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Material that washed ashore in western Australia being examined in Malaysian jet search

CANBERRA, Australia — Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official said Wednesday.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was scrutinizing photos of the object, which washed ashore 10 kilometres (6 miles) east of Augusta in Western Australia state. But Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the safety bureau, said an initial analysis of the material — which appeared to be sheet metal with rivets — suggested it was not from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. READ

Cairo bombing kills senior Egyptian police officer

A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb Wednesday, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic militant groups keep up a campaign of violence since last summer’s ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. READ

SKorea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher

As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon. READ

Cdn oil and gas look good to Europe amid Ukraine troubles: Polish ambassador

The Polish ambassador to Canada says the Russian invasion of Crimea is making Alberta’s oil and gas more attractive in European capitals. READ

Keystone may be stalled, but the protests aren’t

WASHINGTON — Horses walking through the streets of the U.S. capital. Teepee tents and a settler wagon adorning the National Mall. Self-described “Cowboys and Indians” in traditional clothing, promising to fight together against a common foe. READ

Cries of anguish as parents ID kids from SKorea ferry

For a moment there is silence in the tent where bodies from the ferry disaster are brought for identification. Then the anguished cries begin. READ

U.S., Russia trade warnings

KIEV, Ukraine — Russia has “days, not weeks” to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kyiv warned Monday as Vice-President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. Russia in turn accused authorities in Kyiv of flagrantly violating the pact and declared their actions would not stand. READ

Stowaway survives long flight in jetliner wheel well

A 16-year-old boy scrambled over an airport fence, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner’s wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii — a misadventure that stirred concern about possible weak spots in the security system that protects the nation’s airline fleet. READ

Families’ hopes for South Korea ferry victims painfully humble

Lee Byung-soo says he knew, when he saw his 15-year-old son’s body in the tent. It could not have been more horrifically obvious. But he wanted so much for him to be alive READ

More than 32,000 run in Boston Marathon a year after deadly bombing

Some ran to honour the dead and wounded. Others did it to prove something about their sport, the city or their country. And some were out to prove something to themselves. READ

U.S. pipeline workers blast Obama administration for delaying Keystone XL

American pipeline workers are blasting a decision to delay the Keystone XL process, saying the move by the Obama administration has erased a few thousand high-paying jobs this summer. READ

Pensive pope joins faithful at Colosseum for Good Friday torch-lit procession in Rome

Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum. READ

24 more schoolgirls kidnapped by Nigerian extremists have escaped; 85 still missing

Twenty-four more Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists have escaped and 85 still are missing, an education official said Friday. READ

Sunken ferry’s captain, 2 crew members arrested in disaster

Police arrested the captain and two other crew members of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving more than 270 people missing and 29 people dead, the Yonhap news agency reported Saturday. READ

No Keystone XL pipeline this year, following new delay

The Keystone XL pipeline project appears paralyzed for another year, with the U.S. administration announcing another delay in a process already beset by political and legal challenges. READ

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombian Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America’s passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family. He was 87. READ

Fate of 115 women kidnapped in Nigeria unknown

The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military’s report that almost all the pupils had been freed. READ

Three pro-Russian militants killed, 13 injured after clashes

The turmoil in Ukraine dominated the European landscape Thursday, as three protesters were killed in a clash in southern Ukraine, high-level talks were held in Geneva and Vladimir Putin weighed in on his neighbour’s future for hours from Moscow. READ

Hoping to stabilize ferry, officers didn’t order immediate evacuation, lost time, says crew

An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea’s southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday. READ

Six CF-18s headed to Poland to bolster NATO forces response to Ukraine

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada will contribute six CF-18 jet fighters to a NATO air-policing mission as a response to the crisis in the Ukraine. READ

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