• Exclusive: Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklistings at U.N.

    By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic's former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats told…

  • At least 63 killed as speeding Congo train derails: government official

    At least 63 people were killed and 80 were seriously injured in Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province when a train speeding too fast round a bend derailed, a provincial minister said on Wednesday. Fifty others were trapped inside the goods train after 12 of its carriages flipped off the…

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  • Children's corpses reveal desperate attempts to escape Korean ferry

    By Jungmin Jang and Ju-min Park MOKPO/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing. Writing by Nick…

  • Why Pakistan's largest private broadcaster may soon go dark

    The attempted assassination of a leading TV anchor in Karachi has triggered a rift within the Pakistan media and an unprecedented move to revoke the broadcaster's license. The Ministry of Defense filed a request today to shut down Geo TV, the country’s largest media organization, on charges of…

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  • How did stowaway teen go unnoticed for seven hours on San José airfield?

    Despite the tens of billions of dollars that the United States has poured into airport security since the 9/11 attacks, a 15-year-old boy has revealed a gaping hole in the safeguards. The Santa Clara, Calif., teen managed to sneak onto the airfield of Mineta San José International Airport, cross…

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  • Smaller share of US high school grads entering college. Why?

    A new annual review finds that 65.9 percent of 2013 high school graduates were enrolled in colleges or universities as of last October. That compares with a 66.2 percent enrollment rate in 2012 and 68.3 percent in 2011. All those numbers are below the all-time high of 70.1 percent in 2009,…

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  • From gunfights to 'mansions': Inside Brazil's smorgasbord of favelas

    As dusk falls on this tightly packed neighborhood set high above the ocean, the scene evokes Mediterranean Greece instead of one of Rio de Janeiro’s oldest favelas, Providência. Brazil’s favelas, or shantytowns, are increasingly in the news, usually in a negative light. Last night the death of a…

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  • Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on…

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  • Abbas, rival Hamas give reconciliation another try

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Wednesday agreed to form a unity government and hold new elections, making a new attempt to overcome a seven-year split that has left them divided between two governments.

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  • Amid Russian warning, Ukraine's in a security bind

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow.

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  • Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships.

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  • SKorean city full of grief prepares for more

    ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The altar of the memorial is a wall of white and yellow flowers and greens, surrounding photos of 47 students and teachers whose bodies have been identified after being recovered from the ferry Sewol. There is room for many, many more pictures.

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  • Shakespeare's Globe taking 'Hamlet' to 200 nations

    LONDON (AP) — Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare is probably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world.

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  • Bucharest defending champ Rosol reaches quarters

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Defending champion Lukas Rosol reached the Nastase Tiriac Trophy quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over eighth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on Wednesday.

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  • Three charged in plot to ship chemical lab equipment from U.S. to Syria

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three men have been charged in a conspiracy to export chemical laboratory equipment from the United States to Syria, according to an unsealed indictment released on Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. From 2003 to 2012,…

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  • New social networks connect cooks and diners

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants.

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  • Chinese man released on bond in seed piracy case

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One of six Chinese businessmen charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets of U.S.-based corn seed manufacturers for a Chinese competitor has been released from custody pending trial after posting a $50,000 cash bond.

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  • Rwanda forces closure of French cultural centre

    Authorities in the Rwandan capital have forced the closure of the French cultural centre, officials said Wednesday, just weeks after the two nations were in a major diplomatic spat over genocide commemorations. The French ambassador to Kigali, Michel Flesch, said the land where the centre was…

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  • Mauritanian president says he will run again

    NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Mauritania's president, who initially took power in a coup, says he will run again in upcoming elections.

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  • Abbas: Unity with Hamas does not contradict peace talks with Israel

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday a unity pact he reached with the militant group Hamas earlier in the day did not contradict peace talks he is pursuing with Israel. Israel called off a session of talks in response to the deal with the Gaza-based…

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