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Abdullah Maintains Lead in Afghan Presidential Vote

4 hours 58 min ago
Partial results from Afghanistan's presidential election show former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is still in the lead, but short of an outright majority. Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission says initial results show Abdullah leading with 44 percent of the vote, while former finance minister Ashraf Ghani is in second place with 33 percent. The results represent about half of the 7 million votes cast in the April 5 election. Final results are due on May 14. A...

Pilgrims Flock to Jerusalem to Celebrate Easter

5 hours 10 min ago
Christians around the world are celebrating Easter, marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Easter dawned in Jerusalem with a sunrise service at the Garden Tomb. The holy place is said to resemble biblical accounts of the place where Jesus was buried. Facing an ancient, empty tomb carved into a rock, the faithful sang hymns and proclaimed that “Jesus is risen.” Pilgrims came from all over the world, including Jay Rackson from the U.S. state of Iowa. “Well there’s...

Pope's Easter Prayer: Peace in Ukraine, Syria

6 hours 3 min ago
Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria as he celebrated Easter Mass on Sunday at the steps of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The pope, head of the Roman Catholic church, prayed for all those involved in the conflict in Ukraine to "make every effort to prevent violence." In Syria, he prayed for "peace that is long awaited and long overdue." He also called for an end to terrorist acts in Nigeria, violence in Iraq, and success in peace negotiations...

Air Strikes Reportedly Kill Suspected al-Qaida Militants in Yemen

6 hours 4 min ago
A number of suspected al-Qaida militants were killed when an air strike hit their training camps in a remote mountainous region of southern Yemen on Sunday, the defense ministry said, the second attack of its kind in two days.   On Saturday an air strike killed 10 suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians in central Yemen, a country that neighbors top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and is home to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group's most lethal...

Influential Cleric Attempts to Soothe Gulf Rift

6 hours 52 min ago
An influential Qatar-based Islamist whose fiery sermons strained ties between Doha and its neighbors sent a conciliatory message to countries he has criticized in an apparent attempt to help end a rift between the Gulf Arab allies.   Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric whose sermons have often admonished the authorities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said all views expressed in his preaching were his own and not those of Qatar. "My personal...

14 Algerian Soldiers Killed in Ambush

6 hours 53 min ago
Fourteen Algerian soldiers are dead after an attack late Saturday by suspected Islamist militants. Algeria's state news agency says the soldiers were ambushed in the mountainous Tizi-Ouzou region while returning from security duties related to Thursday's presidential election. President Abelaziz Bouteflika was elected to a fourth term in the poll despite poor health. Reuters news agency cites an unnamed security source as saying the attackers are from al-Qaida's north...

Russia 'Outraged' by Deadly Attack in Eastern Ukraine

8 hours 8 min ago
Russia says it is "outraged" by a deadly shootout in eastern Ukraine that breached an Easter truce. However, Ukrainian officials say details of the incident are not clear.Officials say a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists has killed at least one person. Some reports say four people died, including separatists.Russia said it is "outraged by this provocation by the fighters," and the attack proves there is a "lack of desire by the Kyiv...

Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Trigger Cyber War

8 hours 44 min ago
On the day Crimeans voted in a referendum in March on secession from Ukraine, hackers from a group calling itself the "Cyber Bekrut" pelted NATO websites with online nuisance attacks designed to knock the pages offline. While not technically sophisticated, the DDoS, or "denial of service" attacks, were enough to send several websites - including a cyber-security site in Estonia - into darkness for several hours. NATO quickly recovered: the sites came back online,...

Israeli Police Arrest Palestinians at Holy Site

9 hours 16 min ago
Israeli police say they have arrested 16 Palestinians who were throwing rocks near the al-Aqsa mosque on Jerusalem's holiest site. Officials say two police were wounded in the clashes with the demonstrators. The incident began Sunday when the site was opened, letting in visitors and tourists observing the Easter and Passover holidays. The area is one of the most sensitive religious sites in the region and is a key issue at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Jews...

Famous Pakistani Journalist Shot, Wounded in Karachi

9 hours 32 min ago
A famous Pakistani television talk show host has been shot in the latest wave of attacks on journalists in the country. Authorities say Hamid Mir, a host for the private television channel Geo, was wounded in the attack in Karachi Saturday but is expected to survive. Police say he suffered at least three gunshot wounds to the stomach, leg and pelvic area. The gunmen were in a car and on motorcycles when they opened fire on Mir's car near the Karachi airport. Geo News described...

