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Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers.
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Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 6:31pm
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.
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Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 6:21pm
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 slaughter of more than one million people.
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West slams Russia 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 6:10pm
Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia's "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there.
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NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

John-Thor Dahlburg, Juergen Baetz, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 5:52pm
NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.
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UN chief: 1 million South Sudanese may face famine

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 5:31pm
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Wednesday up to a million people could face famine in conflict-torn South Sudan in the coming months unless the world takes immediate action.
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Lawyers in 9/11 at Gitmo case seek to question FBI

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 5:31pm
Lawyers for five men charged in the Sept. 11 attack are seeking to question the FBI about an apparent investigation of defense team personnel in the case.
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Nigeria: 100-plus kidnapped students free

Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 5:31pm
Scores of female students kidnapped by Islamic militants from a northeastern Nigerian school are free, Nigeria's military reported Wednesday.
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20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

Bashir Adigun, Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 5:21pm
Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday.
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Mexico probes death of pregnant woman at clinic

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 3:41pm
Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday it will investigate the latest apparent case of denial of medical care for poor women, after a pregnant Mixtec Indian woman died in a clinic along with the fetus.
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6 confirmed dead, many more missing

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 3:01pm
Six people are now confirmed dead, but there are fears that many more victims will be found in the aftermath of the sinking of a South Korean ferry carrying nearly 500 people -- many of them high school students on a class trip.
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Dominican Republic installs beach despite drought

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 3:01pm
The Dominican Republic is being criticized for building a temporary artificial beach amid a drought.
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US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions

Lara Jakes, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 2:31pm
A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow with additional economic sanctions.
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Inmates rock Peru prison with 'Superstar

Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 1:51pm
Inmates have rocked a Peruvian prison with a Holy Week performance of the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar."
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Romanian poet, dissident Nina Cassian dies

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 1:43pm
Romanian poet and translator Nina Cassian, who obtained political asylum in the United States after the Communist-era secret police found her critical poems scribbled in a friend's diary, has died in New York City. She was 89.
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Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 1:41pm
An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable.
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Mexico nabs No. 2 in Beltran-Leyva gang

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 1:31pm
Mexican police said Wednesday they have captured a man identified as the second highest-ranking figure in the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel.
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Mexico arrests mayor for drug cartel extortion

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 1:21pm
Prosecutors in western Mexico arrested the mayor of a city that once served as a stronghold of the Knights Templar drug cartel on charges that he helped the gang extort money from city council members.
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Egypt Islamist sentenced to 7 years for forgery

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 12:21pm
An Egyptian court convicted an ultraconservative Islamist and ally of ousted President Mohammed Morsi of forging official documents to conceal that his mother was a U.S. citizen, and sentenced him Wednesday to seven years in prison.
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Protector of vast African park shot and wounded

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 12:01pm
A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove through the park, officials said Wednesday.
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Pakistan Taliban says truce over but talks ongoing

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 11:51am
The Pakistani Taliban said Wednesday they will not renew a ceasefire they called over a month ago to facilitate peace negotiations but said they will still continue talks with the government.
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Prominent human rights lawyer detained in Saudi

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 11:40am
Saudi activists say authorities have detained a prominent human rights lawyer in the capital.
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Watchdog: Rise in targeted media killings in Syria

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 11:21am
A spike in targeted murders of journalists in Syria landed the war-shattered country for the first time on the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual Impunity Index, joining a list of countries where journalists' killings are most likely to go unpunished, the international watchdog said Wednesday.
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Detained Berlusconi ally taken ill in Lebanon

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 11:20am
A Lebanese security official says a longtime ally of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi detained in Lebanon has been moved to a Beirut hospital after falling ill.
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