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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 268 missing alive. | Video

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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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Belarus signals interest in resolving row with Uralkali

MINSK/MOSCOW - Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko signaled to Russian potash producer Uralkali on Friday that he was interested in ending a nine-month dispute that has hurt both sides.

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Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

MEXICO CITY - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. | Video

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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.

South Sudan deploys army to guard U.N. base after attack kills dozens

NAIROBI - South Sudan sent troops to secure a United Nations base after armed civilians fired on displaced tribespeople sheltering there, in an attack that killed at least 48, the president's spokesman said on Friday.