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  • Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances

    Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:24 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:24:57 GMT
    President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming.
    Facing fresh questions about his commitment to Asia, President Barack Obama will seek to convince Japan's leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges, even as the crisis in Ukraine demands...
  • Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet

    Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:34 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:34:29 GMT
    Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the lost Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned soon to bring...
    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...
  • Saudi health minister sacked amid virus deaths

    Saudi health minister sacked amid virus deaths

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:24 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:24:35 GMT
    Saudi Arabia's health ministry says three more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died amid a recent increase in infections.
    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.
  • Camilla's brother dies in US after head injury

    Camilla's brother dies in US after head injury

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:44:49 GMT
    Royal officials in Britain say that the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York.
    The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said.
  • Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind

    Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:35:03 GMT
    Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive.
    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.
  • Ex-Senegalese president to retry homecoming

    Ex-Senegalese president to retry homecoming

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:14:37 GMT
    An opposition party official says Senegalese authorities are refusing landing rights in Dakar to a plane carrying the former president in what was supposed to be his triumphant homecoming after two years abroad.
    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.
  • Train derails in Congo, dozens dead

    Train derails in Congo, dozens dead

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:14:29 GMT
    Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing at least 30 people.
    Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing around 50 people.
  • As peace deadline nears, Abbas says he has options

    As peace deadline nears, Abbas says he has options

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:54:29 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • UN says it sheltered thousands from Sudan killings

    UN says it sheltered thousands from Sudan killings

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:54:26 GMT
    The U.N. mission in South Sudan says the government is providing "erroneous" information relating to a recent massacre.
    The United Nations mission in South Sudan accused the government Wednesday of spreading false claims that the U.N. camp near the scene of a massacre refused to shelter victims.
  • Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

    Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:45:24 GMT
    Syrian opposition activists and other witnesses tell The Associated Press that Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent months.
    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...
  • Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

    Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:26:13 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria

    UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:25:38 GMT
    The U.N. Security Council says it is gravely concerned at reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, which caused deaths and injuries, and is calling for an investigation.
    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.
  • Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers

    Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:14:44 GMT
    Egyptian security officials say a senior police officer has died after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb.
    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...
  • Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid

    Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:54:55 GMT
    Syria's parliament speaker says a lawmaker has announced his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election - the first to field his bid for the top post in a vote called despite the country's relentless...
    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...
  • Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal

    Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:54:47 GMT
    Palestinian officials say Hamas and the Fatah party of President Mahmoud Abbas are making a new attempt to overcome the Palestinians' political split by holding general elections in seven months.
    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...
  • Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down

    Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:44:38 GMT
    A Pakistani official says the army has sought to shut down the country's leading Geo News TV channel.
    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.
  • Islamic militants detained in central Nigeria

    Islamic militants detained in central Nigeria

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:44:33 GMT
    Nigeria's military says it has detained extremist suspects in the central-east state of Taraba, strengthening fears that the country's Islamic uprising is spreading.
    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.
  • Tunisia divided over Jews' use of Israel passports

    Tunisia divided over Jews' use of Israel passports

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:14:58 GMT
    Tunisian lawmakers say they plan to question the country's tourism chief over his decision to permit Jewish religious pilgrims to visit the country using Israeli passports.
    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.
  • Mauritanian president says he will run again

    Mauritanian president says he will run again

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:54:53 GMT
    Mauritania's president, who initially took power in a coup, says he will run again in upcoming elections.
    Mauritania's president, who initially took power in a coup, says he will run again in upcoming elections.
  • Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'

    Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:34:23 GMT
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a conciliatory message to Armenians on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians almost a century ago, calling the events of World War I "our...
    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.
  • Ex-Muslim rebels seize C. African Republic town

    Ex-Muslim rebels seize C. African Republic town

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:34:21 GMT
    Officials say Muslim rebels have taken control of a town in northern Central African Republic, causing residents to flee.
    Officials say Muslim rebels have taken control of a town in northern Central African Republic, causing residents to flee.
  • Berlusconi: I'll start helping elderly next week

    Berlusconi: I'll start helping elderly next week

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:14:13 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147

    Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:05:36 GMT
    The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.
    The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.
  • France unveils plan to stop youths joining jihad

    France unveils plan to stop youths joining jihad

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:54:43 GMT
    French authorities are taking steps to crack down on the flow of young would-be jihadis embarking to fight in Syria's civil war.
    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...
  • Dutch scramble jets after Russian bombers approach

    Dutch scramble jets after Russian bombers approach

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:44:40 GMT
    The Dutch defense department says several NATO member countries scrambled jets Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bomber planes approached their airspace over the North Sea.
    Dutch, British and Danish jets scrambled Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bombers approached their airspace over the North Sea.
  • Amsterdam may ban pot shops in Red Light district

    Amsterdam may ban pot shops in Red Light district

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:34:35 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Poland holds 1st big security exercise in decades

    Poland holds 1st big security exercise in decades

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:26:15 GMT
    Poland's security services have begun their first major security exercise in decades, evacuating the Interior Ministry in Warsaw and rescuing three foreigners allegedly injured in a helicopter crash.
    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...
  • Shakespeare's Globe taking 'Hamlet' to 200 nations

    Shakespeare's Globe taking 'Hamlet' to 200 nations

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:04:50 GMT
    Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare is probably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world.
    Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare is probably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world.
  • Snowden installed as University of Glasgow rector

    Snowden installed as University of Glasgow rector

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:55:15 GMT
    Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has been installed as the official representative of students at the University of Glasgow.
    Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has been installed as the official representative of students at the University of Glasgow.
  • Greek milestone helps Europe put crisis in past

    Greek milestone helps Europe put crisis in past

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:44 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:44:56 GMT
    Official figures show that governments across the 28-country European Union recorded lower budget deficits in 2013 amid lower spending and an economic recovery that shored up revenues.
    Europe's debt crisis is receding farther behind in the rear view mirror.
  • Yemen examines DNA of slain al-Qaida militants

    Yemen examines DNA of slain al-Qaida militants

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:24:48 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Officials: 1 UN soldier wounded by mine in Mali

    Officials: 1 UN soldier wounded by mine in Mali

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:35 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:35:11 GMT
    Officials say a United Nations vehicle securing an airstrip in northern Mali drove over a mine and a Chadian soldier with the U.N. force has been seriously wounded.
    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.
  • Europe recovery shows signs of strengthening

    Europe recovery shows signs of strengthening

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:44:39 GMT
    Business activity in Europe has risen to its highest level in three years as a once-shaky economic recovery gains speed.
    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.
  • SKorea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher

    SKorea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:34:53 GMT
    The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin...
    As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon. But the work was reaching...
  • Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

    Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:06:32 GMT
    Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday in an unprecedented walkout to honor 16 of their colleagues who were killed last week in the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on...
    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,...
  • Yields fall sharply in Portuguese debt auction

    Yields fall sharply in Portuguese debt auction

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:05 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:05:23 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • SKorean city full of grief prepares for more

    SKorean city full of grief prepares for more

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:24 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:24:35 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy

    UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:14 AM EDT2014-04-23 11:14:31 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Scholars analyze bones of Swedish medieval king

    Scholars analyze bones of Swedish medieval king

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:14 AM EDT2014-04-23 11:14:22 GMT
    Researchers from Uppsala University have 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.
    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.
  • Afghan election commission delays vote results

    Afghan election commission delays vote results

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:14 AM EDT2014-04-23 11:14:20 GMT
    Afghanistan's election commission has delayed a planned release of full results from the April 5 presidential election to allow for recounts and audits.
    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...
  • Lebanese lawmakers vote, fail to elect president

    Lebanese lawmakers vote, fail to elect president

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:44 AM EDT2014-04-23 10:44:42 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest

    Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:04 AM EDT2014-04-23 10:04:48 GMT
    Twenty-one European cities from Cardiff, Wales, to Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, are finalists in a lucrative innovation contest devised by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
    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...
  • Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt

    Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:04 AM EDT2014-04-23 10:04:41 GMT
    Authorities say unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane.
    Authorities say unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane.
  • Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

    Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:34 AM EDT2014-04-23 09:34:16 GMT
    A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. Yet there he was, captured in video on the day his ferry sank with hundreds trapped inside, being treated onshore after allegedly landing on one...
    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.
  • Blair: Radicalized Islam a growing threat

    Blair: Radicalized Islam a growing threat

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:34 AM EDT2014-04-23 09:34:14 GMT
    Former British leader Tony Blair says the West should set aside its differences with Russia and China to focus on the growing threat from radical Islam.
    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...
  • UN heads say Syria aid needs 'largely unanswered'

    UN heads say Syria aid needs 'largely unanswered'

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:04 AM EDT2014-04-23 09:04:43 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

    AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:44 AM EDT2014-04-23 07:44:49 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

    Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:54 AM EDT2014-04-23 06:54:57 GMT
    The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West.
    The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West.
  • Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

    Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:44 AM EDT2014-04-23 06:44:25 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs

    Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:36 AM EDT2014-04-23 06:36:15 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Some drama off-camera in Mideast conflict film

