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Everest search teams recover body of 13th Sherpa killed in mountain's deadliest avalanche
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak....

Captain, 2 crew members of sunken SKorean ferry arrested; confirmed death toll climbs to 33
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- 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 challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred....

Confusion, anguish erupt in fury as relatives of sunken South Korean ferry's missing wait
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- The informal briefing by a South Korean coast guard rescuer started calmly enough. He stood on a stage in front of relatives of those missing from a sunken ferry, explaining how divers trying to find their loved ones are hampered by poor visibility and can venture only so deep....

East Ukraine insurgents prepare for Easter, fortify barricades
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- 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....

Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic extremists claim massive blast that killed 75 in Nigerian capital
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141....

Against backdrop of Ukraine crisis, Asia seeks Obama's assurances in land disputes with China
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China....

Working on the roof of the world: Mount Everest, the Sherpas, poverty and danger
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear....

4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safely in Turkey while others remain held
PARIS (AP) -- Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war....

Iran's vice president says row over Arak heavy water nuclear reactor 'virtually resolved'
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country's vice president said Saturday, marking a major concession from the Islamic Republic in negotiations with world powers over its contested nuclear program....

Woman who says she was cured by pope becomes Costa Rica celebrity, attends 4 Masses daily
TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) -- On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper....

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Africa
Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic extremists claim massive blast that killed 75 in Nigerian capital

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Everest search teams recover body of 13th Sherpa killed in mountain's deadliest avalanche

Europe
East Ukraine insurgents prepare for Easter, fortify barricades

Latin America/Caribbean
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Middle East
Iran's vice president says row over Arak heavy water nuclear reactor 'virtually resolved'


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