Unusual protest at Mormon conference

A handful of people voiced public opposition to the Mormon church presidency during the faith's conference underway in Salt Lake City. During a part of the conference when attendees usually raise their hands in unison in a vote of support for church leadership, five of the 20,000 people in attendance stood up and yelled, "opposed." The opposition group said in a statement that they are unhappy with the access they have to express concerns to church leaders.


Man released from Chinese prison

A Chinese-born American geologist was released after seven years in a Chinese prison and returned home to Houston. Xue Feng was released after serving all but 10 months of an eight-year sentence for "illegally procuring state secrets." Xue was detained in February 2008 for selling a database on China's oil industry.


Border closure cuts off medical care

Residents of a small town no longer have nighttime access to emergency medical care because the border with Canada is shut after midnight. Canadian officials began closing the road linking Hyder with Stewart, British Columbia, on Wednesday. Hyder residents depend on Stewart for health care. The cost-cutting measure locks the border gate from midnight to 8 a.m.

New York

Three charged after mass casino brawl

Dozens of people got into a chair-flinging, glass-shattering midnight melee at a racetrack casino when patrons clashed at a daiquiri bar opening, police said. The brawl unfolded in front of hundreds of people in a food court at the Aqueduct track's Resorts World Casino. Three people were charged with disorderly conduct.

United Nations

Pause in Yemen bombing sought

Russia urged the U.N. Security Council to call for a "humanitarian pause" in airstrikes by a Saudi-led military coalition to help evacuate foreigners from Yemen and unhindered access to deliver aid to civilians caught in the fighting between Shiite rebels and supporters of the country's beleaguered president.


Ousted president, sons plead not guilty

Ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons pleaded not guilty in the first session of their retrial on corruption charges. Mubarak and his sons, Alaa and Gamal, are charged with spending more than $14 million in state money on their private residences. The retrial resumes April 29.


ISIL seizes refugee district in Damascus

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militants seized most of a Palestinian refugee district in Damascus, an area that has been under bombardment for nearly two years. The officials called for quick action by international organizations, the Syrian government and all armed groups to head off an unfolding catastrophe.

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