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  • Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

    Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:32 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:32:31 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.
    Investigations into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials...
  • Ukrainian militia rejects calls to leave buildings

    Ukrainian militia rejects calls to leave buildings

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:32 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:32:28 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 in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.
  • Al-Qaida splinter group lashes out over Syria

    Al-Qaida splinter group lashes out over Syria

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:32 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:32:21 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.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest

    12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:30 AM EDT2014-04-18 09:30:47 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.
    An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.
  • 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.
  • China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

    China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:40 AM EDT2014-04-18 08:40:53 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...
  • 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.
  • Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane

    Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:20 AM EDT2014-04-18 08:20:33 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...
    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 for...
  • World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:01 AM EDT2014-04-18 08:01:08 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:
  • Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

    Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 07:31:01 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 are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City.
  • Pakistani madrassa names library after bin Laden

    Pakistani madrassa names library after bin Laden

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 07:31:01 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.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:30 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:30:32 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,...
  • 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.
  • 'War Horse' musicians lose legal bid

    'War Horse' musicians lose legal bid

    Musicians who performed in the London production of "War Horse" have lost a legal bid to stop the National Theatre from replacing them with a recorded soundtrack.
    Musicians who performed in the London production of "War Horse" have lost a legal bid to stop the National Theatre from replacing them with a recorded soundtrack.
  • Bolivia president takes Chile coast case to court

    Bolivia president takes Chile coast case to court

    The president of Bolivia has delivered written legal arguments to the United Nations' highest court in his land-locked nation's bid to gain access to part of Chile's Pacific coast.
    The president of Bolivia has delivered written legal arguments to the United Nations' highest court in his land-locked nation's bid to gain access to part of Chile's Pacific coast.
  • Diplomat appointed to head UK eavesdropping agency

    Diplomat appointed to head UK eavesdropping agency

    A diplomat who has advised the British government on counterterrorism has been appointed head of the electronic spy agency GCHQ.
    A diplomat who has advised the British government on counterterrorism has been appointed head of the electronic spy agency GCHQ.
  • EU agrees to work more closely with NATO

    EU agrees to work more closely with NATO

    NATO's secretary general says the U.S.-led military alliance and the European Union must cooperate more because of the uncertainty about what Russia may do next.
    Spooked by Russia's actions against Ukraine and what the Kremlin may attempt in the future, European Union defense ministers agreed Tuesday to step up cooperation with the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.
  • Teacher at UK school accused of anti-Semitic slur

    Teacher at UK school accused of anti-Semitic slur

    An alleged anti-Semitic incident involving a teacher and a student is being investigated at one of Britain's most prestigious all-girl schools.
    One of Britain's most prestigious all-girl schools is investigating an alleged anti-Semitic comment made by a teacher to a student.
  • Minister: 75 dead in blast at Nigerian bus station

    Minister: 75 dead in blast at Nigerian bus station

    Nigeria's health minister says three wounded victims have died, raising the toll to 75 dead in the massive blast at a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital.
    The toll from a massive explosion at a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital rose to 75 dead Tuesday and is expected to grow.
  • Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking'

    Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking'

    Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief has said under oath that he was never involved in phone hacking when he was the editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid.
    Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief said under oath Tuesday that he was never involved in phone hacking when he was the editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, though he acknowledged he...
  • In handcuffs, Rwanda musician admits to crimes

    In handcuffs, Rwanda musician admits to crimes

    A day after his arrest, a prominent Rwandan singer said at a police news conference Tuesday that he has been in touch with outlawed rebel groups.
    A day after his arrest, a prominent Rwandan singer said at a police news conference Tuesday that he has been in touch with outlawed rebel groups.
  • Zeina Karam appointed AP's Beirut bureau chief

    Zeina Karam appointed AP's Beirut bureau chief

    Zeina Karam, who has reported on political upheaval, war and transformation in the Middle East for almost two decades, has been named as Beirut bureau chief for The Associated Press, leading coverage of Lebanon as...
    Zeina Karam, who has reported on political upheaval, war and transformation in the Middle East for almost two decades, has been named as Beirut bureau chief for The Associated Press, leading coverage of Lebanon as well as...
  • Berlusconi given community service for tax fraud

    Berlusconi given community service for tax fraud

    A Milan court has ruled that Silvio Berlusconi will perform a year of community service at a center for the elderly for his tax fraud conviction.
    Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend four hours a week helping the elderly to repay society for his tax fraud conviction, a sentence that imposes few restrictions on his campaigning in the...
  • Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Libya

    Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Libya

    A Libyan official says gunmen have abducted Jordan's ambassador to Tripoli.
    Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the...
  • Vatican responds to next round of UN abuse inquiry

    Vatican responds to next round of UN abuse inquiry

    The Vatican has responded to the latest round of U.N. sex abuse inquiries by suggesting it is only responsible for implementing a U.N. treaty against torture within the confines of the tiny Vatican City State.
    The Vatican has responded to the latest round of U.N. sex abuse inquiries by suggesting it is only responsible for implementing a U.N. treaty against torture within the confines of the tiny Vatican City State.
  • Fighting threatens an oil center in South Sudan

    Fighting threatens an oil center in South Sudan

    A U.N. official in South Sudan says fighting around an oil-rich region has wounded five workers from a Russian oil company.
    Rebel fighters in South Sudan claimed Tuesday that they captured the capital of an oil-rich state, and they issued an ultimatum to oil companies to shut down production and evacuate workers. U.N. peacekeepers rescued 10...
  • Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

    Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

    With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against...
    With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas...
  • Bomb blast wounds 3 in central Cairo

    Bomb blast wounds 3 in central Cairo

    Egypt's official news agency says a bomb blast on a bridge over the Nile River in central Cairo has wounded two policemen.
    A homemade bomb exploded near a traffic police post on a bridge over the Nile River in central Cairo early Tuesday, wounding two policemen and a civilian, security officials said.
  • Death toll in Ebola outbreak rises to 121

    Death toll in Ebola outbreak rises to 121

    The World Health Organization says an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people.
    An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people, according to the latest World Health Organization count.
  • UN court upholds Mladic charges at trial midpoint

    UN court upholds Mladic charges at trial midpoint

    The U.N. Yugoslav tribunal has refused to throw out any charges against former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic at the midway stage of his war crimes trial.
    The U.N. Yugoslav tribunal has refused to throw out any charges against former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic at the midway stage of his war crimes trial.
  • India's top court recognizes third gender category

    India's top court recognizes third gender category

    India's top court has issued a landmark verdict creating a third gender category, saying transgendered people can now identify themselves that way on official documents.
    India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.
  • Iraq closes notorious prison over security issues

    Iraq closes notorious prison over security issues

    Iraq's justice minister says authorities have closed down a notorious prison west of Baghdad over security concerns.
    Iraq's justice minister says authorities have closed down a notorious prison west of Baghdad over security concerns.
  • Chinese lawyers say they were tortured by police

    Chinese lawyers say they were tortured by police

    His head covered in a black hood, lawyer Tang Jitian recalls being taken into a room and hearing the sound of a rope being pulled. The handcuffs behind him were jerked upward and soon he was dangling in the air.
    His head covered in a black hood, lawyer Tang Jitian recalls being taken into a room and hearing the sound of a rope being pulled. The handcuffs behind him were jerked upward and soon he was dangling in the air.
  • Yemen: Al-Qaida militants kill deputy governor

    Yemen: Al-Qaida militants kill deputy governor

    A Yemeni security official says suspected al-Qaida militants have assassinated the deputy governor of a southern province.
    A Yemeni security official says suspected al-Qaida militants have assassinated the deputy governor of a southern province.
  • Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak

    Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak

    The White House is confirming that CIA Director John Brennan was in the Ukrainian capital over the weekend.
    Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement on Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the...
  • Fires still besiege Chile port; 15 dead, 500 hurt

    Fires still besiege Chile port; 15 dead, 500 hurt

    Firefighters struggled for a second night early Monday to contain blazes that have killed 12 people, injured 500, destroyed 2,000 homes and forced 10,000 people to flee the densely populated hills that gave this...
    Helicopters and airplanes dumped water on wildfires and the smoldering wreckage of hilltop neighborhoods around Valparaiso for a third straight day Monday as sailors in riot gear stood ready to evacuate 700 more families...
  • Vietnam releases dissidents amid foreign pressure

    Vietnam releases dissidents amid foreign pressure

    Lawyers and activists say Vietnam has granted early release to two more high profile dissidents.
    Vietnam has granted early release to two high-profile dissidents, bringing the number of democracy activists freed this month to three in what the government called a "policy of leniency."
  • Killing of environmental activists rises globally

    Killing of environmental activists rises globally

    As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his community in central Thailand from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff -...
    As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his community in central Thailand from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff - until a...
  • Egypt: El-Sissi in final step to run for president

    Egypt: El-Sissi in final step to run for president

    Egypt's former military chief has taken the final formal step to run in the May 26-27 presidential election, submitting to the election commission the signatures of at least 25,000 Egyptians demanding that he...
    Egypt's former military chief on Monday took the final formal step to run in next month's presidential election, submitting to the election commission eight times the number of signatures required, his campaign...
  • Ukraine struggles as east slips out of its control

    Ukraine struggles as east slips out of its control

    A deadline set by the Ukrainian government for pro-Russian gunmen to free government buildings in eastern Ukraine and surrender weapons has passed.
    The fuel is local, but the matches are Russian. That in a nutshell is how the insurgency threatening the survival of Ukraine as a unified state is increasingly unfolding.
  • EU moves to sanction more Russians over Ukraine

    EU moves to sanction more Russians over Ukraine

    European Union foreign ministers are deploring what they say is more Russian interference in Ukraine, but hoping an end to the crisis can still be peacefully negotiated.
    European Union foreign ministers decided Monday to sanction more Russians with asset freezes and visa bans as a sign of the trade bloc's outrage over Moscow's ongoing interference in Ukraine, a high-ranking EU...
  • Israel irked by diplomat's tacit Nazi remark

