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April 23, 2014 - 3:59am
19 min 50 sec ago

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. Yet there he was, captured in video on the day his ferry sank with hundreds trapped inside, being treated onshore after allegedly landing on one of the first rescue boats.

Lee had more than 40 years' experience at sea and could speak with eloquence about the romance and the danger of a life spent on ships. But his reputation now hinges on the moments last week when he delayed...

April 23, 2014 - 3:34am
19 min 50 sec ago

MOUNT HERMON, Lebanon (AP) — As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the rugged frontier into neighboring Lebanon.

Ahead of them: at least a nine-hour climb in darkness up — and down — the 2,814-meter (9,232-foot) Mount Hermon. Once in Lebanon, they will join the more than 2.5 million other Syrians...

April 23, 2014 - 3:23am
19 min 50 sec ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani official says the army has sought to shut down the country's leading Geo News TV channel.

The official, Fakhruddin Mughal, says a legal team of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority is meeting on Wednesday to examine the army's request.

Mughal says that Pakistan's defense ministry filed a complaint against the TV.

A copy of the complaint was posted on the website of the Committee to...

April 23, 2014 - 3:17am
19 min 50 sec ago

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank says he suspects a problem with the steering gear caused the sinking.

Professor Kim Woo-Sook of Mokpo National Maritime University is a former teacher of the third mate, Park Han-gyeol. She was arrested Saturday in connection with the accident, which left 300 people dead or missing.

Kim talked to Park at a Mokpo...

April 23, 2014 - 3:01am
19 min 50 sec ago

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — With golden umbrellas covering them from the equatorial sun, boys in princely attire are hoisted onto the shoulders of their fathers and uncles, part of a ritual carried out this time every year at Buddhist pagodas all over Myanmar: young would-be-novices preparing to enter the monkhood.

They circle around the temples in hopes of winning a blessing from Buddha, processions of beautifully dressed damsels following closely behind.

April 23, 2014 - 2:32am
19 min 50 sec ago

PRAGUE (AP) — The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West.

It was an impenetrable Cold War barrier — and for some inhabitants of the Czech Republic it still is.

Deer still balk at crossing the border with Germany even though the physical fence came down a quarter century ago, new studies show.

Czechoslovakia, where the communists took power in 1948, had three...

April 23, 2014 - 2:30am
49 min 50 sec ago

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

The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on...

April 23, 2014 - 2:24am
1 hour 19 min ago

AL-EIN REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — An American director's short film about an Israeli army raid in a Palestinian refugee camp ends with a surprise — literally involving a rabbit, though not one pulled from a hat. The story told in "The Warren" is meant to question the ways Israelis and Palestinians see each other as a result of their long-running conflict.

The diverse cast and crew — Arabs and Jews, locals and foreigners — struggled with those issues off camera as...

April 23, 2014 - 2:23am
1 hour 29 min ago

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Wireless equipment maker Ericsson says first-quarter profit increased to 1.7 billion kronor ($260 million) mainly because of restructuring and licensing income even as revenue fell by 9 percent compared to the same period a year earlier.

Net sales in the period dropped to 47.5 billion kronor from 52 billion kronor. Net profit in the same period last year was 1.2 billion kronor.

The world's largest supplier of mobile phone...

April 23, 2014 - 2:15am
19 min 50 sec ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of candle-bearing faithful below — not in the arcane, scripted words of pontiffs past but in those of a father and pastor looking out for his flock.

"Going home, you will find your children. Give them a caress and tell them 'This is the caress...

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