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Christian pilgrims hold candles at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed to be the burial site of Jesus Christ, during the ceremony of the "holy fire" in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday.

Christians gather at Jerusalem church for lighting of 'holy fire'

JERUSALEM – Thousands of people gathered at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday for the lighting of the “holy fire,” an...

CAIRO — An Egyptian lawyer and TV personality who declared days ago that he was running for president pulled out of the race Saturday, and state...

BEIJING — Authorities using a robotic submarine to look for wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 said Saturday they expect to complete the...

SEOUL — The official death toll in South Korea’s ferry disaster rose to 33 Saturday and, in a sign that hope had run out for finding...

BEIJING— On the first Sunday of March, China awoke to sickening news: Black-clad attackers with knives had hacked through crowds at the train...

In Afghanistan, childhood is often a full-time job

In Afghanistan, childhood is often a full-time job

It's estimated that at least a quarter of Afghan children work, despite labor laws that forbid it. Some, like Sami, support their entire family.

Ingrained cheating pervades India's education system

Ingrained cheating pervades India's education system

Under intense pressure, some students cheat in covert or bold ways to score well on all-important nationwide exams.

CRISIS IN SYRIA

In Syria's capital, residents recall a sectarian tolerance gone by

In Syria's capital, residents recall a sectarian tolerance gone by

DAMASCUS, Syria — The thud of mortar shelling alternated with tolling church bells Friday as the Christians of this capital's ancient Bab...

BRAZIL & SOUTH AMERICA

160 miles of gridlock: Traffic fuels concern for Brazil's World Cup

160 miles of gridlock: Traffic fuels concern for Brazil's World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO — Highways and bus transit ground to a halt in parts of Brazil early Friday, and flights were delayed as Brazilians launched on...

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In Afghanistan, childhood is often a full-time job

In Afghanistan, childhood is often a full-time job

It's estimated that at least a quarter of Afghan children work, despite labor laws that forbid it. Some, like Sami, support their entire...

Captain, crew of South Korean ferry that sank arrested

Captain, crew of South Korean ferry that sank arrested

ANSAN, South Korea — The captain and two crew members of a ferry that capsized off the southern coast of South Korea were detained...

Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika wins reelection

Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika wins reelection

Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika secured a fourth five-year tenure Friday after amassing nearly 82% of votes, according...

Christians gather in Jerusalem to celebrate Good Friday

Christians gather in Jerusalem to celebrate Good Friday

JERUSALEM – Thousands of Christian pilgrims from all over the world filled the narrow streets of the Old City of Jerusalem on Good...

Britain's Labor Party hires ex-Obama aide Axelrod to help in election

Britain's Labor Party hires ex-Obama aide Axelrod to help in election

LONDON – Setting up an intriguing election battle, Britain’s opposition Labor Party announced Friday that it had hired President...

South Korea ferry sinking: School official found hanged

South Korea ferry sinking: School official found hanged

ANSAN, South Korea -- The vice principal of the high school that is missing more than 250 students and teachers in the wake of a ferry...

South Korean ferry rescue efforts failing to find survivors

South Korean ferry rescue efforts failing to find survivors

SEOUL — Divers struggled against strong currents and murky waters Friday morning in an effort to locate 271 people reported missing...

 Mexico failing to protect journalists, advocates say

Mexico failing to protect journalists, advocates say

MEXICO CITY — A highly touted system to protect Mexican reporters working in one of the world's most dangerous countries for...

Syria presses offensive in Homs' Old City after talks break down

Syria presses offensive in Homs' Old City after talks break down

HOMS, Syria — The crackle of gunfire and the sound of shelling resounded in this central Syrian city Thursday as army troops pressed...

Ukraine talks yield an unexpected agreement

Ukraine talks yield an unexpected agreement

Diplomats from the East and West had an unexpected meeting of the minds Thursday and drafted a plan for tamping down hostilities in...

Ailing Algerian leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika expected to win reelection

Ailing Algerian leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika expected to win reelection

ALGIERS — Amid heavy security, Algerians went to the polls Thursday in a presidential election that the 77-year-old incumbent,...

U.N. condemns attack on civilians at South Sudan peacekeepers base

U.N. condemns attack on civilians at South Sudan peacekeepers base

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — At least 12 people were killed when an armed mob overran a United Nations peacekeeping camp in Bor, South...

Russia agrees to 'de-escalation' plan for Ukraine at Geneva talks

Russia agrees to 'de-escalation' plan for Ukraine at Geneva talks

Russia staved off further Western sanctions over its support for separatist militants in eastern Ukraine by reaching an agreement with the...

South Korea's response to ferry sinking assailed; captain apologizes

South Korea's response to ferry sinking assailed; captain apologizes

SEOUL – Angry relatives of passengers aboard a sunken South Korean ferry criticized the government’s response Thursday as the...

Russia cites economic fallout from Crimea annexation

Russia cites economic fallout from Crimea annexation

MOSCOW — Russia's economy has been hit hard by the turmoil in neighboring Ukraine, Kremlin officials said Wednesday, as pro-Russia...

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