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Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.... 4/23/2014 3:37 AM

AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety
MOUNT HERMON, Lebanon (AP) -- As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the rugged frontier into neighboring Lebanon.... 4/23/2014 3:34 AM

Pakistan's army seeks closure of TV channel
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A Pakistani official says the army has sought to shut down the country's leading Geo News TV channel.... 4/23/2014 3:23 AM

Prof: Ferry turned further than 3rd mate ordered
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank says he suspects a problem with the steering gear caused the sinking.... 4/23/2014 3:17 AM

AP PHOTOS: Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- With golden umbrellas covering them from the equatorial sun, boys in princely attire are hoisted onto the shoulders of their fathers and uncles, part of a ritual carried out this time every year at Buddhist pagodas all over Myanmar: young would-be-novices preparing to enter the monkhood.... 4/23/2014 3:01 AM

Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer
PRAGUE (AP) -- The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West.... 4/23/2014 2:52 AM

Pirates rob Singapore tanker in Malacca Strait
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Pirates stopped a Singapore-owned tanker in the Malacca Strait and stole several million liters of diesel fuel it was carrying, Malaysian marine police said Wednesday.... 4/23/2014 2:48 AM

Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some
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 - not in the arcane, scripted words of pontiffs past but in those of a father and pastor looking out for his flock.... 4/23/2014 2:34 AM

SKorea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher
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 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.... 4/23/2014 2:30 AM

Some drama off-camera in Mideast conflict film
AL-EIN REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) -- An American director's short film about an Israeli army raid in a Palestinian refugee camp ends with a surprise - literally involving a rabbit, though not one pulled from a hat. The story told in "The Warren" is meant to question the ways Israelis and Palestinians see each other as a result of their long-running conflict.... 4/23/2014 2:25 AM

Ericsson in $260 million first-quarter profit
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Wireless equipment maker Ericsson says first-quarter profit increased to 1.7 billion kronor ($260 million) mainly because of restructuring and licensing income even as revenue fell by 9 percent compared to the same period a year earlier.... 4/23/2014 2:23 AM

Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen.... 4/23/2014 2:15 AM

Anti-Obama protesters clash with police in Manila
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine police armed with truncheon, shields and water hose clashed Wednesday with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and a looming pact that will increase the American military presence in the Philippines.... 4/23/2014 2:12 AM

Amnesty: Qatar fails to protect domestic workers
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 World Cup.... 4/23/2014 2:03 AM

Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned to soon bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean.... 4/23/2014 2:02 AM

Australia lifts F-35 order from 14 to 72 fighters
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia announced Wednesday that it had increased its order for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters by 58 to 72 to be fully operational by 2023 in a declaration of confidence in the troubled stealth war plane.... 4/23/2014 1:01 AM

Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China
TOKYO (AP) -- President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth.... 4/23/2014 12:00 AM

China Mobile profit down 9.4 percent
BEIJING (AP) -- China Mobile Ltd., the world's biggest phone carrier by number of subscribers, said Wednesday its quarterly profit declined 9.4 percent from a year earlier despite a rise in customer numbers as spending per account declined.... 4/22/2014 11:26 PM

Survey: China manufacturing shrinks for 4th month
HONG KONG (AP) -- Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, though the decline was slightly slower, a survey on Wednesday said, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is stabilizing.... 4/22/2014 11:24 PM

'Piles and piles' of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter
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 fire on everyone, young and old.... 4/22/2014 11:16 PM