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  • Ukraine forces suffer fresh losses in separatist east

    May 29, 2014 7:53 AM 13

    Ukrainian forces have suffered fresh losses in a rebel raid in the separatist east as the newly-elected president promised to hold his first talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin on easing the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War. The volunteer National Guard said gunmen had sprung a surprise raid yesterday on their barracks in the flashpoint Lugansk

  • China media: Japan tensions

    May 29, 2014 7:30 AM 28

    Media analyse tensions between Beijing and Tokyo and say that Japan's PM Shinzo Abe is "expected to further provoke" Beijing at a regional meeting. Mr Abe is due to deliver a keynote address at the Asia Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-la Dialogue, on Friday. The summit, held in Singapore, will be attended by regional defence officials and this is the first

  • Rebel leader says his men holding monitors

    May 29, 2014 7:15 AM 18

    Updated: 5:28 pm, Thursday, 29 May 2014 An insurgent leader says his fighters are holding four observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Interfax news agency reports. Vyacheslav Ponomarev, the self-proclaimed 'people's mayor' of Slovyansk, a city in the Donetsk region, said on Thursday that the four monitors are safe and promised

  • Search for MH370 in wrong place, officials say

    May 29, 2014 7:07 AM 22

    Australian officials said on Thursday that an 850 sq km area where "pings" – thought to have been from MH370's black box - were heard has now been ruled put as the final resting place of the plane. On top of this, a US official said earlier on Thursday that the pings, on which the search area had been largely based, probably came from the ships searching

  • MH370 Didn't Crash Near Where Pings Were Heard

    May 29, 2014 6:22 AM 29

    Australian authorities have concluded the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 did not crash in the area of the southern Indian Ocean where electronic signals were detected last month. The estimation was made Thursday following the final mission of a miniature, unmanned submarine that was scanning the ocean floor off the southwest coast of Australia

  • One missing in Japan tanker explosion

    May 29, 2014 6:18 AM 28

    An explosion has occurred on a tanker off Japan's coast, officials say. The 998-tonne Shoko Maru had already unloaded its oil cargo at a port in Hyogo prefecture and was not laden when the incident happened. Seven other crew members have been rescued. The coast guard was working to douse the flames, with pictures showing black smoke filling the air. Prime

  • Ukraine rebels 'to free' observers

    May 29, 2014 6:15 AM 20

    Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine have admitted they are holding four international monitors and said they may free them soon, Interfax says. "We'll clarify who they are, where they were heading and why, and will set them free," the self-proclaimed mayor of Sloviansk told the Russian news agency. The members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation

  • right leader seeks power in Brussels

    May 29, 2014 4:47 AM 16

    BRUSSELS: Fresh from victory in European elections in France, far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Wednesday she was confident of creating a new eurosceptic group within weeks inside the European Parliament. After driving her National Front (NF) to first place with 25 percent of the vote in France, Le Pen hopes to form and take command of a far-right

  • China optimistic of finding gas off Vietnam, could test ties further - experts

    May 28, 2014 10:09 PM 27

    HONG KONG, May 29 (Reuters) - A Chinese oil rig whose deployment to waters claimed by Vietnam early this month triggered a rupture in ties has a good chance of finding enough gas to put the area into production, Chinese industry experts said. That would give China its first viable energy field in the disputed South China Sea, as well as make it a source

  • Ukraine's president says ready to sign EU trade deal soon

    May 28, 2014 8:27 PM 30

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's newly elected president, Petro Poroshenko, wants to sign a landmark trade deal with the European Union soon after his inauguration as head of state, his office said on Wednesday, after EU officials suggested there might be some delay. The proposed trade agreement with the EU has been at the heart of Ukraine's political crisis