• Drone risks damage at record depth in search for Malaysian plane

    The U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 and its "side scan" sonar has become the focal point of the search some 2,000 km (1,200 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth, where authorities believe Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 hit the ocean after disappearing from radars on March 8 with 239 people on board. …

  • Top Hollande aide quits in conflict of interest row

    CLERMONT-FERRAND, France (Reuters) - A senior adviser to French President Francois Hollande quit on Friday over accusations of past conflict of interest linked to his work for pharmaceutical firms, adding to pressure on the unpopular Socialist leader weeks before European elections. Aquilino…

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  • Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

    By Anahi Rama MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper…

  • Enrollment surge should end debate over Obamacare, Obama says

    President Obama argued Thursday that new enrollment numbers should effectively end the highly partisan debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Eight million people have now signed up for health coverage on government-run exchanges. That’s 1 million more than the Obama administration’s original…

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  • Chelsea Clinton baby: Will Hillary Clinton be less likely to run in 2016?

    The news that Chelsea Clinton is pregnant has triggered a royal baby watch, American-style. Ms. Clinton, the only child of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, announced Thursday that she is expecting her first child. No word yet on when Clinton is…

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  • Ukraine deal aims to stop violence: Can it work?

    Nations involved in the Ukraine crisis pledged an easing of tensions Thursday, opening a possible path toward resolving Ukraine’s future without further Russian military intervention. US Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union issued a…

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  • 'One Boston' or two? Hospital wants to be strong for all victims of violence

    As Boston remembers the bombings that ended three lives and forever changed scores of others, a city hospital is reminding the public – and, perhaps, itself – that the events at the Boston Marathon finish line were not the only test of the city’s strength: In some neighborhoods, such tests, if…

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  • Ukrainian insurgents reject call to quit buildings

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

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  • Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Investigations into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers scrambled to find some 270…

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  • 12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

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  • Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Six weeks into the extensive search for the lost Malaysia Airlines plane without so much as a piece of debris yet found, several Chinese relatives met Friday to pray for spouses who never came home, while begging for answers that could end their misery of not knowing.

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  • Australia's Houston: Calm face of Flight 370 hunt

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — He speaks with a calm, steady voice as he tackles question after question in an attempt to explain one of the biggest mysteries the modern world has ever known: What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

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  • Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

    DWORP, Belgium (AP) — The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone.

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  • Algeria's Bouteflika set for re-election, foes cry fraud

    By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika appeared set to win re-election for another five years on Friday after a vote opponents dismissed as a stage-managed fraud to keep the ailing leader in power. Sitting a wheelchair, Bouteflika cast his vote on Thursday in…

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors say they've asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead. Prosecutors said Friday that they have also requested arrest warrants for two other crewmembers.

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  • Japan will conduct Pacific whale hunt in wake of court ruling

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Friday it would conduct a sharply scaled down form of its annual Northwest Pacific whaling campaign this year despite an international court ruling last month against the mainstay of its whaling program in the Antarctic. The decision to proceed with…

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  • Super Rugby: Melbourne beats Western Force 22-16

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Wallabies back-rower and Melbourne captain Scott Higginbotham's try off the back of a scrum helped the Rebels to a 22-16 win over the Western Force, ending the Perth-based side's five-match winning streak on Friday.

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  • Rouhani says Iran bears no hostility to the world

    Iran has no intention of committing acts of aggression but retains the right to defend itself militarily, President Hassan Rouhani said Friday. Although the speech was preceded by fighter jets passing overhead, and followed by a procession of missiles and other military hardware on trucks,…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Marking Jesus' journey on Good Friday

    Around the world, Christians are coming together in observance of Good Friday, which they believe was the day Jesus was crucified.

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  • French presidential advisor Morelle quits in fresh blow to Hollande

    A close advisor to Francois Hollande resigned on Friday after allegations about an alleged conflict of interest and his extravagant lifestyle, in a fresh blow to the beleaguered French president. In a statement to AFP, senior political advisor Aquilino Morelle said he was stepping down but denied…

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