WCSG International News Archives

UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy

PARIS (AP) — A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high.

Paris-based UNESCO says 774 mi...

Biden tells Ukrainian leaders US stands with them

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is warning Russia that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine.

Biden spoke today after meeting with Ukrainian...

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a boycott after at least 13 of them died Friday in an avalanche.

The Nepal Mountaineering Association says several Sherpas al...

Deadliest single day on Mt. Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — At least 12 people are now confirmed dead in an avalanche on Mt. Everest.

The dead are all Sherpa guides who had set out early this morning to fix ropes for other climbers....

Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine, saying he's hopeful there will be a political and diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Putin is denying that Rus...

Nearly 300 missing in SKorean ferry sinking

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two people are confirmed dead, but officials in South Korea fear the death toll could get much higher following the sinking of a ferry off the southern coast.

Nearly 300...

Israeli families gather for ritual Passover meal

JERUSALEM (AP) — Families across Israel have gathered for Passover meals commemorating the liberation of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt as described in Scripture. In Judaism, it's called ...

More chemicals shipped out of Syria

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog says Syria has to ratchet up its movement of raw materials for poison gas and nerve agents if it is to meet dea...

Iraq's deputy PM escapes assassination attempt

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi lawmaker says the country's deputy prime minister escaped an assassination attempt in which militants dressed as soldiers opened fire at his convoy west of Baghdad.

Lawmak...

Underwater pings relocated in hunt for missing jet

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An analysis of the latest underwater signals picked up by a ship searching for a missing Malaysian airliner is providing reason for some optimism.

The head of the search e...

No Sounds Coming from Indian Ocean

PERTH, Australia (AP) — The head of the coordinated search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 says crews will continue listening for faint sounds from deep in the Indian Ocean, like they heard on Satu...

Illegal Machinary Bound for Iran Seized

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested four people who allegedly planned to send to Iran industrial machinery that could be used to make missiles.

A Civil Guard statement Monday said...

UN Workers Killed in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The United Nations mission in Somalia says gunmen inside an airport have shot and killed two consultants working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Nichol...

Underwater search begins

Underwater search begins

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Crews searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner have just a few days left before pings from the plane's two data recorders could stop t...

Strong aftershock shakes Chile's north coast

IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says she was "evacuated like all citizens" when a 7.6-magnitude aftershock struck the country's far-northern coast late last night.

Bache...

6 dead in Chile quake

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) —Authorities have lifted tsunami warnings for Chile's long coastline after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the country's northern coast. Six people were crushed to death or su...

Official: Deal emerging on Mideast talks extension

JERUSALEM (AP) — An official close to the Mideast peace talks says a deal is emerging to extend the troubled negotiations. It includes the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in exchange for 4...

Guinea reports Ebola death toll rises to 78

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Health authorities in the West African nation of Guinea say at least 78 people now have died after contracting the Ebola virus.

Victims develop several internal and externa...

Australia says planes now searching in new area for signs of Malaysian airliner

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Officials overseeing the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 say the effort to date has not been a waste of time, but they are shifting the focus nearly 700 miles to the ...

Trying to stem economic collapse, IMF offers Ukraine up to $18 billion in loans

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's prime minister is warning that his country is "on the brink of the economic and financial bankruptcy."

Arseniy Yatsenyuk made a lengthy and passionate address to pa...

Satellite spots 122 possible objects in search

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Malaysia says a satellite has captured images of 122 objects in the Indian Ocean that might be from the missing plane.

Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says the objec...

China demands Malaysian satellite data on plane

BEIJING (AP) — China is demanding that Malaysia turn over satellite data used to conclude that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was lost in the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors.

Among the...

Floating objects spotted

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Ships are converging on floating objects spotted today by Australian and Chinese planes in the southern Indian Ocean. The location is close to where multiple satellites have ...

Putin expected to sign annexation today

— Russian President Vladimir Putin says there's no need for Moscow to further retaliate against U.S. sanctions.

Putin spoke today after President Barack Obama yesterday ordered a second round of ...

EU summit looks at boosting Kiev, punishing Russia

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU Commission president wants a two-day summit of European Union leaders to center on boosting the fledgling government in Ukraine, rather than focus exclusively on sanctions aga...

Files deleted from flight simulator

— Malaysia's defense minister says files were recently deleted from the home flight simulator belonging to the pilot aboard the missing Malaysian jetliner.

The defense minister says investigators...

Putin addresses parliament on Crimea

— Russian President Vladimir Putin is addressing both houses of the parliament on Ukraine's region of Crimea.

Crimean citizens voted over the weekend to secede from Ukraine and request to join Ru...

Ukraine dominates EU foreign ministers

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers have set up a target list for sanctions on Russians linked to the secession of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.

The 28-nation EU condemned the ...

Plane search focus shifting; China asks for more info

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The search focus for a missing Malaysian jetliner is changing with India saying it is expanding its search to seas west of the Andaman Islands while the international h...

Malaysia denies engine data reports

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's defense minister is denying reports that engine data from the missing Malaysian jetliner indicated it may have kept flying after its last communication.

T...

NATO flying surveillance planes to Ukraine border

BERLIN (AP) — NATO says it's sent two surveillance planes to fly over Poland and Romania to monitor the crisis unfolding in neighboring Ukraine.

The military alliance says two AWAC, or Airborne W...

