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At least 63 killed as speeding Congo train derails -govt official

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 .

Possible Malaysian plane debris found on Australian coast

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 .

Obama says disputed islands within scope of US-Japan security treaty

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 .

Korean prosecutors raid ferry firm founder’s home

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 .

Iran protests at UN committee on envoy ban as US stands ground

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 .

Satellites show North Korea nuclear test unlikely – think tank

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 .

India's Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleague remains defiant

India’s Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleague remains defiant

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 .

Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender

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 .

Court orders U.S. to release memo on drones, al-Awlaki killing

Court orders U.S. to release memo on drones, al-Awlaki killing

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ordered the U .

British PM accused of fuelling division with Christian talk

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” .

Parents search for abducted Nigeria girls, say 234 missing

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 .

Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

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 .

Air strikes in Yemen kill 40 al Qaeda militants in two days

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 .

Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain’s detention as death toll mounts

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 .

Sunken Korea ferry relatives give DNA swabs to help identify dead

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 .

How the US made its Putin problem worse

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 .

Current underwater search for Malaysia plane could end within a week

SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - The current underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, focused on a tight 10 km (6 .

Iran slams US justice verdict on Manhattan skyscraper

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 .

Mediator heads to east Ukraine, seeking surrenders

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 .

Pope presides at Vatican Mass leading Catholics into Easter

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 .

Death toll climbs to at least 13 in worst tragedy on Everest

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 .

Vice-principal of S.Korea school in ferry disaster commits suicide

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 .

Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence

Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence

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 .

In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults

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 .

Divers enter capsized South Korean ferry in hunt for survivors

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 .

Nigerian state, army says most abducted schoolgirls still missing

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 .

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 .



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