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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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Half of Americans See New Cold War

29 Mar

Fifty percent of Americans think that the US and Russia are headed towards a new cold war, according to a Gallup poll taken last week. Gallup’s findings come just days after President Barack Obama said he had no interest in entering a new cold war with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

The relationship between the two countries has deteriorated after the US imposed sanctions on Russian citizens following its military occupation and subsequent annexation of Crimea.

The situation in Eastern Europe remains tense with Russian forces massed near the border with Ukraine in a move that many view as an attempt by Putin to reassert Russian influence in a region which has in recent years  come under increasing influence by the US and the West.

The US and Russia have also opposed one another on other important international issues, such as the Syrian Civil War and Iran’s nuclear programme.

It has also been suggested that Putin was aggrieved at the absence of Obama and other Western leaders at last month’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Obama’s absence has been suggested as a protest against Russia’s recent anti-gay propaganda law.

Putin’s move against the rights of Russia’s gay community contrasts with Obama, who has been a strong supporter of gay rights, and gay marriage in particular.

The deterioration of  the relationship  between the US and Russia on important political and social issues has been viewed as a reversion to the pre-1991 relationship, when the US and the then USSR were ideologically opposed to one another.

Those most concerned with such a possible reversion in US and Russian relations are those who lived through the Cold War. More than two-thirds of Americans aged 65 and above believe that the two countries are headed toward a new Cold War.