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Top News: World

115 Nigeria schoolgirls still missing after kidnap

Maiduguri - A Nigerian school principal on Thursday denied military reports that most of the girls kidnapped by Islamist gunmen were now safe, as parents continued a desperate search for 115 children still held captive.
In the Media by AFP

The hunt for MH370: Search area has been 'significantly narrowed'

On Saturday it will be six weeks since the disappearance of Malaysia flight MH370 but there is a chance it will be found by then. Searchers are buoyed in their belief they are close by an examination of pings heard to date conducted by the U.S. Navy.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 2 comments

Putin admits Russian troops in Crimea during referendum

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday admitted for the first time that Russian soldiers were present on the Crimean peninsula before and during the referendum that backed rule from Moscow.
In the Media by AFP

Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry

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 nation.
In the Media by Jung Ha-Won (AFP) - 1 comment

Costa Concordia to be towed away from Giglio soon, minister says

It has been there, a large blot on the horizon of the Italian island of Giglio, since Jan. 13 of 2012, over 27 months. But Italy's environmental minister, Gian Luca Galetti, said Wednesday that the Costa Concordia, now upright, will soon be towed away.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter

Ramallah - Palestinians gathered across the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday for rallies of solidarity with Israeli-held prisoners, as peace talks near collapse after the Jewish state refused to free long-serving inmates.
In the Media by AFP

Russia's Lavrov announces deal to 'de-escalate tensions' in Ukraine

Geneva - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday announced a deal had been reached with Ukraine, the United States and the European Union to "de-escalate" dangerously high tensions in the former Soviet republic.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Lessons learned from the Bundy Ranch Special

Bunkerville - Regardless of any personal opinions one may have about the validity of Mr. Bundy’s claims, the incident provides a case study of what is likely to be many future armed confrontations between activist groups and agents of the federal government.
Digital Journal Report by Justin King

Snowden questions Putin on surveillance in phone-in

Moscow - Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday joined a phone-in with Russian President Vladimir Putin, quizzing him over the extent of Moscow's surveillance activities.
In the Media by Anna Malpas (AFP)

Yellowknife's Giant Mine sitting on enough arsenic to kill world

Yellowknife - Barren tundra, "nothingness," frigid space – just some of the ways most Canadians would describe the northern territories.
In the Media by Nora Meszaros

India goes to polls in biggest voting day

Bangalore - India hosted its biggest day of voting on Thursday with the ruling Congress party battling to stem a further slide in the polls against the opposition Hindu nationalists after another week of damaging headlines.
In the Media by Naseeb Chand (AFP)

Mideast talks postponed after West Bank slaying, Jerusalem unrest

Jerusalem - A planned meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators has been postponed for one day after violence in the West Bank and in Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority acknowledged Wednesday.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d'Or

Paris - Cannes film festival organisers on Thursday unveil their pick of the A-listers and art house "auteurs" chosen to take part in this year's movie extravaganza on the French Riviera.
In the Media by AFP

Displaced Syrian Christians dream of return to Maalula

Damascus - In the Bab Tuma district of Syria's capital Damascus, Fadi Mayal dreams of returning home to the ancient Christian town of Maalula which was retaken by government forces this week.
In the Media by Roueida Mabardi (AFP)

Ukraine troops kill pro-Russia militants ahead of key talks

Geneva - Ukrainian troops killed three pro-Russian militants in the country's tense southeast early Thursday, just hours ahead of key talks in Geneva seeking to ease the escalating crisis in the former Soviet republic.
In the Media by Marianne Barriaux in Geneva and Stephane Orjollet in Kiev (AFP)

Algeria's ailing president Bouteflika votes in wheelchair

Algiers - Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, running for re-election on Thursday, cast his ballot from a wheelchair at a polling station in Algiers.
In the Media by AFP

Texas executes man convicted in stabbing murders

Huntsville - The US state of Texas executed a man for stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother, state prison authorities said.
In the Media by AFP

Putin says Ukraine risks abyss, dialogue only solution

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused Ukraine's new authorities of driving the country towards the abyss but said that dialogue was the only way out of the intensifying crisis.
In the Media by AFP

William and Kate tour Australian town ravaged by bushfires

Valley Heights - Survivors of last year's devastating Australian bushfires met with Prince William and his wife Catherine on Thursday as the royal couple visited the Blue Mountains.
In the Media by AFP
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