PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Syrian television shows President Bashar al-Assad on a visit to people displaced by the country's civil war. It's a rare public appearance outside the heart of Damascus. He was shown meeting people at a shelter in Adra, about 20 kilometres outside the centre of the capital. In a short speech he assured the government was working to overcome the problems they faced and that the armed forces were fighting to get them back home. The trip on Wednesday underlines his increasing confidence just 18 months after rebels appeared to be challenging his control over the capital. Video posted on a social media website purports to show Syrian forces taking control of part of the last major rebel stronghold near the border with Lebanon. The footage was said to show the town of Yabroud, although Reuters has been unable to independently verify the content. Other clips shows what was said to be a
Israel said Palestinian militants fired some 60 rockets towards the south of the country on Wednesday. It was the heaviest such barrage since 2012. Israel retaliated with air strikes on the Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned of a 'forceful' response. (SOUNDBITE)(Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYING: "At this moment the Israeli army is responding with force to the firing upon Israeli citizens by the Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. If there won't be quiet in the south there will be noise in Gaza, and that's an understatement. I call on residents of the south to act according to instructions. The Israeli military will get the job done." Islamic Jihad said on Wednesday it had fired 90 rockets towards Israel. It said the barrage was an operation called 'Breaking the Silence'.
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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 These images of what are being called 'suspicious floating objects' were taken by a Chinese satellite. They were detected on Sunday in the area of sea where Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 is thought to have vanished. They show three unidentified objects, the largest measuring 22 metres by 24. Previous checks of the area had revealed nothing. Another search was taking place on Thursday in response to the images. China's civil aviation chief says there's no proof yet that the objects are linked to the missing aircraft. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says efforts are underway to identify them as quickly as possible. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG SAYING: "There are 239 people aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, among whom are 154 Chinese compatriots. Those people's families and friends are burning with anxiety. The Chinese government and millions of Chi
PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION A Chinese government agency website on Wednesday (March 12) said a Chinese satellite had photographed three "suspicious floating objects" in waters north-east of Kuala Lumpur and south of Vietnam in the area where missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is thought to have vanished. The website of the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence said the images were taken over the "suspected accident area at sea" on Sunday (March 9) that was not far from where the plane made its last known communication with air traffic control. There was no immediate explanation why the Chinese agency waited for four days to reveal the images. China's state television CCTV reported the finding on Thursday morning (March 13). CCTV said the satellite detected three suspicious floating objects measuring about 13 by 18 metres, 14 by 19 metres, an
Protesters battle riot police in the streets of Caracas on Wednesday. With 3 more fatal shootings in Venezuela, the death toll from a month of demonstrations is raised to 25. While addressing supporters, President Nicolas Maduro spoke of a young man, killed by snipers in central Carabobo state: (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO, SAYING: "Some protesters put barricades there and stoking the fire they were killed by snipers, a youth from one of these right wing groups, they shot him there and killed him." But opposition activists blame armed government supporters for shooting the student. Rival rallies across the country -- for, and against Maduro -- marked one month since the bloodshed began. Violence broke out in Caracas when National Guard troops blocked opposition marchers from leaving Plaza Venezuela to head to the state ombudsman's office. Reuters witnesses saw dozens of people leaving injured.
President Obama put out a stern warning to Russia on Wednesday. He said the West will be forced to apply a "cost" to Moscow if it fails to change course with its involvement in Ukraine. Obama held talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk at the White House Wednesday -- Searching for diplomatic leverage to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to loosen his military grip on Crimea. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We will continue to say to the Russian government that if it continues on the path that it is on, then not only us, but the international community, the European Union, and others will be forced to apply a cost to Russia's violations of international law and its encroachments on Ukraine. There's another path available and we hope that President Putin is willing to seize that path." Yatseniuk had this to say: (SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINIAN PRIME MINISTER ARSENY YATSENIUK, SAYING: "Mr. President, i
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Thousands of supporters and foes of President Nicolas Maduro took to the capital's streets for rival rallies marking a month since the first bloodshed in the recent unrest around the South American OPEC nation. Trouble began when National Guard troops blocked opposition marchers from leaving Plaza Venezuela to head to the state ombudsman's office. Students threw stones and petrol bombs while security forces fired tear gas and turned water cannons on them. Reuters witnesses saw dozens of people leaving injured.
(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The Rolling Stones played a concert at the Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena on Wednesday (March 12) night as part of their 14 ON FIRE Tour. The British rockers, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, performed on a stage in the shape of the band's ubiquitous tongue and lips logo, which extended out into the audience.
