KINSHASA, (Reuters) - At least 63 people were killed and 80 were seriously injured in Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province when a train speeding too fast round a bend derailed, a provincial minister said today .
PERTH, Australia, (Reuters) - Unidentified material washed up on the Australian coastline is being investigated for possible links to a Malaysian jetliner that disappeared more than seven weeks ago with 239 people on board, the Australian authorities said today .
TOKYO (Reuters) - US President Barack Obama has assured Japan that tiny islands in the East China Sea at the heart of a territorial row with China are covered by a bilateral security treaty that obligates America to come to Japan’s defence .
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors investigating the fatal sinking of the Sewol ferry today raided the home of Yoo Byung-un, the head of a family that owns the Chonghaejin Marine Co Ltd, the company that operated the vessel .
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran complained to a United Nations committee on Tuesday about Washington’s refusal to grant a visa to Tehran’s proposed new UN envoy due to his suspected links to hostage-takers, even as the United States stood firm on its decision .
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea is unlikely to be ready to stage a nuclear test timed to coincide with US President Barack Obama’s visit to Asia, a respected think tank said today based on its assessment of satellite imagery .
NEW DELHI, (Reuters) - Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi today sought to calm fears about the future of religious minorities under his rule, saying his government would represent all Indians whether they voted for him or not in an ongoing general election .
KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, (Reuters) - An international agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering yesterday, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized .
NEW YORK, (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ordered the U .
LONDON, (Reuters) - A group of scientists, academics and prominent writers accused British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday of stoking sectarian divisions through his repeated description of Britain as a “Christian country” .
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, (Reuters) - Parents of girls abducted by Islamist militants were searching for their daughters in a remote forest, they told the state governor yesterday, adding that 234 were still missing, a much higher figure than authorities said had been kidnapped .
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SLAVIANSK/YENAKIEVO, Ukraine, (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of yesterday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict .
ADEN, Yemen, (Reuters) - Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 30 suspected al Qaeda members yesterday, local tribal sources said, in the second day of strikes against militant targets in the country .
JINDO/MOKPO, South Korea, (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors investigating last week’s ferry disaster said yesterday they wanted to extend the detention of the captain and two other crew as they try to determine the cause of an accident that likely claimed more than 300 lives .
JINDO/MOKPO, South Korea (Reuters) - Some relatives of the more than 200 children missing in a sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs yesterday to help identify the dead as the rescue turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board .
WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK (Reuters) - In September 2001, as the US reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington’s imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War .
SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - The current underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, focused on a tight 10 km (6 .
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran yesterday criticised a US government move to seize a Manhattan skyscraper owned largely by a foundation that promotes its language and Islamic culture, saying this violated the right to religious freedom in the United States .
KIEV/DONETSK (Reuters) - A mediator from Europe’s OSCE security body headed to eastern Ukraine yesterday seeking the surrender of pro-Russian separatists as the Kiev government declared an Easter truce following a peace accord with Moscow .
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis yesterday led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and urged people to rediscover direction in their lives .
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Rescuers recovered the body of one mountain guide yesterday after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, bringing the death toll to at least 13 in the deadliest accident on the world’s highest mountain .
MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea, (Reuters) - The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on what turned out to be a disastrous ferry trip has committed suicide, police said today as hopes faded of finding any of the 268 missing passengers alive .
GENEVA/MOSCOW, (Reuters) - The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks yesterday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement .
NEW YORK, (Reuters) - Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient’s DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced yesterday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men .
MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea, (Reuters) - A team of eight divers entered a capsized South Korean ferry last night and was searching for survivors, although they were unlikely to find anyone alive from among hundreds still missing more than 48 hours after the vessel began sinking .
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, (Reuters) - Nigeria’s northeast Borno state said yesterday only 20 of up to 129 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels were back with their parents, and the military retracted an earlier statement in which it said it had freed most of them .
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 .