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John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium.... 4/21/2014 11:02 AM

Saudi sentences 5 to death for 2003 Riyadh attack
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A Saudi court has sentenced five people to death and 37 others to prison on charges related to attacks against expatriate residential compounds in the country's capital more than a decade ago.... 4/21/2014 10:59 AM

Gunmen detain 3 journalists in eastern Ukraine
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro-Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine.... 4/21/2014 10:40 AM

Finnish sky diver crash probe could take weeks
HELSINKI (AP) -- Finnish authorities say the investigation into the plane crash that killed eight sky divers could take weeks or longer to complete.... 4/21/2014 10:40 AM

Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues.... 4/21/2014 10:34 AM

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community.... 4/21/2014 10:30 AM

Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved on.... 4/21/2014 10:22 AM

Celebrities gather for Peaches Geldof funeral
LONDON (AP) -- Celebrities have joined the family of Peaches Geldof gathered for the funeral of the British model and TV personality, who died at age 25 earlier this month.... 4/21/2014 10:19 AM

UN condemns ethnic killings in South Sudan
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The United Nations Mission in South Sudan on Monday condemned what it called "the targeted killings of civilians based on their ethnic origins and nationality" in a disputed town that is now under the control of anti-government forces.... 4/21/2014 10:16 AM

Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school
CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) -- Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday.... 4/21/2014 10:16 AM

Egypt detains well-known belly dancer
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian authorities have detained a belly dancer who rose to fame for her videos spoofing Islamists and other politicians over allegations that she is running an unlicensed satellite station.... 4/21/2014 10:12 AM

Probe urged over missing Thai environment activist
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai authorities were urged Monday to investigate the disappearance of an environmental activist who has worked to help ethnic Karen villagers report on illegal activity around Thailand's largest national park.... 4/21/2014 10:10 AM

Somali lawmaker killed in car bomb explosion
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali police official says a legislator in the country's parliament has been killed in a car bomb explosion in the Somali capital on Monday.... 4/21/2014 9:43 AM

Mexican president to head homage to Garcia Marquez
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The presidents of Mexico and Colombia are expected at a memorial ceremony for novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez.... 4/21/2014 9:29 AM

SKorean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior," while criticism of her own government's handling of the disaster grew.... 4/21/2014 9:21 AM

Syria to hold presidential election on June 3
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, the country's parliament speaker announced Monday, a vote President Bashar Assad is likely to contest, and win, as the country enters its fourth year of war.... 4/21/2014 8:56 AM

Uganda suspends athletics coach over sex abuse
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- An official with Uganda's athletics body says a coach who faces charges of sexual harassment has been suspended and is under investigation by Ugandan police.... 4/21/2014 8:44 AM

Gaza militants fire missile, rockets at Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Militants from the Gaza Strip fired a missile at Israeli troops patrolling the border and several rockets into the country's south on Monday, the last day of the Passover holiday, the military said. No injuries were reported.... 4/21/2014 8:32 AM

A look at the dual justice system in the West Bank
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli and Palestinian minors accused of crimes in the West Bank are subject to two different sets of laws. Israeli settlers are prosecuted under Israeli civilian law, while Palestinians are thrust into the military justice system. Critics complain that the conviction rate in the military system is higher and the penalties stiffer. Here are some statistics about juvenile arrests between 2008 and 2013 from Israel's national police force:... 4/21/2014 7:58 AM

In West Bank, teen offenders face different fates
BEIT UMAR, West Bank (AP) -- The boys were both 15, with the crackly voices and awkward peach fuzz of adolescence. They lived just a few minutes away from one another in the West Bank. And both were accused of throwing stones at vehicles, one day after the other.... 4/21/2014 7:55 AM