    Some drama off-camera in Mideast conflict film

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-04-23 06:35:58 GMT
    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"...
    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...
  • Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet

    Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:24 AM EDT2014-04-23 06:24:37 GMT
    As the search continued off the coast of Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet on Monday, the airline announced another plane bound for India was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its tires...
    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...
  • Amnesty: Qatar fails to protect domestic workers

    Amnesty: Qatar fails to protect domestic workers

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:14 AM EDT2014-04-23 06:14:08 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

    Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:25 AM EDT2014-04-23 04:25:09 GMT
    Nepalese authorities were meeting with Sherpa mountain guides Tuesday in an attempt to avert a climbing strike after the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on Mount Everest killed at least 13 of the guides.
    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...
  • SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher

    SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:24 AM EDT2014-04-23 04:24:54 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China

    Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-04-23 04:04:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama's travels through Asia in coming days 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...
    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...
  • 'Piles and piles' of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter

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

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:24:54 GMT
    The U.N.'s top humanitarian official in South Sudan says he saw "piles and piles" of bodies after rebels belonging to one ethnic group slaughtered members of other groups in a remote town.
    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...
  • Ukraine orders new military operation in the east

    Ukraine orders new military operation in the east

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:44:57 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is paying a visit to Ukraine's acting president in a high-level show of U.S. support for the embattled government.
    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...
  • Govt must turn over info on CIA prisons to defense

    Govt must turn over info on CIA prisons to defense

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:44:23 GMT
    A military judge is ordering prosecutors to turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after being captured in connection with the 2000 attack on the USS...
    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...
  • Analysis: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine

    Analysis: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:45:58 GMT
    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...
    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.
  • Ghanaian mining company used plane seen in Iran

    Ghanaian mining company used plane seen in Iran

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-04-22 20:04:04 GMT
    A mining company in Ghana says it has been using the plane registered to a U.S. bank that became the subject of international intrigue after it was spotted in Iran.
    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.
  • Activity at NKorea site hints at nuke test preps

    Activity at NKorea site hints at nuke test preps

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-04-22 19:34:10 GMT
    A U.S. research institute says commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent.
    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.
  • Palestinians' Abbas warns against failure of talks

    Palestinians' Abbas warns against failure of talks

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-04-22 19:23:57 GMT
    The Palestinian president is warning 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.
    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.
  • Navalny's conviction in Russia a chilling message

    Navalny's conviction in Russia a chilling message

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:26:30 GMT
    Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny has been found guilty in a libel case and fined $8,400 in a court ruling that left the door open for his subsequent jailing.
    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.
  • Thieves steal rhino horns in South Africa

    Thieves steal rhino horns in South Africa

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:53:50 GMT
    South African officials say thieves have stolen a stockpile of rhino horns from the offices of a provincial parks agency, dealing a setback to efforts to curb an escalation of rhino poaching in recent years.
    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...
  • Ukraine orders 'anti-terror' operation to resume

    Ukraine orders 'anti-terror' operation to resume

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:34:57 GMT
    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...
    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.
  • Militants attack balloting center in Iraq, kill 10

    Militants attack balloting center in Iraq, kill 10

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:34:53 GMT
    A senior Iraqi police officer says militants attacked a balloting center in a remote area in the country's north and killed 10 guards.
    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.
  • In Ukraine's east, mayor held hostage by insurgent

    In Ukraine's east, mayor held hostage by insurgent

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:24:30 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • US reviewing plans for fewer troops in Afghanistan

    US reviewing plans for fewer troops in Afghanistan

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:14:43 GMT
    A U.S. official says the White House is reviewing a new series of options that would leave fewer than 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year.
    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.
  • Expert: Syria has dumped 86 pc of chemical weapons

    Expert: Syria has dumped 86 pc of chemical weapons

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:14:02 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Coulson denies hearing hacked Daniel Craig message

    Coulson denies hearing hacked Daniel Craig message

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:44 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:44:22 GMT
    Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has denied a claim that he listened to a hacked voicemail left by actress Sienna Miller for James Bond star Daniel Craig.
    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.
  • Novartis reshapes business with GSK, Lilly deals

    Novartis reshapes business with GSK, Lilly deals

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:14:09 GMT
    Drug maker Novartis says it has signed several multibillion-dollar deals with GlaxoSmithKline and Lilly that will affect some 15,000 of its employees.
    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...
  • Fearing the Icefall: On Everest, dangers are clear

