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Chicago doctor among those killed in Afghanistan

A family member says one of the three American doctors killed when an Afghan security guard opened fire at a Kabul hospital was a pediatrician from Chicago. More>>

Rio official pledges transparent probe in slaying

Rio de Janeiro's top security official on Wednesday promised a rigorous investigation into the death of a young man that sparked overnight clashes in a slum near a key Olympic venue and did not rule out that police may have been responsible. More>>

China frees Japanese boat after boat owner pays up

A Chinese court says today it has released a Japanese commercial ship after owner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines paid more than $28 million involving a dispute dating back to the wartime in the 1930s. The Shanghai Maritime Affairs Court said in a statement Thursday that it freed Mitsui's Baosteel Emotion after the Japanese shipping firm paid the debt to the Chinese side as well as court costs. The Saturday seizure of the container boat at a Chinese port, as ordered by the court, came after Mitsui fail... More>>

American arrested in Venezuela on murder charges

Venezuelan police have arrested an American on attempted murder and weapons charges. More>>

Car bomb outside Nairobi police station kills 4

Police in Nairobi say a car bomb has exploded outside a police station in central Nairobi and killed four people. More>>

UN denies S. Sudan government statement

The U.N. mission in South Sudan says the government is providing "erroneous" information relating to a recent massacre. More>>

Lawyer: US man held in Cuba seeks to go home soon

The lawyer for a U.S. man jailed for nearly five years in Cuba says he is determined to go home in the next year, be it alive or dead. More>>

Hagel seeking to deepen US-Mexico ties

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he is exploring ways to deepen U.S.-Mexican defense ties, including the possibility of training exercises with Mexican forces. More>>

Chile aims to end dictatorship-era election rules

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says she is determined to make her country's democracy more representative, and she may have just enough votes in Congress to achieve it. More>>

Train derails in Congo, dozens dead

Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing around 50 people. More>>

Bolivia approves downing of drug-smuggling planes

A new law in Bolivia authorizes the military to shoot down planes suspected of smuggling cocaine. More>>

UN: 3.5 million Syrians desperately need aid

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says almost 3.5 million civilians in Syria have virtually no access to desperately needed humanitarian aid and people are dying needlessly every day as violence and extremism escalate. More>>

Officials: Taliban kill 5 Afghan police officers

Officials in Afghanistan say five police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack on a checkpoint in the country's volatile south.  More>>

500 Bolivian soldiers on strike over dead end jobs

About 500 Bolivian soldiers have gone on strike to demand they be given the option of rising to the rank of officer and to protest the dismissal of four of their leaders. More>>

Ghanaian company says it used plane seen in Iran

A mining company in Ghana says it has been using the plane registered to a U.S. bank that became the subject of international intrigue after it was spotted in Iran. More>>

UN committee takes no action on Iran envoy dispute

A U.N. committee has taken no action on the U.S. refusal to grant a visa to the Iranian diplomat chosen by Tehran to be its new U.N. ambassador after hearing from both sides. More>>

Brazil investigators: death of ex-prez accidental

Brazil's National Truth Commission said Tuesday that its investigation into the 1976 death of former President Juscelino Kubitschek turned up no evidence to support claims his fatal car accident was the work of the country's then-military regime. More>>

Senegal prohibits rally to welcome back ex-leader

Officials in Senegal have ordered the cancellation of a rally planned to welcome back former President Abdoulaye Wade who was voted out of office two years ago after violent protests. More>>

Obama: US-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands

President Barack Obama says America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan. More>>

Chile amends constitution to allow expat voting

Chile has reformed its constitution to give voting rights to citizens living outside the country. More>>

Colombia court reinstates ousted Bogota mayor

A Colombian court has ordered the reinstatement within 48 hours of ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro. More>>

Vietnam sentences American man to death for heroin

State media say a court in Vietnam has sentenced an American to death for heroin trafficking. More>>

Turkish Cypriot: Cyprus accord possible in 2014

The Turkish Cypriot leader says a settlement of the 40-year-old conflict that divided the Mediterranean island is possible this year. More>>

Manila mayor off to Hong Kong to apologize

The mayor of the Philippine capital says he is flying to Hong Kong to apologize to the family of eight Hong Kong tourists who died in a 2010 bus hostage tragedy in Manila and to offer them compensation. More>>

