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

Apr 20, 2014

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — 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 their papers to run in next month's ...

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Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

Apr 20, 2014

By GILLIAN WONG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could ...

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Emirati firm promises to send citizen into space

Apr 20, 2014

By ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space.

Government-backed Aabar Investments on Sunday announced a competition to award an Emirati a free spot aboard Virgin ...

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Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Apr 20, 2014

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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 hungry and neediest ...

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Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout

Apr 20, 2014

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press

BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Russia traded blame Sunday for a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine that left at least three people dead and others with gunshot wounds.

The identity of the attackers remained ...

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Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results

Apr 20, 2014

By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — New partial results in Afghanistan's presidential election released Sunday show candidate Abdullah Abdullah is still the front-runner, though a runoff election looks likely.

The winner will replace Hamid Karzai, the only president the ...

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Dealer wanted in US for art fraud nabbed in Spain

Apr 20, 2014

By HAROLD HECKLE, Associated Press

MADRID (AP) — 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.

Art dealer Jose Carlos Bergantinos Diaz, who is wanted for fraud in the United ...

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Syria media reports Assad visits Christian village

Apr 20, 2014

By BARBARA SURK, Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad on Sunday toured a historic Christian village his forces recently captured from rebels, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to ...

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Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land

Apr 20, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — 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.

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal led Mass at the Holy Sepulcher church in Jerusalem on ...

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Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help

Apr 20, 2014

By MARGIE MASON, Associated Press

PERTH, Australia (AP) — 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 signs of Malaysia Airlines ...

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Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear

Apr 20, 2014

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — 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.

The homegrown terrorist network Boko Haram on Saturday claimed responsibility for last ...

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4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

Apr 20, 2014

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — 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.

The four — Edouard Elias, Didier ...

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Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

Apr 20, 2014

By YOUKYUNG LEE and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — 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?

Evacuations can ...

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Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site

Apr 20, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they entered the compound at Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police arrested 16 masked Palestinians who threw rocks and firecrackers as the site was opened to tourists on Sunday. Two ...

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4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

Apr 20, 2014

By ELAINE GANLEY and DIAA HADID, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — 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.

Edouard Elias, Didier Francois,

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Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

Apr 19, 2014

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA and TIM SULLIVAN, Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — 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.

But they couldn't get ...

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Japan minister at shrine honoring war criminals

Apr 19, 2014

By YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — 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.

Lawmaker Keiji Furuya, who chairs the National Public Safety Commission, said on ...

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10 more bodies found inside sunken ferry by divers

Apr 19, 2014

By FOSTER KLUG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Divers recovered 13 bodies from inside a ferry that sank off South Korea, pushing the confirmed death toll to 46, officials said Sunday. The discovery came after rescuers finally gained access to the inside of the ship ...

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

Apr 19, 2014

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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.

The vigil is among the Vatican's most solemn services. Francis entered the ...

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At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

Apr 19, 2014

By YURAS KARMANAU and JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — 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 ...

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