The Brief

Pope Francis

Pope Prays for Peace

In his Easter address, the pontiff called for an end to conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and encouraged Catholics to help "those crushed by life's troubles"

Rescue workers carry the body of passenger who was on the capsized Sewol passenger ship at a port where family members of missing passengers have gathered, in Jindo

Divers Find Bodies in Ferry

The death toll in the South Korean ferry disaster has risen to 58 as divers were able to enter the boat and discovered more than a dozen bodies

Pro-Russian militant walks past burnt cars near a checkpoint that was the scene of a gunfight overnight near the city of Slaviansk

Gunfight Erupts in Eastern Ukraine

Two groups apparently made up of separatists and pro-government loyalists clashed at the checkpoint near the town of Slavyansk, with the Ukrainian government saying one person had been killed and Russian state media reporting five dead

Space Station

Space Station Gets a Visit From the Easter Dragon

SpaceX company's space capsule Dragon delivered two tons of food, gear, experiments and care packages to the six men aboard the International Space Station on Sunday. Dragon chased the space station for two days following its Cape Canaveral launch

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks to the media after voting at a polling station in Kabul

Afghan Election Results Show Abdullah Ahead

Abdullah Abdullah currently leads with 44 percent of the votes tallied so far, followed by former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai with 33.2 percent -- though that could change before final results are announced on May 14

APTOPIX China Malaysia Plane

Malaysia, MH370 Relatives Talk Financial Aid

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hamzah Zainuddin met with the relatives of the passengers from the missing jet to talk about where to go next. Financial assistance was discussed and family members were urged to submit a plan for consideration

2006 Ion coupes outside a Saturn dealership in the south Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Another Headache for GM

The embattled automaker waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures, government documents say. It points to another example of government safety regulators reacting slowly to a safety problem despite being alerted by consumers


Hamilton Scores Hat Trick With Chinese GP Win

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton's won his third straight Formula One race at the Chinese Grand Prix following his victories in Malaysia and Bahrain. His teammate Nico Rosberg took second place — the third time in four races this season the pair have finished one-two.

A Riverside County firefighter walks past a fully engulfed burning home in Jurupa Valley, Calif., Jan. 14, 2014.

Blame Climate Change for the Wildfires

Drought, heat and dry weather caused by climate change has dramatically increased the number of wildfires in the U.S., a new study shows. The number of sizable wildfires increased by a rate of seven fires a year between 1984 and 2011

A model of the Loch Ness monster stands outside a visitor centre on March 30, 2012 in Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom.

Siri, Find the Loch Ness Monster

A mysterious image found on Apple Maps is "likely" evidence of the fabled Loch Ness monster in the Scottish Highlands, says a bunch of monster enthusiasts. Others note the picture resembles the wake of a boat

Lisa Jablow

Carriage Horse Foes Picket Liam Neeson’s N.Y.C. Home

About 50 animal welfare activists protested in front of Liam Neeson's apartment building in Manhattan over the actor's support for the city's carriage horses, which are kept in stables he toured recently with lawmakers. He says the horses are not being mistreated