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Somali lawmaker shot dead, second in 24 hours

Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab said they had assassinated a lawmaker on Tuesday, the second such killing in 24 hours and the latest in a series of attacks in the war-ravaged capital of Mogadishu. Abdiaziz Isak was shot "several times and he died instantly," police officer Mohamed Dalane said, close to where the politician was killed in the city's Madina district. On Monday, a member of parliament was killed and another wounded in a car bombing also claimed by the Islamists, who have threatened to assassinate all lawmakers in the internationally-backed government.

Oil prices ease in Asian trade

Oil prices dipped in Asian trade Tuesday, but the losses were limited by lingering concerns about the crisis in Ukraine, analysts said. New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate for May delivery, was down 20 cents at $104.17 a barrel in afternoon trade while Brent North Sea crude for June declined 12 cents to $109.83. Tan Chee Tat, investment analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore, said continued tensions in Ukraine are keeping prices "at high levels".

MH370 relatives reject Malaysian conclusions on plane

Relatives of flight MH370 passengers have denounced the Malaysian government's suggestion that it would soon look into issuing death certificates for those on board despite no proof yet of what happened to the plane. The statement, issued in response to a weekend briefing that Malaysian officials gave to families in Kuala Lumpur, also called for a review of satellite data that Malaysia says indicates the plane likely crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

S.Sudan rebels deny massacres, blame government

South Sudanese rebels on Tuesday rejected UN accusations they massacred "hundreds" of civilians in ethnic killings when they captured a key oil town last week, turning the blame instead on the government. "The government forces and their allies committed these heinous crimes while retreating," rebel spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said in a statement, while praising the "gallant forces" of the rebels. "Claims that our forces are responsible is unfounded, cheap propaganda," he added. pjm/txw

Libyan charter panel elects liberal as head

Ali Tarhuni, a liberal politician and former rebel minister, was elected to head Libya's constituent assembly, a spokesman for the body charged with drawing up a new constitution said Tuesday. Tarhuni, an exiled opponent of dictator Moamer Kadhafi, returned to Libya to take part in the 2011 revolt which toppled his regime. He held a ministerial post in a transitional government set up by the rebels, and went on to found the National Centrist Party, part of the liberal National Forces Alliance.

'Do you mean teacher?' asks boy on South Korean ferry as rescuers seek captain

MOKPO/SEOUL (Reuters) - The first alarm from a sinking South Korean ferry was raised in a phone call from a child on board to a fire station at 8.52 a.m. on the morning the boat capsized, three minutes after the vessel made its fateful last turn. That call was forwarded to the coastguard two minutes later and was followed by about 20 others to the fire brigade, a fire station officer told Reuters.

Turkish Cypriot leader optimistic about deal in 2014

Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu on Monday voiced optimism about ironing out a settlement to the island's four-decade division with his Greek-Cypriot counterpart in UN-sponsored talks. "We have recently resumed negotiation as I have mentioned and during the course of the negotiations we will try to bridge our differences and try to find a comprehensive settlement in the shortest possible time," Eroglu said at a briefing with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Death toll in Korea ferry disaster crosses 100

The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster crossed 100 Tuesday, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. Improved weather conditions and calm seas spurred their efforts, but underwater visibility was still very poor, requiring divers to grope their way blindly though the corridors and cabins of the ferry that capsized and sank last Wednesday.

Safety lacking after Bangladesh factory disaster

A year after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory building left more than 1,100 dead, Washington says it remains concerned about worker safety and rights in Bangladesh. In a briefing for journalists, a group of senior US officials said progress had been made getting the government in Dhaka to crack down on dangerous practices and give millions of workers in the country more power to protect themselves. But the country still has a ways to go, they said, after the deadliest textile factory disaster in history left 1,135 dead on April 24 last year.

S.Sudan rebels slaughter 'hundreds' in ethnic massacres

Rebel gunmen in South Sudan massacred "hundreds" of civilians because of their ethnicity when they captured a key oil town last week, the UN said Monday, calling for a probe into one of the worst reported atrocities in the war-torn nation. In the main mosque alone, "more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and over 400 wounded," the UN mission in the country said. Civilians including children were also massacred at a church, hospital and an abandoned UN World Food Programme compound, it said.
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