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Vice-principal of South Korea school in ferry disaster commits suicide

MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea - The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 274 missing alive. | Video

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Memorial held for policeman slain after Boston Marathon bombing

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts - More than 1,600 people gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday for a memorial service for a popular campus police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Shell committed to Russia expansion despite sanctions

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia - Royal Dutch Shell is committed to expansion in Russia, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden told Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting on Friday amid sanctions imposed on the country after its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

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Libyan kidnappers of Tunisian diplomat demand Islamists' release

TUNIS - Libyan militants who kidnapped a Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli on Thursday have demanded the release of Islamist fighters detained in Tunisia, its foreign minister said.

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Drone risks damage at record depth in search for Malaysian plane

PERTH, Australia - An underwater drone scouring the Indian Ocean floor for a missing Malaysian jetliner has dived to its deepest ever level, putting its equipment at unprecedented risk, as hopes dwindled that it might soon turn up some sign of wreckage.

At least 12 Nepali guides killed in Everest avalanche

KATHMANDU - An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday killing 12 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said.

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Smuggled cellphone use a growing concern for U.S. prisons

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina - Cellphones smuggled into prisons by corrupt guards, concealed in food containers or hurled over security fences are an increasing worry for law enforcement as prisoners use them to intimidate witnesses, direct drug deals and plan escapes.

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Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

MEXICO CITY - A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, although there were no early reports of major damage.