2 solemn anniversaries

MADRID (AP) — The anniversaries of two disasters are being marked today.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pledging to boost rebuilding efforts as his country marks the third anniversary of ...

False hopes dismay in search for missing jet

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — What was first thought to be possible debris from a missing Malaysian Airlines passenger jet turns out to be moss covered trash.

Rescue helicopters and ships rushed ...

Crimea sets referendum on whether to join Russia

Ukraine (AP) — Lawmakers in the embattled Crimean region of Ukraine have decided to hold a referendum March 16 on whether Crimea should become part of Russia.

One lawmaker says, "This is our res...

Meetings on Ukraine crisis

— Top diplomats from the West and Russia are trying to find an end to the crisis in Ukraine. The envoys from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S., Britain and France were originally planning to discuss Syria's...

Putin says Russia saved Yanukovych's life

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin says that his country is ready to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine, but he hopes he won't have to use force in the eastern part of the cou...

Moscow: troops in Ukraine defending its citizens

— There are fears that Moscow will send even more troops into Ukraine's Crimea region.

Pro-Russian troops are controlling a ferry terminal on the easternmost tip of Crimea, close to Russia.

T...

Russia troops take 2 Crimean airports

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) —Ukraine's interior minister says Russian troops have taken control of the two main airports in Ukraine's region of Crimea.

The interior minister calls the move "a milita...

Yanukovych gets protection from Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it's granted protection to fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who Russian news agencies report is in a sanitorium near Moscow.

Yanukovych fled from Ukraine'...

S. Sudan: Patients shot dead in hospital beds

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The aid group Doctors Without Borders says the extreme violence and lack of respect for health care workers in South Sudan has made its work there almost impossible.

The ...

Couple Adopting Ukrainian Children During Turmoil

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama couple knew adopting four orphans at once from Ukraine would be stressful.

But it wasn't until the bullets started flying and homemade bombs exploded outside th...

Major Drug Kingpin Arrested

New details are emerging about the arrest of one of the world's most wanted drug lords.

A U.S. government official and a senior federal law enforcement official say cellphone intercepts and the arr...

Recently Acquired App Announces More Services

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum says the popular messaging application for smartphones acquired this week by Facebook will soon be offering a voice service.

Koum says "we are going ...

Violence and Attempted Deal in Ukraine

Ukraine's presidency says a deal has been made with the opposition to end the violence in the capital and elsewhere. It was unclear whether the deal would appease protesters, and shots rang out Friday...

Somali President and Leaders Under Attack

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Police in Somalia say that militants wearing suicide vests and carrying guns and grenades have attacked the presidential palace.

Police Capt. Mohamed Hussein said they b...

More clashes, more deaths in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — At least 22 people have been killed in today's protests in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, as President Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition remain locked in a battle over whethe...

Obama heads to North American Summit

— President Barack Obama heads to Mexico today for a North American Leaders' Summit.

He'll meet in the city of Toluca with Mexico's president and Canada's prime minister to discuss immigration, ...

Car bombings kill at least 33 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say a wave of car bombs in Baghdad and areas to the south has killed at least 33 people.

Police say all today's attacks were explosives-laden cars parked in or near comme...

Co-pilot hijacks Ethiopian plane

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss officials say the hijacker of an Ethiopian Airlines plane traveling from the Ethiopian capital to Rome was the plane's co-pilot.

An airport official in Geneva says the co-pilo...

Indonesia volcano erupts; 2 killed, 100K evacuated

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — A major volcanic eruption near Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya, is sending dust and rocks into the sky.

The initial blasts today could be heard up to 125 mi...

US, SKorea warn NKorea against aggression

— Secretary of State John Kerry and his South Korean counterpart are warning North Korea against any possible aggression amid mixed signals from the North over returning to denuclearization talks an...

Strong quake shakes west China; casualties unclear

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.8 earthquake has rocked China's far western region of Xinjiang.

It was not immediately clear if Wednesday's quake, centered in a remot...

Algerian military plane crash kills 99

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian state radio says a military transport plane has crashed in the east of the country killing all 99 aboard.

The plane was flying Tuesday from the southern city of O...

US Embassy warns of possible Guyana threat

— The U.S. Embassy in Guyana is telling Americans planning to fly home from the South American country on Caribbean Airlines in the next few days that they should make alternate plans. U.S. official...

80 percent of Sochi Olympic tickets sold

— Sochi is about to welcome the Olympic Games with the opening ceremony in just a few hours.

It's a ceremony meant to showcase to the world the ultimate achievement of Vladimir Putin's Russia.

...

US officials warn of possible threat to flights to Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security is warning that terrorists flying to Russia could be hiding explosives in toothpaste containers.

U.S. officials have sent warnings to airline...

Israel issues permits for east Jerusalem housing

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli municipal authorities say they have issued building permits for 558 Jewish settler apartments in war-won east Jerusalem, sought by the Palestinians for their state.

Wedne...

CVS Caremark plans stop selling tobacco products

CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide.

The nation's second-largest drugstore chain says it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and...

US official visits Haiti to help with adoptions

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.S. State Department official is visiting Haiti to help the impoverished Caribbean nation improve its procedures for adoptions by foreigners.

The agency said in a ...

Cancer cases worldwide to jump to 22 million

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's cancer agency warns there will be 22 million new cases of cancer every year within the next two decades.

Today's report from the International Agency...