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Hurricane Carter, Fearsome Boxer Wrongly Convicted of Murder, Dies at 76
Mr. Carter, a star prizefighter, became an international cause célèbre while imprisoned for 19 years before murder charges against him were dismissed.
Divers Begin Bringing Bodies Out of Capsized Ferry
As the death toll from the South Korean disaster reached 58, with more than 200 people still missing, officials said they expected weeks of grim recovery operations.
Battle Rages in Homs, Hub of Revolt Against Assad Government
Syrian insurgents and antigovernment activists are reporting near-continuous bombardment of the Old City and the nearby neighborhood of Waer.
General Mills Reverses Itself on Consumers’ Right to Sue
The company had a change of heart after consumers had a negative reaction to its new arbitration rules.
Gray Matter: From Rags to Riches to Rags
Many Americans are likely to be exposed to both prosperity and poverty during their lives.
U.N. Struggles to Stem Haiti Cholera Epidemic
The United Nations, facing a shortage of supplies to handle the epidemic, refuses to address whether its peacekeepers brought a deadly strain of the disease into the country.
Sending Alerts Instead, G.M. Delayed Car Recalls
A Times analysis shows that General Motors repeatedly used technical service bulletins as a stopgap safety measure instead of ordering timely recalls.
Militant Group Says It Bombed Nigerian City
Islamic extremists claimed responsibility for an explosion that ripped through a busy bus station in Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.
Submersible Seeking Jetliner May Soon Finish First Sweep
The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will continue even if the unmanned vessel combing the ocean floor off Western Australia finds nothing on its initial run, officials said.
Legal Twist in Bid to Reclaim Nazi-Looted Hospital
An Austrian case has become, depending on who is doing the talking, an example either of wrongful imprisonment, naked avarice or how feuds among heirs can complicate Holocaust restitution cases.
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Ferry transcript reveals crew panic
The last communications between the South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday and traffic services reveal panic and indecision by the crew.
Russian outrage at Ukraine killing
The Russian foreign ministry expresses outrage at a fatal shooting incident in eastern Ukraine which it blames on Ukrainian nationalists.
Norwich City 2-3 Liverpool
Liverpool open up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after a hard-fought 3-2 win over relegation-battling Norwich.
Quango chair resigns over bankruptcy
A businessman appointed by the prime minister to head a multibillion-pound quango steps down after it was revealed that he was bankrupt.
Archbishop highlights suffering
The Archbishop of Canterbury highlights the suffering of people in conflicts around the world during his Easter Sunday sermon.
Briton killed in Malaysia crash
A British national dies after a double-decker bus reportedly crashes into a ravine in Malaysia.
Hostage reporters 'chained' in Syria
Four French journalists who spent 10 months in captivity in Syria were chained to each other and kept in basements without light, one recounts.
Mother tells of lion park ordeal
A mother tells of her family's lucky escape after their car caught fire in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park.
Charities chief warns of extremism
Islamic extremism is the "most deadly" threat to charities in England and Wales, says William Shawcross, chairman of the Charity Commission.
William and Kate at Easter service
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend an Easter Sunday church service in Sydney and take Prince George to the zoo as part of their overseas tour.

