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  • Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    Saturday, April 19 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:32:06 GMT
    As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will find a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.
    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.
  • 13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

    13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

    Saturday, April 19 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:32:00 GMT
    Rescuers were digging through piles of snow and ice Saturday for four Sherpa guides buried on Mount Everest when an avalanche swept down the slopes and killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on...
    Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the...
  • Iran vice president says row over reactor resolved

    Iran vice president says row over reactor resolved

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:51:52 GMT
    Iranian state television is reporting that the Islamic Republic's vice president is saying a dispute between world powers and the country over its heavy water reactor at Arak has been "virtually resolved."
    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...
  • Guinea to cancel BSG Resources-Vale mining rights

    Guinea to cancel BSG Resources-Vale mining rights

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:42:04 GMT
    The government of Guinea says it plans to revoke the mining rights to one of the largest untapped iron ore deposits in the world, following a watchdog's recommendation.
    The government of Guinea says it plans to revoke the mining rights to one of the largest untapped iron ore deposits in the world, following a watchdog's recommendation.
  • Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:21:57 GMT
    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. Two crew members also were taken into...
    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody,...
  • Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

    Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:21:54 GMT
    The rescuers moved quickly, just 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.
    The rescuers moved quickly, just 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.
  • Confusion, anger as sunken ferry's relatives wait

    Confusion, anger as sunken ferry's relatives wait

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:12:08 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Man arrested over murder of ex-IRA leader

    Man arrested over murder of ex-IRA leader

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:02 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:02:24 GMT
    Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a man for questioning about the killing of a senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner.
    Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a man for questioning about the killing of a senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner.
  • Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?

    Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-04-19 15:42:05 GMT
    It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria.
    It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria.
  • Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

    Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-04-19 15:22:18 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • 4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

    4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-04-19 15:02:14 GMT
    Four French journalists held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, officials said Saturday, the latest batch of reporters to be freed in what has become the world's deadliest conflict for the media.
    Four French journalists held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, officials said Saturday, the latest batch of reporters to be freed in what has become the world's deadliest conflict for the media.
  • At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

    At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:52 AM EDT2014-04-19 14:52:19 GMT
    Russia's foreign ministry on Saturday promised it would offer strong assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis, but emphasized that the ultimate responsibility for reducing tensions lies with Ukrainians...
    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...
  • Costa Rican woman attributes miracle to pope

    Costa Rican woman attributes miracle to pope

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:41 AM EDT2014-04-19 14:41:50 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-04-19 13:21:50 GMT
    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,...
    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,...
  • Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

    Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-04-19 13:21:43 GMT
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in his twisting, impassioned novels.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate's twisting and impassioned novels.
  • Iran denounces US ruling to sell property

    Iran denounces US ruling to sell property

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-04-19 12:31:43 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week

    Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:21:40 GMT
    The search coordination center says an underwater robotic submarine is expected to finish searching a narrowed down area of the Indian Ocean seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane within the next week,...
    A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty, and the search area may be expanded after...
  • Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

    Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:51 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:51:42 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus

    Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:41 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:41:55 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • 4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

    4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:31 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:31:40 GMT
    France's presidential palace says four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released.
    Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released, France's presidential palace said Saturday.
  • Iran general urges Tehran to make new UN pick

    Iran general urges Tehran to make new UN pick

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:31 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:31:39 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • EU official against cutting Russia gas ties

    EU official against cutting Russia gas ties

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:21 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:21:35 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Death toll in SKorea ferry sinking climbs to 32

    Death toll in SKorea ferry sinking climbs to 32

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:31 AM EDT2014-04-19 09:31:46 GMT
    South Korean coast guard officials say they've found three more bodies from the sinking of a ferry, raising the death toll to 32.
    South Korean coast guard officials say they've found three more bodies from the sinking of a ferry, raising the death toll to 32.
  • Putin: no blocks to boosting relations with West

    Putin: no blocks to boosting relations with West

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:31 AM EDT2014-04-19 09:31:45 GMT
    Russian President Vladimir Putin says he sees no obstacles to improving relations with the West, which are fraught with tension over the Ukraine crisis.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin says he sees no obstacles to improving relations with the West, which are fraught with tension over the Ukraine crisis.
  • Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

    Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:52 AM EDT2014-04-19 07:52:42 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Prosecutor says mate steering waters for 1st time

