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Gunman kills 3 Americans at Kabul hospital

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Three Americans - a pediatrician and a father and son - were killed by an Afghan government security officer at a hospital Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers,... More>>

Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east

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Russia announced new military exercises Thursday involving ground and air forces near its border with Ukraine, swiftly responding to a Ukrainian operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the... More>>

China set to punish web giant Sina for pornography

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China plans to revoke two crucial publication licenses for Sina.com, which might partially ban the web giant's operations, because obscene content was found during an anti-pornography crackdown, state media said Thursday. More>>

Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter'

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The Costa Rican government says it's waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it improperly devised a secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in... More>>

Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians

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Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group... More>>

Vatican: Pope's private calls don't reflect policy

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What Pope Francis may tell Catholics in private telephone conversations doesn't reflect church policy, the Vatican's spokesman said Thursday. More>>

Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers

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The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward... More>>

Suicide attack in Iraq kills at least 11 people

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A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest episode in an uptick in violence in the run-up to next... More>>

Czech man faces fine after near miss with train

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Czech police say a man faces a fine after having a near miss with a train while walking over a level crossing. More>>

Activists say Syrian airstrikes in north kill 30

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Syrian government airstrikes struck a vegetable market in a northern rebel-held town Thursday, killing at least 30 people and wounding scores of others, an activist group said. More>>

Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

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

Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147

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The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. More>>

London school says students abused by US teacher

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A British private school said Thursday that images of between 50 and 60 of its students were found on the computer drive of an American suspected child predator who killed himself last month. More>>

South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

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When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. More>>

John XXIII's brief papacy made big mark for church

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Pope John XXIII left his imprint on humanity and the Catholic Church he led for fewer than five years, helping propel him to sainthood on Sunday. Here are some highlights, in deeds and words: More>>

Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

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President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting. More>>

Timbuktu's storied mausoleums to rise from ruins

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Roofs are torn off, mud bricks are strewn about and walls barely rise from the desert dunes where Timbuktu's storied mausoleums once stood and are now in ruins. Islamic radicals swept in and tore them apart as totems... More>>

Families of ferry's lost confront SKorea officials

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Angry relatives of some of the more than 120 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventing them from leaving the area where... More>>

A look at deeds and words of John Paul II

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The most-traveled pope in history, John Paul II left his mark on the Catholic Church and non-believers worldwide. Here are some milestones along his path to sainthood: More>>

Rights group urges UN to help free abducted girls

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A Nigerian rights group is urging the United Nations to help secure the release of some 230 schoolgirls abducted by extremists 10 days ago. More>>

Rebels kill 7 after voting in Indian elections

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A major day of voting in the world's biggest elections was marred by violence Thursday as suspected rebels killed four paramilitary soldiers and three polling officials who were traveling on buses after conducting... More>>

Martyrs, miracles and the stuff of making saints

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The Catholic Church makes saints to give the faithful role models. The process is cloaked in secrecy and open to criticism, given that it deals with science-defying miracles and notoriously politicized choices. In... More>>

Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound

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Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked,... More>>

US journalist released in east Ukraine

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An American journalist who was held by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine for several days says he has been released and is in good condition. More>>

Mali coup leader faces possible death penalty

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Officials say the leader of Mali's 2012 coup could face the death penalty after a revision of charges filed against him over the deaths of soldiers who opposed his rise to power. More>>

'Recovered' Banksy works on display ahead of sale

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Elusive street artist Banksy says he has nothing to do with an auction of several of his works taken from walls and valued at up to 1 million pounds ($1.68 million). More>>

'Horror,' UN Sec. Council says at S Sudan massacre

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The U.N. Security Council on Thursday expressed "horror" at the recent massacre of several hundred civilians in South Sudan, while the U.S. ambassador to the world body said she fears a deepening human catastrophe. More>>

Saudi Arabia reports pilgrim infected with MERS

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In the past 24 hours, Saudi Arabia has reported four new deaths from a Middle East virus related to SARS and 36 more cases of infection, including a Turkish pilgrim in Mecca. More>>

Army: Airstrikes in Pakistan tribal region kill 37

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Pakistani warplanes attacked insurgent hideouts in the tribal region near the Afghan border, killing 37 suspected militants and wounding 18, army officials said Thursday, as authorities hold peace negotiations with the... More>>

Khodorkovsky criticizes Putin at Kiev forum

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's most famous prisoner, has harshly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin over the annexation of Crimea and Russian pressure against Ukraine. More>>

Spanish economic growth seen fastest since 2008

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Spain's economy expanded by 0.4 percent in the first quarter, the Bank of Spain estimated Thursday, the fastest growth in six years and further evidence the recovery is gathering steam. More>>

EU, post-Soviet republics meet on partnership plan

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Amid Ukraine's deepening crisis, the presidents of post-Soviet republics and EU member states gathered Thursday in Prague to save a project to boost their ties. More>>

Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'

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Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" - even as he acknowledged those penalties... More>>

Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team

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When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that set the team apart from many of... More>>

