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292 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- 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....
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NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday....
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If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US
BEIJING (AP) -- Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas....
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China's growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1Q
BEIJING (AP) -- China's economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses....
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Algerian election faces disaffected populace
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- The college students playing pick-up soccer along the faded grandeur of Algiers' sweeping waterfront say they won't be voting in Thursday's presidential elections, echoing the sentiments of many young Algerians....
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Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syrian border
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordanian military warplanes struck a convoy of vehicles as they were trying to enter Jordan from Syria, the army said in a statement Wednesday, in an unusual move at a time of tensions between the desert kingdom and Damascus....
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Ex-editor admits hearing hacked voicemails in 2004
LONDON (AP) -- Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has acknowledged that he listened to hacked voicemail messages while he was editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid....
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Belgian head of Congo's Virunga park shot
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded but his condition is improving, park officials said....
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Egypt clamps hold over mosques to control message
CAIRO (AP) -- In his weekly sermon, Muslim cleric Ali Abdel-Moati preached to his congregation in a southern Egyptian city about the evils of making hasty judgments. That prompted a complaint to authorities from a judge, who accused him of criticizing a recent mass death sentence issued against supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi....
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Pistorius trial: Defense tries to build case
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius' lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense....
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