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  • Gunmen kill nine in western Ethiopia bus attack: state media

    Gunmen ambushed a bus carrying dozens of people in western Ethiopia near the Sudanese border, killing nine and wounding six others, state-run media said on Wednesday. There was no claim of responsibility and no group was blamed for the attack, but Ethiopia says it has thwarted several plots in…

    Reuters
  • Iran expects next payment under nuclear deal, confirming compliance

    Iran expects to get a fifth installment this week of previously blocked overseas funds, a senior official was quoted as saying, a payment that would confirm Iranian compliance with a landmark deal with world powers to curb its nuclear program. Under last year's interim agreement that took effect…

    Reuters13 mins ago
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  • Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet on Wednesday, U.S. says

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Wednesday to try to extend peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. The two sides will meet despite Israeli anger at the killing of an off-duty Israeli policeman in the occupied West Bank on Monday on the…

    Reuters
  • Obamacare’s next chapter: More insurance firms opting 'in' than 'out'?

    President Obama’s health-care exchanges appear poised to keep growing – not just in the number of people enrolled but in the number of insurance firms participating and offering coverage. That’s the early indication, at least, as the 2014 enrollment period closes and as insurers begin to ramp up…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Nevada rancher vs. federal agents: a very old conflict suddenly made new

    For now, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has his cattle, and the Bureau of Land Management has stepped down from a fight over grazing on public land that seemed likely to grow violent. But the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has promised to pursue the matter in the courts, and militia groups who…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Russian aircraft buzz US Navy destroyer: How big a deal?

    When Russian attack aircraft buzzed the USS Donald Cook in the international waters of the Black Sea, even as tensions in the region ratchet up, Pentagon officials decried the move as “provocative.” How big a deal are these “provocative” actions on the part of the Russian military – or were these…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Gruff and stoic, Boston shows its heart on bombing anniversary

    On the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings Tuesday, the nation turned its attention back to Boston in memory of those who lost their lives, in recognition of those who ran toward danger to help each other, and in celebration of the resilience of a city that came together. In a…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Cuban doctors in eye of Venezuelan hurricane

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — When Judith Faraiz's son was near death after a severe motorcycle accident, she put his life in the hands of God and Cuban doctors.

    Associated Press11 mins ago
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  • 292 missing, 3 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A multi-story ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by ships and helicopters. At least three…

    Associated Press16 mins ago
  • Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — A column of armored personnel carriers flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia demonstrators on Wednesday. Some of the troops aboard said they were Ukrainian soldiers who had switched allegiance.

    Associated Press
  • Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — As a robotic submarine dove into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person.

    Associated Press
  • If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US

    BEIJING (AP) — Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the…

    Associated Press49 mins ago
  • Belgian head of Congo's Virunga park shot

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded but his condition is improving, park officials said.

    Associated Press36 mins ago
  • Russian economy slows amid Ukraine crisis

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's economy minister says growth slowed to 0.8 percent in the first quarter due to uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine.

    Associated Press9 mins ago
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  • Gunmen kill 9 on bus in Ethiopia near dam project

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian officials say that attackers fired on a public bus in the country's west, killing nine people and wounding seven.

    Associated Press12 mins ago
  • Pro-Russians take two Ukrainian soldiers 'hostage'

    Ukraine's defence ministry said on Wednesday that pro-Russian militants had taken two of its soldiers "hostage" in the separatist eastern region of Lugansk. It said several branches of Ukraine's armed forces were involved in a search for the missing soldiers, and vowed a "firm response" against…

    AFP12 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 10:00 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A multi-story ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by ships and helicopters. At least three…

    Associated Press15 mins ago
  • Israel police disperse riot at Jerusalem holy site

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police stormed a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem on Wednesday and fired tear gas to disperse a riot by Palestinian Muslim worshippers, officials said.

    Associated Press15 mins ago
  • China blames France's Veolia for tap water pollution

    By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - China has blamed French utility Veolia Environnement for "supervision problems" in its water quality standards after authorities said a cancer-inducing chemical had been found in tap water supplied by the firm at 20 times above national safety levels, state media…

    Reuters18 mins ago
  • Baby lost in bombing chaos to be reunited with mom

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A baby lost in the chaos of the bus station bomb blast in Nigeria's capital is to be reunited Wednesday with her critically wounded mother, a Nigerian newspaper reported.

    Associated Press21 mins ago
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