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John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

| |Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014

Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium.

US: Pictures indicate Russian troops in Ukraine

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

The State Department has released images of soldiers in eastern Ukraine that it says are Russian forces, showing militants wearing similar uniforms and brandishing Russian weapons.

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community.

AP PHOTOS: Marking Jesus' journey on Good Friday

|Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Around the world, Christians are coming together in observance of Good Friday, which they believe was the day Jesus was crucified.

Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Rescuers were searching through piles of snow and ice on the slopes of Mount Everest on Saturday for four Sherpa guides who were buried by an avalanche that killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast.

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions _ for now

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."

Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea.