SKorean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'
JINDO, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior," while criticism of her own government's handling of the disaster grew.
Syria to hold presidential election on June 3
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, the country's parliament speaker said Monday, a vote President Bashar Assad is likely to contest as his nation sinks deeper into a bloody civil war, now in its fourth year.
Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community.
John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium.
Biden heads to Ukraine as tensions rise
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Ukraine to meet with leaders of the turbulent country. His visit comes a day after violence erupted in eastern Ukraine, despite an agreement last week aimed at easing tensions.
APNewsBreak: Elephants endangered by land grabs
WASHINGTON (AP) — Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report that examines government collusion in wildlifetrafficking.
In West Bank, teen offenders face different fates
BEIT UMAR, West Bank (AP) — The boys were both 15, with the crackly voices and awkward peach fuzz of adolescence. They lived just a few minutes away from one another in the West Bank. And both were accused of throwing stones at vehicles, one day after the other.
A look at the dual justice system in the West Bank
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian minors accused of crimes in the West Bank are subject to two different sets of laws. Israeli settlers are prosecuted under Israeli civilian law, while Palestinians are thrust into the military justice system. Critics complain that the conviction rate in the ilitary system is higher and the penalties stiffer.
Suicide bombings, attacks in Iraq kill 19 people
BAGHDAD (AP) — Suicide bombings and other attacks across Iraq killed at least 19 people and wounded 36 on Monday, officials said, the latest in an uptick in violence as the country counts down to crucial parliament elections later this month.
Japan PM sends offering to war shrine
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals — long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea.
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