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Deal brings no immediate change to eastern Ukraine

Friday, 18 April 2014 04:30
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian militiamen who control government buildings in eastern Ukraine showed no sign of relenting Friday despite a deal between Russia and Ukraine. The two agreed on Thursday to take tentative steps toward calming tensions along their shared border after more than a month of bloodshed. The surprise agreement, brokered by the United States and the European Union, appeared to tamp down the immediate crisis but offered no assurances for a long-term…
At least 12 dead in Everest avalanche
Friday, 18 April 2014 04:30
By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday killing 12 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said. The avalanche, the deadliest in eight years, hit the most popular route to the mountain's peak. Three Nepali guides were injured and up to five people were missing, said Dipendra Paudel at the Tourism Ministry's mountaineering department.
6 killed, 9 missing in avalanche on Everest
Friday, 18 April 2014 02:15
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to climb the world's highest peak, killing at least six Nepalese guides and leaving nine missing, officials said. The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for hundreds of climbers when the avalanche hit them just below Camp 2 about 6:30 a.m., said Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal, speaking from the base…
Rescuers rush to reach hundreds in SKorean ferry
Friday, 18 April 2014 02:15
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives. Officials also offered a rare glimpse at their investigations, saying they were looking into whether a crewman's order to abruptly turn the ship contributed to the 6,852-ton Sewol ferry tilting severely to the side and filling with…
Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet
Friday, 18 April 2014 01:15
PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet one month after the search began off Australia's west coast, as data from the sub's previous missions turned up no evidence of the plane. It was the fifth attempt by the Bluefin-21 unmanned sub to find wreckage or the black boxes from Flight 370…
Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine
Friday, 18 April 2014 01:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments. "My hope is we do see follow-through," Obama said at an impromptu news conference at the White House a few hours after Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up a meeting in Geneva with…
Captain wasn’t at helm when ferry capsized
Friday, 18 April 2014 01:15
Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - The captain was not at the helm of the South Korean ferry that capsized two days ago, investigators said Friday, as anger spread over stalled rescue efforts for hundreds of missing passengers trapped by the submerged vessel. More than 48 hours after the 6,825-tonne Sewol suddenly listed and then sank, a small of army of more than 500 exhausted divers -- battling powerful currents in almost zero visibility -- have…
Obama: 8 million signed up for health care
Friday, 18 April 2014 00:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections. Obama appeared in the White House briefing room to trumpet the new figures, which beat initial projections by 1 million people. Equally critical: About 35 percent of those who signed up are under the age of…
10 Things to Know for Friday
Thursday, 17 April 2014 23:15
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. DEAL EASES TENSION IN UKRAINE The agreement brokered by the West requires all sides to refrain from violence, intimidation or provocative actions — though it doesn't require Russia to withdraw some 40,000 troops massed near the border. 2. CAPTAIN OF DOOMED FERRY APOLOGIZES "I am really sorry and deeply ashamed," says 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok of this week's…
Transcript shows ferry captain delayed evacuation
Thursday, 17 April 2014 23:15
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A doomed ferry's captain delayed evacuation for half an hour after a South Korean transportation official ordered preparations to abandon ship, raising more questions about whether quick action could have saved scores of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, according to a transcript of the ship-to-shore exchange and interviews with a crewmember. The order by an unidentified official at the Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center to put on lifejackets…