Buddhist monks offer prayers for the passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at a Buddhist temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Industry group seeks continuous flight tracking

As low clouds, rain and choppy seas off western Australia hampered Tuesday's hunt for the missing jet, the head of the operation warned that the 25-day-old search could drag on for a long time and Malaysian investigators said they were scrutinizing the last-known conversation between the plane and ground control.…
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Syria conflict death toll hits 150,344

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that it has documented 150,344 deaths in the conflict that started in March 2011.…
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a media conference after a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. NATO foreign ministers begin a two-day meeting on Tuesday in which they will discuss, among other issues, the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

NATO allies pledge to beef up eastern defenses

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, keystone of U.S. and European security since the end of World War II, is facing its most acute geopolitical crisis in years.…
An Israeli Antiquities Authority archeologist Daniel Varge works on a Byzantine period monastery mosaic near a village of Hura, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Israel's Antiquities Authority has unveiled a monastery dating back about 1,400 years in the south of the country with an impressive mosaic floors that shed light on life in the region during the Byzantine period. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Ancient monastery, large mosaics, found in Israel

Israel's Antiquities Authority has unveiled a monastery dating back some 1,400 years in the south of the country with impressive mosaic floors that shed light on life in the region during the Byzantine period.…
In this May 17, 2012 file photo, French President Francois Hollande, center, and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, 5th left first row, pose with ministers after the first weekly cabinet at the Elysee Palace in Paris. France's government has resigned Monday, March 31, 2014 ahead of a reshuffle that comes 24 hours after President Francois Hollande's Socialists suffered losses in nationwide municipal elections seen as a referendum on his leadership. From the left first row are: Housing Minister Cecile Duflot, Environment minister Nicole Bricq, Education Minister Vincent Peillon, Social Affairs minister Marisol Touraine, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, President Hollande, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, Finance Miister Pierre Moscovici, Interior Minister Manuel Valls, Minister for Productive Recovery Arnaud Montebourg. Second row from the left: Deputy Justice Minister Delphine Batho, Deputy Education minister George Pau-Langevin, Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron, Public sector minister Marylise Lebranchu, Women's Rights minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Culture Minister Aurelie Filippeti, Labor Minister Michel Sapin Defense Minister Jean-Yves le Drian, Research Minister Genevive Fioraso, Agriculture Minister Stephane le Foll, Minister for Overseas territories Victorin Lurel, Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac and Minister in charge with Relations with the Parliament Alain Vidalies. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

French government resigns ahead of reshuffle

France's government resigned Monday and President Francois Hollande was expected to name a new Cabinet just 24 hours after his Socialists suffered heavy losses in nationwide municipal elections.…
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UN official blasts lack of progress on Syria aid

Valerie Amos gave her first such report since the council last month approved a resolution demanding both the government and the opposition allow immediate access everywhere in the war-ravaged country to deliver aid.…
In this Monday, March 24, 2014 photo, crew on board an RAAF AP-3C Orion which having just completed an 11-hour search mission for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, control their aircraft on landing at RAAF Base Pearce in Perth, Australia. After 17 days of desperation and doubt over the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, Malaysian officials on Monday said an analysis of satellite data points to a "heartbreaking" conclusion: Flight 370 met its end in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean, and none of those aboard survived. (AP Photo/Richard Wainwright, Pool)

New Malaysia plane search area turns up objects

Australian officials moved the search area for the lost Malaysian jetliner 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) to the northeast Friday following a new analysis of radar data, and planes quickly found multiple objects in the new zone.…
People inspects the remains of a car used in a suicide bomb in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Tuesday, March, 25. 2014. Police say two Islamic militants rammed an explosives-laden car into a police highway patrol van, killing five police officers and three civilians in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri. Deputy Superintendent Gideon Jubrin says the two suicide bombers also died in the conflagration Tuesday on a highway on the outskirts of Maiduguri. (AP Photo/ Jossy Ola)

3 million suffer in Nigerian Islamic uprising

Living in fear and hunger, some quarter million Nigerians forced from their homes this year by an Islamic uprising are surviving in the bush, overcrowded with relatives and friends or in squalid camps where 500 share one latrine, a new report says.…
David Soknacki, left, challenges Rob Ford as they take part in the first debate for the Toronto mayoral race in Toronto on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Ford says scandals are old news during debate

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged last year after months of denials that he smoked crack in a drunken stupor after police said they obtained a video that appears to show him smoking crack. …
RAAF Navigation / Communications Officer Brittany Sharpe operates from her station onboard an AP-3C Orion whilst on a search mission in the Southern Indian Ocean on March 26, 2014 in Perth, Australia. The search for flight MH370 resumes today after rough winds and high swells prevented crews from searching for debris yesterday. Six countries have joined the search, now considered to be a recovery effort, after authorities have announced that the airliner crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean and that there are no survivors.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Planes renew attempt to get 122 floating objects

In total, 11 planes and five ships are set to scour a search area 1,550 miles southwest of Perth on Australia's western coast, but the Australian Maritime Safety Authority cautioned that weather was expected to deteriorate later Thursday.…
In this photo taken on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, workers use machinery to dig at a rare earth mine in Baiyunebo mining district of Baotou in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. China's government has tightened controls on rare earths production in a move that might inflame trade tensions with Washington and Europe. Regulations issued this week say mines and smelting companies must meet minimum output levels to continue operating. (AP Photo)

U.S. claims victory in trade dispute with China

The World Trade Organization ruled Wednesday that China has violated international trade rules with its restrictions on the export of 17 "rare earths" and two other minerals that have key industrial and high-tech uses.…