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World News Today

14 Apr

Here are the biggest stories in the world today, 14th April 2014.

Deadline passes as separatists ready for Ukrainian forces

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are bracing themselves for a conflict with Ukrainian security forces after they refused to meet Monday’s deadline to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings. Ukraine’s acting president Oleksander Turchinov warned separatists on Sunday that they would face a full-scale security operation if they refused to meet the deadline. Turchinov has taken a more aggressive approach after a state security officer was killed in the city of Slaviansk. A crackdown on separatists could further escalate tensions with Russia who Ukraine and the US have accused of aiding the separatists in attempts to further annex Ukrainian territory and gain greater influence in the region. For more go to Reuters.

Dozens killed in Nigeria bus blasts

More than 70 people have been reported killed in two blasts at a crowded bus station just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja. The blasts happened this morning as commuters boarded the buses to take them to the capital. Nigerian officials have said that the death toll stands at 71 with more than 120 injured. Experts have speculated that the blasts may have been carried out by Boko Harem, an Islamic militant group. This year alone, Boko Harem have killed more than 1,500 civilians in north-east Nigeria, according to experts. For more go to BBC.

Abdullah leads the way in Afghan election

Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah has emerged as the early leader in the first partial results from Afghanistan’s presidential elections. An estimated 7 million Afghans took to the polls eight days ago in the first democratic transition of presidential power in Afghanistan’s history. The first results, though far from definitive, give Abdullah a four point lead over former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani. Abdullah has received 41.9 percent of the votes counted so far, although he will need more than 50 percent to be declared the outright winner and avoid a likely runoff with Ghani. For more go to The Washington Post.

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Search for MH370 goes underwater

China refuses to talk human rights with UK

White supremacist kills three in Kansas

 

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World News Today

5 Apr

Here are the biggest stories in the world today, 5th April 2014

Afghans vote despite threats

Millions of Afghans have turned out today to vote for the next President of Afghanistan, despite threats from the Taliban. There have been sporadic attacks made and two policeman were killed in the southern city of Qalat although Taliban threats, made prior to the poll, have not been met in what is the first democratic transition of presidential power in the country’s history. For more go to Reuters.

Chinese ship detects ping in MH370 search

A Chinese ship searching for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean has detected a pulse signal. The signal has the same frequency as those emitted by flight recorders, although they have yet to establish whether it is that of MH370. It is now four weeks since MH370 and the 239 people on board went missing with still no trace of the flight to be found despite a concerted international search effort. For more go to BBC.

India to execute rapists

A Mumbai court has today ordered the deaths of three men convicted of two gang-rapes. The sentences are the first of their kind after a decision by Indian legislators last year to strengthen the law following mass public protests at gang-rapes and violence against women in India. For more go The Guardian.

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Britain urges European wariness over Russia

Ecuador volcano erupts

Pakistani Christians sentenced to death for blasphemy

 

World News Today

4 Apr

Here are the biggest stories in the world today, 4th April 2014.

Subs to search for MH370

The search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370  moved under water today with a US Navy “black box” detector used to try and detect the flights cockpit recorder. Sources say that it could be just days before the locator beacon for the recorder ceases transmission as battery life dwindles. It is now 30 days since MH370 and the 239 people on board went missing. It is believed that MH370 crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean, more than 1,700 km off the Western Coast of Australia where planes and ships have so far unsuccessfully scoured a search area of 223,000 sq km. For more go to Reuters.

Security tightened ahead of Afghan Poll

More than 200,000 Afghan troops have been deployed to provide security as Afghans prepare to vote for their next President on Saturday. The Taliban have threatened to disrupt the poll which will see eight candidates vie for office. The incumbent President Hamad Karzai will step down as he is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term. Karzai has been president since the Taliban were toppled by a US-led NATO force in 2001, who are preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan later this year. For more go to BBC.

Murders in El Salvador up 44%

The number of murders in the Central American country of El Salvador increased by 44% for the first three months of this year (794 murders) compared to the same time last year (551 murders), leaving a two-year truce between rival gangs almost broken. A truce between two of El Salvador’s most violent gangs was brokered two-years ago, leading to a significant drop in murders in a country which in 2011 had the world’s highest murder rate at 66 per 100,000 inhabitants. Sources have attributed the increase in murders to police brutality and political instability. For more go The Irish Times.

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Russia raises gas prices for Ukraine 80%

US admits to ‘Cuban Twitter’

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.

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MH370 may remain a mystery

Fraud feared in Afghan polls

Death toll in Syria over 150,000