U.S. trade deficit rose 8.5 pct in April


The U.S. trade deficit rose 8.5 percent in April to $40.3 billion, the Commerce Department said.

In March, according to revised figures, the trade deficit stood at $37.1 billion, compared to $38.82 billion calculated earlier.

The April number is slightly better than what had been predicted by analysts who had forecast that the trade deficit would rise to $41.5 billion.

The increase was due to the rise in imports, which grew by 2.4 percent to $227.7 billion, compared with exports, which grew just 1.2 percent to $187.4 billion.




Tens of thousands in Hong Kong recall Tiananmen repression


People in their tens of thousands took part here in a vigil recalling the 24th anniversary of the military repression in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, the only commemoration of the event allowed on Chinese territory.

The turnout was massive, despite the torrential rains that began falling soon after the event began, which was also attended by many people who crossed to Hong Kong from mainland China.

The number of participants varies from the organizers' estimate of 150,000 to the 54,000 reported by police.

The crowd near Victoria Park recalled the crackdown that occurred on June 4-5, 1989 in Tiananmen Square, where numerous demonstrators died at the hands of Chinese security forces, who stepped in to end weeks of nationwide pro-democracy protests.

The Chinese government has never published an official number of victims of the repression, nor has it apologized for the military attack on civilians.




Rubio: immigration reform lacks enough votes to pass the Senate


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that the immigration reform bill doesn't have the necessary votes to avoid a filibuster in the Senate.

"I think even the Democrats would concede that," he said in response to a question on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends."

Rubio is a member of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators who drafted the reform bill that was given preliminary approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 21.

His analysis contradicts that expressed on Sunday by another member of that group, New York Democrat Chuck Schumer, who predicted that the bill would get as many as 70 votes when it reaches the full Senate next Monday, and that immigration reform would be approved before the July 4 recess.




N.J. gov. announces special election to fill Senate seat


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death this week of Democratic incumbent Frank Lautenberg will be filled by means of a special election in October.

The Republican governor will name a temporary replacement for Lautenberg later this week.

New Jersey Democrats and Republicans will choose their respective senatorial candidates in primaries set for Aug. 13, while the special election is to be held Oct. 16, just weeks before November's scheduled statewide ballot.




Japan orders airlines to inspect modified Dreamliners


Japan's two main airlines, JAL and ANA, have been ordered to thoroughly inspect all of their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after last weekend's discovery of a problem with one of JAL's planes, Transport Minister Akihiro Ota said.

He also directed the two companies to review their methods for supervising maintenance work performed by manufacturer Boeing, who had modified the battery of that JAL aircraft after the series of technical problems that forced authorities to ground all 787s for about four months.

The incident involving the JAL Boeing 787 on Sunday came just a day after both firms had resumed commercial flights with Dreamliners for the first time since Jan. 16.

On Sunday, the pressure sensor on the plane's battery cover registered a difference in air pressure between the exterior and the interior of the battery container during a preflight safety check.




U.S. tourist gang-raped in India


An American tourist was raped by three truckers in the northern Indian city of Manali, police told Efe.

The 31-year-old woman was looking for public transport back to her hotel after visiting some friends Monday night, when the truckers offered to give her a ride, inspector Neelchand said.

The truck was driven to a nearby wood where the three men took turns raping her.

After the attack, the truckers took the woman back to the city; she showed up at a police station around 4:30 a.m. to report the crime.




Heat thump Pacers 99-76 to claim spot in NBA Finals


LeBron James demonstrated yet again that he is the NBA's best player and the leader of the Heat, scoring 32 points in Miami's 99-76 win over the Indiana Pacers in the decisive Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.

The triumph gives the reigning NBA champs a chance to defend their title against the San Antonio Spurs.

It will be Miami's third straight trip to the league final, while the Spurs haven't been back to the finals since their 2006-2007 championship season.

Dwyane Wade contributed 21 points for the Heat on the way to playing his best basketball of the series.




Remains found in Spanish gym belong to one person


The human remains found at a martial arts gym in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao belong to a single person, sources involved with the investigation told Efe.

Last Sunday, the Basque regional police arrested the owner of the gym for binding and then beating a Nigerian woman, leaving her in a coma and, when searching his gym, they found human bones.

Juan Carlos Aguilar, 47, on Monday confessed to police that he had killed another woman a few days ago and now investigators have determined that the remains are of a single person, a woman of Colombian nationality but about whom they have not provided any further details.




Cuba seeking to attract more women to military service


The UJC, the youth wing of Cuba's ruling Communist Party, called for increasing the number of women in military service, the official daily Juventud Rebelde reported.

"Eighteen percent of Cubans today are over 60 and the forecasts for an aging of the population by 2030 demand that we reconsider more forcefully the incorporation of women into the Women's Volunteer Military Service," UJC First Secretary Yuniasky Crespo said.

She commented during a plenary meeting of the UJC national committee at which the issue was debated in the presence of deputy armed forces minister Gen. Alvaro Lopez Miera.