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Egypt's el-Sissi visits Coptic pope before Easter
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's former military chief and presumed presidential front-runner visited the Coptic pope Saturday ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency.... 4/19/2014 2:46 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

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 2:38 PM

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.... 4/19/2014 2:35 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

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 2:03 PM

Guinea to cancel BSG Resources-Vale mining rights
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- The government of Guinea is planning to revoke the mining rights to one of the largest untapped iron ore deposits in the world, following a watchdog's recommendation.... 4/19/2014 1:55 PM

Fiat and Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China
ROME (AP) -- Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors.... 4/19/2014 1:37 PM

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 1:31 PM

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 1:05 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 12:49 PM

Egypt's censorship board head resigns in film spat
CAIRO (AP) -- The head of Egypt's censorship board says he has resigned after the country's prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer be shown.... 4/19/2014 12:47 PM

Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- The rescuers moved quickly, just 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 12:18 PM

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 12:06 PM

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 12:03 PM

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 11:58 AM

Strong earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea
SYDNEY (AP) -- A powerful earthquake struck off the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.... 4/19/2014 11:54 AM

Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria.... 4/19/2014 11:38 AM

Drone in Yemen kills 9 suspected al-Qaida fighters
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians Saturday, authorities said, part of America's ongoing strikes in the country against what it considers the terror network's most dangerous local group.... 4/19/2014 11:32 AM