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Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead.... 4/18/2014 9:21 AM

Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country's interim government resigns.... 4/18/2014 9:07 AM

Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state television says 14 people have been killed by a car bomb that exploded outside a mosque in a pro-government district of the central city of Homs.... 4/18/2014 9:07 AM

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.... 4/18/2014 9:05 AM


BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state TV: 14 people killed in car bomb near mosque in pro-government district of Homs.... 4/18/2014 8:59 AM

57-nation group plays key Ukraine monitoring role
VIENNA (AP) -- A team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is going to try to help de-escalate Russian-Ukrainian tensions after the two nations agreed to work on reducing frictions sparked by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.... 4/18/2014 8:56 AM

UK looking into death of teenager in Syria
LONDON (AP) -- British officials say they are looking into the death of a British teenager in Syria.... 4/18/2014 8:53 AM

Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the fisheries minister said Friday.... 4/18/2014 8:41 AM

Pakistani madrassa names library after bin Laden
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital of Islamabad has named the school's newly built library in honor of Osama bin Laden, his spokesman and a school administrator said Friday.... 4/18/2014 8:33 AM

Egypt stops attempt to smuggle Jewish artifacts
CAIRO (AP) -- Authorities in Egypt say they have seized a cache of Jewish religious artifacts that smugglers wanted to ship to Belgium at one of the country's main ports.... 4/18/2014 8:25 AM

Turkish president rules out job swap with Erdogan
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Abdullah Gul has signaled that he doesn't want to swap jobs with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan when the presidential term ends later this year.... 4/18/2014 8:21 AM

French President Hollande's top aide resigns
PARIS (AP) -- The French president's top adviser has resigned following allegations of a past conflict of interest, striking a new blow to the already unpopular Francois Hollande.... 4/18/2014 8:16 AM

Peaches Geldof funeral to be held on Easter Monday
LONDON (AP) -- The family of Peaches Geldof say her funeral will be take place on Easter Monday at the same church where her mother's funeral was held.... 4/18/2014 7:33 AM

Chinese trade group to mediate shoe factory strike
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese police hauled away dozens of workers Friday to break up a march on a factory complex targeted by tens of thousands of laborers striking against the world's largest maker of athletic shoes, while a government trade union said it would mediate the labor dispute.... 4/18/2014 7:24 AM

7 die in shooting at China-Vietnam border
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A Chinese man who was being repatriated from Vietnam along with 15 other migrants seized a gun from a border guard on Friday, triggering a gunfight and standoff in which five Chinese and two Vietnamese guards died, Vietnam's government said.... 4/18/2014 7:22 AM

Boat capsizes in Indonesia; dozens missing, 7 dead
KUPANG, Indonesia (AP) -- A boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession capsized in high waves off eastern Indonesia, leaving dozens of people missing and at least seven dead, police said.... 4/18/2014 7:02 AM

Officials: Bomb in Baghdad shopping street kills 3
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say a bomb planted on a street full of shoppers in the capital, Baghdad, has killed three people and wounded five.... 4/18/2014 6:52 AM

Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ferry captain
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Prosecutors say they've asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead.... 4/18/2014 6:47 AM

Filipino devotees re-enact crucifixion of Christ
SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) -- Devotees in northern Philippine villages had themselves nailed to wooded crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as thousands of local and foreign spectators watched the bloody annual rites to mark Good Friday in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation.... 4/18/2014 6:13 AM

Transcript of conversation between ferry, shore
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Following is the transcript released by the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries of the conversation between Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on Jeju Island and The Sewol, the ferry that sank on Wednesday. The original transcript is in Korean and the translation was done by The Associated Press. It starts off from the first distress call made by the ferry:... 4/18/2014 6:13 AM