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Israel police disperse riot at Jerusalem holy site

Apr 16, 2014

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police stormed a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem on Wednesday, firing tear gas to disperse a protest by Palestinian Muslim worshippers, officials said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the crowd hurled stones and firecrackers from atop ...

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Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag

Apr 16, 2014

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian insurgents Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine.

Still, it was ...

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UN seeks $274 million for Central African Republic

Apr 16, 2014

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations and aid groups launched an appeal for $274 million Wednesday to help people who have fled the Central African Republic because of the sectarian conflict there, warning that the dire needs of hundreds of thousands of refugees can't be met with existing funds.

The ...

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Tanzanian president warns Congo rebels to disarm

Apr 16, 2014

By SALEH MWANAMILONGO, Associated Press

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania's president warned armed groups operating in eastern Congo to disarm or risk being hunted down by Congolese and U.N. forces in an interview with The Associated Press.

Tanzania has contributed troops to a special U.N.

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Planned anti-gay rally in Ethiopia is cancelled

Apr 16, 2014

By ELIAS MESERET, Associated Press

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A planned anti-gay rally that would have made Ethiopia the latest African country to demonize gays has been cancelled, officials said Wednesday.

In addition, plans by the legislature to add gay sex to a list of crimes not eligible for ...

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Romanian poet, dissident Nina Cassian dies

Apr 16, 2014

By ALISON MUTLER

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian poet and translator Nina Cassian, who obtained political asylum in the United States after the Communist-era secret police found her critical poems scribbled in a friend's diary, has died in New York City. She was 89.

Her husband, Maurice Edwards,

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AP names Nigeria chief of bureau

Apr 16, 2014

Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Associated Press has named Michelle Faul, who has covered the major stories of Africa over the past three decades, as its bureau chief in Nigeria.

The appointment was announced Wednesday by Africa Editor Andrew Selsky.

"Michelle Faul is a wonderful writer ...

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20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

Apr 16, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Officials say suspected Islamic militants killed 20 people including a traditional ruler in northeast Nigeria in four attacks across the country in three days.

Monday's massive explosion killed 175 people in Abuja, the capital, and on Tuesday gunmen kidnapped about 100 ...

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Pistorius trial: Defense tries to build case

Apr 16, 2014

By GERALD IMRAY, Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense.

Following the tough ...

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Algerian election faces disaffected populace

Apr 16, 2014

By PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The college students playing pick-up soccer along the faded grandeur of Algiers' sweeping waterfront say they won't be voting in Thursday's presidential elections, echoing the sentiments of many young Algerians.

They want jobs and housing when ...

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Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

Apr 16, 2014

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history.

Matthew Douglas de Grood, a recent graduate of the University of ...

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France targets welfare for big spending cuts

Apr 16, 2014

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister has announced plans to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from pensions, social care and health care as a part of a 50-billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit.

Manuel Valls on Wednesday detailed the government plan to cut 10 billion euros ...

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Army: Jordan air force strikes cars near Syria

Apr 16, 2014

By OMAR AKOUR, Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's army says the country's air force has attacked cars that were at the kingdom's border with neighboring Syria.

An army statement says the attack happened Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. (0730 GMT). The statement says the camouflaged vehicles were ...

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NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

Apr 16, 2014

BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of NATO says the alliance is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine.

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO will immediately deploy forces to the region. He says there will be "more planes in ...

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292 Missing, 4 Dead in South Korea Ferry Disaster

Apr 16, 2014

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue ...

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Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

Apr 16, 2014

By MARGIE MASON, Associated Press

PERTH, Australia (AP) — As a robotic submarine dived into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person.

The Bluefin 21 sub ...

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Afghan policeman shoots, wounds female lawmaker

Apr 16, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan policeman has opened fire and wounded a female lawmaker in the country's capital, Kabul, during what authorities described as a "dispute" between the two.

Lawmaker Maryam Koofi was recovering Wednesday after the shooting the previous night.

Earlier reports had ...

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If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US

Apr 16, 2014

By GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely ...

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Belgian head of Congo's Virunga park shot

Apr 16, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Park officials say the Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded.

A statement on the website of Virunga National Park said chief warden Emmanuel de Merode was shot Tuesday while traveling ...

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Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

Apr 16, 2014

By MARGIE MASON, Associated Press

PERTH, Australia (AP) — As a robotic submarine dove into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person.

The Bluefin 21 sub ...

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