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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 2:53 AM

Rescuers rush to reach hundreds in SKorean ferry
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives.... 4/18/2014 2:49 AM

Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's president has underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West during a military parade marking the country's National Army Day.... 4/18/2014 2:33 AM

6 killed, 9 missing in avalanche on Everest
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to climb the world's highest peak, killing at least six Nepalese guides and leaving nine missing, officials said.... 4/18/2014 2:30 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 form the first distress call made by the ferry:... 4/18/2014 2:18 AM

Vietnam pulls out of hosting Asian Games
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam has withdrawn as the host of the 2019 Asian Games, saying it lacked funds and the country's reputation could be at risk if things don't go smoothly.... 4/18/2014 1:50 AM

Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet one month after the search began off Australia's west coast, as data from the sub's previous missions turned up no evidence of the plane.... 4/18/2014 12:54 AM

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast.... 4/18/2014 12:43 AM

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 12:13 AM

Excerpts from the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Here are some excerpts from the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.... 4/18/2014 12:06 AM

Anger and dismay at stalled Guantanamo 9/11 trial
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- Don Arias stormed out of the meeting with the defense lawyers at this U.S. Navy base after less than 15 minutes. He was soon followed by three others who also lost family members in the 9/11 terror attack.... 4/18/2014 12:02 AM

Asian stocks mostly higher after mixed US earnings
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly higher Friday despite mixed U.S. earnings reports with many of the region's exchanges closed for Good Friday.... 4/17/2014 11:39 PM

Royal couple enjoy sheep-shearing demo Down Under
SYDNEY (AP) -- Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, have enjoyed a sheep-shearing demonstration and greeted crowds of flower-bearing fans at an agricultural fair in Sydney.... 4/17/2014 11:22 PM

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted
BEIJING (AP) -- Nearly one-fifth of China's farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture, the government said, raising sharp concerns about the country's food safety after years of unbridled industrialization.... 4/17/2014 11:22 PM

Rob Ford acknowledges "rocky moments" at rally
TORONTO (AP) -- Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged "rocky moments over the past year" but vowed to fight harder than ever to win re-election at a rally he dubbed the official launch of his campaign.... 4/17/2014 11:21 PM

AP NewsAlert
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Officials say climbers feared missing after avalanche sweeps Mount Everest.... 4/17/2014 11:00 PM

Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez dies at 87
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose intoxicating novels and short stories exposed millions outside Latin America to its passions, superstition, violence and social inequality, died at home in Mexico City on Thursday. He was 87.... 4/17/2014 10:52 PM

Divers pumping air into submerged SKorean ship
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Coast guard officials say divers have begun pumping air into a submerged South Korean ship 48 hours after it listed and sank. But it wasn't immediately clear if the air was for survivors or for a salvage operation.... 4/17/2014 10:37 PM

Grief in town of students missing in ferry sinking
ANSAN, South Korea (AP) -- The most poignant reminders of what's been lost here are the most ordinary.... 4/17/2014 10:22 PM

Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Canadian police confirmed Thursday an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed to expose 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.... 4/17/2014 10:08 PM