Asia-Pacific navies sign communication agreement

Naval officials from the U.S. and nearly two dozen Asia-Pacific nations have adopted an agreement aimed at heading off accidents and miscommunication at sea. More>>

SKorea: Ferry didn't take hard turn before sinking

South Korean officials say their earlier conclusion that the sunken ferry had made a sharp turn shortly before the disaster was incorrect, and that the vessel changed course much more gradually. More>>

UN says 58 killed in attack on UN base in SSudan

A U.N. official says 58 people were killed in an attack on a U.N. base in South Sudan and about 100 were injured. More>>

Diplomacy doesn't move insurgents in Ukraine

Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. More>>

Pope leads torch-lit Good Friday procession

Pope Francis is presiding over a torch-lit Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum marking Good Friday in Rome. More>>

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexico Video included

A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. More>>

Officials: 24 more abducted Nigerian students free

A Nigerian education official says 24 more schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists have escaped. That means 44 are free and 85 are still missing. More>>

Blast in busy Cairo square kills 1 officer

An Egyptian security official says an explosion has rocked a busy square in central Cairo, killing one police officer and causing panic. More>>

Belfast IRA figure killed in splinter-group feud

A senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner has been shot to death in Belfast three years after former comrades in his splinter group threatened to kill them. More>>

N. Korea criticizes 'human rights racket' of US

A North Korean spokesman is blaming the United States and its allies for a "human rights racket" a day after the U.N. Security Council met to discuss a new report that accuses the reclusive communist regime of crimes against humanity. More>>

Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts

A statement by the Gulf Cooperation Council says the bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six energy-rich Arab states. More>>

Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd

Canadian police are confirming an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed to expose herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide in a case that received international attention. More>>

Rob Ford acknowledges "rocky moments" at rally

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is acknowledging "some rocky moments over the past year" but is vowing to fight harder than ever to win re-election. More>>

China: One-fifth of country's farmland polluted

China's government says in a report that nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture. More>>

Royal couple enjoy sheep-shearing demo Down Under

Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, have enjoyed a sheep-shearing demonstration and greeted crowds of flower-bearing fans at an agricultural fair in Sydney. More>>

Avalanche sweeps Everest; 4-5 believed buried

Officials say about five climbers are feared missing after an avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest and hit a route used to assent the world's highest peak. More>>

In news conference, Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments. More>>

UPDATE: Survivors describe escape from sinking ferry Video included

Survivors of a ferry sinking off the coast of South Korea are describing how they jumped into the frigid water wearing life jackets and then swam to a nearby rescue boat.
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Prominent human rights lawyer detained in Saudi

Saudi activists say authorities have detained a prominent human rights lawyer in the capital. More>>

Bosnians see families excavated from mass grave

Family members of victims from Bosnia's 1992-1995 war are beginning to travel to northwestern Bosnia to view the remains of corpses meticulously pulled from the earth and identified through DNA analysis. More>>

Mexico nabs No. 2 in Beltran Leyva gang

Mexican police say they have captured a man identified as the second highest-ranking figure in the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel. More>>

Inmates rock Peru prison with 'Superstar

Inmates have rocked a Peruvian prison with a Holy Week performance of the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar." More>>

Nigerian military: 121 kidnapped students free

Nigeria's military says all but eight of 129 female students kidnapped from a northeastern school by Islamic militants are free. More>>

US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions

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 sanctions. More>>

Mexico probes death of pregnant woman at clinic

Mexico's latest case of denial of medical care for poor and Indian women has resulted in the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. More>>

Dominican Republic installs beach despite drought

The Dominican Republic is being criticized for building a temporary artificial beach amid a drought. More>>

UPDATE: 4 dead, nearly 300 missing in South Korean ferry diaster Video included

At least four people are confirmed dead, but officials in South Korea fear the death toll could get much higher following the sinking of a ferry off the southern coast. More>>

Jamaica grants license for natural gas project

A Hong Kong-based energy company has been granted a license for what would be a major new power project in Jamaica. More>>

Puerto Rico boxer Felix Trinidad reaches debt deal

Puerto Rico boxing star Felix Trinidad has reached a debt deal with a local bank following alleged losses of $63 million that he blames on a former financial adviser.
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Greek court jails 2 for life for migrant's murder

