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At Beijing hotel, relatives of missing plane’s passengers endure excruciating wait

  BEIJING – Like other relatives of passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Wang Zheng’s frustration and anger over a lack of any certain information about the fate of his loved ones continues to grow two weeks after the plane went missing. “Biggest of all is the emotional turmoil I’ve been going through. I can’t …

China sends 3 warships, icebreaker to join search for Malaysian plane west of Australia

    BEIJING – China is sending three warships and an icebreaker to join the search for possible pieces of a missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean, the government said Friday. The National Maritime Search and Rescue Center said three warships were en route to the area where a satellite image showed …

UN document promotes equality for women and reaffirms their sexual and reproductive rights

  After two weeks of heated debate, liberal and conservative countries early Saturday approved a U.N. document to promote equality for women that reaffirms the sexual and reproductive rights of all women and endorses sex education for adolescents. The 24-page final declaration approved by consensus early Saturday by the 45-member Commission on the Status of …

Iraqi officials: Double bombing kills 7 people north of Baghdad

  BAGHDAD – Iraqi officials say a double bombing has killed seven people in a city north of Baghdad. Police officials say the attack took place on Saturday morning, when a roadside bomb exploded in a commercial street in the northern city of Tikrit. Minutes later, a car bomb struck policemen who had arrived to …

Russia mocks sanctions, yet questions remain about whether more economic penalties are to come

    WASHINGTON – U.S. sanctions against a Russian bank and the Kremlin’s inner circle have pinched Moscow, but if the goal is to get President Vladimir Putin to roll his forces out of Crimea or deter him from doing any more land grabs, their effectiveness remains in doubt. Putin has mocked the punitive steps …

Russian diplomats have high hopes for OSCE observer mission in crisis torn Ukraine

    MOSCOW – Russia’s foreign ministry said on Saturday that it hopes a monitoring mission in Ukraine will help ease the tensions in Ukraine. Ukraine was engulfed in anti-government rallies for three months before President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country and the interim government was appointed. Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a …

3 Palestinians killed in West Bank clash with Israeli army, deadliest incident in months

  Israeli troops killed three Palestinians in an early morning raid that was followed by a clash with angry protesters in a West Bank town on Saturday, the military and Palestinian security officials said, in the deadliest incident in months. The violence came amid a recent spike in clashes in the West Bank that could …

Indonesian police arrest 3 suspected Islamic militants, intercept bomb package

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesian police arrested three suspected lslamic extremists after intercepting a bomb shipment that authorities said was intended to attack brothels. Among those arrested last week was Ambo Intang, who was sought for his alleged involvement in the 2012 killings of two policemen in in the Central Sulawesi district of Poso, said national …

Libya’s out of control weapons spread across region, fueling conflicts

  TRIPOLI, Libya – At the heart of the Libyan capital, the open-air Fish Market was once a place where residents went to buy everything from meat and seafood to clothes and pets. Now it’s Tripoli’s biggest arms market, with tables displaying pistols and assault rifles. Ask a vendor, and he can pull out bigger …

Hagel assured by Russian defence chief that Moscow has no aggressive moves planned in Ukraine

Photo: Facebook Page of Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel WASHINGTON—Russia’s defence chief assured Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday that Russian forces along Ukraine’s eastern border have no intention of crossing into Ukrainian territory. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Hagel discussed Ukraine with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in an hour-long phone conversation. …

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