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Bollywood's Khan jailed for 5 years for deadly hit-and-run

Indian Bollywood film actor Salman Khan is driven to the courthouse in Mumbai, on May 6, 2015Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for killing a homeless man with his SUV in a 2002 hit-and-run after a night out drinking at an upmarket bar. Judge D.W. Deshpande found Khan guilty of culpable homicide and other charges for driving his Land Cruiser into a group of homeless men sleeping rough in suburban Mumbai, rejecting the actor's claim his driver was to blame.


Greece makes IMF payment, another looms

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 file photo, a worker cleans the paint-splattered by protesters entrance of the bank of Greece, in central Athens. Wednesday May 6 marks five years since Greece voted in its first bailout deal in the face of violent popular protests that left three dead. The day was followed by years of turmoil in which the country tried to overhaul its economy in the midst of a downturn matched in depth and length only by the Great Depression. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is making a 200 million euro ($222 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund, though another, larger one looms next week that it will struggle to manage.


New evidence leads to capital murder charge in U.Va. case

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2014, file photo, Jesse Matthew Jr. looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va. Matthew, accused of abducting and killing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been charged with capital murder and a prosecutor said Tuesday, May 5, 2015, she will seek the death penalty if the case goes to trial. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool, File)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A prosecutor has obtained a capital murder indictment against the man accused of the abduction and killing a University of Virginia student, saying she plans to seek the death penalty.


Iran's Khamenei rejects nuclear talks under threat: state TV

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would not accept nuclear talks under threat, state television reported, as Iran and world powers try to meet a June 30 deadline for a final deal. "Holding nuclear talks (with major powers) under shadow of threat is unacceptable for Iran ... Our nation will not accept it ... Military threats will not help the talks," Khamenei was quoted as saying by Iran's English language Press TV. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Dominic Evans)

At least 265 dead in Niger meningitis epidemic

At least 265 people have died so far this year in a meningitis epidemic in Niger amid a shortage of vaccines needed to prevent the disease's spread, the West African nation's health minister said on Tuesday. Some 3,856 cases of meningitis were recorded between Jan. 1 and May 4, with five of the country's eight regions, including the capital Niamey, particularly hard hit, Mano Aghali said in an address broadcast on state-owned television. "Niger is facing a shortage of vaccines on the international market," Aghali said. "We only have 50 percent of what's needed to cover our vaccination targets." In 2010-2011, the uranium and oil-producer, one of the world's poorest nations, successfully carried out a campaign to eliminate the "A" strain of meningitis.

Self-driving semi-truck makes debut on Hoover Dam

Freightliner unveils its Inspiration self-driving truck during an event at the Hoover Dam Tuesday, May 5, 2015, near Boulder City, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)HOOVER DAM, Nev.-Ariz. Border (AP) — Daimler officials rolled out their truck of the future Tuesday night, a driverless big rig that negotiated some very tight turns — but with a driver.


Germany: 4 arrests in alleged plot to attack Islamic targets

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities conducted raids across the country on Wednesday, seizing explosives and arresting four people accused of founding a right-wing extremist group to attack mosques and housing for asylum seekers.

Indian court says Bollywood actor guilty in 2002 case

Bollywood actor Salman Khan arrives at a court in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Media reports say a Mumbai court has held Khan guilty of running over five men sleeping on a sidewalk, killing one in a 2002 hit-and-run case. The court on Wednesday charged Khan with culpable homicide, saying all charges against him had been proved, Press Trust of India said. (AP Photo)MUMBAI, India (AP) — One of India's biggest and most popular movie stars, Salman Khan, has been found guilty of running over five men sleeping on a sidewalk, killing one in a hit-and-run case that has dragged through the courts for more than 12 years.


Commonwealth Bank shares plunge after trading update

Shares in Commonwealth Bank closed down 5.85% at Aus$82.98 in a return to levels last seen in NovemberShares in Australia's largest listed firm Commonwealth Bank plunged almost six percent Wednesday, their steepest daily fall since the global financial crisis, after a soft trading update and fears the central bank's rate-cutting cycle is over. The bank and other blue-chip firms have benefited from investors' search for yield, seeing their share prices strengthen over the past few years as a weakening economic climate led to interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of Australia. Shares in Commonwealth Bank closed down 5.85 percent at Aus$82.98 in a return to levels last seen in November. The Reserve Bank on Tuesday slashed the interest rate by 25 basis points to a new record-low of 2.0 percent to stimulate growth, but did not include an easing bias in its statement that could have foreshadowed further cuts.


