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U.S. military team still optimistic of finding more survivors of Korean ferry sinking

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 18 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. Navy team, helping South Korea search for survivors of a ferry disaster, remains optimistic despite tricky weather conditions, a news report said. The U.S. amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard joined the search-and-rescue efforts shortly after the sinking of the ferry near the southwestern tip of the peninsula Wednesday morning (local time). It was on a routine patrol off the nation's coast when the 6,825-ton vessel sank.

Kiev vows 'special status' for Russian language

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Friday pledged "special status" for the Russian language and a broad decentralisation of power in a bid to defuse pro-Moscow protests sweeping the east of the country. "We will accord special status to the Russian language and guarantee to protect it," Yatsenyuk said. Yatsenyuk also promised to put forward "major" constitutional reforms that would see a raft of powers handed to the regions.

Armed mob under guise of peaceful protest attacks U.N. in South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A mob of armed civilians pretending to be peaceful protesters delivering a petition to the United Nations in South Sudan forced their way into a U.N. base sheltering some 5,000 civilians on Thursday and opened fire, the world body said. A U.N. source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least 20 people had been killed and 60 wounded in the attack on the base in Bor in northern Jonglei state, where there are Indian and South Korean U.N. peacekeepers. The source warned that the death toll was likely to rise.

Algeria's Bouteflika poised to win re-election

By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was expected to win a fourth term in office after an election on Thursday, despite questions over his health and his rare appearances since suffering a stroke in 2013. Voting results were due on Friday, and turnout appeared low, but Bouteflika, backed by the dominant National Liberation Front (FLN) party, looked almost assured of victory and another five years at the helm of the North African OPEC state.

Cost to buy F-35 up 2 percent; to operate down 9 percent: Pentagon

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday forecast the cost of developing and buying Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet at $398.6 billion, up 2 percent from last year, but said the projected cost to operate and maintain the jets was down about 9 percent. The total cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon's costliest weapons program, is now seen at $1.42 trillion, down about 6 percent from $1.50 trillion, including research, development, procurement and operations through 2065.

Racist online forums linked to deadly hate crimes: rights group report

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan "No Jews, Just Right," according to a leading organization that tracks hate groups.

Disapproval of Brazil's president grows ahead of election

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Disapproval of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is steadily mounting less than six months away from an election in which she is still favored to win a second term, according to a poll published Thursday. Rising inflation and a slow-moving economy have undermined her popularity to the point where more Brazilians now disapprove of the way she is governing their country than those that think she is doing a good job, the Ibope polling agency said.

U.S., plaintiffs reach settlement on Iran-linked NY skyscraper

By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government has agreed to distribute proceeds from the sale of a Manhattan skyscraper linked to Iran to families who were affected by attacks aided by the Islamic republic, according to a court document filed Thursday. The settlement between the Department of Justice and the families marks the latest step in a long-running case over ties between the Manhattan building at 650 Fifth Avenue and Iran.

Nigerian state, army says most abducted schoolgirls still missing

By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's northeast Borno state said on Thursday only 20 of up to 129 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels were back with their parents, and the military retracted an earlier statement in which it said it had freed most of them. The armed forces said on Wednesday that the military had freed all but eight of the schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels from the Boko Haram group in a rescue operation.

Two U.S. arms programs face live-or-die reviews after costs jump

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An unmanned U.S. Navy helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp and a precision ship-landing system built by Raytheon Co face mandatory reviews that could lead to their cancellation after quantity reductions drove unit costs sharply higher in 2013, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. Senior defense officials said the cost increases were largely due to cuts in the numbers of items to be purchased, but federal law required a careful look at program performance and other factors.
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