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posted: 04/22/2014 4:56 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is an outrage that anyone would even think of holding an election in the midst of this carnage.” Rime Allaf, an adviser for the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition opposition group, after Syria’s leaders called for a presidential election June 3 in an effort to shore up support for President Bashar Assad

Killed 55 militants, Yemen says

posted: 04/22/2014 4:55 a.m. Discuss

SANA, Yemen — Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second-straight day Monday in what Yemeni officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains. The government said 55 militants were killed.

Syria sets June vote despite civil war

posted: 04/22/2014 4:54 a.m. Discuss

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria called a presidential election for June 3, aiming to give President Bashar Assad a veneer of electoral legitimacy in the midst of a civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people and driven a third of the population from their homes.

8 skydivers killed in Finnish small-plane crash

posted: 04/22/2014 4:52 a.m. Discuss

HELSINKI — An investigation into a small-plane crash that killed eight skydivers in Finland will take weeks or longer to complete because the charred remains of the aircraft are scattered over a large area of forest, authorities said Monday.

Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school

posted: 04/21/2014 8:37 a.m. Comments 2

CHIBOK, Nigeria — Parents say 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, up significantly from the 85 reported by education officials.

S. Korean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'

posted: 04/21/2014 8:33 a.m. Discuss

JINDO, South Korea — South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior," while criticism of her own government's handling of the disaster grew.

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

posted: 04/21/2014 8:01 a.m. Discuss

KATMANDU, Nepal — Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community.

Plea for peace marks pope’s Easter sermon

posted: 04/21/2014 5:01 a.m. Discuss

VATICAN CITY — 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.

Ferry transcript tells indecision

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

JINDO, South Korea — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could exceed 300.

Ukraine, Russia blame each other for shootout

posted: 04/21/2014 4:53 a.m. Discuss

BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine — 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.

Infighting risks Pakistani peace

posted: 04/21/2014 4:51 a.m. Discuss

LONDON — When the Pakistani Taliban said they were willing to make peace, many Pakistanis were skeptical that the militants had truly abandoned their dream of transforming the country into an Islamic caliphate.

Paris love locks irk 2 Americans

posted: 04/21/2014 4:47 a.m. Discuss

PARIS — Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?

The world in brief

posted: 04/21/2014 4:42 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Fascists and imperialists are trying to conquer us by killing and injuring civilians.” Vyacheslav Ponomarev, self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, asking Russia to send in peacekeeping troops

Malaysia, Flight 370 kin talk aid

posted: 04/21/2014 4:40 a.m. Discuss

PERTH, Australia — 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.

Syria’s Assad visits Christian village

posted: 04/21/2014 4:39 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT — 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.

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