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SKorean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior," while criticism of her own government's handling of the disaster grew.... 4/21/2014 9:21 AM

Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues.... 4/21/2014 9:08 AM

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community.... 4/21/2014 8:59 AM

Syria to hold presidential election on June 3
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, the country's parliament speaker announced Monday, a vote President Bashar Assad is likely to contest, and win, as the country enters its fourth year of war.... 4/21/2014 8:56 AM

Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved on.... 4/21/2014 8:47 AM

Uganda suspends athletics coach over sex abuse
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- An official with Uganda's athletics body says a coach who faces charges of sexual harassment has been suspended and is under investigation by Ugandan police.... 4/21/2014 8:44 AM

Gaza militants fire missile, rockets at Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Militants from the Gaza Strip fired a missile at Israeli troops patrolling the border and several rockets into the country's south on Monday, the last day of the Passover holiday, the military said. No injuries were reported.... 4/21/2014 8:32 AM

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:... 4/21/2014 7:58 AM

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.... 4/21/2014 7:55 AM

Suicide bombings, attacks in Iraq kill 19 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Suicide bombings and other attacks across Iraq killed at least 19 people and wounded 36 on Monday, officials said, the latest in an uptick in violence as the country counts down to crucial parliament elections later this month.... 4/21/2014 7:52 AM

Palestinians meet in Gaza for reconciliation talks
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A senior Hamas leader based in Egypt is in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah.... 4/21/2014 7:19 AM

Japan PM sends offering to war shrine
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals - long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea.... 4/21/2014 7:13 AM

New drone strike in Yemen kills al-Qaida militants
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni security officials and tribal chiefs say that a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed several al-Qaida militants in the country's south, including a local militant commander.... 4/21/2014 6:58 AM

Chinese police begin carrying guns during patrols
SHANGHAI (AP) -- A quarter of the police in Shanghai began carrying guns during routine patrols for the first time this week as part of a China-wide boost in police firepower following a deadly mass knifing blamed on Xinjiang separatists.... 4/21/2014 6:05 AM

Somali lawmaker killed in car bomb explosion
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali police official says a legislator in the country's parliament has been killed in a car bomb explosion in the Somali capital on Monday.... 4/21/2014 5:59 AM

Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension
NANJING, China (AP) -- Strolling through China's sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound.... 4/21/2014 5:39 AM

Saudi Arabia reports 3 more deaths from MERS virus
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's health ministry says three more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died amid a recent increase in infections.... 4/21/2014 5:04 AM

Sub search for missing jet two-thirds complete
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- As the search continued off the coast of Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet on Monday, the airline announced another plane bound for India was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its tires burst on takeoff.... 4/21/2014 4:33 AM

John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium.... 4/21/2014 2:25 AM

Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform
HAVANA (AP) -- The residents of 308 Oquendo Street were jolted awake in the middle of the night by violent shaking and a noise that they likened to a freight train, or an exploding bomb.... 4/21/2014 1:34 AM