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11 dead in Everest avalanche, 3 more bodies expected

At least eleven Nepalese climbing guides have been killed after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early Friday, a rescue team official told AFP, in the worst accident to hit the world's highest peak. "I have seen 11 bodies brought to the base camp, we have been told to expect three more," Lakpa Sherpa from the non-profit Himalayan Rescue Association told AFP by telephone from Everest basecamp. str-amu/adp/ac

More dead pigs found in China river

At least 170 dead pigs have been found in a Chinese river, state media reported Thursday -- the latest in a string of similar incidents that have raised fears over food safety. The animals were found floating in a tributary of China's second-longest waterway, the Yellow River, in northwestern Qinghai province, the official Xinhua news agency said. The grim discovery follows a series of scandals involving dead pigs in Chinese rivers. Last year 16,000 carcasses were found drifting through the main waterway of the commercial hub of Shanghai.

Chinese vessels spotted in Japanese EEZ

Three Chinese vessels were spotted sailing in the contiguous zone just outside Japan's territorial waters near the disputed Senkaku Islands Monday in the East China Sea, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the 24th consecutive day that Chinese vessels were spotted around the Senkakus, which are administered by Japan but claimed by China as Diaoyu, according to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture.

3 Chinese ships intrude into Japanese waters near Senkaku Islands

Three Chinese Coast Guard vessels intruded into Japanese territorial waters Saturday morning around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the Japan Coast Guard said. The intrusion shortly past 9 a.m. was the eighth this year, following one on March 29. The Japanese-controlled, uninhabited islets are claimed by China and Taiwan, which call them Diaoyu and Tiaoyutai, respectively. ==Kyodo

Kerry suggests Israeli housing announcement triggered impasse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Tuesday that Israel's announcement of plans to build about 700 housing units in East Jerusalem was the proximate cause for the near collapse of its peace talks with the Palestinians. However, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry was not seeking to blame Israel for the impasse in the talks, which appear close to breaking down ahead of the April 29 date by which Kerry had hoped to reach a peace agreement.

3 Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus

Three Chinese coast guard vessels were spotted sailing Monday near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea just outside Japan's territorial waters, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the 17th straight day that Chinese government ships were spotted around the Japan-controlled islands claimed by China and Taiwan.

3 Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus

Three Chinese coast guard vessels were spotted sailing Monday near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea just outside Japan's territorial waters, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the 17th straight day that Chinese government ships were spotted around the Japan-controlled islands claimed by China and Taiwan.

US defence chief warns China over territorial claims

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday warned China against unilateral action to resolve a territorial dispute with Japan or other Asian countries, drawing a parallel with Russia's incursion in Ukraine. "All nations deserve respect, no matter how large or how small," Hagel said during a visit to Tokyo. "I think we're seeing some clear evidence of a lack of respect, and coercion and intimidation with ... what the Russians have done in Ukraine," he told a joint news conference with his Japanese counterpart, Itsunori Onodera.

Israel okays controversial E.Jerusalem archaeology project

Israel has approved a controversial archaeology project in annexed east Jerusalem, the interior ministry said Friday, in a move likely to compound tensions threatening to scupper peace talks with the Palestinians. The ministry "heard objections" from the Palestinians and from residents to the plans to build a visitor centre just outside Jerusalem's Old City walls in the Arab neighbourhood of Silwan, a statement said. However it approved the project on the grounds that it "will show important archaeological discoveries to the public".

Israel okays controversial E.Jerusalem archaeology project

Israel has approved a controversial archaeology project in annexed east Jerusalem, the interior ministry said Friday, in a move likely to compound tensions threatening to scupper peace talks with the Palestinians. The ministry "heard objections" from the Palestinians and from residents to the plans to build a visitor centre just outside Jerusalem's Old City walls in the Arab neighbourhood of Silwan, a statement said. However it granted approval to the project on grounds that it "will show important archaeological discoveries to the public".
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