Sunday, April 20, 2014

International

Putin expresses hope he won’t have to send troops to Ukraine

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.

Aiming to de-escalate military tensions with Russia, US and Ukraine try carrot-stick approach

GENEVA — Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbour even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.

Fears rise for 287 still missing more than 24 hours after ferry sinks off South Korea

MOKPO, South Korea — Strong currents and bad visibility hampered rescuers Thursday in the search for 287 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with cold water off the southern coast of South Korea, causing fury among families waiting for word of passengers who were mostly high school students.

Combat vehicles in east Ukraine city fly Russian flags

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — A column of armoured vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia demonstrators Wednesday, dampening the central government’s hopes to re-establish control over restive eastern Ukraine.

More than 280 missing after South Korean ferry sinks; 4 confirmed dead, dozens injured

MOKPO, South Korea — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.

Big Boy is back: Union Pacific to restore gigantic steam locomotive

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapour, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.

Police seek answers after 7 dead babies found in garage of Utah home

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — The discovery of seven dead babies in cardboard boxes in a Utah garage has police desperately seeking answers from the mother and other family members about how such a tragedy unfolded over a decade with no one noticing.

Yet another government building seized in east Ukraine, despite Kyiv’s threats of force

DONETSK, Ukraine — A pro-Russian mob on Monday seized a police building in yet another city in Russian-leaning eastern Ukraine, defying government warnings that it was preparing to act against the insurgents.

Police ID suspect in attacks on Jewish sites near Kansas City as known white supremacist

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community centre and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

Australian PM says searchers confident signals are from missing plane

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are confident that signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are from the missing Malaysian jet’s black boxes, Australia’s prime minister said Friday, raising hopes they are near solving one of aviation’s most perplexing mysteries.

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