International

Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane

By Byron Kaye PERTH, Australia Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:48pm EDT (Reuters) – A tropical cyclone was threatening to hamper the search for a missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean on Monday, as a submarine drone neared the end of its mission scouring the sea bed with still no sign of wreckage. The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, has […]

Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane

(Reuters) – A tropical cyclone was threatening to hamper the search for a missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean on Monday, as a submarine drone neared the end of its mission scouring the sea bed with still no sign of wreckage. The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, has narrowed to a 10 sq km (6.2 sq mile) patch of sea floor […]

South Korea president says conduct of ferry crew tantamount to murder

BY JU-MIN PARK JINDO, South Korea Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:10am EDT (Reuters) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday the actions of the captain and crew of a ferry that sank last week with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder, as authorities arrested four more officers of the vessel. Sixty-four people are known to have died and 238 are missing, presumed dead, in the sinking of the Sewol ferry last Wednesday. Most […]

Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

(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-backed government with each questioning the other’s compliance with the agreement, brokered last week in Geneva, to end a crisis that has made Russia’s ties […]

Saudi Arabia announces jump in new cases of deadly MERS virus

(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has confirmed seven new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), adding up to 36 infections in five days, a sudden increase of a disease that kills about a third of the people infected and has no cure. MERS, a SARS-like novel coronavirus that emerged in Saudi Arabia two years ago, has infected 231 people in the kingdom, of whom 76 have died, the Health Ministry said on its website. Meanwhile, another cluster of cases […]

Japan expands army footprint for first time in 40 years, risks angering China

(Reuters) – Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan. The move risks angering China, locked in a dispute with Japan over nearby islands which they both claim. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who attended a ceremony on Yonaguni island to mark the start of construction, suggested the military presence could be enlarged to […]

Ferry victim families protest

As the death toll from the capsized South Korean ferry rose above 50, the families of victims began a protest march to the capital, Seoul. They were stopped by police. After more than three days, divers finally gained access to the capsized ferry, Sewol, retrieving 22 bodies on Sunday and bringing the death toll to 54. Strong currents, cold water and low visibility are hampering the operation. There are some 250 passengers still unaccounted for. Early on […]

Radio communication reveals situation of South Korean ferry as it started to sink

(Reuters) — A clearer picture has started to emerge of the situation when a South Korean ferry capsized with the release on Sunday (April 20) of a radio conversation between controllers and the ship. Witnesses have said the “Sewol” turned sharply before it began listing. It is still not clear why the vessel turned. It took more than two hours for it to capsize but passengers were ordered to stay put in the cabins. In […]

Malaysia government prepares to issue death certificates for missing MH370 passengers

(Reuters) — Senior Malaysian government and airline officials met relatives of missing flight MH370 on Sunday (April 20) to discuss the issuing of death certificates for the passengers and also financial assistance for the families, although some were still clinging to hopes of survival of their loved ones. Groups of distraught family members who have been waiting for news of what happened to theMalaysia Airlines flight which vanished from radar on March 8, were seen going into the […]

Gunfight between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian paramilitary kill at least 2

(Reuters) — Gunfire erupted near a makeshift checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists near Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine early on Sunday (April 20), killing at least two people. Separatists gave a higher casualty figure, saying they had come under attack from Ukrainian nationalist paramilitary forces. The incident represented the first fatalities in eastern Ukraine since a four-way agreement was reached last Friday in Geneva to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine where separatists are rebelling against Kiev’s pro-western leaders. Though police on the interior […]