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Masked pro-Russian activists guard a barricade at the regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, April 19, 2014. Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine prepare for Orthodox Easter

Saturday, April 19, 2014

DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises. In Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, a co-chairman of the self-appointed Donetsk People’s Republic, which is demanding broader regional powers and closer ties to Russia, vowed … 0

Captain of sunken South Korean ferry, two other crew members arrested

Saturday, April 19, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in … 0

Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors

Friday, April 18, 2014

BOSTON — With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year’s bombings elevating interest in one of the world’s greatest races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area. Race organizers, in the aftermath of the twin bombings that killed three spectators and injured more than 260 people, … 0

Chaos described on sinking ferry

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of a doomed ferry delayed evacuation for half an hour after a South Korean transportation official ordered preparations to abandon ship, raising more questions about whether quick action could have saved scores … 0

Chelsea Clinton expecting baby

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hillary Clinton has made no secret of her desire to be a grandmother and that wish has finally come true — with Chelsea Clinton announcing at a Clinton Foundation event Thursday that she and her husband are expecting … 0

Ukraine turmoil escalates

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero’s welcome. Responding to what … 0

Police: Man stabs 5 to death at Calgary house party

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CALGARY, Alberta — The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city’s … 0

Hundreds missing as S. Korean ferry sinks

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — Strong currents and bad visibility hampered rescuers Thursday in the search for 287 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with cold water off the … 0

Syrian fighting destroys ancient Christian center

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MAALOULA, Syria — From the debris-strewn front garden of the Safir Hotel, Syrian military commanders barked orders to troops taking cover in the smoke-shrouded maze of streets below. “If you hear any movement, throw hand grenades immediately!” a … 0

Official apologizes for UN’s failure to stop Rwanda genocide

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The diplomat who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 apologized Wednesday for the council’s refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda and for doing nothing to halt the … 0

Leader vows rebuilding effort after Chile fires

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

VALPARAISO, Chile — President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 11,000 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected … 0

Security Council views images of Syrian dead

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France’s ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, … 0

Supremacist held on $10M bond in Kansas shootings

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair Tuesday to make his … 0