Jokes are out as South Korea mourns ferry victims
As South Korea mourns one of the deadliest disasters in its history, anything deemed frivolous or fun is frowned upon -- and the backlash for breaking this collective somber mood can be harsh.
Germany puts military exports to Russia on hold
The German government says it isn't authorizing any exports of military goods to Russia at present "because of the current political situation," leaving nearly 70 export applications on hold.
EU institutions vulnerable to corruption, report says
An independent report has concluded that official complacency, complex rules and spotty oversight have left the European Union's leading institutions vulnerable to corruption.
Israeli FM lashes out at Palestinian unity deal
Israel's foreign minister said Thursday that a peace deal with the Palestinians is impossible, after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed to form a unity government.
Three US doctors dead, nurse wounded in Afghanistan
Three American physicians have been killed and a U.S. nurse was wounded after an Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday.
Marshall Islands suing nine nuclear-armed powers
The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations, with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament.
South Korean school full of mourning after ferry disaster
Students in the city hit hardest by the South Korean ferry disaster returned to classes Thursday, their school campus a tragic landscape of yellow ribbons, chrysanthemums and photos of classmates and teachers who are feared dead.
Obama tells Russia more sanctions are standing by
President Obama is accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, and warning Moscow that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up." 
Taliban may finally be ready for deal on captive US soldier
The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal.
US Defense chief seeks to deepen US-Mexico ties
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that he is exploring ways to strengthen U.S.-Mexican defense ties, including the possibility of training exercises with Mexican forces.
US man held in Cuba seeks to go home soon, lawyer says
The lawyer for Alan Gross, a U.S. man jailed for nearly five years in Cuba, said Wednesday that he is determined to go home in the next year -- whether it be alive or dead.
Russian social media CEO quits, flees country
The founder of Russia's leading social media network has left his post as CEO and fled the country, as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.
US, Israel denounce Palestinian unity plan
It could be a historic step toward ending a split that has left Palestinians divided between two sets of rulers for the past seven years. Rival factions Hamas and Fatah have agreed to form a unity government and hold new elections.
UN denies South Sudan government statement
The U.N. mission on Wednesday said South Sudan's Minister of Information incorrectly told a news conference that residents seeking protection were turned away from a U.N. base and were directed to houses of worship where killings later took place.
American arrested in Venezuela on murder charges
Venezuelan police have arrested an American on attempted murder and weapons charges. Venezuela's Supreme Court said Todd Michael Leininger was arrested after a raid on his house in the Western border state of Tachira.
UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria
The U.N. Security Council says it is gravely concerned at reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, which caused deaths and injuries, and is calling for an investigation.
Sherpas leave Everest, some expeditions scrap climbs
Dozens of Sherpa guides have packed up their tents today and left Mount Everest's base camp. And the walkout -- which follows the deaths of 16 other Sherpas in an avalanche -- has left the entire Everest climbing season in doubt.
Mexico steps back from telecom, Internet limits
Mexico's ruling party appears to have stepped back from proposals to block Internet and telecom signals, following protests that ended in physical confrontations in Mexico City.
Tunisia divided over Jews' use of Israel passports
Tunisian lawmakers say they plan to question the country's tourism chief over his decision to permit Jewish religious pilgrims to visit the country using Israeli passports.
Dutch scramble jets after Russian bombers approach
Several NATO member countries scrambled fighter jets on Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bomber planes approached their airspace over the North Sea, the Dutch defense department said.
Snowden installed as students' rep at University of Glasgow
Former National Security Agency contractor, and infamous WikiLeaks contributor, Edward Snowden has formally been installed as the official representative of students at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.
Yemen's president says strikes killed 60 suspected militants
The president of Yemen said Wednesday that this week's military campaign against al-Qaida has killed more than 60 suspected militants -- including several of the group's leaders.
Amsterdam may ban marijuana shops in Red Light district
The Dutch city of Amsterdam has won legal permission to ban marijuana cafes in its famous Red Light district -- going even further with a crackdown on the city's well-publicized and indulgent lifestyle.
Camilla's brother dies after suffering head injury in NYC
Royal officials in Britain said Wednesday that the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died in the United States -- after sustaining a serious head injury that he received in a fall in New York City.
Ebola virus death toll in West Africa approaches 150-mark
The U.N.'s World Health Organization on Wednesday updated its tally from the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, saying now that nearly 150 people have died from the affliction.
Russia pledges response if Russians attacked in Ukraine
Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a strong response if any of his nation's citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine, after its government announced a resumption of an "anti-terror" campaign against pro-Russian insurgents there.
Activists accuse Syrian government of new gas attacks
Syrian opposition activists and other witnesses have told The Associated Press that Syrian government forces have launched new attacks on rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent months.
Convicted Berlusconi to begin community service next week
Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi said that beginning next week, he will start carrying out a court order to help the elderly for four hours per week, as part of his punishment for a tax fraud conviction.
Suspected mass grave excavated in Serbia
Experts have started excavation on a mass grave in Serbia believed to contain at least 250 bodies of ethnic Albanians who were killed during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
Egypt cleared for some US military aid, source says
A congressional aide said the Obama administration has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel -- and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.
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