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  1. Three dead, 292 missing in S. Korea ferry sinking

    Three dead, 292 missing in S. Korea ferry sinking

    Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - South Korean rescue teams, including elite navy SEAL divers, raced Wednesday to find nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank with 459 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island.

  2. Prosecution pillories Pistorius expert

    Prosecution pillories Pistorius expert

    Pretoria (AFP) - The prosecution on Wednesday derided a forensic expert hired by Oscar Pistorius, accusing him of being unqualified to testify and rubbishing his account of the circumstances in which Reeva Steenkamp died.

  3. Venezuela reports progress in new crisis talks

    Venezuela reports progress in new crisis talks

    Caracas (AFP) - Venezuela's government and opposition reported progress Tuesday in a new round of talks aimed at ending two months of deadly protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation.

  4. Dotcom says he's set to get assets back

    Dotcom says he's set to get assets back

    Kim Dotcom has said on Twitter that the New Zealand High Court has ruled he should get back assets which have been held since his arrest in January 2012.

  5. Pro-Russians take two Ukrainian soldiers 'hostage'

    Pro-Russians take two Ukrainian soldiers 'hostage'

    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine's defence ministry said on Wednesday that pro-Russian militants had taken two of its soldiers "hostage" in the separatist eastern region of Lugansk.

  6. Ukraine PM says Russia erecting new 'Berlin Wall'

    Ukraine PM says Russia erecting new 'Berlin Wall'

    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine's Western-backed prime minister on Wednesday accused Russia of erecting a new "Berlin Wall" that threatened European security.

  7. Pro-Russians in Ukraine have 'shoot-to-kill' orders

    Pro-Russians in Ukraine have 'shoot-to-kill' orders

    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine's security service said on Wednesday it had intercepted communications showing that Russian commanders in the separatist east had issued pro-Kremlin militants "shoot-to-kill" orders after Kiev launched an operation to oust them.

  8. Sydney welcomes Will and Kate with sunshine and cheers

    Sydney welcomes Will and Kate with sunshine and cheers

    Sydney (AFP) - Britain's Prince William and wife Kate charmed a welcoming crowd at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday as they began the Australian leg of a tour Down Under with baby Prince George.

  9. Armed pro-Russians enter mayor's office in Ukraine's Donetsk

    Armed pro-Russians enter mayor's office in Ukraine's Donetsk

    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - About 20 pro-Russian protesters armed with Kalashnikov rifles entered the mayor's office in Ukraine's eastern industrial city of Donetsk, an AFP correspondent reported.

  10. Boston remembers marathon victims one year on

    Boston remembers marathon victims one year on

    Boston (AFP) - Boston paid solemn tribute Tuesday to the victims and survivors of the marathon bombings, observing a moment of silence and raising the US flag exactly one year after the attacks that stunned the nation.

  11. Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes

    Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes

    Manila (AFP) - The Philippines said Wednesday it was confident a peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group would hold despite fresh clashes that left four of its members dead.

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