British Prime Minister David Cameron hit back Sunday at critics who claim his re-election campaign lacks passion, insisting he has the will to win a knife-edge poll on May 7. A shirtsleeved Cameron joked that those looking for excitement should "go to Greece", which risks a default and possible exit from the euro, during an animated stump speech in southwest England. "We don't always shout with the passion that some people would like but don't mistake that for any lack of drive in changing this great country of ours," added Cameron, gesticulating freely and often stopping to catch his breath. Experts say that, unless one party pulls ahead, Britain is set for a hung parliament, meaning that the Conservatives or Labour will have to team up with a smaller party to govern.
The Turkish coastguard has rounded up 350 mainly Syrian migrants in an operation against a ship planning to take them to Europe, the official Anatolia news agency said Sunday. It said the migrants, including women and children, were seeking to reach European Union countries, in particular Italy. Turkey, which already hosts 1.8 million Syrian refugees from the civil war, has become a key transit point for migrants seeking a better life in Europe. Mersin has become known as an increasingly important hub for Syrian migrants, with local authorities saying that 1,754 illegal migrants were apprehended at sea off the port last year.
Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts Sunday to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country. As the death toll in the Himalayan nation surpassed 2,500, the US together with European and Asian nations sent emergency crews to reinforce those scrambling to find survivors in the devastated capital Kathmandu and in cut-off rural areas. "Tragically, more bodies are being pulled from collapsed buildings every hour," the Australian Red Cross said in a statement. Mike Bruce, regional communications manager for the Plan International aid organisation, said many areas -- both rural and in some of the larger towns -- had suffered landslides and roads were blocked.
(Reuters) - England's Justin Rose, who birdied his first three holes, surged into a tie for the lead with Australian Jason Day at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans when the third round was finally completed on Sunday. Rose fired a sizzling seven-under-par 65 on a receptive, rain-softened layout in Avondale, Louisiana where thunderstorms disrupted play for the first three days, finishing level with Day (68) at 16-under 200. Americans Blayne Barber (64) and Daniel Berger (68) were at 15 under, with Canada's David Hearn (67), New Zealander Danny Lee (68) and Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge (68) a further stroke back in a three-way tie for fifth.
Aid groups are rushing to get crucial supplies to survivors of Nepal's devastating earthquake, which has killed more than 2,500 people. Here's a look at humanitarian efforts under way in Nepal and how to donate online:
(Reuters) - HSBC , Europe's biggest bank, is weighing plans to spin off its British retail bank in a 20 billion-pound ($30.37 billion) deal, the Sunday Times reported. Directors at the bank are considering the future of its UK retail operations, the newspaper reported, citing senior sources. HSBC declined to comment on the report. HSBC has ordered a review into whether it should move its headquarters out of Britain and potentially back to its former home in Hong Kong, threatening London's reputation as a global hub for finance and investment.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a phone conversation on Sunday to maintain contact during talks between Athens and its lenders to reach a debt deal, a Greek government official said. Shut out of international markets and locked in talks with its European Union and International Monetary Fund creditors over its proposed reform-for-cash deal, Greece risks running out of cash within weeks. Three months of fruitless negotiations have raised tensions between Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and euro zone colleagues in Riga on Friday.