Hourly News 2014-04-21
    2014-04-21 16:43:20     CRIENGLISH.com       Web Editor: Han



Ukraine slams Russia for deadly gun attack in eastern town

Ukranian authorities say Russia should be held responsible for a deadly shootout on Sunday in Slavyansk.
It left at least three people dead on Sunday.
The attack is the first fatal incident after an international agreement was reached last week in Geneva to ease tensions in Ukraine.
Russia has blamed militant Ukrainian nationalists while the Ukrainian government says the attack was staged by provocateurs from outside the country.
Tensions in eastern Ukraine have been escalating since last weekend following an armed confrontation between Ukrainian security forces and pro-Moscow activists, who demanded a referendum on autonomy and closer ties with Russia.


Two Chinese Engineers Abducted in Sudan

Two Chinese engineers have been abducted in Sudan by unidentified men.
The Chinese embassy in Khartoum says the two workers were working at an oil field belonging to Sudanese oil companies in western Sudan.
They were taken on Friday.
The embassy has been in contact with Sudanese authorities.
Local media reported earlier Sunday that an armed group, belonging to the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement, attacked an oil field of the Sudanese Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company.


Search Teams To Determine Next Move Regarding MH370

Malaysian and Australian authorities are to discuss their next moves regarding the six-week-long search for that missing Malaysia Airlines flight.
The current underwater search is focusing on a 10 km circle of seafloor and should be completed within a week.
Although searching for debris from the flight continues on the ocean surface, the real focal point is the area underwater being searched by a US Navy underwater drone.
Authorities say the prime ministers of Malaysia and Australia will discuss the next stage of the search operation today.


Death toll surges to 61 as divers enter sunken S.Korean ferry

The death toll from the ferry disaster off the coast of Korea has increased dramatically, as divers entered the sunken vessel and found many bodies.
So far, 61 people have been confirmed dead, though some 244 others are still missing.
A navy diver died yesterday during an underwater search.
More than 200 ships are participating in the search and recovery operation, with dozens of planes in the air as well.
The ferry's captain was arrested on Saturday and charged with negligence of duty and abandonment resulting in death. He was one of the first to abandon ship.


Egypt's presidential registration ends with two candidates

Egyption voters will have only two candidates to choose from during next month's presidential election.
Registration closed on Sunday. The contest will be between former military chief Abdel Fattah Sisi and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi.
The first round of the election is slated for May 26 and 27.
Sisi is expected to win easily. He led the military ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last July.
The election campaign officially begins on May 3.


8 dead in airplane crash in Southwest Finland

A small passenger plane carrying 10 parachutists and their pilot has crashed in southwest Finland, killing 8.
It happened on Sunday.
Police say the pilot and two parachutists survived by ejecting from the aircraft before it crashed, and eight others were found dead around the wreckage.
But the exact cause of the accident was not immediately known, as the investigation continues.
Officials say this is the worst air disaster in the country in decades.


Private jet crashes on final approach killing all eight people on board

A private plane has crashed in the northern Mexican city of Saltillo, killing all eight people on board.
According to a Civil Protection official, the Hawker 800 luxury jet slammed into the roof of a warehouse as it approached the airport in foggy conditions on Saturday.
It burst into flames, breaking into pieces after it hit the ground.
On board were the two pilots, two married couples, the 10-year-old son of one of the couples, and a woman.
The cause of the crash was not yet known, but officials say the thick fog likely contributed.


Chinese Court Detains Japanese Boat over Unpaid Damages

A maritime court in Shanghai has detained a Japanese ship.
The order was given on Saturday following a court verdict that ordered the ship's owner to pay delayed rent and losses to a Chinese firm.
The court says it will dispose of the ship if the Japanese company continues to refuse to fulfill its obligation.
The ship, named BAOSTEEL EMOTION and owned by Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), is being held at a port in east China's Zhejiang Province.
A Chinese company sued the Japanese shipping firm in 1988 in the Shanghai maritime court over alleged delays in rent payments for two ships and economic losses.
The court ruled late in 2007 that the Japanese firm should pay nearly 3 billion Japanese Yen, or some 28 million U.S. dollars, including delayed rent and operating losses.


Construction of Largest Radio Telescope in Progress in Guizhou

The world's largest radio telescope, currently under construction in southwest China's Guizhou province, has seen the completion of its outer steel framework.
The radio telescope has a bowl-shape surface measuring 500 meters in diameter, as large as 30 football pitches.
The project is scheduled to be finished by September, 2016.




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