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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 his pupils on what turned out to be a disastrous ferry trip has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 268 missing passengers alive. | Video

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Iran says will firmly deter any attacks as military displays might

ANKARA - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic had the might to deter any attacks as its military displayed a range of drones and missiles at an annual parade in Tehran, state television reported on Friday.

Students add Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

CARACAS - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter. | Video

Venezuela 17 Apr 2014

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

As opposition grows, China defends plans for petrochemical plants

BEIJING - China has launched an intense media campaign to defend the safety of producing a chemical used to make polyester fiber, as public opposition to new petrochemical plants threatens to disrupt expansion plans by state energy giants such as Sinopec Corp.

China 3:53am EDT

India's election commission lifts ban on top Modi aide

NEW DELHI - India's election commission has lifted a ban on a top aide of Hindu nationalist opposition leader Narendra Modi that had threatened to hobble his efforts to win votes in the country's most populous state.

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