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Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Russia starts drill near border

By Aleksandar Vasovic and Alexei Anishchuk SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade.

US securities regulators are looking into GM recall case, company says in quarterly report

DETROIT - U.S. securities regulators are looking into General Motors' delayed recall of more than 2 million cars with a deadly ignition switch problem. GM disclosed in a quarterly report that the Securities and Exchange Commission has made inquiries about the recall. It also confirmed that the U.S. Attorney's office in New York and an unidentified state attorney general are conducting investigations.

General Motors 1Q results worst since 2009 due to recall costs; CEO says sales holding up

DETROIT - The cost of recalling nearly 7 million cars and trucks sank General Motors' first-quarter profit, but the company's CEO said the much-publicized recalls have yet to cut into sales. GM on Thursday reported its worst financial results in more than four years, with profit falling 86 per cent to $125 million. The biggest contributor was a $1.3 billion charge to cover a series of recalls announced since early February, most notably 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches.

South Korea prosecutors charge 11 from crew of sunken ferry

Seoul, Apr 24 (EFE).- South Korean prosecutors on Thursday accused 11 members of the crew of the sunken ferry Sewol with negligent homicide in connection with last week's disaster, which left more than 300 people dead or missing. Prosecutors believe that crew members did not carry out any rescue operation and instead took shelter in the cabin while waiting to be saved by the coast guard, Arirang television said. The charges are punishable by a minimum of three years in prison.

Language commissioner calls for bilingual crews for Ambulance New Brunswick

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick's official languages commissioner is urging the Health Department to order Ambulance New Brunswick to have bilingual ambulance crews. Katherine d'Entremont's recommendation follows her investigation into an incident in September 2013 when she says the two ambulance attendants dispatched to help a Dieppe resident were unable to speak French. D'Entremont says attempting to assist a person without speaking his or her language may have life-threatening consequences.

U.N. Security Council asks for inquiry into South Sudan massacre

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council asked for an urgent investigation on Thursday into the ethnic massacre of hundreds of people in South Sudan's oil hub Bentiu and expressed its willingness to "take additional measures" if there are more attacks on civilians. The 15-member council said in a statement it wants U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic to return to South Sudan as soon as possible to assess the recent escalation in violence.

Feds propose e-cigarette regulations, including banning sales to minors, new product approval

WASHINGTON - The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels. While the proposal being issued Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration won't immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry. The agency said the proposal sets a foundation for regulating the products but the rules don't immediately ban the wide array of flavours of e-cigarettes, curb marketing on places like TV or set product standards.

UN Council threatens sanctions over S.Sudan violence

The UN Security Council on Thursday brandished the threat of sanctions against both government forces and rebels in South Sudan found to be responsible for 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 slaughter which United Nations officials have blamed on rebels.

Greenpeace urges Mexico to promote renewable energy

Mexico City, Apr 24 (EFE).- Greenpeace protesters at a conference in this capital urged the Mexican government to promote renewable forms of energy to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Holding up a banner reading "More Renewable Energy, Less Oil," the Greenpeace activists tried to interrupt Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell's speech at the second edition of Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos' ExpoForo event, which ends Thursday.

Greenpeace urges Mexico to promote renewable energy

Mexico City, Apr 24 (EFE).- Greenpeace protesters at a conference in this capital urged the Mexican government to promote renewable forms of energy to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Holding up a banner reading "More Renewable Energy, Less Oil," the Greenpeace activists tried to interrupt Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell's speech at the second edition of Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos' ExpoForo event, which ends Thursday.
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