Body belongs to fugitive ferry businessman: South Korea police

SEOUL Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:48pm EDT (Reuters) – South Korean police said on Tuesday that a body found last month in the south of the country was that of a fugitive businessman who headed the family that owned the operator of a ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 300 people. Police said a badly decomposed body found on June 12 had been identified by DNA evidence as well as fingerprints as that […]

Typhoon gathers fury as it approaches southern China

BEIJING Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:22am EDT (Reuters) – A typhoon heading toward southern China has strengthened as it approaches the provinces of Hainan and Guangdong and is now a super typhoon, the government said on Friday, ordering that all efforts be made to prevent loss of life. Typhoon Rammasun, which has already killed at least 54 people in the Philippines, is expected to make landfall between the two provinces on Friday afternoon, the National […]

International probe demanded after Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine, 298 dead

By Anton Zverev HRABOVE Ukraine Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:10am EDT (Reuters) – World leaders demanded an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine in which all 298 people on board were killed, a tragedy that could further heighten tensions between Russia and the West. One U.S. official said Washington strongly suspected a surface-to-air missile that downed the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala […]

Ukraine says Malaysian airliner shot down, 295 dead: agency

(Reuters) – A Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official was quoted as saying by Interfax-Ukraine news agency. The aircraft, which other sources said was a Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, came down near the city of Donetsk, stronghold of pro-Russian rebels, Anton Gerashchenko said, adding that it was hit by a ground-to-air missile. There was no […]

Explosions, gunfire heard near Kabul airport: Reuters witness

By Mirwais Harooni and Abdul Saboor KABUL Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:37pm EDT (Reuters) – Explosions and bursts of gunfire were heard near Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital after dawn on Thursday and black smoke rose above the facility, which is used by civilians and the military. The attack on the airport comes at a time of great uncertainty for Afghanistan as votes from the second round of a disputed presidential election are […]

U.S. hits oil giant Rosneft, other firms with toughest Russia sanctions

By Anna Yukhananov and Steve Holland WASHINGTON Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:26pm EDT (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the biggest package of U.S. economic sanctions yet on Russia on Wednesday, hitting Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft and other energy, financial and defense firms, with what he called significant but targeted penalties. Obama’s latest round of sanctions came after close consultations with European leaders, who announced a less-ambitious package. The ultimate impact of the U.S. […]

Typhoon kills at least 20 in the Philippines, heads towards China

(Reuters) – Financial markets are set to reopen in the Philippines on Thursday as residents clear debris and authorities work to restore power after a typhoon churned across the Southeast Asian country, killing at least 20 people. Typhoon Rammasun, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, is heading towards China after cutting a path across the main island of Luzon, shutting down the capital and knocking down trees and power lines, causing widespread […]

U.S. imposes toughest sanctions yet on Russia over Ukraine

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the most wide-ranging sanctions yet on the Russian economy, targeting key institutions including Gazprombank and Rosneft Oil Co, as well as other energy and defense companies. Washington has steadily escalated its financial sanctions on Russia over what it views as Moscow’s interference in its neighbor Ukraine and its annexation of the Crimea region. Obama said the United States could impose further sanctions if Russia did not […]

Confident Assad launches new term in stronger position

(Reuters) – Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a new term as Syria’s president on Wednesday, after an election which his opponents dismiss as a sham but which he said proved he had achieved victory after a “dirty war” to unseat him. Once written off in the West as certain to fall, he launches his seven-year term in his securest position since the early days of the three-year-old war. Those close to Damascus say he […]

Israeli naval shelling kills four boys on Gaza beach: medics

(Reuters) – Israeli shelling killed four boys on a Gaza beach on Wednesday, a local health official said, and Palestinian militants fired a further 70 rockets into Israel after a failed Egyptian attempt to halt more than a week of warfare. Israel urged the evacuation of several districts in the Gaza Strip where more than 100,000 people live, threatening ground operations to try to stem the rocket attacks. An Israeli official said the defence minister […]

Iraqi army retreats from Tikrit after assault stalls

(Reuters) – Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the militant-held city of Tikrit after their new offensive met heavy resistance, in a blow to the government effort to push back Sunni insurgents controlling large parts of the country. The failure highlights the difficulties of Baghdad’s struggle to recapture territory from the insurgents who seized Mosul, Tikrit and other cities last month in a rapid offensive which threatens to fragment Iraq on ethnic and sectarian lines. The […]

More Ukrainian soldiers killed as fighting rages in east, peace move flops

  (Reuters) – Fighting raged in Ukraine’s east on Wednesday when separatists tried to break through the lines of government forces near the border with Russia and a tentative step towards agreeing conditions for a ceasefire failed. Eleven more Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the space of 24 hours while hundreds of bodies of rebels were found in shallow graves in a former separatist stronghold, the army said. Fighting has escalated sharply since Friday with […]