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VOA 2014-03-21
03-22-2014, 11:33 AM
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VOA 2014-03-21

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From Washington, this is VOA News.

President Obama slashed Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine. And Australia spots possible debris from the Malaysia jet liner. I’m David Byrd, reporting from Washington.

US President Barack Obama has announced new sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea. Speaking in the White House Rose garden Thursday, the president said he’s imposing sanctions on more individuals and a bank involved in Russia’s occupation of the Black Sea Peninsula. “The world is watching with great concern as Russia has positioned its military in a way that could lead to further incursions into southern and eastern Ukraine.” Mr.Obama said he’s deeply concerned about the situation in Crimea and is working with European allies to formulate a response to Russia’s actions. “For this reason we’ve been working closely with our European partners to develop more severe actions that could be taken if Russia continues to escalate the situation.” In response, Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that it was imposing sanctions including travel bans on 9 US officials with Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Senator Harry Reid among them. European leaders who were meeting in Brussels to discuss the crisis were also expected to add the names to the list of 21 Russian and Crimean officials the EU has already targeted for travel bans and asset freezes. For more on the situation in Ukraine, log on to our website

Ships are on their way to the southern Indian Ocean off Australia to look for possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airline’s flight 370 an Australian satellite spotted 2 large pieces of what investigators say could be part of the plane. The pictures were taken earlier this week and were released on Thursday. Darkness, clouds and rain prevent rescue planes from seeing anything. Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, the Minister of Defense and acting Minister of Transport says this is the best lead authorities have gotten so far. “So right now the information that we’ve received from the Australian authorities was actually corroborated to certain extent from other satellites. This is something that we can bring our ships across. This is something that the two Prime Ministers spoke to that makes it slightly different from the earlier lead.” The debris is thought to be about 2,500 kilometers southwest of the Australian city of Perth. The Malaysia Airline’s jet with 239 people on board disappeared 13 days ago during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says the Central African Republic is now a country where vicious killers operate with impunity. As Nick Long reports from Bangui, Pillay called on Central Africans to reflect on their values and on the international communities to do much more to help restore law and order in the country. The Central African Republic is now a country where vicious killers operate with impunity, says the United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay. Speaking Thursday in the CAR capital of Bangui, she called on Central Africans to reflect on their values and on the international community to do much more to help restore law and order in the country. For VOA, Nick Long reports from Bangui.


UN High Commissioner of Human Rights Navi Pillay was speaking after two days of discussions with the head of state, the Justice Minister and local Human Rights Organizations among others. Describing the current situation as dire, she said the large-scale killings seen in December and January seem to have been halted by French and African peacekeepers, but people continue to be killed on a daily basis, particularly by the anti-Balaka militia groups. Hatred remains at a terrifying level, she said, as evidenced by the extraordinarily vicious nature of the killings.

That’s reporter Nick Long.

Taliban fighters have attacked a police station in eastern Afghanistan, killing 11 people including 10 policemen. The assault early Thursday happened in Jalalabad near the provincial governor’s house, it comes 2 weeks before Afghanistan holds its presidential election. Officials said the attack began with a suicide bombing outside the station and continued for several hours as Afghan security forces battled Taliban gunmen. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.

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