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UN secretary-general: Attack on UN Mission in South Sudan 'constitutes a war crime'

UN secretary-general: Attack on UN Mission in South Sudan 'constitutes a war crime'

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the deadly attack on a UN compound in South Sudan on Thursday and called it "a serious escalation."
JC Finley
Happy National Day, Zimbabwe

Happy National Day, Zimbabwe

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State sent its congratulations to Zimbabwe on the occasion of its 34 years of independence on Friday.
JC Finley
Kidnapped Red Cross workers freed in Mali

Kidnapped Red Cross workers freed in Mali

BAMAKO, Mali, April 18 (UPI) -- Five aid workers kidnapped in northern Mali by presumed Islamic militants in February were freed by French troops, the presidents of France and Mali said in a joint statement.
Ed Adamczyk
Syrian chemical weapons removal and destruction at 72 percent as April 27 deadline nears

Syrian chemical weapons removal and destruction at 72 percent as April 27 deadline nears

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, April 18 (UPI) -- The OPCW-UN Joint Mission announced the Syrian government delivered its 15th shipment of Syrian chemical weapons material to the port of Latakia on April 16.
JC Finley
One-fifth of Chinese farmland is polluted, study says

One-fifth of Chinese farmland is polluted, study says

BEIJING, April 18 (UPI) -- A government report released Thursday said nearly one-fifth of China's arable farmland is polluted, a result of rapid industrialization and other factors.
Ed Adamczyk
Nigerian military retracts claim of abducted girls' release

Nigerian military retracts claim of abducted girls' release

ABUJA, Nigeria, April 18 (UPI) -- The Nigerian military retracted its claim that all but eight of the 129 school girls abducted by suspected Islamist militant Boko Haram "have been freed."
JC Finley
Putin thinks Obama would save him if he were drowning

Putin thinks Obama would save him if he were drowning

MOSCOW, April 18 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a television interview he thinks U.S. President Barack Obama would save him if he were drowning.
Aileen Graef
7.5 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico City

7.5 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico City

MEXICO CITY, April 18 (UPI) -- A 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook southern and central Mexico on Friday morning, with no reports yet of damage or injuries.
JC Finley
Arrest warrants issued for South Korean ferry captain and 2 crew members

Arrest warrants issued for South Korean ferry captain and 2 crew members

SEOUL, April 18 (UPI) -- Arrest warrants have been issued for the captain and two crew members of the capsized South Korean ferry boat.
JC Finley
Pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine refuse to accept Geneva deal

Pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine refuse to accept Geneva deal

DONETSK, Ukraine, April 18 (UPI) -- Pro-Russian militants have refused to withdraw their occupation of government buildings, threatening the new deal struck in Geneva by Russia and the West.
Ananth Baliga
Update: At least 12 killed in avalanche on Mount Everest

Update: At least 12 killed in avalanche on Mount Everest

KATHMANDU, Nepal, April 18 (UPI) -- At least 12 Sherpa guides were killed and three seriously wounded Friday in the single deadliest avalanche on Mount Everest.
Ananth Baliga
Vice principal rescued from South Korean ferry found hanging from tree

Vice principal rescued from South Korean ferry found hanging from tree

JINDO, South Korea, April 18 (UPI) -- The vice principal of Ansan Danwon High School, who was rescued from the sunken South Korean ferry, was found hanging from a tree, police said Friday.
Ananth Baliga
At least six dead in Mount Everest avalanche

At least six dead in Mount Everest avalanche

KATMANDU , Nepal, April 18 (UPI) -- An avalanche hit a group of climbers at an elevation of 19,000 feet.
Kate Stanton
Iranian woman stops the execution of son's killer

Iranian woman stops the execution of son's killer

TEHRAN, April 17 (UPI) -- An Iranian woman surprised crowds when she halted the public execution of her son's killer.
Aileen Graef
Secretary Kerry applauds agreement to defuse Ukraine crisis and warns Russia not to renege

Secretary Kerry applauds agreement to defuse Ukraine crisis and warns Russia not to renege

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 17 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry expressed support for an agreement reached with Russia and Ukraine to de-escalate the crisis, and cautioned Russia not to renege.
JC Finley
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