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South Sudan rivals Kiir and Machar agree peace deal
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed a peace deal after a five-month conflict.
The deal calls for an immediate truce and the formation of a transitional government ahead of the drafting of a new constitution and new elections.
The conflict in the world's newest state has left thousands dead and more than one million homeless.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said the deal "could mark a breakthrough for the future of South Sudan".
BBC:Ukraine crisis: Putin visit to Crimea angers US and EU
Ukraine crisis: Putin visit to Crimea angers US and EU
The US and EU have condemned President Vladimir Putin's first visit to Crimea since Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in March.
The US state department said the trip was "provocative and unnecessary". The Kiev government called it a "gross violation of Ukraine's sovereignty".
Mr Putin praised Crimea for joining Russia, as he marked the Soviet victory over the Nazis in World War Two.
As he visited, there were deadly new clashes in south-eastern Ukraine.
BBC:Nigeria abductions: Chibok raid warnings 'ignored'
Nigeria abductions: Chibok raid warnings 'ignored'
Nigeria's military had advance warning of an attack on the town where some 270 girls were kidnapped but failed to act, Amnesty International says.
The human rights group says it was told by credible sources that the military had more than four hours' warning of the raid by Boko Haram militants.
Fifty-three of the girls escaped soon after being seized in Chibok on 14 April but more than 200 remain captive.
Nigeria's authorities say they "doubt the veracity" of the Amnesty report.
BBC:Thailand police fire tear gas at protesters in Bangkok
Thailand police fire tear gas at protesters in Bangkok
Thai police have fired water cannons and tear gas at protesters in Bangkok, two days after a court ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Hundreds of protesters have been holding a rally outside a government compound in the city.
Ms Yingluck was ordered to step down on Wednesday over the illegal transfer of her security chief. Another court has indicted her for negligence.
The protesters want the government out and the political system reformed.
BBC:Syria conflict: Government troops move into Homs Old City
Syria conflict: Government troops move into Homs Old City
Syrian forces have moved into previously rebel-held areas of Homs after the evacuation of opposition fighters following a two-year siege.
Troops have begun sweeping the Old City for explosives, state media quoted Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi as saying.
UN sources have told the BBC the evacuation is complete after the departure of a final convoy of rebels.
Some 2,000 fighters and their relatives are believed to have left since Wednesday.
BBC:India election: Arvind Kejriwal holds 'road show' in Varanasi
India election: Arvind Kejriwal holds 'road show' in Varanasi
Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of India's new anti-corruption Aam Aadmi (Common Man) party, is leading a rally through the streets of Varanasi city.
Mr Kejriwal is contesting the Varanasi seat in the general election and is pitched against the main opposition BJP's leader Narendra Modi.
On Thursday, Mr Modi drove through the temple city with a large number of supporters after the authorities denied him permission to hold a rally there.
Voting is due in the city on Monday.
Reuters:U.S. agency FinCEN rejected veterans in bid to hire lawyers
U.S. agency FinCEN rejected veterans in bid to hire lawyers
(Reuters) - A U.S. Treasury Department division charged with policing money laundering may have run afoul of federal regulations that require military veterans to be given preference for jobs in the government if they are qualified, according to sources and documents seen by Reuters.
Most U.S. government positions fall into a standard set of job bands, which determine things such as pay and minimum qualifications. Federal law bars the government from screening candidates for qualifications that go beyond the job's standard requirements.
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), in the midst of a hiring campaign, however, screened candidates to hire only lawyers for certain jobs, even though the positions did not require a law degree, Reuters reported last week.
Now, interviews with current and former government officials and messages sent to job applicants show that while hiring for three top positions in its enforcement division last year, FinCEN rejected pools of candidates made up entirely of qualified veterans.
Reuters:U.S. passenger jet nearly collided with drone in March: FAA
U.S. passenger jet nearly collided with drone in March: FAA
(Reuters) - An American Airlines Group Inc aircraft almost collided with a drone above Florida earlier this year, a near-accident that highlights the growing risk from rising use of unmanned aircraft, the U.S. air safety regulator said.
The pilot reported seeing a small, remote-control aircraft very close to his plane while preparing to land at Tallahassee Regional Airport, said Jim Williams, manager of the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Office.
"The airplane pilot said that the UAS was so close to his jet that he was sure he had collided with it," Williams said at an industry conference on Thursday, referring to an unmanned aircraft system.