Armenians unsatisfied by Erdogan's gesture

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Armenians are making their annual commemoration of the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks, unsatisfied by an unprecedented conciliatory message by Turkey's premier. More>>

Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet

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The material that washed ashore in southwest Australia appears to not be from the missing Malaysian plane, officials said Thursday. More>>

Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

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Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow... More>>

Kate shows off new royal style in Down Under tour

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Kate's dilemma: What to pack for a two-week trip, when your itinerary includes everything from state receptions and church services to toddler playdates and cricket games? More>>

Nigeria: Forcados oil terminal still closed

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Shell Nigeria's Forcados oil export terminal remains closed seven weeks after it was shut down to repair a sabotaged undersea pipeline, a spokesman said Thursday, amid growing concerns about the industrial levels of... More>>

WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama's robot summit Video included

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The voice was slightly halting, childlike. "Welcome to Miraikan, Mr. President, it is a pleasure to meet you." More>>

Hundreds of Congolese M23 rebels stuck in Uganda

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The civilian head of Congo's vanquished M23 rebel movement says hundreds of rebels are stuck in Uganda as they await confirmation of amnesty from Congo's government. More>>

1 year after factory collapse, Bangladeshis suffer

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One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work. More>>

China splurging on military as US pulls back

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China's navy commissioned 17 new warships last year, the most of any nation. In a little more than a decade, it's expected to have three aircraft carriers, giving it more clout than ever in a region of contested... More>>

Crusades fought, eBay bids sought for relics

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Wars have been fought to obtain them. Medieval monks and modern-day bandits have pilfered them. Two millennia after the first Christian martyrs' blood stained Rome, the temptation of, and fascination with, religious... More>>

Militant group in Egypt says it killed officer

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An Islamic militant group in Egypt has claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed a senior police officer the day before. More>>

Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute Video included

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Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the... More>>

Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up' Video included

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Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine. More>>

UN considering sanctions over South Sudan massacre

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The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday viewed "horrific pictures of corpses" from the scene of last week's massacre in South Sudan and discussed taking actions that could include sanctions, diplomats said. More>>

SKorea ferry toll hits 159 as relatives wait

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Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the... More>>

Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet

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Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied it is not a clue in the search for the... More>>

Saudi health minister sacked amid virus deaths

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

Camilla's brother dies in US after head injury

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The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said. More>>

Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind

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Russia's foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008. More>>

Ex-Senegalese president to retry homecoming

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A Senegalese party official says the former president plans to return home on Thursday after finally receiving permission for his plane to land for what was supposed to be his triumphant homecoming after two years abroad. More>>

Train derails in Congo, dozens dead

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Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing around 50 people. More>>

As peace deadline nears, Abbas says he has options

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to show that he has alternatives if U.S.-mediated talks with Israel break off Tuesday, the deadline for agreeing on a possible extension. More>>

Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

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Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press... More>>

Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

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The founder of Russia's leading social media network - a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg - has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made... More>>

UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria

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The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation Wednesday into reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, causing deaths and injuries. More>>

Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers

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A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb Wednesday, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic militant groups keep up a... More>>

Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid

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A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for the country's June 3 presidential election, becoming the first official contender in a vote that will take place during the country's civil war and one that... More>>

Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal

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Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold new elections - a potentially historic step toward mending the rift that has split their people between two sets of rulers for... More>>

Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down

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Pakistan's powerful army has asked a government regulator to shut down a leading private news channel over what the military calls "false" reports that the country's intelligence service shot one of its top anchors. More>>

Islamic militants detained in central Nigeria

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A "group of terrorists" masquerading as herders have been arrested in Nigeria's central-east Taraba state, the military said Wednesday amid indications that the country's Islamic uprising is spreading. More>>

Tunisia divided over Jews' use of Israel passports

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Tunisia's elected assembly accepted a petition Wednesday to question the tourism minister over a decision allowing Israelis to use their passports to enter the country for an annual religious pilgrimage. More>>

Mauritanian president says he will run again

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Mauritania's president, who initially took power in a coup, says he will run again in upcoming elections. More>>

Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered an unprecedented, conciliatory message to Armenians on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians almost a century ago. More>>

Ex-Muslim rebels seize C. African Republic town

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Officials say Muslim rebels have taken control of a town in northern Central African Republic, causing residents to flee. More>>

Berlusconi: I'll start helping elderly next week

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Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says that from next week he will start carrying out a court order to help the elderly four hours per week as part of his punishment for a tax fraud conviction. More>>

France unveils plan to stop youths joining jihad

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France wants to deter youths from joining the ranks of Islamist militants in Syria's civil war, and is planning a series of tough-love measures that answer the pleas of parents and seek to protect the nation from... More>>

Dutch scramble jets after Russian bombers approach

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Dutch, British and Danish jets scrambled Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bombers approached their airspace over the North Sea. More>>

Amsterdam may ban pot shops in Red Light district

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Amsterdam has won court permission to ban marijuana cafes in its famous Red Light district, stepping up a crackdown on the city's freewheeling lifestyle. More>>

