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Malaysia Airlines jet in emergency landing after tyre bursts

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysia Airlines plane with 166 people aboard was forced to make an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday in another blow to its safety image after the loss of flight MH370.
In the Media by AFP

Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics

Washington - Five years after refashioning US foreign policy to emphasize Asia, President Barack Obama will face questions over his strategy's content and staying power in the region this week.
In the Media by Stephen Collinson (AFP)

Ukraine business card 'proof' derided on Internet

Kiev - A business card brandished by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine as proof that a deadly attack on their checkpoint was the work of ultra-nationalists quickly became an object of derision on the Internet.
In the Media by Germain Moyon (AFP)

Canadians rally to legalize marijuana

Montreal - Several thousand people came out in Canada's biggest cities to call for the legalization of marijuana -- a yearly protest that happens internationally on April 20.
In the Media by AFP

Boston Marathon defies terror attacks one year on

Boston - The Boston Marathon returns Monday amid major security after last year's deadly bombings as a near record 35,660 runners get set to compete.
In the Media by Mariano Andrade (AFP)

Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential poll

Kabul - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is well ahead of his main rival in Afghanistan's presidential election, officials said Sunday after half of the ballots were counted, though a run-off vote still looks likely next month.
In the Media by Mushtaq Mojaddidi (AFP)

Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to old Christian town

- Syria's President Bashar al-Assad paid an Easter Sunday visit to a historic Christian town newly recaptured from jihadist-backed rebels as opposition fighters counter-attacked his forces in a key battleground city.
In the Media by AFP

Iraq attacks kill 14 as bomber hits university

Baghdad - Attacks in Iraq, including a suicide bombing at a university in north Baghdad, killed at least 14 people on Sunday, security and medical officials said.
In the Media by AFP

France has 'information' Assad regime using chemical weapons: Hollande

Paris - France has "information" but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

US vice president heads to Ukraine after fragile truce shattered

Donetsk - US Vice President Joe Biden will begin a two-day visit to Ukraine on Monday, hours after a fragile Easter truce was shattered and pro-Kremlin rebels in the country's east appealed for help from Russian "peacekeepers".
In the Media by Bertrand De Saisset (AFP)

Two UN staff members go missing in Pakistan

Karachi - Two local employees working for the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF have gone missing in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi and police said Sunday they are thought to have been kidnapped.
In the Media by AFP

Gunmen kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush

Algiers - Gunmen killed 11 Algerian soldiers in an ambush overnight, the defence ministry said on Sunday, in the first attack of its kind since President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term.
In the Media by AFP

Pope pleads for peace in Ukraine, Syria

- Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria in an Easter Sunday address before 150,000 faithful in which he also condemned the "neglect and dire poverty" behind the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa.
In the Media by AFP

Baby Prince George visits Australian zoo

Sydney - Baby Prince George stepped out in public with his parents on Sunday for the first time in Australia, for an encounter with wildlife at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.
In the Media by Amy Coopes (AFP)

Bangladesh opposition chief forced to wait for trial decision

Dhaka - Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia was given a short reprieve on Sunday, with a court postponing a decision on whether to halt her embezzlement trial that could see her jailed for life if convicted.
In the Media by Shafiqul Alam (AFP)

Nepal calls off search for missing guides on Everest

Kathmandu - Nepal on Sunday called off the search for local guides still missing after the deadliest accident on Mount Everest killed 13 colleagues, as climbers recalled the terrifying moments when the avalanche hit.
In the Media by Paavan Mathema (AFP)

Pakistan bus crash leaves 42 dead

Sukkur - A speeding passenger bus smashed into a tractor-trailer in southern Pakistan Sunday, killing 42 people including 14 children and injuring more than a dozen others with many in critical condition, police said.
In the Media by AFP

Camouflage and candles: Easter comes to Ukraine's rebel east

Kievpetrovsky Port - Resurrection and rebellion -- in Ukraine's separatist east this weekend, those two themes collided as pro-Kremlin militants briefly subjugated their political passions to religious ones in a celebration of Easter.
In the Media by Bertrand de Saisset (AFP)

Russia 'outraged' as east Ukraine shootout shatters Easter truce

Donetsk - A deadly gunfight in a town in restive east Ukraine on Sunday shattered a fragile Easter truce, with Russia declaring it was "outraged" at the return to violence in the crisis-hit former Soviet republic.
In the Media by Bertrand De Saisset (AFP)
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