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3 hours ago Australia brings back knights and dames; critics call them a royal embarrassment

SYDNEY — When Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Catherine, arrived in Sydney last week for an official tour, they introduced Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, to their 9-month-old son, George. In return, the couple was greeted by Abbott’s creation: the Australian government’s first knight in 30 years, Sir Peter Cosgrove.

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3 hours ago The fracking divide: Mexico’s oil frontier beckons U.S. drillers in wake of new law

BATIAL-1 WELL, Mexico — The geological marvel known to Texas oilmen as the Eagle Ford Shale Play is buried deep underground, but at night you can see its outline from space in a twinkling arc that sweeps south of San Antonio toward the Rio Grande.

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3 hours ago Ukraine, short on military budget, starts fundraising drive

KIEV, UKRAINE — Ukraine’s new government inherited an army so bereft of modern equipment and training that when Russian troops entered Crimea and agitators stormed government offices in eastern Ukraine, the country proved helpless to protect its borders and citizens.

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6 hours ago Trailing candidates in Afghan election hold power in deciding next president

KABUL — Some of the influential politicians who competed in Afghanistan’s recent — but still undecided — presidential election have begun to accept their failure to win. And with that acknowledgment, their power has grown.

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6 hours ago Palestinian Christians marking Easter are kept from Jerusalem holy site, U.N. envoy says

JERUSALEM — Thousands of Orthodox Christians flooded Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday for the annual lighting of the holy fire — a massive Easter event that mostly unfolded smoothly, although there were reports that Israeli police officers created barriers for some Palestinian Christians who were seeking to attend together with a group of high-ranking diplomats.

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6 hours ago Australia brings back knights and dames; critics call them a royal embarrassment

SYDNEY — When Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Catherine, arrived in Sydney last week for an official tour, they introduced Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, to their nine-month-old son, George. In return, the couple was greeted by Abbott’s creation: the Australian government’s first knight in 30 years, Sir Peter Cosgrove.

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9 hours ago Divers unable to reach bodies spotted inside sunken South Korean ferry

SEOUL — Divers for the first time spotted bodies through the window of a sunken South Korean ferry Saturday but were unable to retrieve them in a rescue operation that is proving both ineffective and increasingly bleak.

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9 hours ago Palestinian Christians marking Easter are kept from Jerusalem holy site, U.N. envoy says

JERUSALEM — Israeli police officers blocked Palestinian Christians on their way to an Easter celebration Saturday at one of the holiest Christian sites in Jerusalem’s Old City, according to a top U.N. envoy.

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Today Divers unable to reach bodies spotted inside sunken South Korean ferry

SEOUL — Divers for the first time spotted bodies through the window of a sunken South Korean ferry Saturday but were unable to retrieve them in a rescue operation that’s proving both ineffective and increasingly bleak.

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Today Divers unable to reach bodies spotted inside sunken South Korean ferry

SEOUL — Divers for the first time spotted bodies through the window of a sunken South Korean ferry on Saturday, but were unable to retrieve them in a rescue operation that’s proving both ineffective and increasingly bleak.

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Today Trailing candidates in Afghan election hold power to decide next president

KABUL — Some of the influential politicians who competed in Afghanistan’s recent — but still undecided — presidential election have begun to accept their failure to win. And with that acknowledgment, their power has grown.

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Today U.S. politicians say N.Y. cop held in India is victim of diplomatic row

NEW DELHI — A New York City police officer arrested last month at the New Delhi airport with bullets in his luggage may be forced to stay in India until this summer, after a judge delayed his case Thursday.

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Today Edward Snowden asks Vladi­mir Putin if Russia spies on its citizens

MOSCOW — American fugitive Edward Snowden made a surprise appearance during Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s annual call-in meeting with the nation on Thursday, submitting what critics considered a softball question about domestic surveillance in the country where Snowden has taken refuge.

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Today WorldViews: Putin told Edward Snowden that Russia doesn’t use mass surveillance on its citizens. Her

One of the more surreal moments of today's installment in Vladimir Putin's series of reliably surreal call-ins with the Russian nation was when NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden appeared, and asked the former KGB spy about surveillance.

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Today U.S. officials warn Burma that attacks on Rohingya Muslims, aid groups are hurting ties

RANGOON, Burma — American officials are warning that attacks on minority Muslims and foreign aid groups in Burma are threatening the nascent thaw in relations between Washington and this former pariah state.