Egyptian Court Jails 23 Pro-Morsi Supporters

10 hours 5 min ago
An Egyptian court has sentenced 23 people it said were members of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood movement to 3-1/2 years each in prison, judicial sources said Sunday. The accused were jailed in connection with protests in November against the trial of preisdent Mohamed Morsi who was toppled by the army last July. They were found guilty of charges including attacking security forces and "thuggery", among other charges. The first sentence handed to a leader of the...

Christians Celebrate Easter

10 hours 28 min ago
Christians around the world Sunday celebrate Easter - the day they belive Jesus resurrected from the dead. It is the holiest day of the Christian calendar. Pope Francis celebrated Easter Mass as thousands of the faithful gathered in Saint Peter's Square. British royalty - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - attended Easter service in Australia at Saint Andrew's Anglican cathedral in Sydney. Before they left, William and Kate signed the First Fleet Bible, a King James edition the...

Moscow, Kyiv Trade Accusations Over Sunday Killing

10 hours 36 min ago
Russia says it is "outraged" by a deadly shootout in eastern Ukraine that breached an Easter truce.  However, Ukrainian officials say details of the incident are not clear. Officials say a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists has killed at least one person.  Some reports say four people died, including separatists. Russia said in a statement it is "outraged by this provocation by the fighters," and the attack proves there is a...

Death Toll From Sunken South Korean Ferry Nears 60

10 hours 45 min ago
South Korean divers have entered the sunken ferry Sewol to recover more bodies, as the death toll reached 56 Sunday with 246 still unaccounted for. Most of the victims are high school students. Hundreds of divers, including civilian volunteers, have battled strong undercurrents and poor visibility to enter the submerged ferry, which went down Wednesday with 476 people on board off the southwestern island of Jindo. The Coast Guard said divers were first able to smash through a ship's...

39 Dead in Pakistan Road Accident

10 hours 55 min ago
Officials in Pakistan say at least 39 people were killed and around 17 injured early Sunday when a passenger bus ran into the back of a tractor pulling a trailer in southern Pakistan. Police say the bus was traveling north near the town of Pannu Agil when it hit the the tractor-trailer. Authorities said some of the dead were women and children. The death toll could rise. Bad roads, poor driving and disregard for traffic laws frequently cause such accidents in Pakistan.

Pope's Easter Prayer: Peace in Ukraine, Syria

12 hours 13 min ago
Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria as he celebrated Easter Mass on Sunday at the steps of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The pope, head of the Roman Catholic church, prayed for all those involved in the conflict in Ukraine to "make every effort to prevent violence." In Syria, he prayed for "peace that is long awaited and long overdue." He also called for an end to terrorist acts in Nigeria, violence in Iraq, and success in peace negotiations between...

17 More Bodies Recovered from Sunken S. Korean Ferry, Death Toll at 50

13 hours 53 min ago
South Korean divers probing the sunken ferry Sewol have recovered 17 more bodies from the vessel after three days of failed attempts to gain entry. The death toll Sunday stood at 50, with about 250 people unaccounted for. Most of them are high school students. Hundreds of divers, including civilian volunteers, have battled strong undercurrents and poor visibility to enter the submerged ferry, which went down Wednesday with 476 people on board off the southwestern island of Jindo. The...

Syria Poised to Meet Deadline for Chemical Weapons Disposal

14 hours 56 min ago
Syria has removed or destroyed 80 percent of its declared chemical weapons material. Sigrid Kaag, special coordinator of the joint mission of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said if the momentum is sustained, Syria should be able to meet the deadline set by OPCW for the destruction of the weapons before the end of April. Kaag said the renewed pace in movements is "positive and necessary" to ensure progress for the tight...

16 More Bodies Recovered from Sunken S. Korean Ferry, Death Toll at 49

Sat, 2014-04-19 22:48
South Korean divers probing the sunken ferry Sewol have recovered 16 more bodies from the vessel after three days of failed attempts to gain entry. The death toll Sunday stood at 49, with about 250 people unaccounted for.Hundreds of divers, including civilian volunteers, have battled strong undercurrents and poor visibility to enter the submerged ferry, which went down Wednesday with 476 people on board off the southwestern island of Jindo. The Coast Guard said divers were first able to...

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