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S. Korea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher

JINDO, South Korea — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly today, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.

Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers

CAIRO, Egypt — A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb today, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic militant groups keep up a campaign of violence since last summer’s ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

‘Piles and piles’ of bodies in South Sudan

NAIROBI, Kenya — Gunmen who targeted children and the elderly left “piles and piles” of bodies — many of those in a mosque — in a provincial capital in South Sudan, the U.N.’s top humanitarian official in the country said today.

Somali lawmaker shot and killed in latest attack

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Two gunmen belonging to an Islamic extremist group shot and killed a Somali legislator today as he stepped out of his home in the capital, the second fatal attack on a member of parliament in as many days, police said.
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7.2 quake shakes Mexico City

A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico today, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties.
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A deadly, devastating day on Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early today, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak.

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

MEXICO CITY — Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.
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3 protesters killed in Ukraine clash

The turmoil in Ukraine dominated the European landscape today, as three protesters were killed in a clash in southern Ukraine, high-level talks were held in Geneva and Vladimir Putin weighed in on his neighbor’s future.

Russia: Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says top diplomats have agreed to take immediate steps toward calming tensions in Ukraine. Four parties gathered today in Geneva — the U.S., European Union, Ukraine and Russia — will work to establish a broad national dialogue to ensure that people’s rights are protected.

Progress, but unrest continues in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — Negotiators for the government and the opposition have agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission that is to investigate who is to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest in Venezuela.

Australian PM confident sounds are from Flight 370

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are confident that signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are from the missing Malaysian jet’s black boxes, Australia’s prime minister said today, raising hopes they are close to solving one of aviation’s most perplexing mysteries.
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Prosecutor: Pistorius is untruthful egotist

PRETORIA, South Africa — The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius today accused the Olympic athlete of egotistical behavior in his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp before he killed her, and described Pistorius’ courtroom apology to his girlfriend’s family as an insincere “spectacle” that ignored the feelings of her relatives.

20 years later, signs of progress in Rwanda

In scattered villages on steep green hillsides, many who killed their neighbors in Rwanda’s genocide 20 years ago now live side by side with relatives of the dead.
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Rwanda: 20 years since genocide

Displaying both pride and pain, Rwandans on Monday marked the 20th anniversary of a devastating 100-day genocide that saw packed churches set on fire and machete-wielding attackers chop down whole families from a demonized minority.
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Sixty taken hostage in eastern Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukraine’s government struggled to stay in control of the country’s eastern regions as tensions flared today in three cities. While the government managed to recapture its regional headquarters and detain dozens of pro-Russian protesters in one city, it said “radicals” were keeping 60 people hostage and threatening them in another city.

Gauguin painting stolen 44 years ago found in a kitchen

ROME — A pair of paintings by French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard that had been missing for four decades has been recovered by Italian authorities who said that the works of art were hanging in a kitchen of a retired Sicilian autoworker who was unaware of their value.

New evacuations in Chile after major aftershock

IQUIQUE, Chile — Coastal residents of Chile’s far-north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes early today after a major aftershock rattled an area hit a day earlier by a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that caused some damage and six deaths. No new major damage or casualties were reported.
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Expert: Chile’s M8.2 earthquake not ‘the big one’

IQUIQUE, Chile — Authorities in northern Chile discovered surprisingly light damage and just six reported deaths Wednesday from a magnitude-8.2 quake — a remarkably low toll for such a powerful shift in the Earth’s crust.