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5 building officials detained for Indian overpass collapse

KOLKATA, India — Rescuers said Friday there was no hope of finding any more survivors after clearing the crumbled concrete and twisted metal rods from an overpass that collapsed onto a crowded Kolkata neighbourhood, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 80.

Sixty-seven people were pulled from the debris alive, and by Friday afternoon the wreckage was cleared.

Chinese news agency tells readers to ignore April Fool’s Day

BEIJING — China’s Communist Party has a new target in its campaign against pernicious Western cultural influences: April Fool’s Day.

“The so-called Western April Fool’s Day does not conform to Chinese cultural traditions or socialist core values,” the party’s leading propaganda organ, Xinhua News Agency, said in a brief message on its official microblog Friday.

Seoul: N. Korea fires missile and tries to jam GPS signals

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korea fired a short-range missile into the sea and tried to jam GPS navigation signals in South Korea on Friday, Seoul officials said, hours after U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders pledged to work closer together to prevent North Korea from advancing its nuclear and missile programs.

North Korea, again, demands halt to US-South Korea war games

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — It’s a demand North Korea has been making for decades: The United States and South Korea must immediately suspend their annual military exercises if there is to be peace on the Korean Peninsula. And, once again, it’s a demand that is falling on deaf ears.

Alaska volcano ash cloud covers 400 miles, cancels flights

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Strong winds Monday pushed an ash cloud from an Alaska volcano into the heart of the state, grounding flights and limiting travel to western and northern communities off the road system.

But hours later, officials downgraded the volcano alert level, saying the intensity of the eruption had “declined significantly.”

US Coast Guard crew seizes cocaine off Panama

ALAMEDA, Calif. — A Northern California U.S. Coast Guard crew seized more than 6 tons of cocaine from a semi-submersible vessel off Panama’s Pacific coast, officials said.

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday released a video of the March 3 bust, which included the arrest of four suspected drug smugglers seen sitting atop the blow-laden submersible with their hands up in the air.