Syrians to Cast Presidential Ballots June 3

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_b818dbe150.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, despite the raging civil war believed to have killed around 150,000 people. Candidates have until May 1 to register. Syrians living abroad will have the opportunity to cast their votes on May 28. Many expect Bashar al-Assad, whose term ends on July 17, to announce his bid for reelection for another seven years in office.

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Results of Afghan Election Still Far from Concluded

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_4ee9f09563.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (KABUL, Afghanistan) -- More than two weeks after millions in Afghanistan went to the polls to pick a new president, the Independent Election Commission has only counted half of the ballots. At this point, it appears a run-off will be necessary as the front-runner, Abdullah Abdullah, has 44 percent of the votes, with rival Ashraf Ghani in second place with 33 percent. Should neither candidate get at least 50 percent, a run-off will take place in late May.

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Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Still Coming Up Empty

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_72a0d04858.jpg (NEW YORK) -- Forty-five days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, there has still been no sign of any wreckage in the south Indian Ocean. It's expected that the air and surface search for the plane with 239 on board will continue indefinitely. However, the Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle, which is taking sonar scans of the ocean floor, might end its operation within a week.

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Divers in South Korean Waters Reach Sunken Ferry, Find More Bodies

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_c31fae6b15.jpgED JONES/AFP/Getty Images (SEOUL, South Korea) -- Divers Sunday were finally able to enter the capsized ferry that sank near South Korea last week, discovering more bodies, with the death toll expected to climb substantially as they make their way through the vessel. However, divers are also facing an enormous challenge in looking for bodies because of murky waters and strong currents. As of Monday, 69 people were confirmed dead, with 233 passengers still missing.

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Pope Francis Prays for Peace on Easter Sunday

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_8b85e80dc5.jpgFranco Origlia/Getty Images (VATICAN CITY) -- Thousands packed St. Peter's Square Sunday morning to celebrate Easter Sunday with Pope Francis. Wishing onlookers Happy Easter from his balcony, the pope presided over Holy Mass and gave his "urbi et orbi" message and blessing, calling for an end to violent conflicts around the world.

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