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  • Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation Associated Press - 1 hour 56 minutes ago

    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, … More »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.

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 20, 2014
    Hamilton seals first F1 hat-trick AFP News - 2 hours 6 minutes ago

    Lewis Hamilton sealed his first hat-trick of Formula One wins and led Mercedes to their third straight one-two finish at the Chinese Grand Prix as the team tightened … More »Hamilton seals first F1 hat-trick

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 20, 2014

    Lewis Hamilton sealed his first hat-trick of Formula One wins and led Mercedes to their third straight one-two finish at the Chinese Grand Prix as the team tightened their grip on the season Sunday. The former world champion got away smoothly from pole and was rarely troubled as he finished 18 seconds ahead of his team-mate …

  • Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah talks on the phone before an interview with The Associated Press at his residence in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 20, 2014. New partial results released in Afghanistan's presidential election show candidate Abdullah Abdullah is still the front-runner, though a runoff election looks likely. The winner will replace Hamid Karzai, the only president the country has known since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban, and will oversee a tumultuous period during which the U.S. and NATO forces are expected to withdraw most of their troops from the country. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
    Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results Associated Press - 2 hours 15 minutes ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead slightly increased in partial results for Afghanistan's presidential election released … More »Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results

    Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah talks on the phone before an interview with The Associated Press at his residence in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 20, 2014. New partial results released in Afghanistan's presidential election show candidate Abdullah Abdullah is still the front-runner, though a runoff election looks likely. The winner will replace Hamid Karzai, the only president the country has known since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban, and will oversee a tumultuous period during which the U.S. and NATO forces are expected to withdraw most of their troops from the country. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead slightly increased in partial results for Afghanistan's presidential election released Sunday, but he and rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai still seem to be heading for a runoff next month.

  • Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help Associated Press - 2 hours 26 minutes ago

    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 … More »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.

  • Abdullah takes lead in Afghan vote count
    Abdullah takes lead in Afghan vote count Al Jazeera - 2 hours 32 minutes ago

    Early count shows ex-foreign minister short of an outright majority in presidential poll, despite having 11 point lead. More »Abdullah takes lead in Afghan vote count

    Abdullah takes lead in Afghan vote count

    Early count shows ex-foreign minister short of an outright majority in presidential poll, despite having 11 point lead.

  • Members of South Korean rescue team carry the body of a passenger retrieved from a capsized ferry at a harbour in Jindo on April 19, 2014
    First bodies pulled from submerged S. Korean ferry AFP News - 2 hours 37 minutes ago

    Three bodies were pulled out of the fully submerged ferry just before midnight and another 16 were recovered later Sunday, a coastguard spokesman said. It was a watershed … More »First bodies pulled from submerged S. Korean ferry

    Members of South Korean rescue team carry the body of a passenger retrieved from a capsized ferry at a harbour in Jindo on April 19, 2014

    Three bodies were pulled out of the fully submerged ferry just before midnight and another 16 were recovered later Sunday, a coastguard spokesman said. It was a watershed moment for distraught relatives who have clung desperately to the idea that some passengers may have survived in air pockets in the upturned vessel. …

  • Bangladesh court delays Zia 'fraud' trial
    Bangladesh court delays Zia 'fraud' trial Al Jazeera - 3 hours ago

    Opposition leader Khaleda Zia is accused in funds embezzlement case that could see her jailed for life if convicted. More »Bangladesh court delays Zia 'fraud' trial

    Bangladesh court delays Zia 'fraud' trial

    Opposition leader Khaleda Zia is accused in funds embezzlement case that could see her jailed for life if convicted.

  • The Ford Escort sedan is unveiled during press day at the China Auto show in Beijing, China, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Ford Motor Co. on Sunday unveiled the new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale at a Beijing auto show that highlighted the growing influence of Chinese tastes on the industry. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
    Automakers unveil China-focused models in Beijing Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Ford Motor Co. on Sunday unveiled a new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale at a Beijing auto show that highlighted the growing influence of … More »Automakers unveil China-focused models in Beijing

    The Ford Escort sedan is unveiled during press day at the China Auto show in Beijing, China, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Ford Motor Co. on Sunday unveiled the new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale at a Beijing auto show that highlighted the growing influence of Chinese tastes on the industry. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    BEIJING (AP) — Ford Motor Co. on Sunday unveiled a new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale at a Beijing auto show that highlighted the growing influence of Chinese tastes on the industry.

