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Hundreds missing, many elderly tourists, after ship capsizes on China's Yangtze River
News ImageBy Megha Rajagopalan and John Ruwitch JIANLI COUNTY, China (Reuters) - Rescuers searched on Tuesday for more than 400 people, many of them elderly Chinese tourists, missing after a cruise boat was hit by a freak tornado and capsized on the Yangtze River in what may become China's worst shipping disaster in nearly 70 years. Battling bad weather, divers and other rescue workers pulled five people they found trapped in the upturned hull of the four-deck Eastern Star, a small fraction of the 458 people state media said were on board when the ship capsized on Monday night. Rescue operations appeared extended late into Tuesday night with paramilitary vehicles, dozens of police and soldiers as well as medical and meteorological trucks surrounding the site.
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:15:28 -0400
Bomb blast hits market in Nigeria's Maiduguri city, 50 killed: witness
A bomb blast hit a busy meat market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri on Tuesday, killing as many as 50 people, an eyewitness and a hospital source told Reuters. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the latest explosion, which follows two bomb attacks over the weekend that killed at least 30 people and bore the hallmarks of militant Islamist group Boko Haram. The group, which new President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to crush, has killed thousands of people and displaced around 1.5 million in its bid to establish an Islamic caliphate in the northeast of Africa's biggest economy and top oil exporter. Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:10:46 -0400
Missile maker says Russia did not shoot down Malaysian plane over Ukraine
News ImageBy Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian company that makes the BUK air defense system that was used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner in east Ukraine said on Tuesday the plane was hit by a missile deployed by Ukraine and not widely used by Russia's military. State-run Almaz-Antey said its own analysis of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines plane brought down on July 17 last year, killing 298 people, indicated it was hit by a BUK 9M38M1 surface-to-air missile armed with a 9H314M warhead. Such missiles have not been produced in Russia since 1999 and the last ones were delivered to foreign customers, it said, adding that the Russian armed forces now mainly use a 9M317M warhead with the BUK system.
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:53:34 -0400
U.S. accuses Syria of backing Islamic State's Aleppo advance
News ImageThe United States has accused the Syrian military of carrying out air strikes to help Islamic State fighters advance around the northern city of Aleppo, messages posted on the U.S. Embassy Syria official Twitter feed said. Islamic State fighters pushed back rival insurgents north of Aleppo on Sunday near the Turkish border, threatening their supply route to the city, fighters and a group monitoring the war said. Fighters from Levant Front, a northern alliance which includes Western-backed rebels and Islamist fighters, said they were worried Islamic State was heading for the Bab al-Salam crossing between Aleppo and the Turkish province of Kilis.
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 06:39:17 -0400
Egypt court postpones Mursi death sentence ruling: state TV
News ImageThe court last month sought the death penalty for Mursi after he and his fellow defendants, including top Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, were convicted for killing and kidnapping policemen, attacking police facilities and breaking out of jail during the uprising against then-president Hosni Mubarak. The ruling was referred at the time to Egypt's top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for a non-binding opinion. The court also postponed to June 16 issuing a final ruling in a separate case for Brotherhood leader Khairat el-Shater and 15 others for conspiring with foreign militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah against Egypt.
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 08:39:56 -0400
Iran's Rouhani vows to back Syria 'until the end of the road'
News ImageIran will back Syria's President Bashar al-Assad until the end, Iranian news agencies quoted President Hassan Rouhani as saying, signaling undimmed support for Tehran's Arab ally following major gains by armed opposition factions in recent weeks. Syria's military is under some of the toughest pressure it has faced in the four-year conflict. Last month, Islamic State forces seized control of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria, which sits on major roads leading to Homs and the capital Damascus.
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 05:21:52 -0400
Iran's Rouhani says Arabs, West miscalculated in Syria
News ImageIranian President Hassan Rouhani accused Arab and Western governments of miscalculating in their backing for Syrian rebels as the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group gathered in Paris Tuesday. Speaking at a reception for Syria's visiting parliament speaker Jihad al-Lahham, Rouhani renewed Tehran's longstanding accusation that it was those governments' support for armed insurgency against its Damascus ally that had led to the rise of the jihadists. "Unfortunately some countries miscalculated and thought that terrorist groups would be a means for them to achieve their objectives, whereas sooner or later they were always going to be affected by the scourge of terrorism themselves," he said.
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:26:56 -0400
Some Jamaica police officers walk off job in wage dispute
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) A number of rank-and-file police officers in Jamaica have walked off the job in a heated wage dispute with the government. Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:21:42 -0400
US stocks little changed as investors weigh economy, Greece
News ImageNEW YORK (AP) U.S. stocks were little changed on Tuesday as investors weighed the latest economic news and followed negotiations between Greece and its creditors. PVH Corp., the company behind Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, was among the day's winners. The stock jumped after it reported earnings that beat the expectations of Wall Street analysts.
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:21:22 -0400
Copter chartered by aid group crashes in Nepal, killing 4
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) A helicopter chartered by Doctors Without Borders crashed in quake-damaged northeast Nepal on Tuesday and four people on board were killed, police and the aid group said. Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:20:06 -0400
Ex pro-Putin Internet troll seeks to expose Kremlin 'propaganda factory'
News ImageA Russian freelance journalist who claims she went undercover as a pro-government Internet troll says she is suing her former employer in a bid to expose the workings of the Kremlin's online army. "This propaganda on the Internet is very dangerous," Lyudmila Savchuk, 34, told AFP on Tuesday. Savchuk has lodged a case against her mysterious former employer, The Agency for Internet Studies, in Saint Petersburg -- where she says she and colleagues spent their days praising President Vladimir Putin and slamming his enemies online.
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:20:04 -0400
Airbnb offers authenticity and a few challenges in Havana
News ImageHAVANA (AP) In the two months since Airbnb started doing business in Cuba, listings have ballooned to about 2,000. The website makes it relatively easy to find lodging in a country that's largely been cut off from the online booking systems most travelers take for granted.
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:16:44 -0400
Iraq allies vow support for plan to regain ground from jihadists
News ImageIraq's allies Tuesday pledged support for Baghdad's plan to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State jihadists, whose advance Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi described as a "failure" for the global community. The US-led coalition, which has been carrying out air strikes against IS, also called for the "speedy launch" of efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis, saying this was crucial to tackle the group rampaging through Syria and Iraq.
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:15:27 -0400
Xavi hopes for 'dream' finish to Barca career with CL title
News ImageSANT JOAN DESPI, Spain (AP) Xavi Hernandez can put the perfect finish on his Barcelona career by winning the Champions League for a fourth time in his last game after 17 seasons.
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:14:55 -0400
Injured Luiz Gustavo cut from Brazil's Copa America squad
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Brazilian football confederation says defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo will not play in the Copa America because of a knee injury. Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:14:50 -0400
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