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Russian state TV says 5 killed in east Ukraine clash

(Reuters) - Russian state television reported on Sunday that five people were killed when gunmen attacked a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the report. The state-run Rossiya 24 news station, citing its correspondent in Slaviansk, said three of the dead were with the pro-Russian separatists who control Slaviansk, and the other two were from the group that attacked their checkpoint. (Reporting by Christian Lowe)

Schoolchild on sinking South Korean ferry sends text message to father

JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - People are still alive in a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the schoolchildren trapped inside the upturned ship told Reuters on Thursday as families headed out to the disaster scene. "(The child) told me in the text message, 'I am alive, there are students alive, please save us quickly'," the father said. A Reuters reporter accompanied families of those on the ferry out to the scene of the accident on Thursday.

At edge of Malaysia Airlines search, questions of security and diplomacy

By Matt Siegel and Jane Wardell PERTH/SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) - The pot-bellied silhouette of a Chinese Il-76 military transport plane appeared in the sky over Perth International Airport just as the U.S. naval officer was explaining how he guards his cutting-edge surveillance plane.

Singapore's DBS agrees to buy SocGen's Asian private bank: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Singapore's DBS Group Holdings Ltd has agreed to buy French bank Societe Generale's (SocGen) Asian private bank for about $250 million, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday. A deal is expected to be announced as early as Monday, said the sources, who declined to be identified as the information is not public. DBS and SocGen declined to comment. (Reporting by Saeed Azhar; Editing by Denny Thomas and Pravin Char)

U.S. sees Russian troop movements into Crimea, officials say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has seen indications of Russian troop movements from and into Ukraine's Crimea region on Friday but their numbers are unclear, as are the intentions of those movements, U.S. officials told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. One U.S. official said some of the movements could be designed to bolster protection of Russian forces there. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Eric Beech)

EU in contact with U.S., China, Japan on aid for Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has had contact with the United States, Japan, China, Canada and Turkey on coordinating aid for Ukraine, a senior European Commission official said on Monday. The official, who declined to be identified by name, said the EU could organize a donors' conference to raise short-term funding for Ukraine, which has said it needs $35 billion to survive 2014 and 2015.

EU in contact with U.S., China, Japan on aid for Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has had contact with the United States, Japan, China, Canada and Turkey on coordinating aid for Ukraine, a senior European Commission official said on Monday. The official, who declined to be identified by name, said the EU could organize a donors' conference to raise short-term funding for Ukraine, which has said it needs $35 billion to survive 2014 and 2015.

Two more protesters killed in Ukraine: Reuters witness

KIEV (Reuters) - Two bodies of protesters killed in clashes with police have been lying near a metro station southeast of Independence Square in Ukraine's capital, a Reuters witness said on Tuesday. The deaths bring the total number of protesters killed in Tuesday's clashes to 5 after a lawmaker said three demonstrators were killed earlier in the day. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Marcin Goettig)

"Dignified" African migrants picture claims top photo prize

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A picture of African migrants standing on the shore of Djibouti City at night, their glimmering phones held aloft to catch a weak signal, won the World Press Photo prize on Friday for American photographer John Stanmeyer of the VII Photo Agency. The silhouetted figures facing seawards are straining to pick up a cheaper mobile signal from neighboring Somalia, hoping to establish a tenuous link with relatives abroad.

Demonstrator killed in Venezuela protest - witnesses

CARACAS (Reuters) - A demonstrator was killed during an anti-government rally in Caracas on Wednesday, Reuters witnesses said. A Reuters cameraman and a photographer both heard shots and saw one protester had fallen to the ground. The person was then carried away dead. (Reporting by Efrain Otero and Carlos Rawlins; Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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