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Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane

PERTH, Australia - A tropical cyclone was threatening to hamper the search for a missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean on Monday, as a submarine drone neared the end of its mission scouring the sea bed with still no sign of wreckage. | Video

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Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine; China seizes ship

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, a move that may increase strains on Tokyo's ties with Asian neighbors China and South Korea.

World, Japan 1:16am EDT

Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela

CARACAS - Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the "resurrection" of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela.

World, Venezuela 20 Apr 2014

Boston Marathon to feature second-largest field in race history

BOSTON - Some 36,000 athletes, including Kenyan and Ethiopian runners who are consistently ranked among the world's fastest, will run in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, putting the world-renown race back in the spotlight after it was marred by last year's bombing attack. | Video

U.S., Africa, Sports 1:03am EDT

Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential vote

KABUL - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead in the Afghan presidential race has widened, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted.

Afghanistan, World 20 Apr 2014

Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to recaptured Christian town

MAALOULA, Syria - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists. | Video

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Marijuana fans pack 4/20 events in Colorado, Washington state

- Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered in Colorado and Washington state over the weekend for an annual celebration of cannabis culture with rallies, concerts and trade shows in the first two U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana.

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Nepal Sherpas demand compensation for families of avalanche victims

KATHMANDU - Nepal's Sherpas have demanded compensation of $10,000 for the families of 16 colleagues dead or missing in an avalanche on Mount Everest and double the insurance cover for expeditions on the world's highest mountain, crowded with climbers.