Two Chinese engineers abducted in Sudan
Sources at the Chinese Embassy say the engineers who work in an oil field belonging to Sudanese oil companies in the country's West Kordofan State were abducted by unidentified men on Friday.
Abdullah leads in Afghan election but short of majority
Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the race to become Afghanistan's next president, according to the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday, but is short of an outright majority.
EU hopes to strengthen cooperation with China on climate change
The European Union (EU) and China should cooperate more closely to jointly curb global warming, the 28-member bloc's top climate official has said.
Families of passengers aboard missing jet to receive financial assistance
Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister Hamzah Zainuddin said here Sunday that the families of the passengers and crew of the missing MH370 flight would receive financial assistance from Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to ease their burdens.
At least two killed in clash in east Ukraine, separatists say 5 dead
Gunfire erupted near a makeshift checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists near Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine early on Sunday, killing at least two people.
No one-on-one meeting between Chinese navy commander, Japanese MSDF officials: Spokesman
China says that "in view of the wrong words and deeds by the Japanese leaders" the naval representatives of the two countries are not expected to meet during the upcoming Western Pacific Naval Symposium in East China.
Prosecutors extend ferry captain's detention as death toll mounts
Prosecutors have extended the detention of the captain of the capsized South Korean ferry, as divers reach the vessel's passenger cabin and 244 people remain missing.
Communications between sunken ferry, traffic center disclosed
Last-minute communications between a sunken South Korean ferry and a vessel traffic center were disclosed Sunday by the pan-government emergency management headquarters.
British royals attend Easter Sunday Service
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (C) greets members of the choir at an Easter Sunday Service at St Andrews Cathedral in Sydney April 20, 2014. Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George.
China filled West's void in Africa
West abandoned Africa, then realized the void had been filled, noted academic says
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British charity watchdog warns of Islamist threat
Islamic extremism is the "most deadly" problem faced by British charities, the head of the sector's watchdog said on Sunday.
Iran's women not second-class citizens: Rouhani
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani admitted on Sunday that women in his country still face discrimination and cultural barriers but he insisted they are not universally treated as second-class citizens.
Egypt jails 30 Morsi backers for rioting
They were also accused of being members of a “terrorist group”, the officials said, indicating they belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood.
US air strike kills al-Qaida militants in Yemen
US drone attacks have killed several suspected AQAP figures, including Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born Islamist cleric.
Russia 'outraged' at deadly shootout in east Ukraine
Russia's foreign ministry said on Sunday it was outraged by a deadly shootout in eastern Ukraine that breached an Easter truce, urging Kiev to abide by the terms of an international accord and de-escalate the situation.
Japan steps up surveillance posture against China: Reports
Japan bolstered its military surveillance capabilities in the southern island region of Okinawa over the weekend, reports said, as territorial tensions with China simmer.
Japan puzzled by Russian warplanes
Japan's defence minister said Sunday there have been an "abnormal" number of flights by Russian military aircraft close to Japanese islands in recent days.
5 killed in east Ukraine clash :Russian state TV
Russian state television reported on Sunday that five people were killed when gunmen attacked a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk.
At least 42 dead in Pakistan road accident: Police
At least 42 people were killed and 17 wounded in southern Pakistan Sunday when a bus travelling to Karachi collided with a tractor pulling a trolley, police said.
Boston ready for 2014 marathon amid tightened security
Over the long, cold winter, Boston has been ready to stage a marathon race this year that will be one of the biggest and safest, sources with the organiser — Boston Athletic Association (BAA) — said on Saturday.
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Hope resigns to reality: S. Koreans now just want their loved ones recovered from ferry

JINDO, South Korea — Twenty parents of missing high school students gathered behind a television truck Sunday afternoon and talked about a subject that, for days, they hadn’t been willing to broach.

“Realistically,” one parent told the group, “we need to acknowledge that we have no hope of finding our children alive.”

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Divers start to remove bodies from inside sunken South Korean ferry

SEOUL — What was once a rescue mission now appears increasingly like an operation to recover bodies, with divers managing for the first time late Saturday to break through the windows of a sunken passenger ferry and scour the wreckage.

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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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Democrats seek to reshape midterm electorate along lines of a presidential year

Democrats have a problem and everyone knows it. President Obama calls it a “congenital disease.” If they can’t control it, Obama could spend the final years of his presidency battling not only a Republican House but also a Republican Senate.

