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From Washington this is VOA news. Kiev faces reversals in eastern Ukraine. Saudi intelligence chief resigns. I’m Ray Kouguell reporting from Washington.

Ukrainian authorities in Kiev suffered a setback Wednesday in their efforts to restore order in the country’s troubled east when pro-Russian separatists were seen in the top several Ukrainian army armored vehicles. Jamie Dettmer reports. The column of six armored personnel carriers was seized in the city of Slovyansk on the eve of talks in Geneva between diplomats from Russia, Ukraine and the West. Kiev authorities denied claims by locals that Ukrainian paratroop was manning the troop carriers, switched sides after agitators offered them food. Separatists say the soldiers’ morale was low and that they hadn’t been given supplies for several days. Ukrainian defense officials say the column was captured with the help of Russian agents. Kiev insists that hundreds of Russian troops have crossed the border and are coaching and instructing separatists on tactics. The allegation is dismissed by Moscow. Jamie Dettmer, VOA news, Kiev.

Armed pro-Russians also hold municipal buildings in Donetsk, another city where separatists are demanding referendums on splitting with Ukraine to join Russia. A crowd of pro-Russian local citizens also stopped several Ukrainian military vehicles in the outskirts of the town of Kramatorsk, blocking their way. They forced the soldiers to hand over parts of their weapons, rendering them unusable, before allowing the troops to continue on their way.

About three hundred people are still missing after a ferry capsized off the southern coast of South Korea Wednesday with more than 460 people on board, most of them high school students. Coast guard officials say 174 people have been rescued and four are confirmed dead. Many are feared trapped in the submerged ship or stranded in the water. The boat set off from Incheon city on Tuesday night for a 14-hour trip to the resort island of Jeju when it capsized. Officials say they are not sure what caused the ship to sink but some survivors reported hearing a loud impact before the vessel rolled to its side.

The robotic submarine searching for the wreckage from the missing Malaysian airliner was once again forced to cut short its mission on Wednesday. The Australian agency coordinating the search says an unspecified technical problem forced the Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle to resurface. It is using sonar to create a three-dimensional image of the floor on the southern Indian Ocean where the Boeing 777 is believed to have crashed. U.S. navy officials are warning it could take up to two months for the sub to search the 600-square kilometer area, which has never been mapped.

Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was removed from his post at his own request. Edward Yeranian has details.

The news that Prince Bandar bin Sultan is being replaced as Saudi intelligence chief was cheered by his arch-enemies, including Iran and its top allies Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Iran’s Al-Alam TV blamed the prince for supporting al-Qaeda in Syria and attributed his political demise to his failure to defeat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The 65-year-old prince is being replaced by his deputy, General Youssef al Idrisi. Bandar had been spearheading Saudi efforts to unseat President Assad in the bitter and bloody Syrian civil war, supporting various Sunni rebel factions. Edward Yeranian, for VOA news, Cairo.

China’s economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter of this year. That is its slowest rate in 18 months for the world’s second biggest economy. The growth rate exceeded what economists were expecting. But still, it was down from the 7.7% growth rate in the last three months of 2013.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says inflation is expected to rise slowly from the current levels to the U.S. central bank’s 2% target rate. In her first major policy speech, Yellen told the Economic Club of New York the low rate of inflation appears due to temporary influences, such as the deceleration in consumer energy prices.

A press freedom group says Iraq continues to lead the world in unsolved murders of journalists. In its annual impunity Index, the New York-based Committee for the Protection of Journalists ranked Iraq first for the seventh consecutive year, saying 100 journalists have been killed there in the last decade without any convictions. I’m Ray Kouguell, VOA news, more on our website on the internet at voanews.com.











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