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Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea.... 4/17/2014 12:37 AM

Street theater in Mexico City's rough Tepito area
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Few outsiders dare venture after dark into Tepito, a neighborhood known as Mexico City's main clearinghouse for contraband ranging from guns and drugs to counterfeit sneakers.... 4/17/2014 12:02 AM

Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly lower Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei leading the retreat as investors locked in profits after a strong rally.... 4/16/2014 11:43 PM

Malaysian lawmaker and lawyer Karpal Singh dies
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Veteran Malaysian opposition lawmaker Karpal Singh, an eminent lawyer who had been detained without trial under security laws and battled numerous sedition charges, has died in a road accident. He was 73.... 4/16/2014 10:52 PM

Progress in Venezuela talks, but protests continue
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Negotiators for the government and the opposition have agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission that is to investigate who is to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest in Venezuela.... 4/16/2014 10:40 PM

Royal couple visit wildfire-affected Aussie town
SYDNEY (AP) -- Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, have visited a town ravaged by wildfires in the mountains west of Sydney as they continue their tour of Australia.... 4/16/2014 10:24 PM

Police charge Canadian in Internet privacy breach
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Police have charged a 19-year-old Canadian man in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from Canada's tax agency website.... 4/16/2014 9:22 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