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A veteran of Afghanistan struggles to transition from military to civilian life

The only light in the vast Wyoming darkness came from the lit end of another 5:30 a.m. cigarette as Derric Winters waited alone for sunrise on the porch of his trailer. He never slept well, not anymore, so he smoked and stared across the three miles of barren landscape that separated him from town. He checked his voice mail, but there were no messages. He logged on to Facebook, but no one was awake to chat. The only company now was the hum of the interstate behind his trailer, people on their...

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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Palestinian Christians marking Easter struggle to reach 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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Jet Lag Nation: In Washington, the zombies walk among us

It’s 9 a.m. Do you know where your hypothalamus is?

Katie Redford thought hers was somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. Having returned from a trip to South Africa one day last month, she was still waiting for the part of the brain that regulates her internal clock to catch up, like a piece of delayed luggage.

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Nats Journal: Nationals-Cardinals discussion thread: Game 18

The Nationals exorcised their team-wide demons against the Cardinals last night. This afternoon, Jordan Zimmermann will have a chance to snap his personal funk against them. In seven career starts against St. Louis, including Game 2 of the 2012 NLDS, Zimmermann is 0-4 with an 8.59 ERA. He’s allowed them 51 hits in 36 2/3 innings with six walks.

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The Fix: How the marathon bombings changed everything in Boston politics

The City of Boston has two great loves: Sports and politics.

And, a year removed from the Boston Marathon bombings, the influence of that tragedy on the Boston sports community remain apparent.The marathon is, after all, a race. And several Boston sports teams, including the Red Sox and Boston Bruins, have adopted the "Boston Strong" messaging that emerged after the marathon.

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Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord
SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict.
Families of Iran prisoners stage protest outside parliament
DUBAI (Reuters) - Families of Iranian prisoners charged with political offences demonstrated outside parliament in Tehran on Sunday to protest at what they said was violent treatment of their relatives at the Evin prison, the Iranian Students' News Agency reported.
Bankrupt British loans official resigns, embarrassing PM Cameron
LONDON (Reuters) - The head of a British government agency that hands out billions of pounds of loans to local authorities has resigned after failing to reveal he was bankrupt, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said on Sunday.
Abdullah leads in Afghan presidential vote
KABUL (Reuters) - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah has opened a lead in the Afghan presidential race, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted.
Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.
Search ends for missing on Everest, some Sherpas call for shutdown
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Rescuers have given up searching for three sherpa guides missing two days after the deadliest ever accident on Nepal's Mount Everest killed at least 13 and shocked the mountaineering world.
Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to recaptured Christian town
MAALOULA, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists.
Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain's detention as death toll mounts
JINDO/MOKPO, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors investigating last week's ferry disaster said on Sunday they wanted to extend the detention of the captain and two other crew as they try to determine the cause of an accident that likely claimed more than 300 lives.
Church of England still invested in payday lender
LONDON (Reuters) - The Archbishop of Canterbury said the Church of England still held an indirect investment in short-term loan company Wonga, even though he branded its activities "morally wrong" nine months ago.
Boston Marathon looks to shake shadow of 2013 bombing
BOSTON (Reuters) - Runners, from the world's elite racers to first-timers, will step to the Boston Marathon starting line on Monday for the first running of the world-renowned race since last year's deadly bombing attack.
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Mediator Moves to Defuse Ukraine Crisis
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe intends to bolster its ranks with hundreds more monitors as it tries to convince both pro-Russia and pro-Europe activists to stand down.
U.S. Weapons Flow to Syria Rebels
The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have supplied Syrian rebel groups with a small number of advanced American antitank missiles for the first time in a pilot program that could lead to larger flows of sophisticated weaponry, people briefed on the effort said.
Transcripts From Sinking Ferry Show Confusion
Divers pulled bodies from the sunken South Korean ferryboat Sunday, as authorities widened their inquiry and released transcripts capturing the confusion as the ship capsized five days ago.
Iran Says It Would Redesign Arak Reactor
Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country's vice president said on Saturday, marking a major concession from the Islamic Republic in negotiations with world powers over its contested nuclear program.
Pope Presides Over Easter Vigil
Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica.
Flight-370 Seabed Search to Last a Week
The initial underwater search of a remote stretch of southern Indian Ocean seabed in what is thought to be the most likely spot for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is expected to be completed within seven days, Australian authorities said.
Top Pakistani Talk-Show Host Is Shot
The anchor of Pakistan's top political talk show, Hamid Mir, was shot and injured Saturday in the southern city of Karachi by assailants who ambushed his car on motorcycles, officials said.
Powerful Quake Strikes Near Papua New Guinea
A powerful earthquake struck off the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea, with no immediate reports of injuries or damage, though a tsunami warning was in effect.
Deadly Car Bomb Attack Hits Bahrain
Authorities in Bahrain say an apparent car bombing has killed two people and wounded one west of the capital, Manama.
Yemen Drone Strike Kills 10
A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed 10 suspected al Qaeda militants and three civilians Saturday, authorities said, as part of strikes against what officials consider the terror network's most dangerous local group.
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Cuts and Shutdowns Are Hurting Science

