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Fresh safety, violence fears on Mount Everest
Thursday, April 24, 2014

KATHMANDU, April 24: Three major mountaineering companies joined others in quitting Everest citing fears of violence, safety concerns and tension at base camp, deepening a crisis today on the world's highest peak sparked by the death of 16 guides last week.
 
International expeditions said they were shutting down operations on the mountain, as a Nepalese...

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Searchers face tough choices in hunt for MH370
Thursday, April 24, 2014

SYDNEY, April 24: Searchers for missing Flight MH370 face tough choices on how to proceed after almost seven fruitless weeks, with only a fraction of a deep-sea zone still left to be scanned.
 
After 11 dives seeking wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines jet which mysteriously disappeared on March 8, an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) has come up empty-handed.
 
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Yingluck preparing defence in case which might see her removal
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BANGKOK: The Constitutional Court has given Thailand's embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defence in a case involving the transfer of former national security council (NSC) chief Thawil Pliensri.    In a statement, the court said the decision was made at its meeting here today.    ...

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Australia says cost not a concern in MH370 search
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

PERTH: Australia said Wednesday cost was not a concern in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, after the mini-sub plumbing the depths of the Indian Ocean for wreckage ended its ninth mission empty-handed. Australia is leading the multinational search for the Boeing 777 which vanished on March 8 carrying 239 people, and is bearing many of the costs of the mission expected to be the most expensive in aviation history....

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Everest sherpas abandon climbing season
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

KATHMANDU, April 22: Nepalese guides on Everest told AFP today they were packing up and leaving the mountain after a meeting at which they decided to abandon this year's climbing season to honour their dead colleagues.
 
"We had a long meeting this afternoon and we decided to stop our climbing this year to honour our fallen brothers. All sherpas are united in this," local guide, Tulsi Gurung, said from base camp....

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Death toll in South Korea ferry disaster crosses 100
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

JINDO, April 22: The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster crossed 100 today, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. Improved weather conditions and calm seas spurred their efforts, but underwater visibility was still very poor, requiring divers...

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Brunei delays introduction of tough Islamic law
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Brunei has postponed its implementation of tough Islamic criminal punishments that were due to begin Tuesday and have drawn condemnation from the UN's human rights office and rare criticism at home. No confirmed new date was given for the start of the sharia penalties -- which will eventually include flogging, severing of limbs and death by stoning -- but an official told Brunei media they would begin "in the very near future"....

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Outgoing Indonesian audit chief named a corruption suspect
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

JAKARTA, April 22: Indonesian anti-corruption officials have named the outgoing audit agency chief a suspect in a $32-million graft case, the latest high-profile scandal to hit the country's public sector. Investigators believe Hadi Poernomo, named a suspect late yesterday on the first day of his retirement, may have accepted bribes in exchange for tax exemptions granted to Indonesia's biggest private bank....

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Cyclone halts aerial search for MH370
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SYDNEY, April 22: The aerial search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was suspended today due to bad weather caused by a tropical cyclone, officials said, but 10 ships would continue the mission.
 
Up to 10 military aircraft had been scheduled to fly over the Indian Ocean in hopes of spotting clues as to the fate of the Boeing 777, which vanished on March 8 carrying 239 people....

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South Sudan rebels slaughter hundreds in ethnic massacres
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

JUBA, April 21: Rebel gunmen in South Sudan massacred hundreds of civilians because of their ethnicity when they captured a key oil town last week, the UN said today, one of the worst reported atrocities in the war-torn nation. In the main mosque alone, more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and over 400 wounded, the UN mission in the country said....

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