to conceive naturally, died today aged 87.
The Briton, who won the Nobel medicine prize for his achievement in 2010, started developing in-vitro fertilisation in 1955 — work that culminated in 1978 in the birth of Louise Brown, the first so-called test tube baby.
More than five million babies have been born around the world as a result of the ...
London, April 11: The Korean crisis will be high on the agenda when foreign ministers from the G8 group of nations hold talks in London on Thursday.
Correspondents say Japan, present at the talks, is looking for a strong statement of solidarity over the issue.
North Korea has been making bellicose threats against South Korea, Japan and US bases in the region.
Ministers will also debate the Syrian crisis, Iran's nuclear programme and sexual violence in conflicts.
The BBC's diplomatic correspondent James Robbins says ...
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey, Dec 31: A kid for Kimye: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are expecting their first child.
The rapper announced at a concert Sunday night that his girlfriend is pregnant. He told the crowd of more than 5,000 at Revel Resort´s Ovation Hall in song form: "Now you having my baby."
The crowd roared.
Most of the Kardashian clan tweeted about the news, including Kim´s sisters and mother. Kourtney Kardashian wrote: "Another angel to welcome to our family. Overwhelmed with ...