Malaysian plane search in 44th day, sea bed scans could end in days

By Byron Kaye and Matt Siegel SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:27pm EDT (Reuters) – The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 entered its 44th day on Sunday as Australian search officials said a crucial series of sonar scans of the Indian Ocean floor could be completed within a week. The air, surface and underwater search is now focused on footage taken by a U.S. Navy deep sea drone, which has narrowed its […]

Iran says it watered down, converted over 200 kg of enriched uranium

DUBAI Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:31pm EDT (Reuters) – Iran said on Saturday it had completed watering down and converting more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November with world powers over its disputed nuclear program. “Based on the agreement with the West, we were supposed to have half of our 200 kilogram stock of uranium diluted and the other half converted to uranium oxide,” Iran’s […]

Eight killed in plane crash in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:24am EDT (Reuters) – A Hawker 800 jet crashed in northern Mexico late on Saturday, killing all eight people on board, the government of the state of Coahuila said. The plane came down in an industrial estate in the municipality of Ramos Arizpe, just north of state capital Saltillo, the Coahuila attorney general’s office said in a statement. According to preliminary findings, the jet departed from the Mexican Caribbean […]

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

By Ju-min Park and Jungmin Jang JINDO/MOKPO, South Korea Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:56am EDT Reuters) – South Korean prosecutors investigating a ferry disaster said on Sunday they would seek to extend the detention of the ship’s captain and two other crew by 10 days as they tried to determine the cause of an accident that may claim more than 300 lives. The ferry, the Sewol, was on a 400-km (300-mile) voyage from Incheon to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:51pm EDT (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Friday, damaging more than 100 homes in the southwestern state of Guerrero and opening cracks in some buildings but there were no reports of deaths. Striking close to the popular beach resort of Acapulco, the 7.2 magnitude quake sent people scurrying out of homes and hotels, causing brief panic from the Pacific coast to states in […]

Bomb blast in Cairo kills police officer: Egyptian state media

CAIRO Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:05pm EDT (Reuters) – A bomb exploded in a Cairo square late on Friday, killing one police officer and wounding another, the Egyptian state newspaper Al Ahram reported on its website. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Since the army toppled Egypt’s first freely-elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, in July, Islamist militants have stepped up attacks on members of the security forces, killing hundreds. On Tuesday, […]

Bodies found trapped inside sunken South Korean ferry: coastguard

By Ju-min Park JINDO, South Korea Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:54pm EDT (Reuters) – Divers searching for survivors of a capsized South Korean ferry saw three bodies floating through a window of a passenger cabin on Saturday but were unable to retrieve them, the coastguard said, hours after the ship’s captain was arrested. The ferry, carrying 476 passengers, many of them schoolchildren, and crew, capsized on Wednesday on a journey from the port of Incheon […]

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 […]