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Captain of stricken Korean ferry may not have been on bridge - investigator

MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea - South Korea's coastguard denied that divers had entered a capsized ferry on Friday in a bid to locate any survivors from an accident that appears to have claimed the lives of hundreds of passengers, many of them schoolchildren. | Video

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China sentences activists for urging asset disclosure - lawyer 4:40am BST

BEIJING - China sentenced four activists to jail for up to three-and-a-half years on Friday for urging officials to reveal their assets, a lawyer said, the latest convictions in a crackdown on dissent that has drawn international criticism.

Armed mob under guise of peaceful protest attacks U.N. in South Sudan 3:32am BST

UNITED NATIONS - A mob of armed civilians pretending to be peaceful protesters delivering a petition to the United Nations in South Sudan forced their way into a U.N. base sheltering some 5,000 civilians on Thursday and opened fire, the world body said.

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Students add Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests 12:26am BST

CARACAS - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter.

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Disapproval of Brazil's president grows ahead of election 2:01am BST

BRASILIA - Disapproval of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is steadily mounting less than six months away from an election in which she is still favoured to win a second term, according to a poll published Thursday.

Nigerian state, army says most abducted schoolgirls still missing 17 Apr 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Nigeria's northeast Borno state said on Thursday only 20 of up to 129 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels were back with their parents, and the military retracted an earlier statement in which it said it had freed most of them.