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  • Filipino devotees re-enact crucifixion of Christ
    Filipino devotees re-enact crucifixion of Christ

    SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — Devotees in northern Philippine villages had themselves nailed to wooded crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as thousands of local and foreign spectators watched the bloody annual rites to mark Good Friday in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation. …

  • Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church
    Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

    Nearly 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, a practice the Roman Catholic Church frowns upon as a distortion of the Easter message. The annual Philippine ritual draws thousands of spectators to San Fernando, 80 km (50 miles) north of Manila, to see penitents flagellate themselves and a series of crucifixions in a recreation of Christ's death on the cross. "It was a great experience between me and God," 48-year-old …

  • Filipinos se crucifican de verdad en Viernes Santo
    Filipinos se crucifican de verdad en Viernes Santo

    SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Filipinas (AP) — Creyentes en el norte de Filipinas se clavaron de verdad en cruces de madera al emular la crucifixión de Jesucristo ante la mirada de miles de espectadores locales y extranjeros que presenciaron estos ritos sangrientos anuales con motivo del Viernes Santo en el principal país católico romano de Asia. …

  • Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs
    Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state television says 14 people have been killed by a car bomb that exploded outside a mosque in a pro-government district of the central city of Homs. …

  • At least 12 Nepalese guides killed in worst-ever Everest accident
    At least 12 Nepalese guides killed in worst-ever Everest accident

    At least 12 Nepalese guides preparing routes up Mount Everest for commercial climbers were killed Friday by an avalanche in the most deadly mountaineering accident ever on the world's highest peak, officials and rescuers say. The men were among a large party of Sherpas carrying tents, food and ropes who headed out in bright sunshine in an early morning expedition ahead of the main climbing season starting later this month. "We have retrieved 12 bodies from the snow," Nepal tourism ministry …

  • Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings
    Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country's interim government resigns. …

  • This Week in the Civil War

    This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, April 20: Confederate ram at battle of Plymouth, N.C. …

  • Syrian state TV: 14 people killed in car bomb near mosque in pro-government district of Homs

    Syrian state TV: 14 people killed in car bomb near mosque in pro-government district of Homs. …

  • Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed
    Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead. …

  • Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery'
    Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery'

    Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser. So say Democratic strategists in a blunt declaration that such talk skips over "how much ... …