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Combat vehicles in east Ukraine city fly Russian flags

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — A column of armoured vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia demonstrators Wednesday, dampening the central government’s hopes to re-establish control over restive eastern Ukraine.

One of men aboard the vehicles said they were Ukrainian soldiers who had defected to the pro-Russian side. If that’s true, it raises the spectre of an uprising by defected Ukrainian forces in eastern regions of the country. But a senior lawmaker denied any defections had taken place, instead insisting the men on the vehicles were Ukrainian soldiers conducting a false-flag operation to move about freely. READ

More than 280 missing after South Korean ferry sinks

A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. READ

Solemn tributes honour victims, mark year since bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon

Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed came together Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with solemn ceremonies. READ

Ukraine’s security forces say they have secured airport from attack

In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces said they clashed Tuesday with about 30 armed gunmen at a small airport. READ

Robotic sub aborts first search for Malaysian jet after reaching maximum depth in Indian Ocean

A robotic submarine hunting for the missing Malaysian jet aborted its first mission after only six hours, surfacing with no new clues when it exceeded its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean, officials said Tuesday. READ

Ukraine’s leader asks for UN peacekeepers for its restive east

Ukraine’s acting president urged the United Nations on Monday to send peacekeeping troops to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian gunmen kept up their rampage of storming and occupying local government offices, police stations and airports. READ

Robotic submarine deployed for first time to search for Malaysia jet wreckage

Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean on Monday to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysian airliner after failing for six days to detect any signals believed to be from its black boxes. READ

India’s Supreme Court passes landmark verdict recognizing ’transgender’ as third gender

India’s top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents. READ

Utah woman admitted strangling, suffocating her 6 newborn babies

Authorities say a Utah woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in her garage. READ

Ukraine government to deploy troops

DONETSK, Ukraine — Turning to force to try to restore its authority in the vital industrial east, Ukraine’s government announced Sunday it was sending in troops to try to quash an increasingly brazen pro-Russian insurgency, despite repeated warnings from the Kremlin. READ

Complaints, Senate report shine spotlight on secret Gitmo camp

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise the route on the scrub brush-and-cactus covered military base. READ

Chile’s historic Valparaiso in flames; 1,000 homes destroyed

VALPARAISO, Chile — A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this colorful port city throughout the night and day on Sunday, killing at least 11 people and destroying at least 1,000 homes. More than 10,000 people were evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison. READ

Australian PM says searchers confident signals are from missing plane

Authorities are confident that signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are from the missing Malaysian jet’s black boxes, Australia’s prime minister said Friday, raising hopes they are near solving one of aviation’s most perplexing mysteries. READ

Unclear what caused FedEx truck to swerve before deadly bus crash

Investigators do not yet know what caused a FedEx tractor-trailer to veer across a grassy highway median and slam into a bus, killing 10 people, but they are looking into various factors, the California Highway Patrol said Friday. READ

Oscar Pistorius refuses to look at photo of slain girlfriend’s bloodied head

Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a photo of his dead girlfriend’s bloody head wounds while testifying at his murder trial Wednesday as the prosecutor urged the star athlete to “take responsibility” for killing her. READ

Car bombs hit Baghdad neighbourhoods killing at least 34 people

Car bombs hit several mostly Shiite neighbourhoods of Baghdad and a town south of the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, killing at least 34 people and wounding dozens, officials said, the latest bout of violence ahead of the country’s first parliamentary elections since the 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal. READ

Man sought in Florida day care crash that left 1 dead, 14 injured was car’s driver

The man with a long history of arrests whom authorities are seeking in a deadly car crash into a Florida day care centre was the driver of the vehicle that fled the scene, the Florida Highway Patrol said early Thursday. READ

Search picks up new signal in seas where past sounds were consistent with aircraft black boxes

An Australian aircraft hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet picked up a new underwater signal Thursday while searching the same part of the Indian Ocean where earlier sounds were detected that were consistent with an aircraft’s black boxes. READ

Los Angeles suburb declares Sriracha hot sauce factory a public nuisance

A Southern California city has declared the factory that produces the popular Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance. READ

Student flashed 2 knives, injured 20 people at Pa. high school before being subdued

A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, leaving as many as 20 people injured, including a school police officer who eventually subdued the boy with the help of an assistant principal, police said. READ

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