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Earthquake shakes Mexican capital
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A powerful earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. Mexico's seismology service calculated the magnitude at 7.0 and said it was centered near the resort city of Acapulco.... 4/18/2014 10:43 AM

Mali opposition: Tuareg impasse makes north unsafe
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- An opposition party says an impasse in negotiations between Mali's government and separatist rebels is creating insecurity in the country's north.... 4/18/2014 10:35 AM

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured.... 4/18/2014 10:30 AM

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 into exposing 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.... 4/18/2014 10:18 AM

Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country's interim government resigns.... 4/18/2014 10:14 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 10:06 AM

French President Hollande's top aide resigns
PARIS (AP) -- The French president's top adviser resigned Friday following allegations of a past conflict of interest, striking a new blow to the already unpopular Francois Hollande.... 4/18/2014 9:52 AM

Bomb in shopping street in Iraqi capital kills 3
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials in Iraq say a bomb planted on a street full of shoppers in the capital, Baghdad, has killed three people and wounded five.... 4/18/2014 9:48 AM

Egypt stops attempt to smuggle Jewish artifacts
CAIRO (AP) -- Authorities in Egypt say they have seized a cache of Jewish religious artifacts that smugglers wanted to ship to Belgium at one of the country's main ports.... 4/18/2014 9:44 AM

Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs
BEIRUT (AP) -- A powerful car bomb exploded Friday outside a mosque in a pro-government district of central Syria, killing 14 peoples, state-run Syrian television reported.... 4/18/2014 9:35 AM

Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead.... 4/18/2014 9:32 AM

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state TV: 14 people killed in car bomb near mosque in pro-government district of Homs.... 4/18/2014 8:59 AM

57-nation group plays key Ukraine monitoring role
VIENNA (AP) -- A team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is going to try to help de-escalate Russian-Ukrainian tensions after the two nations agreed to work on reducing frictions sparked by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.... 4/18/2014 8:56 AM

UK looking into death of teenager in Syria
LONDON (AP) -- British officials say they are looking into the death of a British teenager in Syria.... 4/18/2014 8:53 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 8:41 AM

Pakistani madrassa names library after bin Laden
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital of Islamabad has named the school's newly built library in honor of Osama bin Laden, his spokesman and a school administrator said Friday.... 4/18/2014 8:33 AM

Turkish president rules out job swap with Erdogan
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Abdullah Gul has signaled that he doesn't want to swap jobs with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan when the presidential term ends later this year.... 4/18/2014 8:21 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

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