Poland holds 1st big security exercise in decades

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In imaginary emergency drills, Polish security forces evacuated the Interior Ministry and rescued foreigners supposedly injured in a cross-border helicopter crash as part of Poland's first nationwide security exercises... More>>

Shakespeare's Globe taking 'Hamlet' to 200 nations

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Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare is probably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world. More>>

Snowden installed as University of Glasgow rector

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Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has been installed as the official representative of students at the University of Glasgow. More>>

Greek milestone helps Europe put crisis in past

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Europe's debt crisis is receding farther behind in the rear view mirror. More>>

Yemen examines DNA of slain al-Qaida militants

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Yemen's president on Wednesday said that the death toll of this week's military campaign against al-Qaida has reached over 60 suspected militants, including several of the group's leaders. More>>

Officials: 1 UN soldier wounded by mine in Mali

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A United Nations vehicle securing an airstrip in northern Mali drove over a mine and a soldier with the U.N. force was seriously wounded, said a U.N. official. More>>

Europe recovery shows signs of strengthening

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

Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

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

Yields fall sharply in Portuguese debt auction

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

SKorean city full of grief prepares for more

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

UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy

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

Scholars analyze bones of Swedish medieval king

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

Afghan election commission delays vote results

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

Lebanese lawmakers vote, fail to elect president

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

Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest

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

Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt

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

Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

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

Blair: Radicalized Islam a growing threat

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

UN heads say Syria aid needs 'largely unanswered'

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

AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

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

Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

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

Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs

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

Some drama off-camera in Mideast conflict film

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

Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet

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

Amnesty: Qatar fails to protect domestic workers

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

Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

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

SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher Video included

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

Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China Video included

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

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

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

Ukraine orders new military operation in the east

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

Govt must turn over info on CIA prisons to defense

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

Analysis: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine

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

Ghanaian mining company used plane seen in Iran

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

Activity at NKorea site hints at nuke test preps

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

Palestinians' Abbas warns against failure of talks

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

Navalny's conviction in Russia a chilling message

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

Thieves steal rhino horns in South Africa

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

Ukraine orders 'anti-terror' operation to resume

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

Militants attack balloting center in Iraq, kill 10

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

In Ukraine's east, mayor held hostage by insurgent

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

US reviewing plans for fewer troops in Afghanistan

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

Expert: Syria has dumped 86 pc of chemical weapons

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

Coulson denies hearing hacked Daniel Craig message

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

Novartis reshapes business with GSK, Lilly deals

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

Fearing the Icefall: On Everest, dangers are clear

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

Iran lawmakers seek probe into alleged jail abuse

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

Ebola outbreak death toll in West Africa over 140

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

British anti-EU party focuses on immigrant threat

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

France to present plan to fight jihadist threat

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

Philips shares slump over weak 1st-quarter profits

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

Spain town with 'Kill Jews' in name mulls change

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

Somali lawmaker shot and killed in latest attack

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

230 girls abducted in Nigeria still missing

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

Profiles of some of SKorean ferry's dead, missing

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

African troops capture junior LRA rebel commander

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

No JPII fever in Poland as canonization nears

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

Gunmen kill 4 senior security officials in Yemen

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

Afghan campaign worker shot dead outside his home

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

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

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

Militant attacks in northwestern Pakistan kill 8

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

German tax income jumps in 1st quarter

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

Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS virus

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

AP names Klug to top SKorea editorial position

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

Death count in ferry sinking tops 100 Video included

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

Mexico bids goodbye to 'Gabo,' famed adopted son

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

Thousands line up to bid goodbye to Garcia Marquez

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

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

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

US: Pictures indicate Russian troops in Ukraine

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

Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55

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

APNewsBreak: US weighs curbing deportations

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

Suicide bombings, attacks in Iraq kill 33 people

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

US looking into possible chemical attack in Syria

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

Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

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

Gunmen detain 3 journalists in eastern Ukraine

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

Syria elections set for June 3 amid civil war

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

UN condemns ethnic killings in South Sudan

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

Finnish skydiver crash probe could take weeks

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

US justices seek middle ground in Argentina case

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

Christian militia, French forces fight in C Africa

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

Mauritania to hold presidential elections in June

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

Rwandan singer pleads guilty to terrorism charges

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

Anti-junta Myanmar journalist Win Tin dies at 85

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

Congo grants first batch of amnesties to ex-rebels

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

Uganda suspends track coach over sex abuse charges

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

John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

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

Court to look at 'born in Jerusalem' passport case

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

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche

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

Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

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

Celebrities gather for Peaches Geldof funeral

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

Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school

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

New portrait unveiled for British queen's birthday

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

Gaza militants fire missile, rockets at Israel

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

Japan PM sends offering to war shrine

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

Palestinians meet in Gaza for reconciliation talks

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

Somali lawmaker killed in car bomb explosion

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

Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

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

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

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

Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform

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

Grim work for families as more bodies discovered

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

AP PHOTOS: Nicaraguan town drags chained 'Judases'

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

Prosecutor says 4 ferry crewmembers detained Video included

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

Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear

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

Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help

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

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