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World News Today

17 Apr

Here are the biggest stories in the world today, 17th April 2014

Ukraine steps closer to the brink

Three pro-Russian separatists were killed yesterday as they attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard. It is the most violent incident to date in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising in eastern Ukraine. It has overshadowed emergency talks which are taking place between Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats in Geneva to try to resolve the conflict. The incident follows farcical scenes earlier in the week when Ukrainian soldiers, sent to restore order in the east, were confronted by pro-Russian crowds and forced to retreat and give up their weapons and equipment. Russian President Vladimir Putin has reiterated that Ukraine is on the brink of a civil war. For more go to Reuters.

Korean ferry search hampered by conditions

Bad weather and strong currents are among the conditions hampering search efforts for 282 people reported missing after the South Korean ferry, The Sewol, capsized yesterday off the south coast of the country. Of the 475 people on board, 340 were students and teachers from a Seoul High School. So far 179 people have been rescued and 14 people have been confirmed dead although that figure is expected to rise as rescuers struggle to locate survivors. It has been reported that only two life rafts were successfully launched sparking suspicion of the conduct of the captain and crew. For more go to the BBC.

Abducted Nigerian students whereabouts unknown

The fate of 115 Nigerian schoolgirls reported to have been abducted by Islamist extremists on Tuesday has been thrown into doubt today after their principal denied the Nigerian military’s report that they had been freed. The military had reported that all but eight of the 129 students and teachers abducted by men posing as soldiers had been accounted for. The mass abduction coincided with an attack on a bus station outside the capital Abuja, which has also been blamed on Islamist extremists. For more go to The New York Times.

Also in the news today

Iran cuts uranium stock

Drones scan sea floor for MH370

China to rid internet of porn

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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.

Also in the news today

Britain urges European wariness over Russia

Ecuador volcano erupts

Pakistani Christians sentenced to death for blasphemy

 

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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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