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SKorean city full of grief prepares for more

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The altar of the memorial is a wall of white and yellow flowers and greens, surrounding photos of 47 students and teachers whose bodies have been identified after being recovered from the ferry Sewol. There is room for... More>>

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Europe recovery shows signs of strengthening

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A closely-watched survey has found business activity across the 18-country eurozone running at a three-year high, in perhaps the clearest sign yet that the economic recovery is gaining momentum. More>>

Pro-Russian insurgents hold US journalist captive

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Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified "bad activities." More>>

Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a conciliatory message to Armenians on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians almost a century ago, calling the events of World War I "our shared pain." More>>

Yields fall sharply in Portuguese debt auction

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Portugal's chances of ending its three-year bailout program without requiring more help have increased after interest rates fell steeply in a 10-year bond auction Wednesday. More>>

Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

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President Barack Obama is getting a lesson in the art of sushi making at a famous Tokyo restaurant with hard-to-come-by reservations. More>>

Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency

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A Syrian lawmaker announced his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election - the first to field his bid for the top post in a vote called despite the country's relentless civil war, state-run television reported... More>>

Greece hits milestone, opens way for debt relief

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Greece has reached a major financial milestone that its creditors demanded as a precondition for being granted more debt relief, the European Commission said Wednesday. More>>

Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt

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Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official said Wednesday. More>>

France unveils plan to fight jihadist threat

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France is cracking down on youth who leave their homes to fight with Islamist radicals in Syria's civil war. More>>

UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy

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A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high. More>>

Scholars analyze bones of Swedish medieval king

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Researchers from Uppsala University on Wednesday opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160. More>>

Afghan election commission delays vote results

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Afghanistan's election commission delayed a planned release of full results from the April 5 presidential election to allow for recounts and audits, officials said Wednesday, a development that adds to the confusion... More>>

Lebanese lawmakers vote, fail to elect president

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Lebanon's Parliament has held a round of voting but failed to elect a new head of state in its first try before President Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on May 25. More>>

Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers

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A senior Egyptian police officer was killed after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb on Wednesday while another officer died in a raid on a militant hideout in the country's... More>>

Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest

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Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe. Schaerbeek, Belgium, envisions using geothermal mapping to give households personalized rundowns of steps to... More>>

Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt

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Authorities say unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane. More>>

Pakistan's army seeks closure of TV channel

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The Pakistani army has filed a complaint asking the government to shut down the country's leading private Geo News TV channel over what the military calls "false" reports, an official said Wednesday. More>>

Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

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A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships. More>>

Blair: Radicalized Islam a growing threat

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The West should set aside its differences with Russia and China to focus on the growing threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair said Wednesday, in a speech that included a call to support Egypt's military government... More>>

UN heads say Syria aid needs 'largely unanswered'

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The directors of five United Nations agencies that provide humanitarian aid to Syria say their appeal for $6.5 billion in emergency funding for 2014 has been mostly ignored. More>>

Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

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Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay,... More>>

AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

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As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the... More>>

Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

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The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West. More>>

Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

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On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of... More>>

Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs

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Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch their harshest assault yet to expel them from the central city, once known as the capital of the... More>>

SKorea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher

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The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to... More>>

Some drama off-camera in Mideast conflict film

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An American director's short film about an Israeli army raid in a Palestinian refugee camp ends with a surprise - literally involving a rabbit, though not one pulled from a hat. The story told in "The Warren" is meant... More>>

Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet

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Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned to soon bring in... More>>

Amnesty: Qatar fails to protect domestic workers

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An international human rights group has slammed Qatar for failing to protect foreign maids and other domestic workers from exploitation, adding pressure on the Gulf state over its labor practices as it gears up to host the... More>>

Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

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Sherpa guides were leaving Mount Everest's base camp on Wednesday as part of a walkout following the mountain's deadliest disaster, as some expedition companies announced that they were canceling their climbs this... More>>

SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher Video included

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The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to... More>>

Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China

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President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the... More>>

'Piles and piles' of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter

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The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn't safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. Then... More>>

Ukraine orders new military operation in the east

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Ukraine's acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country's east on Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft... More>>

Govt must turn over info on CIA prisons to defense

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Prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military... More>>

Analysis: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine

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Since he took over Crimea, President Vladimir Putin has seen his popularity soar and his opposition fall silent. So when the U.S. vice president told Russia to defuse tensions in Ukraine, Putin had few reasons to listen. More>>

Saudi health minister sacked amid virus deaths

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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah sacked the country's health minister on Monday amid a spike in deaths and infections from the virus known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS. More>>