    Fearing the Icefall: On Everest, dangers are clear

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:44:32 GMT
    On Everest, everybody knows that the Icefall is dangerous. They've known it for generations, since the first great Everest mountaineer, George Mallory, turned away from the Khumbu Icefall in 1921, insisting it...
    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...
  • Iran lawmakers seek probe into alleged jail abuse

    Iran lawmakers seek probe into alleged jail abuse

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:34:44 GMT
    Iran's official news agency says seven lawmakers have demanded a probe into alleged beatings of several political prisoners held at Tehran's Evin prison.
    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.
  • Ebola outbreak death toll in West Africa over 140

    Ebola outbreak death toll in West Africa over 140

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:13:49 GMT
    The World Health Organization says the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 140 people.
    The World Health Organization says the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 140 people.
  • British anti-EU party focuses on immigrant threat

    British anti-EU party focuses on immigrant threat

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:04:31 GMT
    Britain's U.K. Independence Party has launched its European election campaign with a series of billboards carrying a stark message: They are coming to take your job.
    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.
  • France to present plan to fight jihadist threat

    France to present plan to fight jihadist threat

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:43 AM EDT2014-04-22 14:43:46 GMT
    France will unveil a plan to stop the stream of French youths joining jihadist groups in Syria, with a new focus on preventing radicalization.
    France will unveil a plan to stop the stream of French youths joining jihadist groups in Syria, with a new focus on preventing radicalization.
  • Philips shares slump over weak 1st-quarter profits

    Philips shares slump over weak 1st-quarter profits

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-04-22 14:26:14 GMT
    Royal Philips NV says its first-quarter profits declined as growth slowed in several divisions and consumers spent less on light bulbs.
    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.
  • Spain town with 'Kill Jews' in name mulls change

    Spain town with 'Kill Jews' in name mulls change

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-04-22 13:54:51 GMT
    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.
    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...
  • Somali lawmaker shot and killed in latest attack

    Somali lawmaker shot and killed in latest attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:43 AM EDT2014-04-22 13:43:56 GMT
    A police official says a Somali legislator has been shot and killed by gunmen in the capital, the second attack targeting a lawmaker this week.
    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.
  • 230 girls abducted in Nigeria still missing

    230 girls abducted in Nigeria still missing

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-04-22 13:33:53 GMT
    Nigerian parents say more than 200 girls and young women abducted from a school by Islamic militants remain missing one week later, despite a "hot pursuit" by security forces and an independent search by desperate...
    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...
  • Profiles of some of SKorean ferry's dead, missing

    Profiles of some of SKorean ferry's dead, missing

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:03 AM EDT2014-04-22 13:03:38 GMT
    A bicycle, never ridden. A lipstick prank pulled off by old friends. Mother-daughter conversations that now burn in the memory, laden with regret.
    A bicycle, never ridden. A lipstick prank pulled off by old friends. Mother-daughter conversations that now burn in the memory, laden with regret.
  • African troops capture junior LRA rebel commander

    African troops capture junior LRA rebel commander

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-04-22 12:33:28 GMT
    Uganda's military says it has captured a junior commander with the Lord's Resistance Army and rescued 10 people abducted by the fugitive leaders of the rebel group notorious for abducting children.
    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...
  • No JPII fever in Poland as canonization nears

    No JPII fever in Poland as canonization nears

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-04-22 10:53:18 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Gunmen kill 4 senior security officials in Yemen

    Gunmen kill 4 senior security officials in Yemen

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 5:43 AM EDT2014-04-22 09:43:21 GMT
    Yemeni officials say gunmen have killed four senior security officers in the past 24 hours in a string of attacks.
    Yemeni officials say gunmen have killed four senior security officers in the past 24 hours in a string of attacks.
  • Afghan campaign worker shot dead outside his home

    Afghan campaign worker shot dead outside his home

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:43 AM EDT2014-04-22 08:43:14 GMT
    An Afghan official says a prominent campaign worker in the country's presidential election has been shot dead outside his home in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban deny they were involved in the killing.
    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.
  • Pakistan says it's test-fired short-range missile

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

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:34 AM EDT2014-04-22 07:34:11 GMT
    Pakistan's military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.
    Pakistan's military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.
  • Militant attacks in northwestern Pakistan kill 8

    Militant attacks in northwestern Pakistan kill 8

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:24 AM EDT2014-04-22 07:24:36 GMT
    Officials say two militant attacks in northwestern Pakistan have killed eight people, including five policemen.
    Two militant attacks in northwestern Pakistan killed eight people, including five policemen, on Tuesday, officials said.
  • German tax income jumps in 1st quarter

    German tax income jumps in 1st quarter

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:24 AM EDT2014-04-22 07:24:02 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS virus

    Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS virus

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:53 AM EDT2014-04-22 06:53:12 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • AP names Klug to top SKorea editorial position

    AP names Klug to top SKorea editorial position

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:13 AM EDT2014-04-22 06:13:03 GMT
    The Associated Press has named Seoul news editor Foster Klug as its chief of bureau for South Korea.
    The Associated Press has named Seoul news editor Foster Klug as its chief of bureau for South Korea.
  • Death count in ferry sinking tops 100

    Death count in ferry sinking tops 100

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:33 AM EDT2014-04-22 04:33:18 GMT
    South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous acts" in the disaster, which left more than 300 people dead or missing.
    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...
  • Mexico bids goodbye to 'Gabo,' famed adopted son

    Mexico bids goodbye to 'Gabo,' famed adopted son

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:13 AM EDT2014-04-22 04:13:03 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Thousands line up to bid goodbye to Garcia Marquez

    Thousands line up to bid goodbye to Garcia Marquez

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-04-22 02:44:35 GMT
    The ashes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez arrived Monday at Mexico City's majestic Palace of Fine Arts to several minutes of thunderous applause from admirers paying tribute to the Colombian Nobel laureate,...
    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.
  • US: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord

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

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-04-21 22:13:28 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • US: Pictures indicate Russian troops in Ukraine

    US: Pictures indicate Russian troops in Ukraine

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:34:03 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55

    Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:03:25 GMT
    Yemeni security officials and tribal chiefs say that a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed several al-Qaida militants in the country's south, including a local militant commander.
    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...
  • APNewsBreak: US weighs curbing deportations

    APNewsBreak: US weighs curbing deportations

    Monday, April 21 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-04-21 20:32:50 GMT
    The Associated Press has learned that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (Jay) Johnson is considering limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally but without serious criminal records. On President...
    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.
  • Suicide bombings, attacks in Iraq kill 33 people

    Suicide bombings, attacks in Iraq kill 33 people

    Monday, April 21 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-04-21 20:23:28 GMT
    Iraqi officials say a suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint outside the capital, Baghdad, has killed at least nine people.
    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...
  • US looking into possible chemical attack in Syria

    US looking into possible chemical attack in Syria

    Monday, April 21 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-04-21 19:53:26 GMT
    The U.S. is looking into whether a toxic chemical was deployed on areas of Syria that are controlled by rebel forces seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.
    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).
  • Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

    Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

    Monday, April 21 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-04-21 19:33:56 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Ukraine to meet with leaders of the turbulent country.
    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...
  • Gunmen detain 3 journalists in eastern Ukraine

    Gunmen detain 3 journalists in eastern Ukraine

    Monday, April 21 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-04-21 18:44:34 GMT
    Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro-Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine.
    Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro-Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine on Monday.
  • Syria elections set for June 3 amid civil war

    Syria elections set for June 3 amid civil war

    Monday, April 21 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-04-21 18:34:01 GMT
    Syria's state-run media say a pair of mortar shells hit near the parliament building in central Damascus, killing five people.
    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...
  • UN condemns ethnic killings in South Sudan

    UN condemns ethnic killings in South Sudan

    Monday, April 21 2014 2:23 PM EDT2014-04-21 18:23:59 GMT
    The United Nations Mission in South Sudan is condemning what it calls "the targeted killings of civilians based on their ethnic origins and nationality" in a contested town.
    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.
  • Finnish skydiver crash probe could take weeks

    Finnish skydiver crash probe could take weeks

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-04-21 17:54:59 GMT
    Finnish authorities say the investigation into the plane crash that killed eight sky divers could take weeks or longer to complete.
    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...
  • US justices seek middle ground in Argentina case

    US justices seek middle ground in Argentina case

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-04-21 17:35:48 GMT
    The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday in Argentina's decade-long battle with holders of its defaulted bonds.
    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.
  • Christian militia, French forces fight in C Africa

    Christian militia, French forces fight in C Africa

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-04-21 17:35:11 GMT
    A witness says fighting between a Christian militia and French soldiers in Central African Republic has left several people dead, including some who appeared unarmed.
    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.
  • Mauritania to hold presidential elections in June

    Mauritania to hold presidential elections in June

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-04-21 17:35:09 GMT
    Mauritania has announced that its next presidential election will be held in June.
    Mauritania has announced that its next presidential election will be held in June.
  • Rwandan singer pleads guilty to terrorism charges

