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BBC World News
Russia in new Ukraine attack threat
Russia will respond to any attack on its interests in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgia war.
Hamas-Fatah announce reconciliation
Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas announce a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.
Plane search examines coastal debris
Authorities in Australia are looking at material washed ashore to find out if it is related to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
Turkey: Armenia killings 'inhumane'
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offers condolences for the first time for the mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule during WWI.
More held in S Korea ferry disaster
Authorities in South Korea arrest four more crew members from the ferry that sank last week and raid the offices of companies linked to its owners.
Obama pledges Japan islands support
US President Barack Obama tells Japan that islands it disputes with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty, as he begins an Asian tour.
Iran replaces prison service chief
The head of Iran's prison service is replaced following allegations that political prisoners were beaten by guards at Tehran's Evin jail last week.
S Sudan attacks 'an abomination'
The massacre of hundreds of civilians in South Sudan is an "abomination" and a betrayal of the people by their leaders, the White House says.
Pirates raid Malacca Straits tanker
Armed pirates raid an oil tanker sailing in the Malacca Straits, stealing diesel and abducting three crew members, officials in Malaysia say.
Blair warns West over radical Islam
Tony Blair warns Western leaders they must put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the threat of Islamic extremism.
SA row over 'banned' Malema advert
South Africa's public broadcaster says it refused to broadcast an advert from the controversial politician Julius Malema, saying it incited violence.
Top Gear 'regrets' Myanmar remark
The executive producer of Top Gear expresses regret over a "light-hearted" remark on its Burma special that led to the BBC show being accused of racism.
VIDEO: Andy Murray in tears at Stirling award
Tennis star Andy Murray has been awarded the freedom of Stirling in a ceremony which made the Wimbledon champion break down in tears.
VIDEO: Service honours ferry victims
An emotional memorial service has taken place to remember the victims of the South Korean ferry disaster.
VIDEO: 'We just want to live normally'
The BBC meets a pro-Russian family living in a rural area of Ukraine, who say their support for Moscow does not mean they are separatists.
VIDEO: One-minute World News
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.
VIDEO: The trouble with tips
Service workers like waiters and bartenders can make good money working for cash tips. But when business is slow, there's little safety net. How do they fit into the US discussion about raising the minimum wage?
VIDEO: Hands-on with Microsoft's Cortana
Microsoft's natural language expert explains how he breathed life into the firm's Halo-inspired virtual assistant Cortana.
VIDEO: China's growing naval power obsession
US President Barack Obama has left Washington for a week-long tour of Asia as part of what the White House is calling an "eastward rebalancing" of US foreign policy.
AUDIO: Led Zep reveal Keys to the Highway track
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin have released two previously unheard recordings ahead of the reissue of the band's first three albums in June.
Yahoo World News
Obama seeks to ease Asian allies' doubts during visit to Japan
By Linda Sieg and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Tokyo and other Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that Washington's real aim is to contain Beijing's rise. Obama will be treated to a display of pomp and ceremony meant to show that the U.S.-Japan alliance, the main pillar of America's security strategy in Asia, remains solid at a time of rising tensions over growing Chinese assertiveness and North Korean nuclear threats. It was unclear, however, whether a last-ditch round of talks between U.S. and Japanese negotiators would yield a breakthrough on a two-way trade pact seen as crucial to a broader trans-Pacific agreement that Obama has championed. The challenge for Obama during his week-long, four-nation tour will be to convince Asian partners that Washington is serious about its promised strategic "pivot" towards the region, while at the same time not harming U.S. ties with China, the world's second-biggest economy.
Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked
By Pavel Polityuk and Alastair Macdonald KIEV (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack. Lavrov's comments came a day after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in the Ukrainian capital with promises of support for the pro-Western government, and a warning to Russia not to interfere in Ukraine. The crisis in Ukraine, now in its fourth month, has dragged Russia's relations with the West to their lowest since the Cold War. In the east, pro-Russian armed separatists have seized about a dozen public buildings and are defying Kiev's authority.
Exclusive: Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklistings at U.N.
By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic's former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday. The proposal to sanction Bozize, in particular, was due to his "engaging in or providing support for acts that undermine the peace, stability or security of CAR," according to an eight-page letter to the U.N. Security Council's sanctions committee on Central African Republic, which was obtained by Reuters. The sanctioning of Bozize, who was ousted by predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels in March 2013, and two other individuals was to have taken effect on Tuesday, but first Russia and then China raised last-minute objections, diplomats said.
At least 63 killed as speeding Congo train derails: government official
At least 63 people were killed and 80 were seriously injured in Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province when a train speeding too fast round a bend derailed, a provincial minister said on Wednesday. Fifty others were trapped inside the goods train after 12 of its carriages flipped off the track in the accident near Likasi, a mining town between Lubumbashi and Kolwezi in the copper and cobalt-rich southeast. "Evidently the train was going too fast, the driver came to a curve and had to break suddenly leading to the accident," said Dikanga Kazadi, Katanga's interior minister. "There were two train engines and two carriages overturned," he told Reuters, asking not to be named.
