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Gov't to ease restrictions on renewable energy development

SEOUL, April 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will move to lift regulatory restrictions on the development of renewable energy to fuel investment in this critical field, the government said Sunday. According to the finance ministry, it plans to recommend the easing of unnecessary rules across the board so as to fuel innovation and investment in technologies that can allow growth in such areas as wind, solar and geothermal power generation.

Snooker: Champion O'Sullivan eases into second round

Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan began his quest for a sixth world snooker title with a comfortable 10-4 first-round win over Finland's Robin Hull at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Saturday. "I'm just pleased to have got through," said O'Sullivan. "It was a tough match, I knew I'd have to play decent snooker to win. Robin's a good scorer and strong in the tactical game. "I don't really see there's a massive expectation on me. I'm just here to do a job and I go about it as professionally as I can.

Federal documents: GM delayed power steering recall despite thousands of consumer complaints

DETROIT - General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's auto safety watchdog, also didn't seek a recall of the compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago and found 12 crashes and two injuries caused by the problem.

Little-known jihadist group claims Cairo bombings

A little-known jihadist group, Ajnad Misr, claimed responsibility Saturday for a string of bomb attacks targeting Egyptian security forces in Cairo, including one that killed a police officer. Militants have stepped up attacks on security forces since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, while the military-installed authorities have launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters. Most attacks have been in the restive Sinai Peninsula, but in recent months they have also been launched farther afield in the Nile Delta and in the capital.

Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners; fears of confrontation grow

LIMA, Peru - The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The government's vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is raising fears of bloody confrontations.

Americas News Agenda for April 20

Duty Editor: Veronika Oleksyn Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Sunday: + SpaceX supply mission set to dock at ISS + Boston readies for marathon amid terror memories WASHINGTON: The unmanned SpaceX Dragon capsule is to dock at the International Space Station to deliver supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab. 1115 GMT. (US-SPACE-ISS)

Car bomb kills two, wounds one in Bahrain

Two people were killed Saturday when their car exploded in a Shiite village in Bahrain, the interior ministry said, although it was unclear whether the vehicle itself had been targeted. A third person was wounded in the blast and taken to hospital as civil defence personnel were hurt in a separate explosion, the ministry said. An uprising against the ruling Sunni dynasty in the Shiite majority kingdom began in 2011, and protesters still clash regularly with police.

Car bomb kills two, wounds one in Bahrain

Two people were killed Saturday when their car exploded in a Shiite village in Bahrain, the interior ministry said, although it was unclear whether the vehicle itself had been targeted. A third person was wounded in the blast and taken to hospital as civil defence personnel were hurt in a separate explosion, the ministry said. An uprising against the ruling Sunni dynasty in the Shiite majority kingdom began in 2011, and protesters still clash regularly with police.

Ebola has killed 61 in Guinea since January

The Ebola virus has claimed 61 lives in Guinea out of 109 laboratory-confirmed cases since January, the government said Saturday. They were among 197 suspect cases recorded in the impoverished west African country. "From now on, biological analysis can be done more quickly, and the toll will no longer include any non-confirmed cases," government spokesman Damantang Albert Camara said in a statement.

Boko Haram claims bombing in Nigeria's capital

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria's capital in a video obtained Saturday, as the search continued for 85 schoolgirls still missing after a mass abduction by the Islamists. The bombing at a bus station packed with morning commuters early on Monday killed at least 75 people on the outskirts of Abuja, hours before gunmen kidnapped 129 girls from a school in northeastern Borno state, Boko Haram's base. Forty-four of the girls have since escaped and are now safe, officials said.
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