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Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane4/21/2014 9:47:38 AMPERTH, 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.Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord4/21/2014 9:51:17 AMSLAVIANSK/YENAKIEVO, Ukraine - At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict.Clock ticking for Thai PM as court verdict nears4/21/2014 10:40:37 AMBANGKOK - A Thai court will decide this week whether to give embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to defend herself against charges of abuse of power, accusations that could bring her down, or whether to move swiftly to a verdict.South Korea president says conduct of ferry crew tantamount to murder4/21/2014 8:40:06 AMJINDO, South Korea - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday the actions of the captain and crew of a ferry that sank last week with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder, as authorities arrested four more officers of the vessel.At Mt. Gox bitcoin hub, 'geek' CEO sought both control and escape4/21/2014 5:57:57 AMTOKYO - In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo-based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy".Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine; China seizes ship4/21/2014 9:46:06 AMTOKYO - 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.Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela4/21/2014 5:28:48 AMCARACAS - 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.Boston Marathon to feature second-largest field in race history4/21/2014 9:33:14 AMBOSTON - 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.Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential vote4/20/2014 8:18:18 PMKABUL - 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.Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to recaptured Christian town4/21/2014 6:42:40 AMMAALOULA, 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.