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April 19, 2015 - 7:28am
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ROME (AP) — Migrants seeking a better life in Europe have died by the thousands in the Mediterranean Sea in recent years while fleeing poverty and bloodshed in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

The precise figure of deaths is unknown. But the ill-documented toll is rising again Sunday as rescuers search for an estimated 700 passengers from a capsized boat north of Libya. The Italian Coast Guard has confirmed 24 deaths and 28 people rescued, but authorities expect the...

April 19, 2015 - 7:10am
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Fearful immigrants in South Africa who fled their homes because of threats and deadly attacks by South Africans say they were targeted in some cases by longtime neighbors and people who warned they would assault anyone carrying a foreign passport.

The immigrants spoke Sunday in interviews with The Associated Press at a tent camp after they hurriedly left Alexandra township in Johannesburg, where mobs attacked shops owned by people from other African...

April 19, 2015 - 6:51am
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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The United Nations says Saudi Arabia has agreed to completely cover the $273.7 million needed for emergency aid to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe inside Yemen.

The U.N issued the urgent appeal last week, saying it was needed to save lives and protect some 7.5 million people affected by Yemen's conflict and in dire need of medical supplies, safe drinking water, food assistance, emergency shelter and logistical support.

Purnima...

April 19, 2015 - 6:35am
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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is hosting a competition of elite anti-terrorism squads from 18 countries, including fellow members of the military coalitions fighting rebels in Yemen and Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.

Spokesman Col. Khaled Abu Hamad says the 7th Annual Warrior Competition offers a chance for team leaders to "meet and to know each other, as the terrorists have become international."

The competition opened Sunday with a drill...

April 19, 2015 - 6:13am
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police say they're questioning dozens of protesters after violence broke out at a rally denouncing the government's handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people a year ago.

Police used water cannons and pepper spray to break up thousands of protesters in the capital, Seoul, on Saturday night. Dozens of police officers and protesters were injured during the demonstration.

The protesters, led by...

April 19, 2015 - 5:45am
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VLAMERTINGE, Belgium (AP) — At the Vlamertinge Military Cemetery in Flanders Fields, the headstone of James Duffy usually stands unnoticed among the solemn rows.

But one century after his death and in the days leading up to Monday's Boston Marathon, Duffy's grave has been honored with a scattering of wooden memento crosses, the drawing of an athlete, and a running bib.

"Died fighting for liberty — Ex-long distance champion runner of Scotland" is...

April 19, 2015 - 5:45am
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations says Afghanistan's women are being failed by the country's justice system as most complaints of domestic violence are dealt with by mediation rather than prosecution.

A report released Sunday says only 5 percent of surveyed cases were resolved through the judicial system, resulting in criminal prosecution and punishment for perpetrators.

The U.N.'s assistant secretary general for human rights, Ivan...

April 19, 2015 - 5:36am
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CAIRO (AP) — A video released by the Islamic State group appears to show the killing of two different groups of captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

The 29-minute video released online Sunday purportedly shows two groups of captives. It says one group is held by an IS affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south.

A masked fighter delivers a long statement before the video switches between footage that purportedly shows the...

April 19, 2015 - 5:24am
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Cuba's efforts to sustain the critically endangered Cuban crocodile are getting a boost from Sweden, home to a pair of reptiles that Fidel Castro gave to a Soviet cosmonaut four decades ago.

A Stockholm zoo on Sunday is sending 10 of the couple's babies to Cuba, where they will be placed in quarantine and eventually released into the Zapata Swamp, said Jonas Wahlstrom, the zookeeper who raised them.

"It's the dream of any zoo...

April 19, 2015 - 5:10am
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SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Officials say two Indian policemen have been arrested in the killing of a teenager during weekend protests in the disputed region of Kashmir.

After two days of clashes between Indian law enforcement authorities and anti-India demonstrators, towns across the Himalayan territory were mostly quiet on Sunday.

Police said in a statement that they arrested two policemen after a preliminary investigation revealed one had ordered the...

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