On Oct. 1 last year, the U.S. federal government shut its doors after Congress failed to pass a budget. For 16 days, around 800,000 government employees twiddled their thumbs. Many of them were scientists.

The Longform Guide to Cuba

There was a lot of attention this week on Yasiel Puig's escape from Cuba, with features in both Los Angeles and ESPN the Magazine. Both pieces were great, and they got us thinking about other stories about Cuba in our archive, particularly those about journeys. Here are some of our favorites:

The Yankee Comandante David Grann • The New Yorker • May 2012

The story of William Morgan: American, wanderer, Cuban revolutionary.

For a moment, he was obscured by the Havana night. It was as if h...
High Maintenance

The Web series High Maintenance, about which I’d been hearing good things at a low rumble for the past couple of months, had a few hurdles to clear before it could reach whatever stratum of my media awareness separates “oh, I should catch up with that” from “must watch right now.” First of all, there was the matter of the show ostensibly being a weed comedy, which, given the premise—a bicycling pot-delivery guy interacts with clients of various stripes on his rounds through New York City—it s...

British Airways Is Going Back to the Future

In an attempt to combat rising fuel prices, British Airways is channeling their inner Doc Brown. The airline's new project, know as GreenSky, will convert garbage and waste into jet fuel. Sound familiar? It should. It's basically the Mr. Fusion device last seen rigged up to the engine of a certain time traveling DeLorean. Marty McFly would approve.

How Not to End Racial Discrimination

The right has always been against race-conscious remedies to racial discrimination, touting “colorblindness” as the “constitutional” approach to making policy. But it’s only been in the last five years—since the election of Barack Obama—that it’s scored significant victories.

Warren’s World

Elizabeth Warren only ever encounters three kinds of human obstacles: proud, tragic, or pathetic. You can plunk Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus into the “pathetic” column. In A Fighting Chance, her new memoir, the senator from Massachusetts recalls when she was the hamstrung, unconfirmed adviser who was supposed to run the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Lacking access to the CFPB’s full powers, she darted through Congress, taking meetings with skeptics. A 2010 encounter with Bachus—mon...

“The Risks Are Enormous”

WARSAW, Poland—Poland's foreign minister, Radoslaw "Radek" Sikorski, has been intimately involved in the Ukraine crisis, including in the negotiation of an agreement in February that then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych walked away from, further fueling the Maidan protest. Sikorski spoke with Lally Weymouth Wednesday, ahead of the diplomatic talks in Geneva aimed at defusing hostilities, about the crisis, U.S. global credibility, and what Vladimir Putin has his eyes on next. Excerpts:

I Ran the Pyongyang Marathon

Each Friday Roads & Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit their online magazine or follow @roadskingdoms on Twitter.

Data Doesn’t Lie?

