World News Today

8 Apr

Here are the biggest stories in the world today;

Russia plans to break up Ukraine says Minister

Ukrainian authorities yesterday cleared dozens of pro-Russian protesters from a public building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv as tensions mount between Ukraine and Russia . Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of backing the protesters who also seized, and still occupy, public buildings in Donestsk and Luhansk. Both cities, like Donestk, have large ethnic Russian populations. US Secretary of State John Kerry said there would be costs if Russia sought to further destabilise Ukraine following its annexation of Crimea last month. For more go to Reuters.

Irish President meets Queen in historic visit

Irish President Michael D Higgins began an historic state visit to Britain today, the first ever made by an Irish head of state. The President met with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle this morning and is due to later address both Houses of Parliament in Westminster.  It is three years since Queen Elizabeth visited the Republic of Ireland, in what was the first visit made by a British Monarch since Irish independence in 1921. For more go to BBC.

Pistorius recounts Steenkamp’s last moments

South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius described to a Pretoria court today the night that he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius is accused of murdering Steenkamp at their Pretoria home in February 2013.  He has pleaded that he shot her by accident, mistaking her for an intruder. For more go to The New York Times.

Also in the news today

Voting underway in India

Afghan poll to go to second round

Teams scour sea floor for MH370

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