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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama said Wednesday (March 12) he intends to declassify the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's Bush-era interrogation and detention program as soon as the committee finishes it. "The first day I came into office, I ended the practices that are subject to the investigation by the Senate committee, and have been very clear that I believe they were contrary to our values as a country," Obama said. "Since that time we have worked with the committee so that the report that they are putting forward is well informed, and what I've said is that I am absolutely committed to declassifying that report as soon as it is completed."
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama warned Russia on Wednesday that the West will be forced to apply a cost to Moscow if it fails to change course in its dispute with Ukraine. Obama held face-to-face talks with new Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk in the Oval Office and told reporters with Yatseniuk seated at his side that, "We will stand with Ukraine." Yatseniuk said Ukraine stands ready for talks on the crisis, and vowed, "We will never surrender" to Russia.
Officials say at least two people were killed and at least 22 injured after a pair of New York buildings collapsed. The two five-story buildings, with a total of 15 apartments on a residential block in Upper Manhattan, were brought down by an explosion. It's believed to be caused by a gas leak around 9:30am. New York Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio: (SOUNDBITE) (English) BILL DE BLASIO, NEW YORK CITY MAYOR, SAYING: "The impact affected buildings around the two that were destroyed, very heavy impact on the surrounding buildings. A heavy fire has ensued as well." Officials say there was no advance warning of a gas leak. …Except for a call made to Con Edison, complaining of a gas leak, about 15 minutes before the explosion. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BILL DE BLASIO, NEW YORK CITY MAYOR, SAYING: "This is a tragedy of the worse kind, because there was no indication in time to save people. We know we've lost two people already." Officials won
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Models hit the catwalk to show off the latest in lingerie and outerwear at the 40th Argentina Fashion Week (BAAM). Opening the show, was the "Poupee de cire," or "Desired doll" collection by designer Veronica de la Canal. The sexy collection features creme-colored lingerie with hand-embroidered lace corsets, rhinestones and thigh-high stockings. Following the luxurious lingerie, models donned looks from designer Adriana Consantini's "Emotions" collection. Constantini's designs included attire for a variety of occasions and were dedicated to the Argentine woman. Looks for fall featured pops of color, fitted pants and dresses and loose skirts. Designer Benito Fernandez also showed his creations for fall, which centered on floor-length evening dresses. The styles ranged from flowy colorful prints to black dresses with transparent tulle adorned with shimmery fringe. More than 20 collections from national and int
Turkish police fire tear gas on protesters. It happened Wednesday in the Turkish capital Istanbul. Some fired at close range. Police used water cannons to push back protesters. They were angry over the death of a teenager wounded in street clashes last summer. Earlier, tens of thousands of them marched for the funeral of Berkin Elvan. He died the day before after spending nine months in a coma. Elvan became a rallying point for government opponents. His death has sparked street skirmishes in Istanbul, Ankara and other Turkish cities. On Wednesday, several thousand also protested in Ankara and were met with tear gas. The clashes add to the pre-election woes for Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. He's battling a corruption scandal and is campaigning around the country for local elections. As of Wednesday, he had yet to comment on Elvan's death.
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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The protesters in the Osmanbey district of Istanbul were among tens of thousands of mourners who marched through the city on Wednesday (March 12) for the funeral of the 15-year-old boy, Berkin Elvan, who died on Tuesday after spending nine months in a coma. The funeral ceremony was broadcast live on major television news channels, some of which were criticised for their scant coverage of last June's unrest. Elvan, then aged 14, got caught up in street battles in Istanbul between police and protesters on June 16 while going to buy bread for his family. He became a rallying point for government opponents, who held vigils at the Istanbul hospital where he lay in intensive care from a head trauma believed to have been caused by a police tear gas canister. His death has sparked the most extensive street protests since last June, with skirmishes on Tuesday in cities including Mersin on the Mediterranean coast, Samsun on the Black Sea
The Oscar Pistorius murder trial continues in a South African court. Wielding a cricket bat, a police forensic expert said Pistorius was likely on his stumps when he smashed down a locked toilet door to reach his shot girlfriend. Police colonel Johannes Vermeulen said the angle of the marks on the door, and on the bat, could only have been made by someone much shorter than him - standing without his prosthetics. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WITNESS FROM THE SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS UNIT OF THE POLICE'S FORENSIC DEPARTMENT, COLONEL JOHANNES GERHARD VERMEULEN, SAYING: "I just mention it as a side note to him that the marks on the door is actually consistent with him not having his legs on. I suspect it must be similar to the, to the height he was when he fired the shots." But Pistorius claims he was wearing them at the time. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He shot her through a locked toilet door on Valentine's Day las
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