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world Multiple casualties in M26 crash

Seven people are injured in a five-vehicle crash that closed the M26 in both directions.

20 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world Almost 300 missing in South Korean ferry disaster; death toll expected to rise

SEOUL Almost 300 people are missing after a South Korean passenger ferry capsized off the countrys southern coast, officials said Wednesday, with fears growing that the death toll could rise sharply amid a protracted and challenging rescue operation. >

20 minutes ago // ABC

world 20 Killed as Islamic Extremists Rampage in Nigeria

20 more killed in villages as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria with 4 attacks in 3 days

23 minutes ago // CNN

world Pakistan Taliban: Ceasefire with government is over

The Pakistan Taliban said Wednesday they will not extend a cease-fire with the Pakistani government, six days after a weekslong pause in hostilities officially ended.

25 minutes ago // NPR

world The Ultimate Animal Experience? Losing A Memory Quiz To A Chimp

You've swum with dolphins, ridden camels, stalked tigers. Now, try taking a memory test with a chimp and losing. It's fun, humbling and mind-boggling.

26 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world Paul Weller's children win lawsuit over pictures

LONDON The children of musician Paul Weller won a privacy lawsuit Wednesday over paparazzi pictures published on a newspaper website.Lawyers for the former front man of The Jam and his family sued Associated Newspapers over images of daughter Dylan and twin sons John Paul and Bowie that appeared on its MailOnline site.

27 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Oscar Pistorius trial: forensic expert disputes prosecution's version of shooting - video

Roger Dixon, a defence witness, tells the court that Reeva Steenkamp was standing at an angle and fell as the four bullets fired by Oscar Pistorius hit her. Dixon said the prosecution's version of events was impossible, before being challenged on his expertise Continue reading...

32 minutes ago // The Times of India

world Tibetan man in China sets self on fire

A Tibetan man in China burned himself to death, overseas media and a rights group reported, the latest in a string of self-immolation protests in recent years.

33 minutes ago // BBC

world Primary places revealed amid squeeze

A teachers' leader says there is a growing crisis over places at primary schools as parents discover which their children will attend.

33 minutes ago // UPI

world Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood candidates from elections

JC FinleyCAIRO, April 16 UPI -- An Egyptian court ordered the ban on current and former members of the Muslim Brotherhood from running in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.

34 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil

MOSCOW Russia's economy slowed sharply at the start of the year as the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country. But with Russian President Vladimir Putin still enjoying high popularity ratings, the economic damage is not yet likely to soften his politics in the region, analysts say.

36 minutes ago // The Times of India

world Pak Taliban end ceasefire but say talks still on

The Pakistani Taliban have formally ended a 40-day ceasefire but are still open to talks with the government, a spokesman said today.

36 minutes ago // UPI

world Pro-Russian militias in military vehicles take over Slovyansk, Ukraine

Ed AdamczykSLOVYANSK , Ukraine, April 16 UPI -- A pro-Russian militia of 100 men commandeered military vehicles believed to be of the Ukrainian army, and drove them to the town square of Slovyansk, Ukraine.

36 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Classes resume at Pittsburgh-area high school where student stabbed 22

Alex Hribal, 16, charged as an adult with aggravated assault and attempted homicide, while four students remain hospitalised Continue reading...

39 minutes ago // Time

world FBI Movie Warns U.S. Students Not to Spy for China

"Game of Pawns" tells the true story of Glenn Duffie Shriver, an American student currently serving four years behind bars for conspiring to pass on classified data to the Chinese

40 minutes ago // New York Times

world Citing Russian Moves, NATO Plans New Deployments

Declaring NATO will protect every ally, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary general, said the alliance would send more planes, ships and personnel to the region around Ukraine.

40 minutes ago // BBC

world Omagh accused sought for five years

An Irish republican accused of murdering 29 people in the Omagh bomb atrocity was sought by police for five years, Belfast High Court is told.

