International

Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident

The captain of the 6,852-ton ferry has been criticized for allowing 30 minutes to pass before giving an evacuation order. He has been arrested, even as a recovery effort continues.

A South Korean navy frogman dives into a water to search passengers believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday.

America

Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims

Rescuers say they've recovered 39 bodies from the massive March 22 mudslide and are still searching for four others.

A memorial erected by rescue workers near the site of the March 22 mudslide that killed at least 39 people.

America

Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department

Federal agencies are getting more time to review the controversial project, the State Department says, given an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska over whether the pipeline could pass through.

A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, Neb. The State Department is extending the review period for the pipeline, given ongoing litigation in Nebraska over the project.

International

Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt

After a U.N. court ruling last month ordering Japan to halt whaling in Antarctic waters, Tokyo said it was reducing its target catch to just 210 animals a year.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi speaks in Tokyo on Friday. He says Japan will cut back on the number of whales it kills this year, but resume previous levels in 2015.

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Take A Break For Something Cute: Two Kittens Who Traveled Far

When a box was opened in Southern California, two little fur balls were inside. Now named Mouse and Wifi, the kittens survived a long trip. Their story's a nice change from the week's heavier news.

After a pretty long trip for two little kittens, they're safe and sound in San Diego.

International

Strong Quake Rattles Mexico, But No Injuries Reported

The magnitude 7.2 temblor's epicenter was about 80 miles northwest of Acapulco, but it shook up residents in the capital, Mexico City.

A parked car suffered damage when a adobe wall collapsed on it after a strong earthquake shook Chilpancingo, Mexico, on Friday, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties.

International

Here's What Putin Didn't Tell Snowden About Russia's Spying

When the NSA leaker asked the Russian leader about his nation's electronic eavesdropping, Putin said there's no "mass system." The Center for Strategic & International Studies says there is.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who appears not to have told the whole story about his nation's surveillance programs.

International

China Admits That One-Fifth Of Its Farmland Is Contaminated

A government report says the land has been poisoned by heavy metals such as cadmium, nickel and arsenic, and concludes that the condition of China's soil offers "no optimism."

Xiang Zhengming plants rice seedlings in a field in southeast China's Fujian Province earlier this month. A newly released report says nearly 20 percent of the country's farmland is contaminated.

International

Pakistani Madrassa Names Its Library For Osama Bin Laden

The sign outside the tiny reading room at a school for girls refers to the late al-Qaida leader as a martyr. A school spokesman calls the terrorist leader a hero.

Osama bin Laden is referred to as a shaheed, or martyr, on a sign outside the library at a girls' school in Islamabad.

International

Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine

While diplomats have agreed on a plan to reduce tensions, the pro-Russia protesters who have seized government buildings say they aren't bound by that deal.

A masked pro-Russia gunman looks through a window of a regional administration building seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine.