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Search for MH370: Inside a black box investigation lab updated 2 hours 16 minutes ago

CNN goes inside an accident investigation lab, where the black boxes from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 could be brought if and when they're recovered.

No longer just a factory, China is a mobile leader updated 2 hours 27 minutes ago

With over 700 million active smartphone users, China's mobile market is insane in scale. But sheer numbers aside, what makes it really impressive?

First distress call on S. Korean ferry from passenger, not crew, coast guard says updated 4 hours 14 minutes ago

The first distress call from the sinking ferry Sewol came not from the crew, but from a boy using a cell phone, the South Korean coast guard confirmed to CNN.

MH370: More than 45 days into the search, here come the lawyers updated 5 hours 51 minutes ago

A month and a half ago -- 46 days -- Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished over the southern Indian Ocean.

As Sewol crew is scorned, young worker hailed as heroine updated 6 hours 13 minutes ago

Survivors praise Sewol crew member Park Jee Young as a hero, as she helped them escape and distributed life jackets as the ferry sank off South Korea.

North Korea steps up activity at its nuclear site, South says updated 11 hours 41 minutes ago

North Korea has stepped up activity at its main nuclear test site, possibly preparing to carry out a fourth underground blast, South Korea said Tuesday.

The latest in the search for Flight 370 updated 12 hours 9 minutes ago

The latest in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Iceberg is twice the size of Atlanta updated 13 hours 24 minutes ago

An iceberg almost twice the size of Atlanta is moving into the ocean off Antarctica and could threaten shipping during the Antarctic winter.

CNN Exclusive: Australia transport safety chief tells what's next in MH370 search updated 13 hours 40 minutes ago

Australian officials are hammering out a new agreement from the Malaysian government to set out guidelines in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Indian surgeons find 12 gold bars in man's stomach updated 15 hours 29 minutes ago

When a team of Indian surgeons opened up the stomach of a patient complaining of abdominal pain, they had no idea they'd extract a fortune.

Mount Everest climbing season up in air after avalanche deaths updated 18 hours 5 minutes ago

Expeditions are unsure whether climbs on Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, will go after fatal avalanche.

Discovery calls off coverage of Everest wingsuit jump updated 18 hours 6 minutes ago

Discovery Channel has canceled its planned live coverage of the May 11 jump off Mount Everest by a California daredevil in his wingsuit.

Sad, angry MH370 relatives in agonizing limbo updated 18 hours 46 minutes ago

"Mr. Ambassador, as time goes on we know that the odds of my son and the other relatives on the plane having survived becomes smaller and smaller," said a grey-haired man named Wen.

Obama aims to reassure Asia allies updated 19 hours 28 minutes ago

President Barack Obama embarks Tuesday on a four-country tour of Asia

Diver on sunken South Korean ferry: 'We can't even face the families' updated 1 days ago

Divers spent a grim day bringing body after body out of the sunken ferry Sewol.

Car giants flock to Beijing Auto Show despite austerity measures updated 1 days ago

Despite the Chinese leadership's austerity measures and recent reports of weak profits from Chinese car makers, the country's biggest car show opened today to much buzz.

Flight 370 passengers' families frustrated but keep the faith updated 1 days ago

The underwater drone scanning for MH370 began its 9th mission Monday without any sign of the missing plane.

Abandon ship? In recent maritime disasters, captains don't hang around updated 1 days ago

The Sewol and the Costa Concordia have raised questions about a captain's obligations to passengers

2 UNICEF staffers missing in Pakistan updated 1 days ago

Police are investigating after two UNICEF staff members went missing in Karachi, Pakistan, a United Nations spokesman said Sunday.

Gunmen target prominent Pakistani news anchor Hamid Mir updated 1 days ago

Gunmen wounded a prominent Pakistani TV news anchor on Saturday in an attack his brother linked to the nation's government, despite its firm denial.

'Teacher, please rest in peace': Students remember vice principal who took own life after ferry sinking updated 1 days ago

Kang Min Kyu, 52, taught ethics.

South Korea ferry disaster: Families protest over rescue operation updated 1 days ago

Angry over the search operation, dozens of relatives of missing ferry passengers intending to march in protest to Seoul were blocked by police in Jindo.

Murky waters cloud the horror facing ferry rescue divers updated 1 days ago

Under the water, conditions for divers carrying out the grim task of looking for survivors from the sunken South Korean ferry are challenging at best.

'Please hurry' -- transcript of sinking ferry's desperate calls released updated 1 days ago

The following is a transcript of communication between the South Korean ferry Sewol and the local maritime traffic control, Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center.

