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Separatists take armoured vehicles, humiliating Ukraine forces

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 .

Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry accident

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 .

Nigerian military says most of abducted schoolgirls freed, 8 still missing

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 .

El Salvador to use terror charges against gangs

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 .

More than 300 people missing after South Korean ferry sinks – coastguard

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 .

Ukraine launches ‘gradual’ operation, action limited

Ukraine launches ‘gradual’ operation, action limited

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 .

Indian top court recognises transgenders in landmark ruling

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 .

Nigeria rebels abduct schoolgirls, govt says will protect “African Davos”

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 .

South Korean online gamer accused of murdering infant son to keep playing

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 .

Rescue underway after S.Korean ferry carrying 470 sends distress signal

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 .

Bolivia’s Morales files Hague documents in sea access claim against Chile

Bolivia’s Morales files Hague documents in sea access claim against Chile

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 .

Voices of gratitude, defiance at Boston bombing memorial

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Doctor to be tried in UK’s first female genital mutilation court case

LONDON,  (Reuters) - A doctor will be one of two men to be tried in the UK’s first prosecution for female genital mutilation .

NY City police disband unit that monitored Muslim communities – report

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 .

Gandhi daughter steps up to fight for India’s Congress party

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 .

Nigeria rebels abduct schoolgirls, govt says will protect “African Davos”

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 .

Nigerian bus station bombing kills 71 on edge of capital

Nigerian bus station bombing kills 71 on edge of capital

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 .

EU agrees to expand sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

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 .

Britain says China calls off human rights talks at last minute

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 .

US lawmakers visit Afghanistan to press case for troops to stay

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 .

Italy sells Venice island among prime holdings in online auction

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 .

Dutch police question girl, 14, over American Airlines Twitter threat

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 .

Nigerian bus station bombing kills 71 on edge of capital

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 .

UN Security Council meets over Ukraine hours before deadline

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 .

Glencore Xstrata sells copper mine to Chinese consortium for $5.85 bln

(Reuters) - Glencore Xstrata Plc has sold its interest in the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru to a Chinese consortium in a $5 .

At least 36 people killed in Mexican bus crash

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 .

Three people killed in shootings at Jewish centres in Kansas

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 .

Three people killed, one wounded in shootings at Jewish centres in Kansas

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 .

Ukraine to launch ‘full-scale’ offensive against rebels involving army

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 .

Ukraine prepares armed response as city seized by pro-Russia forces

Ukraine prepares armed response as city seized by pro-Russia forces

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 .

Fading signals add urgency to search for missing Malaysian jet

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 .

Iran rejects US ban on pick for UN envoy, vows legal action

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 orchestra to return Nazi-looted painting

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 .

Pope asks forgiveness for ‘evil’ of child abuse by priests

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 .

Iranian official will not get visa for UN ambassadorship – White House

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 .

Amid ‘gas war’ talk, Russia reassures Europe on supply

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 .

Scottish leader urges voters to put aside politics for independence

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 .



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