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Outrage over Cecil the lion's death in Africa: Trophy hunters are chiefly Americans

A beloved lion who usually roamed within the confines of an African conservation park is dead. An American hunter has been named by Zimbabwean officials as the killer of the animal. Many people are outraged.

Rescuers struggle to find survivors of Afghanistan landslide

Afghan rescuers and volunteers armed with shovels and little more than their bare hands dug through the mud Saturday after a massive landslide swept through a village the day before, turning it into an earthen tomb holding hundreds of bodies, officials said.

102 Muslim Brotherhood backers get 10 years in prison in Egypt

Reflecting the Egyptian judiciary's growing role in a wide-ranging crackdown against opponents of the interim government, a criminal court on Saturday sentenced more than 100 alleged supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to 10 years in prison.

European inspectors freed in eastern Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- Captured European arms inspectors were released Saturday by gunmen in Ukraine's eastern town of Slovyansk, a Kremlin envoy said.

Cease-fire accord said to be reached in Syrian city of Homs

A cease-fire accord has reportedly been struck that would bring the war-battered Old City of Homs back under government control by allowing the evacuation of hundreds of rebels, according to various reports Friday.

Police say 42 killed in Odessa in worst violence of Ukraine crisis

A clash Friday between supporters of Ukrainian unity and Russian-backed separatists in the Black Sea port of Odessa left 42 people dead and scores injured, police said.

Egyptian writer Bassem Sabry's opinions live on after his death

The unexpected death in Egypt this week of pro-democracy activist and writer Bassem Sabry has led his friends and followers to honor him by promoting the principles and views he had expressed since the nation's 2011 uprising.

European security official decries attacks on journalists in Ukraine

As attacks escalated Friday on journalists covering the unrest in eastern Ukraine, a European security official denounced "brutal violence, kidnappings and intimidation" by pro-Russia gunmen occupying Ukrainian government buildings across a 200-mile swath of eastern Ukraine.

Obama, Merkel threaten broader sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday ratcheted up the threat of economic backlash against Russia, saying they are preparing broader sanctions if Moscow continues to stoke violence in eastern Ukraine in the run-up to elections later this month.

Afghanistan landslides kill hundreds, many more missing

Hundreds of people were dead or missing after landslides in remote northeast Afghanistan buried a village under as much as 60 feet of mud and rocks, officials said Friday.

Kerry pushes for 'critical' talks over South Sudan

Secretary of State John F. Kerry pressed South Sudan's president Friday to meet face-to-face with a longtime rival in talks he said were crucial to end fighting that has left thousands of people dead and displaced about a million others.

Two dead in Egypt violence; more than a dozen injured

A soldier and a police officer were killed and more than a dozen people were injured as Egypt was rocked by three explosions Friday, raising fear of an increase in violence before the presidential election this month.

Ukraine forces move against separatists; copters shot down, killing 2

Ukrainian security forces resumed an anti-separatist operation Friday near Slovyansk, a district center in the eastern part of the country that had been seized by armed pro-Russia gunmen in April, an official said.

Car bomb attacks in Syria kill 18, including 11 children

A pair of car bombs in Syria's central Hama province killed 18 people, including 11 children, state media reported Friday.

Syria's Assad among 24 registered as presidential hopefuls

Syrian President Bashar Assad leads a list of 24 presidential hopefuls who have registered as potential candidates in an election set for next month, government officials said Thursday.

Sultan of Brunei imposes harsh Islamic criminal code

The sultan of oil-rich Brunei on Thursday announced the start of a new criminal code based on sharia law that will eventually prescribe punishments that include amputation and stoning, the first of Southeast Asia's predominantly Muslim countries to impose the harsh form of Islamic law.

Poignant video shows students on sinking South Korean ferry

As a ferry started to tilt dangerously off the South Korean coast, a group of teenage passengers made jokes and talked of posting about the experience on Facebook.

Brazil's president raises welfare payments ahead of election

President Dilma Rousseff announced increases in payments for Brazil's poorest citizens in honor of the country's May 1st celebrations as she gears up to campaign for reelection in October.

Release of White House email stirs up a new controversy over Benghazi

A newly released email has again put President Obama and his senior aides on the defensive for their response to the 2012 attack that killed four Americans at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Government airstrikes kill 40 in Aleppo, Syria

At least 40 people were killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday when government forces dropped barrel bombs on a busy market, according to opposition activists.

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