An Athens court has convicted two Greek men to life imprisonment for stabbing a Pakistani immigrant worker to death last year, during a spike in racist attacks in the recession-ravaged country. More>>

Germany's Merkel calls Putin to discuss Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Russia's President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation in Ukraine. More>>

Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez health very fragile

The family of says Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez says his health is "very fragile" a week after leaving a Mexico City hospital. More>>

Experts say prosecutors still have work to do

Five days on the witness stand -- and a withering cross-examination from a prosecutor -- have ended for Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial in South Africa.
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US report finds faults in Haiti housing effort

A U.S. government report says a $50.8 million effort by Washington to build housing for Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake has fallen short.
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German company starts gas deliveries to Ukraine

German utility company RWE AG says it has started supplying gas to Ukraine, which faces delivery cut-off from its main source Russia.
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Israel irked by UN's tacit Nazi/Israel remark

Israel's ambassador is calling on the United Nations chief to suspend a U.N. agency head for tacitly comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany. More>>

2 charged with migrant smuggling in Virgin Islands

Two Haitian nationals have been arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands after being indicted on charges of conspiracy to smuggle migrants into the U.S. The U.S. Justice Department alleged Monday that the two suspects conspired with others to smuggle mostly Haitian migrants to the U.S. island of St. John in 2010. More>>

American Samoa schools reopen after pink eye woes

Public schools in American Samoa have fully reopened 10 days after a pink eye outbreak affected some 3,000 students and teachers. More>>

Police: Blast in Nigerian capital kills 71

Police say an explosion that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital has killed at least 71 people and wounded 124.
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Police: Blast in Nigerian capital kills 71

Police say an explosion that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital has killed at least 71 people and wounded 124.
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Turkmen president: 2015 start for pipeline work

Turkmenistan's president has demanded that construction work begin in 2015 on a pipeline that will carry natural gas from his energy-rich country to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
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French forces find weapons cache in northern Mali

French forces say they have found a cache of weapons buried in the desert of northern Mali, which was overrun with jihadi extremists until a French intervention last year. More>>

African migrants in Israel hold Passover meal

Hundreds of African migrants have gathered in Israel's Negev desert to eat matzo and recall the Passover story, mere steps away from a detention facility where they are being held.
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Vatican clears Puerto Rico bishop in abuse case

The Vatican has found no basis for sexual abuse accusations made against a well-known Puerto Rico bishop. More>>

Aftershocks shake Nicaragua; nation on alert

Nicaragua's president is placing his government on the highest alert level as aftershocks rattle the country following a magnitude-6.1 earthquake. More>>

Protests in Libya's capital cause fuel crisis

The Libyan government has blamed a fuel crisis in the country's capital on protests that have blocked the roads to the main western oil terminal, leaving gas stations without new supplies. More>>

Palestinians condemn Israeli sanctions as 'piracy'

The Palestinian negotiator in Mideast peace talks is calling Israel's decision to stop tax money transfers "piracy." More>>

Pope assumes responsibility for priest sex abuse

Some off-the-cuff remarks today from Pope Francis are the latest sign that he has become sensitized to the gravity of the church's abuse scandal. More>>

Report: Education limited for Dominican-Haitians

A report has found that children born in the Dominican Republic of Haitian descent are being increasingly barred from attending school following a court ruling that could lead to tens of thousands of people stripped of their citizenship. More>>

New quake shakes Nicaragua; nation on alert

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.6 earthquake has shaken Nicaragua, a day after a magnitude-6.1 quake rattled the country. More>>

Official: Israel to withhold Palestinian tax fees

An Israeli official says the government has decided to stop transferring tax money to the Palestinians, putting at risk hundreds of millions of needed dollars. More>>

Myanmar papers protest sentencing of reporters

Several private newspapers in Myanmar have printed black front pages to protest the recent arrests and sentencing of journalists. More>>

Video shows suicide bomber killing 16 in Egypt

An al-Qaida inspired group in Egypt has posted a video online showing a suicide bomber attacking a security headquarters in Mansoura that killed 16 people in December. More>>

Obama calls Merkel to check in on Ukraine crisis

The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the situation in Ukraine. More>>