40 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Have you changed your buying habits since the Rana Plaza disaster? video

We asked people if ethical considerations affect what they buy in the wake of the clothing factory collapse last April, where more than 1,100 people died. The factory made clothes for brands including Primark, Benetton, and MangoDid the factory collapse change your shopping habits? If not, why not? And what can we do? Join the discussion

42 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Stabbing Rampage: Students 'Never Felt More Safe' in Return

FR, you are loved.Members of the Murrsyville, Pa., community lined the streets and held up signs early Wednesday so that students headed for Franklin Regional High School could see their support.

42 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Tsarnaev Can View Victim Autopsy Photos: Judge

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the bomb attack on the Boston Marathon, will be allowed to see autopsy photos of the victims.The judge, George OToole of U.S.

43 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Ukraine crisis: pro-Russian forces seize military combat vehicles - live updates

Vehicles seized after crowds surround Ukrainian troopsGlum troops leave Slavyansk on busesSome reported defectionsNato to step up military presence in eastern EuropeHigh-

44 minutes ago // CBS

world Eye Opener: Hundreds missing in ferry disaster

Also, more than $350M worth of cocaine seized by Coast Guard. All that, and all that matters: Your world in 90 seconds.

49 minutes ago // Reuters

world Pakistani Taliban end ceasefire with government but say talks still on

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan Reuters - The Pakistani Taliban have formally ended a 40-day ceasefire but are still open to talks with the government, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

49 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster

LONDON North Korean diplomats have asked the British government to take action against a London hair salon's poster poking fun at distinctively coiffured leader Kim Jong Un.The Foreign Office said Wednesday it had received a letter from the country's embassy objecting to the poster, and was considering its response.The Evening Standard newspaper reported the letter urged Britain to take "necessary action to stop the provocation."

55 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Greece's Golden Dawn party describes Hitler as 'great personality'

Golden Dawn MP Ilias Panagiotaros cements party's credentials as neo-Nazi force in interview with Australian current affairs show Continue reading...

59 minutes ago // Time

world Iran Mulls Ban on Vasectomies

Iran's supreme leader has encouraged the government to boost birthrates by rolling back family planning laws

59 minutes ago // Reuters

world India's Modi says committed to no first use of nuclear weapons

NEW DELHI Reuters - India prime ministerial frontrunner Narendra Modi said he was committed to a policy of no first use of nuclear weapons, seeking to assuage concern after his Hindu nationalist BJP party vowed to revise the nuclear doctrine if elected to power.

59 minutes ago // New York Times

world India Ink: Image of the Day: April 16

A passenger train derailed in Morigaon district of Assam injuring at least 45 people, according to local media reports.

1 hour ago // ABC

world Here's One Caller Who's a Real Dog

Police in England responded to an emergency call, which turned out to be from a dog.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Journalists smeared me over Gujarat riots: India's Modi

NEW DELHI Reuters - Indian opposition leader and general election frontrunner Narendra Modi accused the media on Wednesday of smearing him over sectarian rioting in 2002 in which more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, died.

1 hour ago // Time

world Iraq Shutters Abu Ghraib Prison

The country's justice ministry has relocated the infamous prison's inmates over concerns about militant attacks, following a jailbreak last July

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Algeria's bloody past, energy wealth keep status quo for now

ALGIERS Reuters - Cramped with his young wife and three infants in a shack in Algiers' Citi Hofra slum, Amin Kerchach could be forgiven for being angry at missing out on Algeria's gas wealth.

1 hour ago // CNN

world Video could signal a new al Qaeda plot

Barbara Starr has the latest on a new video of an al Qaeda meeting and the questions it raises about U.S. intelligence.

1 hour ago // The Telegraph

world Romanian prime minister leaves his office because of 'presidential spying'

Romania's prime minister moves office to escape alleged covert surveillance by the country's president

1 hour ago // Al Jazeera

world Hundreds missing after South Korea ship sinks

At least four people dead and another 55 injured after ferry carrying 459 people capsizes off country's southern coast.

1 hour ago // Boston Herald

world Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian insurgents Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine.Still, it was far from clear just who these mostly masked men were and what their presence meant for eastern Ukraine, which has seen a surge of support for closer ties with Russia and against the new government in Kiev, which wants closer link