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Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

Apr 23, 2014

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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 candle-bearing faithful below ...

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Amnesty: Qatar fails to protect domestic workers

Apr 23, 2014

By ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — 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 2022 ...

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Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

Apr 23, 2014

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — 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 season.

American climber ...

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SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher

Apr 23, 2014

By GILLIAN WONG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — 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 ...

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Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet

Apr 22, 2014

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia may use more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet as the prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash ...

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Analysis: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine

Apr 22, 2014

By LYNN BERRY, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — 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.

Emboldened by the national ...

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

Apr 22, 2014

By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — 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 gunmen came and opened ...

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Govt must turn over info on CIA prisons to defense

Apr 22, 2014

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — 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 judge's order ...

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In Ukraine's east, mayor held hostage by insurgent

Apr 22, 2014

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — 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 by the man who ...

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Thieves steal rhino horns in South Africa

Apr 22, 2014

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — 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 fortune on the illegal ...

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Ghanaian company says it used plane seen in Iran

Apr 22, 2014

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — 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.

Engineers & Planners said in a statement that the plane took Ghanaian businessmen to Iran.

The New York Times ...

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Coulson denies hearing hacked Daniel Craig message

Apr 22, 2014

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — 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.

Coulson and six others are on trial on charges stemming from the revelation ...

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US reviewing plans for fewer troops in Afghanistan

Apr 22, 2014

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 administration asked senior military leaders to develop the options. The move reflects the ...

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Navalny's conviction in Russia a chilling message

Apr 22, 2014

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow justice of the peace did not just fine Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny $8,400 on Tuesday for slandering a lawmaker, she left the door open to locking up the Kremlin's most vocal critic in prison for years.

The move was also ...

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Fearing the Icefall: On Everest, dangers are clear

Apr 22, 2014

By TIM SULLIVAN, Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — 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 impossible to pass.

It is a river of ...

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Iran lawmakers seek probe into alleged jail abuse

Apr 22, 2014

By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — 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.

Families of the inmates met with the lawmakers Sunday, seeking ...

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Ebola outbreak death toll in West Africa over 140

Apr 22, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 140 people.

The Ebola disease causes a high fever and internal and external bleeding. There is no cure and no vaccine and it has a high fatality rate.

In a statement on its ...

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British anti-EU party focuses on immigrant threat

Apr 22, 2014

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — 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.

"They" are workers from other European Union countries, who have the right to ...

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Biden: Russia must 'stop talking and start acting'

Apr 22, 2014

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine, offering a show of support for the besieged nation as an international agreement aimed at stemming its ...

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Philips shares slump over weak 1st-quarter profits

Apr 22, 2014

By TOBY STERLING, Associated Press

AMSTERDAM (AP) — 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.

Philips said its net profit ...

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