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Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

Christians in the Holy Land have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem’s Old City.

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

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An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were injured.

Syrian state TV says 14 killed in car bombing in Homs

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A powerful car bomb exploded Friday outside a mosque in a pro-government district of central Syria, killing 14 people in the latest violence to hit the war-shattered city, state-run Syrian television reported.

Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate’s twisting and impassioned novels. Colombia inspired and dismayed Garcia Marquez in equal measure, and the feeling was often mutual.

Diplomacy doesn’t move insurgents in Ukraine

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Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev.

7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes near Acapulco

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A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.

Officials: 24 more abducted Nigerian students free

Twenty-four more Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists have escaped and 85 still are missing, an education official said Friday.

Pakistan library named ‘bin Laden’ as memory fades

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Most didn’t notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan’s capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: “Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr.”

Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

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Police arrested the captain and two other crew members of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving more than 270 people missing and 29 people dead, the Yonhap news agency reported Saturday.

Avalanche sweeps Mount Everest; 6 guides killed, 9 missing

The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix the ropes for hundreds of climbers when the avalanche hit them just below Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m., said Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal, speaking from the base camp and monitoring the rescue efforts. Four bodies have been recovered and rescuers were digging two more out of the snow, he said.

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.

Nigerian military says 121 kidnapped students free

Nigeria’s military says all but eight of 129 female students kidnapped from a northeastern school by Islamic militants are free.

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.