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Al-Qaida chief blesses attacks on Egypt security
CAIRO (AP) -- Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians.... 4/19/2014 6:46 AM

Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice
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 pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps.... 4/19/2014 6:42 AM

Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus
FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus (AP) -- An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on this ethnically divided island.... 4/19/2014 6:36 AM

4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed
PARIS (AP) -- Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released, France's presidential palace said Saturday.... 4/19/2014 6:26 AM

Iran general urges Tehran to make new UN pick
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A senior Iranian military official has urged the foreign ministry to name a new envoy to the U.N. after the U.S. blocked its chosen ambassador over alleged ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.... 4/19/2014 6:21 AM

EU official against cutting Russia gas ties
BERLIN (AP) -- A senior European Union official says he opposes cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years but the bloc should work on diversifying supplies.... 4/19/2014 6:15 AM

Car bomber kills 6 at Syrian government checkpoint
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Two rebel car bombs targeted two central Syrian areas controlled by government forces on Saturday, killing at least ten people as opposition forces fought fiercely to hold onto territory, officials and activists reported.... 4/19/2014 6:06 AM

Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested
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, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.... 4/19/2014 5:55 AM

Bombs kill 4 in shopping street of Iraqi capital
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi police say two bombs planted on a street full of shoppers in Baghdad have killed four people and wounded eight.... 4/19/2014 5:30 AM

Death toll in SKorea ferry sinking climbs to 32
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.... 4/19/2014 5:24 AM

Putin: no blocks to boosting relations with West
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he sees no obstacles to improving relations with the West, which are fraught with tension over the Ukraine crisis.... 4/19/2014 5:20 AM

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche
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 peak.... 4/19/2014 5:10 AM

Malaysia asks world to pray for missing plane clue
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- A Malaysian official on Saturday asked the world to "pray hard" for a clue to help find Flight 370, while authorities said a robotic submarine was expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty.... 4/19/2014 5:09 AM

Drone in Yemen kills 9 suspected al-Qaida fighters
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A Yemeni military official says an American drone strike has killed nine suspected al-Qaida militants and inadvertently killed and wounded some civilians.... 4/19/2014 4:08 AM

Prosecutor says mate steering waters for 1st time
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- A prosecutor says that the third mate steering a South Korean ferry at the time of a major accident was navigating those waters for the first time.... 4/19/2014 3:05 AM

Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown
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.... 4/18/2014 11:31 PM

AP Photos: Latam Catholics pay tribute to Christ
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Roman Catholics throughout Latin America and the Caribbean are paying tribute to Jesus Christ in Holy Week traditions that go back centuries and range from religious processions to self-flagellation.... 4/18/2014 11:26 PM

Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality.... 4/18/2014 11:03 PM

UN says 58 killed in attack on UN base in SSudan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An attack on a U.N. peacekeeping base in South Sudan where some 5,000 members of an ethnic minority had sought shelter killed 58 people and injured about 100 others, a U.N. official said Friday.... 4/18/2014 8:06 PM

Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd
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 after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.... 4/18/2014 7:49 PM