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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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Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

Apr 19, 2014

By YOUKYUNG LEE and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody,

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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, just 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 ...

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Report: Iran VP says row over reactor resolved

Apr 19, 2014

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state television is reporting that the Islamic Republic's vice president is saying a dispute between world powers and the country over its heavy water reactor at Arak has been "virtually resolved."

A state television report Saturday quoted Vice President Ali Akbar ...

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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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Iran denounces US ruling to sell property

Apr 19, 2014

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has condemned a ruling issued by a U.S. federal judge approving plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham is ...

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Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

Apr 19, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will find a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.

Each of the four countries on Obama's ...

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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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Death toll in SKorea ferry sinking climbs to 32

Apr 19, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — South Korean coast guard officials say they've found three more bodies from the sinking of a ferry, raising the death toll to 32.

Coast guard spokesman Kim Jae-in says the latest bodies were recovered Saturday, three days after the ferry sank.

The updated death toll ...

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4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

Apr 19, 2014

PARIS (AP) — France's presidential palace says four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released.

President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement he feels "immense relief" after learning Saturday of the release of Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and ...

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Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

Apr 19, 2014

By TOBY STERLING, Associated Press

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to ...

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Sub search for missing plane to be done in week

Apr 19, 2014

By MARGIE MASON, Associated Press

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An underwater robotic submarine is expected to finish searching a narrowed down area of the Indian Ocean seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane within the next week, after completing six missions and so far coming up empty, the search ...

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4 questions about missing Malaysian plane answered

Apr 19, 2014

By The Associated Press

Travelers at Asian airports have asked questions about the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Here are some of them, followed by answers.

Samuel Rogers, a 20-year-old German on a backpacking trip, in Bangkok and ...

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Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

Apr 18, 2014

By YOUKYUNG LEE and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. Two crew ...

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Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd

Apr 18, 2014

By JEREMY HAINSWORTH and TOBY STERLING, Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide ...

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Pensive pope at Good Friday Colosseum procession

Apr 18, 2014

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press

ROME (AP) — Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum.

With ...

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SKorean agency: S. Korean ferry captain arrested

Apr 18, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested.

Yonhap says 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok was detained early Saturday.

The ship, the Sewol, sank Wednesday, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead.

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Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

Apr 18, 2014

By CESAR GARCIA and JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press

ARACATACA, Colombia (AP) — Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate's twisting and impassioned novels.

Colombia inspired and dismayed Garcia Marquez in equal measure, and the feeling was ...

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Belfast IRA figure killed in splinter-group feud

Apr 18, 2014

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press

DUBLIN (AP) — A senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner was shot to death Friday in Belfast three years after former comrades in his splinter group threatened to kill him.

Residents say gunmen escorted the victim, 43-year-old Tommy Crossan, to a fuel depot ...

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After Algerian landslide, what next?

Apr 18, 2014

By PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's frail president won a fourth term in a landslide victory, but it only masks a bigger question for this oil-rich North African nation — what now? It's still unclear who will eventually succeed the 77-year-old leader who has been in ...

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