    Prosecutor says mate steering waters for 1st time

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:11 AM EDT2014-04-19 07:11:44 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • 4 questions about missing Malaysian plane answered

    4 questions about missing Malaysian plane answered

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:52 AM EDT2014-04-19 06:52:05 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

    Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:32:48 GMT
    An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to ascend the world's highest peak, killing at least six Nepalese guides and leaving nine more missing, officials said.
    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...
  • Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane

    Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:11:40 GMT
    Six weeks into the extensive search for the lost Malaysia Airlines plane without so much as a piece of debris yet found, several Chinese relatives met Friday to pray for spouses who never came home, while begging...
    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...
  • Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:51:33 GMT
    Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives.
    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...
  • Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd

    Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:01:14 GMT
    Canadian police confirmed Thursday 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...
    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...
  • Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

    Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:32:00 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Ferry captain arrested in South Korea disaster

    Ferry captain arrested in South Korea disaster

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:21:48 GMT
    Prosecutors say they've asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead.
    A prosecutor says the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested.
  • Pensive pope at Good Friday Colosseum procession

    Pensive pope at Good Friday Colosseum procession

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:51:14 GMT
    Pope Francis is presiding over a torch-lit Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum marking Good Friday in Rome.
    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...
  • Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

    Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:11:42 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Belfast IRA figure killed in splinter-group feud

    Belfast IRA figure killed in splinter-group feud

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:51:29 GMT
    A senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner has been shot to death in Belfast three years after former comrades in his splinter group threatened to kill them.
    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.
  • Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

    Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:32 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:32:00 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Diplomacy doesn't move insurgents in Ukraine

    Diplomacy doesn't move insurgents in Ukraine

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:22:01 GMT
    Pro-Russian militiamen who control government buildings in eastern Ukraine are showing no sign of relenting despite a deal between Moscow and Kiev.
    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.
  • After Algerian landslide, what next?

    After Algerian landslide, what next?

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:21:52 GMT
    Algerian officials say President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has won a fourth term in office with a landslide 81 percent of the vote.
    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...
  • 57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role

    57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:41:45 GMT
    A team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is going to try to help de-escalate Russian-Ukrainian tensions after the two nations agreed to work on reducing frictions sparked by Moscow's...
    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.
  • World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:21:50 GMT
    By The Associated Press Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez:
    By The Associated Press Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez:
  • Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

    Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:51:44 GMT
    A powerful earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey calculated its magnitude at 7.5 and said it was centered near the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are...
    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.
  • Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs

    Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:51:36 GMT
    The spokesman of an al-Qaida breakaway group has slammed the terror network's chief, blaming him for the widening rift between rival Islamic rebels who are battling each other in Syria.
    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.
  • In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash

    In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:21:10 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • French President Hollande's top aide resigns

    French President Hollande's top aide resigns

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:20:56 GMT
    The French president's top adviser has resigned following allegations of a past conflict of interest, striking a new blow to the already unpopular Francois Hollande.
    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.
  • UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser

    UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:31:26 GMT
    Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited a top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama's campaigns to help with its leader's election bid next year.
    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.
  • Pakistan library named 'bin Laden' as memory fades

    Pakistan library named 'bin Laden' as memory fades

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:01 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:01:10 GMT
    A spokesman for a controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital, Islamabad, says he has named the school's new library in honor of Osama bin Laden.
    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."
  • Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

    Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:01 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:01:00 GMT
    Christians in the Holy Land are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City.
    Christians in the Holy Land have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City.
  • Mali opposition: Tuareg impasse makes north unsafe

    Mali opposition: Tuareg impasse makes north unsafe

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:41 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:41:23 GMT
    An opposition party says an impasse in negotiations between Mali's government and separatist rebels is creating insecurity in the country's north.
    An opposition party says an impasse in negotiations between Mali's government and separatist rebels is creating insecurity in the country's north.
  • AP PHOTOS: Marking Jesus' journey on Good Friday

    AP PHOTOS: Marking Jesus' journey on Good Friday

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:51 AM EDT2014-04-18 11:51:30 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

    China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-04-18 11:00:46 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Officials: Bomb in Baghdad shopping street kills 3

    Officials: Bomb in Baghdad shopping street kills 3

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-04-18 11:00:43 GMT
    Iraqi officials say a bomb planted on a street full of shoppers in the capital, Baghdad, has killed three people and wounded five.
    Iraqi officials say a bomb planted on a street full of shoppers in the capital, Baghdad, has killed three people and wounded five.
  • Transcript of conversation between ferry, shore

