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Another tragedy at sunken ferry

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Another diver has died while searching for bodies inside a sunken South Korean ferry.

A government task force spokesman says the civilian diver was underwater today, cut...

Ukraine military chopper shot down near Slovyansk

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president says 14 soldiers were killed when a government military helicopter was shot down in eastern Ukraine today.

Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov says rebel...

Italy flies adopted Congolese to waiting parents

ROME (AP) — Thirty-one children from the Congo have arrived in Rome to begin a new life with their adoptive families after months of waiting.

Congo had suspended all international adoptions citin...

Donetsk mayor urges citizens to stay home

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — The mayor of eastern the Ukrainian city of Donetsk is urging residents to stay home following a day of heavy fighting between government forces and pro-Russian fighters tryin...

40 dead in India train crash

NEW DELHI (AP) — Rescuers are digging through wreckage in northern India where an express passenger train slammed into a stopped freight train near a station, killing at least 40 people and injuring...

Military In Control in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's army chief has announced that the military has seized power in a coup to restore stability and order after six months of political deadlock and turmoil.

Gen. Prayuth Cha...

More Tension In Korean Peninsula

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean news agency says North Korea has fired into disputed waters near a South Korean warship.

Both Koreas regularly conduct artillery drills in the waters near...

Rescuers to dig for victims of Nigerian car bombs

JOS, Nigeria (AP) — Rescuer workers in Nigeria's city of Jos are searching through rubble today for more victims of twin car bomb blasts that collapsed buildings in a busy marketplace and bus statio...

UN says forced labor $150 billion-a-year business

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nation's labor agency says trafficking, forced labor and modern slavery is big business, generating profits of $150 billion a year.

The International Labor Organization s...

Growing condemnation of Sudanese death sentence for Christian woman

NEW YORK (AP) — Leaders from all faiths and many countries continue to condemn a death sentence ordered for a pregnant Sudanese woman because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.

Meriam I...

China sentences 24 in baby trafficking case

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese news agency says the leader of a baby trafficking gang that brought at least 23 boys or pregnant women from Vietnam to China has been sentenced to death.

The official Xin...

Funerals begin in Turkey

SOMA, Turkey (AP) —Hundreds of people have begun attending funerals for some of the 282 victims as rescue teams in western Turkey continue to try to reach some 150 other miners still trapped followi...

Ukraine set to launch dialogue under OSCE plan

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A reluctant Ukrainian government has agreed to launch discussions on giving more powers to the eastern regions under a peace plan brokered by the Organization for Security and C...

Video purports to show captured girls, two speak of faith conversion

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian Islamic extremist leader says nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls will not be seen again until the government frees his detained fighters.

A new video from the group ...

At least 15 dead in Congo soccer stadium stampede

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congolese government officials say at least 15 people are dead following a stampede at a soccer stadium.

National television is reporting that the stampede happened during ...

Putin arrives in Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says that President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Crimea, the Russian leader's first trip to the region since its annexation.

The triumphant trip to Crimea follows a mas...

Pakistan court bails out man US said is FBI agent

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A police officer in Pakistan says a court has released on bail an American whom the U.S. identified as an FBI agent.

The officer says the court has directed the man to su...

Putin urges postponing eastern Ukraine referendum

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says a planned May 11 referendum on autonomy in southeast Ukraine should be postponed.

In a Wednesday meeting with Swiss president Didier Burkhalter...

Nigeria: Boko Haram threatens to sell kidnap girls

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader is threatening to sell hundreds of teenage schoolgirls abducted from a school in the remote northeast of the country three weeks ago.

Abub...

Fighting in east Ukraine kills 4 troops, wounds 30

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's military appears to be stepping up its efforts to bring eastern and southern Ukraine back under government control.

Ukrainian troops today have been fighting g...

In South Sudan, Kerry calls for end to violence

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's president has agreed to meet with his rival as soon as next week to jumpstart peace talks that have been stalled for months and possibly lay groundwork for a n...

Malaysia Airlines: MH370 families should head home

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines is telling relatives of passengers on Flight 370 they should move out of hotels and return home to wait for news on the search for the plane.

Since...

Activists: Airstrike on Syrian school kills 9

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say a government airstrike has hit a school in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least nine people, including three children.

The Britain-based Syrian Observa...

Protesters storm administration in eastern Ukraine

LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Demonstrators demanding more power for Ukraine's regions have stormed the regional administration building in Luhansk, one of the largest cities in Ukraine's troubled east.

...

Concert stampede kills 23 in southwest Congo

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A government spokesman says at least 23 people have been killed during a stampede at a festival in southwest Congo honoring a popular singer who died in February.

The stamp...

3 killed in Afghanistan hospital were American doctors

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Three American physicians are dead and a U.S. nurse is wounded after an Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital.

The shooting...

UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy

PARIS (AP) — 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.

Paris-based UNESCO says 774 mi...

Biden tells Ukrainian leaders US stands with them

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is warning Russia that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine.

Biden spoke today after meeting with Ukrainian...

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a boycott after at least 13 of them died Friday in an avalanche.

The Nepal Mountaineering Association says several Sherpas al...

Deadliest single day on Mt. Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — At least 12 people are now confirmed dead in an avalanche on Mt. Everest.

The dead are all Sherpa guides who had set out early this morning to fix ropes for other climbers....

Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine, saying he's hopeful there will be a political and diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Putin is denying that Rus...

Nearly 300 missing in SKorean ferry sinking

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two people are confirmed dead, but officials in South Korea fear the death toll could get much higher following the sinking of a ferry off the southern coast.

Nearly 300...

Israeli families gather for ritual Passover meal

JERUSALEM (AP) — Families across Israel have gathered for Passover meals commemorating the liberation of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt as described in Scripture. In Judaism, it's called ...

More chemicals shipped out of Syria

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog says Syria has to ratchet up its movement of raw materials for poison gas and nerve agents if it is to meet dea...

Iraq's deputy PM escapes assassination attempt

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi lawmaker says the country's deputy prime minister escaped an assassination attempt in which militants dressed as soldiers opened fire at his convoy west of Baghdad.

Lawmak...

Underwater pings relocated in hunt for missing jet

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An analysis of the latest underwater signals picked up by a ship searching for a missing Malaysian airliner is providing reason for some optimism.

The head of the search e...

No Sounds Coming from Indian Ocean

PERTH, Australia (AP) — The head of the coordinated search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 says crews will continue listening for faint sounds from deep in the Indian Ocean, like they heard on Satu...

Illegal Machinary Bound for Iran Seized

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested four people who allegedly planned to send to Iran industrial machinery that could be used to make missiles.

A Civil Guard statement Monday said...

UN Workers Killed in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The United Nations mission in Somalia says gunmen inside an airport have shot and killed two consultants working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Nichol...

Underwater search begins

Underwater search begins

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Crews searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner have just a few days left before pings from the plane's two data recorders could stop t...

Strong aftershock shakes Chile's north coast

IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says she was "evacuated like all citizens" when a 7.6-magnitude aftershock struck the country's far-northern coast late last night.

Bache...

6 dead in Chile quake

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) —Authorities have lifted tsunami warnings for Chile's long coastline after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the country's northern coast. Six people were crushed to death or su...

Official: Deal emerging on Mideast talks extension

JERUSALEM (AP) — An official close to the Mideast peace talks says a deal is emerging to extend the troubled negotiations. It includes the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in exchange for 4...

Guinea reports Ebola death toll rises to 78

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Health authorities in the West African nation of Guinea say at least 78 people now have died after contracting the Ebola virus.

Victims develop several internal and externa...

Australia says planes now searching in new area for signs of Malaysian airliner

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Officials overseeing the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 say the effort to date has not been a waste of time, but they are shifting the focus nearly 700 miles to the ...

Trying to stem economic collapse, IMF offers Ukraine up to $18 billion in loans

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's prime minister is warning that his country is "on the brink of the economic and financial bankruptcy."

Arseniy Yatsenyuk made a lengthy and passionate address to pa...

Satellite spots 122 possible objects in search

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Malaysia says a satellite has captured images of 122 objects in the Indian Ocean that might be from the missing plane.

Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says the objec...

China demands Malaysian satellite data on plane

BEIJING (AP) — China is demanding that Malaysia turn over satellite data used to conclude that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was lost in the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors.

Among the...

Floating objects spotted

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Ships are converging on floating objects spotted today by Australian and Chinese planes in the southern Indian Ocean. The location is close to where multiple satellites have ...

Putin expected to sign annexation today

— Russian President Vladimir Putin says there's no need for Moscow to further retaliate against U.S. sanctions.

Putin spoke today after President Barack Obama yesterday ordered a second round of ...

EU summit looks at boosting Kiev, punishing Russia

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU Commission president wants a two-day summit of European Union leaders to center on boosting the fledgling government in Ukraine, rather than focus exclusively on sanctions aga...

Files deleted from flight simulator

— Malaysia's defense minister says files were recently deleted from the home flight simulator belonging to the pilot aboard the missing Malaysian jetliner.

The defense minister says investigators...

Putin addresses parliament on Crimea

— Russian President Vladimir Putin is addressing both houses of the parliament on Ukraine's region of Crimea.

Crimean citizens voted over the weekend to secede from Ukraine and request to join Ru...

Ukraine dominates EU foreign ministers

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers have set up a target list for sanctions on Russians linked to the secession of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.

The 28-nation EU condemned the ...

Plane search focus shifting; China asks for more info

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The search focus for a missing Malaysian jetliner is changing with India saying it is expanding its search to seas west of the Andaman Islands while the international h...

Malaysia denies engine data reports

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's defense minister is denying reports that engine data from the missing Malaysian jetliner indicated it may have kept flying after its last communication.

T...

NATO flying surveillance planes to Ukraine border

BERLIN (AP) — NATO says it's sent two surveillance planes to fly over Poland and Romania to monitor the crisis unfolding in neighboring Ukraine.

The military alliance says two AWAC, or Airborne W...

2 solemn anniversaries

MADRID (AP) — The anniversaries of two disasters are being marked today.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pledging to boost rebuilding efforts as his country marks the third anniversary of ...

False hopes dismay in search for missing jet

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — What was first thought to be possible debris from a missing Malaysian Airlines passenger jet turns out to be moss covered trash.

Rescue helicopters and ships rushed ...

Crimea sets referendum on whether to join Russia

Ukraine (AP) — Lawmakers in the embattled Crimean region of Ukraine have decided to hold a referendum March 16 on whether Crimea should become part of Russia.

One lawmaker says, "This is our res...