Queen Elizabeth II is escorted by Peter Cosgrove. (Getty file)

A royal embarrassment? Australia brings back knights and dames.

Critics say the revival of knights and dames is a royal embarrassment at a time of fiscal strain.

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.

Obama signs bill meant to block visa for Iran’s U.N. envoy

The new law, sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz, bars nominees deemed to have engaged in terrorist activity.

After Russia’s moves in Ukraine, Eastern Europe shudders

U.S. allies have wondered whether they’re vulnerable, while NATO plans to increase its presence in the Baltics.

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S. Korean ferry passengers told to stay put as ship sank

S. Korean ferry passengers told to stay put as ship sank

Ferry’s captain and two crew members are arrested as search and rescue operations continue.

Pro-Russian militants ignore settlement and dig in

Pro-Russian militants ignore settlement and dig in

Militants’ defiance upends hopes for a quick end to the standoff with new government in Kiev.

At least 12 killed in Everest avalanche

At least 12 killed in Everest avalanche

Those killed and missing had gone early in the morning to fix the ropes for climbers along the route to summit.

Pakistan library named after 'bin Laden'

Pakistan library named after 'bin Laden'

The paper sign in Urdu posted on the wooden door of the Islamic seminary for girls says: “Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr.”

Snowden defends his question to Putin on spying

The fugitive NSA leaker expresses incredulity at the Russian leader’s denial of mass surveillance.

Obama campaign gurus to face off in British vote

Obama campaign gurus to face off in British vote

David Axelrod signs up for Labor, pitting him against Jim Messina and the Tories.

UAE detains Taliban commander, disrupting peace talks

Agha Jan Motasim was taken from his family’s home by Emirati authorities, Afghan officials say.

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The search for Flight 370

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has spanned three weeks with more than two dozen countries assisting in the mission.

2009: A Rwanda homecoming

Former rebels and their families return after 15 years in Congo.

Refuge: Stories from the Syrian exodus

Refugees from Syria’s civil war are remaking the political, economic and religious landscape in the Mideast.

Latest Videos from around the World

Deadly avalanche sweeps Mount Everest

Deadly avalanche sweeps Mount Everest

Several Nepalese guides are dead after an avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest along a route used to climb the world's highest peak.
Korean ferry captain apologizes

Korean ferry captain apologizes

The captain of the South Korean ferry that sunk off the southern coast apologizes as fears rise. Emergency teams continue to search for almost 300 still missing on Thursday.
Agreement reached to calm Ukraine tensions

Agreement reached to calm Ukraine tensions

Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.
Good Friday celebrations around the world

Good Friday celebrations around the world

Christians around the world commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday with prayers, processions, and re-enactments.
Toronto mayor Rob Ford launches reelection campaign

Toronto mayor Rob Ford launches reelection campaign

Toronto's controversial mayor, Rob Ford, officially launched his campaign for reelection on Thursday night vowing to "not back down."
Pistorius trial adjourned until May 5

Pistorius trial adjourned until May 5

Following a five-day cross-examination of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled that proceedings will adjourn after Thursday and resume May 5.
Bulgarian monastery dyes 5,000 Easter eggs

Bulgarian monastery dyes 5,000 Easter eggs

The Thursday before Orthodox Easter, or Holy Thursday, the Bachkovo Monastery made their traditional preparations by dying about 5,000 Easter eggs at the monastery's kitchen.
U.S. sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military

U.S. sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's “destabilizing activities.”
Malaysia: Ocean floor images 'very clear'

Malaysia: Ocean floor images 'very clear'

Malaysia's defense minister said on Thursday that images from the underwater vehicle searching for missing flight MH370 were ‘very clear’ but had so far returned no clues.
Pro-Russian militants killed on base

Pro-Russian militants killed on base

WARNING: Video contains some graphic footage. Ukraine's interior minister says three pro-Russian militants have been killed and 13 wounded after Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a national guard base.
Pope leads Palm Sunday procession

Pope leads Palm Sunday procession

Addressing a packed St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Pope Francis called on people to look into their own hearts to see how they are living their lives.
Pope's relic on wheels departs to Rome

Pope's relic on wheels departs to Rome

The owner of Pope John Paul II's Polish vintage car is driving to Rome for the late pope’s canonization on Sunday.
Pistorius describes holding shot girlfriend

Pistorius describes holding shot girlfriend

On his third day on the witness stand at his murder trial, athlete Oscar Pistorius details the day his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed.
Pistorius apologizes to Steenkamp family

Pistorius apologizes to Steenkamp family

Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand for day four of testimony in his murder trial. He offered an apology to the family of slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Tense exchange during Pistorius testimony

Tense exchange during Pistorius testimony

A dramatic courtroom exchange ended Oscar Pistorius's first week testifying in his murder trial, after a prosecutor accused the athlete of shooting his girlfriend as the couple talked and argued.
Pistorius breaks down when pressed by prosecutor

Pistorius breaks down when pressed by prosecutor

Intense questioning from the prosecution led Oscar Pistorius to twice break down on the fourth day of cross-examination at the athlete's murder trial.

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Passenger ferry sinks off South Korean coast

As many as 270 remain unaccounted for as rescuers fear many were still trapped onboard.

Best news photos of the week

A look at some of our favorite images from the week of April 13.

Photos of the day

Scenes from Holy Week events, South Korean ferry search efforts, macaw conservation and more.

Scenes of Pompeii

Italy’s culture minister inaugurated three restored ancient homes at Pompeii with the aim of attracting Easter visitors.

India goes to the polls

On April 7, the nation began holding the world’s biggest election ever.

Photos of the day

Ukrainian crisis, Iranian mother spares the life of her son’s killer just before his execution, Easter play and more.

Prisoners in Peru perform ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

The Holy Week activity is intended to help inmates in their rehabilitation.

Photos of the day

South Korean ferry capsizes, Boston marathon bombing anniversary, T. rex bones, Viking longboat on the Thames and more.

Ukrainian forces, pro-Russian militants clash

Ukraine is trying to restore order in its east.

Chilean city continues to burn from a massive fire

A massive fire raged this weekend through the port city of Valparaiso killing at least 12 and destroying hundreds of homes.

Animal views

Fun and fascinating creatures around the world.

Photos of the day

Nepalese New Year, Passover, Ni­ger­ian bomb blast, Bundy cattle released, lunar eclipse and more.

Three dead in suburban Kansas City shooting

Two died at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, another at a retirement community nearby.

A holy city’s challenge for India’s next prime minister

Muslim minorities and Hindus near the Ganges River depict key issues of May’s national election.

North Korea hosts international marathon

The annual race in the capital was open to foreign tourists for the first time.

Photos of the day

Coachella Valley festival, Irish dance, clashes in Ukraine and more.