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Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

Thu Apr 17, 2014

- Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea. Full Story

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Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

Thu Apr 17, 2014

- An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday. Full Story

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Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

Thu Apr 17, 2014

- The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero's welcome. Full Story

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Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Thu Apr 17, 2014

- Oscar Pistorius' lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete's shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned. Full Story

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Robot sub makes first complete search for plane

Thu Apr 17, 2014

- A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water, authorities said on Thursday. Full Story

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Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

Thu Apr 17, 2014

- Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine. Full Story

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Hair salon's Kim Jong Un poster riles embassy

Tue Apr 15, 2014

- Staff at a London hair salon say they had a close shave with North Korean officials after using the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, to promote discount haircuts. Full Story

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Death toll in Ebola outbreak rises to 121

Tue Apr 15, 2014

- An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people, according to the latest World Health Organization count. Full Story

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NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster

Wed Apr 16, 2014

- North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair. Full Story