Iran mother spares life of son’s killer in dramatic turn of events

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck, a newspaper reported Thursday. The dramatic climax followed a rare public campaign to save the life of Balal, who at 19 killed another young man, Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, in a street fight with a knife back in 2007. (AFP)

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Argentina tiger triplets

The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers — Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude.

The two female cubs have prominent black stripes and tawny white coats, while the male is nearly pure white.

Zoo veterinarian Guillermo Weimeyer says they were born three months ago following a labor that lasted more than four hours, and will keep breastfeeding until they reach five months old, even though they are already eating a kilogram of meat a day.

This is the second set of cubs for the mother, Cleo, and father, Rhiano. Their first brood was taken to other zoos, and these cubs will likely leave as well.

A naming contest among children who visit the zoo has already begun.

Photography by Natacha Pisarenko

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Photographer Gerald Herbert

Gerald Herbert is a staff photographer for the AP based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Before that he was a staff photographer for the Washington Times, the New York Daily News and a freelancer for the AP in New Orleans, Boston and New York.

Herbert has covered local, national and international stories, including the 9/11 attacks at both the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, conflicts in the West Bank and Haiti, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and the World Series, among others. (AP)

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Photos of the day - April 16, 2014

Young Polar bear Anori plays with his toys in the pool of their enclosure at the Zoo in Wuppertal, Penitents from ‘Las Siete Palabras’ ‘Seven words’ brotherhood take part in a procession in Spain and North Koreans are reflected in a glass case containing a pistol as they each wait for their turn at a firing range in Pyongyang are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Reuters)

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South Korea ferry disaster

Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea’s southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.

There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank. (AP)

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Photos of the day - April 15, 2014

Survivors, officials, first responders and guests pause as the flag is raised at the finish line during a tribute in honor of the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings –– “blood moon” is seen over Shanghai –– 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster, at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium –– a sick internally displaced Muslim girl in C.A.R. and a Ukrainian soldier aims his rifle at pro-Russia protesters in Kramatorsk are just a few of the photos of the day for April 15, 2014.

(Photos by Charles Krupa/AP Photo, Aly Song/REUTERS, Christopher Furlong/Getty Images, Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS, Marko Djurica/REUTERS)

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AP PHOTOS: AP revisits Boston bombing sites

Life has resumed on the streets of Boston.

A year after three people were killed and more than 260 injured when two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, the city’s landscape bears few reminders of the explosions, or the ensuing manhunt for suspects that ended with the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown.

On Boylston Street, the chaos and pain of that day have been replaced by the regular routines of pedestrians and drivers. Businesses are open, including the Forum restaurant, badly damaged when one bomb exploded directly outside.

This week, barricades and a viewing stand are set up near the finish line for this year’s marathon, set for Monday.

Just down the street, Copley Square became home to a spontaneous memorial. The items, including running shoes and messages, were removed in June. Some are now on view in an exhibit across the street at the Boston Public Library.

A few days after the bombing, Tsarnaev eluded capture after a gunbattle with police. Residents of Boston and surrounding communities were told to stay indoors while police went house to house searching for him. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died following the shootout with police.

Today, those neighborhoods are quiet again. (AP)

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Photos of the day - April 14, 2014

A baptized Sikh man prays in the pre-dawn hours as he visits to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple during the Visakhi festival in India, the door through which Reeva Steenkamp was shot is displayed during Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial and a view of vehicles on fire after a powerful explosion hit Nyana Motor Park in Nigeria are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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