Wednesday, April 23, 2014

International

Material on Australian shore being examined in Malaysian jet search

PERTH, Australia — Authorities say unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane.
The search co-ordination centre said Wednesday evening that police secured the material that washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta in Western Australia.
Its statement did not describe the material found.

Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine hold American journalist captive

DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified “bad activities.”

Biden: Time for Russia to ‘stop talking and start acting’ to reduce tensions

KYIV, Ukraine — U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that “it’s time to stop talking and start acting” to reduce tension in Ukraine.

Caught on camera, but unnoticed: Teen stowaway shows holes in multilayered airport security

KAHULUI, Hawaii — Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport successfully captured the teenager on the tarmac, climbing up the landing gear of a jet. But in the end, the cameras failed because no one noticed the security breach until the plane — and the boy — landed in Hawaii.

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster as funerals planned for 13 dead

KATMANDU, Nepal — Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a climbing boycott after the deadliest avalanche in the mountain’s history, a move that could seriously disrupt the rest of the climbing season, a mountaineering official said Monday.

Americans love a good mystery, and missing Malaysian jet has the drama to keep people hooked

PERTH, Australia — From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labour union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there’s just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that’s why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved on.

South Korean president calls actions of sunken ferry’s crew ‘murderous’

JINDO, South Korea — South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed “unforgivable, murderous behaviour,” while criticism of her own government’s handling of the disaster grew.

More runners, more fans, more police expected for 1st Boston Marathon after deadly bombings

BOSTON — One year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, turning a day of athletic triumph into one of tragedy, the Boston Marathon returns to the streets on Monday. For the 118th edition of the world’s oldest annual marathon, security along the course will be tighter than ever.

New Americans turn to collaborative goat farming to address Vermont food, farm demand

COLCHESTER, Vt. — A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock.

Research casts doubt on global warming benefits of biofuels made with cornfield waste

WASHINGTON — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

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