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Authorities begin to pull bodies from submerged Korean ferry

Divers retrieved more than a dozen bodies on Sunday from the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, opening a grim new chapter in the search and recovery process. Three bodies — the first to be retrieved from the ship’s interior —…

Chilean mountain-top telescope will allow us to observe planets outside our solar system

Cerro Armazones is a crumbling dome of rock that dominates the parched peaks of the Chilean Coast Range north of Santiago. A couple of old concrete platforms and some rusty pipes, parts of the mountain’s old weather station, are the only hints that humans have ever taken an interest in…

U.S. automakers looking to crack Russian market despite tension over Ukraine

Nevermind the Ukraine crisis and Washington’s sanctions against Moscow: U.S. automakers say the Russian market is their next big frontier. Russia is simply too large and too important for carmakers to ignore, experts said this week. “The Russian market is going to be larger than Germany,” said John Branch, a…

U.N. Security Council: Attack on South Sudan base that left 58 dead could be ‘war crime’

The United Nations Security Council said the attack which killed at least 58 people on a UN base in South Sudan where thousands of civilians were sheltering may ‘constitute a war crime’. Expressing its “outrage” over the attack on Friday, the world body demanded the South Sudan government do more…

Archbishop of Canterbury: Anglican Church still ‘struggling with reality’ of marriage equality

Archbishop of Canterbury warns swift change in doctrine on issue risks alienating followers abroad, principally in Africa The Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested he is unable to bless same-sex marriages because taking such a step would endanger the global unity of Anglicanism by alienating members in developing countries who found…

Tickets go on sale in 10 of Brazil’s 12 World Cup host cities

World Cup ticketing centers opened in Brazil on Friday allowing fans who have managed to purchase match tickets for the June 12 to July 13 extravaganza to claim them. Centers opened in ten of the 12 host cities — fans will only be able to pick tickets up in the…

Venezuela in crisis as Maduro limps to a year in power

A year after promising to continue Hugo Chavez’s legacy, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is struggling to lead an oil-rich country plagued by economic crisis, violent protests, and rampant crime. Maduro, the self-proclaimed “son” of iconic leader Chavez, was narrowly elected after Chavez died from cancer and was sworn in April…

Avalanche on Mt. Everest leaves Sherpas counting their dead and considering their future

Survivor tells of ominous crack in the darkness as the search continues after at least 12 people are killed Chechhee Sherpa was cooking dinner when her husband called from Everest. Just 23, Abiral Rai was working for the first time on the mountain, carrying loads for his New Zealand client…

Obama signs ‘terrorist activity’ law aimed at barring Iranian U.N. envoy

President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill barring U.S. visas for U.N. envoys seen as a threat to American security or having engaged in “terrorist activity” — a measure aimed at Iran’s ambassador. Obama however said in a statement that the measure should be taken as an…

North Korea complains about U.N. meeting over ‘fabricated’ human rights abuses

North Korea hit out early Saturday at an informal meeting of the United Nations Security Council in which the body was urged to slap sanctions on Pyongyang officials responsible for human rights abuses. Michael Kirby — the head of a special UN inquiry into North Korean rights abuses — had…

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