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Mini-sub Deployed to Scour Ocean Depths in MH370 Hunt

Australia decided Monday to deploy a mini-submarine to scour the unmapped Indian Ocean seabed for Malaysian jet MH370 at a daunting depth of 4,500 meters (15,000 feet), ending the search for black-box signals.

Angus Houston, who heads the Joint Agency Coordination Center, also revealed that an oil slick had been sighted in the area of the search led by the Australian vessel Ocean Shield far off Perth.

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U.S. Woman Arrested after 7 Dead Babies Found

A U.S. woman accused of killing seven babies she gave birth to over a decade was arrested Sunday after police discovered the tiny bodies stuffed in cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home.

Megan Huntsman, 39, who lived in the Utah home until three years ago, had the infants between 1996 and 2006, investigators said.

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Thousands Evacuated, 12 Dead in Chile Blaze

More than 8,000 people were evacuated Sunday as an army of firefighters battled a killer blaze that tore through parts of Chile's historic port of Valparaiso and left at least 12 people dead.

The fire, which started in woodland Saturday, gutted 500 homes as flames advanced on the city of 270,000, famed for its UNESCO-listed center with cobblestone streets and brightly painted wooden homes.

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North Korea Vows Seoul Will Pay 'Dear Price' for Insults

North Korea on Monday warned South Korea it would pay a "dear price" for recent criticisms of Pyongyang's nuclear program and political system, saying they violated a no-slander agreement.

The warning from the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) came days after Pyongyang blasted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye's proposals for Korean reunification as the "daydreams of a psychopath".

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Pro-Kremlin Militias Ignore Ukraine Ultimatum

Ukraine's latest ultimatum to pro-Kremlin militias who have seized buildings across a swath of the separatist east expired on Monday without any sign of the gunmen ready to give in.

The streets of the impoverished coal mining town of Slavyansk remained deserted and silent despite the Western-backed interim president's vow to unleash a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" involving the army should the gunmen not give up the local police station and state security office by 0600 GMT.

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3 Dead, Suspect Caught in Shootings at U.S. Jewish Sites, Obama Rejects Religious Violence

A gunman shot three people dead Sunday at a Jewish community center and a retirement community in Kansas, drawing widespread condemnation and consternation on the eve of Passover.

The 70-year-old white male suspect, who is in custody, was not local and did not know the victims, Overland Park Police Department Chief John Douglass told reporters.

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At Least 60 Killed by Suspected Islamists in Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists on Sunday killed at least 60 people in Nigeria's troubled northeastern Borno state close to the border with Cameroon, a local official said.

"The attackers, who are no doubt Boko Haram insurgents, attacked Amchaka and nearby villages this morning, hurling IEDs (improvised explosive devices) into homes and setting them on fire," Baba Shehu Gulumba, Bama local government administrator, told Agence France Presse.

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U.S. Says Row over Iran U.N. Pick Not Impacting Nuclear Talks

The United States' refusal to issue a visa to Iran's pick for U.N. ambassador is not impacting talks over the country's disputed nuclear program, Washington's envoy to the United Nations said Sunday.

Washington has said it won't issue a visa to newly appointed Hamid Aboutalebi, who has been linked to the 1979 U.S. hostage crisis.

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Pakistan Says Talks with Taliban in Comprehensive Phase

Pakistan on Sunday announced its talks with the Taliban militants to reach an accord will enter a "comprehensive" phase in days, with both sides set to put forward formal agendas, after weeks of negotiations.

The announcement came from the country's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan days after the infighting between the Taliban groups killed more than 60 people and a ceasefire deadline by the militants expired Saturday.

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At Least 36 Dead in Mexico Bus Crash

A bus slammed into the back of a parked trailer-truck and burst into flames in Mexico Sunday, killing at least 36 people and injuring four others, authorities said.

Most of the roof and tires of the bus were reduced to ashes by the accident in the southeastern state of Veracruz, according to television images.

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