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AFGHANISTAN (NBC News) - An American doctor killed in an attack at a charity hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan is being remembered as a hero.

Pediatrician Dr. Jerry Umanos was led by his convictions and his faith to move to Afghanistan to treat children and train other physicians.

He, along with two other Americans, was killed Wednesday when a member of the Afghan public protection force assigned to guard the facility opened fire inside the hospital. A fourth American was wounded.

"Just a really selfless guy, and he knew the dangers in Afghanistan but he just really felt called to be there," says Dave Wilcoxen, a colleague of Umanos at Chicago's Lawndale Christian Health Center.

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Russia's Putin Calls the Internet a 'CIA Project' http://www.kristv.com/news/russia-s-putin-calls-the-internet-a-cia-project-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/russia-s-putin-calls-the-internet-a-cia-project-/ World News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 1:44:58 PM Russia's Putin Calls the Internet a 'CIA Project'

MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting.

The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists - barred from national television - have used to promote their ideas and organize protests.

Russia's parliament this week passed a law requiring social media websites to keep their servers in Russia and save all information about their users for at least half a year. Also, businessmen close to Putin now control Russia's leading social media network, VKontakte.

Speaking Thursday at a media forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said that the Internet originally was a "CIA project" and "is still developing as such."

To resist that influence, Putin said, Russia needs to "fight for its interests" online.

A Russian blogger complained to Putin that foreign websites and Yandex, the web search engine which is bigger in Russia than Google, are storing information on servers abroad, which could be undermining Russia's security.

In his reply, Putin mentioned unspecified pressure that was exerted on Yandex in its early years and chided the company for its registration in the Netherlands "not only for tax reasons but for other considerations, too."

Although Putin's comments didn't include any specific threats to Yandex, one of Russia's most successful tech companies, its shares plunged by 5 percent at the Nasdaq's opening on Thursday.

In a statement Thursday, Yandex said the company got registered in the Netherlands "solely due to the specifics of corporate law," not because of the low taxes there and added that its core business is based in Russia and "practically all the taxes are paid in Russia."

Reacting to Putin's claims that Yandex was under "pressure," the company said it got its first investments from international funds and investors, "which is the usual practice for any online start-up in any country."

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Afghan Hospital Guard Kills 3 American Doctors http://www.kristv.com/news/afghan-hospital-guard-kills-3-american-doctors/ http://www.kristv.com/news/afghan-hospital-guard-kills-3-american-doctors/ World News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 4:11:25 AM Afghan Hospital Guard Kills 3 American Doctors

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan says three doctors killed by an Afghan security guard at a Kabul hospital are American citizens.

Thursday's shooting at Cure International Hospital in western Kabul was the latest attack on foreign civilians in the Afghan capital this year.

The embassy says on Twitter: "With great sadness we confirm that three Americans were killed in the attack on Cure hospital."

The motive for the attack was unclear.

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Ferry Death Toll Hits 156 as Search Grows Tougher http://www.kristv.com/news/ferry-death-toll-hits-156-as-search-grows-tougher/ http://www.kristv.com/news/ferry-death-toll-hits-156-as-search-grows-tougher/ World News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:02:56 PM Ferry Death Toll Hits 156 as Search Grows Tougher

JINDO, South Korea (AP) - As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon. But the work was reaching a new, more complicated phase, with an official saying divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.

Looming in the background is a sensitive issue: When to bring in the cranes and begin the salvage effort by cutting up and raising the submerged vessel. The government has warned that the work might eliminate air pockets that could be sustaining survivors, but for some relatives that is a long-lost hope.

"Now we think we have to deal with this realistically," said Pyun Yong-gi, whose 17-year-old daughter is among the missing.

"We don't want the bodies to decay further, so we want them to pull out the bodies as quickly as they can," Pyun said on Jindo island, where recovered bodies are taken for families to identify.

That view is not shared among all relatives of the missing, however. One of them, Jang Jong-ryul, was sensitive about the mere mention of the word "salvage" and said most families don't want to think about it.

The number of corpses recovered has risen sharply since the weekend, when divers battling strong currents and low visibility were finally able to enter the submerged vessel. But Koh Myung-seok, spokesman for the government-wide emergency task force, said the work is becoming more difficult, and divers must now break through cabin walls.

"The lounge is one big open space, so once in it we got our search done straight away. But in the case of the cabins, we will have to break down the walls in between because they are all compartments," Koh said.

The government has not said when it intends to begin the salvage effort, though it has said it will be considerate of families of the missing.

"Even if there is only one survivor," Koh said, "our government will do its best to rescue that person, and then we will salvage the ferry."

For some relatives of the missing, speed in recovering the dead is becoming more important than shrinking hopes that their loved ones might still be alive.

"I've seen the bodies and they are starting to smell. It inflicts a new wound for the parents to see the bodies decomposed," Pyun said.

