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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…

    Reuters
  • New militant group claims responsibility for Friday blast in Cairo

    The Egyptian militant group, Ajnad Misr, claimed responsibility on Saturday for a blast that killed one police officer in Cairo. The bomb exploded in Cairo's Lebanon Square on Friday night, killing the officer and wounding another. Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt, said in a statement on an…

    Reuters
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  • U.N. peace envoy criticizes Israeli Easter security in Jerusalem

    By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police refused to let the U.N.'s peace envoy to the Middle East, other diplomats and a crowd of Palestinians pass through a barricade to attend a pre-Easter ritual in the Jerusalem church that Christians revere as the burial site of Jesus, the U.N.…

    Reuters
  • 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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  • 4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

    PARIS (AP) — Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war.

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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…

    Associated Press
  • Top Asian News at 7:00 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 Press17 mins ago
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  • French journalists arrive home after Syria hostage ordeal

    Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria arrived in France early Sunday, a day after they were freed from 10 months in captivity in the world's most dangerous country for the media. A plane carrying Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres from Turkey touched down at a…

    AFP18 mins ago
  • Egypt gunmen kill intelligence officer near Cairo

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Interior Ministry says gunmen have killed a captain from the intelligence services and a policeman on a desert road outside Cairo.

    Associated Press18 mins ago
  • Youngest winner on Japan women's tour at age 15

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese 15-year-old Minami Katsu became the youngest winner in the history of the Japan LPGA tour by shooting a 4-under 68 on Sunday to take out the Vantelin Ladies Open.

    Associated Press20 mins ago
  • At least 42 dead in Pakistan road accident

    At least 42 people were killed and 17 wounded in southern Pakistan Sunday when a bus travelling to Karachi collided with a tractor pulling a trolley, police said. The dead and injured included women and children. The accident happened in the town of Sukkur, 425 kilometres (266 miles) north of…

    AFP21 mins ago
  • Gunbattle in eastern Ukraine kills four

    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Three pro-Russian militants and one attacker were killed in a gunbattle near the volatile eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk early Sunday, a local leader told journalists.

    AFP23 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 6:30 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 Press47 mins ago
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