Children's corpses reveal desperate attempts to escape Korean ferry
By Jungmin Jang and Ju-min Park MOKPO/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing. Writing by Nick Macfie;
Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference. "This is the good news we tell our people: the era of division is over," Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said to loud applause at a Palestinian press conference also attended by representatives of the PLO. Israel said after the announcement that Abbas had chosen Hamas over peace, and canceled a session of U.S.-brokered talks with the Palestinians that had been scheduled for Wednesday night in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office that Abbas "chose Hamas and not peace.
Amsterdam may ban pot shops in Red Light district
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Amsterdam has won court permission to ban marijuana cafes in its famous Red Light district, stepping up a crackdown on the city's freewheeling lifestyle.
UK says scrambles jets to see off Russian planes near Scotland
Britain on Wednesday scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to see off Russian military planes flying close to its airspace off the coast of Scotland, a spokeswoman from the defense ministry said. "There were unidentified aircraft flying near the north of Scotland," the spokeswoman told Reuters, saying Britain's Royal Air Force had later identified them as Russian. "They were flying in international airspace at all times, they didn't go into UK sovereign airspace," she added, saying there had been eight similar incidents in 2013. Local media reported there were two Russian planes, believed to be Tupolev-95s, which had turned away and flown towards Scandinavia after being contacted by the British jets.
Family of Jazeera journalist urges Egypt to free him
The family of an Al-Jazeera reporter detained in Egypt since August and on hunger strike since January 21 said on Wednesday his health is deteriorating and called for his release. Abdullah Elshamy, a journalist for the pan-Arab satellite news network, was arrested on August 14 when police dispersed supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi at the massive Rabaa Al-Adawiya protest camp in Cairo, killing hundreds in clashes. "I call upon the public prosecutor, who is a father, to answer the plea of a mother by releasing Abdullah today," Thuraya Elshamy said at a news conference organised by Al-Jazeera in Doha. "My son is a journalist -- journalism is not a crime," she said.
Ivanovic beats Lisicki in 1st round at Stuttgart
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Ana Ivanovic defeated Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-3 to send the Wimbledon finalist out in the first round of the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday.
Russia says military conducts parade drill near Ukraine
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian military units on Wednesday conducted drills to rehearse for a parade in the southwestern Rostov region, which borders Ukraine, a spokesman for Russia's southern military district said. The spokesman had earlier said that the units in Rostov region were conducting exercises. Reuters Television footage from the drill showed columns of military vehicles, including jeeps, armored personnel carriers, mobile multiple rocket launchers, and mobile surface-to-air missile launchers, driving in formation at a military aerodrome. ...
East Ukraine militants say detained U.S. reporter 'not hostage but guest'
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday confirmed they are detaining a U.S. journalist working with Vice News. The self-declared separatist mayor of Slaviansk told reporters the journalist, Simon Ostrovsky, had been detained for reporting what he said was false information that was "destabilizing for us" but that he was being treated well. He is with us, he is feeling well and in a clean place," Vyacheslav Ponomaryov said.
'Murdered' Ukraine politician faced hostile mob, video shows
The Ukrainian town councilor whose apparent torture and murder helped to prompt a threatened new government offensive in the east was mobbed by a hostile, pro-Russian crowd before he disappeared, a video of the incident shows. The apparent murder of Volodymyr Rybak and a second man prompted the European Union to call on Russia to use its influence to stop kidnappings and killings in mainly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine, scene of separatist rebellions against Kiev's leaders. The footage from April 17 on local news site gorlovka.ua shows angry scenes outside the town hall of Horlivka, between the separatist flashpoint cities of Donetsk and Slaviansk, as Rybak is manhandled by several men, among them a masked man in camouflage, while other people hurl abuse. Ukraine's interior ministry said he was seen being bundled into a car by masked men in camouflage later that day.
Ukraine says has 'freed' an eastern town of separatists
Ukrainian government said on Wednesday its forces had flushed armed separatists out of a town in eastern Ukraine as part of an "anti-terrorism" operation. The Interior Ministry said the operation took place on the outskirts of Sviatogorsk and no casualties were suffered. There have been no previous reports of armed men in the town, which lies just outside the stronghold of pro-Russian militants in Slaviansk. "Currently Sviatogorsk and its surroundings are being patrolled by police." Ukraine's government has formally ended an Easter truce and is remounting the campaign to eliminate armed pro-Russian separatist groups in the east.
Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian lawmaker on Wednesday registered his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election, becoming the first contender in the June 3 vote that will be held in the midst of the country's civil war and has already been dismissed by the West as a farce.
Venezuela's economic crisis catches up with malls
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Staring through a glass storefront at the Sambil shopping mall, Aleimar Sanchez sees more than a struggling business in the near-empty shelves of a Casio electronics store. She sees a country in sad decline.
