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April 18, 2014 - 6:52am
1 min 24 sec ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a bomb planted on a street full of shoppers in the capital, Baghdad, has killed three people and wounded five.

Police officers say the explosion took place in the capital's predominantly Shiite neighborhood of al-Ameen on Friday morning.

Health officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

No one...

April 18, 2014 - 6:47am
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors say they've asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead.

Prosecutors said Friday that they have also requested arrest warrants for two other crewmembers.

The investigation into the ferry disaster has focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and whether a quicker evacuation order by the...

April 18, 2014 - 6:30am
1 min 24 sec ago

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Vietnamese government says seven people have been killed in a shootout between Chinese migrants and Vietnamese border guards at a crossing in the north of the country.

The government in the province of Quang Ninh says Vietnamese authorities early Friday detained a group of 16 Chinese including 10 men, four women and two children after they illegally entered the country.

It says they were being taken to the border to be...

April 18, 2014 - 6:23am
1 min 24 sec ago

CAIRO (AP) — The spokesman of an al-Qaida breakaway group has slammed the terror network's chief, blaming him for the widening rift between rival Islamic rebels who are battling each other in Syria.

The spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, accused al-Qaida's top leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, of "deviating from the right approach" and betraying the cause of jihad, or holy war.

Al-Adnani spoke in an audio message...

April 18, 2014 - 6:06am
41 min 40 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited a top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama's campaigns to help with its leader's election bid next year.

Labour said David Axelrod, a key figure behind Obama's two presidential victories, will join its election campaign team as senior strategic adviser.

The party said Axelrod will work closely with senior Labour officials and take part in regular strategic discussions with party leader...

April 18, 2014 - 6:05am
41 min 40 sec ago

KUPANG, Indonesia (AP) — Police say a boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession has capsized in eastern Indonesia, and at least seven people have died.

Rescuers and fishermen saved 30 injured people and were looking for more survivors.

Local police spokesman Lt. Col. Okto Riwu says the fishing boat was designed to hold only 30 people but had more than 70 onboard. It sank shortly after a 2-meter (6.5-feet) wave crashed into it off Flores...

April 18, 2014 - 6:02am
41 min 40 sec ago

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch Supreme Court has banned a Dutch group that advocates the legalization of pedophilia.

The decision Friday completes a lengthy legal process. The group, "Martijn," had argued it should be permissible to lobby for the legalization of a criminal act so long as it operated within the confines of the law. Child pornography and pedophilia are illegal in the Netherlands.

Prosecutors had argued victims' right not to be confronted...

April 18, 2014 - 5:58am
41 min 40 sec ago

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — A suspected insurgent and his 6-year-old son were shot dead in Thailand's violence-plagued south, police said Friday.

The man and his son were attacked at a rubber plantation in Bannang Sata distict in Yala province on Thursday, police Col. Chartchai Chanasit said.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand's three southernmost provinces since an Islamic insurgency flared in 2004.

Police were...

April 18, 2014 - 5:42am
51 min 40 sec ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Police say vandals have damaged a mosque in northern Israel in an attack blamed on a fringe group of Jewish extremists.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the door of a mosque in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm was damaged overnight and the house of worship was sprayed with anti-Arab graffiti.

He said on Friday that the attack appeared to be the latest "price tag" incident. The phrase is used by a small group of Jewish extremists to...

April 18, 2014 - 5:11am
51 min 39 sec ago

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance.

Markets in Europe, the U.S. and many countries in Asia were closed for the holiday. Oil trading also was suspended.

Among the markets that traded, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 0.7 percent to 14,516.27 while China's Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.1 percent to 2,097.75 after data earlier this week showed economic growth slowed to its lowest level since 2012....

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