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7 killed in shooting on China-Vietnam border
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- The Vietnamese government says seven people have been killed in a shootout between Chinese migrants and Vietnamese border guards at a crossing in the north of the country.... 4/18/2014 6:30 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

Ukrainian militia rejects calls to leave 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 6:22 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

Boat capsizes in Indonesia; 7 dead, 30 rescued
KUPANG, Indonesia (AP) -- Police say a boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession has capsized in eastern Indonesia, and at least seven people have died.... 4/18/2014 6:05 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

Asia stocks rise in abbreviated trading
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance.... 4/18/2014 5:12 AM

Australia's Houston: Calm face of Flight 370 hunt
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- He speaks with a calm, steady voice as he tackles question after question in an attempt to explain one of the biggest mysteries the modern world has ever known: What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?... 4/18/2014 5:09 AM

Vice principal saved from Korea ferry found hanged
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree.... 4/18/2014 4:56 AM

Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan will target fewer whales when the Pacific hunt begins next week and will limit next season's Antarctic whaling to observation.... 4/18/2014 4:53 AM

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted
BEIJING (AP) -- Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.... 4/18/2014 4:31 AM

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