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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.
Entertainment News
Led Zeppelin releases unheard versions of songs
Rockers Led Zeppelin have given their fans a treat by releasing new recordings of Keys to the Highway and Whole Lotta Love months ahead of the reissue of the band's first three albums this summer.
Mark Ruffalo in trouble for Avengers film set posts, photos
Actor Mark Ruffalo has upset his bosses at Marvel Studios by breaking a social media ban and tweeting a snap of himself and co-star Robert Downey, Jr. on The Avengers: Age of Ultron set.
The Bachelorette contestant dies in paragliding accident
A contestant on the upcoming season of the U.S. reality dating show The Bachelorette has died following a paragliding accident. Eric Hill, who was hospitalized last weekend, passed away on Wednesday, according to his sister's Facebook page.
Clooney blasts magnate Steve Wynn after heated argument
The star, a big Obama supporter, stormed out of a dinner at the Botero restaurant at Wynn's Encore hotel in Las Vegas earlier this month following a heated discussion about President Obama's controversial healthcare initiative.

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