Suicide Bomb Blast Kills and Injures Scores of Iraqis

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_49ca7aa1b0.jpgMarcio Silva/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD) -- In one of the single-deadliest attacks so far in 2014, at least 45 Iraqis were killed Sunday and more than 150 others wounded by a suicide bomber 60 miles south of Baghdad. Police in the Shiite-dominated city of Hillah said the assailant detonated a minibus laden with explosives at a security checkpoint near the city's northern entrance.

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Assad's Forces Grab Last Rebel Stronghold in Syria's West

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_3e4d4d6e32.jpgcreisinger/Thinkstock (DAMASCUS, Syria) -- As the three-year anniversary of the conflict in Syria approaches, government forces battling to save the regime of President Bashar al-Assad claimed a major victory this past weekend as they retook the rebel-held town of Zara near the border with Lebanon, the opposition's last stronghold in the region. A pro-opposition group confirmed that Zara fell to Syrian soldiers after several days of fighting.

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Oscar Pistorius Trial: What to Look for in Week Two

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_4d8107626e.jpgJemal Countess/Getty Images (PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Oscar Pistorius' lawyers are expected to cross examine the security guard on duty the night he shot and killed his girlfriend, when the murder trial resumes Monday. Pieter Baba, the chief security guard on duty on the night Reeva Steenkamp was fatally shot, told the court on Friday that Pistorius told him everything was fine when he called after receiving reports from other residents that they had heard gunshots.

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Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight Could Be Answered by Black Boxes

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_364368fff5.jpgFile Photo: Stockbyte/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Airliner “black boxes” record flight data and cockpit voice transmissions that could shed light on how a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 239 people on board seemingly vanished in Southeast Asia. Rescue teams are in a race against time to locate the black boxes if indeed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 crashed. The black boxes emit signals or “pingers” that can be detected many miles away, but they can weaken in just days.

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Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Plane 'Absolutely Baffling'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_55f50701f1.jpgFile Photo: Stockbyte/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The safety record of the Boeing 777 is nearly perfect, which makes the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 near Vietnam especially mysterious to aircraft experts. “This is so rare, it is absolutely baffling and it’s baffling that we don’t have any better answers this long after the mishap actually occurred,” ABC News aviation consultant Col. Stephen Ganyard said.

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