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Many missing as S Korea ferry sinks  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:47:12 GMT
Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea, officials say. 
Ukraine military column 'disarmed'  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:18:39 GMT
Ukraine's defence ministry says six of its armoured vehicles have been seized by pro-Russian militants, amid mounting tension in eastern Ukraine. 
Reeva Steenkamp shot in 'rapid fire'  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:06:27 GMT
The girlfriend of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession, a forensics expert says, contradicting police ballistics testimony. 
Head of oldest African park shot  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:33:07 GMT
The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park - Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo - is shot and wounded in an ambush. 
Wage rises catch up with inflation  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:35:12 GMT
After nearly six years of falling real wages, rises in weekly earnings have finally caught up with inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics. 
Jordan 'targets vehicles from Syria'  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:49:56 GMT
Jordanian warplanes have targeted and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria, the Jordanian military says. 
MtGox exchange put in administration  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:38:08 GMT
The Bitcoin exchange MtGox has been placed in administration by a Japanese court and it is expected that bankruptcy proceedings will be started. 
Search after Nigeria school kidnap  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:04:00 GMT
The Nigerian military joins the search for at least 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote northeast. 
Mini-sub continues search for plane  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:18:51 GMT
A robotic submarine continues its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the seabed of the southern Indian Ocean. 
Saudi intelligence chief removed  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:12:17 GMT
Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has been removed from his post "at his own request", state media report. 
Iraqi murder claims a 'conspiracy'  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:54:23 GMT
Allegations that 20 Iraqis were murdered by British troops in 2004 were the result of a "conspiracy" to pervert the course of justice, the UK claims. 
China's 7.4% growth beats forecast  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:38:37 GMT
China's economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013. 
Bid to extend Mid-East peace talks  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:56:00 GMT
Palestinian and Israeli negotiators are to meet to try to extend peace talks beyond the 29 April deadline for a final deal, US officials say. 
EU approves alien species blacklist  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:47:39 GMT
The European Parliament has approved new legislation to stem the spread of invasive species such as "killer" shrimp or Japanese knotweed. 
Australian NSW leader resigns  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:17:00 GMT
New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell announces his resignation amid mounting evidence that he failed to declare a gift of $2,800 wine.