Five weeks into the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, more than $30 million has been spent scouring great swatches of the southern Indian Ocean. Yet searchers have still not found a single piece of physical evidence such as wreckage or human remains. Last week, Australian authorities said they were confident that a series of acoustic pings detected 1,000 miles northwest of Perth had come from the aircraft’s black boxes, and that wreckage would soon be found. But repeated search...

Happy Crossmas!

This Sunday, people around the world will be celebrating Easter. But unlike Christmas and other holidays, Easter seems to resist commercialism and retain its religious purity. In 2008, James Martin explained why this is the case. The original article is reprinted below.

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La Traviata review 'A soprano of matchless intelligence'
Royal Opera House, LondonDiana Damrau, as Violetta in this revival of the Richard Eyre staging, is breathtakingly controlled in her singing and dramatically outstanding

Richard Eyre's strong yet unobtrusive Royal Opera staging of Verdi 's La Traviata is 20 years old this year. It's been variably served since its premiere, though its current revival is among its most distinguished, its only drawback being the rather mannered conducting of Dan Ettinger, whose fondness for detail has a habit of i...

Teachers complain about behaviour of Ofsted inspectors investigating 'plot'
NUT's Birmingham executive says teachers were asked if they were homophobic and were told schools would be downgraded

Inspectors from Ofsted have reportedly told teachers from Birmingham schools being investigated over an alleged Islamist takeover plot that their school would be downgraded because they were "not teaching anti-terrorism".

Other teachers were asked by inspectors if they were homophobic, according to Roger King, the National Union of Teachers' executive member for Birmingham, who ...

Hull City v Arsenal as it happened | Nick Miller

Arsenal consolidate their place in the top four after beating Hull 3-0, with a brace from Lukas Podolski and one from Aaron Ramsey securing a comfortable victory

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So, aside from the first half an hour, Arsenal were basically in control of that game, and fully deserved their 3-0 win, and probably could have scored one or two more, if they had put their minds to it. They're now four points ahead of Everton in fourth place for the moment, but that of course could change.

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The common ground between coffee geeks and growers
With climate change decimating the harvest, caring about coffee is not just a hipster indulgence

Last month, and within a week of the UN issuing a bitter warning about how climate change was decimating coffee growing around the world, the London Coffee festival took place in Brick Lane. At first glance, these two events seem to lie at the opposite ends of the cultural, not to mention geopolitical, spectrum. So far apart, in fact, that you suspect someone of planning a bad-taste joke.

On the one...

Adam Ant review 'The years simply fall away'
Hammersmith Apollo, LondonPlaying with the original Ants drummer and bassist for the first time since 1979, Adam Ant was every inch the peerless pop star

In 1985, US pop magazine Bop mused: "Two Sides To Adam Ant! Sometimes Adam's venerable, and other times he's confident, isn't that what makes him such a special guy?" Almost 30 years on, the contradictions within the 80s icon are still making news, but Ant is unbowed. "I'd rather be a rock'n'roll star than a fucking critic," he declares.

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Al-Qaida militants killed in second Yemen airstrike in two days

Sources say 25 killed and report drone activity Ten militants and three civilians died on Saturday

Airstrikes in southern Yemen killed about 25 suspected al-Qaida members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in the second operation of its kind within two days.

On Saturday an air strike killed 10 al-Qaida militants and three civilians in central Yemen, a country that neighbours top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and is home to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group's most letha...

Scottish independence campaign is gaining ground, polls show
Gap between yes and no camps has narrowed with five months to go until referendum

The campaign for Scottish independence appears to be gaining ground, according to new polls.

With five months to go before the referendum that could lead to Scotland leaving the UK, the gap between the yes and no camps has narrowed, suggesting a two-point swing could be enough to secure independence on 18 September.

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South Korea ferry disaster: transcript shows crew crippled by indecision
Messages between officers on vessel and traffic officials reveal miscommunication and hesitation at crucial phase

Officers manning the stricken South Korean ferry that sank last week were hamstrung by indecision and communication problems at the critical moment when deciding whether to evacuate passengers, according to the full communications transcript released Sunday.

