KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, (Reuters) - Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army yesterday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans .
JINDO, South Korea, (Reuters) - Rescuers were hammering on the upturned hull of a capsized South Korea ferry today hoping for a response from hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, believed trapped after the vessel started sinking more than 24 hours previously .
MAIDUGURI/ABUJA, (Reuters) - Nigeria’s military said yesterday its forces had freed most of the more than 100 teenage schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram militants and were continuing the search for eight students still missing .
SAN SALVADOR, (Reuters) - El Salvador’s government on Wednesday said it would charge gang members who attack police and military personnel under anti-terrorism laws, which impose longer prison sentences, to crack down on rising homicides in the poor Central American nation .
JINDO, South Korea, (Reuters) - Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry sank off South Korea today, the coastguard said, in what could be the country's biggest peacetime disaster in nearly 20 years .
KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces launched a “special operation” yesterday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking East, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited .
NEW DELHI, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India’s top court yesterday recognised the country’s long marginalised transgender community as a third gender and, in a landmark judgment lauded by human rights groups, called on the government to ensure their equal treatment .
ABUJA/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist insurgents abducted more than 100 female students in a night raid on a government secondary school in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state, a teacher said yesterday .
SEOUL, (Reuters) - South Korean police charged a man on Tuesday for the murder of his 2-year-old son after he confessed to suffocating the child so he could leave the house to go back to playing games at an Internet cafe .
SEOUL, (Reuters) - A passenger ferry carrying about 470 people was listing badly off South Korea’s southwest coast and had sent a distress signal, a Korean coast guard official said last night, and a rescue mission was underway .
THE HAGUE, (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales personally handed over documents at the International Court of Justice yesterday that support his country’s claim against Chile in an ongoing case that it hopes will win it back the sea access it lost over a century ago .
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LONDON, (Reuters) - A doctor will be one of two men to be tried in the UK’s first prosecution for female genital mutilation .
NEW YORK, (Reuters) - The New York Police Department has disbanded a surveillance unit that targeted and monitored Muslim communities, The New York Times reported yesterday .
NEW DELHI, (Reuters) - Indian Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s sister clashed with an estranged cousin running in the election on an opposition ticket on Tuesday, in a new sign of aggression that partymen hope will draw her deeper into active politics to revive their fortunes .
ABUJA/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist insurgents abducted more than 100 female students in a night raid on a government secondary school in Nigeria's northeast Borno state, a teacher said today .
ABUJA (Reuters) - A morning rush hour bomb killed at least 71 people at a Nigerian bus station on the outskirts of the capital yesterday, raising concerns about the spread of an Islamist insurgency after the deadliest ever attack on Abuja .
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers agreed yesterday to expand sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine by putting more people under asset freezes and visa bans, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said .
LONDON (Reuters) - China has called off talks with Britain on Beijing’s human rights record, the British government said yesterday, four days after Britain published a list of concerns .
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, is leading a delegation of Republican lawmakers on a trip to Afghanistan to underscore their call for US forces to remain there and also to review the country’s presidential election, Boehner’s office said yesterday .
MILAN (Reuters) - An island in the Venice lagoon, a 15th century bastion against the Ottoman Turks and a former monastery on the southern coast are among prime properties Italy has put on an online auction for buyers from around the world .
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch police said yesterday they were questioning a 14-year-old girl in connection with an apparent threat she sent to American Airlines via Twitter over the weekend .
ABUJA, (Reuters) - A morning rush hour bomb killed at least 71 people at a Nigerian bus station on the outskirts of the capital today, raising concerns about the spread of an Islamist insurgency after the deadliest ever attack on Abuja .
KIEV/UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council held an emergency session last night to discuss the escalating crisis in Ukraine, just hours before a deadline by Kiev for pro-Russian separatists to disarm by this morning or face a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” by its armed forces .
(Reuters) - Glencore Xstrata Plc has sold its interest in the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru to a Chinese consortium in a $5 .
MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - At least 36 people were killed and four injured yesterday when a bus crashed into the back of a truck in eastern Mexico and caught fire, the government of the state of Veracruz said .
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, (Reuters) - Three people, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed yesterday at two different Jewish community facilities in a Kansas City-area suburb, and a man was in custody as police investigated whether the shootings were anti-Semitic, authorities said .
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, (Reuters) - Three people were killed in shootings at Jewish centres in Kansas today, and a suspect was in custody, police and local media said .
KIEV, (Reuters) - Ukraine's authorities plan to launch a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" involving the army against pro-Russian separatist militants, the acting president said today .
KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Armed separatists took control of a city in eastern Ukraine yesterday and Kiev prepared troops to tackle what it called an “act of aggression by Russia”, pushing the conflict between the neighbours into a dangerous new phase .
PERTH (Reuters) - The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner resumed yesterday, five weeks after the plane disappeared from radar screens, amid fears that batteries powering signals from the black box recorder on board may have died .
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran yesterday rejected a US decision to deny a visa for its newly appointed ambassador to the United Nations, pledging to take up the case directly with the world body in a dispute that has reopened old wounds dating to the 1979 Islamic Revolution .
VIENNA (Reuters) - The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will return to a French family a valuable painting that was looted by the Nazis and given to the orchestra as a gift in 1940 by a Viennese secret police official .
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness yesterday for the “evil” committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis .
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said yesterday it would not grant a visa to Iran’s proposed UN ambassador, citing the envoy’s links to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis, in a rare step that raises questions about how much influence the White House can wield over the world body .
KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to ease European fears of gas supply cuts yesterday after Brussels said it would stand with the new authorities in Kiev if the Kremlin carries out a threat to turn off the tap to Ukraine .
ABERDEEN, Scotland (Reuters) - Scotland’s leader Alex Salmond will today urge Scots to put aside party politics in the vote on independence, as he tries to win support from Labour rivals for his bid to leave the United Kingdom .