He and other relatives have set a deadline of Thursday for the government to recover all the bodies, though he concedes they have no way to enforce it. "We are not the ones who are actually doing it, so we know that there is nothing we can do," Pyun said.

The victims of the April 16 disaster are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board survived.

The funeral halls in Ansan are already full, Oh Sang-yoon of the task force center said in a statement. He said the center "is taking measures to accommodate additional bodies by placing mortuary refrigerators at the funeral halls in Ansan," and directing mourning families to funeral homes in nearby cities.

Twenty-two of the 29 members of the ferry's crew survived, and 11, including Capt. Lee Joon-seok, have been arrested or detained in connection with the investigation. Two of the crew were arrested Wednesday, senior prosecutor Ahn Sang-don said.

Ahn said an analysis of photos and video on the ship before its sinking showed the captain and other arrested crew members didn't rescue passengers, though it was their duty. Ahn said the crew members were at the ship's steering room or engine room together before fleeing the Sewol earlier than passengers.

The captain initially told passengers to stay in their cabins, and waited about half an hour to issue an evacuation order. He has said he waited because the current was strong, the water was cold and passengers could have drifted away before help arrived. But maritime experts said he could have ordered passengers to the deck - where they would have had a greater chance of survival - without telling them to abandon ship.

It was not the crew but a passenger who first alerted authorities that the boat was in distress, the coast guard confirmed Wednesday.

An emergency call was made 8:52 a.m. last Wednesday to the Jeonnam 119 fire department, which transferred the call to the Mokpo coast guard office, the coast guard said in an emailed statement. The ferry made its first distress call three minutes later.

Yonhap news agency reported that the caller was a student from Ansan, and remains missing.

The cause of the disaster is not yet known. Ahn said investigators are considering factors including wind, ocean currents, freight, modifications made to the ship and the fact that it turned just before it began listing.

Tracking data show that the ship made a 45-degree turn, and that it turned about 180 degrees in the course of about three minutes around the time the vessel began to list.

A maritime professor who spoke with the Sewol's third mate, who is among those arrested and was steering the ferry before it sank, said he suspects a problem with the steering gear caused the sinking.

Professor Kim Woo-Sook of Mokpo National Maritime University said he spoke to Park Han-gyeol, a former student, a Mokpo detention facility. He says she told him she ordered a helmsman to make just a 5-degree turn, but the steering gear turned too far and the helmsman could not turn it back.

Kim said the steering gear would not have been enough alone to capsize the ship, but he suspects it caused poorly secured freight to shift, making the vessel unbalanced. He said he told her he believes she didn't make any mistakes in steering the ship, but that was wrong to have followed the captain in escaping the ship without protecting the passengers.

Senior prosecutor Yang Jung-jin said government investigators have not confirmed problems in the steering gear of the Sewol.

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Kim reported from Mokpo, South Korea. Associated Press writers Youkyung Lee in Incheon, Jung-hee Oh and Kyeongmin Lee in Jindo, Chang Yong-jun in Ansan, and Foster Klug, Jung-yoon Choi and Leon Drouin-Keith in Seoul contributed to this report.

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Mexico Arrests 46 Criminals Posing as Vigilantes http://www.kristv.com/news/mexico-arrests-46-criminals-posing-as-vigilantes/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mexico-arrests-46-criminals-posing-as-vigilantes/ World News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 2:42:15 PM Mexico Arrests 46 Criminals Posing as Vigilantes

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) - Mexican authorities said Tuesday they have arrested 46 people who worked for criminal gangs but posed as members of vigilante "self-defense" groups.

The vigilante movement sprang up last year in the western state of Michoacan to fight the Knights Templar drug cartel. The heavily armed vigilantes wear white T-shirts with slogans demanding freedom for their home towns, or the slogan "Self Defense Group".

The federal envoy to Michoacan, Alfredo Castillo, said the arrested gang members were wearing similar, but fake, T-shirts. They were arrested Monday in the town of Huetamo, near the neighboring state of Guerrero, after they opened fire on federal forces.

The suspects were found with 23 guns, three grenades and a grenade launcher. Castillo did not specify which gang the suspects belonged to, but there have been reports that drug gangs from Guerrero are seeking to expand their territory in Michoacan. Authorities arrested five other people last week who are suspected of having passed themselves off as vigilantes in another Michoacan town.

Castillo also said that on Tuesday, federal forces had entered the town of Arteaga, considered the stronghold of the last remaining top leader of the Knights Templar cartel, Servando "La Tuta" Gomez. Authorities have killed or arrested most of the cartel's other leaders.

The government is trying to register and reign in the vigilantes, to avoid copy cats and infiltrators, and has given the vigilantes until May 10 to demobilize, which is usually understood as handing in their largest-caliber weapons and ending armed patrols. Instead, the government has offered them the option of signing as members of army-controlled Rural Defense corps.

