Aspen Public Radio http://aspenpublicradio.org en In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/ukraine-reports-soldiers-switching-pro-russia-side Confusion continues to reign in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia gunmen remain in control of many government offices even as the Ukrainian military sends in troops, tanks and armed aircraft in an attempt to dislodge them.<p>According to NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is in eastern Ukraine, locals who are pushing to separate from the central government and join the Russian Federation claim that at least some Ukrainian troops are refusing to move against them.<p>In the city of Slovyansk, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/16/303640418/the-latest-from-eastern-ukraine" target="_blank">Ari said on<em> Mo Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17092 at http://aspenpublicradio.org In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side Hundreds Missing After Ferry Sinks Off South Korea's Coast http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/hundreds-missing-after-ferry-sinks-south-korea-coast About 300 people, many of them high school students and teachers who were on a trip to a resort island, were missing Wednesday after a ferry disaster off the southern coast of South Korea.<p>The ship, which left the city of Incheon on South Korea's western coast Tuesday night, sent out a distress signal around 9 a.m. local time on Wednesday. That was 8 p.m. ET Tuesday. The trip south to Jeju Island was supposed to take about 14 hours. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17091 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Hundreds Missing After Ferry Sinks Off South Korea's Coast Police Trace Heavy-Breathing Emergency Caller http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/police-trace-heavy-breathing-emergency-caller Police near London received a troubling call, and all the dispatcher could hear was heavy breathing. Cops found the caller running through a yard. It was a dog with a wireless phone in its mouth. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:55:00 +0000 editor 17089 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Sad Panda In China Gets Her Own Play Area http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/sad-panda-china-gets-her-own-play-area Si Jia got depressed after her only companion moved to another zoo. The staff at the Yunnan Safari Park in southwest China built her a swing and parallel bars. She may get a real friend soon. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:36:00 +0000 editor 17090 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Tank Movement Increases Tensions In Eastern Ukraine http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/latest-eastern-ukraine Several Ukrainian tanks are on the move in some eastern cities, according to reports Wednesday morning. Some of the armored personnel carriers are flying Russian flags. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:14:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 17088 at http://aspenpublicradio.org