Ukraine on verge of civil war, says Putin

Armoured vehicles with Russian flags appear in east Ukraine Moscow/Slavyansk: The escalation of conflict in Ukraine has brought the country to the verge of civil war, Kremlin said in a statement on Wednesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephonic conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on late Tuesday night warned of the possibility of civil war, the Kremlin press service said Wednesday. The [Full Article...]

292 missing, 4 dead in S Korea ferry disaster

Seoul: A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on Wednesday, leaving four people dead and nearly 300 others missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. The high number of people unaccounted for likely [Full Article...]

Search mission aborted again

Search for Malaysian jet Perth: In another setback to the search for the crashed Malaysian jet, the second mission of the underwater drone being used to locate the plane’s wreckage was aborted on Wednesday due to a “technical” trouble as it resurfaced without making any “significant detections”. “The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was forced to resurface this morning to rectify a technical issue. While [Full Article...]

Mush’s treason case hearing adjourned

Islamabad: The special court constituted to try Pakistan’s former president Parvez Musharraf for treason charges on Wednesday adjourned its hearing until April 24. Prosecutor Akram Sheikh, during the hearing, said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) found evidence only against the former president related to the declaration of emergency Nov 3 in 2007, Dawn online reported. Sheikh added that the documents contained only Musharraf’s signature. [Full Article...]

Nepal govt files murder case against 13 Maoists

Kathmandu: Nepalese government has filed a case against 13 Maoist cadres for their alleged involvement in the murder of a 16-year-old school boy in 2004 during the decade-long civil strife in the country, prompting the Maoists to obstruct the Parliament on Wednesday. The Maoists were arrested for abducting and killing Krisna Prasad Adhikari after his parents Nanda Prasad Adhikari and Ganga Maya held a [Full Article...]

Use of force by Ukraine would imperil talks: Russia

Beijing: Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday warned Kiev against using force to quell pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine, saying the “criminal” act would undermine talks planned in Geneva. “One cannot issue invitations to talks while at the same time issuing criminal orders for the use of armed force against the people there,” he said in a visit to Beijing. “You can’t send [Full Article...]

Mini-sub finds nothing of interest, 1st mission aborted

Perth: The first mission of the robotic submarine deployed to locate the crashed Malaysian jet’s wreckage on Tuesday failed to detect any “objects of interest” and its search was cut short after the waters proved to be beyond its operating depth. The autonomous underwater vehicle Bluefin 21, a US Navy probe equipped with side-scan sonar, was deployed last evening from the Australian navy ship [Full Article...]

Gunmen kidnap Afghan deputy minister in Kabu

KABUL: Afghan officials say the country’s deputy public works minister has been kidnapped in the capital, Kabul. At least five gunmen pulled Ahmad Shah Wahid from his car in northern Kabul as he was on his way to work on Tuesday morning. Public works ministry spokesman Soheil Kakar says Wahid’s driver was shot and wounded when he tried to drive away to safety. Kabul [Full Article...]