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Washington: A soldier opened fire at Fort Hood, an army base in Texas and scene of a massacre in 2009, killing three people and wounding at least 11 others before taking his own life.

The violence Wednesday apparently stemmed from some sort of soldier dispute, CBS News said citing law enforcement sources. The shooter had been identified as 34-year-old soldier Ivan Lopez, it said.


Astana: Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev named his chief of staff Karim Massimov as the new prime minister Wednesday after Serik Akhmetov resigned from the post.

The announcement was made through a Twitter message posted by the presidential press office, Xinhua reported.

Massimov served as the Kazakh prime minister from January 2007 to September 2012 before Akhmetov.


United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has asked Sri Lanka to engage "constructively" and cooperate with its human rights body to implement a resolution calling for an international inquiry into alleged war crimes committed during the final stages of the country's civil war.

Ban has "consistently underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in Sri Lanka," the UN Secretary General's Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq has told reporters here.

AFP pic: Locals gather on the street following a tsunami alert.

Santiago: Five people have been killed in a massive earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter Scale that hit off Chile's northern coast Tuesday and triggered tsunami waves, authorities said Wednesday.

According to the University of Chile Seismological Service, the powerful tremor hit off northern Chile's coast at 8.46 p.m. (11.46 p.m. GMT) and the epicentre was located 99 km northwest of the mining port of Iquique, near the Peruvian border, Xinhua reported.

The US Geological Survey initially reported the quake at 8.0 magnitude.


Ramallah: In a surprise move that could derail US peace efforts, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has resumed a campaign for further international recognition of a state of Palestine, despite a previous promise to suspend such efforts during nine months of negotiations with Israel.

Shortly after Abbas' announcement yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled plans to return to the Middle East today, but also said it's "completely premature" to write off the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks he restarted in late July.


Brussels: NATO foreign ministers have agreed to suspend "all practical civilian and military cooperation" with Russia over its annexation of Crimea, as the Western military alliance saw "no sign" that Russia is pulling its forces back from the border with Ukraine.

"We have decided to suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation between NATO and Russia," CNN quoted the foreign ministers from the 28-member alliance as saying in a joint statement.


Canberra/Perth/Kuala Lumpur: The search for the “lost” Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 remained inconclusive Tuesday even as the chief of Australia's newly formed Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) said that the search for the missing jet could drag on for a long time.

“All aircraft assisting in the #MH370 search have returned to Perth,” the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) tweeted late Tuesday.

“No significant developments to report,” it added.


Kabul: At least 23 militants were killed and nine others injured Tuesday in two separate incidents in Afghanistan -- both involving accidental explosions of suicide vests, police said.

"Several Taliban leaders were instructing a group of militants about building suicide jackets and targeting security forces in a house in Gelan district of eastern Ghazni province. One suicide vest went off accidentally, killing 16 Taliban militants and injuring nine others," provincial police chief Zorawar Zahid told Xinhua.


Moscow: Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said Tuesday it has cancelled discounts on natural gas supplies to Ukraine.

"In the second quarter of 2014, price of gas supplied to Ukraine will be $385.5 (for 1,000 cubic metres)," Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said.

Miller noted that Gazprom would not any more apply the discount agreed with Kiev last December, Xinhua reported.

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Kuala Lumpur: The last words spoken by one of the pilots of the missing Malaysian Airlines airliner to the control tower were "Good night Malaysian three seven zero", Malaysia's civil aviation authority said, changing the previous account of the last message as a more casual "All right, good night."