• Obama signs law to bar Iran diplomat from serving in U.N. post

    President Barack Obama signed a law on Friday that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations because of suspicions he was involved in the 1979-81 Tehran hostage crisis. Obama signed a law passed by the U.S. Congress that blocks any individual from entering…

  • Obama-Abe summit to aid trade talks, not seal deal: U.S. official

    By Krista Hughes and Kaori Kaneko WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Next week's meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a good opportunity to give impetus to Pacific trade negotiations but will not seal a deal, a senior U.S. administration official said on…

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  • Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

    By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Friday, damaging more than 100 homes in the southwestern state of Guerrero and opening cracks in some buildings but there were no reports of deaths. Striking close to the popular beach resort of Acapulco, the 7.2…

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  • Rebels in South Sudan state massacre hundreds, hit oil industry

    The conflict in South Sudan is deepening with rebels loyal to South Sudan’s former deputy president taking control of the capital of Unity State, Bentiu, on April 14, ordering oil companies to shut down operations and evacuate their workers. Since previous fighting had already idled oil production…

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  • Suspected Kansas City highway sniper charged; no motive given

    A man arrested Thursday night as a suspect in as many as 12 highway shootings, a spree that has gripped the Kansas City area for a month, was charged Friday with 18 felony counts related to nine of the incidents, in which three people were wounded. Mohammed Pedro Whitaker, a medical supply company…

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  • In N.C., how do spouses of gay soldiers fit in? Legal brief presses the issue

    North Carolina’s largest gay rights group on Friday asked a federal appeals court to consider: How can states justify barring benefits to same-sex military couples, including to widowed women who have lost wives in war? A US Supreme Court ruling last June automatically conferred upon federal…

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  • When is a tool a weapon? Chicago court throws out teacher discipline case

    A veteran teacher at a Chicago elementary school has lost his bid to reverse a four-day suspension without pay because he showed an array of hand tools to his second grade students as part of a math lesson. Douglas Bartlett displayed pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, a pocket knife, and a box cutter…

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  • Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. Two crew members were also arrested, a prosecutor said.

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  • Diplomacy doesn't move insurgents in Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev.

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  • Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

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

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  • Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too.

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  • Pensive pope at Good Friday Colosseum procession

    ROME (AP) — Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum.

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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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  • Quins tame Tigers as ref Wigglesworth takes centre stage

    Harlequins beat champions Leicester 24-20 at The Stoop on Friday to keep alive their hopes of a top-four finish and a place in the end of season playoffs in another controversial match for referee Tim Wigglesworth. Last week Wigglesworth was in change of Bath's fiery 18-17 west country derby win…

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  • American identifies cleric in US terrorism case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Seattle man told a jury Friday that an Egyptian cleric on trial on terrorism charges is the "very angry" imam he met in London years ago.

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  • US delays decision on Keystone pipeline project

    The United States indefinitely extended the review process for a controversial Canada-to-US oil pipeline Friday, potentially delaying a final decision on the project until beyond mid-term elections in November. The US State Department said eight federal agencies -- which had been given until the…

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  • 'Portuguese embassy in Libya target of gunmen attack'

    Lisbon (AFP) - A security officer was wounded in an attack by four gunmen at the Portugese embassy in Tripoli overnight Thursday, news agency Lusa said.

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  • AP Photos: Latam Catholics pay tribute to Christ

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Roman Catholics throughout Latin America and the Caribbean are paying tribute to Jesus Christ in Holy Week traditions that go back centuries and range from religious processions to self-flagellation.

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  • Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

    ARACATACA, Colombia (AP) — Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate's twisting and impassioned novels.

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  • Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A prosecutor says the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested. Senior prosecutor Yang Jung-jin says 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok and the crew members were detained early Saturday.

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