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World News Today

15 Apr

Here are the biggest stories in the world today;

Obama presses Putin to stop separatists

US President Barack Obama yesterday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his influence to make Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine stand down. Separatist groups continue to occupy public buildings in several cities despite threats from Ukraine’s acting President Olexander Turchynov to forcibly remove them. The groups occupying the buildings are demanding referendums on greater autonomy or an option to join the Russian Federation. A meeting with delegates from the US, Russia, EU and Ukraine is to convene in Geneva on Thursday to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. For more go to BBC.

China to start new space race

Chinese President Xi Jinping today told members of the Chinese military to increase their air and space defence capabilities. Speaking at Air Force headquarters in Beijing, Xi said to officers that they need to speed up air and space integration. China has shown increasing ambition to develop its military space programme. Fears of a space arms race between China and the US and others were raised after China used a ground missile to destroy one of its satellites in 2007. For more go to Reuters.

UN human rights chief condemns Syrian abuse

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has condemned the widespread torture committed by all sides in the Syrian conflict. The Office of the High Commissioner yesterday released a report identifying individual cases of torture committed in detention facilities in Syria. The report detailed the torture techniques of state authorities and said that torture by opposition groups was on the rise, particularly in the north of Syria. More than 100,000 people are believed to have died in the three-year conflict. For more go the LA Times.

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Underwater search for MH370 cut short

US-made rockets seen in Syria

Pistorious cross-examination concludes

 

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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.

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MH370 may remain a mystery

Fraud feared in Afghan polls

Death toll in Syria over 150,000