Myanmar opposition leader Win Tin dies at 85 updated 2 days ago

Win Tin, a founding member of Myanmar's National League for Democracy who was jailed for 19 years for political activism, has died at Yangon Hospital. He was 85.

Can Mr. Poo stop public defecation in India? updated 2 days ago

India has an unlikely new public health hero: a giant, anthropomorphic stool that chases people to squat in toilets.

South Korean President: Actions of sunken ferry crew 'akin to murder' updated 2 days ago

The actions of the captain and crew of the sunken ferry Sewol "are akin to murder," South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday.

Avalanche kills 12 in single deadliest accident on Mount Everest updated 2 days ago

A high-altitude avalanche Friday killed 12 Sherpa guides in the deadliest single-day accident on Mount Everest.

Flight 370: Underwater drone finds nothing after scouring two thirds of search area updated 2 days ago

The underwater drone scanning the ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended its eighth mission Monday without finding any sign of the missing plane.

Malaysia Airlines flight has landing gear trouble, returns safely to Kuala Lumpur updated 2 days ago

Malaysia Airlines Flight 192 landed safely Sunday after returning to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, because its landing gear had malfunctioned on takeoff.

Survivor recalls how ice tumbled down in Mount Everest avalanche updated 2 days ago

Another Sherpa guide has died in Friday's Mount Everest avalanche, bringing the death toll to 13, a Nepalese government official said Saturday.

Families' frustration: 'Nothing is changing' updated 2 days ago

When a ship comes into sight, they come -- seemingly out of nowhere, inching closer to the dock.

South Korean ferry victims' families ask, 'How are we going to live now?' updated 2 days ago

Some parents of those on a ferry sunken off South Korea are refusing to eat, saying they don't want to live.

'Wake up, please!': Death toll from South Korean ferry rises to 50 updated 3 days ago

Thirteen more bodies from a capsized South Korean ferry have been discovered, upping the death toll to 49.

Flight 370: Underwater drones find nothing after scouring half of search area updated 3 days ago

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 search: The probe of the current area should be done in a week, official says

Timeline: South Korea ferry disaster updated 3 days ago

7.5-magnitude quake strikes off Papua New Guinea updated 3 days ago

An earthquake struck late Saturday off Papua New Guinea's eastern coast with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Source: Malaysia Airlines jet soared high briefly, then descended updated 4 days ago

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 soared to near its peak altitude after drastically changing course, a senior Malaysian aviation source said.

Handcuffed captain defends delay in evacuating sinking South Korean ferry updated 4 days ago

An arrest warrant was issued Friday for the captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, an accident that killed 29 people and left nearly 270 missing.

Anguish over South Korean ferry sinking amplified by misinformation updated 4 days ago

First they said all passengers from the sunken South Korean ferry were rescued. Then they backtracked.

South Korea ferry disaster: Fake survivor posts add to nation's anguish updated 4 days ago

Disgust, anger and shock greeted official statements from South Korean authorities that texts and social media posts from survivors trapped inside the stricken ferry had been faked.

Ferry accident: Woman, 71, survives because stranger wouldn't give up on her updated 4 days ago

Tethered to an IV drip, 71-year-old Shin Young Ja lies under a thin fleece blanket, nursing a broken back and wracked with survivor's guilt.

Underwater search resumes for missing Malaysia Airlines plane updated 4 days ago

The underwater probe looking for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was back in the water Tuesday after its first attempt ended prematurely, officials said.

South Korea ferry disaster: What's the likelihood of finding survivors? updated 4 days ago

Family members are pinning their slim hopes on floundering air pockets. Should they?

Seaborne cranes called in as relatives fear end to ferry rescue operation updated 4 days ago

With difficult weather conditions conspiring against rescue efforts and frustrated, angry relatives accosting officials at Jindo port, chances of finding survivors from the Sewol ferry that unexpectedly sank Wednesday are decreasing with each passing hour.

A mother's grief: 'My daughter's in the water' updated 4 days ago

Families of those trapped inside a sunken South Korean ferry are waiting for word of their loved ones.

Reflections from the front line of Tiananmen protests, 25 years on updated 4 days ago

When Jaime FlorCruz received a 2 a.m. phone call about a student march on Tiananmen 25 years ago, he had no idea about what would ensue.

Journalists charged over human trafficking report are released on bail updated 5 days ago

Two journalists in Thailand have been released on bail in a controversial defamation case that has raised concerns over press freedom in the country.