Ghanaian mining company used plane seen in Iran

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A Utah bank confirmed Tuesday that an airplane registered to the bank was used by a Ghana mining company to take Ghanaian businessmen to Iran last week. More>>

Activity at NKorea site hints at nuke test preps

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Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday. More>>

Palestinians' Abbas warns against failure of talks

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Tuesday that if peace talks with Israel fail he may dismantle the Palestinian Authority and hand over responsibility for 2.5 million of his people to Israel. More>>

Navalny's conviction in Russia a chilling message

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A Moscow judge on Tuesday left open the possibility of jailing President Vladimir Putin's main critic for years, a sign of Putin's increasingly hard-line rule against opponents. More>>

Thieves steal rhino horns in South Africa

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In a nighttime theft, robbers broke into a South African provincial parks office with a 24-hour security service and used a machine tool called a grinder to break into a safe holding a stockpile of rhino horn worth a... More>>

Ukraine orders 'anti-terror' operation to resume

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Ukraine's acting president is ordering security forces to resume operations in the country's east, and the Defense Ministry says a military aircraft was struck by gunfire over one of the tensest cities in the region. More>>

Militants attack balloting center in Iraq, kill 10

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Militants wearing military uniforms carried out an overnight attack against a balloting center in a remote area of the country's north and killed 10 guards, a senior police official said on Tuesday. More>>

In Ukraine's east, mayor held hostage by insurgent

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When armed men seized the police station in this eastern Ukrainian city, mayor Nelya Shtepa declared she was on their side. She changed her story a few days later. Then she disappeared - the victim of an apparent abduction... More>>

US reviewing plans for fewer troops in Afghanistan

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The White House is reviewing a new series of options that would leave fewer than 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year, a U.S. official said Tuesday. More>>

Expert: Syria has dumped 86 pc of chemical weapons

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Syria's government has disposed of more than 86 percent of its total chemical weapons stockpile, according to the watchdog agency charged with overseeing its removal. More>>

Coulson denies hearing hacked Daniel Craig message

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Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson on Tuesday denied a claim that he listened to a hacked voicemail left by actress Sienna Miller for James Bond star Daniel Craig. More>>

Novartis reshapes business with GSK, Lilly deals

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Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG launched a major overhaul of its business Tuesday, unveiling a series of multibillion-dollar deals with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline PLC and the U.S.'s Eli Lilly & Co. that... More>>

Fearing the Icefall: On Everest, dangers are clear

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On Everest, everybody knows that the Khumbu Icefall is dangerous. They've known it for generations, since the first great Everest mountaineer, George Mallory, turned away from the Icefall in 1921, insisting it was... More>>

Iran lawmakers seek probe into alleged jail abuse

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Several Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday demanded a probe into alleged beatings of political prisoners held at Tehran's Evin prison, the official IRNA news agency reported. More>>

Ebola outbreak death toll in West Africa over 140

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The World Health Organization says the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 140 people. More>>

British anti-EU party focuses on immigrant threat

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Britain's U.K. Independence Party launched its European election campaign Tuesday with a series of billboards carrying a stark message: They are coming to take your job. More>>

France to present plan to fight jihadist threat

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France will unveil a plan to stop the stream of French youths joining jihadist groups in Syria, with a new focus on preventing radicalization. More>>

Philips shares slump over weak 1st-quarter profits

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Shares in Royal Philips, the world's leading light maker, slumped Tuesday after the Dutch company reported a drop in first-quarter profits blamed partly on sluggish sales of its health care products and consumer lights. More>>

Spain town with 'Kill Jews' in name mulls change

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The tiny Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudios, whose second name means "Kill Jews," will hold a referendum next month to decide if it should change the name that offends outsiders and embarrasses some residents, its... More>>

Somali lawmaker shot and killed in latest attack

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Two gunmen belonging to an Islamic extremist group shot and killed a Somali legislator on Tuesday as he stepped out of his home in the capital, the second fatal attack on a member of parliament in as many days, police said. More>>

230 girls abducted in Nigeria still missing

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A week after Islamic extremists stormed a remote boarding school in northeast Nigeria, more than 200 girls and young women remain missing despite a "hot pursuit" by security forces and an independent search by desperate... More>>

Profiles of some of SKorean ferry's dead, missing

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A bicycle, never ridden. A lipstick prank pulled off by old friends. Mother-daughter conversations that now burn in the memory, laden with regret. More>>

African troops capture junior LRA rebel commander

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African troops captured a junior commander with the Lord's Resistance Army and rescued 10 people, mostly children, abducted by the rebels, Uganda's military said Tuesday, the latest blow against the rebel group in... More>>

