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Putin warns of Ukraine abyss, hopes won't need to invade
Thursday, April 17, 2014

MOSCOW, April 17: Russian President Vladimir Putin today accused Ukraine's new authorities of driving the country towards the abyss, saying he hoped he would not have to use his right to send Russian troops into the country.
 
Russia has massed tens of thousands of troops on Ukraine's eastern border as separatist pro-Russian activists seized buildings across east Ukraine, raising fears of a major conflict....

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Malaysia warns of huge cost in MH370 search
Thursday, April 17, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, April 17: Malaysia warned today that the cost of the search for flight MH370's wreckage in the vast depths of the Indian Ocean will be huge, the latest sobering assessment by authorities involved in the challenging effort.
 
"When we look at salvaging (wreckage) at a depth of 4.5 kilometres, no military out there has the capacity to do it," Transport and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters here....

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Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry
Thursday, April 17, 2014

SEOUL: Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the entire nation. Nearly 300 people -- most of them students on a high school to a holiday island -- are still missing after the ferry capsized and sank on Wednesday morning. ...

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Six dead, 290 missing in Korea ferry sinking (Updated)
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

JINDO, April 16: South Korean rescuers and dive teams worked frantically under floodlights as fears rose for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank Wednesday with 475 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island. Yonhap news agency said 179 people had...

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Mini-sub aborts for second time
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PERTH, April 16: The hunt for a missing Malaysian plane suffered another setback Wednesday when a second seabed search by a mini-submarine was cut short due to technical troubles after the first also aborted in very deep water.
 
Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) issued a brief statement which spoke of an unspecified technical issue with the unmanned Bluefin-21 sonar device....

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Court agrees that Mladic has case to answer
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

THE HAGUE, April 15: A UN war crimes court upheld all charges against Bosnian Serb ex-army chief Ratko Mladic today, saying he has a case to answer, including for his role in Europe's worst massacre since World War II.
 
Mladic, 72, appeared before judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) half-way through his trial to hear whether they deem that enough evidence exists to continue trying him for his role in Bosnia's bloody 1992-95 war....

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Singapore supports Malaysia's handling of plane incident
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SINGAPORE, April 15: Singapore Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen has expressed his country's support for the Malaysian government's handling of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 incident. He referred to the recent Asean Defence Ministers' joint statement that acknowledged Malaysia had done its level best in its response to this unprecedented predicament given the sheer scale of the search and rescue operation....

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Italian court orders Berlusconi to do community service
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ROME, April 15: An Italian court in Milan today ordered former prime minister and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi to do a year of community service following his conviction for tax fraud, Italian media reported.
 
Berlusconi will have to respect a curfew and will be limited in his movements in a further humiliation for the 77-year-old, who has been expelled from parliament and is banned from running in elections for six years....

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Malaysia vows to be transparent with black box data
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, April 15: Any data that is eventually recovered from the black box of missing flight MH370 will be publicly released, Malaysia's transport minister pledged today, as the government battles widespread criticism over the transparency of its investigation.
 
"It's about finding the truth. And when we......

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First search for MH370 by mini-sub finds nothing of interest
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PERTH, April 15: The first dive by a mini-submarine hunting for Malaysian jet MH370 detected nothing of interest, with the mission aborted after breaching the machine's maximum operating depth, the US Navy said today.

The unmanned autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Bluefin-21...

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