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Avalanche kills at least 12 on Everest
Friday, April 18, 2014

KATHMANDU, April 18: At least 12 Nepali guides have been killed in an avalanche that swept down the slope of Everest early this morning. Local officials said three others were injured while at least five are missing. Helicopters have been set to the area to assist in the search. The avalanche,...

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Sub dives deeper in hunt for MH370
Friday, April 18, 2014

PERTH, April 18: The mini-sub searching for the missing flight MH370 has reached record depths well beyond its normal operating limits, officials said today as it dived on its fifth seabed mission.
 
With no results to show since the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people disappeared on March 8, Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott has set a one-week deadline to locate the plane which is believed to have crashed in a remote area of the Indian Ocean west of this city....

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Captain not at helm of capsized Korean ferry
Friday, April 18, 2014

JINDO : The captain was not at the helm of the South Korean ferry that capsized two days ago, investigators said Friday, as anger spread over stalled rescue efforts for hundreds of missing passengers trapped by the submerged vessel. More than 48 hours after the 6,825-tonne Sewol suddenly listed and then sank, a small of army of more than 500 exhausted divers -- battling powerful currents in almost zero visibility -- have yet to obtain any access to the ferry's interior....

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Russia & West agree surprise deal on Ukraine
Friday, April 18, 2014

GENEVA, April 17: Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal today to try to ease the Ukrainian crisis, in a glimmer of hope for the former Soviet republic that risks splitting in two.
 
The agreement laid out concrete steps to restore security for all citizens and crucially urged all illegal armed groups to disarm and vacate seized buildings.
 
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Oil slick not linked to MH370
Thursday, April 17, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, April 17: The oil slick from the southern Indian Ocean on Sunday and taken for analysis in Perth by the agency searching for Flight MH370 is not linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. As the search continues within a much narrower area over 2,000 kilometres to the northwest of the western Australian capital, images from the Bluefin-21 mini-sub are becoming the most important...

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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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