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Vice principal saved from Korea ferry found hanged

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree.

Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the fisheries minister said Friday.

Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone.

Ukrainian insurgents reject call to quit buildings

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week's fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount how a truck came roaring toward them.

Taliban inmates break out of Afghan prison

|Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

An official says three Taliban insurgents escaped from a prison in northern Afghanistan using weapons smuggled into the facility in a jailbreak that killed three police guards.

Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Six weeks into the extensive search for the lost Malaysia Airlines plane without so much as a piece of debris yet found, several Chinese relatives met Friday to pray for spouses who never came home, while begging for answers that could end their misery of not knowing.

Court chaos: Iraqi man convicted in wife's murder

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

What began as a hate crime investigation two years ago has led to the murder conviction of an Iraqi immigrant, whose wife was found badly beaten with a threatening note labeling her a terrorist.

White House updating online privacy policy

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.

Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

|Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Christians in the Holy Land are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City.

Pakistani madrassa names library after bin Laden

|Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

A spokesman for a controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital, Islamabad, says he has named the school's new library in honor of Osama bin Laden.

Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

White House updating online privacy policy

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

A new Obama administration privacy policy out Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.

Quotations in the News

|Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

"Do you believe they're still alive? I know the chances aren't good. ... No one in his class has been rescued." — Lee Mi-shim, a 48-year-old mother of a missing student, as 270 people are missing two days after a ferry sank off South Korea.

Chris Brown trial could start as soon as Friday

|Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge in Washington could start as soon as Friday.

Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Investigations into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers scrambled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead.

Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Iran's president underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West in a speech Friday during a military parade on the country's National Army Day.

Transcript of conversation between ferry, shore

|Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Following is the transcript released by the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries of the conversation between Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on Jeju Island and The Sewol, the ferry that sank on Wednesday. The original transcript is in Korean and the translation was done by The Associated Press. It starts off from the first distress call made by the ferry:

Filipino devotees re-enact crucifixion of Christ

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Devotees in northern Philippine villages had themselves nailed to wooded crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as thousands of local and foreign spectators watched the bloody annual rites to mark Good Friday in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation.

12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

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.