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US: Pictures Indicate Russian Troops in Ukraine http://www.kristv.com/news/us-pictures-indicate-russian-troops-in-ukraine/ http://www.kristv.com/news/us-pictures-indicate-russian-troops-in-ukraine/ World News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:34:37 PM US: Pictures Indicate Russian Troops in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department has released images of soldiers in eastern Ukraine that it says are Russian forces, showing militants wearing similar uniforms and brandishing Russian weapons.

The pictures mark the latest effort by the West to prove that Moscow is using its military to stir unrest in Ukraine.

A copy of the 11-page State Department document was given to reporters.

It includes pictures captioned as "concerned citizens" in Crimea and the city of Slovyansk who are dressed the same and carrying the same kind of RPG-30 rocket launchers that are issued to Russian troops.

There was no way to immediately verify the photographs, which were either taken from the Internet or were given to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe last week by Ukraine diplomats.

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Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexican Capital http://www.kristv.com/news/magnitude-7-2-earthquake-shakes-mexican-capital/ http://www.kristv.com/news/magnitude-7-2-earthquake-shakes-mexican-capital/ World News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:28:03 AM Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexican Capital

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.

It was felt across at least a half-dozen states and Mexico's capital, where it shook for at least 30 seconds. Around the region, there were reports of isolated and minor damage, such as fallen fences, trees and broken windows. Chilpancingo, capital of the southern state of Guerrero, where the quake was centered, reported a power outage, but service was restored after 15 minutes.

In Acapulco, 59-year-old Enedina Ramirez Perez was having breakfast, enjoying the holiday with about 20 family members, when her hotel started to shake.

"People were turning over chairs in their desperation to get out, grabbing children, trampling people," the Mexico City woman said. "The hotel security was excellent and starting calming people down. They got everyone to leave quietly."

The quake struck 170 miles (273 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City, where people fled high rises and took to the streets, many in still in their bathrobes and pajamas on their day off.

"I started to hear the walls creak and I said, 'Let's go,'" said Rodolfo Duarte, 32, who fled his third-floor apartment.

"This is really strong," said Gabriel Alejandro Hernandez Chavez, 45, an apartment building guard in Mexico City. "And I'm accustomed to earthquakes."

The USGS initially calculated the quake's magnitude at 7.5, but later downgraded it to 7.2. It said the quake was centered 22 miles (36 kilometers) northwest of the town of Tecpan de Galeana, and was 15 miles (24 kilometers) deep.

In many cases of earthquakes in Mexico, it can take time to receive word from remote areas near the epicenter, where damage could be more extensive. No one answered the phone at the city hall for Tecpan de Galeana.

Mexico City itself is vulnerable even to distant earthquakes because much of it sits atop the muddy sediments of drained lake beds that quiver as quake waves hit.

The magnitude-8.1 quake in 1985 that killed at least 6,000 people and destroyed many buildings in Mexico City was centered 250 miles (400 kilometers) away on the Pacific Coast.

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12 Killed, 3 Missing In Avalanche On Everest http://www.kristv.com/news/12-killed-3-missing-in-avalanche-on-everest/ http://www.kristv.com/news/12-killed-3-missing-in-avalanche-on-everest/ World News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 4:32:26 AM Associated Press 12 Killed, 3 Missing In Avalanche On Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche hit just them below Camp 2 at about 6:30 a.m., Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said from the base camp where he is monitoring rescue efforts.

Rescue workers pulled out 12 bodies from under mounds of snow and ice and were searching for the three missing guides, Lamsal said.

Two Sherpas who were injured were taken by helicopter to hospitals in Nepal's capital, Katmandu.

Hundreds of climbers, their guides and support crews have gathered at the base camp to prepare for attempts to scale the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) mountain early next month when weather conditions become favorable. They have been setting up camps at higher altitudes and guides have been fixing routes and ropes on the slopes above.

As soon as the avalanche hit, rescuers and fellow climbers rushed to help.

Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said the area where the avalanche hit is nicknamed the "popcorn field" and is just below Camp 2 at 6,400 meters (21,000 feet).

Earlier this year, Nepal announced several steps to better manage the heavy flow of climbers and speed up rescue operations. The steps included the dispatch of officials and security personnel to the base camp at 5,300 meters (17,380 feet), where they will stay throughout the spring climbing season that ends in May.

More than 4,000 climbers have scaled the summit since 1953, when it was first conquered by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Hundreds have died attempting to reach the peak.

The worst recorded disaster on Everest had been a snowstorm on May 11, 1996, that caused the deaths of eight climbers. Six Nepalese guides were killed in an avalanche in 1970.

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Vice Principal Saved From Korea Ferry Found Hanged http://www.kristv.com/news/vice-principal-saved-from-korea-ferry-found-hanged/ http://www.kristv.com/news/vice-principal-saved-from-korea-ferry-found-hanged/ World News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 4:09:48 AM Associated Press Vice Principal Saved From Korea Ferry Found Hanged

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree.

