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Kiev continues 'anti-terror operations' in eastern Ukraine

Armed pro-Russian separatists have been 'flushed' out of a town in eastern Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry has said.

"During the anti-terrorism operation by special forces, the town was freed," the ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

It said the operation took place on the outskirts of the town of Sviatogorsk and that no one was injured. There have been no previous reports of gunmen in the town, which lies just outside the stronghold of pro-Russian militants in Slaviansk.

More: Russia conducts military exercise near Ukraine border

Rana Plaza compensation 'still an unresolved issue'

The compensation packages for workers and families caught up in the Rana Plaza factory collapse are 'still an unresolved issue', says charity Action Aid.

the site of the Rana Plaza factory collapse Credit: ITV News

28 high street retailers and clothing brands were found by global trade union IndustriAll to be sourcing clothes from the factories at Rana Plaza and only 14 of these have so far contributed to the Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund.

Companies that have contributed to the fund so far include UK brands Bonmarché, C and A Foundation, Primark, Premier Clothing, Mango, Asda, Gap and Walmart.


'Life still a struggle' for Rana Plaza victims

The victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse are still struggling to cope financially, a year on from the disaster in Bangladesh.

Naneen Akter Nazma lost her husband in the collapse. She told ITV News that she is still too afraid to work as she is concerned that another factory could collapse like Rana Plaza.

"I'm very scared. I'm even scared to do any job and I don't want to go to any garment factory. I don't want to work anywhere like it. Another factory will collapse like Rana Plaza." she said.

Read: Rana Plaza families still await millions in compensation

Moscow repeats calls for Ukrainian military withdrawal

A pro-Russian armed man stands guard near the mayor's office in Slaviansk, Credit: Reuters\Gleb Garanich

The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeated calls for pro-government forces in southeastern Ukraine to withdraw and has urged Kiev to open an "inclusive dialogue" with the pro-Russian movement inside the country.

Russia has also accused the government in Kiev and the United States of distorting last weeks agreement reached in Geneva.

Read: Geneva talks: Key points on Ukraine crisis

Russia conducts military exercise near border

Russia has conducted a military exercise in the Rostov region, near the Ukrainian border, a Russian Ministry of Defence official has said.

Russia's Foreign Ministry has also called on the Ukrainian government to immediately withdraw army units from southeastern Ukraine and start an "inclusive dialogue" with pro-Russian elements.

Read: Russian govt: We will respond to attack on our interests


Bodies 'found with broken fingers' on sunken ferry

Most of the bodies found in the last two days on the sunken Sewol ferry have been discovered to have had broken fingers, presumably from the children frantically trying to climb the vertical floors, the Korean Donga Ilbo newspaper has said.

Most of the victims were high school children, who were told to stay where they were for their own safety and were trapped.

A woman puts a message wishing a safe return for missing passengers of the South Korean ferry Sewol. Credit: REUTERS/Issei Kato

"We are trained for hostile environments, but it's hard to be brave when we meet bodies in dark water," diver Hwang Dae-sik said.

The confirmed death toll on Wednesday was 146, many found at the back of the ship on the fourth deck.

Read: Surivors hope ended as ferry search finds no air pocket

Hwang said his team had retrieved 14 bodies so far. "We have to touch everything with our hands. This is the most gruelling and heartbreaking job of my career," he said.

International team to 'evaluate disappearance of MH370'

Malaysia's cabinet have approved the appointment of an international team to investigate the disappearance of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the country's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said.

More: MH370: No trace yet as underwater search nears end

"The main purpose of the international investigation team is to evaluate, investigate and determine the actual cause of the accident so similar accidents could be avoided in the future," Hishammuddin told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

Copacabana beach on lockdown after night of violence

A Rio de Janeiro slum near the Copacabana beach has erupted in violence following the killing of a popular local figure, with residents starting fires and hurling home-made explosives and bottles in the city's main tourist zone.

ITV News Brazil correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports:

According to news website G1, the man was mistaken as a drug dealer. The area is currently on lockdown by police.

Thousands of England fans are expected to travel to Rio in June and July, where the national team will be based during the 2014 World Cup.

EU urges Russia to help 'end kidnappings and killings'

The European Union has urged Russia to use its "leverage" with pro-Russian separatists to stop the violence being seen in eastern Ukraine.

A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton said:

"We call on all parties to the joint Geneva statement on Ukraine to ensure its terms are fully implemented, and in particular on Russia to use its leverage to ensure an immediate end to kidnappings and killings in eastern Ukraine."

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