    Transcript of conversation between ferry, shore

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:20 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:20:58 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

    Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:20 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:20:46 GMT
    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....
    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...
  • Filipino devotees re-enact crucifixion of Christ

    Filipino devotees re-enact crucifixion of Christ

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:11 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:11:06 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Vandals damage mosque in northern Israel

    Vandals damage mosque in northern Israel

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:50 AM EDT2014-04-18 09:50:41 GMT
    Police say vandals have damaged a mosque in northern Israel in an attack blamed on a fringe group of Jewish extremists.
    Police say vandals have damaged a mosque in northern Israel in an attack blamed on a fringe group of Jewish extremists.
  • Australia's Houston: Calm face of Flight 370 hunt

    Australia's Houston: Calm face of Flight 370 hunt

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:20 AM EDT2014-04-18 09:20:55 GMT
    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?
    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?
  • Vice principal saved from Korea ferry found hanged

    Vice principal saved from Korea ferry found hanged

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:00 AM EDT2014-04-18 09:00:41 GMT
    Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree.
    Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree.
  • Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade

    Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:30 AM EDT2014-04-18 08:30:34 GMT
    Iran's president has underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West during a military parade marking the country's National Army Day.
    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.
  • Taliban inmates break out of Afghan prison

    Taliban inmates break out of Afghan prison

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:20 AM EDT2014-04-18 08:20:34 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:40 AM EDT2014-04-18 05:40:41 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Avalanche sweeps Everest; 6 killed, 9 missing

    Avalanche sweeps Everest; 6 killed, 9 missing

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:11 AM EDT2014-04-18 05:11:25 GMT
    Officials say about five climbers are feared missing after an avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest and hit a route used to assent the world's highest peak.
    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.
  • Transcript shows ferry captain delayed evacuation

    Transcript shows ferry captain delayed evacuation

    Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers, many thought to be high school students, still missing more than a day after their ferry flipped onto...
    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.
  • Anger and dismay at stalled Guantanamo 9/11 trial

    Anger and dismay at stalled Guantanamo 9/11 trial

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:50 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:50:59 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Works by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Works by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:22:13 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet

    Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet

    A robotic submarine completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, and investigators were analyzing the sub's data while also trying to identify the...
    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...
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:50 PM EDT2014-04-18 03:50:40 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Divers pumping air into submerged SKorean ship

    Divers pumping air into submerged SKorean ship

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:40 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:40:56 GMT
    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...
    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.
  • Excerpts from the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Excerpts from the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:01:44 GMT
    Here are some excerpts from the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
    Here are some excerpts from the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
  • Grief in town of students missing in ferry sinking

    Grief in town of students missing in ferry sinking

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:01:38 GMT
    The most poignant reminders of what's been lost here are the most ordinary.
    The most poignant reminders of what's been lost here are the most ordinary.
  • SSudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base

    SSudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:50 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:50:45 GMT
    A military officer in South Sudan said about 12 people were killed and dozens injured when an angry mob of armed youths stormed a U.N. compound and attacked civilians from a minority ethnic group.
    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...
  • World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:00 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:00:54 GMT
    By The Associated Press Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez:
    By The Associated Press Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez:
  • Works by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Works by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-04-18 00:20:55 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea

    UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:50:19 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Opposition cries fraud in Algerian election

    Opposition cries fraud in Algerian election

    Algerians are trickling into the polls to elect a new president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be won by the ailing incumbent.
    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.
  • Ukrainian unity on display with peaceful rallies

    Ukrainian unity on display with peaceful rallies

    Ukraine's interior minister says three pro-Russian militants have been killed and 13 wounded after Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol in the...
    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...
  • Ukraine OKs intl court, may probe Kiev deaths

    Ukraine OKs intl court, may probe Kiev deaths

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:00:43 GMT
    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.
    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...
  • Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

    Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:50:48 GMT
    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...
    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....
  • Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions _ for now

    Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions _ for now

    Ukraine is seeking to pacify Russia even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what Washington says are Russian efforts to foment unrest in the former Soviet state.
    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...
  • Nigerians search unsafe forest for abducted girls

    Nigerians search unsafe forest for abducted girls

    The principal of a northeastern Nigerian school said she cannot confirm a military report that more than 100 female students kidnapped by Islamic militants are free.
    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...
  • Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

    Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:30:43 GMT
    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...
    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.
  • US senators support Moldova in EU bid

    US senators support Moldova in EU bid

    Four U.S. senators have visited Moldova to offer political and financial support, while Russian President Vladimir Putin is urging Ukraine to end a blockade of the country's separatist province Trans-Dniester.
    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...
  • French military frees 5 aid workers in N Mali

    French military frees 5 aid workers in N Mali

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:22:56 GMT
    France's presidential palace says French forces have freed five humanitarian aid workers kidnapped by "a terrorist group" in northern Mali in early February.
    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...
  • Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

    Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:10:20 GMT
    A person close to the family has confirmed reports that that Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died. He was 87.
    A person close to the family has confirmed reports that that Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died. He was 87.
  • UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade

    UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade

    The U.N. nuclear agency says Iran has neutralized half of its stockpile of higher-enriched uranium that could be turned quickly into the core of a nuclear weapon.
    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...
  • Pistorius trial: Prosecutor chides defense witness

    Pistorius trial: Prosecutor chides defense witness

    The prosecutor at the murder trial of double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius is continuing his cross-examination of one of the defense's forensic experts.
    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...
  • Guantanamo trial in 9/11 veers off track again

    Guantanamo trial in 9/11 veers off track again

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:50:42 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Russian state media claim AP skews Putin coverage

    Russian state media claim AP skews Putin coverage

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:50:39 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Thugs with machetes attack Nigerian party congress

    Thugs with machetes attack Nigerian party congress

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:50:37 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Turkey increases spy agency's powers

    Turkey increases spy agency's powers

    Turkey's parliament looks set to pass a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It is the latest in a string of moves critics say is undermining democracy in the country...
    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...
  • Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

    Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:30:09 GMT
    Pope Francis has washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve like a "slave."
    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."
  • Putin's choice of words shed light on Ukraine

    Putin's choice of words shed light on Ukraine

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin has dismissed claims that Russian special forces are in eastern Ukraine as "nonsense."
    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...
  • Croatia extradites ex-spy to Germany

    Croatia extradites ex-spy to Germany

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:20:50 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Ex-Senegalese president's son to face graft trial

    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 multi-million dollar fortune.
    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.
  • Iranian woman forgives son's killer at the gallows

    Iranian woman forgives son's killer at the gallows

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:11:15 GMT
    By The 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...
    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...
  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

    Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

    A Tommy Lee Jones western and a David Cronenberg expose on Hollywood are among the 18 films vying for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
    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.
  • Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine

    Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:10 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:10:41 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • West Africa's Ebola outbreak has claimed 137 lives

    West Africa's Ebola outbreak has claimed 137 lives

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:30:24 GMT
    The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives.
    The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives.
  • Romanian premier co-pilots US F-16 fighter jet

    Romanian premier co-pilots US F-16 fighter jet

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:21:51 GMT
    Romania's prime minister has co-piloted an F-16 fighter jet at the end of Romanian and U.S. air exercises.
    Romania's prime minister has co-piloted an F-16 fighter jet at the end of Romanian and U.S. air exercises.
  • Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

    Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:21:50 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Berlusconi: glad to help elderly as punishment

    Berlusconi: glad to help elderly as punishment

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:09:44 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Ukraine: More stringent border checks for Russians

    Ukraine: More stringent border checks for Russians

    Ukraine is introducing stringent checks for Russian citizens who want to cross the border into Ukraine.
    Ukraine is introducing stringent checks for Russian citizens who want to cross the border into Ukraine.
  • Kenya sends 91 Somalis to Mogadishu amid crackdown

    Kenya sends 91 Somalis to Mogadishu amid crackdown

    Kenya's police chief says 91 Somali nationals have been deported to Mogadishu.
    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.
  • Snowden questions Putin on surveillance policies

    Snowden questions Putin on surveillance policies

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:49:42 GMT
    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...
    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.
  • Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers

    Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers

    Iraqi officials say militants have attacked a military base in the country's north, killing at least 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.
  • 5 newspapers suspended in Ivory Coast

    5 newspapers suspended in Ivory Coast

    Five Ivory Coast newspapers whose publications have been temporarily suspended are denouncing the measure.
    Five Ivory Coast newspapers whose publications have been temporarily suspended are denouncing the measure.
  • India struggles with rebel threats during election

    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 rebels threatened violence over the plight of...
    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...
  • Israel arrests Arab journalist over Lebanon visit

