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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, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties.... 4/18/2014 12:22 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

Algeria's ailing president wins 4th term
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerian officials say President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has won a fourth term in office with a landslide 81 percent of the vote.... 4/18/2014 11:48 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 11:38 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 people in the latest violence to hit the war-shattered city, state-run Syrian television reported.... 4/18/2014 11:37 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:... 4/18/2014 11:29 AM

UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited David Axelrod - a key figure behind Barack Obama's two presidential victories - to help with its leader's election bid next year.... 4/18/2014 11:21 AM

Pakistan library named 'bin Laden' as memory fades
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: "Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr."... 4/18/2014 10:56 AM

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 10:50 AM


MEXICO CITY (AP) -- US Geological Survey says Mexico quake magnitude 7.5.... 4/18/2014 10:45 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

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

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

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