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U.S. to help in 'eliminating' sensitive Japanese nuclear stockpile

Japan nuclear stockpile to be degraded in USJapan will turn over hundreds of kilograms of sensitive nuclear material of potential use in bombs to the United States to be downgraded and disposed of, the two countries' leaders said ahead of a nuclear security summit on Monday.

China had voiced concern earlier this year about Japan's holding of plutonium but Washington and the United Nations nuclear agency in Vienna have made it clear they are not worried about the way Tokyo is handling the issue.


Acknowledging defeat, Ukraine pulls troops from Crimea

Ukraine pulls out of CrimeaUkrainian troops and their families began evacuating from Crimea on Monday, as Kiev effectively acknowledged defeat by Russian forces who stormed one of the last of their remaining bases on the peninsula.

Thousands of Ukrainian troops have been besieged on bases in Crimea, offering no armed resistance but refusing to surrender, since President Vladimir Putin declared Moscow's right to intervene at the start of the month.


PM: Malaysian plane crashed in Indian Ocean, no survivors

Families of flight 370 passengersMalaysian Prime Minister Najib Razar said Monday that a new analysis of electronic data shows that the missing Malaysian airlines it went down in a remote area of the Indian ocean and that there were no survivors.
He said the data finds that the plane flew along a southern corridor west of Perth, Australia.

"This is a remote location, far from any possible landing site," he said in a brief, televised statement. "It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that according to this new data flight MH370 3 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."


Turkey downs Syria military jet 'in airspace violation'

Turkey shoots down Syrian jetTurkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says its armed forces have shot down a Syrian military jet which had violated its airspace.

He warned such action by Syria merited a "heavy response". But Syria accused Turkey of "blatant aggression", saying the plane had been over Syrian territory at the time.

The incident reportedly occurred in an area where Syrian rebels and government forces have been fighting for control of a border crossing.  Turkey and Syria - once allies - have more than 500 miles (800km) of common border.


Israeli forces kill four Palestinians in West Bank shootout

Israeli forces kill 4 palestiniansFour Palestinians, including a fugitive member of the military wing of Hamas, have been killed by Israeli forces in a shootout in the town of Jenin in one of the most serious incidents on the West Bank in recent months.

The deaths occurred amid growing tensions in the runup to the April deadline set by the US for a framework agreement to advance already faltering peace talks. The talks are designed to lay the foundations for the creation of a Palestinian state.

Two Israelis were wounded during the raid in the early hours of Saturday morning.


Bombings, shooting kill 16 in Iraq

Bombings in IraqA series of attacks across Iraq killed 16 members of the security forces and civilians on Saturday, officials said.  Separately, a Kurdish officer in the Iraqi president's guard is alleged to have shot dead the head of a local radio station during a quarrel near the leader's east Baghdad residence, police said.

The police said Mohammed Bedwei was shot at a checkpoint by a lieutenant in the mostly Kurdish security detail for Jalal Talabani, an ethnic Kurd.


Nine dead in Kabul hotel attack

Hotel attack kabulFour gunmen were swift as they entered the Serena Hotel, a luxury lodging in Kabul, although it took them a few minutes to find the restaurant that was their target. Afghan officials pieced together the details of the Thursday attack that left nine people dead, including four foreigners and two children who were shot in the head.

The Afghan capital has been hit by several attacks, but authorities appeared stunned that the fighters had managed to get through tight security at the Serena Hotel — considered one of the safest places to stay in Kabul.


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