Captain of Doomed Ferry Under Investigation as Relatives Grieve

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_b5011a30ec.jpgPark Young-Chul-Donga Daily via Getty Images (SEOUL, South Korea) -- The captain of a ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing, is under investigation as a criminal and was one of the first people to escape the doomed vessel, Coast Guard officials said. Lee Joon-seok, 69, left the ferry on a lifeboat 32 minutes after reporting an accident, officials said. The captain appeared on Korean television Thursday, his face covered by a gray hoodie.

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Edward Snowden Asks Vladimir Putin About Russian Intelligence

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_6458713f79.jpgThe Guardian via Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Intelligence leaker Edward Snowden surprised the audience of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual question and answer call-in show Thursday by submitting a question via video. Snowden, who revealed American surveillance secrets by leaking sensitive documents from the National Security Agency, asked Putin if Russia also had a mass surveillance program.

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Oil Slick Not Tied to Flight 370, Preliminary Analysis Shows

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_a265113809.jpg (PERTH, Australia) -- The oil slick that Australian vessel Ocean Shield detected Sunday evening during its search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is not connected to the missing jetliner. A preliminary analysis of the sample "has confirmed that it is not aircraft engine oil or hydraulic fluid," Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC), which is leading the search for the Boeing 777, said in a statement Thursday.

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Three Dead After Military Base Attack in Ukraine

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_3f547fea8b.jpgberean/Thinkstock (KIEV, Ukraine) -- Three militants were killed, 13 wounded and over 60 arrested when they attacked a military base in Ukraine overnight, the country's interior minister said. The incident happened in the coastal town of Mariupol in the southeast part of the country. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a statement Thursday that a crowd of around 300 men, armed with Molotov cocktails, attacked the base late Wednesday but were repelled by the National Guard and police forces.

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What to Expect from Thursday’s Russia/Ukraine Talks

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_bca4374756.jpgState Department photo/ Public Domain (GENEVA) -- Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, have already spent at least 10 hours together in the past month, not to mention almost daily phone calls, trying to find a diplomatic solution to the Russian incursion in Ukraine. During that period, the region of Crimea has essentially been lost to Russia and pro-Russian militants have spread throughout the eastern part of the country, with little meaningful resistance from the Ukrainians.

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