  • Brand ambassador Taiwanese actor Kai Ko, left and Amber Kuo step into a Chevrolet Trax urban SUV during the China launch of the car ahead of Auto China 2014 in Beijing, China, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The Trax will go on sale in China starting at RMB 119,900 or $19,300. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
    GM boosting China production capacity to 5 million Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    BEIJING (AP) — The president of General Motors said Sunday that the company and local partners are boosting production capacity for GM-brand vehicles in China to 5 m … More »GM boosting China production capacity to 5 million

    Brand ambassador Taiwanese actor Kai Ko, left and Amber Kuo step into a Chevrolet Trax urban SUV during the China launch of the car ahead of Auto China 2014 in Beijing, China, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The Trax will go on sale in China starting at RMB 119,900 or $19,300. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    BEIJING (AP) — The president of General Motors said Sunday that the company and local partners are boosting production capacity for GM-brand vehicles in China to 5 million.

  • A Buddhist monk performs rituals next to a casket containing the dead body of Nepalese mountaineer Ang Kaji Sherpa, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, offer prayers at the Sherpa Monastery in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Rescuers were searching through piles of snow and ice on the slopes of Mount Everest on Saturday for four Sherpa guides who were buried by an avalanche that killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. The Sherpa people are one of the main ethnic groups in Nepal's alpine region, and many make their living as climbing guides on Everest and other Himalayan peaks. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
    Survivors recall chaos, fear in Everest avalanche Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Survivors of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche recalled scenes of panic and chaos, describing Sunday how they dug through snow with their … More »Survivors recall chaos, fear in Everest avalanche

    A Buddhist monk performs rituals next to a casket containing the dead body of Nepalese mountaineer Ang Kaji Sherpa, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, offer prayers at the Sherpa Monastery in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Rescuers were searching through piles of snow and ice on the slopes of Mount Everest on Saturday for four Sherpa guides who were buried by an avalanche that killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. The Sherpa people are one of the main ethnic groups in Nepal's alpine region, and many make their living as climbing guides on Everest and other Himalayan peaks. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Survivors of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche recalled scenes of panic and chaos, describing Sunday how they dug through snow with their hands and ice axes in hopes of finding their friends alive.

  • Shahidan proposes 3 deputy director-general posts in Esscom – Bernama
    Shahidan proposes 3 deputy director-general posts in Esscom – Bernama The Malaysian Insider - 4 hours ago

    Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (pic) has proposed to create three deputy director-general posts in the Eastern Sabah Security … More »Shahidan proposes 3 deputy director-general posts in Esscom – Bernama

    Shahidan proposes 3 deputy director-general posts in Esscom – Bernama

    Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (pic) has proposed to create three deputy director-general posts in the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) to enable it to function more effectively. Shahidan said the posts could be created representing the three leading enforcement agencies, …

  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates after finishing the third place at the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
    Ferrari's Alonso: 'We're still in the fight' Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso said his struggling team is "still in the fight" after he finally got on the podium for the first time this season, … More »Ferrari's Alonso: 'We're still in the fight'

    Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates after finishing the third place at the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso said his struggling team is "still in the fight" after he finally got on the podium for the first time this season, finishing third at the Chinese Grand Prix.

  • Armed pro-Russian militants stand guard at a check-point outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, on April 20, 2014
    Rebels in Ukraine town call for Russian peacekeepers after gun battle AFP - 4 hours ago

    Pro-Moscow separatists controlling the east Ukrainian town of Slavyansk called for Russian peacekeepers to deploy and announced a curfew after a gun battle nearby that … More »Rebels in Ukraine town call for Russian peacekeepers after gun battle

    Armed pro-Russian militants stand guard at a check-point outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, on April 20, 2014

    Pro-Moscow separatists controlling the east Ukrainian town of Slavyansk called for Russian peacekeepers to deploy and announced a curfew after a gun battle nearby that killed at least two of their militants.

  • South Korean Coast Guard police officers on a boat check the bodies of passengers believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozen, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
    Transcript of SKorea ship sinking: 'We can't move' Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The following is a portion of the transcript released Sunday by the South Korean coast guard of the conversation between the ferry that sank … More »Transcript of SKorea ship sinking: 'We can't move'

    South Korean Coast Guard police officers on a boat check the bodies of passengers believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozen, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The following is a portion of the transcript released Sunday by the South Korean coast guard of the conversation between the ferry that sank Wednesday and the Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on Jindo island. The ferry Sewol issued its distress call to another VTS center before these …

  • F1 Grand Prix of China
    Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP Associated Press - 5 hours ago

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand … More »Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

    F1 Grand Prix of China

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.

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