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Latest NewsConduct of sunken ferry’s crew tantamount to murder: Prez
22/04/2014
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Conduct of sunken ferry’s
crew tantamount to murder: Prez
*Four more crew members arrested *Death toll rises to 80

Jindo (South Korea), April 22 - The captain and crew of a South Korean ferry that capsized with hundreds of children on board acted in a way "tantamount to murder," President Park Geun-Hye said today, as four more crew members were arrested and the death toll rose to 80.
Park's denunciation, in which she vowed to hold all those responsible for the disaster & [ ... ]


Latest NewsMalaysia to probe sabotage angle
22/04/2014
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Malaysia to probe
sabotage angle
Kuala Lumpur, April 22 - The Malaysian police today said a probe would be conducted to ascertain if there was any sabotage behind the emergency landing of a Bangalore-bound flight carrying 166 persons on board.
The Malaysia Airlines Flight MH192 turned back early this morning following a tyre burst and faulty landing gear.
Investigations would be carried out to see if there were elements of sabotage on the plane, Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Ba [ ... ]


Latest NewsPeace deal in Ukraine falters as rebels show no sign of surrender
22/04/2014
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Peace deal in Ukraine falters as
rebels show no sign of surrender
Russia, Kiev question each other’s compliance with peace accord

Kiev/Slaviansk, April 22 - An agreement reached last week to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering as the new week began, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized.
Washington says it will hold Moscow responsible and impose new economic sanctions if the separatists do not clear out of [ ... ]


Latest NewsSherpas want Rs 1 m relief for Everest victims
22/04/2014
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Sherpas want Rs 1 m relief
for Everest victims
Kathmandu, April 22 - Nepalese Sherpa guides today warned of an agitation if their demand of Rs 1 million in compensation for the families of their 13 colleagues killed in the deadliest accident on Mount Everest last week is not met.
The climbers and mountain guides held a meeting at the Everest Base Camp at 5,300-metre altitude and demanded that the government should provide Nepali Rs 1 million compensation for each climber killed in an ava [ ... ]


Latest NewsGunfight shatters Easter truce in Ukraine
21/04/2014
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Gunfight shatters Easter
truce in Ukraine
Pro-Russia separatists say they were attacked
Moscow asks Kiev to de-escalate tensions

Slaviansk (Ukraine), April 21 - At least two persons were killed in a gunfight early on Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict.
After the deaths, Russia questioned whether Ukraine's Western-backed government was complying with the agreemen [ ... ]


Latest NewsTranscript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation
21/04/2014
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Transcript reveals confusion
over ferry evacuation
JINDO, April 21 - The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released today showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300.
About 30 minutes after Sewol began tilting, a crew member asked a marine traffic controller whether passengers would be rescued if they abandoned ship off the southern coast. The c [ ... ]


Latest News4 French journalists home after 10-month Syrian ordeal
21/04/2014
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4 French journalists home after
10-month Syrian ordeal
Villacoublay Airbase (France), April 21-  Four French journalists held captive in Syria for more than 10 months returned home to France on Sunday, freshly shaved and beaming, where they were met at an airbase by President Francois Hollande, their families and friends.
Nicolas Henin, Pierre Torres, Edouard Elias and Didier Francois smiled at a crowd of journalists, some of them colleagues, after descending from a military helicop [ ... ]


Latest NewsColombian novelist found the fantastic in the familiar
19/04/2014
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obituary
Colombian novelist found the fantastic in the familiar
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose novel 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' (1967) changed the way the world read and wrote fiction, died at his home in Mexico City. The 87-year-old novelist won the Nobel for literature in 1982. He put Latin America and the style known as magical realism on the world literary map.
"It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love. Dr Juvenal Urbin [ ... ]


Latest NewsSeparatists in Ukraine stay put despite deal
19/04/2014
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Separatists in Ukraine
stay put despite deal
Pro-Russian gunmen holding their positions

Slaviansk/Donetsk, April 19 - Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding.
The agreement, brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva on Thursday offered the best hop [ ... ]


Latest NewsDivers enter S Korean ferry
19/04/2014
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Divers enter S Korean ferry
Rescued school vice-principal commits suicide

Jindo, April 19 - Divers battled strong currents and near zero visibility today to finally enter a South Korean ferry two days after it sank, as investigators sought arrest warrants against the captain and two crewmen.
The breakthrough by dive teams came more than 48 hours after the 6,825-tonne Sewol capsized, a delay that has incensed the relatives of the 268 persons still missing from the disaster.
The unfolding tr [ ... ]


