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Nearly 300 people are missing after a ferry capsizes off South Korea

Most of the passengers on board the ferry appeared to have been teenagers and their teachers from a high school in Seoul.

Court bans Muslim Brotherhood members from running in Egypt's elections

Egypt is to hold a May 26-27 presidential election, which is widely expected to be won by ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The EU hesitates to act over Ukraine

LISBON — As tension mounts in eastern Ukraine, Europe's declarations of a strong and united response are starting to sound as credible as Russia's claims not to be involved in fomenting the unrest.

Israel's nightmare: Mobsters with the tactics of terrorists and the tools of the Israeli army

JERUSALEM — In the last year, fewer Israelis were killed by terrorist attacks than at any point since the outbreak of the Second Intifada. But as Palestinian terrorism has receded, bombings haven’t stopped.  In fact they may be increasing. This time the perpetrators aren’t jihadists but rather much more technologically advanced organized crime groups. Israelis are discovering the drawbacks of a society where everyone serves in the army: a whole lot of citizens know how to use explosives.

Iraq shuts down its notorious Abu Ghraib prison

The prison became a byword for abuses by US forces following the 2003 invasion.

Young, unemployed Spaniards are saying adios to their homeland and fleeing to London

More than 51,000 Spaniards, most of them under the age of 34, made the journey north to Britain last year.

These 50 lions may starve to death because of the crisis in Ukraine

Fifty lions caught up in the Ukraine crisis are at risk of starving to death.

Japan slaughters 112,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak

It was the first confirmed outbreak of bird flu in Japan in three years.

'Rampaging gunmen' abduct schoolgirls in Nigeria

A senior security source said more than 100 girls from a secondary school in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state were kidnapped.
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