New music festival launched outside NashvilleNEW YORK (AP) ? Another music festival is making its debut ? this one outside of Nashville, Tennessee, and paying homage to history.
Fiscal freedom for Scotland would mean spending cuts, tax rises - think-tankScotland would have to make "substantial" spending cuts or increase taxes if the Scottish National Party (SNP) gained full control of the country's finances after next month's general election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said on Tuesday. On Monday, the SNP launched their manifesto ahead of a knife-edge vote in which neither Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron nor Labour's Ed Miliband are expected to win a majority - an outcome which could see the nationalist party team up with Labour to form the next government. Alongside plans for higher public spending and an end to austerity, the SNP manifesto set a medium-term ambition for Scotland to be granted full fiscal autonomy - control over all its tax and spending. The SNP's longer-term aim is for Scotland to gain full independence.
Somalia police: 9 killed by car bomb in capitalMOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) ? A car bomb killed at least nine people and wounded many others at a restaurant in Somalia's capital on Tuesday, police said.
Shorter, Di Meola, Cullum to headline Montreal Jazz FestivalMONTREAL (AP) ? The world's largest jazz festival returns to Montreal this summer with Wayne Shorter, Al Di Meola, Jamie Cullum and Dee Dee Bridgewater among the headliners.
Prosecutors blame captain for causing deaths in migrant shipwreck
By James Mackenzie CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) - Prosecutors blamed the Tunisian captain of a fishing boat for causing the deaths of hundreds of migrants locked below decks when his vessel capsized in the Mediterranean, in the weekend shipwreck that has shocked Europe. Prosecutors said on Tuesday that Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, arrested under suspicion of multiple homicide, had steered his severely overloaded boat into a collision with a merchant ship that was coming to its rescue. Only 28 survivors have been brought to Italy from the hundreds of mainly African and Bangladeshi migrants on board. So few survived because most of the migrants on board, including women and children, had been locked in the hold and lower decks of the three-deck fishing boat, said Catania chief prosecutor Giovanni Salvi.
Egyptian Brotherhood figure says younger members taking up leadership rolesYounger members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are taking up leadership roles as the movement renews itself despite the widespread jailing of its members, a senior Brotherhood figure told Reuters in Istanbul on Tuesday. "The overall attitude of the brotherhood (is) more revolutionary because the generation taking it over is young and more revolutionary and they saw what kind of an Egypt we'd have if they don't do what they have to do," Amr Darrag said, speaking English.
Healthy profit for Kenyan women selling aloe to UK cosmetics firm: TRFN
By Leopold Obi NANYUKI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women herders in Kenya's semi-arid Laikipia County have broken with tradition to export the leaves of a desert plant to Europe, boosting their incomes. Drought-prone El Poloi lies to the northwest of snow-capped Mount Kenya in the Great Rift Valley. According to the Kenya Meteorological Department, the area receives less than 400 mm (16 inches) of rainfall annually. The community's women say their men used to journey miles to Mount Kenya in the dry season seeking grazing for their herds, while the women and children stayed behind without enough food.
Upbeat earnings lift global stocks, Greek anxiety hits euro
World stocks climbed back towards all-time highs on Tuesday as upbeat European earnings helped offset a mixed German business confidence survey and rising worries about a possible Greek default on its bailout loans. Publicis , Sky , ARM Holdings were all up more than 4 percent after reporting results, with the overall picture of a weaker euro and improving economic conditions - driven by the European Central Bank's (ECB) bond-buying program - drawing investment flows into equity markets. Greece remained on investors' radar with media reports that the ECB was considering upping the haircuts it applies to Greek assets used as collateral for its cheap funding.
US couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing
BALI, Indonesia (AP) ? An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison on Tuesday in the killing of the woman's mother on the resort island of Bali.
US business group in China urges more transparency, accessBEIJING (AP) ? The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country's investment climate deteriorates.