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Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's president underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West in a speech Friday during a military parade on the country's National Army Day.... 4/18/2014 4:24 AM

Taliban inmates break out of Afghan prison
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An official says three Taliban insurgents escaped from a prison in northern Afghanistan using weapons smuggled into the facility in a jailbreak that killed three police guards.... 4/18/2014 4:10 AM

Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Six weeks into the extensive search for the lost Malaysia Airlines plane without so much as a piece of debris yet found, several Chinese relatives met Friday to pray for spouses who never came home, while begging for answers that could end their misery of not knowing.... 4/18/2014 3:46 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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam has withdrawn as the host of the 2019 Asian Games, saying it lacked funds and the country's reputation could be at risk if the event flops.... 4/18/2014 3:45 AM

Brewers seeks to rekindle Belgium's love of beer
DWORP, Belgium (AP) -- The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone.... 4/18/2014 3:42 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 3:33 AM

Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Christians in the Holy Land are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City.... 4/18/2014 3:27 AM

Pakistani madrassa names library after bin Laden
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A spokesman for a controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital, Islamabad, says he has named the school's new library in honor of Osama bin Laden.... 4/18/2014 3:19 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 3:19 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

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

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