Top Asian News at 5:00 p.m. GMT
TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence. The president kicked off his trip on an informal note, joining Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a famous Tokyo sushi restaurant with hard-to-come-by reservations and a hefty price tag. Obama and Abe greeted each other warmly outside Sukiyabashi Jiro, the underground sushi restaurant run by 88-year-old Jiro Ono.
DR Congo train crash kills at least 37
At least 37 people were killed when an overloaded passenger train sped off the rails in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, with the toll likely to rise as rescuers struggle to reach the remote area. The government currently puts the death toll at 37 people, "but the police fear that there will be more", government spokesman Lambert Mende said Wednesday. The journalist said a local official had given a toll of about 60 dead and 86 wounded, while local human rights activist Timothee Mbuya said that "so far at least 100 bodies have been taken from the train and buried, because there's no morgue."
Guinea-Bissau announces record turnout in elections
Turnout in Guinea-Bissau's watershed presidential and parliamentary polls was just under 90 percent, the election commission announced on Wednesday, a record for the impoverished west African nation. "These elections had the highest turnout in the history of elections in Guinea-Bissau, at 89.29 percent," commission president Augusto Mendes told reporters in the capital Bissau. Final results published on Wednesday confirmed Jose Mario Vaz as the winner, but he didn't get an outright majority and will face runner-up Nuno Gomes Nabiam in a second round on May 18. Vaz was the finance minister in the cabinet of prime minister Carlos Gomes Junior, who was overthrown by the 2012 military coup.
Gunmen kill 17 in Nigeria village raid
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Gunmen killed at least 17 people in an attack on a village in eastern Nigeria where scores of people have died in ethnic violence in recent weeks, police said Wednesday. Residents of the predominantly Christian village in Taraba state put the death toll from Tuesday's attack at 35 and said another 15 were still missing. Religiously-divided Taraba has suffered a wave of ethnic and sectarian violence pitting the mostly Christian ethnic Jukun against their Muslim Hausa and Fulani neighbours as they jostle for political control of the state. The gunmen, thought to have been ethnic Fulani herdsmen, were disguised as soldiers when they stormed the village, setting it alight and shooting residents, Taraba police spokesman Joseph Kwaji told AFP.
BBC Sports News
BBC Americas News
Obama pledges Japan islands support
US President Barack Obama tells Japan that islands it disputes with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty, as he begins an Asian tour.
NYPD Twitter campaign 'backfires'
Twitter users bombard the New York Police department with images depicting police aggression in the latest social media campaign to go awry.
Chelsea Manning granted name change
The soldier who leaked US government documents to Wikileaks is granted the right to legally change her name from Bradley to Chelsea.
Primark to open its first US stores
Clothing retailer Primark is to open its first US stores, beginning with a 70,000 sq-ft shop in Boston.
President Obama: Knuckles lives on
US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have written a letter to the friends and family of the late musician.
McDonald's profit hurt by US sales
McDonald's reports a fall in profit for the first three months of the year after sales in its US restaurants fell by more than expected.
Drew Barrymore has second daughter
The actress and her art consultant husband, Will Kopelman, welcomed their second child together on Tuesday.
US abduction 'targeted wrong person'
A US prosecutor was the original target of a kidnapping plot that ended with her father being held captive for five days, officials say.
No UN action on Iran envoy visa ban
A UN committee takes no action against the US refusal to grant a visa to Iran's newly appointed permanent representative in New York.
Canadian sailor dies in Tanzania
A Canadian sailor has died in hospital in Tanzania while off-duty and on his way home, the Canadian military says.
Woman killed by Albuquerque police
A New Mexico woman suspected of stealing a lorry was shot and killed by Albuquerque police, the first shooting since US officials ordered the city to reduce the use of deadly force.
Singer accuser files more sex claims
A man who has accused X-Men director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager is suing three more Hollywood executives, claiming they also molested him.
VIDEO: Obama visits mudslide survivors
President Barack Obama has visited an American town were at least 41 people died in a landslide last month.
VIDEO: Witnesses to US courtroom shooting
A man accused of robbery and assault was shot and killed in a Salt Lake City court after he lunged at a witness giving evidence.
VIDEO: NY horse-drawn carriages face ban
The new mayor of New York has vowed to ban horse-drawn carriage rides in the city, saying they are inhumane.
AUDIO: How did stowaway survive flight?
A 16-year-old from California survived a five-hour flight in the wheel well of a Boeing 767. An expert in neurology explains how he might have survived.
VIDEO: Mixed emotions at Boston marathon
Spectators cheer on the runners, reporting feelings of solidarity and defiance one year on from the bombings which killed three and injured more than 260.
VIDEO: Near miss at train safety briefing
US senator Richard Blumenthal has had a close call with a train during a news conference on rail safety.
VIDEO: Obama opens official Easter egg race
US President Barack Obama opens the White House for the annual Easter Egg race, which he described as one of the most fun parts of his job.
Aereo and the future of television
On Tuesday the US Supreme Court considered the fate of Aereo, a company that streams over-the-air television broadcasts on the internet. The case has both sides claiming it could be the end of television as we know it.
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