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Malaysia finds gravesites in camps used by people smugglers

The gruesome discovery of the sites thought to contain dozens or possibly hundreds of remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, follows a similar find this month across the border in Thailand.

Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli answers questions during an interview at a hotel in Guatemala City in January.

Accusations pile up against Panama's former president

One of Central America's richest and most eccentric former politicians, Ricardo Martinelli, may soon face charges for stealing millions of dollars from the government during his five years in power.

Mourners attend the May 14 funeral of Hezbollah fighter Ahmad al-Amin in Babliyeh, Lebanon. Hezbollah is fighting alongside the Syrian army and Amin was killed while fighting in Syria's Qalamoun mountains against Nusra Front, al-Qaida's branch in Syria. The Syrian army has suffered multiple setbacks recently, but Hezbollah did help dislodge rebel fighters along the Syria-Lebanon border.

With Syria's army losing ground, a boost from Hezbollah

President Bashar Assad has suffered a series of recent military setbacks. But Hezbollah keeps fighting in alliance with Syria's army, and it scored a recent victory along the border with Lebanon.

'Beautiful Mind' mathematician dies in New Jersey car crash

The Nobel Prize winner who struggled with schizophrenia and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film, died with has wife in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials say. He was 86.

Huge crowd in El Salvador for beatifcation of Romero

The ceremony for Oscar Romero — who was gunned down during mass in the capital, San Salvador, in 1980 — is the last step before being declared a saint by the Vatican.

Questions in Mexico cartel battle that killed 43

Investigators continued to work at the scene of shootout between police and cartel members.

Ireland backs legalizing gay marriage by a landslide

Electoral figures announced today show that Irish voters have approved legalizing gay marriage by a landslide.

Dozens dead in Mexican shootout between gangs, police

At least 43 people were killed in what is being described as the worst gun battle with drug gangs in recent memory.

Hundreds protest Washington police shooting of 2 unarmed men

Olympia Officer Ryan Donald reported he was being assaulted with a skateboard early Thursday before the shooting of two brothers suspected of stealing beer.

Officials: Probe faults truck driver in fatal bus collision

The CHP concluded the crash occurred when the truck driver made an unsafe turning motion. Five of the dead in the crash were students heading to visit Humboldt State.

US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns

The rejection by the U.S. means the entire blueprint for global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation for the next five years has been blocked after four weeks of negotiations.

Searching for an MIA brother for 48 years

More than a thousand service members remain listed as Missing In Action from the Vietnam War. The brother of one of them still holds out hope.

ISIS affiliate claims responsibility for suicide attack in Saudi Arabia

The bombing of a Shiite mosque killed at least 19 people. The claim of responsibility is a first for the extremist group involving an attack inside the kingdom.

A desk that can take a ton of earthquake rubble

It's fairly light, costs $35 per student and could save lives in earthquake zones. But not everyone thinks this quake-proof desk is a good idea.

Korean Air 'nut Rage' executive freed from jail

An appeals court reduced the sentence of former Korean Air executive Heather Cho. She demanded a plane return to the gate because her macadamia nuts weren't served in a manner to her liking.

WH ban on militarized gear for police may mean little

An NPR analysis of equipment given to police agencies by the Pentagon since 2006 found a vast majority of it would fall outside the ban.