Australia's police work abroad under spotlight with Indonesia executionsBy Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - The case of two Australians on death row in Indonesia has cast a spotlight on the foreign work of Australia's police force, whose tip off to their Indonesian counterparts a decade ago was key in their arrest and looming execution by firing squad. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two Australians named as ringleaders of the 'Bali Nine' drug-smuggling group, were arrested in 2005 at an airport on the island of Bali for trying to smuggle 8 kg (18 lb) of heroin into Australia.
Aquino appeals to Indonesia one more time to keep Filipina alivePhilippine President Benigno Aquino said he made one last appeal to the Indonesian government to spare a Filipina among nine prisoners set to be executed for drug trafficking on Tuesday as she could be a vital witness in prosecuting drug syndicates. It was Aquino's third personal appeal, after the Indonesian attorney general rejected the Philippine's request on Monday for a second judicial review of the case of Mary Jane Veloso, who her lawyers say merely served as an unknowing mule to drug traffickers. Veloso's lawyers filed a human trafficking complaint recently against her recruiter Maria Cristina Sergio, who they allege promised the death-row inmate a job as a domestic worker but instead led her to become a drug mule. Veloso is one of nine drug traffickers ordered by Indonesian authorities to die in a mass execution that may proceed possibly within hours.
Coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as executions near
CILICAP, Indonesia (AP) ? Ambulances carrying coffins arrived Tuesday at a prison island and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones in a sign that Indonesia will imminently execute eight foreigners and one Indonesian man, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy.
Apple profit soars on iPhone, China sales
Apple on Monday reported a sharp rise in its quarterly profit, lifted by robust sales of its iPhones and a jump in revenue from China. Revenue increased 27 percent from the same period a year ago to $58.01 billion, Apple said. A major contributor was the expansion of iPhone sales in China. Revenue for "greater China" leapt 71 percent to $16.8 billion in the quarter, allowing the region to overtake Europe as Apple's second-largest market.
Helicopters ferry injured from Nepal villages near epicenter
GORKHA, Nepal (AP) ? Helicopters crisscrossed the skies above the mountains of Gorkha district Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake, ferrying the injured to clinics, and taking emergency supplies back to remote villages devastated by the disaster in Nepal that killed more than 4,400 people across the region.
Burundi anti-president protestors clash for third day
Protesters in Burundi clashed with police for a third day Tuesday in fresh demonstrations against the president's bid to cling to power for a third term, witnesses said. At least five people have died since clashes broke out Sunday after the ruling CNDD-FDD party, which has been accused of intimidating opponents, designated President Pierre Nkurunziza its candidate in the June 26 presidential election.
Dispute outside church leaves 2 fatally shot, 4 injured
Ukraine says rebels firing rocket launchers againKIEV, Ukraine (AP) ? Ukrainian military officials said Tuesday that separatist rebels in the east have resumed the use of rocket launchers that should have been withdrawn under a February peace deal.
Riots in Baltimore raise questions about police response
BALTIMORE (AP) ? National Guard troops fanned out through the city, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early Tuesday as a growing area of Baltimore shuddered from riots following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.
Possible kingmakers Liberal Democrats demand post-election stability budget
By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Liberal Democrats, possible kingmakers after a May 7 election, on Tuesday demanded a 'stability budget' within 50 days of the vote as a pre-condition of any coalition with either Conservative leader David Cameron or Labour's Ed Miliband. With neither Cameron nor Miliband expected to win an outright majority, the Liberal Democrats are eyeing a second term as junior coalition partner, positioning themselves in the centre ground as a possible partner to either party. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said instability stoked by unfunded election pledges from the Conservatives and vague fiscal targets from Labour would necessitate a post-election budget to decide how and when Britain's books would be balanced. The budget would have to set out detailed tax and spending plans to balance the cyclically-adjusted current budget by 2017/18, Clegg said.