    Israel arrests Arab journalist over Lebanon visit

    Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service says it has detained a young Israeli Arab journalist for traveling to Lebanon, which Israel considers an enemy country.
    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.
  • Key things to know as Algeria votes for president

    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...
    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...
  • Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing

    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.
    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.
  • Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return

    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.
    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.
  • AP names Nigeria chief of bureau

    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.
    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.
  • Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

    Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

    More than 100 people were still unaccounted Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 476, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and...
    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...
  • Street theater in Mexico City's rough Tepito area

    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.
    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.
  • Progress in Venezuela talks, but protests continue

    Progress in Venezuela talks, but protests continue

    Negotiators from Venezuela's government and the opposition agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission tasked with investigating who's to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest.
    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.
  • Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

    Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

    An Associated Press reporter says he saw a column of combat vehicles in an eastern Ukrainian city, occupied by pro-Russian insurgents and flying Russian flags.
    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...
  • West slams Russia 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine

    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.
    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.
  • Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide

    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...
    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...
  • Robot sub makes first complete search for plane

    Robot sub makes first complete search for plane

    As a robotic submarine dived into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person.
    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...
  • NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

    NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

    The head of NATO says the alliance is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine.
    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.
  • uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN

    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...
    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...
  • 20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

    20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

    A Nigerian newspaper reports that a baby lost in the chaos of the bus station bomb blast in Nigeria's capital is set to be reunited with her critically wounded mother.
    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.
  • US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

    US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

    The United States is working on a package of non-lethal aid for Ukraine that could include medical supplies and clothing, but would stop short of providing body armor and other military-style equipment, U.S....
    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...
  • US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions

    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...
    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...
  • Bosnians see victims excavated from mass grave

    Bosnians see victims excavated from mass grave

    Family members of victims from Bosnia's 1992-1995 war are beginning to travel to northwestern Bosnia to view the remains of corpses meticulously pulled from the earth and identified through DNA analysis.
    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.
  • Uruguay's leader declares $322,883 in wealth

    Uruguay's leader declares $322,883 in wealth

    Uruguayan President Jose Mujica says his wealth adds up to $322,883. Nearly a third of that is cash, kept in three bank accounts that he didn't previously declare.
    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.
  • Romanian poet, dissident Nina Cassian dies

    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...
    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...
  • Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles

    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...
    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.
  • Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

    Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

    The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has ruled that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday and resume on May 5.
    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...
  • Algerian election faces disaffected populace

    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...
    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.
  • Protector of vast African park shot and wounded

    Protector of vast African park shot and wounded

    Park officials say the Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously 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...
  • Pakistan Taliban says truce over but talks ongoing

    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.
    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.
  • France targets welfare for big spending cuts

    France targets welfare for big spending cuts

    France's prime minister has announced plans to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from pensions, social care and health care as a part of a 50-billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit.
    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...
  • Argentine zoo shows off white tiger triplets

    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.
    The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers - Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude.
  • Watchdog: Rise in targeted media killings in Syria

    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...
    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'...
  • Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman cleared of fraud

    Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman cleared of fraud

    A jury has 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.
    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.
  • Ex-editor admits hearing hacked voicemails in 2004

    Ex-editor admits hearing hacked voicemails in 2004

    Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has acknowledged that he listened to hacked voicemail messages while he was editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid.
    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.
  • NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster

    NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster

    North Korean diplomats have asked the British government to take action against a London hair salon's poster poking fun at distinctively coiffured leader Kim Jong Un.
    North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair.
  • Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel

    Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel

    The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change on Sunday highlighted the disconnect between international goals to fight global warming and what is being done to attain them.
    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...
  • UN deploys Ugandan guard unit in Somali capital

    UN deploys Ugandan guard unit in Somali capital

    Ugandan officials say about 400 troops will be deployed in Somalia on Thursday under a new United Nations guard unit charged with protecting U.N. staff and installations in the violence-prone 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.
  • Israel police disperse riot at Jerusalem holy site

    Israel police disperse riot at Jerusalem holy site

    Israeli police say they have stormed a Jerusalem holy site to disperse a riot.
    Israeli police stormed a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem on Wednesday, firing tear gas to disperse a protest by Palestinian Muslim worshippers, officials said.
  • UN seeks $274 million for Central African Republic

    UN seeks $274 million for Central African Republic

    The United Nations and aid groups are seeking $272 million to help people fleeing the conflict in the 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...
  • Pope gives a lift to 2 kids in St. Peter's Square

