Monday, March 31, 2014

World News Briefs -- March 31, 2014 (Evening Edition)

North, South Korea Trade Artillery Rounds Into The Sea: Seoul -- Reuters

(Reuters) - North Korea fired more than 100 artillery rounds into South Korean waters as part of a drill on Monday, prompting the South to fire back, officials in Seoul said, but the exercise appeared to be more saber-rattling from Pyongyang rather than the start of a military standoff.

The North had flagged its intentions to conduct the exercise in response to U.N. condemnation of last week's missile launches by Pyongyang and against what it says are threatening military drills in the South by U.S. forces.

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Turkish PM claims landslide election win. Erdogan declares victory in Turkey election and turns on opposition.

Turkey accused of sending fighters to Syria.

Syrian army pounds rebels in Assad's home province.

Report: 2 Spanish journalists kidnapped in Syria arrive home.

US mulls giving missiles to Syria rebels.

US mediators try to rescue Mideast peace talks.

Israel offers Palestinians new talks proposal.

Ehud Olmert, former Israeli prime minister, found guilty of bribery.


New account of MH370 pilot's final words.

MH370: Hopes dashed as orange objects turn out to be fishing equipment. Malaysia flight MH370: No time limit on search, says Tony Abbott.

Report: N. Korea fires on South during North's military drills; South responds.

China calls for calm after Koreas fire artillery into ocean.

North Korea promises ‘new form’ of nuclear test.

U.S. ambassador to India resigns after diplomatic row.

Japan and North Korea hold 1st senior talks in 16 months.

Pakistan's Musharraf charged in treason case. Pervez Musharraf pleads not guilty to treason charges in Pakistan court.

Credibility of Afghan vote in doubt as observers flee violence.

Philippines stands by rejection of Beijing's claims to South China Sea.

Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling.


Kenya's capital hit by deadly explosion. Six killed in Nairobi explosions in Kenya.

U.N. chief warns against aiding Central African Republic militias.

Scandal hits South Africa president.

Western nations condemn continued rights violations in South Sudan.

Amnesty: 1,500 killed this year by extremists and military reprisals in Nigerian uprising. Boko Haram Giwa barracks attack: Nigerian army 'killed hundreds'.

Few safe places for Central African Republic’s muslims.

AU drive against al-Shabab faces Somalia’s rainy season.

Egypt to hold May 26-27 presidential election.

Ebola: Liberia confirms cases, Senegal shuts border.

Saadi Gaddafi paraded on Libyan televsion to apologise for his sins.


Poland, France, Germany call for Ukraine conference.

Ukraine crisis: Putin 'orders partial withdrawal'. Russia 'starts' Ukraine border pullout.

Russian prime minister angers Ukraine by visiting Crimea. In highest-level Moscow visit since annexation, Russian PM arrives in Crimea. Ukraine: Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev in Crimea visit.

In tense, defiant Ukraine border region, prayers are for peace -- unless peace fails.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry meet in Paris.

Russians unconcerned about western sanctions over Crimea – poll.

German execs criticize West for allowing Russia tension to rise.

France's centrist 'top cop' named new PM in reshuffle. Hollande names Interior Minister Manuel Valls as France’s new prime minister.

Athens bans protests as Greece hosts EU meeting.

Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky granted residency in Switzerland.

France's Front National claims biggest victory in its history. French elections deal blow to Hollande, unprecedented win for far-right.

Scottish independence: Minister says 'Yes' vote possible.


GOP senators back Bush-era missile defense system to punish Putin.

Report: Obama administration released 68,000 convicted criminal aliens last year.

Armed pro-govt militias roil Venezuela protests. Venezuela troops take back protest-torn city.

Mexican forces kill 10 Zeta cartel suspects in gunfight.

Brazil forces occupy favela ahead of World Cup.

Moment of silence in Washington State for mudslide victims.

Boston bombing exhibit includes shoes, runner bibs.


Report: Review finds torture methods not key in bin Laden hunt.

'Britain's jails turning into breeding ground for terrorists': Figures reveal 42% of inmates at one high-security prison are Muslim and bosses fear inmates could be radicalised.

France in new tack to fight roots of terrorism.

Al Qaeda's American propagandist notes death of terror group's representative in Syria.


Yellen takes case for Fed's easy money policies to the public.

Western banking regulations costly and 'mutually destructive' – IMF report.

Apple and Samsung patent row back in court.

UN panel: Humans affecting climate, governments need plans to adapt.

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