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Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.... 4/19/2014 11:48 AM

Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria.... 4/19/2014 11:38 AM

Drone in Yemen kills 9 suspected al-Qaida fighters
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians Saturday, authorities said, part of America's ongoing strikes in the country against what it considers the terror network's most dangerous local group.... 4/19/2014 11:32 AM

Fiat Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China
ROME (AP) -- Fiat and Chrysler say they will build three new Jeep models in China for the local market, the biggest for Jeeps outside the U.S.... 4/19/2014 11:32 AM

Report: Iran VP says row over reactor resolved
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian state television is reporting that the Islamic Republic's vice president is saying a dispute between world powers and the country over its heavy water reactor at Arak has been "virtually resolved."... 4/19/2014 11:29 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 11:29 AM

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 11:22 AM

4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed
PARIS (AP) -- Four French journalists held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, officials said Saturday, the latest batch of reporters to be freed in what has become the world's deadliest conflict for the media.... 4/19/2014 11:12 AM

Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites.... 4/19/2014 11:11 AM

Egypt's TV satirist off air until after elections
CAIRO (AP) -- A Saudi-owned satellite television network says Egypt's top satirist will be off the air until after the upcoming May presidential election to avoid influencing voters.... 4/19/2014 10:49 AM

Costa Rican woman attributes miracle to pope
TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) -- On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper.... 4/19/2014 10:32 AM

Strong earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea
SYDNEY (AP) -- A powerful earthquake has struck off the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but a tsunami warning was in effect.... 4/19/2014 10:14 AM

Famous television host in Pakistan shot by gunmen
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Police in Pakistan say gunmen have shot a famous television talk show host amid a wave of attacks on journalists in the country.... 4/19/2014 10:06 AM

At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter
DOENTSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises.... 4/19/2014 9:59 AM

Ministry: 2 killed in apparent Bahrain car bombing
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Authorities in Bahrain say an apparent car bombing has killed two people and wounded one west of the capital, Manama.... 4/19/2014 9:50 AM

Alleged fraudster visits Austrian police, arrested
VIENNA (AP) -- A German sought by authorities for alleged fraud has been arrested in Austria - after dropping into a police station to ask officers whether he was under investigation.... 4/19/2014 9:47 AM

Egypt archaeologists find ancient writer's tomb
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts including reed pens and a bronze inkwell.... 4/19/2014 9:05 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