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Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform

Apr 21, 2014

By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press

HAVANA (AP) — 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.

Part of their building's seventh floor had collapsed into the interior patio,

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Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

Apr 21, 2014

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a 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 said Monday.

Several ...

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Prosecutor says 4 ferry crewmembers detained

Apr 20, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers.

Senior prosecutor Ahn Sang-don told reporters Monday that two first mates, one second mate and a chief engineer are also accused of ...

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Grim work for families as more bodies discovered

Apr 20, 2014

By GILLIAN WONG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — There are no names listed as relatives huddle around 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 painted ...

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Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help

Apr 20, 2014

By MARGIE MASON, Associated Press

PERTH, Australia (AP) — 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 burst on takeoff.

All 159 ...

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AP Photos: Christians seek hope in Easter events

Apr 20, 2014

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 and resurrection of Jesus.

In Rome, Pope Francis made an Easter plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine ...

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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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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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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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