The news of the death came Friday as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of people still missing from the ferry and feared dead. The passengers included 325 second-year students from Danwon High School heading to a southern island on a four-day trip.

A police officer says the vice principal, identified only by his surname Kang, was found dead on the island of Jindo where rescued passengers have taken shelter. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity citing department rules. He didn't elaborate.

The ferry sank Wednesday.

Officials have confirmed 28 deaths. But that number is expected to rise sharply. About 270 people are missing.

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Deal Reached on Calming Ukraine Tensions http://www.kristv.com/news/deal-reached-on-calming-ukraine-tensions/ http://www.kristv.com/news/deal-reached-on-calming-ukraine-tensions/ World News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:29:53 PM Associated Press Deal Reached on Calming Ukraine Tensions

GENEVA (AP) - Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

The tentative agreement puts on hold - for now at least - additional economic sanctions the West had prepared to impose on Russia if the talks were fruitless. And that will ease international pressure both on Moscow and nervous European Union nations that depend on Russia for their energy.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the deal the result of a "good day's work" but emphasized that the words on paper must be followed by concrete actions. He said he had warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Moscow would soon feel the brunt of new sanctions should it not follow through on its commitments under the agreement.

"It is important that these words are translated immediately into actions," Kerry said at a news briefing. "None of us leaves here with a sense that the job is done because of words on a paper."

He added that if Moscow does not abide by the agreement, something that would be clear in the coming days, "we will have no choice but to impose further costs on Russia."

The agreement, reached after seven hours of negotiation in Geneva, requires all sides to refrain from violence, intimidation or provocative actions. It calls for the disarming of all illegally armed groups and for control of buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists to be turned back to authorities.

It also gives amnesty to protesters who comply with the demands, except those found guilty of capital crimes.

Monitors with the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe will be tasked with helping Ukraine authorities and local communities comply with the requirements outlined in the agreement.

It said Kiev's plans to reform its constitution and transfer more power from the central government to regional authorities must be inclusive, transparent and accountable - including through the creation of a broad national dialogue.

Speaking at a separate news conference, Lavrov said the OSCE mission "should play a leading role" moving forward.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the U.S. and its European allies for having what he called a double standard concerning Ukraine and said he hoped he would not have to deploy troops to Ukraine.

But he also seemed to keep the door open for Russia to recognize Ukraine's presidential election set for May 25, softening his previous demand that it must be postponed until the fall and preceded by a referendum on broader powers for the regions.

Ukraine was hoping to use the Geneva talks - the first of their kind over the crisis that threatens the new government in Kiev - to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepared a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.

Meanwhile, Russia was honing a strategy of its own: Push the West as far as possible without provoking crippling sanctions against its own financial and energy sectors or a military confrontation with NATO.

In a television appearance in Moscow on Thursday, Putin denied claims that Russian special forces were provoking unrest in eastern Ukraine. He called the Ukrainian government's effort to quash the unrest a "crime."

In Washington, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. would send non-lethal assistance to Ukraine's military in light of what he called Russia's ongoing destabilizing actions there. He told a Pentagon news conference that the military assistance to Ukraine will include medical supplies, helmets, water purification units and power generators.

Ukraine has asked for military assistance from the U.S., a request that was believed to include lethal aid such as weapons and ammunition. Obama administration officials have said they were not actively considering lethal assistance for fear it could escalate an already tense situation.

The U.S. has already sent Ukraine other assistance, such as pre-packaged meals for its military.

In Brussels, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the military alliance would increase its presence in Eastern Europe, including flying more sorties over the Baltic region west of Ukraine and deploying allied warships to the Baltic Sea and the eastern Mediterranean. NATO's supreme commander in Europe, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, told reporters that ground forces also could be involved at some point, but he gave no details.

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AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace, AP National Security Writer Robert Burns and AP Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee in Washington, AP Writer Lori Hinnant in Paris and AP Television News Senior Producer Ed Brown in Geneva contributed to this report.

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Nigeria: Principal Denies Kidnapped Students Free http://www.kristv.com/news/nigeria-principal-denies-kidnapped-students-free/ http://www.kristv.com/news/nigeria-principal-denies-kidnapped-students-free/ World News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 5:01:13 AM Associated Press Nigeria: Principal Denies Kidnapped Students Free

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - The principal of a northeastern Nigerian school said she cannot confirm a military report that more than 100 female students kidnapped by Islamic militants are free.

Asabe Kwambura tells The Associated Press that only 14 of the 129 abducted students have returned to Chibok town in Borno state, with the rest still missing.

Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade said Wednesday night that all but eight of the students were free.

Kwambura said Thursday that security forces and civilian volunteers are searching the bush for the students kidnapped before dawn Tuesday and that the military statement "is not true."

