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Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

By Aleksandar Vasovic and Alissa de Carbonnel SLAVIANSK/YENAKIEVO, Ukraine (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. The incident triggered a war of words between Moscow and Ukraine's Western-backe

Australia sees 'regroup' on Malaysian plane search in a few days

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Australia will decide in a few days whether to alter or scale back the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but will consult all countries involved on any changes, Australia's ambassador to the United States said on Sunday. Kim Beazley told CNN the search countries would "regroup and reconsider" if nothing is found in a section of the Indian Oce

Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the "resurrection" of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela. Though millions of Venezuelans have headed for Caribbean beaches and family gatherings over the Easter period, student demonstrators have sought to keep

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

By Ju-min Park and Jungmin Jang JINDO/MOKPO, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors investigating last week's ferry disaster said on Sunday 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. The Sewol ferry was on a routine 400-km (300-mile) voyage from Incheon to the southern

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

By Mohamed Mukhashaf ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 30 suspected al Qaeda members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in the second day of strikes against militant targets in the country. On Saturday an air strike killed 10 al Qaeda militants and three civilians in central Yemen, a country that neighbors top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and is home to al Qaeda in

Japan PM sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine: Japanese media

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, media reported on Monday, a move likely to further strain ties with China and South Korea. The offering from Abe, who visited the shrine in December, was sent just before U.S. President Barack Obama's three-day visit to Japan, which begins on Wednesday. Ja

Top Asian News at 1:00 a.m. GMT

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. About 30 minutes after the Sewol began tilting, a crew member asked a marine traffic controller whether passengers would be rescue

Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help

PERTH, Australia (AP) — As the search continued off the coast of Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the airline announced another plane bound for India was forced to make an emergency landing early Monday after one of its tires burst on takeoff.

River Plate moves into top spot in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — River Plate moved into top spot in the Argentine first division with a 1-0 win over Velez Sarsfield on Sunday.

Japan logs record $134B trade deficit in FY 2013

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade deficit surged nearly 70 percent to a record 13.75 trillion yen ($134 billion) in the last fiscal year as exports failed to keep pace with surging costs for imported oil and gas.

River Plate takes sole lead in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — River Plate took the sole lead in the Argentine first division with a 1-0 win over Velez Sarsfield on Sunday.

Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. About 30 minutes after the Sewol began tilting, a crew member asked a marine traffic controller whether passengers would be rescue

Cruzeiro nets late to win Brazilian league opener

SAO PAULO (AP) — Bolivian striker Marcelo Moreno scored in the 90th minute to give defending champion Cruzeiro a 2-1 win against Bahia in its Brazilian league opener on Sunday.

Pumas beat Chivas to secure playoff spot

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Daniel Ramirez' low shot in the 55th minute gave Pumas a 1-0 victory over Chivas in Mexico's first division on Sunday and secured a spot in the playoffs of the Clausura championship.

US lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for tougher Western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored U.S. and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.

Top Asian News at 12:00 a.m. GMT

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. About 30 minutes after the Sewol began tilting, a crew member asked a marine traffic controller whether passengers would be rescue

Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.

Canadians rally to legalize marijuana

Several thousand people came out in Canada's biggest cities to call for the legalization of marijuana -- a yearly protest that happens internationally on April 20. The demonstrations -- dubbed the "420" rallies after the date, 4/20 in North American style, and the code-term popularly used to refer to pot consumption -- took place in Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. In each city, including the cap

Top Asian News at 11:30 p.m. GMT

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. About 30 minutes after the Sewol began tilting, a crew member asked a marine traffic controller whether passengers would be rescue

Top Asian News at 11:00 p.m. GMT

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. About 30 minutes after the Sewol began tilting, a crew member asked a marine traffic controller whether passengers would be rescue

Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300.

Niger could sign new deal with Areva within days: mines minister

The government of Niger, the world's fourth largest uranium producer, is on the verge of renewing an agreement with French state-controlled nuclear group Areva, the West African nation's mines minister said on Sunday. Niger, one of the world's poorest nations, is pushing to boost revenues from its uranium, but Areva, which dominates the sector in the country, has claimed that increasing royalties

Liverpool closes in on Premier League title

LONDON (AP) — Liverpool secured a return to the Champions League on Sunday — but there's a much bigger prize just around the corner.

Guardiola, Mourinho back in Madrid for CL semis

Madrid will be the center of the football world this week when Real Madrid hosts Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid welcomes Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals.

Gunmen kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush

Gunmen killed 11 Algerian soldiers in an ambush overnight, the defence ministry said on Sunday, in the first attack of its kind since President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term. The attack took place in the restive Kabylie region east of Algiers, where discontent with the ailing 77-year-old Bouteflika was most evident during the presidential election. The defence ministry said a convoy of

Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. About 30 minutes after the Sewol began tilting, a crew member asked a marine traffic controller whether passengers would be rescue

Mob in Dominican Republic kills Haitian father

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A Haitian man died after being attacked by a mob in the Dominican Republic for allegedly stabbing his 4-month-old daughter, authorities said Sunday.

Messi helps Barcelona end skid, beat Bilbao 2-1

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi ended Barcelona's run of three straight losses and kept it in the Spanish league title chase by scoring a late free kick to complete its 2-1 comeback win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Top Asian News at 10:00 p.m. GMT

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. About 30 minutes after the Sewol began tilting, a crew member asked a marine traffic controller whether passengers would be rescue

Top Palestinian cleric says Israel threw stun grenades into al Aqsa; Israel denies

The most senior Islamic cleric in Jerusalem said on Sunday Israeli police hurled stun grenades into al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest site, to quell the latest in a string of Palestinian protests at the politically sensitive holy site. Israeli police denied the allegation, saying officers threw the non-lethal devices, which emit a loud noise, on a plaza outside the mosque after protesters thre


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