    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.
    Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter's Square.
  • Tanzanian president warns Congo rebels to disarm

    Tanzanian president warns Congo rebels to disarm

    The president of Tanzania is warning armed rebels operating in eastern Congo to put down their arms or risk being hunted down by Congolese and U.N. forces.
    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.
  • Planned anti-gay rally in Ethiopia is cancelled

    Planned anti-gay rally in Ethiopia is cancelled

    Officials say that plans for an anti-gay rally in Ethiopia's capital have been cancelled.
    A planned anti-gay rally that would have made Ethiopia the latest African country to demonize gays has been cancelled, officials said Wednesday.
  • Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syrian border

    Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syrian border

    Jordan's army says the country's air force has attacked cars that were at the kingdom's border with neighboring Syria.
    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...
  • Female Afghan lawmaker wounded in shooting attack

    Female Afghan lawmaker wounded in shooting attack

    An Afghan policeman has opened fire and wounded a female lawmaker in the country's capital, Kabul, during what authorities described as a "dispute" between the two.
    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.
  • Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

    Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

    A recent graduate of the University of Calgary was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the police chief called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history.
    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.
  • UK lawmakers slam lax security in Taliban attack

    UK lawmakers slam lax security in Taliban attack

    British lawmakers say commanders' complacency and inadequate security were partly to blame for the failure to stop a Taliban attack on a U.S-British base in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. Marines.
    British lawmakers said Wednesday that U.K. commanders' complacency and inadequate security were partly to blame for the failure to stop a Taliban attack on a U.S-British base in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. Marines.
  • Gunmen kill 9 on bus in Ethiopia near dam project

    Gunmen kill 9 on bus in Ethiopia near dam project

    Ethiopian officials say that attackers fired on a public bus in the country's west, killing nine people and wounding seven.
    Ethiopian officials say that attackers fired on a public bus in the country's west, killing nine people and wounding seven.
  • China's growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1Q

    China's growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1Q

    China's economic growth slowed to a 24-year low of 7.4 percent in the first quarter, raising the risk of job losses and a potential impact on its trading partners.
    China's economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses.
  • If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US

    If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US

    Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits...
    Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S....
  • Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

    Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

    Following four strong underwater signals in the past week, all has gone quiet in the hunt for the missing Malaysian airline, meaning the batteries on the all-important black boxes may have finally died.
    As a robotic submarine dove into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person.
  • Official: Iran will not discuss missile program

    Official: Iran will not discuss missile program

    Iran's defense minister says Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program.
    Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday.
  • Russian FM: Russia still to meet with Ukraine

    Russian FM: Russia still to meet with Ukraine

    Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russia is still planning to meet with Ukrainian officials at an international conference in Geneva on Thursday.
    Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russia is still planning to meet with Ukrainian officials at an international conference in Geneva on Thursday.
  • ASML sees lull in orders from computer chip makers

    ASML sees lull in orders from computer chip makers

    ASML Holding NV, the largest supplier of equipment to computer chip makers such as Intel and Samsung, says it sees only incremental sales gains in the coming two quarters.
    ASML Holding NV, the largest supplier of equipment to computer chip makers such as Intel and Samsung, says it sees only incremental sales gains in the coming two quarters.
  • Egypt clamps hold over mosques to control message

    Egypt clamps hold over mosques to control message

    In his weekly sermon, Muslim cleric Ali Abdel-Moati preached to his congregation in a southern Egyptian city about the evils of making hasty judgments. That prompted a complaint to authorities from a judge, who...
    In his weekly sermon, Muslim cleric Ali Abdel-Moati preached to his congregation in a southern Egyptian city about the evils of making hasty judgments. That prompted a complaint to authorities from a judge, who accused him...
  • Cuban doctors in eye of Venezuelan hurricane

    Cuban doctors in eye of Venezuelan hurricane

    When Judith Faraiz's son was near death after a severe motorcycle accident, she put his life in the hands of God and Cuban doctors.
    When Judith Faraiz's son was near death after a severe motorcycle accident, she put his life in the hands of God and Cuban doctors.
  • 2 dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

    2 dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

    A government office says a South Korean passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side.
    Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two...
  • Chile leader to relocate Valparaiso fire victims