The conflicting statements could not immediately be reconciled.

Boko Haram extremists have staged four attacks in three days including an explosion in the capital that killed at least 175 people.

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Gunmen Attack Iraq Military Base, Kill 10 Soldiers http://www.kristv.com/news/gunmen-attack-iraq-military-base-kill-10-soldiers/ http://www.kristv.com/news/gunmen-attack-iraq-military-base-kill-10-soldiers/ World News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 4:57:05 AM Associated Press Gunmen Attack Iraq Military Base, Kill 10 Soldiers

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi officials say militants have attacked a military base in the country's north, killing at least 10 soldiers.

An army officer and a police officer say a suicide bomber first detonated his explosives-laden truck at the gates of the base outside the northern city of Mosul on Thursday morning.

A group of gunmen then opened fire from apparently commandeered military Humvees.

The officials say at least 10 troops were killed and 12 were wounded. Eight militants were also killed in the ensuing shootout.

A medical official confirmed the causality figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to media.

Mosul is about 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad. The city and its surroundings have seen brazen militant attacks over the past months.

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South Korea Says 293 Missing In Ferry Disaster http://www.kristv.com/news/south-korea-says-293-missing-in-ferry-disaster/ http://www.kristv.com/news/south-korea-says-293-missing-in-ferry-disaster/ World News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 3:19:11 AM Associated Press South Korea Says 293 Missing In Ferry Disaster

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.

There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank.

The ferry sent a distress call at about 9 a.m. local time Wednesday after it began leaning to one side, according to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration. The government said about 95 percent of the ferry, whose passengers included 325 high school students on a school trip to the popular tourist island, was submerged.

Coast guard officers, speaking on condition of anonymity citing department rules, said at least two people died and 293 were unaccounted for, but gave no further details, including what might have caused the ferry to sink. Official estimates of the missing, dead and even the number of passengers on the ship varied wildly as the search went on. A government official had earlier said that more than 100 people were unaccounted for, but officials later boosted the number to 295 missing and then changed it to 293.

Media photos showed wet students, some without shoes, some wrapped in blankets, tended to by emergency workers. One student, Lim Hyung-min, told broadcaster YTN from a gym on a nearby island that he and other students jumped into the ocean wearing life jackets and then swam to a nearby rescue boat.

"As the ferry was shaking and tilting, we all tripped and bumped into each another," Lim said, adding that some people were bleeding. Once he jumped, the ocean "was so cold. ... I was hurrying, thinking that I wanted to live."

The water temperature in the area was about 12 degrees Celsius (54 Fahrenheit), cold enough to cause signs of hypothermia after about 90 minutes or 2 hours, according to an emergency official who spoke on condition of anonymity citing department rules. Officials said mud on the ocean floor made underwater search operations difficult. The ship sank in waters several kilometers (miles) north of Byeongpung Island, which is near the mainland and about 470 kilometers (290 miles) from Seoul, according to the coast guard.

Local media earlier showed the mostly submerged ferry tilting dramatically as helicopters flew overhead and rescue vessels floated nearby.

Passenger Kim Seong-mok, speaking from a nearby island after his rescue, told YTN that he was "certain" that many people were trapped inside the ferry as water quickly rushed in and the severe tilt of the vessel kept them from reaching the exits. Some people urged those who couldn't get out of the ferry to break windows.

Kim said that after having breakfast he felt the ferry tilt and then heard it crash into something. He said the ferry operator made an announcement asking that passengers wait and not move from their places. Kim said he didn't hear any announcement telling passengers to escape.

The students are from a high school in Ansan city near Seoul and were on their way to Jeju island for a four-day trip, according to a relief team set up by Gyeonggi Province, which governs the city. The ferry left Incheon port, just west of Seoul, on Tuesday evening, according to the state-run Busan Regional Maritime Affairs & Port Administration. The trip from Incheon to Jeju is usually about 14 hours, so the ferry was about three hours from its destination when it made the distress call.

At the high school, students were sent home and parents gathered for news about the ferry.

Park Ji-hee, a first-year student, said she saw about a dozen parents crying at the school entrance and many cars and taxis gathered at the gate as she left in the morning.

She said some students in her classroom began to cry as they saw the news on their handsets. Teachers tried to soothe them, saying that the students on the ferry would be fine.

Officials said dozens of navy and coast guard divers, more than eight government boats, 11 helicopters and eight private fishing boats were helping with rescue efforts.

Lee Gyeong-og, a vice minister for South Korea's Public Administration and Security Ministry, had earlier said 14 were injured, but officials later changed the number to seven without elaborating.

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Official: Gunmen Abduct Jordan Ambassador in Libya http://www.kristv.com/news/official-gunmen-abduct-jordan-ambassador-in-libya/ http://www.kristv.com/news/official-gunmen-abduct-jordan-ambassador-in-libya/ World News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 4:42:54 AM Associated Press Official: Gunmen Abduct Jordan Ambassador in Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - A Libyan official says gunmen have abducted Jordan's ambassador to Tripoli.

