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  • Ferry bodies search moves to cabins

    Divers must now rip through cabin walls of the submerged South Korea ferry to retrieve more victims as their grim work brought the official death toll to 146. The victims were overwhelmingly pupils of a high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than...

  • Biden warns on Ukraine as Russia refuses to rush

    US Vice President Joe Biden told Russia yesterday that “time is short” for action on defusing the crisis in eastern Ukraine, but Moscow refused to be rushed, saying it could handle any tougher economic sanctions the West might impose. Ukraine’s...

  • Court appeal in Turkey election

    The candidate for Turkey’s main opposition party has asked the Constitutional Court to order a re-run of a contested mayoral ballot in the capital Ankara, where he lost to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party. The secularist Republican...

  • First sign of ferry disaster was call from a ‘frightened’ child

    The first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry was made by a boy with a shaking voice, three minutes after the vessel made its fateful last turn. He called the emergency 119 number which put him through to the fire service, which in...

  • Submarine drone search for missing plane to continue as families demand compensation

    A US submarine drone will keep scouring the Indian Ocean floor for traces of a missing Malaysian jetliner after it finishes its current targeted search, Australian authorities told Reuters as a tropical cyclone suspended the air...

  • Libya starts voter registration for general elections

    Libya will start registering voters for general elections, officials said yesterday, in the first concrete step indicating a vote will take place later this year. In February, the Libyan parliament, the General National Congress (GNC), agreed to...

  • Islamists in Somalia kill second lawmaker

    Islamist rebels shot dead a Somali lawmaker yesterday, a day after blowing up one of his colleagues, and vowed to keep killing politicians and wreck efforts to secure the country. Al-Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab told Reuters they wanted to send a...

  • Nepal government meets sherpas’ demands

    Nepal’s government yesterday agreed to compensation demands for Mount Everest sherpas, after the single deadliest avalanche on the world’s highest mountain killed at least 13 guides. Expedition leaders said tension was running high at Everest base...

  • Lebanese unable to find consensus on new president

    A majority of Lebanese parliamentarians may submit blank voting slips today in the first ballot for a new president, political sources said, as they struggle to agree on a consensus candidate after months of violence and political...

  • France aiming to stem Syrian jihadist threat

    France is to unveil policies to stop its citizens joining the Syrian civil war, a government source said yesterday, aiming to prevent young French Muslims becoming radicalised and posing a threat to their home country. The Interior Ministry will...

  • Man accuses film director and others of sexual abuse

    A man who has sued X-Men film-maker Bryan Singer claiming he had raped him as a teenager named three more Hollywood executives in lawsuits, alleging sexual abuse and rape and seeking damages exceeding $10 million. Michael Egan, 31, who was an...

  • Garcia Marquez in ‘eternal glory’

    Fans and family paid their last respects to much-loved Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, leaving flowers and playing music in a colourful remembrance of the Nobel laureate and giant of Latin American literature. Hundreds thronged outside...

  • World briefs

    As many as 13 per cent of drivers are still using hand-held mobile phones while at the wheel, according to a UK survey. And four per cent have admitted to regularly sending or reading text messages while driving, the poll by road safety charity...

  • Ebola outbreak death toll rises

    The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 140 people, the World Health Organisation said. The Ebola disease causes a high fever and internal and external bleeding. There is no cure and no vaccine and it has a high fatality...

  • 'Piles of bodies' in South Sudan

    The UN's top humanitarian official in South Sudan says he saw "piles and piles" of bodies after rebels belonging to one ethnic group slaughtered members of other groups in a remote town. Toby Lanzer said that the killings are "quite possibly a...

  • Nepal agrees to some Sherpa demands

    Nepal has agreed to set up a relief fund for Sherpas who are killed or injured in climbing accidents, one of several key concessions to the mountain guides after Mount Everest's deadliest disaster. The announcement by the Nepalese tourism ministry...

  • Biden call to Russia over Ukraine

    US vice president Joe Biden has warned Russia that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine. Mr Biden spoke after meeting Ukrainian officials in the country's capital, Kiev. The vice president also announced the...

  • Guards killed in militant attack

    Ten Iraqi guards have been killed as militants attacked a polling station in a remote area in the country's north, officials said. It was the latest in a surge in militant attacks in the run-up to Iraq's crucial parliament elections on April 30. A...

  • Pakistan tests short-range missile

    Pakistan's military has said it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. A military statement said the Hatf III Ghaznavi missile with a range of 290km was launched today from an undisclosed...

  • Saudi reports two more virus deaths

    Two more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to Sars have died, Saudi Arabia's health ministry said today. The ministry said a chronically ill 73-year-old Saudi man died in Riyadh and a 54-year-old Saudi man died...