No JPII fever in Poland as canonization nears

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His death triggered a massive outpouring of grief in Poland. His beatification, an explosion of pride and jubilation. But days before John Paul II is to be declared a saint, many of his countrymen are greeting the landmark... More>>

Gunmen kill 4 senior security officials in Yemen

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Yemeni officials say gunmen have killed four senior security officers in the past 24 hours in a string of attacks. More>>

Afghan campaign worker shot dead outside his home

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A prominent campaign worker in Afghanistan's presidential election was shot dead outside his home in the country's east, officials said Tuesday. The Taliban denied they were involved in the killing. More>>

Pakistan says it's test-fired short-range missile

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Pakistan's military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. More>>

Militant attacks in northwestern Pakistan kill 8

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Two militant attacks in northwestern Pakistan killed eight people, including five policemen, on Tuesday, officials said. More>>

German tax income jumps in 1st quarter

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Germany's Finance Ministry says the government's tax income rose sharply in March and saw a healthy overall first-quarter rise as Europe's biggest economy picked up momentum. More>>

Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS virus

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Saudi Arabia's health ministry says two more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died as the kingdom detected 17 new cases of the disease. More>>

AP names Klug to top SKorea editorial position

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The Associated Press has named Seoul news editor Foster Klug as its chief of bureau for South Korea. More>>

Death count in ferry sinking tops 100 Video included

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One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South... More>>

Mexico bids goodbye to 'Gabo,' famed adopted son

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Long into the night, the line of mourners stretched for nearly a mile, waiting their turn to file into Mexico City's majestic Palace of Fine Arts and bid farewell to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel laureate... More>>

Thousands line up to bid goodbye to Garcia Marquez

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With two heads of state and thousands of tearful admirers, Mexico bid farewell on Monday to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel laureate considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors of all time. More>>

US: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord

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Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for... More>>

US: Pictures indicate Russian troops in Ukraine

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The State Department has released images of soldiers in eastern Ukraine that it says are Russian forces, showing militants wearing similar uniforms and brandishing Russian weapons. More>>

Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55

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Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern... More>>

APNewsBreak: US weighs curbing deportations

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don't have serious criminal records, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations. More>>

Suicide bombings, attacks in Iraq kill 33 people

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Suicide bombings and other attacks across Iraq killed at least 33 people and wounded nearly 80 more on Monday, officials said, the latest in an uptick in violence as the country counts down to crucial parliament elections... More>>

US looking into possible chemical attack in Syria

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The U.S. is looking into whether a toxic chemical was deployed in areas of Syria that are controlled by rebel forces seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd). More>>

Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

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Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as... More>>

Gunmen detain 3 journalists in eastern Ukraine

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Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro-Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine on Monday. More>>

Syria elections set for June 3 amid civil war

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Syria called a presidential election for June 3, aiming to give President Bashar Assad a veneer of electoral legitimacy in the midst of a civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people and driven a third of the... More>>

UN condemns ethnic killings in South Sudan

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U.N. human rights investigators have confirmed that hundreds of civilians were killed because of their ethnicity after rebel forces seized a disputed town in South Sudan last week, the United Nations said Monday. More>>

Finnish skydiver crash probe could take weeks

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An investigation into a small plane crash that killed eight skydivers in Finland could take weeks or longer to complete because the charred remains of the aircraft are scattered over a large area of forest, authorities... More>>

US justices seek middle ground in Argentina case

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The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to be searching for a middle ground Monday in the decade-long battle between Argentina and holders of its defaulted bonds. More>>

Christian militia, French forces fight in C Africa

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Fighting between a Christian militia and French soldiers in Central African Republic has left several people dead, including some who appeared unarmed, according to a witness. More>>

Mauritania to hold presidential elections in June

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Mauritania has announced that its next presidential election will be held in June. More>>

Rwandan singer pleads guilty to terrorism charges

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A prominent Rwandan singer accused of working with groups opposed to President Paul Kagame's government has pleaded guilty to the charges, including terrorism. More>>

Anti-junta Myanmar journalist Win Tin dies at 85

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Win Tin, a prominent journalist who became Myanmar's longest-serving political prisoner after challenging military rule by co-founding the National League for Democracy, died Monday, He was 85. More>>

Congo grants first batch of amnesties to ex-rebels

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Congo has announced the first batch of former rebels who will receive an amnesty adopted earlier this year. More>>

