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The Boston Marathon returns Monday amid major security after last year's deadly bombings as a near record 35,660 runners get set to compete.

Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel

Palestinian negotiators have warned they may pass responsiblity for their territory back to occupying power Israel if peace talks remain stalled, a senior Palestinian official said on Sunday.

Iraqi women push for rights ahead of presidential election

Female politicians in Iraq are pushing women's issues and women's rights as the presidential election in the country approaches and new laws aim to further restrict them.

Halifax teen charged with threatening Rahtaeh Parsons' father

One of the two teens who face child pornography charges in relation to Rahtaeh Parsons, the 17-year-old who committed suicide after pictures of her allegedly being sexually assaulted were circulated, is now charged with threatening to kill her father.

Malaysia Airlines jet in emergency landing after tyre bursts

A Malaysia Airlines plane with 166 people aboard was forced to make an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday in another blow to its safety image after the loss of flight MH370.

Syrian regime alleged to still be using chemical weapons

France claims it has "information" which indicates that the Assad government is continuing to use chemical weapons against rebel groups in Syria. Apparently they have carried out nine such attacks in the past two months.

U.N: Risk of mass starvation at Syria's Yarmouk Palestinian camp

The United Nations has said that the Syrian regimes military blockade of the Palestinian Yarmouk camp, situated on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, could see to the starvation of up to 20,000 of its inhabitants.

Texas twin boys, 7, fight carjacker—and win

When a San Antonio mother left her car unattended for a minute with the twins and their one-year-old brother in it, a man jumped in and drove away. But the seven-year-olds were having none of that and fought the man.

Iraq attacks kill 14 as bomber hits university

Attacks in Iraq, including a suicide bombing at a university in north Baghdad, killed at least 14 people on Sunday, security and medical officials said.

Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to old Christian town

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad paid an Easter Sunday visit to a historic Christian town newly recaptured from jihadist-backed rebels as opposition fighters counter-attacked his forces in a key battleground city.

France has 'information' Assad regime using chemical weapons: Hollande

France has "information" but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday.

Op-Ed: Malaysia minister calls for prayer to find missing jet (Opinion)

We all know there have been a lot of "uh-oh" moments in the incredibly long and tragic drama around the Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished with 339 passengers and crew aboard.

Ukraine rebels call for Russian troops after deadly gunfight

Pro-Kremlin rebels in east Ukraine appealed Sunday for help from Russian "peacekeepers" after a deadly gunfight killed at least two of their militants, shattering an Easter truce and sparking "outrage" in Moscow.

Two UN staff members go missing in Pakistan

Two local employees working for the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF have gone missing in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi and police said Sunday they are thought to have been kidnapped.

Thailand arrests suspected Hezbollah-linked operatives

Thailand has recently thwarted a plan by two men in the country to kill Israeli tourists in a bomb attack. The two men are alleged to be connected with the Hezbollah organization.

Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential poll

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is well ahead of his main rival in Afghanistan's presidential election, officials said Sunday after half of the ballots were counted, though a run-off vote still looks likely next month.

Gunmen kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush

Gunmen killed 11 Algerian soldiers in an ambush overnight, the defence ministry said on Sunday, in the first attack of its kind since President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term.

Pope pleads for peace in Ukraine, Syria

Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria in an Easter Sunday address before 150,000 faithful in which he also condemned the "neglect and dire poverty" behind the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa.

Baby Prince George visits Australian zoo

Baby Prince George stepped out in public with his parents on Sunday for the first time in Australia, for an encounter with wildlife at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.

Bangladesh opposition chief forced to wait for trial decision

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia was given a short reprieve on Sunday, with a court postponing a decision on whether to halt her embezzlement trial that could see her jailed for life if convicted.

Nepal calls off search for missing guides on Everest

Nepal on Sunday called off the search for local guides still missing after the deadliest accident on Mount Everest killed 13 colleagues, as climbers recalled the terrifying moments when the avalanche hit.

Pakistan bus crash leaves 42 dead

A speeding passenger bus smashed into a tractor-trailer in southern Pakistan Sunday, killing 42 people including 14 children and injuring more than a dozen others with many in critical condition, police said.

