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From Washington, this is VOA News. European monitors captured in Ukraine say they are well. South Korea’s Prime Minister offers to resign over the ferry disaster. I’m Ray Kouguell, reporting from Washington.

A group of European monitors detained by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine appeared in public Sunday offering assurances they are not being mistreated. With armed rebels watching as negotiators were trying to secure their release, the leader of the monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, German Colonel Axel Schneider, said they are in good health. “Our presence here in Slovyansk is for sure a political instrument for the decision-makers here in the region, and the possibility to use it for negotiation.” The OSCE said a team of negotiators to eastern Ukraine to meet with the self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk about freeing the military monitors. And one Swedish observer was released.

The United States says new western economic sanctions against Russia for its involvement in Ukraine will target Moscow’s defense industry and companies with close links to President Vladimir Putin. Speaking on US news show Sunday, deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken said that starting this week, the latest sanctions would exert what he called additional pressure on the corporate officials closest to Mr.Putin and the companies they control. Earlier sanctions targeted at some banking activities and other corporate officials close to Mr. Putin.

President Obama held talks with Malaysia’s Prime Minister Sunday on the third leg of a four-nation tour of Asia. Prime Minister Najib Razak expressed his gratitude for American help in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines’ flight 370. Mr. Obama pledged to continue providing all the assistances possible in the search for the plane now missing for 7 weeks. The 2 leaders said they also agreed to cooperate on a trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact and the Nuclear Proliferation Security Initiative, both of which Malaysia has opposed in the past. President Obama arrives Monday in the Philippines for officials of the two countries to sign a new 10-year security pact that will allow for a large US security presence. Mr. Obama’s two-day trip to Manila is a final stop in his Asia tour which also included Japan and South Korea.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s office says she will accept her Prime Minister’s resignation, but not until the Sewol ferry disaster is brought under control. Prime Minister Chung Hong-won resigned following a public uproar over his government’s response to the April 16th’s ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing. A somber-looking Mr. Chung announced his resignation in a brief televised address after bowing to a group of South Korean reporters. He said keeping my post is too great a burden under the administration.

Saudi authorities have confirmed 10 more deaths from the mysterious MERS virus, putting the death toll since the disease first discovered at 102. A death was reported Sunday after two on Saturday. The nation’s Health Ministry says MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, was first found in Saudi Arabia two years ago.

The International Watchdog in charge of getting chemical weapons out of Syria is calling on the government to hand over its remaining materials. Sigrid Kaag, a special coordinator of the joint mission of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told a news conference in Damascus on Sunday that more than 92% of Syria’s chemicals have been removed from the country or destroyed so far. “I strongly encourage the authorities to complete the job as soon as possible in the proximity of Syria’s own internal deadline of 27th of April, so the 30th of June deadline can be met.” Washington and its western allies blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for unleashing the nerve agent.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is rejecting comments made by Palestinian leader of President Mahmoud Abbas in which he called the Holocaust the most heinous crime of modern history. Mr. Abbas’s statement was published Sunday by the Palestinian official news agency. Mr. Netanyahu said that the leader was simply making statements designed to placate global public opinion. I’m Ray Kouguell, VOA News, these and other stories on our website at voanews.com.






沙特当局确认又有10人死于神秘的中东呼吸道综合症病毒, 自该疾病首次发现以来,死亡人数已达到102人。在周六有两例死亡之后,周日又报道一例死亡。该国卫生部表示中东呼吸综合症两年前首次发现于沙特阿拉伯。



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