Uganda suspends track coach over sex abuse charges

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Uganda's athletics body suspended a coach who is accused of sexually harassing female runners, an official said on Monday, after Ugandan police started investigating the man whose alleged misconduct has sparked calls... More>>

John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

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Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as... More>>

Court to look at 'born in Jerusalem' passport case

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Confronting an issue fraught with Middle East politics, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear for the second time a passport dispute centering on whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth as Israel. More>>

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche

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Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. More>>

Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

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From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing... More>>

Celebrities gather for Peaches Geldof funeral

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Celebrities have joined the family of Peaches Geldof gathered for the funeral of the British model and TV personality, who died at age 25 earlier this month. More>>

Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school

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Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday. More>>

New portrait unveiled for British queen's birthday

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A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by renowned British photographer David Bailey has been unveiled to mark the monarch's 88th birthday. More>>

Gaza militants fire missile, rockets at Israel

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Militants from the Gaza Strip fired a missile at Israeli troops patrolling the border and several rockets into the country's south on Monday, the last day of the Passover holiday, the military said. No injuries were... More>>

Japan PM sends offering to war shrine

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals - long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea. More>>

Palestinians meet in Gaza for reconciliation talks

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A senior Hamas leader based in Egypt is in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah. More>>

Somali lawmaker killed in car bomb explosion

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A Somali police official says a legislator in the country's parliament has been killed in a car bomb explosion in the Somali capital on Monday. More>>

Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

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Strolling through China's sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound. More>>

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

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Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a climbing boycott after the deadliest avalanche in the mountain's history, a move that could seriously disrupt the rest of the climbing season, a mountaineering official... More>>

Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform

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The residents of 308 Oquendo Street were jolted awake in the middle of the night by violent shaking and a noise that they likened to a freight train, or an exploding bomb. More>>

Grim work for families as more bodies discovered

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There are no names listed as relatives huddle around white signboards to identify bodies from a sunken ferry - just the slimmest of clues about mostly young lives now lost. Many favored hoodies and track pants. One girl... More>>

AP PHOTOS: Nicaraguan town drags chained 'Judases'

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For 130 years, the people of Masatepe have observed Good Friday by dressing up in colorful masks and costumes and dragging chained "Judases" through the streets of their town in western Nicaragua. More>>

Prosecutor says 4 ferry crewmembers detained Video included

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A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers. More>>

Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear

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With little to celebrate, Nigerians marked Easter Sunday with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of at least 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls. More>>

Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help

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As the search continued off the coast of Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the airline announced another plane bound for India was forced to make an emergency landing early Monday after one of its tires... More>>

Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village

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Syria's embattled president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, an important symbolic prize for his government ahead of coming presidential elections he... More>>

Insurgents kill at least 11 Algerian soldiers

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Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in a mountainous region, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five others, the Defense Ministry said Sunday. More>>

AP Photos: Christians seek hope in Easter events Video included

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By The Associated Press From the splendor of the Vatican to some of the world's most troubled regions, Christians worldwide sought hope Sunday in their religion's holiest event - the crucifixion... More>>

8 killed in Finland parachutist plane accident

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Finnish officials say eight people died when a small plane carrying parachutists crashed to the ground and caught fire. More>>

Egypt: Ex-army chief, leftist to run for president

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Egypt's election commission said Sunday only two presidential hopefuls, one of them the powerful former military chief who nine months ago ousted the country's first democratically elected leader, have submitted... More>>

Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

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As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China. More>>

Ukraine, Russia trade blame for shootout in east

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Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state... More>>

Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results

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Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead slightly increased in partial results for Afghanistan's presidential election released Sunday, but he and rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai still seem to be heading for a... More>>

Dealer wanted in US for art fraud nabbed in Spain

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A Spanish businessman suspected of having dealt in millions of dollars of fake art has been arrested during Easter festivities in southern Spain, officials said Sunday. More>>

Emirati firm promises to send citizen into space

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One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space. More>>

Construction frenzy in Beirut alters city skyline

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One by one, the old traditional houses of Beirut are vanishing as luxury towers sprout up on every corner, altering the city's skyline almost beyond recognition amid an ongoing construction frenzy seemingly immune to... More>>

4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

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Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists. More>>

Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate's twisting and impassioned novels. More>>

Transcript of SKorea ship sinking: 'We can't move' Video included

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The following is a portion of the transcript released Sunday by the South Korean coast guard of the conversation between the ferry that sank Wednesday and the Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on Jindo island. The... More>>

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter Video included

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Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the... More>>

Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

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Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms. More>>

Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts Video included

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It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck? More>>