Family on US kingpin list for money laundering

The U.S. Treasury Department says it is imposing sanctions on five members of a Mexican family for allegedly laundering money for fugitive drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero and another Sinaloa drug cartel leader. More>>

6.1-magnitude earthquake shake Nicaragua

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has rattled Nicaragua, but no major damages or injuries have been reported so far. More>>

China rejects appeal of citizens movement founder

A Beijing high court has upheld a guilty verdict against the founder of a Chinese grassroots movement that promoted clean governance. More>>

Pope Francis urges on Venezuelan crisis talks

Pope Francis is urging Venezuela's government and its opponents to put aside their political differences and demonstrate the necessary courage to reach an agreement that ends weeks of violent protests.
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Argentine federal police stage 'mega' drug raids

Argentina's federal government is making a huge show of force against drug trafficking, sending more than 3,000 federal agents to raid more than 80 drug "bunkers" in the city of Rosario, where the death toll is soaring from a bloody turf war.
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Suspected rebels kill 2 Indian soldiers

Suspected Maoist rebels blew up a jeep carrying paramilitary soldiers, killing two and wounding three others early Thursday, hours before voting began in eastern Bihar state in the third phase of India's national elections, police said. More>>

Bomb explodes outside Bank of Greece

A bomb has exploded outside the Bank of Greece headquarters in central Athens, causing some damage but no reports of injuries. More>>

Puerto Rico probes darkening of Vieques bio bay

Authorities in Puerto Rico are investigating why a glowing bay that attracts thousands of tourists a year has been growing dark in recent weeks. More>>

Cuba probes mobile data leak in ZunZuneo case

Cuba says it has launched a probe into how hundreds of thousands of customer cellphone numbers fell into the hands of a U.S. government agency.
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At least 34 dead in bombing attacks

The death toll in Iraq has reached 34 after car bombs hit several mostly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad and a town south of the capital. More>>

Russia rejects US warnings over oil deal with Iran

A senior Russian diplomat has rejected U.S. warnings against striking an oil-for-goods contract with Iran. More>>

Pink eye extends school closures in American Samoa

American Samoa is keeping most schools closed for the rest of the week as the U.S. territory tries to contain a pink eye outbreak that has affected about 2,300 students, disrupted court hearings and kept some passengers from boarding flights. More>>

More 'pings' raise hopes that Flight 370 will be found

The head of the search effort says he believes searchers are closing in on the "final resting place" of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. More>>

Israel launches new spy satellite

Israel's Defense Ministry says it has launched a new observation satellite into orbit. More>>

Argentine federal police stage 'mega' drug raids

Argentina's federal government is making a huge show of force against drug trafficking, sending more than 3,000 federal agents to raid more than 80 drug "bunkers" in the city of Rosario, where the death toll is soaring from a bloody turf war.
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Chile: ancient mummies damaged by quake

Chilean officials say some pre-Columbian mummies buried in the northern Atacama desert have been damaged by a magnitude-8.2 earthquake and hundreds of aftershocks that hit the country last week. More>>

Uruguay to give medicinal marijuana to prisoners

Prisoners in the jails of Uruguay will be able to use marijuana if a doctor says it will benefit their health. More>>

Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez leaves hospital

A medical official says Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has left the hospital where he was treated for eight days for pneumonia and related problems. More>>

Mexico: Sect had kids from 2008 disappearance

Mexican authorities have confirmed that members of a tiny, mysterious evangelical sect had "adopted" about a dozen children who vanished from a Mexico City children's shelter in 2008.
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Underwater pings relocated in hunt for missing jet

An Australian official says equipment on a ship searching for the missing Malaysian jet has relocated an underwater signal that is consistent with a plane's black boxes. More>>

Indonesians cast votes in huge one-day election

Polls opened for around 187 million Indonesians eligible to vote in single-day legislative elections, a huge feat in the still-young democracy that's expected to help clear the path for the country's next president. More>>

Cuba slashes more than 100,000 health care jobs

Cuban authorities say they have eliminated more than 100,000 jobs in health care, considered one of the pillars of the 1959 revolution. More>>

Venezuelan TV journalist kidnapped by armed men

The father of a Venezuelan TV journalist says his daughter has been kidnapped by armed, masked men in the western section of the capital of Caracas. More>>

