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July 28, 2014 - 8:50am
8 min 36 sec ago

ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — South Korean students who survived April's deadly ferry disaster say they were repeatedly ordered by loudspeaker to stay in the sinking ship but eventually helped each other flee after their cabins were flooded too much.

The six girls testified Monday at a court session for the 15 ferry crew members who face charges of negligence and failing to perform their duties to rescue passengers. The court asked the media to not identify the teenagers to...

July 28, 2014 - 8:29am
8 min 36 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — The two black boxes from the Algerian passenger jet that went down in Mali last week, killing all 118 aboard, have arrived in France for analysis.

Martine Del Bono, spokeswoman for the French aviation investigation office, said the data and voice recorders of the Air Algerie plane arrived early Monday and are in the hands of experts. She wasn't able to say what condition the boxes are in.

The MD-83 went down early Thursday shortly after...

July 28, 2014 - 7:35am
8 min 36 sec ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An emotional Philippine president has called his opponents desperate and says many people will carry on his reforms even if he was stopped by a bomb.

Benigno Aquino III said in his annual state of the nation address before Congress Monday that he could not avoid thinking somebody may make an attempt on his life because of the kind of people he has crossed in his anti-corruption crusade and other government reforms.

Aquino...

July 28, 2014 - 7:28am
38 min 36 sec ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say that 14 bullet-riddled bodies have been found in different areas of the capital, Baghdad.

The discovery is a grim reminder of the sectarian killing that engulfed Iraq in 2006 and 2007.

Two police officers and a morgue official say the bodies were dumped in the streets and discovered late Sunday and early Monday.

They said all were men aged between 25 to 40 years old and had gunshots to the head...

July 28, 2014 - 6:58am
8 min 36 sec ago

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's president has closed all but three land border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak in the West African nation.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the measures late Sunday after the first meeting of a new taskforce she created and is chairing to contain the disease, which has killed 129 people in the country and more than 670 across the region....

July 28, 2014 - 6:54am
8 min 36 sec ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza's civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because there's no power to their fuel pumps and tens of thousands of displaced sleep on the floors of schools and hospitals.

The hardship is felt more keenly as Muslims on Monday start observing the Eid el-Fitr holiday, which is meant to be a...

July 28, 2014 - 6:44am
8 min 36 sec ago

MILAN (AP) — Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi's operas, has died at the age of 90.

The Italian Auxologic Institute in Milan on Monday confirmed Bergonzi's death on Friday. No cause was given.

Born in the province of Parma not far from Verdi's hometown, Bergonzi started his studies at age 16 as a baritone, only to discover later that his musical gifts lay in the tenor range. Bergonzi served...

July 28, 2014 - 6:27am
38 min 36 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses Monday to explore for shale gas in Britain, three years after the controversial fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations.

Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock said shale gas has the potential to increase the country's energy supply but stressed national parks will be protected.

"Done right, speeding up shale will mean more jobs and...

July 28, 2014 - 6:12am
58 min 37 sec ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top government spokesman said Monday that the country is stepping up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine.

The sanctions include the freezing of assets held in Japan by individuals and groups supporting the separation of Crimea from Ukraine, as well as a ban on Crimean imports, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. He noted that the steps are in line with measures taken by European Union and Group of Seven nations....

July 28, 2014 - 6:00am
28 min 30 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad prayed at a Damascus mosque at the start of a major Muslim holiday on Monday amid reports of an unprecedented high death toll among his troops battling Islamic extremists.

The military casualties came as fighting intensified in the past two weeks, with militants from the al-Qaida-breakaway Islamic State group seeking to eliminate opponents from all sides, dealing a series of setbacks for government forces and rival rebels alike...

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