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Congo grants first batch of amnesties to ex-rebels

Apr 21, 2014

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo has announced the first batch of former rebels who will receive an amnesty adopted earlier this year.

The Justice Ministry announced over the weekend a list of around 50 people that includes members of the former M23 rebels, who were defeated by the government late ...

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Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

Apr 21, 2014

By ALBERT AJI and DIAA HADID, Associated Press

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria announced Monday that presidential elections will be held June 3, setting the stage for President Bashar Assad to win a new, seven-year term in the midst of a civil war that has torn apart the country and makes it impossible ...

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Uganda suspends track coach over sex abuse charges

Apr 21, 2014

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Associated Press

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's athletics body suspended a coach who is accused of sexually harassing female runners, an official said on Monday, after Ugandan police started investigating the man whose alleged misconduct has sparked calls for his arrest and ...

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US justices hear arguments in Argentina debt case

Apr 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court appears to be searching for a middle ground in the decade-long battle between Argentina and holders of its defaulted bonds.

The justices heard arguments Monday on a relatively narrow aspect of the issue, the question of whether a sovereign nation can be ...

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Families' hopes for ferry victims painfully humble

Apr 21, 2014

By GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — Lee Byung-soo says he knew, when he saw his 15-year-old son's body in the tent. It could not have been more horrifically obvious. But he wanted so much for him to be alive.

"Stop sleeping!" the truck driver yelled as he hugged Lee Seok-joon.

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Court to look at 'born in Jerusalem' passport case

Apr 21, 2014

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting an issue fraught with Middle East politics, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear for the second time a passport dispute centering on whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth as Israel.

The court said Monday it ...

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Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

Apr 21, 2014

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues.

Biden ...

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Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

Apr 21, 2014

By MARGIE MASON, Associated Press

PERTH, Australia (AP) — From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight ...

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Celebrities gather for Peaches Geldof funeral

Apr 21, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Celebrities have joined the family of Peaches Geldof gathered for the funeral of the British model and TV personality, who died at age 25 earlier this month.

Model Kate Moss and former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman were among those attending the private service Monday at a ...

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Somali lawmaker killed in car bomb explosion

Apr 21, 2014

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police official says a legislator in the country's parliament has been killed in a car bomb explosion in the Somali capital on Monday.

Capt. Mohamed Yusuf said Monday that Isaq Mohamed Rino was killed after a bomb planted under his car exploded in Mogadishu's ...

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Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school

Apr 21, 2014

CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — Parents say 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, up significantly from the 85 reported by education officials.

The higher figure came out Monday, a week after the kidnappings, when the Borno state governor ...

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Gaza militants fire missile, rockets at Israel

Apr 21, 2014

By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Militants from the Gaza Strip fired a missile at Israeli troops patrolling the border on the last day of the Passover holiday and several rockets into the country's south on Monday, the military said. No injuries were reported.

The attacks drew ...

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Biden Heads to Ukraine Amid Renewed Violence

By | Apr 21, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet in Kiev Tuesday with beleaguered leaders of Ukraine to demonstrate solidarity amid intensifying concerns about renewed violence in the fractured country.

One concern is that Russian President Vladimir Putin will use the violence as an excuse to take over ...

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Palestinians meet in Gaza for reconciliation talks

Apr 21, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A senior Hamas leader based in Egypt is in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah.

Moussa Abu Marzouk is meeting Hamas leaders in Gaza on Monday ahead of a visit by Fatah officials on ...

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Japan PM sends offering to war shrine

Apr 21, 2014

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals — long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea.

Abe's offering at the Yasukuni ...

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New drone strike in Yemen kills al-Qaida militants

Apr 21, 2014

By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials and tribal chiefs say that a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed several al-Qaida militants in the country's south, including a local militant commander.

The Monday morning attack targeted the rugged mountainous area ...

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Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

Apr 21, 2014

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

NANJING, China (AP) — Strolling through China's sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound.

"Japan is a country without credibility. They pretend to be ...

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Saudi Arabia reports 3 more deaths from MERS virus

Apr 21, 2014

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's health ministry says three more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died amid a recent increase in infections.

The ministry posted details of the deaths in a statement Sunday evening. They included a ...

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Sub search for missing jet two-thirds complete

Apr 21, 2014

By MARGIE MASON, Associated Press

PERTH, Australia (AP) — As the search continued off the coast of Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet on Monday, the airline announced another plane bound for India was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its tires burst on takeoff.

All 159 ...

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Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform

Apr 21, 2014

By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press

HAVANA (AP) — The residents of 308 Oquendo Street were jolted awake in the middle of the night by violent shaking and a noise that they likened to a freight train, or an exploding bomb.

Part of their building's seventh floor had collapsed into the interior patio,

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