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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.

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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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15 Apr

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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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World News Today

14 Apr

Here are the biggest stories in the world today, 14th April 2014.

Deadline passes as separatists ready for Ukrainian forces

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are bracing themselves for a conflict with Ukrainian security forces after they refused to meet Monday’s deadline to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings. Ukraine’s acting president Oleksander Turchinov warned separatists on Sunday that they would face a full-scale security operation if they refused to meet the deadline. Turchinov has taken a more aggressive approach after a state security officer was killed in the city of Slaviansk. A crackdown on separatists could further escalate tensions with Russia who Ukraine and the US have accused of aiding the separatists in attempts to further annex Ukrainian territory and gain greater influence in the region. For more go to Reuters.

Dozens killed in Nigeria bus blasts

More than 70 people have been reported killed in two blasts at a crowded bus station just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja. The blasts happened this morning as commuters boarded the buses to take them to the capital. Nigerian officials have said that the death toll stands at 71 with more than 120 injured. Experts have speculated that the blasts may have been carried out by Boko Harem, an Islamic militant group. This year alone, Boko Harem have killed more than 1,500 civilians in north-east Nigeria, according to experts. For more go to BBC.

Abdullah leads the way in Afghan election

Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah has emerged as the early leader in the first partial results from Afghanistan’s presidential elections. An estimated 7 million Afghans took to the polls eight days ago in the first democratic transition of presidential power in Afghanistan’s history. The first results, though far from definitive, give Abdullah a four point lead over former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani. Abdullah has received 41.9 percent of the votes counted so far, although he will need more than 50 percent to be declared the outright winner and avoid a likely runoff with Ghani. For more go to The Washington Post.

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10 Apr

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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.

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World News Today

9 Apr

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Separatists take stand against Ukraine

Up to 50 Pro-Russian separatists have barricaded themselves in a public building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk. The building is one of several that have been seized in the east of Ukraine in the past week by separatists demanding regional referenda on independence, similar to that which took place in Crimea last month. The government in Kiev has accused Russia of backing the separatists and fomenting unrest in the region, and have warned that they will use force to restore order if necessary. Russia has denied the accusations and has said that Ukraine and The United States have “no reason to be worried”. For more go to Reuters.

Prosecutor challenges Pistorius

Cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius began in Pretoria today. Pistorious stands on trial charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at their Pretoria home last year. He has denied the charge, claiming that he shot and killed Steenkamp by accident, mistaking her for an intruder. The Olympian yesterday tearfully recounted the day that he shot his girlfriend. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel began today by pressing Pistorius on the “magnitude” of what had happened. For more go to BBC.

Search for MH370 narrows

The search area for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has narrowed after two further signals, consistent with that of a flight recorder, were detected by ships searching the southern Indian Ocean. Australian authorities said today that the Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield has detected ‘pings’ on Tuesday and that the search area was being reduced to 75,000 sq km. It is now five weeks since MH370 and the 239 people on board went missing. For more go to the Guardian.

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World News Today

8 Apr

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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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