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9 Apr

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Separatists take stand against Ukraine

Up to 50 Pro-Russian separatists have barricaded themselves in a public building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk. The building is one of several that have been seized in the east of Ukraine in the past week by separatists demanding regional referenda on independence, similar to that which took place in Crimea last month. The government in Kiev has accused Russia of backing the separatists and fomenting unrest in the region, and have warned that they will use force to restore order if necessary. Russia has denied the accusations and has said that Ukraine and The United States have “no reason to be worried”. For more go to Reuters.

Prosecutor challenges Pistorius

Cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius began in Pretoria today. Pistorious stands on trial charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at their Pretoria home last year. He has denied the charge, claiming that he shot and killed Steenkamp by accident, mistaking her for an intruder. The Olympian yesterday tearfully recounted the day that he shot his girlfriend. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel began today by pressing Pistorius on the “magnitude” of what had happened. For more go to BBC.

Search for MH370 narrows

The search area for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has narrowed after two further signals, consistent with that of a flight recorder, were detected by ships searching the southern Indian Ocean. Australian authorities said today that the Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield has detected ‘pings’ on Tuesday and that the search area was being reduced to 75,000 sq km. It is now five weeks since MH370 and the 239 people on board went missing. For more go to the Guardian.

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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.

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Voting underway in India

Afghan poll to go to second round

Teams scour sea floor for MH370

World News Today

7 Apr

Here are the biggest stories in the world today, 7th April 2014.

Australia says signal possibly MH370

Australian officials said today that the signal detected by a black box detector of an Australian ship searching for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 was consistent with that emitted by aircraft flight recorders. The signal was detected in an area of the Southern Indian Ocean some 300 nautical miles away from where a Chinese ship detected a signal of the same frequency. If the signal can be narrowed further, an unmanned submarine will be used to search the sea floor in a potential search area some 4.5km deep. For more go to Reuters.

Indians vote in world’s largest election

Indians began voting today in the world’s biggest general election, with polls continuing till the 12th May. More than 800 million people are eligible to vote at more than 900,000 polling stations. The Hindu nationalist party, the BJP, led by Narendra Modri, are expected to win the biggest share of the 543 parliamentary seats up for grabs, but short of a majority. Experts believe that a BJP led coalition is likely. For more go to BBC.

Hollywood legend Rooney dies aged 93

American actor Mickey Rooney died in Los Angeles yesterday, he was 93. The diminutive Rooney, standing at just over five feet tall, rose to fame as a child star in the 1930’s and his career spanned eight decades and more than 300 films and TV programs. For more go The Washington Post.

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Leading Tory says Miller should resign

Pro-Russians seize Ukrainian state buildings

Rwanda marks 20th anniversary of genocide

World News Today

3 Apr

Here are the biggest stories in the world today, 3rd April 2014.

Shooting at Fort Hood

A gunman and at least three other people were killed yesterday at Fort Hood in Texas. It has been reported that the gunman shot the three before turning the gun on himself. The gunman, an Iraq war veteran, was being evaluated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) according to Fort Hood’s commander general.

Lt.Gen. Mark Milley said in a news conference last night that the man was being treated for depression and anxiety and was receiving unspecified medication. Officials have identified the man as 34-year-old Specialist. Ivan Lopez, who served four months in Iraq in 2011. This is the second such incident to occur at Fort Hood. In 2009 Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 and injured 30 more in the worst shooting ever to take place on a US military base. For more go to The Washington Post.

Chile counts cost of massive quake 

Chilean authorities are counting the cost of the massive 8.2 earthquake that struck off the north coast of Chile Tuesday. Six people were killed and a small tsunami was triggered with waves up to two metres crashing into the coast. Over 900,000 people were temporarily evacuated from low-lying coastal areas before returning to their homes to find  severe damage suffered to boats, buildings and other infrastructure. It is estimated that up to 2,600 houses suffered damage. Chile is one of the most earthquake-prone areas of the world and in 1960 suffered a 9.5 earthquake, the largest recorded in modern history. For more go to Reuters.

Clegg and Farage pull no punches

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg accused UKIP leader Nigel Farage of having “dangerous fantasies”, while Farage accused Clegg of “wilfully lying” to the British public about the EU’s control on British law. The two leaders debated one another yesterday for the second time in a week in a televised BBC debate on Britain’s future in Europe. Public reaction from the debate favoured Farage, as it did in the previous debate. A YouGov snap poll gave the debate to Farage by 68% to 27%. For more go to BBC.

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World News Today

1 Apr

Here are the biggest stories in the world today, 1st April 2014.

Medvedev Crimea visit angers Ukraine

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Crimea yesterday to hold a government meeting with Crimean Ministers. The visit has angered Ukraine and has been viewed as a flagrant act of defiance to Western demands that Crimea be handed back to Kiev. Russia has made some attempts however to appease the West. Following talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a large number or Russian troops have withdrawn from the border with Ukraine. For more go to Reuters.

Royal Mail sold on the cheap

A report released today by the National Audit Office (NAO) on the UK government’s decision to sell shares in Royal Mail has found that the shares could have been at a significantly higher price. The NAO report found that demand for shares was 24 times  the maximum available and criticised government and said that its approach was marked by “deep caution”. Opposition has cited the report to criticise government. Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna said “hundred of millions of pounds had been lost to British taxpayers”. For more go to BBC.

Turkish PM to target opposition after election victory

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to punish those opposed to him following a sweep by his AK party in local elections on Sunday. Speaking from a balcony at party headquarters, Erdogan told supporters that he would bring to account his enemies within politics and the state, whom he has labelled “terrorists” and “traitors”. Erdogan, who draws strong support from  Turkey’s Muslim professional class, has sought to solidify his power since anti-corruption raids by authorities in December targeted associates of him and his family. Erdogan has subsequently removed thousands of police officers and hundreds of judges from their positions. For more go to Reuters.

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Unidentified drone crashes on South Korean border isle

Farage links to Russia scrutinised

GOP gains ground ahead of Mid-Terms

Surge to sign-up to Obamacare before deadline

 

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.

 

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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.

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