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NATO increasing troop strength on eastern border

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.

Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

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An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea’s southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.

Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent

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An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week’s closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable.

Bosnians see victims excavated from mass grave

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Denisa Hegic pulled her scarf around her nose to guard against the stench and drew back the plastic shroud. Shaking, she reached down to touch her mother’s skull and caressed it. The last time she touched her mother she was bleeding on the floor of the family home, slain by Bosnian Serb soldiers storming their tiny village in northwestern Bosnia.

Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide

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The diplomat who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 apologized Wednesday for the council’s refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one million people.

Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

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A ferry carrying 475 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 290 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least six people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.

India’s top court recognizes third gender category

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India’s top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.

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Chile leader to relocate Valparaiso fire victims

President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to rebuild Valparaiso, Chile, according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 11,000 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected from disasters.

Minister: 75 dead in blast at Nigerian bus station

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Nigeria’s health minister says three wounded victims have died, raising the toll to 75 dead in the massive blast at a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital.

Suspected extremists kidnap 100 girls in Nigeria

Suspected Islamic extremists abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Tuesday, but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck, officials said.

Ukraine: Military secures airport from attack

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In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces said they clashed Tuesday with about 30 armed gunmen at a small airport.

Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting

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The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the weeklong Jewish holiday.

FBI leak probe shuts down 9/11 case at Guantanamo

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A judge agreed Tuesday to look into how FBI questioning of a defense team member will affect the trial of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners in the Sept. 11 attack.

Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead

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The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after 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 some bearing the marks of strangulation and repeated beatings, and eyes having been gouged out.

Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

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Five people were killed and a suspect taken into custody after multiple stabbings at a house party attended by university students near the University of Calgary, the police chief said, calling it the worst mass murder in Calgary’s history.