    Rwandan singer pleads guilty to terrorism charges

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-04-21 17:14:32 GMT
    A prominent Rwandan singer accused of working with groups opposed to President Paul Kagame's government has pleaded guilty to the charges, including terrorism.
    A prominent Rwandan singer accused of working with groups opposed to President Paul Kagame's government has pleaded guilty to the charges, including terrorism.
  • Anti-junta Myanmar journalist Win Tin dies at 85

    Anti-junta Myanmar journalist Win Tin dies at 85

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-04-21 16:54:44 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Congo grants first batch of amnesties to ex-rebels

    Congo grants first batch of amnesties to ex-rebels

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-04-21 16:23:36 GMT
    Congo has announced the first batch of former rebels who will receive an amnesty adopted earlier this year.
    Congo has announced the first batch of former rebels who will receive an amnesty adopted earlier this year.
  • Uganda suspends track coach over sex abuse charges

    Uganda suspends track coach over sex abuse charges

    Monday, April 21 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-04-21 15:45:14 GMT
    An official with Uganda's athletics body says a coach who faces charges of sexual harassment has been suspended and is under investigation by Ugandan police.
    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...
  • John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

    John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

    Monday, April 21 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-04-21 15:14:16 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Court to look at 'born in Jerusalem' passport case

    Court to look at 'born in Jerusalem' passport case

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:45:06 GMT
    The Supreme Court says it will hear for the second time a passport dispute fraught with Middle Eastern politics. The question is whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth as Israel.
    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.
  • Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche

    Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:35:56 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

    Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:35:30 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Celebrities gather for Peaches Geldof funeral

    Celebrities gather for Peaches Geldof funeral

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:23:53 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school

    Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:23:48 GMT
    Parents say 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, up significantly from the 85 reported by education officials.
    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.
  • New portrait unveiled for British queen's birthday

    New portrait unveiled for British queen's birthday

    Monday, April 21 2014 9:03 AM EDT2014-04-21 13:03:37 GMT
    A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by renowned British photographer David Bailey has been unveiled to mark the monarch's 88th birthday.
    A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by renowned British photographer David Bailey has been unveiled to mark the monarch's 88th birthday.
  • Gaza militants fire missile, rockets at Israel

    Gaza militants fire missile, rockets at Israel

    Monday, April 21 2014 8:43 AM EDT2014-04-21 12:43:24 GMT
    Israel's military says Gaza militants have fired a missile at troops patrolling the border as well as several rockets into the south of the country.
    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...
  • Japan PM sends offering to war shrine

    Japan PM sends offering to war shrine

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:23 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:23:49 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Palestinians meet in Gaza for reconciliation talks

    Palestinians meet in Gaza for reconciliation talks

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:23 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:23:42 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Somali lawmaker killed in car bomb explosion

    Somali lawmaker killed in car bomb explosion

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:03 AM EDT2014-04-21 10:03:20 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

    Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:43 AM EDT2014-04-21 09:43:50 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

    Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

    Monday, April 21 2014 2:33 AM EDT2014-04-21 06:33:22 GMT
    Survivors of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche recalled scenes of panic and chaos, describing Sunday how they dug through snow with their hands and ice axes in hopes of finding their friends alive.
    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...
  • Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform

    Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:44 AM EDT2014-04-21 05:44:04 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Grim work for families as more bodies discovered

    Grim work for families as more bodies discovered

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:23 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:23:20 GMT
    The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is...
    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...
  • AP PHOTOS: Nicaraguan town drags chained 'Judases'

    AP PHOTOS: Nicaraguan town drags chained 'Judases'

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:03:31 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Prosecutor says 4 ferry crewmembers detained

    Prosecutor says 4 ferry crewmembers detained

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-04-21 03:34:13 GMT
    A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers.
    A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers.
  • Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear

    Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-04-21 03:03:02 GMT
    Nigerians are marking Easter with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.
    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.
  • Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help

    Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:33 PM EDT2014-04-21 02:33:11 GMT
    A Malaysian official met Sunday with relatives of passengers who were aboard the missing jetliner and discussed ways of providing them with financial assistance, as an unmanned submarine continued to search for any...
    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...
  • Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village

    Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village

    Sunday, April 20 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-04-20 19:33:11 GMT
    The Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Syria says Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists who attack "our people and holy places."
    Syria's embattled president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, an important symbolic prize for his government ahead of coming presidential elections he...
  • Insurgents kill at least 11 Algerian soldiers

    Insurgents kill at least 11 Algerian soldiers

    Sunday, April 20 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-04-20 19:33:06 GMT
    Algerian police and military officials said Islamist insurgents ambushed a military bus, killing at least 10 soldiers in the central Kabylie mountains.
    Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in a mountainous region, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five others, the Defense Ministry said Sunday.
  • AP Photos: Christians seek hope in Easter events

