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Pakistan library named 'bin Laden' as memory fades
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: "Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr."...

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured....

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....

Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the fisheries minister said Friday....

Chinese trade group to mediate shoe factory strike
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese police hauled away dozens of workers Friday to break up a march on a factory complex targeted by tens of thousands of laborers striking against the world's largest maker of athletic shoes, while a government trade union said it would mediate the labor dispute....

7 die in shooting at China-Vietnam border
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A Chinese man who was being repatriated from Vietnam along with 15 other migrants seized a gun from a border guard on Friday, triggering a gunfight and standoff in which five Chinese and two Vietnamese guards died, Vietnam's government said....

Boat capsizes in Indonesia; dozens missing, 7 dead
KUPANG, Indonesia (AP) -- A boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession capsized in high waves off eastern Indonesia, leaving dozens of people missing and at least seven dead, police said....

Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ferry captain
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Prosecutors say they've asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead....

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....

Transcript of conversation between ferry, shore
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Following is the transcript released by the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries of the conversation between Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on Jeju Island and The Sewol, the ferry that sank on Wednesday. The original transcript is in Korean and the translation was done by The Associated Press. It starts off from the first distress call made by the ferry:...


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