Libya's Foreign Ministry's spokesman Said al-Aswad says several masked gunmen in civilian clothes and in two cars attacked the car of Ambassador Fawaz al-Etan on Tuesday morning in Tripoli.

Al-Aswad says the assailants opened fire at the ambassador's vehicle, wounding his driver and forcing al-Etan out at gunpoint.

Sabah al-Rafie, the spokeswoman for the Jordanian Foreign Ministry, confirmed the kidnapping. She had no further details but said the Jordanian government was following the matter closely with the Libyan authorities.

Abductions are rife in Libya since the 2011 uprising that resulted in the toppling of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Officials are most often targeted but diplomats and journalists have also frequently been subjected to kidnappings, threats and attacks.

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Blast Rips Up Busy Bus Station In Nigerian Capital http://www.kristv.com/news/blast-rips-up-busy-bus-station-in-nigerian-capital/ http://www.kristv.com/news/blast-rips-up-busy-bus-station-in-nigerian-capital/ World News Mon, 14 Apr 2014 3:41:19 AM Associated Press Blast Rips Up Busy Bus Station In Nigerian Capital

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - An explosion has blasted through a busy commuter bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, as hundreds of people were traveling to work.

Many are feared dead. The blast destroyed more than 30 vehicles and caused secondary explosions as their fuel tanks exploded and burned.

Reporters saw rescue workers and police gathering body parts.

The Boko Haram terrorist network has been threatening to attack the capital, in the middle of the country and hundreds of miles from its traditional base in the northeast, where it has killed hundreds of people this year.

The Islamic extremists claimed a 2011 suicide bombing by two explosives-laden cars that drove into the lobby of the United Nations office building in Abuja. It killed at least 21 people and wounded 60.

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Ukraine: The Next Move http://www.kristv.com/news/ukraine-the-next-move/ http://www.kristv.com/news/ukraine-the-next-move/ World News Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:47:17 AM Ukraine: The Next Move

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC News) - Trouble in eastern Ukraine has the U.S. considering whether to "get tough" on Russia.

It doesn't mean sending our military into Ukraine. No one is calling for that, but sanctions haven't worked - so it's unclear what the next steps will be.

Pro-Russian demonstrations in at least three parts of eastern Ukraine, and this is what has the U.S. concerned.

In Luhansk, 60 people are being held hostage, with demands for an election -- a vote for independence, just like Crimea.

The U.S. thinks Russia behind it and promises quick action if Russia moves into eastern Ukraine. "It doesn't have to be this way but will if Russia continues down this provocative path," said Secretary of State John Kerry.

Secretary of State John Kerry is suggesting more sanctions against major parts of Russia's economy.

Individual sanctions against President Putin's closest advisers haven't worked so far. "What you're doing, is talking strongly and carrying a very small stick, in fact, a twig," declared Senator John McCain, (R) Arizona.

Today, lawmakers will introduce a bill to help Ukraine fight back: "It's unconscionable that the Ukraine is facing this and the United States is standing on the sidelines and not even actively advising their military," said Rep. Buck McKeon, (R) California.

Advice only - no troops aimed at punishing Russia, but not starting another war.

Next week secretary Kerry meets with the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia and the European Union. It's their first four way meeting since the crisis began.

 


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Pistorius Wails While Testifying About Shooting Girlfriend http://www.kristv.com/news/pistorius-wails-while-testifying-about-shooting-girlfriend/ http://www.kristv.com/news/pistorius-wails-while-testifying-about-shooting-girlfriend/ World News Tue, 8 Apr 2014 5:39:53 PM Pistorius Wails While Testifying About Shooting Girlfriend

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - A subdued Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday described dinner at home, chatting and looking at cell phone photos with Reeva Steenkamp on the last night of her life. Then he erupted in anguished howls and heaving sobs while testifying at his murder trial about the moments when he says he realized he shot his girlfriend through a closed toilet door.

The shocking spectacle of what appeared to be a tormented man highlighted the drama of Pistorius' inspirational rise and sudden fall. The South African double-amputee runner captured the world's attention when he successfully fought for permission to run in the 2012 Olympics on his carbon-fiber prostheses. The very next year, he was facing charges for killing the woman he said he loved.

The court in Pretoria, the South African capital, adjourned because of the star athlete's breakdown, ending a day in which Pistorius spoke of the loving aspects of his relationship with Steenkamp in testimony designed to counter a prosecution picture of him as temperamental and overbearing, and then outlined his version of the final hours before the shooting.

"I sat over Reeva and I cried," Pistorius said, telling how he broke open the stall door in his bathroom in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013 to discover his bloodied girlfriend slumped in the cubicle. "I don't know how long I was there for."