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Today China launches campaign to purge Internet of porn, rumors and, critics say, dissent

BEIJING — China has unfurled a vigorous new campaign to clean up the Internet, to purge it of everything from pornography to “rumors” that might undermine Communist Party rule, a crusade that critics say is a renewed attempt to silence grass-roots voices and stifle dissent.

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Today U.S. to send Ukrainian military more supplies

The United States will soon send medical supplies, helmets and other forms of nonlethal aid to Ukraine’s military, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Thursday, a move meant to bolster an embattled ally that stops short of supplying the weapons officials in Kiev have sought.

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Today Putin’s remarks raise fears of future moves against Ukraine

MOSCOW — A confident President Vladimir Putin on Thursday used his annual televised meeting with the nation to portray a powerful Russia — one that is dismissive of the West, had troops operating in Crimea even as it denied it and regards a large swath of southeastern Ukraine as historically part of its territory.

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Today WorldViews: What we know about the ‘grotesque’ leaflet handed out to Jews in Donetsk

A leaflet calling for Jews to register has reportedly been handed out in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has commented on the letter, saying that it is "not just intolerable; it's grotesque, is beyond unacceptable."

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Today Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Prize-winning explorer of myth and reality, dies at 87

Gabriel García Márquez, the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian writer who immersed the world in the powerful currents of magic realism, creating a literary style that blended reality, myth, love and loss in a series of emotionally rich novels that made him one of the most revered and influential writers of the 20th century, died April 17 at his home in Mexico City. He was 87.

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Today Emergency workers find bodies in water near capsized South Korean ferry

JINDO, South Korea — Emergency workers at the scene of a capsized ferry were finding bodies but not survivors Friday morning in an increasingly grim operation marred by confusion and complicated by strong currents.

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Today Detention of Taliban commander by UAE disrupts Afghan peace talks

KABUL — A former Taliban commander involved in peace negotiations with the Afghan government has been detained in the United Arab Emirates, according to Afghan officials, who said the arrest thwarts the long-term reconciliation efforts of President Hamid Karzai’s government.

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Today Diplomats reach deal on defusing Ukraine crisis

GENEVA — Top diplomats on Thursday laid out a series of steps to tamp down violence and political unrest in Ukraine, even as Western officials publicly doubted Russia’s resolve to use its influence to help defuse the crisis in the former Soviet republic.

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Today Pro-Russian militants continue occupation of goverment buildings in eastern Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian activists continued their defiant occupation of government buildings across eastern Ukraine on Friday, though some of their leaders said they would surrender weapons and pull back if the Ukrainian security forces also withdrew.

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Today Edward Snowden defends question to Putin on spying, calls response ‘evasive’

Edward Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor now living in exile in Russia, is defending his appearance on a televised call-in program with President Vladi­mir Putin, saying he asked a question about mass surveillance programs not to pander to the Russian leader but to get him on the record so that his claims can be challenged.

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Today WorldViews: South Korea’s ferry tragedy touches on country’s suicide epidemic

Kang Min-gyu was 52-years-old when he apparently hanged himself Thursday. He had just witnessed a truly devastating event: The capsizing of the South Korean ferry Sewol on its journey to the holiday island of Jeju. Hundreds of those still missing from the disaster were students at the high school where Kang was vice-principal. While he was rescued, they were not.

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Today WorldViews: ‘Novorossiya,’ the latest historical concept to worry about in Ukraine

During an epic question-and-answer session with the Russian public Thursday, President Vladimir Putin dropped a reference that is likely to be obscure to many in the West. Talking about the Ukrainian elections and ethnic Russians in that country's east, Putin took a detour through history.

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Today Pro-Russian militants ignore settlement, continue occupation of buildings in Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian­ militants, boasting that they do not take orders from diplomats in Washington or Moscow, refused to end their armed occupation of a dozen government buildings across eastern Ukraine on Friday, upending hopes for a quick end to the standoff.

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Today Obama signs into law a measure aimed at blocking visa for Iran’s proposed U.N. envoy

President Obama on Friday signed a law barring the U.S. government from providing a visa to any nominee to the United Nations deemed to have engaged in terrorist activity, a measure aimed at blocking Iran’s preferred ambassador to the world body.

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Today Captain of South Korean ferry and two crew members arrested

JINDO, South Korea — The captain of a stricken ferry was arrested early Saturday as prosecutors said that he and other crew members might have exacerbated one of South Korea’s worst maritime disasters, the semi­official Yonhap news agency said.

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