|Death toll climbs in South Korea ferry disaster, over 200 still missing
The number of confirmed dead in the South Korean ferry disaster has risen to nearly 50, with more than 250 still missing. More than a dozen bodies were found Saturday in the murky waters near the sunken vessel.
|Iran general urges Tehran to choose new UN diplomat
A senior Iranian military official has urged the foreign ministry to choose a new envoy to the U.N., after the U.S. blocked its chosen ambassador over his reported ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
|Iran's vice president says dispute over nuclear reactor resolved
Iranian state television reported Saturday that that the Islamic Republic's vice president is saying a dispute between world powers and the country over its heavy water reactor at Arak has been "virtually resolved."
|Mt. Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face
For the Sherpas, the once-obscure mountain people whose name has become synonymous with Mount Everest, this week's avalanche was a brutal reminder of the risks they face.
|Egypt's censorship board head resigns over film dispute
The head of Egypt's censorship board said Saturday that he has resigned from his post, after the country's prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer be shown.
|Islamic militants take credit for deadly Nigerian blast
Nigeria's Islamic extremists have claimed responsibility for the massive explosion at a busy bus station that killed at least 75 people in Nigeria's capital of Abuja this past week.
|Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners
The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners in Peru. They had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers.
|Colombia hopes to share Garcia Marquez remains
The final resting place for the ashes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez remains unclear. It could be Mexico, where he lived for decades, or his native Colombia. Or perhaps even both.
|Pope Francis to baptize 10 people in weekend Easter Vigil
The vigil is among the most solemn and dramatic on the church calendar, with Francis entering the darkened basilica with a lone candle, which he then shares with others to slowly illuminate the church.
|European Union official against cutting off Russia gas ties
A European Union official has opposed cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years -- as Russia is a major European gas supplier, and mounting tensions over Ukraine have raised concerns about possible disruption.