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Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Local activists take part in a torch-lit protest against the killing of US blogger of Bangladeshi origin and founder of the Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site, Avijit Roy, in Dhaka, on February 27, 2015A blogger was hacked to death in the Bangladesh capital on Monday, in the latest brutal attack on the country's independent writers, a senior officer said. Police have arrested two men over the murder which comes just weeks after an American aethist blogger was also hacked to death in Dhaka, a crime that triggered international outrage, the officer said. "He was brutally hacked to death this morning with big knives just 500 yards (460 metres) from his home at Dhaka's Begunbari area," local police chief Wahidul Islam told AFP. Police said they were unsure whether the victim, Washiqur Rahman, 27, was also an atheist blogger but another social media writer said that he was known to write "against religious fundamentalism".


Duke freshmen 'easy to mesh' into Final Four team

Duke guard Quinn Cook, left, speaks with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski after a college basketball regional final game against Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Houston. Duke won 66-52 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON (AP) — Like his Duke teammates sitting on either side of him at the podium, Quinn Cook had a strand of the cut-down net sticking out of his regional championship cap.


Morocco confronts abortion taboo with proposed reform

In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 photo, Aicha Ech-Chenna, founder and president of the association Women's Solidarity, gestures in Casablanca, Morocco. The debate on abortion resurfaces address the crisis of illegal abortions resurfaced, prompting King Mohammed VI to take up the case. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — It was just 7 a.m. and Hoda was walking alone to a clinic in the Moroccan coastal city of Agadir. She skipped breakfast: the Senegalese doctor had told her that the abortion would be better done on an empty stomach.


AP PHOTOS: Horsemen chase thrill of the hunt, scent of a fox

In this Jan. 3, 2015 photo, hounds wander in a field as huntsman Geoff Hyde, top center, and members of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club prepare for a fox hunt to begin in Monkton, Md. More of a chase than a hunt, the hounds and club members pursue a fox by scent, but the goal is not to kill it. And in the midst of the heavily-populated Boston-Washington corridor, the club has made efforts to preserve large swaths of open land from suburban development, hoping to uphold the club's nearly 140-year history and traditions. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)MONKTON, Md. (AP) — A hound's howl breaks through the cold rainfall. Dozens more hounds emerge from a stand of trees and bound across a field in search of a fox's scent. Horses carrying riders in red and black coats follow from a ways behind, quickly disappearing again over a hillcrest, minutes away from Baltimore's growing suburbs.


Spain: 3 generations, all named Emma, die in France crash

A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Friday, March 27, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all 150 people aboard, has raised questions about the mental state of the co-pilot. Authorities believe the 27-year-old German deliberately sought to destroy the Airbus A320 as it flew Tuesday from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)SANT CUGAT DEL VALLES, Spain (AP) — From a lush suburban valley near bustling Barcelona, three generations of a well-heeled family set off last week for a fun trip to Manchester, England: 12-year-old Emma Solera Pardo, her mother Emma Pardo Vidal, and grandmother Emma Vidal Bardan.


Feds to wrap up case in 1st phase of marathon bombing trial

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with testimony from medical examiners who will describe the injuries to two people who died in the attack, including an 8-year-old boy.

Apple CEO Tim Cook slams US 'dangerous discrimination' laws

Apple chief Tim Cook has slammed what he calls a wave of "dangerous" laws in several US states that he says promote discrimination and erode equalityApple chief Tim Cook slammed what he called a wave of "dangerous" laws in several US states that he said promote discrimination and erode equality, in an editorial published Sunday. Cook -- one of the most prominent chief executives to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality -- wrote in the Washington Post that so-called "religious freedom" laws passed in several states threaten to undo progress toward greater equality. "There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country," Cook wrote in the editorial. Eighteen other states have adopted similar laws, including Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas, all of which ban same-sex marriage.


Obama to attend opening of Institute honoring Sen. Kennedy

In this Monday, March 23, 2015 photo, a television cameraman films near the entrance to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, in Boston. The $79 million institute is scheduled to be dedicated on Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain are among the guests scheduled to pay tribute to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy at the formal dedication of an institute named for him in Boston.


Hernandez fiancee set to resume testimony in murder trial

Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, testifies during his murder trial, Friday, March 27, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/CJ Gunther, Pool)The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is expected to take the stand for a second day of testimony in his murder trial and talk about a box she disposed of from their basement the day after a man who was dating her younger sister was killed.


Focus shifts to cause of NYC explosion after 2 bodies found

Rubble is moved Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the site of an apparent gas explosion that took place three days earlier in the East Village neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) — After two bodies were pulled from the rubble of a Manhattan apartment building collapse, authorities shifted their focus to what caused the massive explosion and fire and the possibility that someone may have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings.


Tsunami threat passes after 7.5 quake in Papua New Guinea

Earthquakes are common in PNG, which sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic platesA 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Monday, sending startled residents fleeing from their homes, but a tsunami threat passed with no immediate reports of major damage.


Late audits halt trading in Morgan Stanley-backed stocks

In this photo taken Oct. 24, 2014, the Tianhe Fuxin flourochemical plant in Jinzhou, China. Two Morgan Stanley-backed Chinese companies will not be filing their financial statements on time and have stopped trading in their stocks, raising concerns about their accounting and the U.S. banking giant’s stewardship of $1.4 billion entrusted to its Asian investing arm. (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)WASHINGTON (AP) — Two major companies in a prominent $1.4 billion Asia investment fund managed by New York banking giant Morgan Stanley unexpectedly told securities regulators they will not file their financial statements on time and froze trading in their stocks, actions generally considered to be cause for concern.


Alps plane crash DNA found as investigators battle terrain

French police forensic experts inspect the site of the March 24 crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320 in which all 150 people on board were killedForensic teams announced they had isolated almost 80 distinct DNA strands from body parts at the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps, as recovery personnel continued their grim task following last week's tragedy. French officials say the plane's black box voice recorder indicates that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked the captain out of the cockpit of the Airbus jet and deliberately crashed Flight 4U 9525, bound for Duesseldorf from Barcelona. Investigators have described the difficulty searching for bodies and a second black box as "unprecedented" due to a combination of mountainous terrain and the violence of the impact. Prosecutor Brice Robin, one of the lead investigators, said an access road was being built to the site to allow all-terrain vehicles to remove some of the larger parts of the plane and help transport bodies.


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