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Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Malaysia Airlines flight heading to India with 166 people aboard made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday after it was forced to turn back when a tire burst upon takeoff, the airline said.... 4/20/2014 3:53 PM

Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's embattled president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, an important symbolic prize for his government ahead of coming presidential elections he appears poised to contest.... 4/20/2014 3:20 PM

Insurgents kill at least 11 Algerian soldiers
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in a mountainous region, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five others, the Defense Ministry said Sunday.... 4/20/2014 3:13 PM

A look at the dual justice system in the West Bank
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli and Palestinian minors accused of crimes in the West Bank are subject to two different sets of laws. Israeli settlers are prosecuted under Israeli civilian law, while Palestinians are thrust into the military justice system. Critics complain that the conviction rate in the military system is higher and the penalties stiffer. Here are some statistics about juvenile arrests between 2008 and 2013 from Israel's national police force:... 4/20/2014 3:09 PM

8 killed in Finland parachutist plane accident
HELSINKI (AP) -- Finnish officials say eight people died when a small plane carrying parachutists crashed to the ground and caught fire.... 4/20/2014 2:36 PM

8 dead in northern Mexico plane crash
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A private plane has crashed in a northern Mexico city, killing all eight people on board.... 4/20/2014 2:28 PM

Kuwait court shuts 2 newspapers over coup articles
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- A Kuwaiti court has temporarily suspended the publication of two independent newspapers over articles about a secret probe into allegations of a coup plot to overthrow the Gulf monarchy's government, the official state news agency reported Sunday.... 4/20/2014 2:25 PM

Yemen: Airstrike targets al-Qaida training camps
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- An airstrike targeting suspected al-Qaida training camps in a rugged mountain region in southern Yemen killed a number of fighters Sunday, a high-level government security committee said, without specifying a casualty figure.... 4/20/2014 2:12 PM

Large wildfire in Dutch national park
EDE, Netherlands (AP) -- A large wildfire destroyed at least 530 hectares (1,300 acres) in the Netherlands' Hoge Veluwe National Park on Sunday, one of the worst fires seen in the region for decades, Dutch authorities said.... 4/20/2014 2:08 PM

Attacks kill at least 18 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed at least 18 people and wounded nearly 50 in Iraq on Sunday, officials said.... 4/20/2014 2:05 PM

Egypt: Ex-army chief, leftist to run for president
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's election commission said Sunday only two presidential hopefuls, one of them the powerful former military chief who nine months ago ousted the country's first democratically elected leader, have submitted their papers to run in next month's polls.... 4/20/2014 1:58 PM

Ukraine, Russia trade blame for shootout in east
BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine (AP) -- Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead.... 4/20/2014 1:00 PM

In West Bank, teen offenders face different fates
BEIT UMAR, West Bank (AP) -- The boys were both 15, with the crackly voices and awkward peach fuzz of adolescence. They lived just a few minutes away from one another in the West Bank. And both were accused of throwing stones at vehicles, one day after the other.... 4/20/2014 12:29 PM

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.... 4/20/2014 12:09 PM

Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead slightly increased in partial results for Afghanistan's presidential election released Sunday, but he and rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai still seem to be heading for a runoff next month.... 4/20/2014 12:07 PM

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 its search for any signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.... 4/20/2014 11:57 AM

Thai police: 2-year-old killed in southern attack
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) -- Suspected insurgents in southern Thailand shot dead three people in a drive-by shooting on Sunday, including a 2-year-old girl, police said.... 4/20/2014 11:29 AM

Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76
TORONTO (AP) -- Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.... 4/20/2014 11:24 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 11:09 AM

Construction frenzy in Beirut alters city skyline
BEIRUT (AP) -- One by one, the old traditional houses of Beirut are vanishing as luxury towers sprout up on every corner, altering the city's skyline almost beyond recognition amid an ongoing construction frenzy seemingly immune to tensions from the civil war raging next door.... 4/20/2014 11:07 AM