Latest News12 Nepalese guides die in Everest avalanche
19/04/2014
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12 Nepalese guides die
in Everest avalanche
Kathmandu, April 19 - A massive avalanche today struck Mount Everest killing at least 12 Nepalese Sherpa guides and injuring 10 others in the deadliest mountaineering accident on the world’s highest peak.
The avalanche occurred at around 6.45 am at an altitude of about 5,800 metres in an area known as the "popcorn field" which lies on the route to the treacherous Khumbu icefall.
An official from the mountaineering division at t [ ... ]


Latest NewsNew South Wales premier quits over $2,800 wine
17/04/2014
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New South Wales premier
quits over $2,800 wine
sydney: New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell (pic) resigned on Wednesday after admitting to a "massive memory fail" when he told a corruption inquiry he never received a $2,780 bottle of wine. O'Farrell told a corruption inquiry that he was never given the 1959 bottle of Penfolds Grange Hermitage by businessman Nick Di Girolamo weeks after his 2011 election win. But when advised that a thank you note he had signed would be presen [ ... ]


Latest NewsTech snag forces robo sub to abort plane hunt
17/04/2014
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Tech snag forces robo sub
to abort plane hunt
Perth, April 17 - In the second setback to the search for the crashed Malaysian airliner, an unmanned mini-submarine deployed to search for the plane’s debris today aborted its underwater mission due to technical problems without making any “significant” detections.
Bluefin 21, a US Navy probe equipped with side-scan sonar, was redeployed after the issues were rectified and it is currently continuing its underwater search, A [ ... ]


Latest NewsSeparatists fly Russian flag on Ukrainian armoured vehicles
17/04/2014
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Separatists fly Russian flag on
Ukrainian armoured vehicles
Kramatorsk/Slaviansk, April 17 - Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans.
The armoured personnel carriers were driven into the rebel-held town of Slaviansk to waves and shouts of "Russia! Russia!". It was not immediately clear whether they had been captured by  [ ... ]


Latest NewsS Korean ferry sinks, over 280 missing
17/04/2014
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S Korean ferry sinks,
over 280 missing
Four confirmed dead, 174 rescued
Survivors speak of loud noise prior to disaster
Rescue ops continue

Jindo (South Korea), April 17 - More than 280 persons, many of them students from the same high school, were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea on Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.
The ferry was carrying 462 persons, of whom 174 have been rescued, coastguard officials said. Four pers [ ... ]


Latest NewsKeep off BCCI affairs, SC tells Srinivasan
17/04/2014
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Keep off BCCI affairs,
SC tells Srinivasan
New Delhi, April 17 - The Supreme Court today made it clear that it would allow the BCCI to probe the match-fixing allegations against some players and officials of the IPL, instead of handing over the investigation to the CBI or a special team, only if N Srinivasan was kept out of the board.
A bench comprising Justices AK Patnaik and FMI Kalifulla asked the board and Srinivasan to choose between a probe by a special investigation team (SIT)/CBI [ ... ]


Latest News‘Bhaag Milkha...’ bags national award
17/04/2014
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‘Bhaag Milkha...’ bags
national award
New Delhi, April 17 - ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, the Farhan Akhtar-starrer Hindi film on former ace athlete Milkha Singh was adjudged the best popular film for providing wholesome entertainment at the 61st National Film Awards announced here today.
Anand Gandhi’s debut film ‘Ship of Theseus’ (English-Hindi) was named the best feature film while the Indira Gandhi award for the best debut film of a director went to  [ ... ]


Latest NewsIndia voices concern over China-Pak Economic Corridor
15/04/2014
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India voices concern over
China-Pak Economic Corridor
Beijing, April 15 - India today voiced its concern to China over its plan to build a multi-billion dollar Economic Corridor to Pakistan through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), even as it assured Beijing of its commitment to consolidate strategic bilateral ties.
"We have raised this issue and raised our concerns not (only) this time, we have made them known earlier. They have noted our concerns," Foreign Secretary Sujatha Si [ ... ]


Latest NewsTrial of ex-Gaddafi officials begins in Libya, sons absent
15/04/2014
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Trial of ex-Gaddafi officials begins
in Libya, sons absent
Tripoli, April 15 - Libyan prosecutors opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons and more than two dozen of his ex-officials on Monday in a major test for the North African state's transition to a democracy.
Gaddafi's sons Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam did not appear in the courtroom at Tripoli's Al-Hadba prison, but the deposed ruler's ex-spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi was among the former senior officials sitti [ ... ]


Latest NewsPro-Russian rebels seize police building, airport in east Ukraine
15/04/2014
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Pro-Russian rebels seize police
building, airport in east Ukraine
Ukraine President threatens military operation as unrest grows

Horlivka, April 15 - A pro-Russian mob today seized a police building and gun men took control of a military airport in Russian-leaning eastern Ukraine, defying government warnings that it was preparing to act against the separatists.
Dozens of angry men hurled rocks, smashed the windows and broke into a police station in the city of Horlivka not far from the  [ ... ]


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