    Israel irked by diplomat's tacit Nazi remark

    Israel's ambassador is calling on the United Nations chief to suspend a U.N. agency head for tacitly comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany.
    Israel's U.N. ambassador on Monday denounced a U.N. agency head for tacitly comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany and has demanded her suspension.
  • Blast at bus station in Nigerian capital kills 72

    Blast at bus station in Nigerian capital kills 72

    An explosion has blasted through a busy commuter bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, as hundreds of people were traveling to work.
    Suspected Islamic militants struck in the heart of Nigeria on Monday with a massive rush-hour bomb blast at a bus station that killed at least 72 people and wounded 164 in the deadliest attack ever on the nation's...
  • Politician's anti-Semitism sparks outcry in Italy

    Politician's anti-Semitism sparks outcry in Italy

    An anti-Semitic post by a comedian who founded the Italian parliament's third-largest party has sparked outrage in Italy's tiny Jewish community.
    An anti-Semitic post by a comedian who founded the Italian parliament's third-largest party has sparked outrage in Italy's tiny Jewish community.
  • Fighting erupts in Central African Republic town

    Fighting erupts in Central African Republic town

    A local official in Central African Republic says Muslim fighters have overrun his town, killing several residents and sending others fleeing to the bush.
    Residents of a Central African Republic town have fled their homes after Muslim fighters overran the place and killed several people, a local official said Monday.
  • Pistorius accused of staging outbursts at trial

    Pistorius accused of staging outbursts at trial

    Oscar Pistorius is being cross-examined at his murder trial for the fourth day by chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel.
    Oscar Pistorius came under intense pressure Monday at his murder trial from the chief prosecutor, who dismissed his account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as a flimsy web of lies and accused the Olympian of...
  • Fans think Banksy behind artwork mocking UK spies

    Fans think Banksy behind artwork mocking UK spies

    Street artist Banksy may have struck again, leaving an espionage-themed graffiti artwork in the hometown of Britain's electronic spy agency.
    Street artist Banksy may have struck again, leaving an espionage-themed graffiti artwork in the hometown of Britain's electronic spy agency.
  • Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus

    Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus

    Syrian state media say pro-government troops have seized a rebel-held town near the border with Lebanon, continuing a march to dislodge opposition strongholds from along the rugged frontier.
    Syrian troops triumphantly swept through some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including a much coveted ancient Christian hamlet, sending rebel fighters fleeing to nearby hills amid an ever...
  • EU to sanction more Russians over Ukraine policy

    EU to sanction more Russians over Ukraine policy

    A high-ranking official of the European Union says foreign ministers have decided to sanction more Russians with asset freezes and visa bans as a sign of opposition to Moscow's policy toward Ukraine.
    A high-ranking official of the European Union says foreign ministers have decided to sanction more Russians with asset freezes and visa bans as a sign of opposition to Moscow's policy toward Ukraine.
  • Israeli families gather for ritual Passover meal

    Israeli families gather for ritual Passover meal

    Smoke wafted through the air in Jerusalem on Monday morning as Jews burned scraps of bread and added the final touches to weeks of meticulous preparations for Passover, the holiday in which the biblical story of...
    Families across Israel gathered after sundown Monday for ritual meals signaling the start of Passover, with holiday observances overshadowed by a fatal shooting in the West Bank.
  • Ex-editor Coulson: Affair with Brooks was 'wrong'

    Ex-editor Coulson: Affair with Brooks was 'wrong'

    Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson took the stand at Britain's phone hacking trial Monday, saying his affair with fellow executive Rebekah Brooks was wrong but didn't lead him to share work...
    Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson took the stand at Britain's phone hacking trial Monday, saying his affair with fellow executive Rebekah Brooks was wrong but didn't lead him to share work secrets with her.
  • French school carries out DNA dragnet in rape case

    French school carries out DNA dragnet in rape case

    French police demanded that male students and staff at a high school in western France - 527 people in total - give DNA samples as they searched for the assailant who raped a teenage girl.
    French investigators began taking DNA samples Monday from 527 male students and staff at a high school - including boys as young as 14 - as they searched for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus.
  • Israeli man killed, 2 hurt in West Bank shooting

    Israeli man killed, 2 hurt in West Bank shooting

    Police say assailants opened fire on an Israeli vehicle in the West Bank, killing one person and wounding two.
    An assailant opened fire on Israeli motorists in the West Bank on Monday, killing a man and wounding a woman and a boy in two separate cars, police said.
  • APNewsBreak: Russian jet passes near US warship

    APNewsBreak: Russian jet passes near US warship

    A U.S. military official says a Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region.
    A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday.
  • Pakistan police arrest 2 suspected of cannibalism

    Pakistan police arrest 2 suspected of cannibalism

    Police in central Pakistan say they have arrested a man suspected of cannibalism after finding body parts including a skull that may have belonged to a child in his house.
    Police in central Pakistan arrested a man Monday suspected of cannibalism after finding body parts including a skull that may have belonged to a child in his house, officials said.
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