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Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300....

Ukraine, Russia trade blame for shootout in east
BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine (AP) -- Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead....

Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck?...

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home....

In West Bank, teen offenders face different fates
BEIT UMAR, West Bank (AP) -- The boys were both 15, with the crackly voices and awkward peach fuzz of adolescence. They lived just a few minutes away from one another in the West Bank. And both were accused of throwing stones at vehicles, one day after the other....

Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's embattled president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, an important symbolic prize for his government ahead of coming presidential elections he appears poised to contest....

Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- A Malaysian official met Sunday with relatives of passengers who were aboard the missing jetliner and discussed ways of providing them with financial assistance, as an unmanned submarine continued its search for any signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370....

Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks
PARIS (AP) -- Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?...

4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal
PARIS (AP) -- Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists....

Construction frenzy in Beirut alters city skyline
BEIRUT (AP) -- One by one, the old traditional houses of Beirut are vanishing as luxury towers sprout up on every corner, altering the city's skyline almost beyond recognition amid an ongoing construction frenzy seemingly immune to tensions from the civil war raging next door....

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Africa
Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear

Asia
Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst

Europe
8 killed in Finland parachutist plane accident

Latin America/Caribbean
Mob in Dominican Republic kills Haitian father

Middle East
Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village