    AP Photos: Christians seek hope in Easter events

    Sunday, April 20 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-04-20 19:13:32 GMT
    By The Associated Press From the splendor of the Vatican to some of the world's most troubled regions, Christians worldwide sought hope Sunday in their religion's holiest event - the...
    By The Associated Press From the splendor of the Vatican to some of the world's most troubled regions, Christians worldwide sought hope Sunday in their religion's holiest event - the crucifixion...
  • 8 killed in Finland parachutist plane accident

    8 killed in Finland parachutist plane accident

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:43:36 GMT
    Finnish officials say eight people died when a small plane carrying parachutists crashed to the ground and caught fire.
    Finnish officials say eight people died when a small plane carrying parachutists crashed to the ground and caught fire.
  • Egypt: Ex-army chief, leftist to run for president

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

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:03:04 GMT
    Egypt's Interior Ministry says gunmen have killed a captain from the intelligence services and a policeman on a desert road outside Cairo.
    Egypt's election commission said Sunday only two presidential hopefuls, one of them the powerful former military chief who nine months ago ousted the country's first democratically elected leader, have submitted...
  • Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:52:41 GMT
    As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will find a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.
    As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.
  • Ukraine, Russia trade blame for shootout in east

    Ukraine, Russia trade blame for shootout in east

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:03:59 GMT
    The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
    Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state...
  • Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results

    Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results

    Sunday, April 20 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-04-20 16:13:20 GMT
    New partial results released in Afghanistan's presidential election show candidate Abdullah Abdullah still is the front-runner, though a runoff election will be likely.
    Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead slightly increased in partial results for Afghanistan's presidential election released Sunday, but he and rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai still seem to be heading for a...
  • Dealer wanted in US for art fraud nabbed in Spain

    Dealer wanted in US for art fraud nabbed in Spain

    Sunday, April 20 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-04-20 16:13:02 GMT
    Spanish officials say a businessman suspected of having dealt in millions of dollars of fake art has been arrested during Easter festivities in southern Spain.
    A Spanish businessman suspected of having dealt in millions of dollars of fake art has been arrested during Easter festivities in southern Spain, officials said Sunday.
  • Emirati firm promises to send citizen into space

    Emirati firm promises to send citizen into space

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-04-20 15:13:04 GMT
    One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space.
    One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space.
  • Construction frenzy in Beirut alters city skyline

    Construction frenzy in Beirut alters city skyline

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-04-20 15:13:02 GMT
    One by one, the old traditional houses of Beirut are vanishing as luxury towers sprout up on every corner, altering the city's skyline almost beyond recognition amid an ongoing construction frenzy seemingly...
    One by one, the old traditional houses of Beirut are vanishing as luxury towers sprout up on every corner, altering the city's skyline almost beyond recognition amid an ongoing construction frenzy seemingly immune to...
  • 4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

    4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-04-20 14:53:30 GMT
    Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria have returned home to France.
    Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists.
  • Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

    Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-04-20 13:42:45 GMT
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in his twisting, impassioned novels.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate's twisting and impassioned novels.
  • Transcript of SKorea ship sinking: 'We can't move'

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

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-04-20 13:33:03 GMT
    The following is a portion of the transcript released Sunday by the South Korean coast guard of the conversation between the ferry that sank Wednesday and the Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on Jindo...
    The following is a portion of the transcript released Sunday by the South Korean coast guard of the conversation between the ferry that sank Wednesday and the Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on Jindo island. The...
  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-04-20 13:33:00 GMT
    Pope Francis is celebrating Christianity's most joyous day, Easter Sunday, under sunny skies in St. Peter's Square.
    Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the...
  • Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

    Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:33:03 GMT
    Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
    Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
  • Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

    Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:32 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:32:40 GMT
    It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck?
    It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck?
  • EU official against cutting Russia gas ties

    EU official against cutting Russia gas ties

    Sunday, April 20 2014 6:32 AM EDT2014-04-20 10:32:50 GMT
    A senior European Union official says he opposes cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years but the bloc should work on diversifying supplies.
    A senior European Union official says he opposes cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years but the bloc should work on diversifying supplies.
  • Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site

    Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site

    Sunday, April 20 2014 6:02 AM EDT2014-04-20 10:02:21 GMT
    Israeli police say they entered the compound at Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks.
    Israeli police entered the compound of Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks at them on Sunday, as thousands of tourists packed the Old City for the Easter and Passover holidays.
  • Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks

    Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:52 AM EDT2014-04-20 09:52:51 GMT
    Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?
    Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?
  • Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

    Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:32 AM EDT2014-04-20 09:32:50 GMT
    A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after...
    A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship...
  • Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land

    Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:32 AM EDT2014-04-20 09:32:48 GMT
    Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago.
    Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago.
  • 13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

    13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:53 AM EDT2014-04-20 05:53:09 GMT
    Rescuers were digging through piles of snow and ice Saturday for four Sherpa guides buried on Mount Everest when an avalanche swept down the slopes and killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on...
    Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed...
  • Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken ferry

    Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken ferry

    Sunday, April 20 2014 12:52 AM EDT2014-04-20 04:52:11 GMT
    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into...
    After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into a submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the...
  • Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

    Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

    Sunday, April 20 2014 12:12 AM EDT2014-04-20 04:12:08 GMT
    The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.
    The rescuers moved quickly, minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.
  • Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week

    Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:12:50 GMT
    The search coordination center says an underwater robotic submarine is expected to finish searching a narrowed down area of the Indian Ocean seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane within the next week,...
    A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane continued to dive Sunday after completing about half of its search on the bottom of the Indian Ocean with no luck, prompting an official to express the...
  • Japan minister at shrine honoring war criminals

    Japan minister at shrine honoring war criminals

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:53:02 GMT
    A Japanese Cabinet minister on Sunday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals, in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors.
    A Japanese Cabinet minister on Sunday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals, in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors.
  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:52:41 GMT
    On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper.
    On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper.
  • Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

    Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:12:03 GMT
    The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in...
    The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox...
  • Pope seeks to bring faith to "ends of the Earth"

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

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:02:06 GMT
    Pope Francis has presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica in which he will baptize 10 people.
    Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

    Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:52:18 GMT
    When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too.
    When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too.
  • At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

    At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:32:04 GMT
    Russia's foreign ministry on Saturday promised it would offer strong assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis, but emphasized that the ultimate responsibility for reducing tensions lies with Ukrainians...
    Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the...
  • Iran vice president says row over reactor resolved

    Iran vice president says row over reactor resolved

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:12 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:12:01 GMT
    Iranian state television is reporting that the Islamic Republic's vice president is saying a dispute between world powers and the country over its heavy water reactor at Arak has been "virtually resolved."
    Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country's vice president said Saturday, marking a major concession from the Islamic Republic in negotiations...
  • 4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

    4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:42:40 GMT
    Four French journalists held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, officials said Saturday, the latest batch of reporters to be freed in what has become the world's deadliest conflict for the media.
    Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war.
  • Islamic militants claim this week's Nigeria blast

    Islamic militants claim this week's Nigeria blast

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:32:26 GMT
    Nigeria's Islamic extremists are claiming responsibility for the massive explosion at a busy bus station that killed at least 75 people in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, this week.
    Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.
  • Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners

    Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:22:21 GMT
    The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated...
    The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The...
  • Guinea to cancel BSG Resources-Vale mining rights

    Guinea to cancel BSG Resources-Vale mining rights

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:01:58 GMT
    The government of Guinea says it plans to revoke the mining rights to one of the largest untapped iron ore deposits in the world, following a watchdog's recommendation.
    The government of Guinea is planning to revoke the mining rights to one of the largest untapped iron ore deposits in the world, following a watchdog's recommendation.
  • Confusion, anger as sunken ferry's relatives wait

    Confusion, anger as sunken ferry's relatives wait

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:12:08 GMT
    The informal briefing by a South Korean coast guard rescuer started calmly enough. He stood on a stage in front of relatives of those missing from a sunken ferry, explaining how divers trying to find their loved...
    The informal briefing by a South Korean coast guard rescuer started calmly enough. He stood on a stage in front of relatives of those missing from a sunken ferry, explaining how divers trying to find their loved ones are...
  • Man arrested over murder of ex-IRA leader

    Man arrested over murder of ex-IRA leader

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

    Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-04-19 15:42:05 GMT
    It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria.
    It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria.
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-04-19 13:21:50 GMT
    His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions,...
    His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition,...
  • Iran denounces US ruling to sell property

    Iran denounces US ruling to sell property

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-04-19 12:31:43 GMT
    Iran has condemned a ruling issued by a U.S. federal judge approving plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related...
    Iran has condemned a ruling issued by a U.S. federal judge approving plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture...
  • Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

    Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:51 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:51:42 GMT
    Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors...
    Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that...
  • Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus

    Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:41 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:41:55 GMT
    An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish...
    An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on...
  • 4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

    4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:31 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:31:40 GMT
    France's presidential palace says four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released.
    Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released, France's presidential palace said Saturday.