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Apr 19, 2014

MH370 sub hunt may end this week

A robotic minisub is expected to finish searching a narrowed-down area of the Indian Ocean seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane this week, after completing six missions and coming up empty, the search coordination center said Saturday. As the hunt for Flight MH370 ...

Pakistani madrassa names library after bin Laden

Apr 19, 2014

Pakistani madrassa names library after bin Laden

A controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital, Islamabad, has named the school’s newly built library in honor of Osama bin Laden, his spokesman and a school administrator said Friday. The tribute is an unusual first, though there ...

South Korean ferry captain arrested; divers spot bodies

Apr 19, 2014

South Korean ferry captain arrested; divers spot bodies

Investigators on Saturday arrested the captain accused of abandoning the South Korean ferry that capsized three days ago with 476 people on board, as divers finally accessed the submerged vessel and spotted bodies inside. Lee Joon-seok and two of his crew were taken into ...

Vietnam pulls out of hosting 2019 Asian Games

Apr 18, 2014

Vietnam pulls out of hosting 2019 Asian Games

Vietnam has withdrawn as the host of the 2019 Asian Games, saying it lacked funds and its reputation could be at risk if the event flops. The government’s initial decision to host the games had generated little excitement domestically, and there had been increasing ...

Doomed Korean ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

Apr 18, 2014

Doomed Korean ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

Investigations into South Korea’s ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and whether a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers scrambled to find 270 people still missing and ...

Everest's deadliest day kills 12 Sherpas

Apr 18, 2014

Everest's deadliest day kills 12 Sherpas

At least 12 Nepalese climbing guides have been killed and three others are missing after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early Friday, officials said, in the worst accident on the world’s highest peak. “We have retrieved 12 bodies from the snow, we don’t know ...

N. Korea protests to U.K. over hairdo ad

Apr 18, 2014

N. Korea protests to U.K. over hairdo ad

North Korea has written an official letter of complaint to Britain over a London hair salon’s poster implying leader Kim Jong Un has a bad hairstyle, the Foreign Office confirmed Thursday. The poster was put up to advertise discount haircuts at the M&M Hair ...

Weibo's Nasdaq debut highlights Chinese censorship

| Apr 18, 2014

Weibo's Nasdaq debut highlights Chinese censorship

Weibo Corp. executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm’s debut at Nasdaq’s New York headquarters. Hours earlier in Beijing, Charles Xue, a Chinese-American venture capitalist and prominent Weibo user, celebrated a different kind of coming-out: his release after eight months in jail. ...

Ferry sinking parallels Concordia

Apr 18, 2014

Ferry sinking parallels Concordia

The sinking of the Sewol ferry off South Korea raises new concerns about ship safety more than two years after the capsizing of the Costa Concordia ocean liner in Italy spurred a global campaign to improve passenger security. As with the Concordia, authorities say ...

Erotic art offers glimpse of China's lost sexual philosophy

Apr 18, 2014

Erotic art offers glimpse of China's lost sexual philosophy

Ancient paintings of fornicating Chinese couples and phalluses made of stone are among items that Dutch art collector Ferdinand Bertholet hopes will help China reconnect with its sexually charged past. Explicit works spanning from the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to A.D. 220) to the ...