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Mortar shells hit near Syrian parliament, kill 5
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's state-run media say a pair of mortar shells hit near the parliament building in central Damascus, killing five people.... 4/21/2014 3:58 AM

Troubled history fuel Japan-China tension
NANJING, China (AP) -- Strolling through China's sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound.... 4/21/2014 3:53 AM

Sub search for missing jet two-thirds complete
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- As the search continued off the coast of Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet on Monday, the airline announced another plane bound for India was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its tires burst on takeoff.... 4/21/2014 3:16 AM

SKorean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior" in the disaster, which left more than 300 people dead or missing.... 4/21/2014 3:06 AM

John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium.... 4/21/2014 2:25 AM

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a climbing boycott after the deadliest avalanche in the mountain's history, a move that could seriously disrupt the rest of the climbing season, a mountaineering official said Monday.... 4/21/2014 1:56 AM

Japan PM sends offering to war shrine
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals - long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea.... 4/21/2014 1:37 AM

Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform
HAVANA (AP) -- The residents of 308 Oquendo Street were jolted awake in the middle of the night by violent shaking and a noise that they likened to a freight train, or an exploding bomb.... 4/21/2014 1:34 AM

Group concerned for activist missing in Thailand
BANGKOK (AP) -- An international human rights group is calling on Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance of a prominent environmental activist.... 4/21/2014 12:47 AM

AP PHOTOS: Nicaraguan town drags chained 'Judases'
MASATEPE, Nicaragua (AP) -- For 130 years, the people of Masatepe have observed Good Friday by dressing up in colorful masks and costumes and dragging chained "Judases" through the streets of their town in western Nicaragua.... 4/21/2014 12:01 AM

Prosecutor says 4 ferry crewmembers detained
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers.... 4/20/2014 11:24 PM

Asian stocks mixed after holiday weekend
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks were mixed Monday in light trading after Japan reported a jump in its trade deficit and investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China and Korea.... 4/20/2014 11:16 PM

Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- With little to celebrate, Nigerians marked Easter Sunday with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of at least 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.... 4/20/2014 10:55 PM

Anti-junta Myanmar journalist Win Tin dies at 85
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Win Tin, a prominent journalist who became Myanmar's longest-serving political prisoner after challenging military rule by co-founding the National League for Democracy, died Monday, He was 85.... 4/20/2014 10:48 PM

Japan logs record $134B trade deficit in FY 2013
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade deficit surged nearly 70 percent to a record 13.75 trillion yen ($134 billion) in the last fiscal year, the third straight year of deficit, as exports failed to keep pace with surging energy costs.... 4/20/2014 10:05 PM

Official: Keeper dies after Gabon soccer match
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) -- A team official says a goalkeeper has died after being kicked in the head during a championship tournament match in the West African country of Gabon.... 4/20/2014 6:45 PM

Mob in Dominican Republic kills Haitian father
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- A Haitian man died after being attacked by a mob in the Dominican Republic for allegedly stabbing his 4-month-old daughter, authorities said Sunday.... 4/20/2014 6:25 PM

Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Malaysia Airlines flight heading to India with 166 people aboard made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday after it was forced to turn back when a tire burst upon takeoff, the airline said.... 4/20/2014 3:53 PM

Insurgents kill at least 11 Algerian soldiers
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in a mountainous region, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five others, the Defense Ministry said Sunday.... 4/20/2014 3:13 PM

A look at the dual justice system in the West Bank
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli and Palestinian minors accused of crimes in the West Bank are subject to two different sets of laws. Israeli settlers are prosecuted under Israeli civilian law, while Palestinians are thrust into the military justice system. Critics complain that the conviction rate in the military system is higher and the penalties stiffer. Here are some statistics about juvenile arrests between 2008 and 2013 from Israel's national police force:... 4/20/2014 3:09 PM