Afghan judge sentences 4 to death in mob killing of woman

Defendants attend their trial at the Primary Court in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, May 2, 2015. The trial of 49 suspects, including 19 police officers, on charges relating to the mob killing of an Afghan woman began in the capital, Kabul, on Saturday. The opening of the trial at Afghanistan's Primary Court was broadcast live on nationwide television. The suspects all face charges relating to the March 19 killing of a 27-year-old woman named Farkhunda. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced four men to death for their role in the brutal mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March — a slaying that shocked the nation and spurred calls for authorities to ensure women's rights to equality and protection from violence.


Bollywood's Salman Khan guilty in deadly hit-and-run case

Bollywood star Salman Khan (C) arrives to appear at the sessions court in Mumbai, on May 6, 2015A judge on Wednesday convicted Bollywood superstar Salman Khan of killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run after a night out drinking, rejecting his claim that his driver was to blame. D.W. Deshpande found Khan guilty of culpable homicide and other charges for driving his Land Cruiser into a group of homeless men sleeping rough in suburban Mumbai, after the actor had spent the evening in an upmarket bar.


UN hails progress on Ebola as new weekly cases drop

A health worker escorts newly admitted Ebola patients into the Kerry town Ebola treatment centre outside FreetownThe U.N. envoy on Ebola on Tuesday hailed "extraordinary progress" against the outbreak in West Africa after new cases last week fell below 20 for the first time since mid-2014, but he warned it would take time to end the epidemic completely. David Nabarro said that in the week to May 3 only nine new cases were reported in Guinea and the same number in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Liberia once again had no new cases. Nabarro said he was optimistic that Liberia would be declared Ebola-free on May 9, when it is due to reach the official World Health Organization (WHO) standard of 42 days without a new Ebola case.


Asia stocks down as earnings disappoint, Greece date looms

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, people pass a Wall Street subway stop, in New York's Financial District. Stocks are little changed in early trading Tuesday, May 5, 2015, following two days of gains that brought the market close to a record high. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were in the red on Wednesday, dented by weak earnings in Australia and doubts about Greece's ability to repay debts due to the IMF this month. Chinese markets turned lower after a brief rebound from the previous day's sell-off.


Seven killed in suspected separatist attack on Mali town

UN peacekeepers mark the start of the 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, in BamakoSuspected northern rebels attacked a central Malian town on Tuesday, leading to clashes with government troops in which six separatists and one soldier died, a defence ministry spokesman said. A rising wave of violence in the West African nation and regular violations of a ceasefire between the government and the rebels are threatening to sink a U.N.-backed peace deal due to receive preliminary approval this month. The gunmen attacked Tenenkou, around 400 km (250 miles) northeast of the capital Bamako, before dawn, according to the defence ministry and Mali's U.N. mission, MINUSMA. Ministry spokesman Colonel Diaran Kone said three soldiers were injured in the fighting and that government troops seized arms and vehicles from the attackers.


Senators seek VA probe to see if mishandled claims systemic

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014, file photo, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., speaks at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Troubled by delays in handling of veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking a wide-scale independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications. "The VA system again finds itself engulfed in another scandal," said Heller, co-chair of the Senate's VA backlog working group. VA offices nationwide are suffering from poor management, he said, proving "it is time for an overhaul of the entire system." (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Troubled by delays in handling of veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking a wide-scale independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications.


BMW profits rise on SUVs, strong sales in UK, US

FILE- In this file photo dated Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, the logo of German car manufacturer BMW is pictured on a BMW i3 electric drive car at the production line in Dingolfing, Germany. The world’s leading maker of premium cars by volume, BMW is scheduled to report first-quarter business results on Wednesday May 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, FILE)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German luxury carmaker BMW AG increased its profits in the first quarter thanks to strong demand for its expensive SUVs and higher sales in the US and Britain as well as in a recovering European market.


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