Paris (AFP) - A close advisor to Francois Hollande resigned on Friday after allegations about an alleged conflict of interest and his extravagant lifestyle, in a fresh blow to the beleaguered French president.
Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - The Nigerian military admitted on Friday that most of the 129 girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists in a shocking school raid in the country's restive northeast remained missing.
Jakarta (AFP) - Seven people died including three children when a boat carrying dozens of Christian worshippers celebrating Easter sank Friday off eastern Indonesia, police said.
Tokyo (AFP) - Japan said Friday it would redesign its controversial Antarctic whaling mission in a bid to make it more scientific, after a United Nations court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as research.
Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - South Korean prosecutors sought arrest warrants Friday for the captain and two crew members of the ferry that capsized two days before with hundreds of children on board, a coastguard official said.
Algiers (AFP) - Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was expected to win a fourth term despite his poor health when official results are announced Friday after a vote marred by low turnout and allegations of "massive" fraud.
Divers have finally entered a ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea in a search for survivors among the about 300 people missing, with 28 dead so far.
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - About 100 Malaysian Muslim activists protested Friday outside the US embassy against the coming visit by President Barack Obama, denouncing him as an enemy of Islam.
Toronto (Canada) (AFP) - Toronto's scandal-plagued mayor Rob Ford, who has admitted to binge drinking and smoking crack, has launched his bid for re-election.
The crucifixion of Jesus is being remembered in prayers and processions through Jerusalem on Good Friday.
Kathmandu (AFP) - At least 12 Nepalese guides preparing routes up Mount Everest for commercial climbers were killed Friday by an avalanche in the most deadly mountaineering accident ever on the world's highest peak, officials and rescuers say.
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