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  • Iran says it watered down, converted over 200 kg of enriched uranium

    Iran said on Saturday it had completed watering down and converting more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November with world powers over its disputed nuclear program. "Based on the agreement with the West, we were supposed to have half of our 200…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
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  • Four ex-hostage journalists back in France after Syria ordeal

    Four French journalists who were held captive in Syria for more than 10 months arrived back in France on Sunday, a day after being found blindfolded and with hands bound at the Turkish border. Nicolas Henin, Pierre Torres, Edouard Elias and Didier Francois beamed as they descended from a military…

    Reuters27 mins ago
  • 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.

    Associated Press57 mins ago
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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.

    Associated Press
  • 4 French journalists freed from Syria captors home

    PARIS (AP) — Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria have returned home to France.

    Associated Press47 mins ago
  • 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…

    Associated Press
  • Korean gym is a hothouse of grief for relatives of ferry missing

    By Ju-min Park JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Kim Ha-na no longer sleeps or eats and is haunted by the voice of her 17-year-old brother, calling frantically to tell her the ferry he was aboard with more than 300 classmates and staff from his high school on the outskirts of Seoul was sinking. More…

    Reuters21 mins ago
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  • Egypt gunmen kill police captain near Cairo

    CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen killed an Egyptian police captain and a conscript on a desert road outside Cairo on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said.

    Associated Press27 mins ago
  • Fed Cup: Germany beat Australia in semifinal

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

    Associated Press35 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 7:30 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 Press42 mins ago
  • Female candidates fight for rights in Iraq campaign

    With fears that women's rights are being eroded in Iraq, prospective female lawmakers are determined to push women's issues to the fore of campaigning for this month's elections. Despite a constitutional requirement that a quarter of all MPs be women, Iraq lags on key indicators such as female…

    AFP42 mins ago
  • 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…

    AFP43 mins ago
  • UAE reports 12 new cases of MERS

    Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates have announced 12 new cases of infection by the MERS coronavirus, but insisted the patients would be cured within two weeks. The World Health Organisation said Thursday that it has been informed of a total of 243 laboratory-confirmed cases of…

    AFP
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