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Seabed data analyzed; oil discounted

By The Associated Press
PERTH, Australia — Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed on Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby …

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

By The Associated Press 11:39 a.m.
ACAPULCO, Mexico — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological …

12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Mt. Everest

By The Associated Press
KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. The Sherpa guides had gone early …

Afghan officials say detainment of Taliban commander thwarts peace process

By The Washington Post
KABUL — A top Taliban commander in the midst of peace negotiations with the Afghan government has been detained in the United Arab Emirates, Afghan officials said, which thwarts long-term reconciliation efforts between insurgents and President Hamid Karzai’s government. Agha …

Expert witness for Pistorius blistered again

By The Associated Press
PRETORIA, South Africa — An expert witness for the defense in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius was supposed to help the athlete’s assertion that he killed his girlfriend by mistake last year. But he ended his testimony on Thursday …

Chaos prevailed on bridge as South Korean ferry listed, crewman says

By The Associated Press
MOKPO, South Korea — Chaos and confusion prevailed on the bridge of a sinking ferry, with the captain first trying to stabilize the listing vessel before ordering its evacuation, a crewman said on Thursday. By the time the order was …

U.S. to release $450M for Iran

By Reuters
VIENNA — Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a planned facility it will need to fulfill the six-month deal has been delayed, a …

Putin’s national address to Russians raises fears of possible incursion into southeastern Ukraine

By The Washington Post
MOSCOW — A confident President Vladimir Putin on Thursday used his annual televised meeting with the nation to portray a powerful Russia — one that is dismissive of the West, had troops operating in Crimea even as it denied it …

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

By The Associated Press
GENEVA — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks Thursday on immediate steps to ease the …

Death toll in South Korean ferry sinking likely to drastically climb

By The Associated Press
MOKPO, South Korea — Fears rose on Thursday for the fate of 289 passengers still missing more than 24 hours since their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea. Coast guard …

Taliban drop ceasefire, put Pakistani peace talks in doubt

By The Associated Press
ISLAMABAD — The Pakistani Taliban said on Wednesday they will not renew a ceasefire they called over a month ago to facilitate peace negotiations but said they will still continue talks with the government. Only days ago, the country’s interior …

Al-Qaida in Yemen shows ‘strength,’ warns U.S.

By Reuters
DUBAI — The leader of al-Qaida’s wing in Yemen has vowed to attack the United States in a video apparently showing a large gathering celebrating a jailbreak in Sanaa in February. In the video, dated March 2014 and posted on …

Ukraine leaders fuel resentment in reluctant east

By The Washington Post
DONETSK, Ukraine — The pro-Russia militants who stormed City Hall here on Wednesday suggest one serious challenge for the Ukrainian government: a deepening insurrection by separatists. But the government is confronting another major hurdle in the restive east: a credibility …

284 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

By The Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s …

100 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria; militants blamed

By The Associated Press
LAGOS, Nigeria — Suspected Muslim extremists seized about 100 girls on Tuesday from a school in the northeastern part of the country, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital — …

Ukraine bares teeth as troops repel rebels

By The Associated Press
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces turned away an attack on Tuesday by 30 gunmen at an airport, beginning what the president called an “anti-terrorist operation” to try …

Former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi to serve time helping seniors

By Reuters
MILAN — A court on Tuesday ordered former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service with the elderly in a ruling that restricts his movements but not his political activity. The court …

North Korean embassy officials in London pay visit to salon owner

By From Wire Reports
LONDON — Staff at a London hair salon say it had a close shave with North Korean officials over using a picture of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, to promote discount haircuts. M&M Hair Academy says it received a …

Iran blasts ambassador visa denial

By The Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS — Iran has formally protested Washington’s refusal to grant a visa to its new U.N. ambassador, saying the move damages international diplomacy and sets a “dangerous” precedent. The State Department and White House have said that Iran’s selection …

U.N. Security Council views purported photos of Syrian war dead

By The Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council fell silent on Tuesday when ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France’s ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, and …