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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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Official: Iran will not discuss missile program

Apr 16, 2014

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday.

The remarks by Gen. Hossein Dehghan came as a ...

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Israeli police enter holy site to disperse riot

Apr 16, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they have stormed a Jerusalem holy site to disperse a riot.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says Palestinian rioters hurled stones and firecrackers on Wednesday from atop the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

Rosenfeld ...

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Egypt clamps hold over mosques to control message

Apr 16, 2014

By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — In his weekly sermon, Muslim cleric Ali Abdel-Moati preached to his congregation in a southern Egyptian city about the evils of making hasty judgments. That prompted a complaint to authorities from a judge, who accused him of criticizing a recent mass ...

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Ferry with 476 people sinking off SKorea

Apr 15, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities.

The ferry with 476 people ...

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Chile leader to relocate Valparaiso fire victims

Apr 15, 2014

By EVA VERGARA, Associated Press

VALPARAISO, Chile (AP) — President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 12,500 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected from ...

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Ukraine bares teeth against eastern uprising

Apr 15, 2014

By YURAS KARMANAU and PETER LEONARD, Associated Press

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at an airport, beginning what the president called an "anti-terrorist ...

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Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting

Apr 15, 2014

By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts ...

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Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead

Apr 15, 2014

By PETER JAMES SPIELMANN, Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones ...

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