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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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Russia: Intelligence help prevented Sochi attacks

Russia's security service chief says intelligence agencies in Russia and other countries helped to prevent terrorist attacks on the Winter Games in Sochi.
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Toyota recalls about 6.4 million vehicles globally

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.  More>>

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>>

Lightning kills more than 60 cows in Chile

Ranchers in southern Chile say a series of lightning strikes has killed more than 60 of their dairy cows, costing the cattle owners thousands of dollars.
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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>>

Multimedia museum for John Paul II's sainthood

Authorities say that a new museum telling the life story of Polish-born Pope John Paul II will open this week, just weeks before he is made a saint.  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>>

Ukraine: Yanukovych ordered snipers to shoot

Ukraine's interim authorities on Thursday accused fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych of ordering snipers to open fire on protesters and getting help from Russian security agents to battle his own people, but they provided no evidence directly linking him to the bloodbath in Kiev that left more than 100 people dead. 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>>

NATO general: Russians capable of quick strike

The American general who commands all NATO forces in Europe says Russia has 40,000 troops along the border with neighboring Ukraine, and that they are capable of attacking by land and air on 12 hours' notice. More>>

6 dead in Chile earthquake

Hard-won expertise and a big dose of luck helped Chile escape its latest magnitude-8.2 earthquake with surprisingly little damage and death. 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>>

US 'disappointed' by Saudi denial of reporter visa

The White House says it is "very disappointed" that Saudi Arabia has denied a Jerusalem Post reporter's visa to cover President Barack Obama's visit to the kingdom later this week. More>>

Barbados AG says mandatory death penalty to end

Barbados plans to abolish its mandatory death penalty for murder convictions -- a penalty that the government has ignored for three decades. More>>

Mexico: pimp held kids to force moms to prostitute

Mexican prosecutors say they have freed two children held by pimps who used their hold over the children to force their mothers into prostitution in the United States. More>>

China demands Malaysian satellite data on plane

China is demanding that Malaysia turn over satellite data used to conclude that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was lost in the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors. More>>

Climate scientists in Japan to study warming risks

Top climate scientists assessing the impact of global warming say that along with the enormous risks facing humanity are opportunities to improve public health and build a better world. More>>

UN chief says both sides block aid to Syrians

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is blaming the Syrian government and opposition for escalating violence and blocking aid to millions in desperate need of help. More>>

China demands Malaysian satellite data on plane

China is demanding that Malaysia turn over satellite data used to conclude that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was lost in the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors. More>>

Argentina cricket program targets slum poverty

Children living in the slums of Argentina's capital are playing cricket as part of an initiative to help them escape poverty and crime. More>>

West seeks to isolate Russia over Ukraine dispute Video included

Western nations and Japan say they are suspending their participation in the Group of Eight until Russia "changes course." More>>

Mexico detains oil executive for possible fraud

Mexican authorities have detained the owner of a Mexican oil services company who allegedly defrauded Citigroup and may have used his professional soccer team to launder money. More>>

Guam police arrest 3 men in rocket launcher search

Police in Guam say an investigation into a missing rocket launcher led them to arrest three men who were allegedly planning to commit a robbery and a homicide. More>>

Trial for Canadian webcam murder suspect begins

A jury in a Canadian murder trial is hearing that a young man in China was chatting via webcam with his girlfriend in Toronto when he saw a man force his way into her room. More>>

UN: Haiti has more cholera than any other nation

The top United Nations envoy to Haiti says that country's cholera outbreak is still the worst in the world. More>>

Uruguay president asks US to free Cuban prisoners

Uruguay's president is asking the United States to free three Cuban prisoners in exchange for receiving five Guantanamo Bay detainees. More>>

Jesus' "Crown of Thorns" shown at Notre Dame

An ancient relic that many Christians revere as Jesus Christ's "Crown of Thorns" has made a special public appearance at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. More>>

Seoul: North Korea launches 30 short-range rockets

South Korea says rival North Korea has launched 30 short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast in the latest in a series of apparent protests against ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills. More>>

Italy picks up 4,000 migrants at sea in 4 days

Italian authorities say they have rescued more than 4,000 would-be migrants at sea over the past four days as the war in Syria and instability in Libya spawn new waves of refugees. More>>

