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Pope seeks to bring faith to "ends of the Earth"

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 03:50 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica.

The vigil is among the Vatican's most solemn services. Francis entered the darkened basilica with a lone candle, which he then shared with others to slowly illuminate the church. The symbolic service commemorates the darkness of the faithful over the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and their joy and light at his resurrection on Easter Sunday.


Attacks kill 16 across Iraq

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 03:50 PM

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.


Colombia hopes to share Garcia Marquez remains

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 02:59 PM

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.


Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 02:08 PM

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.


Islamic militants claim this week's Nigeria blast

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 01:48 PM

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.


Egypt's censorship board head resigns in film spat

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 12:47 PM

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.


Guinea to cancel BSG Resources-Vale mining rights

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 12:32 PM

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. The deal is also under U.S. investigation.


Confirmed death toll climbs to 33; about 270 missing

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 12:31 PM

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 been unable to get to them.


Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 11:18 AM

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.


Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 11:11 AM

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.


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