• Turkey Twitter accounts appear blocked after Erdogan court action

    By Seda Sezer ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Two anonymous Twitter accounts used to release secretly recorded conversations implicating family and associates of Turkey's prime minister and senior government officials in a corruption scandal appeared on Sunday to have been blocked. Twitter last week agreed…

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  • Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to recaptured Christian town

    By Firas Makdesi MAALOULA, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists. Assad's Easter…

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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…

  • Aereo Internet service vs. TV broadcasters: US Supreme Court to decide

    The US Supreme Court takes up a major case this week that could dramatically change how Americans watch television. The case involves a New York-based company that charges $8 a month to allow subscribers to watch broadcast television programs on their computer, tablet, or smart phone via the…

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  • Boston Marathon: the security plan for 36,000 runners and 1 million spectators

    The Boston Marathon wends its way for 26.2 miles through seven towns before reaching its namesake city. That sprawl and all those people are what make keeping the Boston Marathon safe a herculean undertaking. "This is not like securing a football stadium for a Super Bowl, where you just put a big…

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  • An apoplexy over apostrophes in Cambridge, England

    So when the public caught wind of a little-noticed rule passed by the Cambridge City Council to drop apostrophes from future street signs to make for more efficient public services, the pedants took to the streets – some literally. The weary city council, bombarded by questions and accusations…

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  • Four sons killed fighting for Assad, but mother's loyalty to regime endures

    Pictures of Tamima Abbas's dead sons hang on her living room wall: strong-looking men in uniform, toting guns, some forever caught in a smile. Next to them hangs a portrait of a resolute President Bashar al-Assad. Since the Syrian conflict began, Ms. Abbas, a widow, has lost four of her eight…

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  • Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — A transcript released Sunday shows the South Korean ferry that sank was crippled with confusion and indecision well after it began listing dangerously, possibly adding to a death toll that is officially at 58 but could eventually exceed 300.

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  • 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?

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  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

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  • Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout

    BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Russia traded blame Sunday for a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine that left at least three people dead and others with gunshot wounds.

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  • Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks

    PARIS (AP) — Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?

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  • Construction frenzy in Beirut alters city skyline

    BEIRUT (AP) — One by one, the old traditional houses of Beirut are vanishing as luxury towers sprout up on every corner, altering the city's skyline almost beyond recognition amid an ongoing construction frenzy seemingly immune to tensions from the civil war raging next door.

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  • Anglican leader praises persecuted Christians in Easter sermon

    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby praised the resilience of persecuted Christian minorities around the world in his Easter sermon on Sunday. The Church of England leader also highlighted the suffering of people in Syria, Ukraine, Rwanda and Pakistan. Welby's Easter address at Canterbury…

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  • Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A Malaysian official met Sunday with relatives of passengers who were aboard the missing jetliner and discussed ways of providing them with financial assistance, as an unmanned submarine continued its search for any signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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  • Lerner raises doubts about future at Villa

    BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — American businessman Randy Lerner has raised doubts about his future as Aston Villa chairman by saying he will address "steady rumors of a sale" of the Premier League club at the end of the season.

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  • C.Africa on the 'brink of genocide', warns Tutu

    Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu warned Sunday that the Central African Republic was "on the brink of genocide", as he urged warring sides to reconcile their differences and "re-learn to live together". "Over the past 13 months, the nation's seemingly incessant struggles for political power and…

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  • Liverpool edge Norwich to close on title

    Liverpool took another step towards a first league title since 1990 after winning 3-2 at Norwich City on Sunday to pull five points clear in the Premier League. Quick-fire early goals from Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez put the visitors in control at Carrow Road, before Gary Hooper replied for…

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  • Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters

    MONACO (AP) — Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final on Sunday.

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  • Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for tougher Western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored U.S. and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation…

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