Pistorius has said in statements that he shot Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder in his bathroom. Tuesday marked the first time he has spoken publicly about the details of the fatal shooting. Prosecutors call Pistorius' story an intricate lie and maintain he intentionally killed his 29-year-old girlfriend, a model and reality TV show star, after an argument.

The 27-year-old Olympian faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years before parole if convicted of premeditated murder. The judge, Thokozile Masipa, will deliver the verdict because South Africa does not have a jury system.

Pistorius has often shown emotion while listening to testimony since the trial began March 3, burying his head in his hands, weeping and even vomiting on a couple of occasions. Tuesday's outburst on the witness stand was his most demonstrative, and it forced a brief adjournment. Pistorius didn't stand up when the judge left, and also started to wail as he slumped in his seat. His brother and sister went over to comfort him. After a while he left the courtroom through a side door, still crying.

When Masipa returned, she ended proceedings for the day. Pistorius had by that time come back, jaw clenched, to the witness box. He was composed when he left the court and walked to a waiting vehicle. The trial was to reconvene on Wednesday.

Led by defense lawyer Barry Roux for the second day of his testimony, the runner provided more detail about his timeline of events leading up to the shooting. He said the couple had dinner about 7 p.m. and later sat chatting in the bedroom with the television on, and that Steenkamp showed him some photographs on her phone. He said he fell asleep between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. and woke up early the next morning.

At that point, he said, Steenkamp asked him: "Can't you sleep?"

'"No, I can't,'" Pistorius said he replied. Then he said stepped out to the balcony to get fans, and when he returned to the darkened bedroom he heard a noise from the bathroom.

"That's the moment that everything changed," Pistorius testified.

Pistorius said he felt fearful and vulnerable as he moved to the bathroom, walking only on his stumps because he had removed his prosthetic legs before going to bed. He said he was screaming for Steenkamp to call the police.

"I wasn't sure if someone was going to come out the toilet and attack me," he said. He also testified he heard a door slam, which he said he took as "confirmation" that there was an intruder in the bathroom, and fired four shots at the toilet cubicle with his 9 mm pistol.

After the shots, Pistorius said, he searched for Steenkamp in his bedroom, patting the bed where he says he thought she was in the dark, searching on the floor next to it where he thought she might be hiding, and also behind the curtains.

"It was at that point ... that it first dawned on me that maybe it was Reeva in the toilet," Pistorius said. He said he screamed for help.

Neighbors of Pistorius who were called by the prosecution have testified that they heard a woman's terrified screams before and during what they thought were gunshots. Some also said they thought they heard a man's voice. The defense has suggested that the neighbors heard only Pistorius screaming and not a woman.

In earlier testimony Tuesday, Pistorius denied three other charges against him relating to firing a gun in public on two occasions, and illegal possession of ammunition.

He said he wasn't to blame for a shot going off in a busy Johannesburg restaurant because a friend handed him an "unsafe" gun with a bullet in the chamber under the table. He also said he wasn't guilty of illegally possessing .38-caliber ammunition in his home because he was safekeeping it for his father and he had no intention to use it.

Pistorius was born without fibula bones because of a congenital defect, and his legs were amputated when he was 11 months old. He ran on carbon-fiber blades and is a multiple Paralympic medalist. He competed at the London Olympics but didn't win a medal.

In a dramatic scene before the packed courtroom Tuesday, Pistorius left briefly at one point to change out of his dark suit and into a white shirt and shorts, similar to the clothes he was wearing when he killed Steenkamp.

Prompted by his lawyer, Pistorius then took off his prosthesis and stood on his stumps by the bullet-marked toilet door, which has remained in the courtroom for much of the trial. It appeared to be an effort by the defense to illustrate what they describe as the Olympian's vulnerability at the time of the shooting.

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Gerald Imray is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GeraldImrayAP

Torchia reported from Johannesburg.

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Pistorius: Relations With Reeva Sometimes Troubled http://www.kristv.com/news/pistorius-relations-with-reeva-sometimes-troubled/ http://www.kristv.com/news/pistorius-relations-with-reeva-sometimes-troubled/ World News Tue, 8 Apr 2014 4:40:14 AM Associated Press Pistorius: Relations With Reeva Sometimes Troubled

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Testifying in his murder trial on Tuesday, Oscar Pistorius said he and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp sometimes had troubles in their relationship but that they sorted them out, were in love and were planning a life together.

Prosecutors say Pistorius was often jealous and overbearing in his relationship with Steenkamp and killed her intentionally after a loud argument in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day last year. Pistorius claims he shot the 29-year-old model by mistake through a toilet door at his house, thinking she was a dangerous intruder.

Pistorius referred to a phone message Steenkamp sent him in late January 2013 when she said she was sometimes "scared" of the double-amputee Olympic athlete. The prosecution presented the message earlier in the trial as an indicator of Pistorius' threatening behavior.

