Thanks to for audio and text Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 From Washington, this is VOA news. Ukraine forces launch a night anti-terrorist violence. U.S. Secretary of State Kerry is steering negotiations in South Sudan. I'm Vincent Bruce reporting from Washington. Ukrainian security forces began a major anti-terrorist military operation Friday in the city of Slovyansk despite warnings from Russia against attacks on pro-Russian separatists. VOA's Brian Padden reports from Kyiv. Volodymyr Shasbliyenko , spokesperson for the Ukrainian Security Service, said the operation was a simultaneous assault on the main checkpoints manned armed terrorists around Slovyansk, and as of noon local time anti-terrorist forces had taken control of ten checkpoints around the town. Two Ukrainian helicopters were shot down and their pilots killed. The Ukrainian Security Service said one of the helicopters were shot down with a surface-to-air missile. Shasbliyenko says the use of this weapon proves these are action of highly trained, highly qualified foreign military specialists. Brian Padden, VOA news, Kyiv. Meanwhile, Russia called an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council Friday and accused Kyiv and the West of destabilizing Ukraine. VOA's Margaret Besheer reports from the United Nations. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin called the meeting to protest Ukraine's operation in the east to clear buildings of pro-Russian separatists. Churkin told reporters ahead of the session that Kyiv had begun a "crazy punitive operation" in the east, using heavy weapons and air power which he said was a "despicable act of violence" leading Ukraine "into catastrophe." In the Security Council he was equally forceful, telling his counterparts that the West must "stop its destructive policy" in Ukraine, and he directly accused the United States and European Union of supporting and encouraging the instability. Margaret Besheer, VOA news, the United Nations. More on these stories at The United Nations refugee agency says one of its workers was kidnapped and killed in the Central African Republic capital. The agency says the worker, a CAR national, was abducted Thursday morning [in Bangui] in Bangui's PK16 district, and that his body was recovered a few hours later. A UNHCR public information officer tells VOA the killers "presumably" belong to the anti-Balaka militia but investigators are still gathering details. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to arrange direct talks between South Sudan's president and the country's top rebel leader in hopes of ending four months of deadly violence. Kerry spoke to reporters in Juba Friday. Kerry later spoke by phone to rebel chief Riek Machar. U.S. officials say Machar did not make a commitment to attend talks, but also did not rule it out. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the first case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Virus, or MERS, within the United States. CDC officials Friday said an American health care worker who recently traveled to Saudi Arabia has been hospitalized with the virus in the Midwestern state of Indiana. They say the patient has been isolated and is in stable condition. Two hundred seventy-six teenage girls abducted from a school in northern Nigeria last month remain unaccounted for. Borno state police and intelligence officials raised that estimate of the number of missing late Thursday after complaints from parents who said earlier numbers in the massive abduction April 15th were too low. The mass abduction took place on the 15th after suspected Islamist militants attacked the town of Chibok. A massive landslide triggered by heavy rain has killed at least 350 people and left thousands of others missing in northeastern Afghanistan. The governor of Badakhshan province said more than 2,000 people are still unaccounted for after the landslide buried around 300 homes Friday. U.N. officials say 350 people are confirmed dead. A judge in Northern Ireland has granted police an additional 48 hours to interrogate Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams about the 1972 killing of a Belfast widow and mother of 10. The Police Service of Northern Ireland confirmed its detectives had received the required extension in a closed door court hearing Friday. Under British law, police could seek a second extension Sunday night. Adams -- a leading opposition figure in the Republic of Ireland -- was arrested Wednesday for questioning in the abduction and murder of Jean McConville, a 38-year-old [accused], excuse me, executed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army as an accused spy for British authorities. Her body was secretly buried and found decades later in the republic. Stocks in the U.S. on Friday, Down Jones, S&P 500 and the NASDAQ all lost points. For more on these and other stories, visit us at our website 24 hours a day. I'm Vincent Bruce, VOA news, reporting from Washington

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