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Death toll rises to 14 in ferry sinking

JINDO/SEOUL, South Korea, April 17 (Yonhap) -- Rescuers fought rising winds and waves on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people believed to be still trapped inside a ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast a day earlier. Navy and Coast Guard divers tried to enter the capsized ship more than 10 times, hoping for a response from nearly 300 people, mostly high school students, but were hampered by poor underwater visibility and strong currents.

Anti-Kiev protest in east after Ukraine soldiers kill attackers

Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters staged a rally in the the eastern city of Mariupol on Thursday after Ukrainian soldiers killed three people during a raid on their barracks. The three assailants were killed and 13 others wounded when around 300 people attacked the interior ministry troops in the industrial port city overnight with firearms and petrol bombs, according to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

Anti-Kiev protest in east after Ukraine soldiers kill attackers

Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters staged a rally in the the eastern city of Mariupol on Thursday after Ukrainian soldiers killed three people during a raid on their barracks. The three assailants were killed and 13 others wounded when around 300 people attacked the interior ministry troops in the industrial port city overnight with firearms and petrol bombs, according to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

Death toll rises to 14 in ferry sinking

JINDO/SEOUL, South Korea, April 17 (Yonhap) -- Rescuers fought rising winds and waves on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people believed to be still trapped inside a ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast a day earlier. Navy and Coast Guard divers tried to enter the capsized ship more than 10 times, hoping for a response from nearly 300 people, mostly high school students, but were hampered by poor underwater visibility and strong currents.

3 Die in attack on military base in southeast Ukraine

Sloviansk, Ukraine, Apr 17 (EFE).- At least three people were killed and 13 others wounded when they attacked a national guard base in Mariupol, a city in southeastern Ukraine, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Thursday. "There are no casualties among the Interior (Ministry) troops. According to the preliminary figures, there are three dead and 13 wounded among the attackers. There are 63 under arrest," Avakov said in a post on his Web site.

Several wounded as gunmen attack civilians in S.Sudan UN base

Several people were wounded in South Sudan Thursday after gunmen attacked civilians sheltering inside a UN peacekeeping base in the war-ravaged town of Bor, the UN said. The top UN aid official in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, said he was "outraged" by what he said was an "attack of armed youth in Bor on civilians seeking protection". Almost 5,000 civilians are sheltering inside the fortified base of the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in the town, one of the most bitterly contested regions in the four-month-long conflict in the world's newest nation.

A year after marathon bombs, Boston hospitals apply lessons learned

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - The homemade bombs that ripped through the crowd at the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264, showcased the city's medical talent but also taught valuable lessons in responding to a mass disaster. By all accounts, Boston's hospitals performed well after the attacks on April 15, 2013. While many of the wounded lost limbs and a large amount of blood, all who made it to a hospital survived.

Gov't to avoid listing scenarios for use of collective self-defense

The government will not specify scenarios for Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense when Tokyo announces its basic stance in coming months, government sources said Thursday. The decision would run contrary to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's initial plan to present clear examples to deepen public understanding of the issue. It comes amid fears within the government that doing so would inevitably limit the scope for Japan to exercise the right, the sources said.

Ukraine says 3 dead, 13 injured in clashes at Black Sea military base

KYIV, Ukraine - Three pro-Russian militants died and 13 were wounded when Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a national guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's Interior Ministry said Thursday. A crowd of around 300 men armed with stun grenades and Molotov cocktails attacked the base, in the south-east part of the country late Wednesday, the ministry said in a statement. Servicemen inside fired warning shots but the attackers did not stop the assault and the army had to respond, it said.

Nigeria local authorities say most of abducted schoolgirls still missing

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Authorities in Nigeria's northeast Borno state denied on Thursday a statement by the armed forces which had said most of the more than 100 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels had been freed in a military rescue operation. "As I am talking to you now, only 14 of the students have returned," an aide to Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima told Reuters, asking not to be named.
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