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US ramps up pressure on Russia as Ukraine separatists sit tight

The US has warned Russia of further sanctions unless it helps convince Ukrainian separatists to leave government buildings. They have so far ignored the terms of a deal to de-escalate the crisis and refused to budge. US national security advisor Susan Rice said Moscow must use its influence to persuade pro-Russian activists to implement the Geneva deal, which order those occupying administrative buildings to disarm and leave. Rice warned that the US was otherwise prepared […]

LADEE spacecraft ends extended NASA mission by crashing into the moon

A spacecraft has ended a mission to map the dust and gases surrounding the moon with a planned kamikaze crash. Scientists believe the crash left no debris on the moon. On Friday, flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft had crashed into the back side of the moon as planned, just three days after unexpectedly surviving the full lunar eclipse earlier in the week. Researchers believe the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) vaporized […]

Ferry captain defends evacuation delay on capsized South Korean vessel

The detained captain of the capsized South Korean ferry has justified a decision not to immediately evacuate the vessel. More than 270 passengers are still missing, although divers have located another three bodies. Captain Lee Joon-seok told reporters the evacuation was delayed to prevent passengers entering the freezing waters before the arrival of rescue vessels. “At the time a rescue ship had not arrived. There were also no fishing boats around for rescues, or other […]

President Obama sends condolences to families of victims of South Korean ferry sinking

(Reuters) — President Barack Obama expressed his condolences to the Republic of Korea and to the families who lost their loved ones after a ferry capsized on Wednesday (April 16). “I just want to express on behalf of the American people, our deepest condolences to the Republic of Korea and families of all those who have seen their loved ones lost when a ferry sank within the last couple of days, ” Obama said at the beginning of a news conference […]

Earth-like planet found

(Reuters) – For the first time, scientists have found an Earth-sized world orbiting in a life-friendly zone around a distant star. The discovery, announced on Thursday, is the closest scientists have come so far to finding a true Earth twin. The star, known as Kepler-186 and located about 500 light years away in the constellation Cygnus, is smaller and redder than the sun. The star’s outermost planet, designated Kepler-186f, receives about one-third the radiation from […]

South Korea: ‘Captain was not at the helm of capsized ferry’

A prosecutor investigating the South Korean ferry disaster has said the captain was not at the helm at the time of the accident. The report will fuel growing anger among relatives as the death toll rises further. In a press conference detailing the preliminary findings of the investigation, prosecutor Park Jae-eok revealed that the ferry’s third officer had been in command when the vessel capsized. “The captain was not in command when the accident took […]

South Korea investigates capsized ferry crew, stowage as rescue hampered

By Jungmin Jang and Ju-min Park (Reuters) – A junior officer was steering a South Korean ferry when it capsized two days ago, investigators said on Friday, as rescuers battled strong tides and murky waters to search for hundreds of missing, many of them school children, feared trapped in the vessel. Local media said the Sewol ferry may have made a sharp turn during its journey on Wednesday, which caused its cargo to shift and […]

Pacquiao returns to PHL five days after reclaiming WBO title from Bradley

MANILA, April 18 (PNA) – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao returned to the country on Friday morning, five days after reclaiming the WBO welterweight title from erstwhile undefeated American Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao, 35, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Centennial Terminal on board a Philippine Airlines flight at 4:30 a.m. The Filipino word champion was accompanied by his mother Dionisia, who earned attention of the boxing world after she […]

Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

By Anahi Rama MEXICO CITY Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:17pm EDT (Reuters) – Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece was “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him […]

South Korea ferry death toll rises, hopes fade for hundreds missing

By Ju-min Park and Jungmin Jang JINDO, South Korea Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:52pm EDT (Reuters) – The death toll from a capsized South Korean passenger ferry rose to 25 on Friday as parents of missing schoolchildren blamed the ship’s captain for the tragedy after he and shipping company officials made emotional apologies for the loss of life. Of 475 passengers and crew on the Sewol ferry, which capsized in calm seas on Wednesday, 179 […]

Putin calls Russian interference in Ukraine ‘nonsense,’ backs Geneva talks

President Vladimir Putin has called claims Russia is behind eastern Ukraine’s unrest “nonsense.” He has accused the government in Kyiv of raising tensions in the region, while expressing hope for crisis talks. During the beginning of a televised call with the nation on Thursday, Putin said Ukraine’s decision to send armed forces to the country’s restive east rather than establishing a dialogue was a “grave crime.” He also dismissed Western accusations that Russian special forces […]

Obama announces $600 Million (USD) U.S. Job Training Program

  (Reuters) — U.S. President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, announced an initiative on Wednesday (April 16) to devote $600 million (USD) to address a central challenge of today’s economy: how to train workers for skills they need for jobs that are open but hard to fill. “Today I’m taking two significant actions that don’t require Congress,” Obama announced during a visit to the Community College of Allegheny County in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. “First, we’ve […]