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Confused, chaotic scene described on sinking ferry

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- There was chaos and confusion on the bridge of a sinking ferry, with the captain first trying to stabilize the listing vessel before ordering its evacuation, a crewman said Thursday....

Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, and some bearing the marks of strangulation and repeated beatings, and eyes having been gouged out....

Pet boom in Mexico amid rising middle class

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Camila celebrated her first birthday in a blue-and-white striped dress with tulle appliques, playing with her guests in a room decorated with pink balloons, lilacs and Hello Kitty posters....

Diplomat appointed to head UK eavesdropping agency

LONDON (AP) -- A diplomat who has advised the British government on counterterrorism has been appointed head of the electronic spy agency GCHQ....

Chinese lawyers say they were tortured by police

BEIJING (AP) -- His head covered in a black hood, lawyer Tang Jitian recalls being taken into a room and hearing the sound of a rope being pulled. The handcuffs behind him were jerked upward and soon he was dangling in the air....

Teething troubles for Chinese tourists in Thailand

CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) -- The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand's top universities is under a security clampdown. Not against a terrorist threat, but against Chinese tourists....

India's top court recognizes third gender category

NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents....

India's top court recognizes third gender category

NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's top court has issued a landmark verdict creating a third gender category, saying transgendered people can now identify themselves that way on official documents....

Israel irked by UN's tacit Nazi/Israel remark

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Israel's ambassador is calling on the United Nations chief to suspend a U.N. agency head for tacitly comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany....

EU to sanction more Russians over Ukraine policy

LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- A high-ranking official of the European Union says foreign ministers have decided to sanction more Russians with asset freezes and visa bans as a sign of opposition to Moscow's policy toward Ukraine....