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Russia 'outraged' at deadly shootout in eastern Ukraine MOSCOW: Russia's foreign ministry said Sunday it was outraged by a deadly shootout in eastern Ukraine that breached an Easter truce, urging Kiev to abide by the terms of an international accord.Three pro-Russian militants and one attacker were killed in a gunbattle near the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk early Sunday, after a fight broke out at a roadblock."The Russian side is outraged at this provocation by the fighters, which bears witness to the lack of desire by the Kiev authorities to rein in and disarm nationalists and extremists," the ministry said in a statement quoted by Russian news agencies."The Russian side insists on Ukraine strictly fulfilling the obligations it took on to de-escalate the situation in south-eastern Ukraine."Russia expressed "amazement" that the deaths could have occurred after Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union signed an accord in Geneva on Thursday aimed at easing tensions in the ...

No sympathy from North Korea over ferry disaster SEOUL: South Korea's devastating ferry disaster has elicited messages of sympathy, condolence and support from around the world, with one glaring, though not wholly unexpected, exception.North Korea has barely commented on the tragedy that has dominated global headlines since the 6,825-tonne Sewol capsized and sank on Wednesday morning with 476 people on board -- most them schoolchildren.Around 45 heads of state across the political and geographical spectrum have sent personal condolence messages, including US President ...

South Korea state railway chief to visit North SEOUL: South Korea said Sunday it had approved a trip by the head of its state-run railway corporation to North Korea to attend an international conference. Korea Railway (KORAIL) chief Choi Yeon-Hye will visit the North from Thursday to April 28, said Seoul's Unification Ministry which handles cross-border affairs. She was invited by the Organisation for Co-Operation between Railways to attend its meeting for railway chiefs to be held in the North Korean capital Pyongyang, ...

Gunbattle in eastern Ukraine kills four: local leader SLAVYANSK: Three pro-Russian militants and one attacker were killed in a gunbattle near the volatile eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk early Sunday, a local leader told journalists.Vyatcheslav Ponomarev said the battle broke out at a barricade put up in a village east of Slavyansk, which is under the control of pro-Russian militants.Separatist gunmen maintain a firm grip over a string of towns across Ukraine's industrial east despite an international deal signed last week demanding they ...

Japan defence chief puzzled by Russian warplanes TOKYO: Japan's defence minister said Sunday there have been an "abnormal" number of flights by Russian military aircraft close to Japanese islands in recent days.The country's air defence force scrambled fighter jets for seven days in a row through Saturday after spotting Russian military planes flying along the Japanese archipelago, according to the defence ministry.On Friday six Russian TU-95 bombers were seen flying two by two, with one pair moving around the Okinawan islands and ...

Buses, cars burned in Brazil protest against police RIO DE JANEIRO: Four buses, a truck and two cars were burned Saturday in Brazil when demonstrators took to the streets to protest the deaths of two young men during police actions.The 17 and 21 year olds died Friday and Saturday in Niteroi, across the bay from Rio de Janeiro, local press reported.One was killed when his motorcycle hit an armored police vehicle, while the other was hit by crossfire in a gun battle between ...

Young Algerians say Bouteflika win dashes hopes for change ALGIERS: A day after Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term, many young people in the oil-rich nation wonder if the next generation will ever have a chance to rule.Results announced on Friday by Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz showed that Bouteflika, 77, won 81.53 percent of the votes in an election marred by low turnout and opposition claims of fraud.His landslide came despite him not even campaigning in person for polling day on ...


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