36 dead, 19 missing as ferry capsizes in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine coast guard says 36 people have died and 19 are missing after an inter-island ferry capsized in the central Philippines. Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo says 118 people have been rescued in Ormoc city on central Leyte island,...
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Benghazi, where Libya’s uprising began, now a shattered city

AP Photo/Mohamed Salama BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The old courthouse in central Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city and the birthplace of the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, is a shelled-out ruin – a testimony to the destruction and chaos that permeate this...
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Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea

AP Photo/Wong Maye-E TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the small number of foreigners who can access it with relative freedom by blacklisting and blocking social media...

Taiwan pilot in February TransAsia crash described as hasty

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan flight safety officials say a pilot who has been described by colleagues as nervous and hasty mistakenly throttled down a still-running engine following a glitch with the other engine in a crash that killed 43 people earlier this year. A...
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Top American diplomat in Cuba in line to head new embassy

AP Photo/Desmond Boylan HAVANA (AP) — From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba’s defiance of the United States. “Homeland or Death!” reads the sign...
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Some Cubans see US thaw as a boon, others pessimistic

AP Photo/Desmond Boylan HAVANA (AP) — As Havana and Washington move to restore full ties, Cubans are watching closely. Some hope rapprochement will help them make a small business prosper or keep in touch with relatives in Florida, while others doubt it will do anything to...

UN declares highest-level humanitarian emergency in Yemen

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Wednesday declared its highest-level humanitarian emergency in conflict-torn Yemen, where over 80 percent of the population need assistance. U.N. officials have said the Arab world’s most impoverished country is now a step...

Dutch Safety Board has draft report into MH17 crash

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The team investigating last year’s crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine has prepared a draft final report and given it to countries involved in the probe for their comments. The Dutch Safety Board announced Wednesday it...
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Kindertransport organizer Nicholas Winton dies at 106

AP Photo/Petr David Josek LONDON (AP) — Nicholas Winton, a humanitarian who almost single-handedly saved more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust, earning himself the label “Britain’s Schindler,” has died. He was 106. Son-in-law Stephen Watson said...

Food aid to Syrian refugees cut in half amid funding crisis

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The World Food Program says it had to cut in half food aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon because of a funding crisis and may soon have to halt all food support for most refugees in Jordan. Lebanon and Jordan are among five countries that host some 4...