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April 19, 2014 - 3:50pm
22 min 17 sec ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica in which he will baptize 10 people.

The vigil is among the most solemn and dramatic on the church calendar, with Francis entering the darkened basilica with a lone candle, which he then shares with others to slowly illuminate the church. The heavily symbolic service commemorates the darkness over the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday and the joy and light at his resurrection on...

April 19, 2014 - 3:50pm
22 min 17 sec ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Attacks across Iraq have killed at least 16 people today.

The deadliest attacks struck Baghdad's predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Dora. Police say two bombs exploded on busy commercial streets this morning, killing four people. At night, three more bomb blasts in the same area killed five people and wounded 10.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts, though Shiite militants have retaliated in the past for killings...

April 19, 2014 - 2:59pm
22 min 17 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The final resting place for the ashes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez remains unclear. It could be Mexico where he lived for decades or his native Colombia. Perhaps even both.

Colombia's ambassador to Mexico says it's completely up to the family of the Nobel laureate who died Thursday in Mexico City. And the family so far has not revealed its wishes.

Ambassador Jose Gabriel Ortiz says Colombians from President Juan Manuel Santos on down...

April 19, 2014 - 2:08pm
52 min 16 sec ago

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The government's vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is raising fears of bloody confrontations.

The miners already have been clashing with police while intermittently blocking traffic on the commercially vital interoceanic highway that...

April 19, 2014 - 1:48pm
52 min 16 sec ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.

"We are in your city, but you don't know where we are," Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram terrorist network, says in a new video that threatens more attacks.

"Yes, we are the ones who carried out the attack...

April 19, 2014 - 12:47pm
22 min 17 sec ago

CAIRO (AP) — The head of Egypt's censorship board has resigned after the country's prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer to be shown.

The film, titled "Roh's Sweetness," had already been in theaters for over a week. It tells the story of a married woman whose husband is abroad and lives with a relative in a poor neighborhood where she becomes an object of desire and sexual obsession for men.

Ahmed...

April 19, 2014 - 12:32pm
1 hour 32 min ago

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The government of Guinea is planning to revoke the mining rights to one of the largest untapped iron ore deposits in the world, following a watchdog's recommendation.

A state-sponsored committee tasked with reviewing mining deals in the West African country published a report earlier this month that said it had evidence the rights to exploit the Simandou and Zogota deposits were obtained through corrupt practices and recommended they be canceled....

April 19, 2014 - 12:31pm
2 hours 12 min ago

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The number of confirmed dead in the South Korean ferry disaster has risen to 33, with some 270 still missing.

Four bodies were found today in the murky waters near the sunken vessel.

The ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday with 476 people aboard, most of them students from a single high school. Many of the missing are believed to be trapped inside the ferry, but divers fighting strong currents and rain have...

April 19, 2014 - 11:18am
2 hours 12 min ago

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.

But they couldn't get there quickly enough. No one can move that fast. Not even the people who have spent their lives in Everest's shadow, and who have spent years working on the world's highest peak.

By Saturday evening, the...

April 19, 2014 - 11:11am
4 hours 42 min ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites.

Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected at the site where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher now stands in the Old City of Jerusalem. While the source of the holy fire is a closely guarded secret, believers...

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