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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>>

More bodies from ship; transcript reveals wavering

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Divers continued the grim work of recovering bodies from inside a sunken South Korean ferry Monday, securing a new entryway into the wreck, as a newly released transcript showed the ship was crippled by confusion and... 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

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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>>

Survivors recall chaos, fear in Everest avalanche

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Survivors of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche recalled scenes of panic and chaos, describing Sunday how they dug through snow with their hands and ice axes in hopes of finding their friends alive. 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'

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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

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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>>

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>>

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

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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>>

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>>

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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>>

French President Hollande's top aide resigns

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The French president's top adviser resigned Friday following allegations of a past conflict of interest, striking a new blow to the already unpopular Francois Hollande. More>>

UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser

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Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited David Axelrod - a key figure behind Barack Obama's two presidential victories - to help with its leader's election bid next year. More>>

Pakistan library named 'bin Laden' as memory fades

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Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: "Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr." More>>

Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

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Christians in the Holy Land have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City. More>>

Mali opposition: Tuareg impasse makes north unsafe

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An opposition party says an impasse in negotiations between Mali's government and separatist rebels is creating insecurity in the country's north. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Marking Jesus' journey on Good Friday

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By The Associated Press Around the world, Christians are coming together in observance of Good Friday, which they believe was the day Jesus was crucified. More>>

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

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Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning... More>>

Officials: Bomb in Baghdad shopping street kills 3

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Iraqi officials say a bomb planted on a street full of shoppers in the capital, Baghdad, has killed three people and wounded five. More>>

Transcript of conversation between ferry, shore

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Following is the transcript released by the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries of the conversation between Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on Jeju Island and The Sewol, the ferry that sank on Wednesday. The original... More>>

Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

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The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or... More>>

Filipino devotees re-enact crucifixion of Christ

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Devotees in northern Philippine villages had themselves nailed to wooded crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as thousands of local and foreign spectators watched the bloody annual rites to mark Good Friday... More>>

Vandals damage mosque in northern Israel

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Police say vandals have damaged a mosque in northern Israel in an attack blamed on a fringe group of Jewish extremists. More>>

Australia's Houston: Calm face of Flight 370 hunt

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He speaks with a calm, steady voice as he tackles question after question in an attempt to explain one of the biggest mysteries the modern world has ever known: What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? More>>

Vice principal saved from Korea ferry found hanged

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Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree. More>>

Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade

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Iran's president underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West in a speech Friday during a military parade on the country's National Army Day. More>>

Taliban inmates break out of Afghan prison

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An official says three Taliban insurgents escaped from a prison in northern Afghanistan using weapons smuggled into the facility in a jailbreak that killed three police guards. More>>

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87 Video included

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Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast. More>>

Avalanche sweeps Everest; 6 killed, 9 missing

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A Nepalese tourism official says six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept a route used to ascend the world's highest peak. More>>

Transcript shows ferry captain delayed evacuation Video included

Fresh questions arose about whether quicker action by the captain of a doomed ferry could have saved lives, even as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead. More>>

Anger and dismay at stalled Guantanamo 9/11 trial

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Don Arias stormed out of the meeting with the defense lawyers at this U.S. Navy base after less than 15 minutes. He was soon followed by three others who also lost family members in the 9/11 terror attack. More>>

Works by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez Video included

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By The Associated Press Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez was among Latin America's most popular writers and widely considered the father of a literary style known as magic realism. More>>

Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet

A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet one month after the search began off Australia's west coast, as data... More>>

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87 Video included

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Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast. More>>

Divers pumping air into submerged SKorean ship

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Coast guard officials say divers have begun pumping air into a submerged South Korean ship 48 hours after it listed and sank. But it wasn't immediately clear if the air was for survivors or for a salvage operation. More>>

Excerpts from the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez Video included

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Here are some excerpts from the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. More>>

Grief in town of students missing in ferry sinking

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The most poignant reminders of what's been lost here are the most ordinary. More>>

SSudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base

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An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday in order to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. Peacekeepers were forced to open fire, amid rampaging violence that killed at least... 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>>

Works by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez Video included

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By The Associated Press Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez was among Latin America's most popular writers and widely considered the father of a literary style known as magic realism. More>>

UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea

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The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against "a totalitarian state without parallel in the... More>>

Opposition cries fraud in Algerian election

The main opposition candidate in Algeria's presidential elections cried foul late Thursday night hours after voting ended, alleging massive fraud and vowing to reject any results announced. More>>

Ukrainian unity on display with peaceful rallies

Thousands gathered for peaceful demonstrations Thursday in at least four eastern cities to denounce Russia for its perceived meddling in Ukrainian affairs, a day after the most lethal clash so far killed three pro-Russian... More>>