EU official against cutting Russia gas ties

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A senior European Union official says he opposes cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years but the bloc should work on diversifying supplies. More>>

Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site

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Israeli police entered the compound of Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks at them on Sunday, as thousands of tourists packed the Old City for the Easter and Passover holidays. More>>

Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks

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Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine? More>>

Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation Video included

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A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship... More>>

Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land

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Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago. More>>

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

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Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed... More>>

Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken ferry Video included

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After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into a submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the... More>>

Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

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The rescuers moved quickly, minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear. More>>

Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week

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A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane continued to dive Sunday after completing about half of its search on the bottom of the Indian Ocean with no luck, prompting an official to express the... More>>

Japan minister at shrine honoring war criminals

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A Japanese Cabinet minister on Sunday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals, in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors. More>>

Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

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On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. More>>

Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

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The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox... More>>

Pope seeks to bring faith to "ends of the Earth"

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Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica. More>>

Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

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When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too. More>>

At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

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Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the... More>>

Iran vice president says row over reactor resolved

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Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country's vice president said Saturday, marking a major concession from the Islamic Republic in negotiations... More>>

4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

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Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war. More>>

Islamic militants claim this week's Nigeria blast

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Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141. More>>

Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners

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The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The... More>>

Guinea to cancel BSG Resources-Vale mining rights

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The government of Guinea is planning to revoke the mining rights to one of the largest untapped iron ore deposits in the world, following a watchdog's recommendation. More>>

Confusion, anger as sunken ferry's relatives wait Video included

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The informal briefing by a South Korean coast guard rescuer started calmly enough. He stood on a stage in front of relatives of those missing from a sunken ferry, explaining how divers trying to find their loved ones are... More>>

Man arrested over murder of ex-IRA leader

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Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a man for questioning about the killing of a senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner. More>>

Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?

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It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria. More>>

Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant Video included

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His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition,... More>>

Iran denounces US ruling to sell property

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Iran has condemned a ruling issued by a U.S. federal judge approving plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture... More>>

Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

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Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that... More>>

Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus

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An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on... More>>

4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

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Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released, France's presidential palace said Saturday. More>>

Iran general urges Tehran to make new UN pick

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A senior Iranian military official has urged the foreign ministry to name a new envoy to the U.N. after the U.S. blocked its chosen ambassador over alleged ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. More>>

Death toll in SKorea ferry sinking climbs to 32 Video included

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South Korean coast guard officials say they've found three more bodies from the sinking of a ferry, raising the death toll to 32. More>>

Putin: no blocks to boosting relations with West

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he sees no obstacles to improving relations with the West, which are fraught with tension over the Ukraine crisis. More>>

Prosecutor says mate steering waters for 1st time

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A prosecutor says that the third mate steering a South Korean ferry at the time of a major accident was navigating those waters for the first time. More>>

4 questions about missing Malaysian plane answered

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By The Associated Press Travelers at Asian airports have asked questions about the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Here are some of... More>>

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

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Rescuers were searching through piles of snow and ice on the slopes of Mount Everest on Saturday for four Sherpa guides who were buried by an avalanche that killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on the... More>>

Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane

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A robotic submarine has finished its sixth trip to the bottom of the Indian Ocean in the hunt for wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, six weeks after the aircraft mysteriously disappeared, the search... More>>

Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry, 2 crew arrested Video included

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The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need - three of whom were seen lifeless in the... More>>

Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd

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Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after... More>>

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

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A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. More>>

Ferry captain arrested in South Korea disaster Video included

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A prosecutor says the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested. More>>

Pensive pope at Good Friday Colosseum procession

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Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope... More>>

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

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A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. More>>

Belfast IRA figure killed in splinter-group feud

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A senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner was shot to death Friday in Belfast three years after former comrades in his splinter group threatened to kill him. More>>

Diplomacy doesn't move insurgents in Ukraine Video included

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Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. More>>

After Algerian landslide, what next?

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Algeria's frail president won a fourth term in a landslide victory, but it only masks a bigger question for this oil-rich North African nation - what now? It's still unclear who will eventually succeed the... More>>

57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role Video included

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A 57-nation organization with a history of mediation but no enforcing powers has been tasked with helping to translate diplomatic progress on easing Ukrainian tensions into reality on the ground. More>>

World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez Video included

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By The Associated Press Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez: More>>

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

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A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. More>>

Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs

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A powerful car bomb exploded Friday outside a mosque in a pro-government district of central Syria, killing 14 people in the latest violence to hit the war-shattered city, state-run Syrian television reported. More>>

In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash

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Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving some of... More>>

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