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Football: Bayern eager for Real Madrid confidence boost

Bayern Munich need a convincing win at Bundesliga bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday to dismiss talk of a mini-crisis ahead of their Champions League semi-final at Real Madrid. With only two wins in their last six games, Bayern have suffered a dip since winning the Bundesliga nearly a month ago with a record seven games to spare. Bayern booked their place in next month's German Cup final with a 5-1 drubbing of second division Kaiserslautern in Wednesday's semi-final in Munich.

Fourth officer charged in US Navy bribery scandal

A fourth US Navy officer has been charged with leaking information to a foreign defense contractor in exchange for cash and other gifts in a widening bribery scandal, officials said Thursday. Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug, 27, was arrested Wednesday in San Diego and appeared in court Thursday, when a judge released him with GPS monitoring in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He is accused of accepting bribes in return for giving classified and sensitive US Navy information to employees of Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a defense contractor at the center of the scandal.

Kiev government must quit before rebels respect deal: pro-Russian leader

Kiev's interim government must leave power before pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine will abide by an international deal to vacate seized government buildings, a separatist leader said Friday. "We agree that the buildings should be vacated, but first (Prime Minister Arseniy) Yatsenyuk and (acting President Oleksandr) Turchynov much leave the buildings that they are occupying illegally since their coup d'etat," Denis Pushilin, a prominent member of the self-declared Donetsk Republic, told journalists. nm-del/rmb/txw

Pro-Russian militants in Ukraine defiant despite deal

Pro-Russian rebels kept their grip on seized government buildings in Ukraine on Friday, a day after Kiev struck a deal with Russia and the West aimed at easing the crisis in the ex-Soviet republic. As part of the surprise agreement hammered out in talks in Geneva Thursday, "all illegal armed groups" were due to disarm and leave seized state buildings. But the pro-Kremlin gunmen who have overrun nearly a dozen towns and cities across Ukraine's Russian-speaking southeast showed little sign of leaving.

Scandal-plagued Toronto mayor launches re-election bid

Toronto's scandal-plagued mayor Rob Ford, who has admitted to binge drinking and smoking crack, has launched his bid for re-election. Ford kicked off his campaign for the October 27 election telling supporters at a rally in Canada's largest city Thursday that he was grateful to those who have stuck by him. "I soldier on day in, day out because of you people," said Ford said, flanked by his family and volunteers waving "Ford for Mayor" signs, the Toronto Star reported.

Wife challenges no charges for Ghanaian's death during deportation

The Japanese wife of a Ghanaian who died after being overpowered by immigration officials during deportation filed a complaint Friday against prosecutors' decision not to indict the officials. Abubakar Awudu Suraj, 45, died after being restrained when put on a flight to Cairo at Narita airport near Tokyo in March 2010.

India's election commission lifts ban on top Modi aide

By Shyamantha Asokan NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's election commission has lifted a ban on a top aide of Hindu nationalist opposition leader Narendra Modi that had threatened to hobble his efforts to win votes in the country's most populous state. Amit Shah, Modi's campaign manager in the battleground state of Uttar Pradesh, was banned from election rallies and meetings this month after making speeches deemed to have stirred tensions with minority Muslims.

Tech workers seek to use Steve Jobs evidence in upcoming trial on no-hire accords

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four large technology companies should not be allowed to limit evidence about Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court document filed late on Thursday by employees suing the firms.

'Pit bull' Pistorius prosecutor shines in court

Through his fiery cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius and mauling of expert witnesses, state prosecutor Gerrie Nel has become a global cult hero and a rare poster boy for South Africa's beleaguered public sector. Forensic geologist Doctor Roger Dixon is a clever man, but when he slinked out of the witness box on Thursday after two days of withering cross-examination at the hands of South Africa's favourite "pit bull" prosecutor, he looked a little less smart. "I'm fine," he said. "Today was a breeze."

S. Korea's gold bourse suffers lackluster turnover

SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's gold bourse, launched late last month in an ambitious move to bring the unregulated market into the open, is getting off to a slower start than expected with a turnover well below the anticipated level, data showed on Friday. The country's first gold bourse, operated by the Korea Exchange, opened on March 24 with much attention from investors. But since then, the daily turnover has averaged 3.845 kilograms per day, lower than the hoped-for amount of some 10 kg.
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