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Vice principal of South Korea school in ferry disaster commits suicide

Rescue workers install floats where the capsized passenger ship ''Sewol'' sank in the sea off Jindo, 18 April 2014.
18 Apr 2014
The vice principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of his pupils on what turned out to be a disastrous ferry trip has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 268 missing...
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Putin admits Russian forces were deployed to Crimea

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives his annual televised question-and-answer session in Moscow
 
18 Apr 2014
President Vladimir Putin said Russian forces had been active in Crimea in order to support local defence forces, the first time he has admitted deployment of Russian troops on the Black Sea peninsula.   "We had to take...
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East Ukraine separatists stay put despite diplomatic deal

A man takes a photo of people standing in front of a barricade at the seized office of the SBU state security service in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine 18 April 2014.  
18 Apr 2014
Armed pro-Russian separatists were still holding public buildings in eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying they needed more assurances about their security before they comply with an international deal ordering them to disarm.   The...
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Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter

A Palestinian activist fixes a flag near a newly erected protest encampment on 20 January 2013 in the West Bank village of Beit Iksa. The Israeli army early Monday morning removed the encampment of four tents and a building under construction, military sources said.
17 Apr 2014
Palestinians gathered across the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday for rallies of solidarity with Israeli-held prisoners, as peace talks near collapse after the Jewish state refused to free long-serving inmates.   To mark Prisoners Day,...
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Algerians trickle to polls in presidential vote

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika arrives on a wheelchair to vote in the presidential elections in Algiers, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Algerians are trickling into the polls to elect a new president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be won by the ailing incumbent. President Bouteflika has ruled this nation for the past 15 years and, despite suffering from a stroke, is running for a fourth term on a platform of stability.
17 Apr 2014
Algerians trickled into voting booths Thursday to elect the president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be dominated by the ailing incumbent running for a fourth term. Despite suffering from a stroke and...
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South Sudan army battles rebels in key oil-state

Salva Kiir
17 Apr 2014
Rebels in South Sudan battled government forces Thursday in a renewed offensive targeting the young nation's key oil fields, the army said, amid famine warnings by the United Nations. Fighters loyal to rebel chief Riek Machar...
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Putin says Ukraine risks abyss, dialogue only solution

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives his annual televised question-and-answer session in Moscow
 
17 Apr 2014
 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused Ukraine's new authorities of driving the country towards the abyss but said that dialogue was the only way out of the intensifying crisis. "Only through dialogue, through...
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Ocean floor search for missing Malaysia plane cut short again

Search for missing Malaysian aeroplane
16 Apr 2014
The search for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner deep in the Indian Ocean was again cut short on Wednesday when technical problems forced a U.S. Navy underwater drone to surface without finding anything, officials said. While a massive air and...
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Rivals flex muscles on streets of east Ukraine

Pro-Russian men stand guard at a barricade near the police headquarters in Slaviansk 13 April 2014. Ukraine's Interior Minister on Sunday told residents in the eastern city of Slaviansk to stay indoors, in anticipation of clashes between pro-Russian militants who have seized official buildings and Ukrainian security forces.
16 Apr 2014
Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces flexed their military muscles in the restive east of the country on Wednesday, a day ahead of high-level diplomatic talks on the escalating crisis. Armoured vehicles from the rival sides appeared on the...
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Two dead, 293 missing in S. Korea ferry capsize

The South Korean Coast Guard rescue some of the passengers and crew aboard a ferry sinking some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo on April 16, 2014
16 Apr 2014
South Korean rescue teams, including elite navy SEAL divers, raced Wednesday to find up to 293 people missing from a capsized ferry carrying 459 passengers and crew -- mostly high school students bound for a holiday island. Two people -- a...
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