The transcript, between the crew of the Sewol and traffic officials on the nearby island of Jindo reveals hesitation and uncer...

Cumbrian nuclear dump 'virtually certain' to be eroded by rising sea levels
One million cubic metres of waste near Sellafield are housed at a site that was a mistake, admits Environment Agency

Britain's nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an internal document released by the Environment Agency (EA).

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Mistrust and Hate: The Frightening New Lives of Homosexuals in Uganda
On Feb. 24, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a law allowing for life sentences for homosexuals. Since then, members of the country's gay and lesbian community have been going into hiding or leaving the country. Western pressure has been ineffective.
Curse of Cybersex: The Lost Children of Cebu
Cybersex is a big business in a city on the Filipino island of Cebu. To escape poverty, parents force their children to strip in front of webcams. City officials are fighting back in an attempt to prevent sexual exploitation from destroying a generation.
Practice for a Russian Invasion: Ukrainian Civilians Take Up Arms
It remains unclear what Russia might have in store for eastern Ukraine, but nationalist groups are preparing for the worst. The right-wing scene in the country is varied and complex, but one thing is certain: It is attracting an increasing number of followers.
Out of Ammo?: The Eroding Power of Central Banks
Since the financial crisis, central banks have slashed interest rates, purchased vast quantities of sovereign bonds and bailed out banks. Now, though, their influence appears to be on the wane with measures producing paltry results. Do they still have control?
'We Will Shoot Back': All Eyes on Russia as Ukraine Begins Offensive in East
Many in the West believe that Russia is behind the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine. Kiev on Tuesday launched an offensive to retake control of the region, but the biggest question still looms: Will Russia invade?
Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full?
Since Italy began rescuing Africans from the Mediterranean after the last major tragedy in October, the number of refugees coming to Europe has risen dramatically. Fears of economic immigrants could become a top issue in Europe's spring election.
'A Partner for Russia': Europe's Far Right Flirts with Moscow
Right-wing populists stand to gain seats in the approaching European Parliament elections -- which is good news for Moscow. Russia and the European right have been courting each other recently as mainstream Brussels has kept Moscow at arm's length.
Investigating Surveillance: German Parliament Divided over Snowden Subpoena
Berlin has insisted it wants to scrutinize NSA spying in Germany. But actually inviting Edward Snowden to testify before a paraliamentary investigation is proving delicate. Some in Chancellor Merkel's party are now casting doubt on Snowden's suitability as a witness.
From Burger Flipper to Bürgermeister?: Immigrant Could Become Next Berlin Mayor
With Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit facing his political Waterloo, all eyes have turned to Raed Saleh, who could become the first mayor of a major German city with foreign roots. The German capital's changing demographics could help him.
Victim of Its Own Success: German Jobs Program for Southern Europeans Falls Short
When Germany announced a program to attract jobless young adults from Southern Europe, they had no idea how high demand would be. Funding has temporarily run out for travel, training and language learning subsidies.
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Neville Wran dies, aged 87

Long-time NSW premier Neville Wran has died after a long illness.
Picture-perfect royals in Sydney farewell

It was the picture perfect moment the world had been waiting for.
Coalition celebrates a religious Easter

Abbott's cabinet the most powerful group of Catholics ever assembled in Australia.
Disability pension crackdown

Disability pensioners may be examined by independent doctors to check their entitlements.
Elite schools in 'arms race'

Sydney private schools are investing in a multimillion-dollar race to attract lucrative enrolments.
Angry relatives clash with police

Divers retrieve 16 bodies from the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago.
Brothels muscle in on residence

Massage parlours operate from a private, 23-storey residential complex in North Sydney.
Bomber mechanic: When I go, I'll go big

