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Kyrgyzstan - Legislation raises prospect of prison sentences for media offences
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Reporters without borders
On 16 April, the Kyrgyz parliament approved amendments to the criminal code imposing a custodial sentence for “spreading false information relating to a crime or offence" in the media at their second and third readings. In order to reduce the risk of abuses as a result of these new provisions, members also proposed a stricter framework for legal proceedings. Reporters Without Borders nonetheless deplores this unnecessary piece of legislation that endangers freedom of information. “Current (...) (Full Story)

Ukraine Police Take Back Mariupol City Hall
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said police have driven pro-Russian separatists out of the city hall in the eastern city of Mariupol.   Avakov said in a Facebook post Thursday that city officials are free to return to work. He gave no details how the building was retaken, but reported no casualties.   The government also said Ukrainian forces repelled an attack by armed separatists on an army base in the town of Artemivsk. One soldier was wounded.   Ukraine... (Full Story)

Obama Reaffirms US-Japan Defense Commitment
Thursday, April 24, 2014
President Barack Obama has reassured Japan that the U.S. will abide by its commitment to help defend the country if China seizes a disputed group of islands, but made clear that he is not setting a red line that would result in the U.S. attacking Chinese forces.   President Obama came to Japan offering reassurances that the Japanese leadership has been wanting to hear. Tensions remain high over the islands in the East China Sea that Japan administers but China claims.   At a... (Full Story)

Debris Found in Australia Not from MH370
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Australian authorities say debris that washed ashore in the western part of the country is not related to the missing Malaysian jetliner. The unidentified material was found near the coastal town of Augusta, southeast of where a massive multinational search for the plane is taking place. The agency coordinating the search says a detailed examination of photos showed the material is not related to the plane. Meanwhile, the agency said heavy rains, strong winds and large sea swells... (Full Story)

Classes Resume for S. Korean High School Hit by Ferry Tragedy
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Grief-stricken students returned to school in the South Korean city of Ansan, nine days after a ferry disaster left hundreds of their classmates dead or missing. Flowers and notes covered the desks of the missing students Thursday as classes resumed. Administrators say the first few days will focus on grief counseling. The confirmed death toll rose to 159 on Thursday as divers reach further into the ship, which is submerged upside down in murky waters off the southwest coast. The... (Full Story)

Security Guard Opens Fire in Kabul Hospital, Kills 3 Americans
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said three Americans were killed Thursday in an attack at a hospital in the Afghan capital.  Afghan police say a security guard opened fire at western Kabul's Cure Hospital, which is run by a U.S.-based charity group. At least one of the dead was a doctor. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the security guard is now in police custody and an investigation is under way. "This was an unfortunate incident this morning. The attacker was... (Full Story)

Obama: Senkaku Islands Fall Under US-Japan Defense Treaty
Thursday, April 24, 2014
President Barack Obama has reaffirmed the U.S. treaty commitment to defend Japan, including a group of East China Sea islands claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing.Following a Thursday meeting in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mr. Obama explicitly stated the Senkaku Islands fall under the treaty obliging the United States to defend Japan if attacked. "Let me reiterate that our treaty commitment to Japan's security is absolute, and Article 5 covers all territories under... (Full Story)

Australia Climate Plan Leaves Emission Cuts with Government
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Australia on Thursday released a draft climate plan that would leave the government responsible for funding the nation's emission cuts while the nation's biggest carbon emitters would only be liable if they exceed historically high levels.   The A$2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund is the Liberal government's main weapon to meet its target of cutting Australia's climate-changing emissions to 5 percent below 2000 levels by 2020.   Australia must cut CO2... (Full Story)

Ukraine: Police Take Back a City Hall from Separatists, Army Repels Attack on Base
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says police have driven pro-Russian separatists out of the city hall in the eastern city of Mariupol. Avakov said in a Facebook post Thursday that city officials are free to return to work. He gave no details how the building was retaken, but reported no casualties.The government also says Ukrainian forces repelled an attack by armed separatists on an army base in the town of Artemivsk. One soldier was wounded.Ukraine says it is relaunching what... (Full Story)

Security Guard Opens Fire in Kabul Hospital, Kills 3 Americans
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul says three Americans were killed Thursday in an attack at a hospital in the Afghan capital. Afghan police say a security guard opened fire at western Kabul's Cure Hospital, which is run by a U.S.-based charity group. At least one of the dead was a doctor.Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the security guard is now in police custody and an investigation is under way."This was an unfortunate incident this morning. The attacker was a police... (Full Story)

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