Ukraine OKs intl court, may probe Kiev deaths

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Ukraine has accepted the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, opening the way for a possible investigation of the violent crackdown by former President Viktor Yanukovych's government on demonstrators, the... More>>

Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87 Video included

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City on Thursday.... More>>

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions _ for now Video included

In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by... More>>

Nigerians search unsafe forest for abducted girls

Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist... More>>

Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87 Video included

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Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast. More>>

US senators support Moldova in EU bid

Four U.S. senators visited Moldova Thursday to lend support to the former Soviet republic's move toward the European Union, while Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Ukraine to end a blockade of the country's... More>>

French military frees 5 aid workers in N Mali

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French special forces backed by helicopters led a pre-dawn operation in northern Mail Thursday and freed five humanitarian aid workers who had been held captive by a "terrorist group" - killing about 10 of the alleged... More>>

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87 Video included

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A person close to the family has confirmed reports that that Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died. He was 87. More>>

UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade

Iran has converted three quarters of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms and is well on the way toward transforming the rest, the U.N. atomic agency... More>>

Pistorius trial: Prosecutor chides defense witness

An expert witness for the defense at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius was supposed to help the athlete's assertion that he killed his girlfriend by mistake last year, but he ended his testimony on Thursday amid... More>>

Guantanamo trial in 9/11 veers off track again

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An effort to prosecute the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and four co-defendants veered off track again Thursday as a pretrial hearing ended with new obstacles that threaten to further derail... More>>

Russian state media claim AP skews Putin coverage

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Kremlin-controlled television channels criticized The Associated Press' international television service for cutting into its live feed of President Vladimir Putin's nearly four-hour call-in show to send footage... More>>

Thugs with machetes attack Nigerian party congress

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Nigerian officials say machete-wielding thugs have attacked delegates at a meeting of Nigeria's main opposition coalition, wounding scores in the northern city of Kaduna. More>>

Turkey increases spy agency's powers

Turkey's parliament on Thursday approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It's the latest in a string of moves that critics say is undermining the country's... More>>

Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

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Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave." More>>

Putin's choice of words shed light on Ukraine Video included

To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in Ukraine, it helps to pay close attention to his choice of words and his reading of history. Here is what Putin had to say Thursday in a nationally... More>>

Croatia extradites ex-spy to Germany

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A former top spy in Yugoslavia's feared secret service has been extradited to Germany, where he is wanted in connection with murder of a political dissident 31 years ago. More>>

Ex-Senegalese president's son to face graft trial

An official says the son of Senegal's former president will be tried for illicit enrichment following an investigation into how he amassed his multimillion-dollar fortune. More>>

Iranian woman forgives son's killer at the gallows

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By LEE KEATH Associated Press The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the... More>>

Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western, and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing for top honors at next month's Cannes Film Festival. More>>

Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine Video included

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Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine. More>>

West Africa's Ebola outbreak has claimed 137 lives

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The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives. More>>

Romanian premier co-pilots US F-16 fighter jet

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Romania's prime minister has co-piloted an F-16 fighter jet at the end of Romanian and U.S. air exercises. More>>

Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

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A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread. More>>

Berlusconi: glad to help elderly as punishment

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Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says he's glad a Milan court ordered him to help the elderly as part of his punishment for a tax fraud conviction. More>>

Ukraine: More stringent border checks for Russians

Ukraine is introducing stringent checks for Russian citizens who want to cross the border into Ukraine. More>>

Kenya sends 91 Somalis to Mogadishu amid crackdown

If you have a beard or wear loose-fitting clothing associated with Muslims, you will be targeted, says Omar bin Omar as police carried out a security sweep of Somali neighborhoods amid alleged police abuses. More>>

Snowden questions Putin on surveillance policies

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Several hours into Vladimir Putin's televised call-in show, one of the TV anchors interrupted viewers' questions to air what she said was a "sensational video" for the Russian president: a message from Edward Snowden. More>>

Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers

Militants launched a brazen attack on a military base in a restive area in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 10 soldiers and wounding 12, officials said. More>>

5 newspapers suspended in Ivory Coast

Five Ivory Coast newspapers whose publications have been temporarily suspended are denouncing the measure. More>>

India struggles with rebel threats during election

Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where leftist rebels threatened violence over the plight of... More>>

Israel arrests Arab journalist over Lebanon visit

Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service said on Thursday that it has detained a young Israeli Arab journalist for traveling to Lebanon, which Israel considers an enemy country. More>>

Key things to know as Algeria votes for president

Algerians went to the polls Thursday to elect the president of their oil-rich country, a key U.S. ally in the fight against terror and a major natural gas provider to Europe. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to... More>>

Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing

Kim Jeong-keun woke up on his cabin bed to find out his friends had smeared lipstick on his face while he had been asleep, a prank harking back to their school days. More>>

Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return

This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world. More>>

AP names Nigeria chief of bureau

The Associated Press has named Michelle Faul, who has covered the major stories of Africa over the past three decades, as its bureau chief in Nigeria. More>>

Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking Video included

Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of... More>>

Street theater in Mexico City's rough Tepito area

Few outsiders dare venture after dark into Tepito, a neighborhood known as Mexico City's main clearinghouse for contraband ranging from guns and drugs to counterfeit sneakers. More>>

Progress in Venezuela talks, but protests continue

Negotiators for the government and the opposition have agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission that is to investigate who is to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest in Venezuela. More>>

Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a... More>>

West slams Russia 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine

Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia's "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there. More>>

Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide

The diplomat who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 apologized Wednesday for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter... More>>

Robot sub makes first complete search for plane

A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and... More>>

NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday. More>>

uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN

A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing... More>>

20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday. More>>

US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian... More>>

US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions

A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow... More>>

Bosnians see victims excavated from mass grave

Denisa Hegic pulled her scarf around her nose to guard against the stench and drew back the plastic shroud. Shaking, she reached down to touch her mother's skull and caressed it. More>>

Uruguay's leader declares $322,883 in wealth

President Jose Mujica says his wealth adds up to $322,883. Nearly a third of that is cash, kept in three bank accounts that Uruguay's leader didn't previously declare. More>>

Romanian poet, dissident Nina Cassian dies

Romanian poet and translator Nina Cassian, who obtained political asylum in the United States after the Communist-era secret police found her critical poems scribbled in a friend's diary, has died in New York City. She... More>>

Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles

Thursday's high-level talks in Geneva on Ukraine come as the country's eastern regions are awash in turmoil and pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities. More>>

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Oscar Pistorius' lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete's shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own... More>>

Algerian election faces disaffected populace

The college students playing pick-up soccer along the faded grandeur of Algiers' sweeping waterfront say they won't be voting in Thursday's presidential elections, echoing the sentiments of many young Algerians. More>>

Protector of vast African park shot and wounded

A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he... More>>

Pakistan Taliban says truce over but talks ongoing

The Pakistani Taliban said Wednesday they will not renew a ceasefire they called over a month ago to facilitate peace negotiations but said they will still continue talks with the government. More>>

France targets welfare for big spending cuts

France's new prime minister announced plans Wednesday to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from state pensions, health care and the social safety net as a part of a 50 billion-euro effort to rein in the country's... More>>

Argentine zoo shows off white tiger triplets

The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers - Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude. More>>

Watchdog: Rise in targeted media killings in Syria

A spike in targeted murders of journalists in Syria landed the war-shattered country for the first time on the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual Impunity Index, joining a list of countries where journalists'... More>>

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman cleared of fraud

A jury Wednesday cleared former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick of all fraud charges related to a loans-for-shares scheme that preceded the bank's 2009 collapse. More>>

Ex-editor admits hearing hacked voicemails in 2004

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that he listened to hacked voicemail messages while he was editor of the tabloid. More>>

NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster

North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair. More>>

Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate... More>>

UN deploys Ugandan guard unit in Somali capital

About 400 Ugandan troops will be deployed to Somalia under a new United Nations guard unit charged with protecting U.N. staff and installations in the violence-prone Somali capital, Ugandan military officials said. More>>

Israel police disperse riot at Jerusalem holy site

Israeli police stormed a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem on Wednesday, firing tear gas to disperse a protest by Palestinian Muslim worshippers, officials said. More>>

UN seeks $274 million for Central African Republic

The United Nations and aid groups launched an appeal for $274 million Wednesday to help people who have fled the Central African Republic because of the sectarian conflict there, warning that the dire needs of hundreds of... More>>

Pope gives a lift to 2 kids in St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter's Square. More>>

Tanzanian president warns Congo rebels to disarm

Tanzania's president warned armed groups operating in eastern Congo to disarm or risk being hunted down by Congolese and U.N. forces in an interview with The Associated Press. More>>

Planned anti-gay rally in Ethiopia is cancelled

A planned anti-gay rally that would have made Ethiopia the latest African country to demonize gays has been cancelled, officials said Wednesday. More>>

Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syrian border

Jordanian military warplanes struck a convoy of vehicles as they were trying to enter Jordan from Syria, the army said in a statement Wednesday, in an unusual move at a time of tensions between the desert kingdom and... More>>

Female Afghan lawmaker wounded in shooting attack

A female Afghan lawmaker was wounded in a shooting that her sister called a political attack, but which the government on Wednesday described as resulting from an undetermined personal dispute with a police officer. More>>

Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history. More>>

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