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Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.... 4/19/2014 8:49 AM

Iran denounces US ruling to sell property
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has condemned a ruling issued by a U.S. federal judge approving plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever.... 4/19/2014 8:23 AM

Confusion, anger as sunken ferry's relatives wait
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- The informal briefing by a South Korean coast guard rescuer started calmly enough. He stood on a stage in front of relatives of those missing from a sunken ferry, explaining how divers trying to find their loved ones are hampered by poor visibility and can venture only so deep.... 4/19/2014 8:05 AM

Ukraine crisis: turning points
MOSCOW (AP) -- An agreement struck by the U.S., the European Union, Russia and Ukraine has raised hopes for defusing the Ukrainian crisis, which has strained East-West ties to a degree unseen since the Cold War. The deal Thursday in Geneva came after the four parties held talks together for the first time since Ukraine's turmoil began nearly five months ago. A look at how the Ukrainian crisis has evolved:... 4/19/2014 7:15 AM

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.... 4/19/2014 7:12 AM

Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty, and the search area may be expanded after that, officials said Saturday.... 4/19/2014 6:59 AM

Russia promises support to ending Ukraine crisis
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's foreign ministry on Saturday promised it would offer strong assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis, but emphasized that the ultimate responsibility for reducing tensions lies with Ukrainians rather than outsiders.... 4/19/2014 6:55 AM

Man arrested over murder of ex-IRA leader
DUBLIN (AP) -- Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a man for questioning about the killing of a senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner.... 4/19/2014 6:48 AM

Al-Qaida chief blesses attacks on Egypt security
CAIRO (AP) -- Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians.... 4/19/2014 6:46 AM

Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps.... 4/19/2014 6:42 AM

Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus
FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus (AP) -- An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on this ethnically divided island.... 4/19/2014 6:36 AM

4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed
PARIS (AP) -- Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released, France's presidential palace said Saturday.... 4/19/2014 6:26 AM

Iran general urges Tehran to make new UN pick
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A senior Iranian military official has urged the foreign ministry to name a new envoy to the U.N. after the U.S. blocked its chosen ambassador over alleged ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.... 4/19/2014 6:21 AM

EU official against cutting Russia gas ties
BERLIN (AP) -- A senior European Union official says he opposes cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years but the bloc should work on diversifying supplies.... 4/19/2014 6:15 AM

Car bomber kills 6 at Syrian government checkpoint
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Two rebel car bombs targeted two central Syrian areas controlled by government forces on Saturday, killing at least ten people as opposition forces fought fiercely to hold onto territory, officials and activists reported.... 4/19/2014 6:06 AM

Bombs kill 4 in shopping street of Iraqi capital
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi police say two bombs planted on a street full of shoppers in Baghdad have killed four people and wounded eight.... 4/19/2014 5:30 AM

Death toll in SKorea ferry sinking climbs to 32
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean coast guard officials say they've found three more bodies from the sinking of a ferry, raising the death toll to 32.... 4/19/2014 5:24 AM

Putin: no blocks to boosting relations with West
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he sees no obstacles to improving relations with the West, which are fraught with tension over the Ukraine crisis.... 4/19/2014 5:20 AM

Drone in Yemen kills 9 suspected al-Qaida fighters
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A Yemeni military official says an American drone strike has killed nine suspected al-Qaida militants and inadvertently killed and wounded some civilians.... 4/19/2014 4:08 AM

Prosecutor says mate steering waters for 1st time
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- A prosecutor says that the third mate steering a South Korean ferry at the time of a major accident was navigating those waters for the first time.... 4/19/2014 3:05 AM