A town was fearful of Glenn Sanders in the days before his death.
Sydney woman stable after dog attack
A 92-year-old woman has been taken off the critical list after being attacked by her daughter's pit bull in Sydney's south.
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Abdullah Maintains Lead in Afghan Presidential Vote
Partial results from Afghanistan's presidential election show former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is still in the lead, but short of an outright majority. Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission says initial results show Abdullah leading with 44 percent of the vote, while former finance minister Ashraf Ghani is in second place with 33 percent. The results represent about half of the 7 million votes cast in the April 5 election. Final results are due on May 14. A...
Pilgrims Flock to Jerusalem to Celebrate Easter
Christians around the world are celebrating Easter, marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Easter dawned in Jerusalem with a sunrise service at the Garden Tomb. The holy place is said to resemble biblical accounts of the place where Jesus was buried. Facing an ancient, empty tomb carved into a rock, the faithful sang hymns and proclaimed that “Jesus is risen.” Pilgrims came from all over the world, including Jay Rackson from the U.S. state of Iowa. “Well there’s...
Pope's Easter Prayer: Peace in Ukraine, Syria
Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria as he celebrated Easter Mass on Sunday at the steps of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The pope, head of the Roman Catholic church, prayed for all those involved in the conflict in Ukraine to "make every effort to prevent violence." In Syria, he prayed for "peace that is long awaited and long overdue." He also called for an end to terrorist acts in Nigeria, violence in Iraq, and success in peace negotiations...
New Air Strikes Kill 25 Suspected al-Qaida Militants in Yemen
Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 25 suspected al-Qaida members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in the second operation of its kind within two days.   On Saturday an air strike killed suspected 10 al-Qaida militants and three civilians in central Yemen, a country that neighbors top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and is home to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group's most lethal wings. The defense ministry said Sunday's strikes targeted a...
Influential Cleric Attempts to Soothe Gulf Rift
An influential Qatar-based Islamist whose fiery sermons strained ties between Doha and its neighbors sent a conciliatory message to countries he has criticized in an apparent attempt to help end a rift between the Gulf Arab allies.   Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric whose sermons have often admonished the authorities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said all views expressed in his preaching were his own and not those of Qatar. "My personal...
14 Algerian Soldiers Killed in Ambush
Fourteen Algerian soldiers are dead after an attack late Saturday by suspected Islamist militants. Algeria's state news agency says the soldiers were ambushed in the mountainous Tizi-Ouzou region while returning from security duties related to Thursday's presidential election. President Abelaziz Bouteflika was elected to a fourth term in the poll despite poor health. Reuters news agency cites an unnamed security source as saying the attackers are from al-Qaida's north...
Russia 'Outraged' by Deadly Attack in Eastern Ukraine
Russia says it is "outraged" by a deadly shootout in eastern Ukraine that breached an Easter truce. However, Ukrainian officials say details of the incident are not clear.Officials say a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists has killed at least one person. Some reports say four people died, including separatists.Russia said it is "outraged by this provocation by the fighters," and the attack proves there is a "lack of desire by the Kyiv...
Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Trigger Cyber War
On the day Crimeans voted in a referendum in March on secession from Ukraine, hackers from a group calling itself the "Cyber Bekrut" pelted NATO websites with online nuisance attacks designed to knock the pages offline. While not technically sophisticated, the DDoS, or "denial of service" attacks, were enough to send several websites - including a cyber-security site in Estonia - into darkness for several hours. NATO quickly recovered: the sites came back online,...
Israeli Police Arrest Palestinians at Holy Site
Israeli police say they have arrested 16 Palestinians who were throwing rocks near the al-Aqsa mosque on Jerusalem's holiest site. Officials say two police were wounded in the clashes with the demonstrators. The incident began Sunday when the site was opened, letting in visitors and tourists observing the Easter and Passover holidays. The area is one of the most sensitive religious sites in the region and is a key issue at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Jews...