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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

Ukrainian insurgents reject call to quit buildings
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.... 4/18/2014 7:28 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

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 6:49 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

Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Investigations into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers scrambled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead.... 4/18/2014 6:28 AM

Al-Qaida splinter group lashes out over Syria
CAIRO (AP) -- The spokesman of an al-Qaida breakaway group has slammed the terror network's chief, blaming him for the widening rift between rival Islamic rebels who are battling each other in Syria.... 4/18/2014 6:23 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

UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited a top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama's campaigns to help with its leader's election bid next year.... 4/18/2014 6:06 AM

Dutch supreme court bans pedophile group
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch Supreme Court has banned a Dutch group that advocates the legalization of pedophilia.... 4/18/2014 6:03 AM

Suspected militant, son killed in Thailand's south
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) -- A suspected insurgent and his 6-year-old son were shot dead in Thailand's violence-plagued south, police said Friday.... 4/18/2014 5:58 AM

Vandals damage mosque in northern Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Police say vandals have damaged a mosque in northern Israel in an attack blamed on a fringe group of Jewish extremists.... 4/18/2014 5:43 AM

Brewers seek 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 5:42 AM


DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian insurgents: will only leave occupied buildings if interim Ukrainian gov't resigns.... 4/18/2014 5:29 AM

12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest
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 5:23 AM