The aircraft, operated by an American subsidiary, did not appear to be damaged when it was inspected after the March 22 incident, Williams said.
Reuters:BOJ to set aside more reserves as balance sheet grows
BOJ to set aside more reserves as balance sheet grows
(Reuters) - The Bank of Japan will set aside four times the amount of money it normally would as reserves to offset the risk posed by the assets it is rapidly adding to its balance sheet with its quantitative easing.
The BOJ said on Friday that it has requested permission from the finance ministry to set aside 20 percent of the funds left over after the central bank closes its books for fiscal 2013, which ended in March. The finance ministry is likely to approve.
Currently, the BOJ is required to set aside only 5 percent of excess funds. The BOJ will announce its results for fiscal 2015 sometime in late May.
Since April last year, the BOJ has rapidly increased its purchases of government debt and riskier assets, such as real estate investment trusts and exchange-traded funds, as part of quantitative easing aimed at ending 15 years of deflation.
Reuters:U.S. judge says Wal-Mart should face lawsuit over alleged Mexico bribery
U.S. judge says Wal-Mart should face lawsuit over alleged Mexico bribery
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge said Wal-Mart Stores Inc does not deserve dismissal of a lawsuit claiming it defrauded shareholders by concealing suspected corruption at its Mexico operations, even after learning that a damaging media report detailing alleged bribery was being prepared.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Erin Setser in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Thursday recommended denying Wal-Mart's request to dismiss the lawsuit led by a Michigan pension fund against the world's largest retailer and former Chief Executive Officer Mike Duke.
A Wal-Mart spokesman said the company disagrees with Setser's recommendation, which is subject to review by U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey. District judges are not bound by magistrate judges' recommendations but often follow them.
Wal-Mart's stock price, which is not known as particularly volatile, fell 8.2 percent in the three days after The New York Times reported on its investigation into the alleged bribery on April 22, 2012. That decline wiped out roughly $17 billion of market value. The Times' coverage later won a Pulitzer Prize.
Reuters:Brazil's Rousseff drops in new election poll, rivals gain
Brazil's Rousseff drops in new election poll, rivals gain
(Reuters) - Support for President Dilma Rousseff among Brazilian voters has fallen and her main rivals have gained ground, reducing her chances of an outright win in the October 5 election, a new poll by Datafolha showed on Friday.
The poll showed support for Rousseff slipped one percentage point to 37 percent, while Aecio Neves added four points to 20 percent and Eduardo Campos increased one point to 11 percent compared with its April poll, Datafolha said.
Rousseff´s comfortable lead at the start of the year has been undermined by concerns over rising inflation in a slow economy and political scandal surrounding management of Brazil´s largest company, state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA.
Brazil's Congress is expected to open an investigation next week into the controversial purchase of a refinery in Texas and allegations of bribery involving SBM Offshore NV, a Netherlands-based supplier of offshore oil vessels.
Reuters:U.N. blacklists ex-Central African Republic president, militia leaders
U.N. blacklists ex-Central African Republic president, militia leaders
(Reuters) - A United Nations Security Council committee on Friday imposed sanctions on Central African Republic's former President François Bozizé and two other men linked to the country's conflict after China and Russia withdrew their objections to the move.
It is the first time anyone linked to the crisis has been blacklisted since a U.N. sanctions regime for Central African Republic was set up in December.
Along with Bozize, who was ousted by predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels in March 2013, the committee blacklisted Nourredine Adam, an original leader of Seleka, and Levy Yakete, an "anti-balaka" Christian militia leader.
"U.N. Security Council adopts sanctions against François Bozizé, Nourredine Adam, Levy Yakete," Lithuania's U.N. Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite posted on Twitter. Lithuania is chair of the council's sanctions committee on Central African Republic.
LA Times:Comedy Central picks Larry Wilmore of 'The Daily Show' to fill Colbert Report slot
Comedy Central picks Larry Wilmore of 'The Daily Show' to fill Colbert Report slot
Comedy Central has found its successor.
The Colbert Report's coveted time slot will be filled by The Daily Show's "Senior Black Correspondent" Larry Wilmore, the station revealed Friday.
Wilmore will host his own show called "The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore" following Stephen Colbert's leave in January.
Wilmore, who joined "Best F*&#ing News Team Ever!" of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in 2006, will take over Colbert's 11:30 p.m. time slot.