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  • Pope presides as prisoners, elderly and homeless carry cross

    The plight of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated Pope Francis' Good Friday service at Rome's Colosseum as he led Catholics around the world in commemorating the day Jesus died. The Pope, in the run-up...

  • US drone is risking damage in search for missing jet

    An underwater drone scouring the Indian Ocean floor for a missing Malaysian jetliner has dived to its deepest ever level, putting its equipment at unprecedented risk, as hopes dwindled that it might soon turn up some sign of wreckage. The US...

  • Strong quake rattles Mexico

    A powerful earthquake struck Mexico yesterday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, although there were no early reports of major damage. The magnitude 7.2 quake was centred in the southwestern state of...

  • Blast in Homs kills 14

    A bomb went off in front of a mosque and killed 14 people in Homs, Syrian state TV said yesterday, with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad looking close to wresting the symbolic central city back from rebels. “Fourteen people were killed...

  • Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm

    Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said yesterday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down. The agreement,...

  • Libyan kidnappers of diplomat demand Islamists are released

    Libyan militants who kidnapped a Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli on Thursday have demanded the release of Islamist fighters detained in Tunisia, its Foreign Minister said yesterday. Such kidnappings have become commonplace as Libya’s political...

  • Teacher rescued from sinking ferry commits suicide

    The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said yesterday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 274 missing alive. The Sewol, carrying 476 passengers...

  • Malala painting set to fetch €58k

    A painting of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for education for girls, is set to fetch up to €58,000 when it goes up for auction next month. The portrait of the 16-year-old was created by Jonathan...

  • World briefs

    A flight simulator business has fired an instructor who has figured prominently in CNN’s coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he failed to turn up for work on time and refused to dress professionally. U-Fly company owner...

  • 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...

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