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Costa Rican woman attributes miracle to pope
TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) -- On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed, waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm. Her gaze fell upon a newspaper photograph of Pope John Paul II.... 4/19/2014 10:28 AM

Strong earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea
SYDNEY (AP) -- A powerful earthquake has struck off the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but a tsunami warning was in effect.... 4/19/2014 10:14 AM

Famous television host in Pakistan shot by gunmen
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Police in Pakistan say gunmen have shot a famous television talk show host amid a wave of attacks on journalists in the country.... 4/19/2014 10:06 AM

At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter
DOENTSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises.... 4/19/2014 9:59 AM

Ministry: 2 killed in apparent Bahrain car bombing
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Authorities in Bahrain say an apparent car bombing has killed two people and wounded one west of the capital, Manama.... 4/19/2014 9:50 AM

Alleged fraudster visits Austrian police, arrested
VIENNA (AP) -- A German sought by authorities for alleged fraud has been arrested in Austria - after dropping into a police station to ask officers whether he was under investigation.... 4/19/2014 9:47 AM

Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.... 4/19/2014 9:35 AM

Egypt's el-Sissi visits Coptic pope before Easter
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's former military chief and presidential front-runner has visited the Coptic pope ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency.... 4/19/2014 9:32 AM

4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed
PARIS (AP) -- Four French journalists held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, officials said Saturday, the latest batch of reporters to be freed in what has become the world's deadliest conflict for the media.... 4/19/2014 9:06 AM

Egypt archaeologists find ancient writer's tomb
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts including reed pens and a bronze inkwell.... 4/19/2014 9:05 AM

Iran denounces US ruling to sell property
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has condemned a ruling issued by a U.S. federal judge approving plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever.... 4/19/2014 8:23 AM

Confusion, anger as sunken ferry's relatives wait
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- The informal briefing by a South Korean coast guard rescuer started calmly enough. He stood on a stage in front of relatives of those missing from a sunken ferry, explaining how divers trying to find their loved ones are hampered by poor visibility and can venture only so deep.... 4/19/2014 8:05 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:... 4/19/2014 7:15 AM

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.... 4/19/2014 7:12 AM

Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty, and the search area may be expanded after that, officials said Saturday.... 4/19/2014 6:59 AM

Man arrested over murder of ex-IRA leader
DUBLIN (AP) -- Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a man for questioning about the killing of a senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner.... 4/19/2014 6:48 AM

Al-Qaida chief blesses attacks on Egypt security
CAIRO (AP) -- Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians.... 4/19/2014 6:46 AM

Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps.... 4/19/2014 6:42 AM

Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus
FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus (AP) -- An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on this ethnically divided island.... 4/19/2014 6:36 AM

Iran general urges Tehran to make new UN pick
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A senior Iranian military official has urged the foreign ministry to name a new envoy to the U.N. after the U.S. blocked its chosen ambassador over alleged ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.... 4/19/2014 6:21 AM