Samsung's 1Q profit falls 4 percent

Samsung Electronics Co. says its January-March operating income has declined 4 percent over a year earlier. More>>

Cuba slashes more than 100,000 health care jobs

Cuban authorities say they have eliminated more than 100,000 jobs in health care, considered one of the pillars of the 1959 revolution. More>>

Venezuelan TV journalist kidnapped by armed men

The father of a Venezuelan TV journalist says his daughter has been kidnapped by armed, masked men in the western section of the capital of Caracas. More>>

Samsung's 1Q profit falls 4 percent

Samsung Electronics Co. says its January-March operating income has declined 4 percent over a year earlier. More>>

Quebec separatist party suffers crushing defeat

The anti-independence Liberal Party has won a majority in Quebec's legislative elections, in a crushing defeat for the main separatist party. More>>

North Korea says it will counter regime change

North Korea is warning the United States that any maneuver intended to change the reclusive communist regime will be viewed as a red line that will result in countermeasures. More>>

Venezuelan opposition formally charged

Venezuela's chief prosecutor has formally accused jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez of several crimes, including criminal incitement. More>>

Rights groups: Stop selling spyware to dictators

A coalition of human rights groups is launching a campaign to curb the international trade in surveillance software, saying exports of sophisticated espionage programs are chilling free speech across the globe. More>>

Malta swears in youngest-ever president

Malta has sworn in the country's youngest-ever president whose aim is to give a voice to the disadvantaged. More>>

Mali reports 3 suspected cases of Ebola fever

Residents in the Malian capital say panic over suspected cases of Ebola has prompted public demonstrations. More>>

UK asks EU to prepare more sanctions options

The British government is calling on its European Union partners to develop possible additional sanctions against Russia, in the event that they "become necessary." More>>

Afghans see hope in chance to choose new leader

Although the Taliban have denied responsibility for today's shooting attack in Afghanistan that killed an Associated Press photographer and wounded a correspondent, the militants have vowed to disrupt tomorrow's nationwide elections with violence. More>>

Egyptian journalists strike, demanding protection

Journalists in Egypt have held a one-day strike, demanding that security forces protect reporters covering protests and demanding that their employers provide protection as their job grows increasingly dangerous. More>>

Thousands rally in Bahrain ahead of auto race

Thousands have marched in the streets of Bahrain to voice their opposition to this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix auto race. More>>

Ford now votes 'yes' to congratulating Olympians

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford got a second chance to vote on congratulating Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes. More>>

Report: Russia arrests 25 Ukrainians for sabotage

A state-controlled Russian TV station says 25 Ukrainian citizens have been arrested in Russia by the country's security agency on suspicion of planning sabotage. More>>

Amnesty International criticizes Greek police

The rights group Amnesty International says it has found a culture of impunity and abuse within the Greek police, which it also criticizes for inadequately responding to hate crimes and attacks by far-right groups on migrants and protesters. More>>

Mali starts process to confine armed rebels

The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali says officials will soon begin the process of looking for barracks where armed rebels can be confined. More>>

IMF reaches agreement with C. African Republic

The International Monetary Fund says it has reached an agreement with authorities from Central African Republic that could see the Bangui government receiving more than $21 million this year to shore up its battered economy.
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Aftershocks rattle Chile as military keeps order

There are no reports of significant new damage from the aftershocks that continue to be felt in northern Chile, where residents spent a second sleepless night outside their homes. More>>

US and Algeria to strengthen counterterrorism ties

-- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said America wants to strengthen its cooperation with Algeria to fight terrorism in the unstable Sahel region. More>>

Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, hospitalized

Federal health officials say Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been hospitalized in Mexico City. More>>

Russian envoy urges US officials to 'do yoga'

A senior Russian diplomat says U.S. officials should do yoga and watch TV comedy series to ease what he calls their irrational fixation on punishing Russia over Ukraine. More>>

Connie Britton named UN goodwill ambassador

Connie Britton has been named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Program. More>>

Pakistan rejects Musharraf's request to go abroad

State-run television in Pakistan says the country's Interior Ministry has rejected a request from former President Pervez Musharraf to go abroad for medical treatment and to see his ailing mother. More>>

Syrian report: mortar shells kill 5 in Damascus

Syria's state run news agency says indiscriminate mortar attacks by rebels have killed five civilians and wounded dozens in the capital, Damascus. More>>

