International  April 24, 2014
Obama due in Seoul as N. Korea nuclear test fears grow
US President Barack Obama is blessed during a tour of the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on April 24, 2014Barack Obama headed to Seoul Friday on the second leg of a tour of Asia, as new satellite images suggested North Korea was defiantly readying to stage a nuclear test.Pyongyang's apparent push could further complicate his visit to a country raw with emotion, where around 300 people are dead or missing after a ferry carrying hundreds of school childr...  Full Story
US warns Russia against 'expensive mistake' in Ukraine
A member of the Ukrainian special forces takes position at an abandoned roadblock in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 24, 2014The United States warned Russia against making an "expensive mistake" in Ukraine, as Moscow ordered new military exercises on its shared border after Kiev forces attacked pro-Kremlin rebels.US Secretary of State John Kerry warned that Russia's refusal to take any steps to end the crisis in Ukraine would prove costly, saying the window for Moscow to...  Full Story
Rio police fire tear gas after dancer's funeral
Relatives and friends of Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, a dancer friends and family say was the victim of police brutality, cry during his funeral at Botafogo cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, on April 24, 2014Brazilian police fired tear gas to disperse dozens of angry mourners who attended the Rio funeral of a dancer friends and family say was the victim of police brutality.Violence flared on Tuesday in the city's tourist Copacabana Beach area following the man's death, heightening fears about security in a city that will host seven World Cup games incl...  Full Story
Armenia dismisses Turkey 'condolences' over genocide
People lay flowers at a monument in Yerevan that is dedicated to Armenians killed by Ottoman Turks during World War IArmenian President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday brushed off Ankara's first ever offer of condolences for the World War I mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire, accusing Turkey of showing "utter denial" in failing to recognise the massacres as genocide.In an unprecedented move described by the United States as a historic gesture, Turkis...  Full Story
Syria raid kills 27, as chemical arms destruction nears end
A rebel fighter carries a wounded child following a reported air strike by pro-regime forces on the village of Atareb in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, on April 24, 2014Syrian warplanes killed 27 civilians in a raid on a village market Thursday, as President Bashar al-Assad's regime nearly completed the surrender of its chemical weapons stockpile.The air raid on the Aleppo provincial village of Atareb, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three children were among the dead, came amid a massive aerial...  Full Story
Internet co-creator Cerf debunks 'myth' that US runs it
Google vice-president Vint Cerf delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the "NETmundial – Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance" in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 23, 2014The Google executive considered to be one of the fathers of the Internet on Thursday debunked what he called the "myth" that it is controlled by the United States.While America played an outsized role in how the Internet was run when it was founded decades ago, that has long since ceased to be the case, Vint Cerf told AFP on the sidelines of NetMun...  Full Story
UN Council threatens sanctions over S.Sudan violence
A video grab released by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on April 23, 2014 shows displaced people gathering water at a camp in Bentiu, on April 22, 2014The UN Security Council on Thursday brandished the threat of sanctions against South Sudan government forces and rebels responsible for escalating abuses in a worsening civil war.In a strongly-worded statement, the 15 Council members "expressed horror and anger" over the killings of hundreds of people last week in the oil town of Bentiu -- ethnic s...  Full Story
Mafia killer builds appeal case on Mourinho alibi
Italian Police escort camorra mafia organisation boss Cesare Pagano (C) after his arrest in Licola on July 8, 2010A mafia gangster is basing his appeal against a conviction for murdering a fellow mobster on photographs which show his associate was with Portuguese football manager Jose Mourinho at the time.Cesare Pagano was convicted to life in prison for shooting dead 43-year-old Carmine Amoruso in 2006 in a bingo hall in Mugnano near Naples.But according to h...  Full Story