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AP investigation prompts emergency rescue of 300 plus slaves

fishermen slaves freedAt first the men filtered in, by twos and threes, hearing whispers of a possible rescue.

Then, as the news rippled around the island, hundreds of weathered former and current slaves streamed out, many with long, greasy hair and tattoos. They came from trawlers and villages, even out of the jungle, running toward what they had only dreamed of for years: Freedom.

"I will go see my parents. They haven't heard from me, and I haven't heard from them since I left," said Win Win Ko, 42, who's been gone from Myanmar for four years. His smile revealed a mouthful of missing teeth, kicked out by the Thai captain on his fishing boat with military boots, he said, because Win was not moving fish fast enough from the deck to the hold below.


Iran nuclear talks produce historic framework for long-term agreement

Iran pactA much-tweeted photo of Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this week showed him looking pensively out the window of his five-star hotel room in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“John, don’t jump,” wrote one Twitter humorist, reflecting concerns that Kerry might be despondent after days of hard bargaining with Iran and the other members of the so-called P5+1— the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China.


Iran nuclear deal framework announced

Iran dealThe understanding reached on Iran's nuclear program sets the foundation for a good deal, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said. The deal would see Iran reduce its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98% for 15 years and cut its installed centrifuges by more than two-thirds for 10 years, Kerry said.

• Once a final agreement is implemented, the international community will have the confidence that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful and will remain so, Kerry said.

• French President Francois Hollande said France, along with its partners, will monitor the implementation of the terms of the agreement before a final deal by the end of June, "so that the international community can be assured that Iran will not be in position to acquire a nuclear weapon."


Death toll rises to 147 in al-Shaabab attack at Kenyan university

Kenya attack at collegeThe al-Shabaab terror group claimed responsibility for an attack on Garissa University College in Kenya resulting in the deaths of at least 147 people Thursday.

Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said the siege at the school was over and four attackers had been killed. Security forces were sweeping the campus to ensure there were no remaining threats.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab issued a statement via radio saying it separated Muslim students from non-Muslims in order to conduct an "operation against the infidels."


Massive fire engulfs Mexican oil rig, 4 dead

Mexico oil rig fireA massive ball of flames engulfed an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing four people and sending terrified workers jumping into the sea.

State-run oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said there was no evidence yet of a major oil spill following the blast, which injured 16 workers, two seriously, and forced the evacuation of 300.


35 dead in Yemen after airstrikes hit factory vicinity

Yemen factory hitSaudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions in both north and south Yemen early Wednesday, setting off explosions and drawing return fire from anti-aircraft guns. Airstrikes also hit a factory in a western port city and 35 workers died there, according to witnesses and officials.

The bombings came as the Saudi-led campaign against Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis entered its seventh day. The campaign aims to weaken the Iran-backed rebels who are also allied with forces loyal to Yemen's deposed president, Ali Abdullah Saleh and halt their power grab.


Turkish prosecutor taken hostage dies; captors killed in shootout

hostage situation TurkeyA Turkish prosecutor who had been held captive by a banned leftist group for nearly six-hours has died as a result of wounds sustained during the standoff, which ended in a firefight with authorities.

'He was dead when he arrived at the hospital we tried our best but we failed to save him,' an official from the Florence Nightingale hospital in Istanbul told CNN Turk, in reference to prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz.


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