White House 'disappointed' in donor limit ruling

The White House says it's disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision striking down overall campaign contribution limits. More>>

Bombs at Egypt university hit riot police, 1 dead

A bomb attack outside Cairo University's main campus in Egypt has left a police general dead. Seven other people were hurt, including several top police officers. More>>

Kerry in Algeria for reform, security talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Algeria for talks on economic and political reforms and strategic security cooperation, including counterterrorism. More>>

Israel's foreign ministry ends strike

Israel's foreign ministry workers have ended their strike that shut embassies worldwide and cast doubt on the upcoming trip to Israel by Pope Francis. More>>

Mexico political boss denies secretary sex claims

A local political chief from Mexico's ruling party is denying local press reports that his office hired women to have sex with him by placing them on party payrolls as secretaries or receptionists. More>>

Bishops say Venezuela seeks totalitarian rule

Venezuela's organization of Roman Catholic bishops is accusing the government of seeking totalitarian-style rule, comments that potentially could complicate the Vatican's offer to facilitate talks between the socialist government and its opposition.
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Brazil jury: 15 police guilty in prison killings

Fifteen Brazilian police officers have been found guilty of killing four inmates during a 1992 riot at Sao Paulo's Carandiru prison. More>>

Argentina: Violent attacks grow after lynching

A mob's killing of a man who stole a purse in Argentina has been followed by a string of similar attacks as people take justice into their own hands. More>>

Puerto Rico man faces 49 sexual abuse charges

Authorities in Puerto Rico have filed 49 counts of sex crime charges against a man accused of sexually abusing his two stepdaughters and two of their friends for more than a decade. More>>

SKorea suspects crashed drone from North Korea

South Korea suspects that an unmanned drone that crashed on a frontline South Korean island was flown by rival North Korea. More>>

UN concerned Rohingya excluded from Myanmar census

The U.N. agency helping Myanmar carry out its first census in decades said it was "deeply concerned" members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim population were not being counted, accusing the government of going back on its word.



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Puerto Rico man faces 49 sexual abuse charges

Authorities in Puerto Rico have filed 49 counts of sex crime charges against a man accused of sexually abusing his two stepdaughters and two of their friends for more than a decade. More>>

Argentina: Violent attacks grow after lynching

A mob's killing of a man who stole a purse in Argentina has been followed by a string of similar attacks as people take justice into their own hands. More>>

Puerto Rico man faces 49 sexual abuse charges

Authorities in Puerto Rico have filed 49 counts of sex crime charges against a man accused of sexually abusing his two stepdaughters and two of their friends for more than a decade. More>>

Ancient monastery, large mosaics, found in Israel

Israel's Antiquities Authority has unveiled a monastery dating back some 1,400 years in the south of the country with impressive mosaic floors that shed light on life in the region during the Byzantine period.
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Mexican state blames railways in migrant crimes

Prosecutors in southern Mexico have filed a criminal complaint that alleges railway companies or their employees were complicit in crimes against migrants who ride their trains. More>>

Rally for Venezuela lawmaker stripped of seat

Protesters wearing white T-shirts and hats in the red, yellow and blue of Venezuela's flag have gathered to cheer an opposition lawmaker who was thrown out of congress last week. More>>

Kerry: Premature to write off Mideast peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says it is "completely premature" to write off the Israeli-Palestinian peace process even as negotiations were dealt a blow by a speech in which the Palestinian leader said he would press for U.N. recognition over Israel's strong objections. More>>

Mexico authorities apologizes to indigenous woman

The government of the Mexican state of Oaxaca has apologized to an indigenous woman who gave birth on a lawn after she was denied help at a public health center. More>>

Trinidad minister steps down amid assault probe

Trinidad & Tobago's tourism minister has stepped down as police investigate assault allegations made against him by a former girlfriend. More>>

Jamaica panel charges 3 more police with murders

A commission that investigates abuses by Jamaica's security forces says three more police officers in a central parish have been charged with murder. More>>

Venezuela orders landlords to list homes for sale

Forget rent control: Property owners in Venezuela are being squeezed by a new law requiring them to sell to longtime tenants. More>>

Federal police, soldiers to patrol Mexico state

Mexico's government is sending federal police and soldiers to help quell an increase in violence in Mexico state, the country's most populous state that borders the capital. More>>

