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20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

Apr 16, 2014

By BASHIR ADIGUN and MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday.

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US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

Apr 16, 2014

By JULIE PACE and LARA JAKES, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its ...

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NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

Apr 16, 2014

By JUERGEN BAETZ and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO's air ...

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US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions

Apr 16, 2014

By LARA JAKES, AP National Security Writer

GENEVA (AP) — A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow with additional economic ...

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Bosnians see victims excavated from mass grave

Apr 16, 2014

By AIDA CERKEZ, Associated Press

SEJKOVACA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Denisa Hegic pulled her scarf around her nose to guard against the stench and drew back the plastic shroud. Shaking, she reached down to touch her mother's skull and caressed it.

The last time she touched her mother she was ...

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Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles

Apr 16, 2014

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Thursday's high-level talks in Geneva on Ukraine come as the country's eastern regions are awash in turmoil and pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities.

But for all the anxiety about Ukraine's ...

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Protector of vast African park shot and wounded

Apr 16, 2014

By SARAH DiLORENZO, Associated Press

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove through the ...

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Watchdog: Rise in targeted media killings in Syria

Apr 16, 2014

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — A spike in targeted murders of journalists in Syria landed the war-shattered country for the first time on the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual Impunity Index, joining a list of countries where journalists' killings are most likely to go ...

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Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman cleared of fraud

Apr 16, 2014

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — A jury Wednesday cleared former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick of all fraud charges related to a loans-for-shares scheme that preceded the bank's 2009 collapse.

The 65-year-old FitzPatrick had denied providing illegal financial help to ...

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Argentine zoo shows off white tiger triplets

Apr 16, 2014

By ALMUDENA CALATRAVA, Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — 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 ...

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NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster

Apr 16, 2014

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair.

The country's diplomats have complained to the Foreign Office about a hairdressing salon that put up a poster poking fun at distinctively coiffed ...

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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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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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