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World News Today

10 Apr

Here are the biggest stories in the world today;

US and Japan talk trade

Trade negotiators said today that big gaps remain between the United States and Japan after two days of talks on a bilateral trade deal which is viewed as being of vital importance to greater regional co-operation. The deal would form a key part of the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-nation partnership that would stretch across The Pacific. A deal between the US and Japan would follow that made between Australia and Japan earlier this week. The US wants Japan to open its rice, beef and pork, dairy and sugar sectors, while Japan wants US tariffs on imported motors vehicles reduced. Negotiators hope to have a deal ahead of US President Barack Obama state visit to Japan on 24-25 April. For more go to Reuters.

Indians vote in key states

Millions of Indians across 14 states are voting today on the biggest day of the general election so far. Voting is taking place for 91 seats including in the capital Delhi and key states such as Uttar Pradesh and Kerala. Voting began on Monday and will conclude on 12 May with the main opposition party the BJP expected to win the largest share of the 543 parliamentary seats up for grabs. More than 800 million Indians are eligible to vote in the world’s largest general election. For more go to the BBC.

Russia declined to share info on Boston bomber

Russian authorities declined to share information on one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects according to a FBI report. In 2011 Russian authorities told the FBI that Chechen Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a “strong believer” of radical Islam. Following an initial investigation the FBI requested further information on Tsarnaev which Russian authorities denied them. Three people were killed and dozens injured when two improvised devices exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last year. Tameralan Tsarnaev was killed while attempting to elude police while his brother and other suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev is awaiting trial before a federal court. For more go the New York Times.

Other stories in the news today

New ‘Pings’ detected in MH370 search

Amnesty offered to separatists

Venezuelan government to talk to protesters


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.

Also in the news today;

One Million Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Feds to investigate Citi Group

NATO prepares options


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

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.

Also in the News today;

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

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