Greece bans protests at EU ministers' meetings

Greek authorities have banned demonstrations in much of central Athens to forestall planned anti-austerity protests at this week's meetings of European Union finance ministers. More>>

Uruguay soccer leaders quit in fan violence crisis

Uruguayan soccer has lost its leadership with little more than two months left before the World Cup. More>>

Turks and Caicos detains 114 Haitian migrants

Authorities in the Turks and Caicos Islands have an intercepted a vessel with 114 Haitian migrants as it passed through the chain southeast of the Bahamas. More>>

UN report: Global warming dials up our risks

The Obama White House says it's taking a new report from a U.N. scientific panel as a call for action on global warming. Secretary of State John Kerry says the report shows that "the costs of inaction are catastrophic." More>>

Mexico authorities apologizes to indigenous woman

The government of the Mexican state of Oaxaca has apologized to an indigenous woman who gave birth on a lawn after she was denied help at a public health center. More>>

Trinidad minister steps down amid assault probe

Trinidad & Tobago's tourism minister has stepped down as police investigate assault allegations made against him by a former girlfriend. More>>

Jamaica panel charges 3 more police with murders

A commission that investigates abuses by Jamaica's security forces says three more police officers in a central parish have been charged with murder. More>>

Obama to Putin: Pull back from Ukraine border

President Barack Obama is urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back Russian troops from the border with Ukraine. More>>

Kenya police kill 2 suspects in church killings

A Kenyan official says police have killed two men suspected of being terrorists who fatally shot six people in a church. More>>

UN chief: Putin promised no new moves in Ukraine

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Russian President Vladimir Putin assured him that he had no intention of making another military move into Ukraine following the annexation of Crimea.
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Obama may allow air defense help for Syria rebels

A U.S. official says President Barack Obama is considering allowing shipments of air defense systems to the Syrian opposition. More>>

Czechs offer job to critic of Russian intervention

A Czech university has offered a job to a Russian historian and professor of philosophy who was fired from a Moscow university after comparing Russia's intervention in Ukraine to Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia before World War II. More>>

Russia says it has retaliated for West's sanctions

Russia says it has responded against Western sanctions over Ukraine but hasn't made any new names public. More>>

UK to charge 3 in rate-rigging probe

Britain's Serious Fraud Office is charging three former employees of broker ICAP PLC in the scandal related to the rigging of a key market interest rate. More>>

Prosecutors seek arrests in price fixing scheme

Brazilian prosecutors are seeking the arrest of 13 foreign executives from three international companies allegedly involved in a cartel to raise prices for the construction and upkeep of subway and train systems in Sao Paulo. More>>

Italy bishops say they don't have to report abuse

Italy's bishops have adopted a Vatican-backed sex abuse policy that says they have no obligation to inform police if they suspect a child has been molested. More>>

Pope confesses his sins in Vatican basilica

Pope confesses his sins in Vatican basilica

Pope Francis has kneeled before a priest and confessed his sins in a St. Peter's Basilica ceremony he hopes will inspire others to seek forgiveness. More>>

UN official blasts lack of progress on Syria aid

The U.N.'s humanitarian aid chief is sharply criticizing the Syrian government's lack of progress in allowing desperately needed aid to people in Syria, calling the regime's delays in withholding cross-border aid deliveries "arbitrary and unjustified." More>>

Uruguay to track pot by genetic markers

Uruguay's drug czar says every legal marijuana plant in the country will be registered and tracked using radio frequency tags and genetic markers to make sure what's grown there stays there. More>>

8 cases of Ebola turn up in Guinea's capital

Health officials in the West African nation of Guinea say they're now treating eight cases of Ebola in the capital. More>>

Vatican says it's willing, able to help Venezuela

The Vatican says it is willing and able to help intervene diplomatically in Venezuela's crisis after weeks of deadly unrest but says it must study expectations and options about what role it could play. More>>

Obama to Putin: Pull back from Ukraine border

President Barack Obama is urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back Russian troops from the border with Ukraine. More>>

Kenya police kill 2 suspects in church killings

A Kenyan official says police have killed two men suspected of being terrorists who fatally shot six people in a church. More>>

