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Chinese woman accused of killing Australian child with garden shears

Melbourne - A spurned Chinese woman sobbed hysterically in court on Thursday after being accused of killing a four-year-old boy in Australia with garden shears before laying in wait for his grandmother and stabbing her to death.

Russian fishing trawler sinks in Pacific, 54 dead, 15 are missing

A Russian trawler sank in the Pacific Ocean late Wednesday and 54 are now known dead and over a dozen missing. Russia's Emergency Ministry said a giant rescue operation is underway that includes as many as 800 persons and rescue equipment.

Misao Okawa, the oldest person in the world, dies at 117

Tokyo - Misao Okawa, the world's oldest person, died in Tokyo on April 1, 2015, a month after celebrating her 117th birthday. She died of natural causes.

British banker back in court over Hong Kong double murder

Hong Kong - British banker Rurik Jutting appeared before a packed courtroom in Hong Kong on Thursday accused of the murder of two young Indonesian women whose mutilated bodies were found in his apartment.

Deadly Ukraine rocket strike another shot in propaganda war

Ukraine - On a deserted road in east Ukraine, a missile strike briefly became the focus of the propaganda war that rages unabated despite the lull in fighting between pro-Russian rebels and the government.

Russia pulls plug on Crimean Tatar TV sparking Ukraine outrage

Moscow - Russian authorities on Wednesday shut down a television channel serving Crimean Tatars, an ethnic group that opposed Moscow's seizure of Crimea, sparking concern in Ukraine and the West.

Iran, US negotiate all night chasing nuclear deal

Lausanne - US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart huddled all night until early dawn Thursday negotiating face-to-face as they sought to clinch a hard-fought deal to curtail Iran's nuclear programme.

Four killed in fiery blast at Mexico oil rig

- Eight firefighting vessels with water cannon battled a blaze on a Mexican offshore oil platform for hours, an inferno that killed four workers and forced 300 to be evacuated.

Gunmen kill two in dawn attack on Kenya university

Garissa - Masked gunmen stormed a university in northeast Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing at least two people at the campus not far from war-torn Somalia's lawless border.

More than 50 dead greyhounds found dumped in Australia

Sydney - Fifty-five dead greyhounds have been found dumped in Australia and spent rifle cartridges seen nearby, police said, with the grisly discovery coming on the heels of a live baiting scandal rocking the dog racing industry.

Spring starts with snow in Edmonton Special

Edmonton - In Edmonton, there is a joke that there are only two seasons: snow and rain. Spring encompasses both forms of precipitation.

Micronesians appeal for help after devastating typhoon

Hagatna - Residents in storm wrecked areas of Micronesia appealed for help on Thursday as a clean-up began on the worst affected islands after Super Typhoon Maysak swept through the region on its way towards the Philippines.

Obama unveils sanctions program to fight cyberattacks

Washington - President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered a new sanctions program that could block assets of US and foreign hackers and of companies that seek to profit from cyberattacks.

No deal in Greece reform list talks: source

Brussels - Fresh talks between Greece and its creditors on a list of reforms ended without a deal Wednesday, with a widely anticipated meeting of eurozone finance ministers now unlikely to happen in the near future, sources said.

France's Fabius returning to Iran nuclear talks: foreign ministry

Lausanne - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is returning Wednesday to Switzerland to crunch nuclear talks with counterparts from Iran and other major powers, the French foreign ministry said as negotiations headed into a another night of hard bargaining.

Lisbon mayor steps down to launch election bid

Lisbon - Lisbon's Socialist mayor Antonio Costa, tipped to succeed centre-right Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, stepped down Wednesday to fight Portugal's parliamentary elections this autumn.

Death toll in Mexico oil rig blast rises to four: official

- The death toll in an explosion and fire at a Mexican oil rig rose to four on Wednesday, state energy firm Pemex said.

Suspected Serb war criminal Seselj burns Croatia flag

Belgrade - Alleged Serbian war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj set fire to a Croatian flag Wednesday in a deliberate act of defiance after he was ordered to return to his detention cell in The Hague.

Bodies of Japan WWII soldiers found in Palau cave

Sydney - The bodies of six soldiers, believed to be Japanese troops who fought in World War II, have been found in a reopened cave in the Pacific nation of Palau, a report said Wednesday.
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