April 24th, 2014

World News

Rebels kill 7 in India, casting pall over big day of voting in national elections

By Aijaz Hussain, The Associated Press on April 24th, 2014

SRINAGAR, India – A major day of voting in the world’s biggest elections was marred by violence Thursday as suspected rebels killed four paramilitary soldiers and three polling officials who were leaving buses after conducting balloting in two Indian states. Maoist insurgents ambushed one of the buses near Shikaripada, a village in eastern Jharkhand state, ... Read More »

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Syrian government airstrikes on market in northern town kill at least 27 people, activists say

By Barbara Surk, The Associated Press on April 24th, 2014

BEIRUT – Syrian government airstrikes struck a vegetable market in a northern rebel-held town Thursday, killing at least 27 people and wounding scores of others, an activist group said. The airstrikes came as another Syrian lawmaker announced his candidacy for June presidential election, state media said, a poll embattled President Bashar Assad is expected to ... Read More »

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Ukraine’s FM: Kyiv and the Ukrainian people are ready to fight if Russian troops invade

By Karel Janicek, The Associated Press on April 24th, 2014

PRAGUE – Ukraine’s foreign minister has blasted the Russian decision to start military manoeuvrs along Ukraine’s border and said his country will fight any invading troops. Andriy Deshchytisa said Russia’s decision Thursday to launch the military exercises “very much escalates the situation in the region.” Talking to The Associated Press in Prague, Deshchytisa says his ... Read More »

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US journalist released by insurgents in eastern Ukraine

By The Associated Press on April 24th, 2014

MOSCOW – An American journalist who was held by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine for several days says he has been released and is in good condition. Simon Ostrovsky of Vice News told The Associated Press in a brief call Thursday that he had been freed and was heading to Donetsk, the largest city in ... Read More »

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‘Horror,’ UN Security Council says, after S. Sudan massacre; president replaces army leader

By Jason Straziuso, The Associated Press on April 24th, 2014

NAIROBI, Kenya – The U.N. Security Council on Thursday expressed “horror” at the recent massacre of several hundred civilians in South Sudan, while the U.S. ambassador to the world body said she fears a deepening human catastrophe. The strongly worded Security Council statement deplored the killings last week in Bentiu, the capital of oil-producing Unity ... Read More »

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Saudi Arabia says MERS virus deaths reach 85 as new infections include pilgrim in Mecca

By Abdullah Al-Shihri, The Associated Press on April 24th, 2014

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – In the past 24 hours, Saudi Arabia has reported four new deaths from a Middle East virus related to SARS and 36 more cases of infection, including a Turkish pilgrim in Mecca. Officials are struggling to alleviate concerns that the virus is spreading amid a spike in infections over the past ... Read More »

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Ukraine launches operation against insurgents in the east; Russia ramps up military exercises

By Yuras Karmanau, The Associated Press on April 24th, 2014

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine – Ukrainian forces launched an operation Thursday to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country’s tumultuous east, prompting new threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Within hours of the Ukrainian operation, which killed at least two pro-Russia militants, Russia’s defence minister announced new military exercises for troops massed near Ukraine’s ... Read More »

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