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US must explain 'Cuban Twitter' - Costa Rica

24 April 2014, 19:44

The Costa Rica government has warned the US against the launch of a 'Cuban Twitter', they now demand answers.

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Russia not abiding by Geneva agreement - Obama

24 April 2014, 18:05

US President Barack Obama says that Russia is not abiding by agreements aimed at defusing the crisis in Ukraine, in his first public comments since the Geneva meeting.

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Bomb kills four in Pakistan's Karachi

24 April 2014, 17:04

A bomb targeting a local police official has killed at least four people and wounded 15 others in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, police say.

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3 foreigners killed in attack on Afghan hospital

24 April 2014, 15:48

Three foreigners have been killed after a security guard opened fire at an international hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, security sources say.

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Angry parents seek autopsies of Korea ferry victims

24 April 2014, 14:34

Some parents of the mostly teenage victims of South Korea's ferry disaster are pushing for autopsies that might show timing and actual cause of death.

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Putin foe faces threat of jail in new trial

24 April 2014, 13:21

Prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny goes on trial in a major case that his supporters fear will end in a lengthy jail sentence for President Vladimir Putin's top critic.

Obama calls for end to China-Japan island dispute

24 April 2014, 12:08

President Barack Obama says that he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully, while affirming the US-Japan security treaty.

Late pope's memorial defaced before canonisation

24 April 2014, 12:26

Vandals daubed paint across a stone memorial commemorating the late Pope John Paul II in his home region of southern Poland, days before he is to be made a saint.

Strong 6.7 quake strikes off Canada island

24 April 2014, 11:19

A strong earthquake measuring 6.7 has struck off Canada's Vancouver Island in the Pacific, the US Geological Survey says.

Stowaway teen survives California-Hawaii flight

24 April 2014, 10:16

A teenager has defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, he could barely walk after the freezing, low-pressure ordeal, airport officials say.

Body found of boy who made first call from ferry

24 April 2014, 09:16

The body of a high school student who made the first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry has been recovered from the submerged vessel.

S Korea ferry toll hits 159 as relatives wait

24 April 2014, 08:07

The South Korea ferry toll has hit 159 as divers plunge deeper into submerged ferry to reach victims, and relatives of the 140 missing press the government speed up recovery.

Minister: Militants returning from Syria pose threat

24 April 2014, 07:09

The Netherlands has warned that militants returning from Syria posed a security threat to Europe.

Mumbai slum-dwellers wary of election promises

23 April 2014, 17:33

Winning votes from the slums is key to political success in India's financial capital, where the elites are apathetic and around half of the population lives in tightly-packed shantytowns.

Kids tried desperately to survive as ferry sank

23 April 2014, 15:31

South Korean divers continue their search for the bodies of those children who died after a ferry sunk, many of the children have broken fingers, evidence of their struggle to survive.

S Korea ferry survivors are 'also victims'

23 April 2014, 14:28

The desperate, tragically fruitless search for survivors of South Korea's ferry disaster has so far overshadowed the damaging psychological legacy inflicted on those who survived.

Pirates rob Japanese tanker in Malacca Strait

23 April 2014, 16:35

Malaysian marine police say pirates have raided a Japanese tanker in the Malacca Strait and pilfered several million litres of diesel fuel it was carrying.

Doomed ferry captain had 40 years at sea

23 April 2014, 13:19

A colleague has described Captain Lee Joon-seok as the nicest person on board the now sunken South Korean ferry, yet he has been accused of abandoning the stricken ship.

Violent protest hits fabled Rio beach district

23 April 2014, 12:10

Violent protests have broken out in Rio's landmark beachfront district, Copacabana, following the death of a resident, an AFP photographer says, less than two months before the World Cup.

Sherpas leave Everest, expeditions nix climbs

23 April 2014, 11:14

Sherpa guides are leaving Mount Everest's base camp as part of a walkout following the mountain's deadliest disaster, as some expedition companies announced cancellations for this season.

Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet

23 April 2014, 10:10

Australia may use more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

Boy 'sexually assaulted' at international school

23 April 2014, 09:59

Indonesia has ordered the nursery of a prestigious Jakarta international school to close following an alleged sexual assault on a six-year-old boy by cleaning staff, an official says.

S Korea ferry toll hits 146 as search toughens

23 April 2014, 09:07

The South Korea ferry death toll has hit 146 as the search gets tougher; divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.

US troops head to exercises in Eastern Europe

23 April 2014, 08:04

US army troops have arrived in Poland to begin a series of military exercises across Eastern Europe, in a move to bolster allies in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea.

MH370 relatives reject death certificates proposal

23 April 2014, 07:01

Relatives of flight MH370 passengers have denounced the Malaysian government's suggestion that it would soon look into issuing death certificates for those on board.

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