As anger grows, prosecutor says captain not at helm when South Korea ferry sank updated 5 days ago

Authorities operating under assumption survivors remain in capsized South Korean ferry, police chief says.

MH370: Undersea search could cost a quarter billion dollars, official says updated 5 days ago

A prolonged undersea search for the missing Malaysian jetliner could cost nearly a quarter billion U.S. dollars

Aung San Suu Kyi's 'silence' on the Rohingya: Has 'The Lady' lost her voice? updated 5 days ago

Having endured nearly 15 years of house arrest with grace and courage, Aung San Suu Kyi has a deserved reputation as a political superstar of rare moral stature.

South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster: The challenge ahead updated 5 days ago

The South Korean ferry that sank dramatically on Wednesday with hundreds of passengers on board had been modified after coming to the country from Japan over a year ago, according to reports on CNN affiliate YTN.

Get caught up with developments in the South Korea ferry disaster updated 5 days ago

Here's what you need to know to get caught up on the story of the Sewol, the South Korean ferry that capsized.

Potential air pockets on stricken ferry offer hope for survivors updated 5 days ago

As almost 300 ferry passengers -- many of whom are high school students -- remain missing amid a massive rescue operation in the Yellow Sea off Korea's southwest coast, the wait on land remains agonizing.

South Korean shipwreck survivors: Passengers told 'don't move' as ship sank updated 5 days ago

Passengers aboard a sinking South Korean ferry at first were told to stay in place, survivors say.

Some text messages purportedly from ferry passengers called fake updated 5 days ago

After a South Korean ferry accident, text messages surfaced describing the moments after the ferry began to roll.

Theories on how a South Korean passenger ferry suddenly sank updated 5 days ago

A dominant theory has begun to emerge about how a passenger ferry carrying of hundreds sank near South Korea.

The transgender community: Legally invisible no more? updated 6 days ago

Australia and India are the latest examples of countries who are recognizing transgenders in legal documents.

2 dead, many unaccounted as rescuers scramble to sinking South Korean ship updated 6 days ago

Rescuers scrambled to pluck hundreds of passengers from a ferry as it slowly sank off the South Korean coast

MH370 families storm out of glitchy teleconference with Malaysian officials updated 6 days ago

Families of some of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers release a list of questions that they said authorities have so far not answered.

Pakistan Taliban say cease-fire with government is over updated 6 days ago

The Pakistan Taliban say they will not extend a cease-fire with the Pakistani government, six days after a weeks-long pause in hostilities officially ended.

Japan, South Korea to discuss 'comfort women' almost 70 years after World War II updated 6 days ago

Every single week for the past 22 years, a group of elderly South Korean women has camped outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, enduring the heat and humidity of the region's monsoonal summer and the sub-zero temperatures of the brutal Korean winter.

Twenty-five years later, Tiananmen Square no less taboo for China's censors updated 6 days ago

There are mixed signals from the Chinese authorities on their attitude towards the Tiananmen Square anniversary.

Survivors tell of panic on board as ferry tilts, then capsizes updated 6 days ago

Survivors talk about the panic aboard a ferry after it listed, then capsized, off the coast of South Korea.

Indian court recognizes gender self-identification updated 7 days ago

India's Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the country's transsexual and transgender individuals the right to self-identify their gender.

A primer on the latest in the search for Flight 370 updated 7 days ago

Here's the latest to catch you up on the efforts to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as the search enters its 39th day.

Asif Ali Zardari Fast Facts updated 7 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Asif Ali Zardari, former president of Pakistan.

Airstrike killed 3 civilians in Afghanistan, governor's spokesman says updated 7 days ago

An Afghan provincial government spokesman has alleged that a NATO airstrike killed at least three civilians and injured another in Afghanistan's Khost province Tuesday.

Gunmen abduct Afghan deputy minister updated 7 days ago

The Afghan Deputy Minister of Public Works, Ahmad Shah Wahid, was abducted by gunmen early Tuesday morning, the Interior Ministry said.

Two brothers re-arrested in Pakistan for cannibalism updated 7 days ago

A man who had previously been jailed for cannibalism and then released, has been rearrested again after police discovered a child's severed head at his home.

Asian air pollution could have impact on global weather patterns updated 7 days ago

A study finds that air pollution from Asia directly affects the storm pattern over the Pacific Ocean.

