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Ferry evacuation order 'too late'

Ferry evacuation order 'too late'

An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea with scores of people trapped inside, because officers were trying to stabilise the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member says.

'Deal reached' on Ukraine crisis

'Deal reached' on Ukraine crisis

Top diplomats have agreed to take immediate steps toward calming tensions in Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister says.

Putin: I hope not to use troops

Putin: I hope not to use troops

Russia's President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into eastern Ukraine, which has been engulfed by violent protests against the new authorities in Kiev.

Murderer saved by victim's mother

Murderer saved by victim's mother

The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was dramatically halted at the very last minute when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose around his neck, according to Iranian media.

Writer Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Writer Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at his home in Mexico City at the age of 87, sources close to his family have confirmed.
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4,000 evacuated as volcano erupts

4,000 evacuated as volcano erupts

Peruvian authorities have ordered the preventative evacuation of 4,000 people living near the Ubinas volcano, which has been spouting ash clouds up to two miles (nearly 4km) high.
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Pope washes feet of disabled

Pope washes feet of disabled

Pope Francis has washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people, including women and non-Catholics, in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others.
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Pistorius defence expert challenged

Pistorius defence expert challenged

The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial has challenged the credibility of an expert witness for the defence, which was trying to show that the athlete killed his girlfriend by mistake.
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Iran 'cuts uranium stockpile'

Iran 'cuts uranium stockpile'

Iran has converted most of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms as part of a deal with six world powers, the UN atomic agency says.
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Million may face South Sudan famine

Million may face South Sudan famine

The UN chief has warned that up to a million people could face famine in conflict-torn South Sudan in the coming months unless the world takes immediate action.
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