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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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Shootout in eastern Ukraine leaves 1 dead

Apr 20, 2014

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — 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.

The armed clash appears to be the first since an international ...

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Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Apr 20, 2014

FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous day, Pope Francis stood under sunny skies before a flock so numerous they overflowed the flower-bedecked St. Peter's Square.

Even before Mass began in late morning, more than 100,000 ...

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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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Divers pull bodies from sunken ferry; toll tops 50

Apr 20, 2014

By FOSTER KLUG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — 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 just the ...

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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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Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners

Apr 19, 2014

By FRANKLIN BRICENO, Associated Press

LIMA, Peru (AP) — 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 government's vow to ...

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Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

Apr 19, 2014

By JAVIER CORDOBA, Associated Press

TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — 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.

"Stand up," Mora recalls the image of the pope ...

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Islamic militants claim this week's Nigerian blast

Apr 19, 2014

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — 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.

It comes in a new video received Saturday. The leader of the Boko Haram network threatens more ...

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13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

Apr 19, 2014

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest ...

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Iran vice president says row over reactor resolved

Apr 19, 2014

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — 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 with world powers over its ...

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Man arrested over murder of ex-IRA leader

Apr 19, 2014

DUBLIN (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a man for questioning about the killing of a senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner.

Police said Saturday the 26-year-old man was being questioned about the shooting of Tommy Crossan.

Local residents say that gunmen escorted the 43-year-old ...

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Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?

Apr 19, 2014

By CARLEY PETESCH, Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria.

The preacher in a blue flowered shirt taps his microphone to announce "prophecy time." He places his hands ...

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