U.N. condemns Thai court case against journalists over people trafficking report updated 7 days ago

A criminal defamation case against two journalists in Thailand is set to proceed next week, despite calls for the charges to be dropped.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Co-pilot's cell phone was on, U.S. official says updated 8 days ago

Efforts to find missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 focuses beneath ocean's surface as Australian authorities send a submersible diving toward the sea floor.

MH370: How do underwater sonar subs work? updated 8 days ago

With the pings gone, search officials are sending a vehicle down to crawl the ocean floor in search of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Former Afghan foreign minister leads early vote count in presidential election updated 8 days ago

Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah was leading the early returns of last week's presidential election in Afghanistan.

MH370: Is it time to stop searching for pings? updated 9 days ago

Is it time for underwater search vehicles to start scanning the ocean floor in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane search a 'massive, massive task' Abbott says updated 10 days ago

Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 remains a "massive task," Australia's Prime Minister said Saturday.

Earthquake reported near Solomon Islands updated 10 days ago

A tsunami warning was canceled following a 7.6-magnitude earthquake that struck Sunday morning near the Solomon Islands, officials said.

After missing Malaysian plane's pingers are dead, then what? updated 10 days ago

Crews looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may soon shift to a new set of tools, including side-scan sonar and remotely operated vehicles.

9-month-old boy arrested in attempted murder no longer wanted by police updated 10 days ago

A 9-month-old Pakistani boy who was booked in connection with an attempted murder case is no longer wanted by police, his family's lawyer said.

Abbott: Australia's 'transparency and candor' appreciated in search for MH 370 updated 11 days ago

Australia's PM: Chinese officials appreciate his country's "transparency and candor" in the search for MH 370.

Tibet Fast Facts updated 11 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about Tibet, which is often called "the roof of the world."

Could jet's descent have shaped debris field? updated 11 days ago

Pilot: It's highly unlikely that missing jetliner could have sunk without leaving some trace on the surface.

'Life Black Box' website lets Chinese users send data after death updated 12 days ago

In your lifetime, you will send thousands of online messages. What if you could only send one more?

5th signal detected 'not likely' from MH370 black boxes, officials say updated 12 days ago

Elevated hopes that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 might soon be found were tempered when a search agency said the latest signal probably isn't from the plane.

How deep is deep? Imagining the MH370 search underwater updated 12 days ago

Just how hard is it to find a plane at the bottom of the ocean? Very.

Afghan wife maimed for refusing drug-addict husband's cash demands updated 12 days ago

An Afghan wife was viciously disfigured by her drug addicted husband in front of their kids for refusing him money.

In search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, two new signals buoy hope updated 12 days ago

In a sea of uncertainty, two bits of good news emerged Wednesday in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

How to buy your first serious piece of Chinese art updated 12 days ago

With astronomical Chinese art prices making recent headlines, we look at how one can elbow into the art market for a piece of the lucrative pie.

'Miracle material' graphene one step closer to commercial use updated 12 days ago

No one ever expected the humble pencil to kickstart a revolution. But, by peeling apart pencil graphite into atom-thick layers using regular adhesive tape, two Russian-born scientists, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, earned a Nobel Prize in 2010. With it, they sparked the beginnings of a material that could change the world.

Politicians slug it out in India's first social media election updated 13 days ago

Social media has become the new election battleground for India's nationwide parliamentary elections, which started Monday.

"Holy grail" of Chinese porcelain nets record bid for Sotheby's updated 13 days ago

The auction room -- standing room only -- broke into applause when the hammer finally went down. On sale was a tiny, white cup decorated with chickens, and the buyer was a prolific art collector from Shanghai, Liu Yiqian.

The hunt for a Flight 370 ping: How they are doing it updated 13 days ago

Forget the needle. Forget the haystack. Here's how searchers in the south Indian Ocean are looking for pings from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Are suspected North Korean drones a threat to South Korea? updated 13 days ago

In recent weeks, South Korea's defense ministry has discovered three crashed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it believes belong to Pyongyang.

India's 'Womanifesto:' How central are women's rights to this year's elections? updated 13 days ago

A recent poll finds most Indians see combating violence against women as a political priority. Dissatisfied with government efforts, activists have drafted a plan to tackle women's issues.

Not a 'bug splat:' Artists give drone victims a face in Pakistan updated 13 days ago

In a lush field outside Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, the face of a little girl stares up at the clouds, her eyes searching for the whirring machines that destroyed her family.

Explosion near Pakistani capital of Islamabad kills at least 26 updated 13 days ago

A blast in a fruit market near the Pakistani capital Islamabad killed at least 26 people Wednesday and injured at least a dozen more.

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