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Ukrainian militia deny calls to free buildings
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.... 4/18/2014 5:35 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

Taliban inmates break out of Afghan prison
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An official says three Taliban insurgents escaped from a prison in northern Afghanistan using weapons smuggled into the facility in a jailbreak that killed three police guards.... 4/18/2014 4:10 AM

Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Six weeks into the extensive search for the lost Malaysia Airlines plane without so much as a piece of debris yet found, several Chinese relatives met Friday to pray for spouses who never came home, while begging for answers that could end their misery of not knowing.... 4/18/2014 3:46 AM

Vietnam pulls out of hosting Asian Games
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam has withdrawn as the host of the 2019 Asian Games, saying it lacked funds and the country's reputation could be at risk if the event flops.... 4/18/2014 3:45 AM

Brewers seeks 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 3:42 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 3:33 AM

Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Christians in the Holy Land are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City.... 4/18/2014 3:27 AM

Pakistani madrassa names library after bin Laden
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A spokesman for a controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital, Islamabad, says he has named the school's new library in honor of Osama bin Laden.... 4/18/2014 3:19 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 3:19 AM

Rescuers rush to reach hundreds in SKorean ferry
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives.... 4/18/2014 2:49 AM

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast.... 4/18/2014 12:43 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 12:13 AM