World News Today

2 Apr

Here’s the biggest stories in the world today, 2nd April 2014.

NATO Russia relations break down

NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia yesterday in protest of its annexation of Crimea. They have also sought to reassure Eastern European states wary of Russian aggression by drafting military plans to strengthen its defences. US Secretary of State John Kerry said NATO’s preference was for a  de-escalation of the crisis in Ukraine although senior NATO partners such as the US and Germany have offered to send military reinforcements to Eastern Europe and increase training exercises with Polish and Ukrainian military forces. For more go to Reuters.

Chile earthquake leaves five dead

A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 (Richter scale) struck off the northern coast of Chile yesterday, killing five people and triggering a tsunami alert. Among the dead were those killed by falling debris and heart attack. Waves of over two metres have hit some areas of Chile and there have been large-scale power cuts, fires and landslides. It has also been reported that up to 300 female inmates escaped from a prison in Iquique. Chilean authorities are reported to have sent a plane load of special forces troops to provide security to local residents. For more go to BBC.

Middle East peace talks falter

President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority defied the US and Israel yesterday as he moved to join 15 international agencies in an effort to gain the benefits of statehood outside the negotiation process.  Mr Abbas’s actions have prompted US Secretary of State John Kerry to cancel a trip to the region and talks between the US, Israel and Palestine. Mr Abbas had said he would not attempt to join the international agencies until after the conclusion of talks on the 29th April, but said he was now doing so as Israel had failed to release a number of Palestinians last month as promised. For more go to the New York Times.

Also in the News today;

MH370 may remain a mystery

Fraud feared in Afghan polls

Death toll in Syria over 150,000

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