International  April 19, 2014
Iran says Arak heavy water reactor dispute virtually solved
A picture taken on January 15, 2011, shows a general view of the heavy-water reactor facility at Arak, IranIran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Saturday that a dispute with world powers over the Arak heavy water reactor has been "virtually resolved", the Al-Alam Arabic-language television reported."Iran has made a proposal to the P5+1 (group of world powers) to make certain changes in Arak and they have accepted. This question is virtually resolve...  Full Story
Powerful 7.5 magnitude quake strikes off Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" -- a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates
A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea late Saturday night, the US Geological Survey said.A tsunami warning has been issued for Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. ...  Full Story
Everest avalanche death toll reaches 13
Rescuers on Mount Everest found the body of a 13th Nepalese guide on Saturday as authorities ruled out hope of finding any more survivors from the deadliest accident ever on the world's highest peak.Three sherpas remained missing from Friday's avalanche which struck after a large party of guides left Everest base camp carrying tents, food and ropes...  Full Story
French journalists free after 10-month Syria hostage ordeal
This combination shows the four French journalists (left to right) Didier Francois, Edouard Elias, Pierre Torres and Nicolas Henin who have been freed after being held captive for almost a year in SyriaFour French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year were freed on Saturday after a 10-month ordeal in the world's most dangerous country for the media.French President Francois Hollande announced the release of Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres, saying they were "in good health despite the very challenging conditi...  Full Story
Boko Haram leader claims Nigeria capital bombing in new video
A screengrab taken on April 19, 2014, from a video obtained by AFP shows a man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar ShekauThe leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for a bombing in Nigeria's capital that killed at least 75 people, in a video message obtained by AFP on Saturday."We are the ones that carried out the attack in Abuja," Shekau said in the 28-minute video, referring to the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria's capital ...  Full Story
French hostage says 'very happy to be free'
A screengrab taken on April 19, 2014, from a video released by Dogan News Agency shows Liberation newspaper journalist Didier Francois leaving the Mehmet Akif Inan hospital in the Turkish town of Sanliurfa, on April 19, 2014One of the four French hostages freed after 10 months in captivity in Syria said Saturday he was "very happy to be free", Turkey's Dogan News Agency reported.Didier Francois, smiling broadly and wearing a long beard, spoke briefly to a journalist at a police station in the small Turkish town of Akcakle near the Syrian border, according to images br...  Full Story
MH370 search at 'critical juncture'
Malaysian Minister of Defence and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein leaves after speaking at a press conference at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur on April 19, 2014The effort to find missing flight MH370 is at a "very critical juncture", Malaysia's transport minister said Saturday as authorities mull whether to reassess a challenging search of the Indian Ocean seabed that has so far found nothing."The search for today and tomorrow is at a very critical juncture. So I appeal for everybody around the world to p...  Full Story
Ukraine in 'pivotal period' as deal stalls, US warns Russia
Ukrainians sit on armoured personnel carriers as they are blocked by armed pro-Russia supporters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on April 16, 2014Russia was under intense US pressure Saturday to convince pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine to give up eastern towns they are occupying, after Washington said the situation in the former Soviet republic was in a "pivotal period".But with the separatists' refusal to budge throwing a deal to defuse the crisis into doubt, and US sanctions looming large, Ru...  Full Story