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Deep water thwarts robot sub's 1st search for jet

posted: 04/15/2014 7:34 a.m. Discuss

PERTH, Australia — A robotic submarine hunting for the missing Malaysian jet aborted its first mission after only six hours, surfacing with no new clues when it exceeded its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean, officials said Tuesday.

U.S.: Russia inciting unrest in E. Ukraine

posted: 04/15/2014 4:42 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday said there was “overwhelming evidence” that Russia is fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but suggested that President Barack Obama has not yet concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions warrant broader sanctions on key Russian economic sectors.

Chile fire toll rises; 11,000 left homeless

posted: 04/15/2014 4:28 a.m. Discuss

VALPARAISO, Chile — Helicopters and airplanes dumped water on wildfires and the smoldering wreckage of hilltop neighborhoods on Monday as sailors in riot gear prepared to evacuate 700 more families who would be endangered if the winds turn again.

The world in brief

posted: 04/15/2014 4:14 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I can’t count the number of people that died.They took them in open vehicles.

Robotic sub’s jet search cut short

posted: 04/15/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

PERTH, Australia — The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for a robotic submarine that was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than halfway through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the all-important black boxes, authorities said today.

Bolivians set ants on theft suspects

posted: 04/15/2014 4:11 a.m. Discuss

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivian authorities say Amazon villagers nearly killed two young men with venomous ants, tying them to a tree swarming with the insects for purportedly stealing three motorcycles.

Bombing kills 72 in Nigeria

posted: 04/15/2014 4:09 a.m. Discuss

ABUJA, Nigeria — An explosion ripped through a bus station during the morning rush hour in Nigeria’s capital, killing at least 72 people and wounding 164 in a bombing that marked the bloodiest terrorist attack ever in Abuja.

Womack, 7 others in Afghanistan

posted: 04/15/2014 4:08 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Steve Womack and several House Republicans met with American troops in Afghanistan on Monday, House Speaker John Boehner’s office announced.

Syrian troops seize three holdout towns from rebels

posted: 04/15/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

MAALOULA, Syria — Syrian troops triumphantly swept through some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including a much coveted ancient Christian hamlet, sending rebel fighters fleeing to nearby hills amid an ever-tightening noose.

Police: Blast in Nigerian capital kills 71

posted: 04/14/2014 9:34 a.m. Discuss

ABUJA, Nigeria — A huge explosion ripped through a bus station during the morning rush hour in Nigeria's capital, killing at least 71 people and wounding 124 in a bombing that marked the bloodiest terrorist attack ever in Abuja.

English city probes Islamic influence in schools

posted: 04/14/2014 7:49 a.m. Comment 1

LONDON — The city of Birmingham in central England has expanded an investigation into an alleged Muslim plot to greatly expand Islamic influence in the city's school system.

Ukraine sends troops to face pro-Russians

posted: 04/14/2014 4:25 a.m. Discuss

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Ukraine is deploying troops in a “large-scale anti-terrorist operation” to resist attacks by armed pro-Russian forces, Ukraine’s President Oleksandr Turchynov said Sunday in a televised address.

Climate panel warns next 15 years critical

posted: 04/14/2014 4:17 a.m. Comments 36

BERLIN — Delivering the latest stark news about climate change, a United Nations panel on Sunday warned that governments are not doing enough to avert profound risks in coming decades. But the experts found a silver lining: Not only is there still time to head off the worst, but the political will to do so also seems to be rising around the world.

Fire devours part of Chile port city, kills 12

posted: 04/14/2014 4:16 a.m. Discuss

VALPARAISO, Chile — A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this colorful Chilean port city and stubbornly burned out of control in places more than 24 hours later, killing 12 people and destroying at least 2,000 homes. More than 10,000 people were evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison.

North Korea lets foreigners in race

posted: 04/14/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

PYONGYANG, North Korea — The streets of North Korea’s showcase capital were filled with runners from all over the world on Sunday for the annual Pyongyang Marathon, which was open to foreign amateurs this year for the first time.

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