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More than 300 people missing after South Korea ferry sinks: coastguard

SEOUL - More than 300 people were missing after a ferry sank off South Korea, the coastguard said on Wednesday, with a three-fold increase in the number of passengers unaccounted for put down to a miscalculation by officials.

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Rebel videos show first U.S.-made rockets in Syria

LONDON - Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be U.S. anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country's civil war.

Syria 15 Apr 2014

Exclusive: U.N. should halt arms shipments via Ivory Coast after China breach - panel

ABIDJAN - United Nations experts have called for the world body to stop allowing arms for its Mali peacekeepers to be shipped through Ivory Coast after they said a load of military hardware sent by China violated the country's arms embargo.

China stresses need for stability at first meeting of new security council

(This story corrects Xi's comments in the eighth paragraph to clarify he meant building up China's military power to make the country rich)

China 15 Apr 2014

Australian state premier resigns over A$3,000 bottle of wine gift

SYDNEY - The premier of Australia's New South Wales state, Barry O'Farrell, resigned from his position on Wednesday after it was revealed that he had misled a corruption inquiry about accepting a A$3,000 ($2,800) bottle of wine as a gift.

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U.S., China in 'productive' talks after North Korea test threat

WASHINGTON - The United States and China have held "productive" talks on North Korea, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday, part of stepped up international diplomacy after Pyongyang warned of plans to conduct a new type of nuclear test.

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