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Pope's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi'
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The following is the text of the Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' Easter Sunday `'Urbi et Orbi" (Latin for `to the city and to the world') read by him in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.... 4/20/2014 7:44 AM

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted many Christians.... 4/20/2014 7:17 AM

Emirati firm promises to send citizen into space
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space.... 4/20/2014 7:08 AM

Syria media reports Assad visits Christian village
BEIRUT (AP) -- President Bashar Assad on Sunday toured a historic Christian village his forces recently captured from rebels, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists.... 4/20/2014 7:06 AM

Militants kill 14 Algerian soldiers in ambush
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in the mountainous Kabylie region, killing 14 soldiers, the state news agency reported Sunday. The attack came two days after Algeria's presidential election.... 4/20/2014 7:00 AM

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 6:55 AM

Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- A Malaysian official met Sunday with relatives of passengers who were aboard the missing jetliner and discussed ways of providing them with financial assistance, as an unmanned submarine continued to search for any signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.... 4/20/2014 6:38 AM

Shootout in eastern Ukraine leaves 1 dead
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds.... 4/20/2014 6:19 AM

AP NewsAlert
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerian military, police say least 10 soldiers killed in mountain ambush by militants.... 4/20/2014 5:58 AM

Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police entered the compound of Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks at them on Sunday, as thousands of tourists packed the Old City for the Easter and Passover holidays.... 4/20/2014 5:55 AM

Iraq: Separate attacks kill at least 12 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials say attacks in Iraq have killed at least 12 people and wounded 35 others.... 4/20/2014 5:43 AM

Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks
PARIS (AP) -- Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?... 4/20/2014 5:43 AM

4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal
PARIS (AP) -- Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists.... 4/20/2014 5:39 AM

Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously.... 4/20/2014 5:26 AM

Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago.... 4/20/2014 5:25 AM

Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- The rescuers moved quickly, minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.... 4/20/2014 5:19 AM

Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck?... 4/20/2014 5:17 AM

Egypt gunmen kill police captain near Cairo
CAIRO (AP) -- Gunmen killed an Egyptian police captain and a conscript on a desert road outside Cairo on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said.... 4/20/2014 3:47 AM

Road accident kills 36 in southern Pakistan
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani police say a passenger bus has rammed into a disabled flatbed trailer parked on the side of a highway in the south, killing at least 36 people, including 17 women and children.... 4/20/2014 2:31 AM

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed 13 others.... 4/20/2014 12:49 AM