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Blast in busy Cairo square kills 1 police officer
CAIRO (AP) -- An explosion rocked a busy square in central Cairo late Friday, killing one police officer and causing panic, Egypt's Interior Ministry and security officials said.... 4/18/2014 5:26 PM

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.... 4/18/2014 5:17 PM

Yonhap: Captain of sunken SKorean ferry arrested
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Police arrested the captain and two other crew members of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving more than 270 people missing and 29 people dead, the Yonhap news agency reported Saturday.... 4/18/2014 5:07 PM

Pensive pope at Good Friday Colosseum procession
ROME (AP) -- Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum.... 4/18/2014 4:54 PM

Officials: 24 more abducted Nigerian students free
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Twenty-four more Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists have escaped and 85 still are missing, an education official said Friday.... 4/18/2014 4:43 PM

SKorean agency: S. Korean ferry captain arrested
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested.... 4/18/2014 4:24 PM

Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown
ARACATACA, Colombia (AP) -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate's twisting and impassioned novels.... 4/18/2014 4:23 PM

UN says 58 killed in attack on UN base in S. Sudan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An attack on a U.N. peacekeeping base in South Sudan where some 5,000 members of an ethnic minority had sought shelter killed 58 people and injured about 100 others, a U.N. official said Friday.... 4/18/2014 4:00 PM

Belfast IRA figure killed in splinter-group feud
DUBLIN (AP) -- A senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner was shot to death Friday in Belfast three years after former comrades in his splinter group threatened to kill him.... 4/18/2014 3:43 PM

Diplomacy doesn't move insurgents in Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev.... 4/18/2014 3:16 PM

After Algerian landslide, what next?
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algeria's frail president won a fourth term in a landslide victory, but it only masks a bigger question for this oil-rich North African nation - what now? It's still unclear who will eventually succeed the 77-year-old leader who has been in power since 1999 and deal with an emboldened opposition.... 4/18/2014 3:16 PM

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:... 4/18/2014 2:46 PM

N. Korea criticizes 'human rights racket' of US
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- A North Korean spokesman is blaming the United States and its allies for a "human rights racket" a day after the U.N. Security Council met to discuss a new report that accuses the reclusive communist regime of crimes against humanity.... 4/18/2014 2:43 PM

57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role
VIENNA (AP) -- A 57-nation organization with a history of mediation but no enforcing powers has been tasked with helping to translate diplomatic progress on easing Ukrainian tensions into reality on the ground.... 4/18/2014 2:30 PM

Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Christians in the Holy Land have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City.... 4/18/2014 1:50 PM

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 people in the latest violence to hit the war-shattered city, state-run Syrian television reported.... 4/18/2014 1:41 PM

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 1:19 PM

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 1:13 PM

In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash
CAIRO (AP) -- Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving some of the country's most untouchable institutions, including the police, intelligence agencies, and the judiciary.... 4/18/2014 1:09 PM

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 12:22 PM