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South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- President Barack Obama is stepping into the familiar role of chief consoler as he meets with South Korean officials reeling from a deadly ferry disaster.... 4/24/2014 11:37 PM

Asian stocks mixed on US earnings, goods orders
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks were mixed Friday after solid earnings for Apple and Caterpillar and better U.S. durable goods orders.... 4/24/2014 11:37 PM

Internet governance debated in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) -- An international two-day conference in Brazil came to a close Thursday night with a call for an effective, legitimate and evolving framework for Internet governance.... 4/24/2014 11:33 PM

Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season took another hit Friday as more Sherpa mountain guides packed and left the base camp for their village homes a week after the deadliest disaster on the world's highest mountain.... 4/24/2014 10:31 PM

Mexico Senate: civilian courts for soldiers
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's Senate on Thursday unanimously approved amendments to the country's military justice code that will allow for members of the armed forces who commit a crime against civilians to be tried in civilian courts.... 4/24/2014 9:32 PM

Families of ferry's lost confront SKorea officials
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- Frustrated relatives of the scores of people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol staged a marathon confrontation with the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief, surrounding the senior officials in a standoff that lasted overnight and into Friday morning as they vented their rage at the pace of search efforts.... 4/24/2014 9:30 PM

Residents of conflictive Rio slum stage protest
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Residents of a Rio de Janeiro slum that saw deadly clashes with police earlier this week are staging a protest in the Copacabana beach neighborhood.... 4/24/2014 9:22 PM

Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia announced new military exercises Thursday involving ground and air forces near its border with Ukraine, swiftly responding to a Ukrainian operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east.... 4/24/2014 7:29 PM

UN Yemen envoy says rebel group agrees to talks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. envoy to Yemen says the country's president and Shiite rebels have agreed to discuss the group's disarming.... 4/24/2014 7:13 PM

Bolivia fires hundreds of protesting soldiers
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivia's military leaders on Thursday ordered the dismissal for sedition of 702 enlisted men who had been protesting to demand they have the option of rising to the rank of officer.... 4/24/2014 7:05 PM

US threatens to pull aid to Haiti over late vote
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The U.S. government has warned Haiti that it risks losing aid if it doesn't hold elections that are more than two years overdue.... 4/24/2014 6:20 PM

Explosion targets journalist's car in Cameroon
DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) -- The Committee to Project Journalists says an explosion destroyed the car of a journalist in Cameroon who had been warned by the government to be careful over his coverage of security forces.... 4/24/2014 6:19 PM

Gunman kills 3 Americans at Kabul hospital
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Three Americans - a pediatrician and a father and son - were killed by an Afghan government security officer at a hospital Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journalists.... 4/24/2014 6:09 PM

Hagel says Russian military exercises up tensions
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Russian military exercises on its border with Ukraine increase tensions and run counter to a diplomatic agreement it signed just last week.... 4/24/2014 5:57 PM

Czech man faces fine after near miss with train
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Czech police say a man faces a fine after having a near miss with a train while walking over a level crossing.... 4/24/2014 5:40 PM

Puerto Rico govt seeks to lure wealthy investors
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico hopes to persuade wealthy investors to bet on the U.S. territory at a two-day conference aimed at attracting new money amid the island's struggles to recover from a nearly eight-year recession.... 4/24/2014 5:20 PM

Report: Iran to cut portion of gasoline subsidies
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran will cut a portion of its gasoline subsidies beginning Friday, nearly doubling some prices at the pump as part of a second round of cuts delayed since 2012, state television reported Thursday.... 4/24/2014 4:57 PM

China set to punish web giant Sina for pornography
BEIJING (AP) -- China plans to revoke two crucial publication licenses for Sina.com, which might partially ban the web giant's operations, because obscene content was found during an anti-pornography crackdown, state media said Thursday.... 4/24/2014 4:36 PM

Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter'
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- The Costa Rican government says it's waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it improperly devised a secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries' diplomatic relations.... 4/24/2014 4:35 PM

Mexican vigilantes search caves for cartel leader
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Vigilantes are searching an extensive cave system in the hunt for the last fugitive boss of the Knights Templar drug cartel, a "self-defense" group leader in western Mexico said Thursday.... 4/24/2014 4:12 PM