Archive | March, 2014

World News Today

31 Mar

Here are the biggest stories in the news today, 31st March 2014

US urges Russia to withdraw troops

US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to pull Russian troops back from the border with Ukraine. The two met in Paris yesterday for talks in an effort to resolve the ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine. An estimated 40,000 Russian troops have been deployed to the border with Ukraine in what experts say is part of a strategy by Russia to exert greater control over Eastern Ukraine, which, like Crimea, has a large ethnic Russian population. For more go to Reuters.

North and South Korea exchange artillery fire

North and South Korea have exchanged artillery fire across their western sea border. South Korean sources claim they responded after North Korean shells landed in their territorial fires. There were no reports of any casualties on either side. The incident comes just days after North Korea threatened to conduct a “new form” of nuclear threat. For more go to the BBC.

Climate Change a threat to humankind says IPCC

A United Nations reports has warned that climate change poses a threat to global food stocks, and to human security. The report from UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) was a three year joint effort by more than 300 scientists and runs to more than 2,600 pages. The report concluded that climate change could lead to war and force people from their homes if not addressed. For more go the Guardian.

Also in world news today;

Hollande’s Socialists pummeled in local elections

Search continues for MH370

Congress investigates federal oversight on GM

London workers uncover Black Death victims

World News Today

30 Mar

Here are the biggest stories in the news today, 30th March 2014

Families of MH370 demand answers

Dozens of relatives of Chinese passengers on missing flight MH370 have arrived in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur demanding answers from Malaysian authorities as to what happened to their relatives. Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared MH370 almost four weeks ago. A massive international search in the Southern Indian Ocean, where the airplane is believed to have crashed, has so far found no wreckage of it. For more go to BBC.

China seizes $14.5 billion from family of ex-security chief

Chinese authorities have seized assets estimated to be worth $14.5 billion from relatives and associates of Zhoug Yonkag, a former security tsar now at the centre of what is possibly China’s largest corruption scandal in more than 60 years. Investigators have seized more than $8 billion in bonds and stocks and more than 300 apartments and villas worth at least $200 million. For more go to Reuters.

Republicans seek to limit voting in battleground states

Republican legislators in key swing states such as Ohio and Wisconsin are pushing through measures  that will restrict the day and times polls are open and the locations where people can vote. Democrats have criticised the measures and say that they will affect most low-income voters and blacks, who have been key to Democrat victories in several swing states. For more go to The New York Times.

 

Also in the News Today;

Support for Labour Party at a four-year low

Thai PM faces crucial test as voters go to polls

Ukrainian volunteers vow to fight Russia

World News Today

29 Mar

Here are the biggest stories in the news today, the 29th March 2014.

Ships race to find MH370 

Two Chinese ships are en route to where new objects were spotted in the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.  The objects were spotted by planes on Friday and are located 1,850 kilometres off Australia’s Western Coast and the city of Perth. Analysts have suggested that the airplane was travelling faster than previously suggested, burning fuel at a faster rate. As a result the new search is more than 1,100 kilometres north-east of the previous one. For more go the BBC.

Russia masses troops near Ukraine

The US has voiced its concern over the buildup of Russian forces near the border of Ukraine. US sources believe as many as 40,000 Russian military personnel have been deployed to the regions. There are fears, from both US and European sources, that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be preparing to make another incursion into Ukraine. For more go to Reuters.

Cameron welcomes same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage became legal in the UK as of today. The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act came into force in July last year but couples have had to wait till this month to register. Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the change in the law,  declaring that it sent a “powerful message” about equality and that it said “something important” about British society. For more to go the Guardian.

Also in the news today

Adverse weather hampers search for victims of Washington mudslide

Reports of falling childhood obesity ‘overblown’

LA rattled by 5.1 Earthquake

 

Half of Americans See New Cold War

29 Mar

Fifty percent of Americans think that the US and Russia are headed towards a new cold war, according to a Gallup poll taken last week. Gallup’s findings come just days after President Barack Obama said he had no interest in entering a new cold war with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

The relationship between the two countries has deteriorated after the US imposed sanctions on Russian citizens following its military occupation and subsequent annexation of Crimea.

The situation in Eastern Europe remains tense with Russian forces massed near the border with Ukraine in a move that many view as an attempt by Putin to reassert Russian influence in a region which has in recent years  come under increasing influence by the US and the West.

The US and Russia have also opposed one another on other important international issues, such as the Syrian Civil War and Iran’s nuclear programme.

It has also been suggested that Putin was aggrieved at the absence of Obama and other Western leaders at last month’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Obama’s absence has been suggested as a protest against Russia’s recent anti-gay propaganda law.

Putin’s move against the rights of Russia’s gay community contrasts with Obama, who has been a strong supporter of gay rights, and gay marriage in particular.

The deterioration of  the relationship  between the US and Russia on important political and social issues has been viewed as a reversion to the pre-1991 relationship, when the US and the then USSR were ideologically opposed to one another.

Those most concerned with such a possible reversion in US and Russian relations are those who lived through the Cold War. More than two-thirds of Americans aged 65 and above believe that the two countries are headed toward a new Cold War.