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In a photo taken earlier this month, U.S. reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands with a pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Ostrovsky has reportedly been seized by the pro-Russian insurgents.

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American journalist kidnapped by Ukraine's pro-Russia insurgents

The reporter for Vice News was seized by gunmen on Tuesday but is "fine," according to a spokeswoman for his kidnappers.

An officer from Brazilian Police Special Forces took aim Tuesday during the violent protest that broke out in one of Rio de Janeiro's slums. People there blame police for a young man's death, and say authorities are clamping down too hard in advance of this June's World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Summer Olympics, both of which will be held in Brazil.

7 weeks before World Cup, Rio is rocked by riot

Angry slum residents set fires and threw bottles after a young man's body was found. They blame police for his death. Security has been stepped up before the World Cup.

Everyone’s first tweets are boring

When NYPD asked Twitter for photos with cops, it didn't expect this

Take Two

NYPD launched #myNYPD Tuesday asking community members to tweet cute, friendly pics with officers. It worked for a little bit, but then things went awry.

Death toll rises, hopes fade at site of Korean ferry disaster

Divers have found no air pockets where passengers might have taken refuge. They have, however, retrieved more bodies. The number of confirmed deaths has topped 150.

Supreme Court gives police new power to rely on anonymous tips

The court ruled that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip. The 5-4 decision split the court's two most conservative justices.

Activity at North Korea site hints at nuke test preps

North Korea last month threatened to conduct its fourth nuclear test and there's been speculation it may do so as President Barack Obama travels to Asia this week.

High court upholds Michigan's affirmative action ban

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.

As Korean ferry sank, some crew members fought to save lives

Though the captain and some of the officers have been called cowards or worse, passengers say other crew members acted heroically. At least seven crew members died.

230 girls abducted in Nigeria still missing

More than 200 girls and young women remain missing despite a "hot pursuit" by security forces and an independent search by desperate fathers who headed into a dangerous forest to find their daughters.

Alaska OKs bill making native languages official

If you're inclined, you could soon speak Tlingit, Inupiaq, or Siberian Yupik in Alaska with the knowledge that those and 18 other languages (including English) are officially recognized by the state.

UN condemns ethnic killings in South Sudan

Thousands of people have been killed in violence in South Sudan since December, when presidential guards splintered and fought along ethnic lines.

Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

Biden planned to meet Tuesday with government leaders who took over after pro-Russia Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February following months of protests.

Court won't hear Arizona appeal over harboring ban

The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from the state of Arizona over a ruling that blocked enforcement of part of Arizona's 2010 immigration law.

Who should pay to keep the Internet's locks secure?

Fortune 1000 companies rely on the open source software OpenSSL for their core business. Two-thirds of websites use it. But no one pays for it and it's never had a complete security audit.

Boston Marathon begins under tight security

The 118th running of the Boston Marathon has begun amid heavy security a year after the bombings near the race's finish line that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

'A Wound That Doesn't Close': Armenians suffer uncertainty together

The Easter holiday finds Christians in the Middle East concerned over what the future may hold. As the violence in Syria deepens, many Armenians remember a history of genocidal tragedies.