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  • End for Nasa's moon-orbiting robot

    Nasa's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the Moon as planned, just three days after surviving a full lunar eclipse, something it was never designed to...

  • Strong earthquake shakes Mexico

    A powerful earthquake calculated at 7.5 magnitude has shaken central and southern Mexico. The US Geological Survey said it was centred near the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are enjoying an Easter break. An Associated Press...

  • 14 killed by car bomb at mosque

    Fourteen people have been killed by a car bomb that exploded outside a mosque in a pro-government district of the central city of Homs, Syrian state television reported. The report says the bombing occurred as worshippers were leaving the Bilal...

  • Texas seizes polygamist group ranch

    The secluded Texas ranch where followers of imprisoned polygamist Warren Jeffs lived in near isolation has been seized by state agents, nearly six years after the FBI raided the property and removed hundreds of children amid child sex...

  • Indonesia boat sinks, many missing

    A boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession has capsized in high waves off eastern Indonesia, leaving dozens of people missing and at least seven dead. Rescuers and fishermen saved 30 injured people who were rushed to a hospital, police...

  • Bin Laden library at girl's school

    A controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital, Islamabad, has named the school's new library in honour of Osama bin Laden. According to his spokesman, Tehsin Ullah, cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz wanted to pay...

  • Ferry school vice-principal dies

    A high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanged, police said. The news of the death came today as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of people still missing from the ferry and feared...

  • Good Friday marked in Holy Land

    Christians in the Holy Land are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City. Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled the cobblestone alleyways of the Old City today along the Via...

  • Updated: Arrest of ferry captain requested

    Prosecutors have asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead. Prosecutors said today that they have also requested arrest warrants for two...

  • Writer Garcia Marquez dies at 87

    Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at his home in Mexico City at the age of 87, sources close to his family have confirmed. The Colombian Nobel laureate's novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion,...

  • Facebook launches Nearby Friends

    Facebook users in the US will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature launched by the company today. The Nearby Friends feature must be turned on by the user, so people should not expect to broadcast their...

  • Pope washes feet of disabled

    Pope Francis has washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people, including women and non-Catholics, in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others. His decision in 2013 to perform the Holy Thursday ritual on women and...

  • Murderer saved by victim's mother

    The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was dramatically halted at the very last minute when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose around his neck, according to Iranian media. The convict,...

  • 'Deal reached' on Ukraine crisis

    Top diplomats have agreed to take immediate steps toward calming tensions in Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister says. Sergey Lavrov says the four parties gathered in Geneva - the US, European Union, Ukraine and Russia - will work to establish a...

  • Samsung fingerprint check 'flawed'

    A researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print. Berlin-based Ben Schlabs, an American who works for German firm Security...

  • Putin: I hope not to use troops

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into eastern Ukraine, which has been engulfed by violent protests against the new authorities in Kiev. He also rejected claims that Russian special forces are...

  • Updated: Fate of kidnapped girls uncertain

    The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed. "Up till now we are still waiting and praying...

  • Pistorius forensic expert quizzed

    The prosecutor at the murder trial of double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius is continuing his cross-examination of one of the defence's forensic experts. Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel questioned materials analyst and former policeman Roger Dixon...

  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58m payoff

    Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer left the internet company with a severance package of $58 millioneven though he lasted just 15 months on the job. The disclosure in a regulatory filing could lead to more second-guessing about Yahoo...

  • Man executed for killing family

    A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago has been executed by Texas prison officials. The lethal injection of Jose Villegas, 39, was carried out after his lawyers unsuccessfully argued to the...

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