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Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Fears rose Thursday for the fate of 289 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea.... 4/16/2014 8:46 PM

West slams Russia 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia's "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there.... 4/16/2014 8:29 PM

Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero's welcome.... 4/16/2014 8:29 PM

uFly fires flight instructor who appeared on CNN
TORONTO (AP) -- A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager.... 4/16/2014 8:18 PM

Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The diplomat who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 apologized Wednesday for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one million people.... 4/16/2014 8:14 PM

Robot sub makes first complete search for plane
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water, authorities said on Thursday.... 4/16/2014 8:12 PM

UN chief: 1 million South Sudanese may face famine
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Wednesday up to a million people could face famine in conflict-torn South Sudan in the coming months unless the world takes immediate action.... 4/16/2014 7:28 PM

Lawyers in 9/11 at Gitmo case seek to question FBI
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- Lawyers for five men charged in the Sept. 11 attack are seeking to question the FBI about an apparent investigation of defense team personnel in the case.... 4/16/2014 7:25 PM

Nigeria: 100-plus kidnapped students free
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Scores of female students kidnapped by Islamic militants from a northeastern Nigerian school are free, Nigeria's military reported Wednesday.... 4/16/2014 7:24 PM

20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday.... 4/16/2014 7:17 PM

Cuba publishes text of foreign investment law
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba on Wednesday published the full language of a new law that seeks to make it more attractive for foreign investors to bring badly needed capital to the island, but provides less advantage for projects that are 100 percent foreign-financed.... 4/16/2014 6:07 PM

German media boss says he's scared of Google
BERLIN (AP) -- The head of Germany's biggest media company says he is afraid of Google and wants the company to become more transparent.... 4/16/2014 5:43 PM

Mexico probes death of pregnant woman at clinic
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday it will investigate the latest apparent case of denial of medical care for poor women, after a pregnant Mixtec Indian woman died in a clinic along with the fetus.... 4/16/2014 5:41 PM

Dominican Republic installs beach despite drought
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The Dominican Republic is being criticized for building a temporary artificial beach amid a drought.... 4/16/2014 4:56 PM

US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions
GENEVA (AP) -- A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow with additional economic sanctions.... 4/16/2014 4:29 PM

Bosnians see victims excavated from mass grave
SEJKOVACA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Denisa Hegic pulled her scarf around her nose to guard against the stench and drew back the plastic shroud. Shaking, she reached down to touch her mother's skull and caressed it.... 4/16/2014 4:18 PM

Inmates rock Peru prison with 'Superstar
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Inmates have rocked a Peruvian prison with a Holy Week performance of the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar."... 4/16/2014 3:43 PM

Romanian poet, dissident Nina Cassian dies
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian poet and translator Nina Cassian, who obtained political asylum in the United States after the Communist-era secret police found her critical poems scribbled in a friend's diary, has died in New York City. She was 89.... 4/16/2014 3:42 PM

Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable.... 4/16/2014 3:34 PM

Mexico nabs No. 2 in Beltran-Leyva gang
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican police said Wednesday they have captured a man identified as the second highest-ranking figure in the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel.... 4/16/2014 3:23 PM