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  • 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...

  • Three killed in Ukraine clashes

    Three pro-Russian militants have been killed and 13 wounded after Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol in the south east of the country. Ukraine's interior minister Arsen Avakov said that a...

  • Updated: Ferry evacuation order 'delayed'

    An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the stricken South Korean ferry because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilise the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member says. The first instructions from...

  • Ebola virus outbreak is new strain

    The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain - evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in other African nations, scientists have reported. Dr. Stephan Gunther of the Bernhard Nocht...

  • Sub completes full search for plane

    A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water. The Bluefin 21...

  • S. Korean ferry capsizes, over 280 are still missing

    More than 280 people, many of them students from the same high school, were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea yesterday, in what could be the country’s biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years. The ferry was carrying 462 people, of...

  • Separatists take Ukraine vehicles

    Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army yesterday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans. Six armoured personnel carriers were driven into...

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