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Asian stocks mostly higher after mixed US earnings
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly higher Friday despite mixed U.S. earnings reports with many of the region's exchanges closed for Good Friday.... 4/17/2014 11:39 PM

Avalanche sweeps Everest; 4-5 believed buried
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Officials say about five climbers are feared missing after an avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest and hit a route used to assent the world's highest peak.... 4/17/2014 11:34 PM

Royal couple enjoy sheep-shearing demo Down Under
SYDNEY (AP) -- Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, have enjoyed a sheep-shearing demonstration and greeted crowds of flower-bearing fans at an agricultural fair in Sydney.... 4/17/2014 11:22 PM

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted
BEIJING (AP) -- Nearly one-fifth of China's farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture, the government said, raising sharp concerns about the country's food safety after years of unbridled industrialization.... 4/17/2014 11:22 PM

Rob Ford acknowledges "rocky moments" at rally
TORONTO (AP) -- Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged "rocky moments over the past year" but vowed to fight harder than ever to win re-election at a rally he dubbed the official launch of his campaign.... 4/17/2014 11:21 PM

Transcript shows ferry captain delayed evacuation
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- A doomed ferry's captain delayed evacuation for half an hour after a South Korean transportation official ordered preparations to abandon ship, raising more questions about whether quick action could have saved scores of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, according to a transcript of the ship-to-shore exchange and interviews with a crewmember.... 4/17/2014 11:11 PM

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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam has withdrawn as the host of the 2019 Asian Games, saying it lacked funds and the country's reputation could be at risk if things don't go smoothly.... 4/17/2014 11:08 PM

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KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Officials say climbers feared missing after avalanche sweeps Mount Everest.... 4/17/2014 11:00 PM

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.... 4/17/2014 10:55 PM

Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez dies at 87
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose intoxicating novels and short stories exposed millions outside Latin America to its passions, superstition, violence and social inequality, died at home in Mexico City on Thursday. He was 87.... 4/17/2014 10:52 PM

Divers pumping air into submerged SKorean ship
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Coast guard officials say divers have begun pumping air into a submerged South Korean ship 48 hours after it listed and sank. But it wasn't immediately clear if the air was for survivors or for a salvage operation.... 4/17/2014 10:37 PM

Grief in town of students missing in ferry sinking
ANSAN, South Korea (AP) -- The most poignant reminders of what's been lost here are the most ordinary.... 4/17/2014 10:22 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 to expose 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.... 4/17/2014 10:08 PM

Excerpts from the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Here are some excerpts from the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.... 4/17/2014 9:52 PM

Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet, as data from the sub's previous missions turned up no evidence of the plane.... 4/17/2014 9:46 PM

SSudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday in order to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. Peacekeepers were forced to open fire, amid rampaging violence that killed at least 12 people, officials there said.... 4/17/2014 9:38 PM

UN envoy urges Syria's warring sides to save Homs
BEIRUT (AP) -- The United Nations envoy to Syria on Thursday said the besieged central city of Homs has become a "theater of death and destruction," and he urged both sides in the country's civil war to return to negotiations.... 4/17/2014 9:32 PM

Guantanamo trial in 9/11 veers off track again
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- An effort to prosecute the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and four co-defendants veered off track again Thursday as a pretrial hearing ended with new obstacles that threaten to further derail the case before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay.... 4/17/2014 8:52 PM

UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against "a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world," and he told reporters that most council members "expressly said" the matter should be referred to the International Criminal Court.... 4/17/2014 7:39 PM

Opposition cries fraud in Algerian election
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- The main opposition candidate in Algeria's presidential elections cried foul late Thursday night hours after voting ended, alleging massive fraud and vowing to reject any results announced.... 4/17/2014 7:26 PM