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  • Ukraine calls truce for Easter

    The Ukrainian government said it will not attack pro-Russian separatists over the Easter weekend as its US ally threatened Moscow with new sanctions if it fails to persuade the militants to surrender. The Kremlin denies having control over gunmen...

  • Air strike kills 13 militants in central Yemen

    An air strike killed 13 suspected al-Qaeda militants in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda yesterday, security and tribal sources said. “An air strike targeted cars that suspected al-Qaeda militants were in and killed 13 of them in the...

  • Search for Malaysia plane could end within a week

    The current underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, focused on a tight 10-km circle of the sea floor, could be completed within a week, Australian search officials said yesterday. Malaysia said the search was at a “very...

  • Korea ferry relatives give DNA swabs to help identify the dead

    Some relatives of the more than 200 children missing in a sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs yesterday to help identify the dead as the rescue turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board. The Sewol,...

  • Search resumes for Everest bodies

    Rescuers were digging through piles of snow and ice yesterday for four Sherpa guides buried on Mount Everest when an avalanche swept down the slopes and killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Seven...

  • French hostages freed

    Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June were found by Turkish soldiers on its border with Syria yesterday, Turkish media reported, and French President François Hollande said the four were in good health. Nicolas Henin, Pierre...

  • Strong quake hits off Papua New Guinea

    An earthquake with a magnitude 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea yesterday and a tsunami warning was briefly issued for the Pacific Island nation and neighbouring Solomon Islands, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake, at a depth...

  • Obama: 'Easter is a story of hope'

    In his weekly address, US President Barack Obama offered Easter greetings and called on Americans to look beyond their different faiths to foster a sense of community. "The common thread of humanity that connects us all - not just Christians and...

  • Underwater search for Malaysian plane could end within a week

    The current underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, focused on a tight circle of the sea floor, could be completed within a week. Mana Rabiee reports.

  • Quake strikes off Papua New Guinea

    A powerful earthquake has struck off the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but a tsunami warning has been put into effect. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.5 earthquake...

  • Duchess of Cambridge takes control of fighter plane

    The Duchess of Cambridge relegated her husband to the role of an onlooker when she turned down his offer to jump into the back seat - of a fighter jet. Yesterday she suggested he try an alpaca toupee, and this morning she took control of a...

  • French journalists free

    Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June were found by Turkish soldiers on its border with Syria today, Turkish media reported, and French President Francois Hollande said the four were in good health. Nicolas Henin, Pierre Torres,...

  • Updated: 13th body found on Everest

    Search teams have recovered a 13th body from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, a day after an avalanche swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Another three...

  • Allergy-hit Cyrus postpones US tour

    Miley Cyrus is postponing her US tour while she recovers from an allergic reaction to antibiotics, but will resume her performances in August. Cyrus' representative said the singer will resume the US tour on August 1 in Uniondale, New York. The...

  • Update 2: Captain faces charges over sinking

    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested today on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members were also taken into custody, including a newly recruited...

  • Pope presides as prisoners, elderly and homeless carry cross

    The plight of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated Pope Francis' Good Friday service at Rome's Colosseum as he led Catholics around the world in commemorating the day Jesus died. The Pope, in the run-up...

  • US drone is risking damage in search for missing jet

    An underwater drone scouring the Indian Ocean floor for a missing Malaysian jetliner has dived to its deepest ever level, putting its equipment at unprecedented risk, as hopes dwindled that it might soon turn up some sign of wreckage. The US...

  • Strong quake rattles Mexico

    A powerful earthquake struck Mexico yesterday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, although there were no early reports of major damage. The magnitude 7.2 quake was centred in the southwestern state of...

  • Blast in Homs kills 14

    A bomb went off in front of a mosque and killed 14 people in Homs, Syrian state TV said yesterday, with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad looking close to wresting the symbolic central city back from rebels. “Fourteen people were killed...

  • Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm

    Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said yesterday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down. The agreement,...

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