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Ship frantically trying to pick up underwater ’pings’ again in underwater search for jet

Search crews in the Indian Ocean failed to pick up more of the faint underwater sounds that may have been from the missing Malaysian jetliner’s black boxes whose batteries are at the end of their life. READ

Obama to visit Washington mudslide that has killed 34

President Barack Obama plans to survey damage from the Washington state mudslide later this month and will meet with victims, first responders and recovery workers, the White House said Tuesday. READ

Ukraine’s security service: 60 people taken hostage in eastern city of Luhansk

Ukraine’s government struggled to stay in control of the country’s eastern regions as tensions flared Tuesday in three cities. While the government managed to recapture its regional headquarters and detain dozens of pro-Russian protesters in one city, it said “radicals” were keeping 60 people hostage and threatening them in another city. READ

Chinese actor’s apology to wife after rumours of infidelity breaks online record in China

A Chinese actor’s apology to his actress wife following rumours of his infidelity has set a record for comments and retweets on China’s version of Twitter. READ

Malaysian police say Flight 370 probe may be lengthy

A police investigation may never determine the reason why the Malaysia Airlines jetliner disappeared, and search planes scouring the Indian Ocean for any sign of its wreckage aren’t certain to find anything either, officials said Wednesday. READ

Death toll climbs to 29 in Washington state’s devastating mudslide

A county medical examiner has increased the death toll in the Washington state mudslide to 29. READ

Supreme Court ruling creates potential for big donors to spend more on U.S. campaigns

The Supreme Court struck down some limits Wednesday on campaign contributions, creating the potential for big donors to play an even greater role in U.S. congressional and presidential campaigns. READ

Magnitude 8.2 quake kills only 6 in Chile

Hard-won expertise and a big dose of luck helped Chile escape its latest magnitude-8.2 earthquake with surprisingly little damage and death. READ

NATO cuts ties with Russia

NATO’s decision to end civilian and military co-operation with Russia on Tuesday is just one step in a long journey to end the Ukraine crisis, says Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. READ

Magnitude-8.2 earthquake hits off northern Chilean coast

A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast Tuesday night, and officials ordered an evacuation of coastal areas before an expected tsunami. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the tremor, which also shook buildings in parts of nearby Peru and Bolivia. READ

Prosecutors: Defendant beheaded US man with guitar string, kept head to talk to it

A man accused of beheading another man with a guitar string three years ago and keeping his head has pleaded not guilty to premeditated first-degree murder. READ

Australia cautions search for MH370 could ’drag on,’ as last words from cockpit are analyzed

Investigators are conducting a forensic examination of the final recorded conversation between ground control and the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 before it went missing three weeks ago, the Malaysian government said Tuesday. READ

Russia hikes gas price for Ukraine, Ukrainian police disarm radical nationalists

Russia on Tuesday sharply hiked the price for natural gas to Ukraine and threatened to reclaim billions previous discounts, raising the heat on its cash-strapped government, while Ukrainian police moved to disarm members of a radical nationalist group after a shooting spree in the capital. READ

Baird says NATO considering Ukraine options

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says NATO’s decision today to end civilian and military co-operation with Russia is just one step in a long journey to resolving the Ukraine crisis. READ

Philippines signs peace accord with largest Muslim rebel group

The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group on Thursday, the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III. READ

Crews digging for bodies in devastating Washington mudslide trying to bring closure

Firefighter Jeff McClelland uncovered a body on the moon-like surface that blankets what used to be the community of Oso. Suddenly, he realized the dead man’s son and brother were among the volunteers scouring the debris field. READ

New clues pile up in Malaysia jet search

The clues keep piling up: more and more mysterious objects spotted bobbing in the southern Indian Ocean, perhaps part of the missing Malaysian airliner, perhaps not. But just as the night sky depicts the universe as it once was, the satellite images that reveal these items are also a glance backward in time. READ

Vladimir Putin wants to be rival to the West, not a partner, Harper says

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and German Chancellor Angela Merkel say they are united in their view that Russia has grossly violated Ukrainian sovereignty by annexing the Crimean peninsula. READ

Egypt prosecutor refers 919 suspected Islamists to two mass trials

Egypt’s chief prosecutor on Wednesday ordered two trials for a total of 919 suspected Islamists on charges that include murder, pushing ahead with a series of mass tribunals of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi despite international criticism. READ

Possible Malaysia jet debris field found

A French satellite scanning the Indian Ocean for remnants of a missing jetliner found a possible plane debris field containing 122 objects, a top Malaysian official said Wednesday, calling it “the most credible lead that we have.” READ

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