Rwandan doctor facing genocide charges in France

French judicial officials have filed preliminary charges related to Rwanda's genocide against a doctor who has lived and practiced in France for years. More>>

Uruguay discussing taking Guantanamo detainees

U.S. diplomats are confirming sensitive negotiations "at the highest level with the Government of Uruguay" to provide a home for former terror suspects at Guantanamo. More>>

Turkish PM threatens crackdown on Twitter

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Ex-German education minister loses plagiarism case

A former education minister in Germany who resigned over plagiarism allegations has lost a legal bid to have her doctorate restored. More>>

African vice president charged in French probe

French judicial authorities have filed preliminary charges of alleged money laundering against the son of Equatorial Guinea's president. More>>

Lebanon's Cabinet wins confidence vote

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Pro-Russian crowds seize 3 Ukrainian warships

Tensions remain high in Crimea, despite the release of a Ukrainian naval commander held by pro-Russian forces. More>>

Gunmen open fire in luxury hotel in Afghan capital

Afghanistan's deputy interior minister says three of the gunmen in a luxury hotel in the capital have been killed and another is trapped. More>>

Police: Car bomb explodes outside police station

A police official says Taliban insurgents staged a multi-pronged attack on a police station in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, using a suicide bomber and gunmen to lay siege to the station. One policeman and 10 civilians were wounded. More>>

Chinese pays $2 million for Tibetan mastiff

A Chinese dog breeder says a property developer has paid 12 million yuan ($2 million) for a Tibetan mastiff. More>>

Watchdog: 45 percent of Syrian chemicals removed

The world's chemical weapons watchdog says more than 45 percent of the raw materials for Syria's poison gas and nerve agent program slated for destruction outside the country have been shipped out. More>>

Ukraine to hold military exercises with US, UK

Ukraine's security chief says that the country will hold joint military exercises with the United States and Britain. More>>

German zoo's polar bear twins make public debut

The Munich zoo's 14-week-old polar bear twins don't yet have names, but they're already stars.
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Iran ready to remove fears over Arak reactor

Iran's foreign minister says Tehran is ready to eliminate fears that a reactor it's building could be used to make atomic arms. More>>

Russia warns West it may change its stance on Iran

A senior Russian diplomat says Moscow may change its stance in the Iranian nuclear talks amid tensions with the West. More>>

UK police seeking sex attacker in McCann case

British police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann say they are seeking an intruder who sexually assaulted five girls in the region of southern Portugal where the British toddler was last seen. More>>

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UN refugee agency: Syrians dead in Greek sinking

The United Nations refugee agency says seven migrants who drowned near a Greek island Tuesday were Syrian refugees, and renewed a call on the European Union to improve coordination in dealing with people fleeing the war.
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Puerto Rico govt removes gum ad after complaints

Puerto Rico's government has removed posters advertising a chewing gum after hundreds of people in the U.S. territory complained they were sexist. More>>

Morocco sees record 2013 tourism; 10M visitors

Morocco's tourism minister says a record-breaking 10 million people visited the North African country in 2013, indicating the industry is recovering from the setbacks of the Arab Spring revolutions. More>>

Official: Haiti drought causes 'extreme emergency'

A Haitian official says drought is causing an "extreme emergency" in the country's northeast. More>>

UN: Thousands killed and abused in South Sudan

The U.N. peacekeeping chief says politically fueled ethnic violence in South Sudan since mid-December has led to the brutal killing and abuse of thousands of civilians and sparked a government campaign to vilify the United Nations and harass U.N. personnel. More>>

Deported immigrant activist asks for US asylum

A Mexican immigrant rights advocate who gained international attention in 2007 when she was deported from the United States has presented herself to U.S. border inspectors and asked for asylum as part of a protest to demand an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws and an end to deportations. More>>

Rwandan ex-intel chief appeals genocide conviction

A lawyer for a Rwandan former intelligence chief who was convicted in France's first genocide trial says he's filed an appeal for his client. More>>

Clinton warns of further Russian aggression

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is warning that other countries in the region could also face Russian aggression if President Vladimir Putin is allowed to get away with his actions in Ukraine. More>>

Japan notches 20th straight trade deficit

Japan has notched its 20th straight monthly trade deficit in February as soaring energy imports continued to offset the value of exported goods. More>>

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