UN chief: Putin promised no new moves in Ukraine

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Russian President Vladimir Putin assured him that he had no intention of making another military move into Ukraine following the annexation of Crimea.
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Top aide to testify against ex-Israeli PM Olmert

A longtime aide to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has agreed to turn state's witness against him just days before his verdict in a corruption case.  More>>

UN: 400,000 displaced this year in Iraq violence

The United Nations envoy to Iraq says about 400,000 people have been displaced this year by ongoing violence in western Iraq, and the U.N. Security Council is expressing "grave concern" about recent developments particularly in Ramadi and Fallujah. More>>

Japan family spending falls before sales tax hike

Japanese household spending has fallen by 1.5 percent in February from a year earlier, suggesting consumers are tightening belts ahead of an April 1 hike in the country's sales tax.
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Suspect in NY slayings arrested in Nicaragua

Nicaraguan police have arrested an alleged MS-13 gang member who recently was added to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list as a suspect in the 2010 killings of his 19-year-old girlfriend and her toddler son in New York state. More>>

Australia says planes checking new search area

Australia says four planes are now searching in a new area in the Indian Ocean for possible signs of the Malaysian airliner that went missing three weeks ago. More>>

Paraguay paralyzed by anti-privatization strike

A nationwide strike against the privatization plans of President Horacio Cartes has paralyzed much of Paraguay's economy and society. More>>

UK's Cameron welcomes Ukrainian politicians

British Prime Minister David Cameron has met with Ukrainian politicians and promised to stand up for their people. More>>

Puerto Rico announces $350M housing, hotel project

Puerto Rico's governor says private investors will help build a $350 million housing and commercial complex near the capital of San Juan. More>>

German collector to return 1st looted artwork

A reclusive German collector who hoarded a priceless trove of art -- including items possibly looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis -- at his homes in Germany and Austria has agreed to hand back one item.
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US seeks UN meeting on NKorea missile firings

The United States has asked for an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council on North Korea following its test-firing of two medium-range ballistic missiles in violations of council resolutions. More>>

Argentina's Supreme Court: Show us the money!

Argentina's Supreme Court is demanding accountability from one of the pillars of the government of President Cristina Fernandez -- the social welfare programs that have helped millions of the country's most vulnerable people. More>>

Ford told he's embarrassing Toronto in debate

The front-runners campaigning to replace embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford accused him of embarrassing the city and ruining its reputation during the first televised debate of the election. More>>

Study: 56 percent of Mexican adults don't exercise

A new study says that more than half of Mexican adults don't get regular exercise, a worrisome figure in a country with high rates of obesity and diabetes. More>>

Ex-rebel says guerrilla commander ordered massacre

A former rebel says an ex-guerilla commander gave the order to kill 22 people suspected of collaborating with the army. More>>

Obama: Nuclear blast a bigger concern than Russia

President Barack Obama says he's more concerned about the prospect of a nuclear weapon exploding in New York City than Russia's recent actions. More>>

Trinidad official fired for behavior on airliner

Trinidad & Tobago's leader has fired a government minister for harassing a flight attendant on the national airline. More>>

Dems remove hurdle to clear passage of Ukraine aid

Democrats backed down Tuesday and removed a hurdle blocking passage of legislation to aid Ukraine and sanction Russia for its bold military incursion into Crimea. More>>

Shell Nigeria calls "force majeure" for exports

Shell Nigeria is declaring "force majeure" on exports from its Forcados crude oil terminal that stopped operating on March 4 because of a leak in its undersea pipeline More>>

Iran plans new oil terminal to bypass Hormuz

A senior official says Iran is planning to build a new oil terminal beyond the strategic Strait of Hormuz. More>>

Venezuelan leader says coup plot generals arrested

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says officials have arrested three air force generals on charges of plotting a coup at a time of nationwide anti-government protests. More>>

Brazilian prosecutors charge executives

Brazilian prosecutors have charged 30 executives from 12 companies with forming a cartel to raise prices for the construction and upkeep of subway and train systems in Sao Paulo. More>>

Moldovan separatists: We downed Ukrainian drone

Authorities in a pro-Russian separatist region of Moldova claim to have brought down a Ukrainian drone on a reconnaissance mission. More>>

Russian rocket blasts off for space station

A rocket carrying a Russian-American crew to the International Space Station has blasted off successfully from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. More>>

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