Pistorius, 27, said Tuesday that the couple had a disagreement at a social function that day and he was "maybe just being sensitive, insecure or jealous." Pistorius said he apologized to Steenkamp and sent her a message saying: "I want to talk to you. I want to sort this out. ... I'm sorry for the things that I say without thinking."

"My lady, I think it was a bad day in our relationship," Pistorius said, addressing the judge who will ultimately deliver a verdict in the trial that began last month.

Defense lawyer Barry Roux asked Pistorius if the unhappiness in their relationship had passed and Pistorius replied yes.

Pistorius was being led through questions by Roux, with the defense attempting to counter accusations that the runner was a reckless hothead with an obsessive love of firearms and prone to outbursts of anger.

Speaking softly, Pistorius mostly kept his composure, with his voice occasionally quivering with emotion when he spoke about the woman he killed by shooting three times in the head, arm and hip.

He also spoke of the first time he met Steenkamp, in November 2012, and his decision to ask her to join him at a sports awards event that evening on the spur of the moment. He denied he had cheated on a former girlfriend when he met Steenkamp, saying the previous relationship had ended.

Pistorius first took the witness stand on Monday, making a tearful apology to Steenkamp's family for killing her as Steenkamp's mother, June, sat in the courtroom, staring at him without expression.

Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted on the murder charge.

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Gunbattle Kills 14 in Border Town of Tamaulipas http://www.kristv.com/news/gunbattle-kills-14-in-border-town-of-tamaulipas/ http://www.kristv.com/news/gunbattle-kills-14-in-border-town-of-tamaulipas/ World News Mon, 7 Apr 2014 1:58:32 PM Gunbattle Kills 14 in Border Town of Tamaulipas

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A series of weekend clashes among criminal gangs killed 14 people during a day of violence in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas on the border with Texas, local authorities reported.

Thirteen men and one woman were killed Sunday in the southern part of the state around the Gulf Coast port of Tampico and neighboring Ciudad Madero, with people shot on the street or at local businesses, said a statement issued late that evening by Tamaulipas state's coordinating group of state and federal law enforcement.

At least five other people have been killed in confrontations in the same region over the last few days: four suspected gang members who clashed with soldiers in the Miguel Aleman township on Saturday and a woman mourner shot at a funeral in Matamoros on Thursday.

Tamaulipas is home to both the Gulf cartel and the Zetas drug gang. The confrontations followed joint operations by army and police that netted dozens of suspected drug cartel gunmen, along with vehicles and weapons.

The government statement did not identify the gangs involved in the Sunday clashes, but Tampico Mayor Gustavo Torres told Milenio TV that eight victims in his city were apparently linked to the Gulf Cartel.

On Saturday in Miguel Aleman, just across the border from Roma, Texas, soldiers killed four gunmen, wounded two others and captured four after the army patrol came under fire from a sport utility vehicle that featured homemade armoring. Such vehicles are frequently used by area drug gangs and have steel plates welded across their windows and body panels. In and around the vehicle, soldiers found 17 rifles, including a .50-caliber sniper rifle, two grenade launchers and two grenades.

The previous day, gunmen had opened fire at a hotel in the neighboring Tamaulipas city of Ciudad Mier, but it was unclear whether anyone was hurt there. Eight employees of Weatherford International Ltd., a Swiss-based oil services company, were at the hotel, but all are "fine and accounted for," according to company spokeswoman Kelley Hughes.

Some clashes may have been sparked by raids during the last week of March, in which soldiers and police arrested 34 suspects, seized 41 vehicles, 28 guns, two grenades, marijuana, and thousands of rounds of ammunition and 1,677 gallons (6,350 liters) of stolen gasoline. Drug gangs in some parts of Mexico have made a side business of tapping into government-owned pipelines to steal fuel.

Confrontations can also erupt from inter-gang rivalries, which have raged in Tamaulipas for years.

On Thursday, gunmen opened fire on mourners in a funeral for two slain men in Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, killing one woman.

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Pistorius Trial Resumes, Defense Opens Case http://www.kristv.com/news/pistorius-trial-resumes-defense-opens-case/ http://www.kristv.com/news/pistorius-trial-resumes-defense-opens-case/ World News Mon, 7 Apr 2014 5:06:21 AM Associated Press Pistorius Trial Resumes, Defense Opens Case

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (AP) - The defense in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has opened its case, calling a pathologist as its first witness.

Prof. Jan Botha was testifying Monday following four weeks of prosecution-led testimony and a week's adjournment after one of the judge's aides fell ill.

Botha was allowed to testify first and ahead of Pistorius in an agreement with prosecutors because of a family illness. Defendants who choose to testify normally go first in South Africa.

Pistorius is expected to testify after Botha and explain his version that he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake on Valentine's Day last year thinking she was an intruder in his home. The double-amputee athlete is charged with premeditated murder for the nighttime killing and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

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