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Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
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.... 4/20/2014 5:48 AM

Iraq: Separate attacks kill at least 12 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials say attacks in Iraq have killed at least 12 people and wounded 35 others.... 4/20/2014 5:43 AM

Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks
PARIS (AP) -- Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?... 4/20/2014 5:43 AM

4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal
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.... 4/20/2014 5:39 AM

Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously.... 4/20/2014 5:26 AM

Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land
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.... 4/20/2014 5:25 AM

Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face
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.... 4/20/2014 5:19 AM

Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts
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?... 4/20/2014 5:17 AM

Orthodox Patriarch: Syria's Christians won't yield
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Syria says Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists who attack "our people and holy places."... 4/20/2014 5:12 AM

Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say they entered the compound at Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks.... 4/20/2014 4:38 AM

Egypt gunmen kill police captain near Cairo
CAIRO (AP) -- Gunmen killed an Egyptian police captain and a conscript on a desert road outside Cairo on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said.... 4/20/2014 3:47 AM

Divers pull bodies from sunken ferry; toll tops 50
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 beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort.... 4/20/2014 3:16 AM

Road accident kills 36 in southern Pakistan
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani police say a passenger bus has rammed into a disabled flatbed trailer parked on the side of a highway in the south, killing at least 36 people, including 17 women and children.... 4/20/2014 2:31 AM

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed 13 others.... 4/20/2014 12:49 AM

Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane continued to dive Sunday after completing about half of its search on the bottom of the Indian Ocean with no luck, prompting an official to express the urgent need to find something that can help solve the mysterious disappearance six weeks ago.... 4/19/2014 11:06 PM

Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle
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.... 4/19/2014 10:45 PM

Japan minister at shrine honoring war criminals
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.... 4/19/2014 10:43 PM

Beijing auto show opens amid market slowdown
BEIJING (AP) -- Global and Chinese automakers are looking to the Beijing auto show to help boost sales in a slowing, intensely competitive market.... 4/19/2014 8:39 PM

Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites.... 4/19/2014 5:01 PM

Pope seeks to bring faith to "ends of the Earth"
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.... 4/19/2014 4:53 PM