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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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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.

United Nations 9:25am EDT

Algeria's Bouteflika set for re-election, foes cry fraud

ALGIERS - Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika appeared set to win re-election for another five years on Friday after a vote opponents dismissed as a stage-managed fraud to keep the ailing leader in power.

8:09am EDT

Top Hollande aide quits in conflict of interest row

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France - A senior adviser to French President Francois Hollande quit on Friday over accusations of past conflict of interest linked to his work for pharmaceutical firms, adding to pressure on the unpopular Socialist leader weeks before European elections.

7:34am EDT

Turkish president rules out role swap with Erdogan

ANKARA - Turkey's president appeared to rule himself out as a potential future prime minister on Friday, saying a "Putin-Medvedev model" under which he might swap roles with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was not suitable for Turkey.

Turkey, Russia 7:29am EDT

Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension

TOKYO - Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia's biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim.

China, Japan 5:41am EDT

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