Afghans Turn Out in Droves for Historic Elections

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_26b563e9d6.jpgSayed Khodaberdi Sadat/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Afghans headed to the polls in droves Saturday in elections that are expected to lead to the nation's first transfer of power between democratically-elected governments, despite calls for violence by the Taliban and a massive show of force by Afghanistan's security forces. More than 350,000 soldiers and police guarded polling places in Afghanistan's presidential and provincial elections as Afghans fanned out across the country to cast their ballots.

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How Americans Adopted Crimea's Last Orphan

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_e5d717dd9f.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (MOSCOW) -- As the overnight train pulled up to Crimea's new border with Ukraine, Kristine Proctor held her breath. Armed soldiers outside the window peered inside. "Are there any foreigners?" they asked the conductor. He pointed at Proctor and her companions: the girl she was adopting from a Crimean orphanage and Inna, the Ukrainian woman who was helping them escape.

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Underwater Search for Flight 370 Underway

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_8c87b181c7.jpg (PERTH, Australia) -- An underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has begun. Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Hines announced Friday morning that two ships from the Royal Australian Navy and British Royal Navy have “commenced a sub-surface search for emissions from the black box pinger from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.” Hines also announced that up to 10 military planes, four civilian jets and nine ships will assist in Friday's search.

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Female Journalists Attacked in Afghanistan, One Killed

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_d734e9e9f8.jpgDaniel Oberbillig/Thinkstock (KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Two female western journalists were attacked Friday in eastern Afghanistan, leaving one dead and the other in stable condition. The attack took place in Khost province, one of the most volatile regions in the country. An eyewitness, speaking to ABC News by telephone, says the two were shot by an Afghan police officer while on assignment to cover the Afghan elections.

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Kitchen’s Too Hot in Crimea Where McDonald’s Shuts Restaurants

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_4965216d37.jpgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- McDonald’s has “temporarily” suspended operations at its restaurants in Crimea, citing only “manufacturing reasons” out of its control. The fast-food chain’s locations in the cities of Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta were affected. A statement on the company’s Ukrainian website said it hoped to resume operations as soon as possible. McDonald’s made no mention of Crimea’s controversial annexation by Russia last month, but the company appeared to make a few subtle political swipes in its statement.

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