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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

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

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