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Vice President Mike Pence, center, and his wife, Karen Pence, greeted soldiers and their family members on Sunday at an Easter dinner at a military base in Seoul, South Korea.

Pence, in South Korea, Calls North Korea Missile Launch ‘a Provocation’

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS

The vice president is beginning a 10-day tour of Asia and will meet Monday with the acting president of South Korea.

North Korea's first submarine-launched ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-1, was among the hardware displayed Saturday in the capital, Pyongyang.

North Korean Missile Launch Fails, and a Show of Strength Fizzles

By CHOE SANG-HUN, DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD

The timing was an embarrassment for Kim Jong-un, because the launch appeared to have been intended to coincide with the approach of a fleet of American warships.

Kashmiri protesters threw stones on Sunday at Indian paramilitary soldiers during a protest in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Indian Army Ties Kashmiri Man to Jeep and Parades Him Through Villages

By SAMEER YASIR and ELLEN BARRY

Video showing the man apparently being used as a human shield heightened tensions with Kashmir’s separatist movement, which has repeatedly called for election boycotts.

Women in India's Bihar State marching to the cornfield where they had discovered illegal moonshine.

Alcohol Ban Succeeds as Women Warn, ‘Behave, or We’ll Get Tough’

By GEETA ANAND

The women of Bihar State, one of India’s poorest, have enthusiastically welcomed a strict prohibition law, and often take matters into their own hands.

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In a spread from Justice League of America no. 233, the Puerto Rican hero Vibe shows off his dance moves. In

What Does a Superhero Look Like? They used to be almost uniformly white. Not anymore.

Capt. Bill Curtis died at age 91 on Oct. 24; in January, his ashes were stolen from a parked pickup truck in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami.

The One That Got Away: Theft of Fishing Guide’s Ashes Becomes a Whodunit

By JOHN CLARKE

It was the last time anyone saw what’s left of Capt. Bill Curtis, who changed saltwater fly-fishing and inspired characters in books.

World
A supporter of a proposal to expand the power of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a picture of the Turkish leader at a rally on Sunday in Istanbul.

Erdogan Claims Victory in Turkey Vote Giving Broad New Powers to President

By PATRICK KINGSLEY

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the “yes” vote had prevailed in a watershed referendum, but the main opposition was demanding a recount.

Aya Hijazi and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, in a holding cell at a courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, in March.

American Aid Worker Is Cleared of Child Abuse Charges in Egypt

By DECLAN WALSH

Aya Hijazi, who founded a nonprofit to care for street children in Cairo, was accused of human trafficking in a case rights groups called “a travesty.”

The funeral for those killed in the Palm Sunday suicide bombing at St. Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt.

After Church Bombings, Egyptian Christians Are Resigned but Resolute

By DECLAN WALSH

Attacks on two churches that killed 45 people remind Copts of a 2011 bombing that has never been solved.

An image from a video of the buses that were damaged in a bombing near Aleppo, Syria, on Saturday.

Dozens Killed as Blast Strikes Convoy Carrying Evacuated Syrians

By BEN HUBBARD and HWAIDA SAAD

The bomb attack interrupted a deal between the government and the rebels to evacuate people from four villages that have suffered prolonged sieges.

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Business
A demonstration last May in Hanoi after a chemical spill at a Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation plant. The spill devastated fishing communities along Vietnam's central coast.

Vietnamese Leader Halts Work on Steel Plant Over Threat of Chemical Spill

By REUTERS

The prime minister stopped construction on a $10 billion plant, aiming to prevent a spill like the one last year at another steel plant that caused an environmental disaster.

A drilling rig on Alaska's North Slope in 2007.

BP Struggles to Control Damaged Well in Alaskan Arctic

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS

Crews have been battling frigid winds to secure the well, which began spewing natural gas vapors on Friday. No injuries were reported.

An installer putting in a drip irrigation line at Harborside Farms, a large marijuana grower in California's Salinas Valley.

Marijuana Goes Industrial in California

By THOMAS FULLER

Growers are moving to large farms in the Salinas Valley, threatening the state’s smaller cannabis farmers and inspiring fears of a glut.