Indian man had 12 gold bars in his stomach

No, it’s not a case of optimism based on the theory “you are what you eat.” An Indian man told doctors he’d “swallowed the lid of a bottle in a marital dispute.” Sounds plausible, doesn’t it? They found 400g of gold.

Camouflage and candles: Easter comes to Ukraine's rebel east

Resurrection and rebellion -- in Ukraine's separatist east this weekend, those two themes collided as pro-Kremlin militants briefly subjugated their political passions to religious ones in a celebration of Easter.

Russia 'outraged' as east Ukraine shootout shatters Easter truce

A deadly gunfight in a town in restive east Ukraine on Sunday shattered a fragile Easter truce, with Russia declaring it was "outraged" at the return to violence in the crisis-hit former Soviet republic.

Two Egyptian police officers killed in attack

A police officer and a conscript were killed after armed attackers opened fire on their patrol car, Egypt's interior ministry announced on Sunday, the latest deadly assault against the country's security forces.

Anglican leader praises persecuted Christians in Easter sermon

Justin Welby, the leader of the world's Anglicans, was to praise the resilience of persecuted Christian minorities around the world in his Easter sermon on Sunday.

Senate leader Reid calls rancher supporters domestic terrorists

Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid condemned supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Clive Bundy, calling them "domestic terrorists."

Video: Michigan judge loses cool sentencing convicted killer

In what was supposed to be a routine sentencing, the judge lost his temper after the defendant rolled her eyes, smirked, laughed and interrupted family members of the victim while they were speaking.

Bill Proposed By GOP May Slash Science Funding Special

The House Science, Space and Technology committee is proposing massive cuts to the National Science Foundation and this has science advocates worried.

Israel and the Crimean crisis

The United States expressed "surprise" over the fact that Israel did not support last months U.N. vote supporting Ukraine's sovereign claim over Crimea.

China's shadow to follow Obama around Asia

President Barack Obama will not visit China on his Asia tour next week, but its broadening shadow will be cast everywhere he goes at a time of complex regional disputes and questions about US strategy.

Costa Concordia Captain Schettino's trial hears damning evidence

The head of the Costa Cruises crisis unit, Roberto Ferrarini, was on the witness stand last week in the trial of Francesco Schettino, the captain of the tragic Costa Concordia. His evidence is the latest to suggest Mr. Schettino has lied about his role.

Two kittens survive accidental trip from Los Angeles to San Diego

Two tiny newborn kittens, since dubbed Mouse and Wifi, were accidentally packed in a box and shipped in a truck from Los Angeles all the way to San Diego and survived the long and stressful 126-mile journey.

Leftist Egyptian politician to challenge Sissi's presidential bid

Hamdeen Sabahi has submitted his bid to run against Egyptian military strongman Abdul Fattah Al Sissi, who seems set to become the next President of Egypt.

U.S. President Barack Obama extolls 'working' Obamacare

At a news conference in the White House on Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama detailed some successes of what the nation calls Obamacare. The health care program had a disastrous rollout in October but Obama said it's working now.

Phl Cardinal hits human commercialization in Easter message

In his Easter message during his homily on Maundy Thursday at the Mass of the Last Supper, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle showed his dismay about people being treated as material objects in such a way that everyone seems to have a price,

S. Korea ferry transcript reveals evacuation panic

Panic-stricken and fumbling for a response, the crew of a South Korean ferry dithered over the evacuation of passengers in the crucial final moments before it sank, a transcript released Sunday revealed, as divers began retrieving bodies from the vesse...

Over 100 killed in South Sudan cattle raid

Over 100 people have been killed in a cattle raid in South Sudan's Warrap state, a local information minister told UN radio, the latest atrocity in the war-torn nation.

Syria said to have shipped out 75-80% of its chemical stockpile

According to the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Syria has shipped out 80% of its declared chemical weapons.

Truck driver foils kidnapping of 8-month-old on NYC street

A UPS driver ran to the aid of a nanny after a woman tried to take a stroller with an eight-month-old baby boy in it. A suspect was later apprehended.
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