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April 19, 2014
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Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested over suspected 'late' evacuation orders
4/19/2014 10:41:00 AM

Sydney, Apr. 19 (ANI): The captain of the sunken South Korean ferry along with two crew members has been reportedly arrested as investigators looking into the matter are inspecting whether his evacuation orders came to late to save lives.

Investigators have reportedly revealed that the tragedy occurred at a point where the ship had to make a turn and prosecutor Park Jae-eok said that investigators were looking at whether the third mate had ordered a turn that was sharp enough to cause

Missing MH370 plane soared to peak height after diversion before disappearing
4/19/2014 10:41:00 AM

Washington, Apr. 19 (ANI): A senior Malaysian aviation source has reportedly revealed that the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had deviated from its planned route then soared to near its peak altitude before disappearing.

The source reportedly revealed that the commercial airliner, before it disappeared from the radar screens on March 8, had changed its course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing by turning leftward over water while it was still inside Vietnamese airspace.

The source

Australia, Malaysia draft deal over handling of MH370 wreckage, black box
4/19/2014 10:41:00 AM

Sydney, Apr 19 (ANI): Malaysia and Australia are reportedly set to draft a deal over the handling of wreckage and the black box from missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370, post its recovery.

According to Sydney Morning Herald, the agreement is being drafted by Malaysia to safeguard both nations from any legal pitfalls that may surface during the recovery phase phase.

The Malaysian government is hopeful that the deal will be finalised soon and endorsed in a cabinet meeting next week.


Important not to give political colour to inter-ethnic relations, says Kazakh President
4/19/2014 12:40:00 AM

Astana, Apr. 19 (ANI): Calling upon the people of Kazakhstan to to always remember the great sacrifices of our people and the peoples of the whole CIS [post-Soviet space], President Nursultan Nazarbayev said it is important not to give political colour to inter-ethnic relations.

Inaugurating the XXI Session of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan on the theme of Strategy Kazakhstan- 2050 : A culture of peace, spirituality and harmony, at the Palace of Independence here on Friday, President

Young Christian women facing greater risk of kidnappings, tortures in Egypt
4/18/2014 4:01:00 PM

Washington, Apr. 18 (ANI): Rate of Christian girls abducted and attacked by extremists is on the rise in Egypt.

The young Christian women are even forced to convert to Islam since the Arab Spring ended in 2011.

According to a report by non-profit advocacy group International Christian Concern and other watchdog groups in the region, there have been 500 reported cases of young women being attacked by Muslim men since 2011, Fox News reports.

The ICC said that the girls are often

'Deeply ashamed' S. Korean ferry captain first one to abandon ship
4/18/2014 4:01:00 PM

London, Apr. 18 (ANI): The captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized with 475 passengers on board was one of the first people to escape the doomed vessel, Coast Guard officials said.

An investigator said that the captain may have been off the bridge, and the person at the helm at the time was the third officer.

He added that the captain was not in command when the accident took place.

According to Sky News, it has also been revealed that the captain, Lee Joon-seok, 68,

'Hardline Pak' Lal Masjid names library after Osama bin Laden
4/18/2014 4:01:00 PM

Islamabad, Apr. 18 (ANI): A religious school for women in Islamabad connected to the Lal Masjid has renamed its library in honour of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Jamia Hafsa is run by controversial hard-line cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, the imam of the city's Lal Masjid, once infamous as a hideout for hardliners with alleged militant links.

According to Dawn News, the seminary connected to it has named its small library, stocking Islamic texts, in honour of Osama, masterminded

Best leads credited with helping narrow search area for missing MH370
4/18/2014 1:31:00 PM

Sydney, Apr. 18 (ANI): The underwater search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been significantly narrowed, the head of the search operation has said.

Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, said the move comes after detailed audio analysis conducted on the four signal detections made by the Towed Pinger Locator on Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the southern Indian Ocean.

In a statement, JACC said that the

MF Husain's last works to be on display for first time in London
4/18/2014 10:27:00 AM

London, April 18 (ANI): Acclaimed Indian artist, Maqbool Fida Husain's final nine paintings will be on display for the first time this summer, it has been revealed.

According to the BBC, Christie's auction, who is supporting the exhibition, said that Victoria and Albert museum in London will show the late artist's 'The Indian Civilisation' series from May 28 to July 27.

Husain, who was known as 'Picasso of India', had painted the series starting from 2008 until

Chinese relatives furious as robo submarine fails to find clues of missing MH370
4/17/2014 4:16:00 PM

Sydney, Apr. 17 (ANI): As US Navy's robotic submarine dove into the Indian ocean to search for clues for lost Flight MH370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting to protest against the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person.

The Bluefin-21 sub surfaced for the second time after experiencing technical difficulties.