An advertising campaign by the body care line Éclair Naturals.

On Advertising

Marketing Natural Body Care Products, With a Side of Activism

By JANE L. LEVERE

With sales of organic and natural beauty and personal products on the rise, companies are courting customers who lead a “holistic lifestyle.”

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Technology
Slack Technologies' offices in San Francisco. The company's messaging system has been successful with small businesses, and it is working to attract more large corporate clients.

Slack, an Upstart in Messaging, Now Faces Giant Tech Rivals

By KATIE BENNER

Microsoft and Facebook have rolled out competing tools. But Slack’s chief executive says small tech companies with new ideas have a history of defeating the big guys.

Burger King introduced a commercial that prompted voice-activated Google Home devices to describe its burgers - until Google made sure Google Home ignored it.

Bits

Mike and Nicole’s Week in Tech: United’s Troubles and Burger King’s ‘Hack’

By MIKE ISAAC and NICOLE PERLROTH

Mike Isaac and Nicole Perlroth discuss the week’s technology news, including Burger King’s latest stunt with Google Home devices.

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Sports
The agent Pini Zahavi, right, with Manchester United's manager, Alex Ferguson, after Zahavi's client Rio Ferdinand signed with the club in 2002.

‘I Own Players’: How West Ham’s Transfer Scandal Upended English Soccer

By ALEX DUFF and TARIQ PANJA

A deal that brought Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to West Ham in 2006 was unprecedented in having offshore companies control the players’ rights.

Sports Briefing

Cavaliers Hold Off Pacers to Open Playoffs With a Win

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LeBron James, playing in his 200th playoff game, had 32 points, 13 assists and 6 rebounds for Cleveland while winning his 18th straight first-round game.

The Cardinals' Yadier Molina, left, and Adam Wainwright earlier this month. They have 219 regular-season starts together. The last combo with more? Mike Scioscia and Fernando Valenzuela.

A Baseball Battery That Hasn’t Lost Its Charge

By TYLER KEPNER

No current combination of catcher and starting pitcher has lasted longer than the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright.

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U.S. News
The National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md. The agency has the target of leaks from a hacking group that calls itself the Shadow Brokers.

Hacking Group Claims N.S.A. Infiltrated Mideast Banking System

By NICOLE PERLROTH

The group, which calls itself the Shadow Brokers, said the agency had broken into the international bank messaging system called Swift.

D. J. Gribbin, an infrastructure specialist on the White House's National Economic Council, with President Trump this month. Mr. Gribbin used to work for Macquarie, a bank that specializes in infrastructure and stands to gain from such undertakings.

With Trump Appointees, a Raft of Potential Conflicts and ‘No Transparency’

By ERIC LIPTON, BEN PROTESS and ANDREW W. LEHREN

President Trump is populating the federal government with former lobbyists who in many cases are influencing policy in industries where they were recently paid.

Representative Mike Conaway, Republican of Texas, will oversee the House Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian election meddling.

Mike Conaway Emerges From Relative Obscurity to Lead House Russia Inquiry

By EMMARIE HUETTEMAN

Mr. Conaway, a Texas Republican who is the chairman of the Agriculture Committee, is the accidental heir to a potentially explosive investigation.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House this month.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump: Pillars of Family-Driven West Wing

By PETER BAKER, GLENN THRUSH and MAGGIE HABERMAN

As the president has soured on Stephen K. Bannon, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have emerged as President Trump’s most important advisers, at least for now.

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Opinion

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Anatomy of a Lynching

By AATISH TASEER

A mentality of mob violence has overtaken India.

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

Op-Ed Columnist

Save the Mainline

By ROSS DOUTHAT

Why America needs its ex-Protestants to go back to church.

Gov. Robert J. Bentley of Alabama at a groundbreaking ceremony in 2013.

News Analysis

Crooks, Swindlers and Sex Hounds

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON

In Alabama politics, swampy ethics are a tradition. But the past year has been especially sordid.

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