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  • Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts
    Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck?

  • Italy awards world’s best pizza maker title to Australian chef
    Italy awards world’s best pizza maker title to Australian chef

    If you want to try the world's best margherita pizza, you'll have to head down under.

  • Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel
    Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel

    Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Palestinian negotiators have warned they may pass responsiblity for their territory back to occupying power Israel if peace talks remain stalled, a senior Palestinian official said on Sunday. The official said the Palestinians told US peace envoy Martin Indyk on Friday that unless Israel releases Palestinian prisoners as agreed and freezes settlement building, they could dismantle the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) of president Mahmud Abbas.

  • Ukraine Suspends 'Anti-Terrorist Operation'

    Statement Cites Easter and Geneva Agreement as Reason

  • Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two
    Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two

    Other Homes, Businesses Threatened by Sudden Earth Movement and Debris.

  • Queen Elizabeth portrait released to mark 88th birthday
    Queen Elizabeth portrait released to mark 88th birthday

    A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth, taken by David Bailey, has been released to mark her 88th birthday on Monday, with the renowned photographer delighting in the "mischievous glint" in her eyes. The black-and-white photograph of the smiling monarch was taken in March at her Buckingham Palace official residence in London. The monarch is pictured wearing pearls and a dress by Angela Kelly, her personal assistant and senior dresser of 12 years.

  • Boko Haram claims bombing in Nigeria's capital
    Boko Haram claims bombing in Nigeria's capital

    Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria’s capital in a video obtained Saturday, as the search continued for 85 schoolgirls still missing after a mass abduction by the Islamists. The bombing at a bus station packed with morning commuters early on Monday killed at least 75 people on the outskirts of Abuja, hours before gunmen kidnapped 129 girls from a school in northeastern Borno state, Boko Haram's base. "We are the ones who carried out the attack in Abuja," Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau said in video message obtained by AFP. Shekau, declared a global terrorist by the United States which has a $7 million (5.1 million euro) bounty on his head, spoke in Arabic and the Hausa language that is dominant in northern Nigeria, with a Kalashnikov resting on his left shoulder.

  • TOTALLY WORTH IT: High school senior suspended for asking Miss America to prom
    TOTALLY WORTH IT: High school senior suspended for asking Miss America to prom

    If Miss America visits your high school, and if it’s springtime, and if you don’t have a date to the senior prom, you’ve got to ask her to go with you. Such was the case for Patrick Farves, a senior at Central York High School, when the reigning Miss America, Nina Davuluri, came to the York, Pa. school on Thursday to give a speech about diversity and the value of science, engineering and math. During the question-and-answer period that followed Davuluri’s speech, Farves asked Miss America to prom. Farves, 18, got the brilliant idea to ask Miss America to the prom a few days before the assembly.

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