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Divers pull bodies from sunken ferry; toll tops 50
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort.... 4/20/2014 3:16 AM

Egypt gunmen kill intelligence officer near Cairo
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Interior Ministry says gunmen have killed a captain from the intelligence services and a policeman on a desert road outside Cairo.... 4/20/2014 3:00 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

4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe
PARIS (AP) -- Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war.... 4/20/2014 12:29 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.... 4/19/2014 11:59 PM

Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane continued to dive Sunday after completing about half of its search on the bottom of the Indian Ocean with no luck, prompting an official to express the urgent need to find something that can help solve the mysterious disappearance six weeks ago.... 4/19/2014 11:06 PM

Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle
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 when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper.... 4/19/2014 10:45 PM

Japan minister at shrine honoring war criminals
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese Cabinet minister on Sunday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals, in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors.... 4/19/2014 10:43 PM

Beijing auto show opens amid market slowdown
BEIJING (AP) -- Global and Chinese automakers are looking to the Beijing auto show to help boost sales in a slowing, intensely competitive market.... 4/19/2014 8:39 PM

Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites.... 4/19/2014 5:01 PM

Pope seeks to bring faith to "ends of the Earth"
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica.... 4/19/2014 4:53 PM

Drone in Yemen kills at least 9 al-Qaida members
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians Saturday, authorities said, as part of America's ongoing strikes in the country against what it considers the terror network's most dangerous local group.... 4/19/2014 3:42 PM

Egypt's censorship board head resigns in film spat
CAIRO (AP) -- The head of Egypt's censorship board has resigned after the country's prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer to be shown.... 4/19/2014 3:37 PM

At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter
DONETSK, 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 3:20 PM

Iran vice president says row over reactor resolved
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country's vice president said Saturday, marking a major concession from the Islamic Republic in negotiations with world powers over its contested nuclear program.... 4/19/2014 3:06 PM

Colombia hopes to share Garcia Marquez remains
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The final resting place for the ashes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez remains unclear. It could be Mexico where he lived for decades or his native Colombia. Perhaps even both.... 4/19/2014 2:59 PM

Bombs targeting soldiers, shoppers kill 16 in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Attacks across Iraq, including a series of bombings targeting shoppers in a Sunni neighborhood in the country's capital, killed at least 16 people Saturday, authorities said.... 4/19/2014 2:42 PM

Islamic militants claim this week's Nigeria blast
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.... 4/19/2014 2:25 PM

Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The government's vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is raising fears of bloody confrontations.... 4/19/2014 2:13 PM