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South Korean rescue workers operate near floats where the capsized passenger ship Sewol sank during the search and rescue operation in the sea off Jindo April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

South Korea president says conduct of ferry crew tantamount to murder

21 April 2014

JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday the actions of the captain and crew of a ferry that sank last week with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder, as authorities arrested four more officers of the vessel.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech during the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) annual convention in Tokyo January 19, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine; China seizes ship

21 April 2014

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, a move that may increase strains on Tokyo's ties with Asian neighbours China and South Korea.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) speaks to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga before Suga answers questions during a lower house budget committee session at the parliament in Tokyo February 20, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

China seizure of ship could hurt Japan business - Japan spokesman

21 April 2014

TOKYO (Reuters) - China's seizure of a ship owned by Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd for allegedly failing to pay compensation stemming from a wartime contractual obligation is "extremely regrettable" and could hurt Japanese business there, Japan's top government spokesman said on Monday.

A pro-Russia protester warms himself by the fire on a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

21 April 2014

SLAVIANSK/YENAKIEVO, Ukraine (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict.

U.S. Vice President Biden to meet Ukraine president, prime minister in Kiev

21 April 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Ukraine's acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk during a visit to Kiev on Tuesday, the White House said on Sunday.

Anti-government protesters burn an effigy depicting Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela

21 April 2014

CARACAS (Reuters) - Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the "resurrection" of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela.

People inspect the wreckage of a car hit by an air strike in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Air strikes in Yemen kill 40 al Qaeda militants in two days

21 April 2014

ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 30 suspected al Qaeda members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in the second day of strikes against militant targets in the country.

Top Palestinian cleric says Israel threw stun grenades into al Aqsa; Israel denies

21 April 2014

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The most senior Islamic cleric in Jerusalem said on Sunday Israeli police hurled stun grenades into al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest site, to quell the latest in a string of Palestinian protests at the politically sensitive holy site.

Leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi (C) waves upon arrival to submit his bid to run as presidential candidate to the presidential election committee in Cairo, April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper

Ex-army chief, leftist to run for Egyptian presidency

21 April 2014

CAIRO (Reuters) - The former army general who toppled Egypt's first freely elected president will face a leftist politician in next month's presidential election, as they were the only candidates to enter, the committee organising the vote said on Sunday.

Italy's Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan smiles during a news conference at Chigi palace in Rome March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Italy economy minister says 2014 growth could be above 0.8 percent - paper

21 April 2014

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said in interview published on Sunday he believed that growth in 2014 could be more than 0.8 percent but that he could not say by how much.

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