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  • Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

    TORONTO (AP) — Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native's adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said Carter died in his sleep. Carter spent...

  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Well over 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young and old —...

  • Myanmar says 22 dead in Kachin fighting this month

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar says fighting between government troops and ethnic rebels in the northeastern, strife-torn state of Kachin has left at least 22 people dead this month. The clashes in Kachin come despite efforts by President Thein Sein's government to forge a nationwide cease-fire agreement with all armed ethnic groups — a...

  • Construction frenzy in Beirut alters city skyline

    BEIRUT (AP) — One by one, the old traditional houses of Beirut are vanishing as luxury towers sprout up on every corner, altering the city's skyline almost beyond recognition amid an ongoing construction frenzy seemingly immune to tensions from the civil war raging next door. Lebanon's enchanting Ottoman and colonial French-style buildings...

  • Thai police: 2-year-old killed in southern attack

    HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Suspected insurgents in southern Thailand shot dead three people in a drive-by shooting on Sunday, including a 2-year-old girl, police said. Two gunmen riding on a motorcycle carried out the attack in the Bannang Sata district of Yala province, said Police Col. Chartchai Chanasit. A 12-year-old boy was injured in the...

  • Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A Malaysian official met Sunday with relatives of passengers who were aboard the missing jetliner and discussed ways of providing them with financial assistance, as an unmanned submarine continued its search for any signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hamzah Zainuddin met with the...

  • Part of Fla. history to step back into spotlight

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The public will soon get a look inside an historic house hidden in trees near the Florida Governor's Mansion. The state will open the Grove, once the residence of former Gov. LeRoy Collins, later this year as a museum and architectural classroom. Florida has spent nearly $6 million to rehabilitate the 10-acre...

  • Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time. But with eight months left on the job and a decision to make about the 2016 presidential race, the...

  • Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout

    BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Russia traded blame Sunday for a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine that left at least three people dead and others with gunshot wounds. The identity of the attackers remained unclear. Russia blamed militant Ukrainian nationalists and the Ukrainian government...

  • 4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

    PARIS (AP) — Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists. Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres were freed Saturday by their kidnappers at the...

  • Survivors recall chaos, fear in Everest avalanche

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Survivors of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche recalled scenes of panic and chaos, describing Sunday how they dug through snow with their hands and ice axes in hopes of finding their friends alive. Just minutes before the avalanche hit on Friday, about 60 Sherpa guides had been backed up along the dangerous Khumbu...

  • Attacks kill at least 15 people in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed at least 15 people and wounded nearly 50 others in Iraq on Sunday, officials said. Less than two weeks ahead of parliamentary elections, Iraq is struggling to keep a lid on a surge in sectarian violence that has sent bloodshed...

  • Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — New partial results in Afghanistan's presidential election released Sunday show candidate Abdullah Abdullah is still the front-runner, though a runoff election looks likely. The winner will replace Hamid Karzai, the only president the country has known since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban, and will...

  • 4-year-old half siblings die in overnight NYC fire

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say 4-year-old half siblings have died in an overnight fire at a home in New York City, and the twin of one of the children has survived. The New York Police Department says officers responded to the home in Queens shortly before midnight Saturday. Two 4-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were pronounced dead at St. John's...

  • Report: Next Iran nuclear talks to be in New York

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state news agency is reporting that the next round of expert-level talks over its contested nuclear program will be held in New York. The report Sunday by the official ISNA news agency quotes Iran's senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi as saying the talks will be held along the sidelines of a meeting about the...

  • Syria's Assad visits recaptured Christian village

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that country's Christians "will not submit and yield" to extremists. Syrian state TV and the country's official SANA news agency said President...

  • Dealer wanted in US for art fraud nabbed in Spain

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish businessman suspected of having dealt in millions of dollars of fake art has been arrested during Easter festivities in southern Spain, officials said Sunday. Art dealer Jose Carlos Bergantinos Diaz, who is wanted for fraud in the United States, was arrested Friday at a luxury hotel in Seville. The Interior Ministry...

  • Transcript of SKorea ship sinking: 'We can't move'

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The following is a portion of the transcript released Sunday by the South Korean coast guard of the conversation between the ferry that sank Wednesday and the Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on Jindo island. The ferry Sewol issued its distress call to another VTS center before these communications began....

  • Gunmen kill police captain, conscript near Cairo

    CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen killed a police captain and a conscript in a firefight on a desert road outside Cairo on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said, in the second such attack in three days to target Egypt's security services. Political violence has surged across Egypt since the military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July....

  • Militants kill 14 Algerian soldiers in ambush

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in the mountainous Kabylie region, killing 14 soldiers, the state news agency reported Sunday. The attack came two days after Algeria's presidential election. The attack near the village of Iboudraren began at 10 p.m. Saturday with 11 soldiers being killed...

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