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  • Malaysian plane search in 44th day, sea bed scans could end in days

    By Byron Kaye and Matt Siegel SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 entered its 44th day on Sunday as Australian search officials said a crucial series of sonar scans of the Indian Ocean floor could be completed within a week. The air, surface…

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  • South Africa's ANC set for two-thirds majority: poll

    The African National Congress (ANC) is on course to win nearly a two-thirds majority in May 7 elections, a poll showed on Sunday, confounding analysts who had predicted a fall in support for South Africa's ruling party 20 years after the end of apartheid. The poll, published by South Africa's…

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  • Militants kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush: security source

    ALGIERS (Reuters) - Islamic militants have killed 11 Algerian soldiers in an ambush during a patrol in mountains east of the capital Algiers, a security source told Reuters on Sunday. The attack in Tizi Ouzou, 120kms east of Algiers, was the deadliest in years against Algeria's security forces. Al…

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  • Obama sticks to Easter in his weekend radio message. GOP, not so much

    This being an important religious weekend for Christians and Jews, President Obama took a break from his typically-partisan Saturday radio address to offer Easter and Passover greetings. Sen. Alexander declared that “lifting the big wet blanket of Obama regulations will enable our free enterprise…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 'Boston Strong': Has the motto run its course?

    Within hours of the twin bombing attacks on the Boston Marathon last year on April 15, the phrase “Boston Strong” began popping up all over the city – scrawled in sidewalk chalk, stenciled in spray paint, and, later, screen-printed on T-shirts. And it was a vehicle to raise money for the One Fund,…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • '8THEIST' license plate in NJ: Why states can't rein in the vanity plate monster

    If you can get a New Jersey vanity license plate that reads “BAPTIST,” why not one that reads “8THEIST”? That’s the question Shannon Morgan, a self-describe atheist, is asking in a lawsuit after the New Jersey department of motor vehicles denied her vanity plate application. She also wants the…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Harry Reid: Cliven Bundy's armed supporters are 'domestic terrorists'

    The tea party and most Republicans, it seems, are not saddling up to join the Nevada range war. Rancher Cliven Bundy’s fight with the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over grazing fees came to a head last week when federal agents “gathered” – that’s the bureaucratic term for “rounded up” – some…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Divers pull bodies from sunken ferry; toll tops 50

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort.

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  • 13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed 13 others.

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  • Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The rescuers moved quickly, minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.

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  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper.

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  • Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane continued to dive Sunday after completing about half of its search on the bottom of the Indian Ocean with no luck, prompting an official to express the urgent need to find something that can help solve the…

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  • Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they entered the compound at Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks.

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  • Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously.

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  • Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.

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  • Hamilton wins Chinese Grand Prix

    Shanghai (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton headed a Mercedes one-two at the Chinese Grand Prix Sunday to claim a third straight victory for the first time in his career and underline the German team's dominance.

    AFP19 mins ago
  • Orthodox Patriarch: Syria's Christians won't yield

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Syria says Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists who attack "our people and holy places."

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort.…

    Associated Press32 mins ago
  • Fed Cup: Germany beat Australia in semifinal

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Germany sealed its place in the Fed Cup final by beating Australia after Angelique Kerber clinched the victory with a three-set win over Sam Stosur on Sunday.

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  • Baby Prince George visits Australian zoo

    Baby Prince George stepped out in public with his parents on Sunday for the first time in Australia, for an encounter with wildlife at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. George, eight months old and third in line to the throne after grandfather Princes Charles and father William, stole the show as his parents…

    AFP41 mins ago
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