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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.

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World News Today

16 Apr

Here are the biggest stories in the world today, 16th April 2014

Hundreds feared drowned as ferry sinks

Nearly 300 people have been reported missing as a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea today. Survivors reported hearing a loud noise before the ferry began to list on its side. There were 459 people on board, 338 of them students and teachers from a Seoul high school. There has been confusion as to the number rescued and missing. Coastguard officials said 164 had been rescued so far while the Ministry of Security and Public Administration earlier reported that 368 people had been rescued, although this figure was later revised downward. Vessels from the South Korean Navy and Coastguard as well as a US Navy ship are conducting a rescue operation. For more go to Reuters. 

Ukraine stands on the brink

Tensions escalated in Ukraine today as pro-Russian separatists seized more public buildings in eastern Ukraine while many Ukrainian troops sent to restore order have reportedly defected to the separatists side. Tensions are tense in the eastern city of Slovyansk where this morning combat vehicles flying Russian flags rolled through. Ukrainian soldiers and combat vehicles were also blocked by a crowd of civilians on the outskirts of the city. The operation by Ukrainian forces to quell the restive east is now in its second day and has been described by acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov as “counter-terrorism.” Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine was on the verge “of a civil war.” For more go to The Washington Post.

Iran consider banning vasectomies

Iranian MPs are considering banning vasectomies and tightening abortion laws in efforts to increase Iran’s birthrate. The Islamic state initiated an effective birth control programme two decades ago in response to a rapid increase in birthrate following an eight-year war with Iraq. The programme includes subsidised sterilisation and the distribution of free condoms. The supreme leader, Ayatalloah Ali Khamenei, has criticised the programme, describing it as a western imitation, and has urged a U-turn to increase Iran’s population. For more go to the Guardian.

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