Friday 18 April 2014

Undersea hunt for plane foiled by depth

A US Navy underwater drone sent to search for a missing Malaysian jetliner on the floor of the Indian Ocean had its first mission cut short after exceeding its 4.5 km (2.8 mile) depth limit, Australian search authorities said on Tuesday. The launch of the Blue-fin 21 autonomous u


Obama warns Putin in tense call

US President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a tense phone call on Monday that Moscow would face further costs for its actions in Ukraine and should use its influence to get separatists in the country to stand down. Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more


3 Lebanese TV journalists killed in Syria

Three Lebanese journalists working for Hezbollah's Al-Manar television were killed on Monday after coming under attack in the historic Christian town of Maaloula, north of Damascus. Al-Manar said two other members of the team were wounded but were in a stable condition.


Nigeria bus station bombing kills 71

A morning rush hour bomb killed at least 71 people at a Nigerian bus station on the outskirts of the capital on Monday, raising concerns about the spread of an Islamist insurgency after the deadliest ever attack on Abuja. Suspicion fell on Boko Haram, though there was no immediat


BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria bomb toll hits 71

The confirmed toll from the bombing of a bus station near the capital Abuja on Monday is 71 killed and 124 wounded so far, police spokesman Frank Mba told Reuters.   Earlier estimates from Reuters witnesses had put the toll at 35 dead. - Reuters


World trade improves but 2014 ‘still below trend’

The World Trade Organization slightly raised its 2014 forecast for growth in global goods trade to 4.7 per cent on Monday, saying it did not expect a return to the historical trend level of 5.3 per cent until 2015. "If GDP forecasts hold true, we expect a broad-based but mod


China buys Glencore copper mine for $6 billion

A Chinese consortium bought the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru from Glencore Xstrata for $6 billion, the high end of analysts' forecasts in China's biggest acquisition of a mine, showing the strength of its long-term need for copper. MMG Ltd, the Hong Kong-listed offshore


Jet search: Australia to use underwater vehicle

The head of the Australian agency supervising the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane said on Monday that an autonomous underwater vehicle would soon be deployed, moving the search underwater after nearly six weeks of fruitless searching. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 d


Abdullah leads Afghan vote

Former opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah led on Sunday after the first official results from Afghanistan's presidential election, but recorded incidents of serious fraud exceed figures for 2009, when over a million suspect votes were thrown out. Initial results based on 10


Egypt in need of more aid, says IMF

Egypt will need further international assistance to put its economy back on track despite receiving huge loans from Gulf states, the IMF said. "Egypt will need financial support which could come from its partners in the Gulf or, if the government wants that, from the IMF and

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