    Chile leader to relocate Valparaiso fire victims

    With all of Valparaiso under military rule early Tuesday, 5,000 firefighters, police, forest rangers, soldiers, sailors and civil defense workers joined in a mammoth fight against wildfires licking around the...
    President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 12,500 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot...
  • Ukraine bares teeth against eastern uprising

    Ukraine bares teeth against eastern uprising

    Pro-Russian insurgents who have seized government buildings across eastern Ukraine dug in Tuesday, fortifying their positions and erecting fresh barricades, despite another government announcement that it was...
    In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at an airport, beginning what the president called an "anti-terrorist...
  • Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting

    Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting

    The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has praised an attack that killed an Israeli in the West Bank.
    The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the...
  • In Uganda, a nurse is accused of spreading HIV

    In Uganda, a nurse is accused of spreading HIV

    Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse," after the HIV-infected medical worker was...
    Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse," after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of...
  • Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead

    Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead

    The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated,...
    The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with...
  • Violence surges from Islamic uprising in Nigeria

    Violence surges from Islamic uprising in Nigeria

    Officials say suspected Islamic extremists have abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria - but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck.
    Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital - a surge of violence that...
  • Defense gets its turn in Pistorius murder trial

    Defense gets its turn in Pistorius murder trial

    Oscar Pistorius has resumed testifying at his murder trial under questioning from the chief prosecutor, who says the athlete's statement that he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake is a lie.
    For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who...
  • Germany's Merkel calls Putin to discuss Ukraine

    Germany's Merkel calls Putin to discuss Ukraine

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Russia's President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Russia's President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
  • Greek court jails 2 for life for migrant's murder

    Greek court jails 2 for life for migrant's murder

    An Athens court has convicted two Greek men to life imprisonment for stabbing a Pakistani immigrant worker to death last year, during a spike in racist attacks in the recession-ravaged country.
    An Athens court has convicted two Greek men to life imprisonment for stabbing a Pakistani immigrant worker to death last year, during a spike in racist attacks in the recession-ravaged country.
  • In a first, France tackles sex assault in military

    In a first, France tackles sex assault in military

    France claims great success in recruiting women into its armed forces, boasting one of the world's highest percentages of women in uniform. What it hasn't done is work to prevent sexual assault and...
    France claims great success in recruiting women into its armed forces, boasting one of the world's highest percentages of women in uniform. What it hasn't done is work to prevent sexual assault and harassment once...
  • Syrian forces try seize rebel-held areas of Homs

    Syrian forces try seize rebel-held areas of Homs

    Syrian state media say rebels have fired mortars rounds into predominantly Christian districts of the capital that exploded near schools, killing one child and injuring 41 others.
    Syrian forces tried to seize rebel-held areas of Homs on Tuesday, with fighters weakened by defections and cut supply lines, in some of the fiercest fighting in the central city for months, activists said.
  • Albanian arrested for alleged Syria recruitment

    Albanian arrested for alleged Syria recruitment

    Albanian police say they have arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly recruiting men to enlist with Muslim rebel groups fighting in Syria.
    Albanian police say they have arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly recruiting men to enlist with Muslim rebel groups fighting in Syria.
  • US backs Ukraine military action in east region

    US backs Ukraine military action in east region

    The United States is giving its tacit support to Ukrainian military action against pro-Russian separatists.
    The United States is giving its tacit support to Ukrainian military action against pro-Russian separatists.
  • Hair salon's Kim Jong Un poster riles embassy

    Hair salon's Kim Jong Un poster riles embassy

    Staff at a London hair salon say they had a close shave with North Korean officials after using the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, to promote discount haircuts.
    Staff at a London hair salon say they had a close shave with North Korean officials after using the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, to promote discount haircuts.
  • Gunmen abduct Afghan deputy minister in Kabul

    Gunmen abduct Afghan deputy minister in Kabul

    Afghan officials say the country's deputy public works minister has been kidnapped in the capital, Kabul.
    Gunmen abducted the Afghan deputy public works minister in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, a grim reminder of the insecurity plaguing Afghanistan as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of...
  • Pet boom in Mexico amid rising middle class

    Pet boom in Mexico amid rising middle class

    Camila celebrated her first birthday in a blue-and-white striped dress with tulle appliques, playing with her guests in a room decorated with pink balloons, lilacs and Hello Kitty posters.
    Camila celebrated her first birthday in a blue-and-white striped dress with tulle appliques, playing with her guests in a room decorated with pink balloons, lilacs and Hello Kitty posters.
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