Joyful homecoming for four French journalists after Syria captivity

French President Hollande speaks with former French hostages and journalists moments after thier arrival by helicopter from Evreux to the military airbase in VillacoulbayBy Sunaina Karkarey VILLACOUBLAY AIRBASE, France (Reuters) - Four French journalists held captive in Syria for more than 10 months returned home to France on Sunday, freshly shaved and beaming, where they were met at an airbase by President Francois Hollande, their families and friends. Nicolas Henin, Pierre Torres, Edouard Elias and Didier Francois smiled at a crowd of journalists, some of them colleagues, after descending from a military helicopter at the Villacoublay airbase southwest of Paris.



4 French journalists back home after Syria ordeal

In this photo made from video, two of the four French journalists who went missing in Syria last summer, Didier Francois, foreground, and Edouard Elias, right, leave a local hospital after a medical check, in Akcakale, Turkey, Saturday, April 19, 2014. Four French journalists who went missing in Syria last summer were found blindfolded and cuffed in Turkey's southeast Sanliurfa province late Friday, according to a private Turkish news agency. Dogan News Agency (DHA) said Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres were found by Turkish soldiers on routine patrol after the journalists were dropped off near the Turkey-Syria border by an unknown group. (AP Photo/DHA) TURKEY OUT TV OUTPARIS (AP) — Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home on Sunday to joyful families awaiting them at a military airport outside Paris.



Hamilton leads at halfway in China

Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton (R) of Britain leads the pack at the start of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 20, 2014Shanghai (AFP) - Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was leading the Chinese Grand Prix at the halfway mark on Sunday and on target for his third win in three races.



'Deadly shootout' in eastern Ukraine shatters Easter truce

A Ukrainian policeman guards a check-point at the entrance of the southeastern Ukrainian city of Berdyansk on April 19, 2014Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Four people were reported killed Sunday in a gun battle in restive eastern Ukraine, shattering a fragile Easter truce in the crisis-hit former Soviet republic. Kiev's interim government had pledged a halt to military operations to oust the rebels until the end of the Orthodox Easter holidays on Monday. The reported violence came as the United States was pressing Russia to persuade the pro-Kremlin rebels to abide by an international accord calling for them to surrender their weapons and leave occupied public buildings. Overnight, Orthodox leaders in Kiev and Moscow traded barbs over the Ukraine crisis as politics overshadowed traditional Easter observances.



Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain's detention as death toll mounts

Family members of missing passengers from capsized Sewol passenger ship, which sank in sea off Jindo, cast their shadows as they look at list of fatalities at port in JindoBy Ju-min Park and Jungmin Jang JINDO/MOKPO, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors investigating last week's ferry disaster said on Sunday they wanted to extend the detention of the captain and two other crew by 10 days as they try to determine the cause of an accident that likely claimed more than 300 lives. The Sewol ferry was on a routine 400-km (300-mile) voyage from Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju in calm weather on Wednesday carrying 476 passengers and crew, among them 339 children and teachers on a high school outing. It took more than two hours for it to capsize completely but passengers were ordered to stay put in their cabins.





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