Japan records $134b trade deficit

Japan’s trade deficit increased nearly 70 percent to a record high of 13.75 trillion yen (134 billion dollars) in the past fiscal year as export growth slowed and energy imports continued to rise.
 

‘Attack on al-Aqsa dangerous escalation’

A senior Muslim cleric says Israeli forces threw stun grenades into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and attacked Palestinian worshippers.
 

Protesters, police clash in Venezuela

Hundreds of students and opposition supporters have clashed with police forces in the Venezuelan capital Caracas as they staged a rally demanding the “resurrection” of “democracy” in the South American country.
 

Egypt court jails 30 Morsi supporters

An Egyptian court has sentenced 30 supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, to more than three years in prison as military-installed government continues cracking down on dissidents.
 

‘Scottish independence gains ground’

Recent polls have revealed that support for Scottish independence is gaining among voters five months before the September referendum that could lead to Scotland’s secession from the United Kingdom.
 

New world war has already begun

I watched Dr. Strangelove the other day. I have seen it perhaps a dozen times; it makes sense of senseless news. When Major T.J. “King” Kong goes “toe to toe with the Rooskies” and flies his rogue B52 nuclear bomber to a target in Russia, it’s left to General “Buck” Turgidson to reassure the President. Strike first, says the general, and “you got no more than 10 to 20 million killed, tops.”
 

Russia nettled by Slavyansk gun battle

Moscow has expressed outrage over a gun battle which occurred near Ukraine’s eastern city of Slavyansk, calling for Kiev to honor the Geneva agreement.
 

'Iran completes 20% uranium dilution'

Iran has finished diluting half of its stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium to five-percent purity and is to convert the rest to uranium oxide, an Iran nuclear official says.
 

Kiev may hold elections under emergency

Ukraine says it will hold early presidential elections even under the state of emergency in some regions.
 

Kiev may hold vote under emergency

Ukraine says it will hold early presidential elections even under the state of emergency in some regions.
 

5 reportedly killed in shootout at guard checkpoint in E.Ukraine

Five people have been reportedly killed in a shooting in Slavyansk, a city in eastern Ukraine held by anti-government protesters. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com...
 

OSCE sends mission to eastern Ukraine

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has sent a mission to eastern Ukraine with the aim of de-escalating the situation.
 

Iran allows underground singer to perform in public for first time

Khosravi, whose work has until now been confined to Internet and illicit venues, announces that he will play gig in Tehran on April 24.
 

5 killed in US drone attack in Yemen

At least five people have been killed in an airstrike carried out by a US killer drone in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan.
 

‘Easter truce’ broken: Five deaths in overnight checkpoint raid in E. Ukraine

Five people have been killed in a gunfight in Slavyansk, a city in eastern Ukraine held by anti-government protesters.
 

US opposed to visa waiver for Israelis

Pro-Israeli politicians in the US have been trying to put in place a visa waiver program that will allow Israelis to travel to the country as tourists for 90 days without having to apply for a visa, but American intelligence officials are opposing the program.
 

US to pile up troops on Russia doorstep

The United States plans to deploy troops to Poland and Estonia to conduct drills with its allies, amid rising tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine, report says.
 

Rouhani engages in sweet talk: Iran women not second class citizens

Iran's President admits that women still face discrimination but he insists they are not universally treated as second-class citizens.
 

Release of French hostages held by France's allies in Syria

Four French hostages held by the Islamic Emirate of Iraq and the Levant (
 

Food aid finished in Yarmouk: UN

The United Nations says its food aid has finished in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus.