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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

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Heart-rending texts from South Korea ferry students

Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry added extra emotional weight on Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the entire nation.

Bloodshed in eastern Ukraine heightens fear

Pro-Russian separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard in an eastern city overnight and Kiev said three of the militants were killed, bloodshed likely to overshadow crisis talks in Geneva.

Pistorius forensic expert continues testimony

The prosecutor at the murder trial of double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius is continuing his cross-examination of one of the defense's forensic experts.

12-year-old girl becomes UK's youngest mother

A 12-year-old girl and her13-year-old boyfriend have become the youngest parents in UK following the birth of their baby daughter. She gave birth to a daughter over the weekend and both are said to be in good health.

Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.

Captain of capsized S Korean ferry faces criminal investigation

The captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized off the southwest coast was facing a criminal investigation on Thursday, an official said, amid unconfirmed reports that he was one of the first people to jump to safety as the vessel began sinking.

Malaysia warns of 'huge' cost in MH370 search

Malaysia warned Thursday that the cost of the search for MH370's wreckage in the Indian Ocean will be "huge", the latest sobering assessment by authorities involved in the challenging effort. Missing jet MH370 search refocuses on drone scans of seafloor

Pak publishes list to embarrass tax cheats

Pakistan’s tax collection agency, the Federal Board of Revenue, released a 17,000 page directory on Wednesday of those people who paid tax and filed tax returns in the previous year.

Pakistani Taliban end ceasefire with government

The Pakistani Taliban have formally ended a 40-day ceasefire but are still open to talks with the government, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

A ride on the Popemobile: Pope gives a lift to two kids in St. Peter's Square

A particularly jovial Pope Francis hopped off his white, open-air car in St. Peter's Square at Vatican City on Wednesday to greet a group of fifth graders from Perugia who presented him with a T-shirt from their school.

Russian economy slows amid Ukraine crisis

Russia's economy minister says growth slowed to 0.8% in the first quarter due to uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine. More capital left the country in the first three months of 2014 than in all of 2013.

Young women see sexual assault as normal, something that happens to everyone

According to a new US study, young women experienced forms of sexual violence in their everyday lives including: sexual harassment, objectification, and abuse. Often times they rationalised these incidents as normal.

Crimea on bumpy road to becoming a Russian province

"There is no comparison between Russia and Ukraine's financial wealth and size, so of course we are winners," said Yuri Malyshchev, 49, an employee at the Artek children's holiday camp, now nationalised by Crimea's Kremlin-backed leaders. "I pocket 2,000 hryvna ($160) a month. Now I hope for four times that," he said.

Royals lap up puppy love as New Zealand tour wraps up

Britain's Prince William and wife Catherine experienced some puppy love on Wednesday from German Shepherds destined to be police dogs before departing New Zealand with baby Prince George for the Australian leg of a three-week tour.

Over 1/3 temporary workers in US from India: report

More than one-third of the temporary workers in the US in 2012 were from India, which also accounted for the largest number of non-immigrants residing in the US that year, according to an official report.

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