Special Report: How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

By David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:00pm EDT (Reuters) – In September 2001, as the U.S. 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. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Disapproval of Brazil’s president grows ahead of election

BRASILIA Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:32pm EDT   (Reuters) – Disapproval of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is steadily mounting less than six months away from an election in which she is still favored to win a second term, according to a poll published Thursday. Rising inflation and a slow-moving economy have undermined her popularity to the point where more Brazilians now disapprove of the way she is governing their country than those that think she […]

U.S. envoy Power urges Myanmar action to stop Rakhine violence

UNITED NATIONS Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:07pm EDT (Reuters) – U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power on Thursday urged the Myanmar government to intervene in Rakhine State to stop violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid. Power’s remarks came after U.N. special adviser on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar briefed the 15-member U.N. Security Council on Thursday on the crisis in the country formerly known as Burma. […]

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 […]

Formerly conjoined twins released from Texas hospital, 8 months after surgical separation

(Reuters) — Formerly conjoined twins Owen and Emmett Ezell were released from a children’s hospital in Dallas on Wednesday (April 16). The boys were born last year connected at the abdomen. On August 24, 2013, doctors at Medical City Children’s hospital in Dallas surgically separated the twins. Ever since then, the boys have stayed at the hospital. Now, both boys are breathing on their own with the assistance of a special breathing tube and are receiving food through a tube connected […]

Six-year-old girl rescued from sunken ferry in South Korea; parents and brother remain missing

(Reuters) — A six-year-old girl was rescued from the sunken ferry off South Korea on Wednesday (April 16), but her parents remain missing. Kwon Ji-yeon, who was separated from her family during the ferry sinking, was treated in a hospital in Mokpo near the coastal city of Jindo. Some video footage showed Kwon wearing a life vest being rescued by the coast guard. YTN quoting an official from the hospital said Kwon had no external injuries. Due to the media exposure, many people, […]

Number of corona virus cases in Saudi rises to 205

RIYADH, April 17 (PNA/Xinhua) — Saudi Arabia reported Wednesday one new death of a Saudi citizen, 52, and five cases of MERS corona virus, according to a statement by the Health Ministry. The total number of cases rose to 205, including 71 deaths since the first case was diagnosed in 2012. All the new cases are in Jeddah. Among the new cases are two citizens and three residents, of which two are medics. One is […]