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AP Photos: Latam Catholics pay tribute to Christ

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 06:32 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Roman Catholics throughout Latin America and the Caribbean are paying tribute to Jesus Christ in Holy Week traditions that go back centuries and range from religious processions to self-flagellation.

From Brazil to Haiti, the faithful staged processions that recreate the final days of Christ on Earth and held other religious events.


Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 05:17 PM

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake at about 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT; 1430 GMT) was centered on a long-dormant fault line northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.


Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 04:48 PM

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake at about 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT; 1430 GMT) was centered on a long-dormant fault line northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.


Blast in busy Cairo square kills 1 police officer

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 04:33 PM

CAIRO (AP) — An explosion rocked a busy square in central Cairo late Friday, killing one police officer and causing panic, Egypt's Interior Ministry and security officials said.

The ministry said the bomb detonated next to a traffic post in Lebanon Square in Cairo's Mohandessin district, killing Maj. Mohammed Gamal Eddin.


Officials: 24 more abducted Nigerian students free

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 04:08 PM

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Twenty-four more Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists have escaped and 85 still are missing, an education official said Friday.

Some of the women jumped off the back of a truck when they were kidnapped before dawn Tuesday from a high school in the extreme northeast of Nigeria. Others have escaped into the Sambisa Forest, which borders their school in Chibok town and is a known hideout of militants of the Boko Haram terrorist network.


Pensive pope at Good Friday Colosseum procession

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 03:37 PM

ROME (AP) — Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum.


N. Korea criticizes 'human rights racket' of US

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 02:42 PM

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A North Korean spokesman is blaming the United States and its allies for a "human rights racket" a day after the U.N. Security Council met to discuss a new report that accuses the reclusive communist regime of crimes against humanity.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency on Friday quoted a spokesman for the country's foreign ministry and accused the U.S. and allies of reaching an "extremely reckless phase" with Thursday's informal council meeting.


Belfast IRA figure killed in splinter-group feud

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 02:42 PM

DUBLIN (AP) — A senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner was shot to death Friday in Belfast three years after former comrades in his splinter group threatened to kill him.

Residents say gunmen escorted the victim, 43-year-old Tommy Crossan, to a fuel depot overlooked by houses and shot him in the head and body at close range. He appeared to know he was about to be executed, a longstanding practice in IRA circles, and a Catholic priest was called to give the victim the Last Rites.


UN says 58 killed in attack on UN base in SSudan

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 02:09 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An attack on a U.N. peacekeeping base in South Sudan where some 5,000 members of an ethnic minority had sought shelter killed 58 people and injured about 100 others, a U.N. official said Friday.

An angry mob of youths attacked the U.N. peacekeeping mission's camp in Bor in Jonglei state on Thursday where ethnic Nuers fled after fighting broke out in the country in mid-December.


Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 02:08 PM

ARACATACA, Colombia (AP) — Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate's twisting and impassioned novels.

Colombia inspired and dismayed Garcia Marquez in equal measure, and the feeling was often mutual.

Nowhere is that ambiguity more evident than in this sweltering hamlet that was the inspiration for the fictitious Macondo in "One Hundred Years of Solitude."


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