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Monarch among 20 slain in Nigerian attacks

posted: 04/17/2014 5:04 a.m. Discuss

Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday.

Motive is murky in shooting attack on female Afghan lawmaker

posted: 04/17/2014 5:01 a.m. Discuss

A female Afghan lawmaker was wounded in a shooting that her sister called a political attack, but which the government on Wednesday described as resulting from an undetermined personal dispute with a police officer.

The world in brief

posted: 04/17/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If people had jumped into the water … they could have been rescued. But we were told not to go out.” Koo Bon-hee, a passenger on a ferry that sank off South Korea’s coast in an accident that has left hundreds missing

In the news

posted: 04/17/2014 4:57 a.m. Discuss

Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, Calif., who was convicted in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the city, was ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million and sentenced to 12 years in prison by Judge Kathleen Kennedy, who told him, “You did some very, very bad things for a very long time.”

Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag

posted: 04/16/2014 10:08 a.m. Comment 1

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian insurgents Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine.

N. Korea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster

posted: 04/16/2014 10:05 a.m. Comments 2

LONDON — North Korean diplomats have asked the British government to take action against a London hair salon's poster poking fun at distinctively coiffured leader Kim Jong Un.

Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

posted: 04/16/2014 7:58 a.m. Discuss

PERTH, Australia — As a robotic submarine dived into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person.

292 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

posted: 04/16/2014 6:30 a.m. Discuss

SEOUL, South Korea — A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.

Ukrainian forces see first east action

posted: 04/16/2014 5:21 a.m. Discuss

In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at an airport after seizing it, beginning what the president called an “anti-terrorist operation” to try to restore authority over the region.

Iran seeks U.N. push on envoy’s U.S. entry

posted: 04/16/2014 5:06 a.m. Discuss

Iran has formally protested Washington’s refusal to grant a visa to its new United Nations ambassador, saying the move damages international diplomacy and sets a “dangerous” precedent.

Ex-editor: Knew vaguely of hack

posted: 04/16/2014 4:56 a.m. Discuss

Andy Coulson, the former editor of News Corp.’s News of the World, said Tuesday that he was aware phone hacking existed in “vague terms,” as he denied any knowledge of the interception of a murdered schoolgirl’s messages that led to the closure of the tabloid nearly a decade later.

100 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted

posted: 04/16/2014 4:55 a.m. Discuss

Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital, Abuja.

Student-party slasher in Canada kills 5

posted: 04/16/2014 4:54 a.m. Discuss

A University of Calgary student was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party Tuesday that the police chief called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city’s history.

Rebels warn South Sudan drillers to close down, leave

posted: 04/16/2014 4:50 a.m. Discuss

Rebel fighters in South Sudan claimed Tuesday that they captured the capital of an oil rich state, and they issued an ultimatum to oil companies to shut down production and evacuate workers.

The world in brief

posted: 04/16/2014 4:48 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m convinced that there will not be any terrorists left soon in Donetsk and other regions and they will find themselves in the dock — this is where they belong.” Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov after the country’s military launched its first attack against a pro-Russian uprising in the east

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