According to news.com.au, Australian-led Joint Agency Coordination Centre said it was sent back into the water after its data

South Korean Ferry: Unfavorable weather hinders quest of survivors
4/17/2014 4:16:00 PM

Seoul, Apr 17(ANI): Frantic efforts to rescue survivors from the South Korean ferry mishap site have been brought to a halt owing to highly unfavorable weather conditions.

Heavy winds, strong currents and foggy atmosphere are causing vehement disruptions in the search for survivors. Military divers have been fighting high wind and waves to try to access the vessel. Three divers were swept away in recent attempts but rescued by a fishing boat reported BBC News.

The vessel was travelling

South Korea blocks infidelity website in bid to protect 'sexual morality, family life'
4/17/2014 4:16:00 PM

Seoul, Apr 17(ANI): South Korea has banned the newly launched Korean version of adultery hook-up website Ashley Madison.

The move by the country was taken to protect family values in a country where nuptial infidelity is a crime, and in order to 'protect sexual morality, marriage and family life'.

The Korean site of the Canada-based company's slogan: Life is short. Have an affair - went online in the middle of last month and garnered some 50,000 subscribers in its first

China establishing fifth research center in Antarctic
4/16/2014 2:42:00 PM

Beijing, Apr 16 (ANI): China is set to establish its fifth research centre in the Antarctic.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the station is expected to take place during the next South Pole expedition planned for November.

Qu Tanzhou, director of the State Oceanic Administration's Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration, told China Daily at least three years will be needed to build the fifth Antarctic research station because of the short annual construction period and China's

Afghan cabinet ill-prepared to govern post US troops withdrawal: US assessment
4/16/2014 2:42:00 PM

Washington, Apr. 16 (ANI): Afghanistan is not prepared to govern on its own, confidential U.S. assessments have revealed.

The assessments, which the State Department tried to hide from the public, show nearly all Afghan Cabinet ministries are woefully ill-prepared to govern after the U.S. withdraws its troops.

The assessment revealed that there were gaps in knowledge, capability and safeguards were 'critical' and infrastructure was in danger of collapsing if left to its own

'Political Siri' leads tech startups growth amid ongoing Indian elections
4/16/2014 2:42:00 PM

Washington, Apr 16 (ANI): In wake of the ongoing Indian general elections, some of the technology startups are developing a killer app for their products to help political leaders woo their voters.

According to Tech Crunch, India's top political parties - the Indian National Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party - are tapping into social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter on one hand, and also partnering with disruptive, homegrown startups for solving the last mile problem

British hairdresser's use of Kim's poster for 'Bad Hair Day' infuriates North Korea
4/16/2014 12:42:00 AM

Washington, Apr 16 (ANI): A British hairdresser's use of a poster of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un outside his salon has reportedly infuriated North Korean officials.

British hairdresser Mo Nabbach put up a poster with a photo of Kim in his salon's window, which read Bad hair day? 15 per cent off all gents cuts through the month of April, the Telegraph reported.

Offended by the act, two North Korean officials visited the salon demanding Nabbach to take down the poster.


Wreck hunter confident Malaysia Airline Flight MH370 wreckage site located
4/16/2014 12:13:00 AM

Sydney, Apr 16 (ANI): Wreck hunter expert David Mearns has reportedly said that he is confident that the missing Malaysia Airline Flight MH370 wreckage site has been found and that the recovery of the black boxes is inevitable.

Mearns, director of Blue Water Recoveries, told the ABC's 7.30 program on Tuesday that he was confident that, because of their strength, the four pings detected were emitted from the black boxes, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The wreck hunter said

US submarine embarks on second-day mission to hunt for MH370
4/16/2014 12:13:00 AM

Johannesburg, Apr. 16 (ANI): A robotic submarine searching for the missing MH370 jet has begun its second mission after cutting short its first after facing hurdles.

The first 16-hour search by the US Navy's Bluefin 21 submarine lasted just six and none of the data collected offered clues to the whereabouts of the plane.

According to news24, the unmanned sub is programmed to hover 30m above the seabed, but it started search was deeper than the sub's maximum operating depth

Canada suspends Commonwealth funding over S. Lanka human rights abuses
4/15/2014 1:34:00 PM

London, Apr. 15 (ANI): Canada is suspending funding for the Commonwealth Secretariat over alleged human rights abuses by Sri Lanka.

Canada will instead direct its planned 20 million dollars contribution towards other Commonwealth programmes.

According to the BBC, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotted a Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka last year.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said that Canada was deeply concerned about the absence of accountability

US submarine hunt for MH370 'fails' as search area proves 'too deep'
4/15/2014 12:20:00 AM

Sydney, Apr. 15 (ANI): An autonomous underwater vehicle sent into the Indian Ocean to search for evidence of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 hit hurdles and hauled back from its first mission.

The US Navy's underwater drone Bluefin-21 was deployed from Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield to begin the search at the bottom of the Indian Ocean search zone, off the coast of Western Australia.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, however, it returned six hours after its

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