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April 24, 2014 - 6:47pm
26 min 29 sec ago

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's military leaders on Thursday ordered the dismissal for sedition of 702 enlisted men who had been protesting to demand they have the option of rising to the rank of officer.

The army, navy and air force said in a statement that they have ordered the dismissal of the soldiers because they "committed acts of sedition, rebellion, conducted political actions and attacked the honor of the Armed Forces."

The unprecedented...

April 24, 2014 - 6:20pm
26 min 29 sec ago

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The U.S. government has warned Haiti that it risks losing aid if it doesn't hold elections that are more than two years overdue.

The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince said Thursday that none of the money set aside for the Haitian government by the State Appropriations Act will be available until the U.S. State Department certifies Haiti is "taking steps" to hold the legislative and local votes.

The money at stake is about $...

April 24, 2014 - 6:18pm
26 min 28 sec ago

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — The Committee to Project Journalists says an explosion destroyed the car of a journalist in Cameroon who had been warned by the government to be careful over his coverage of security forces.

The group said Thursday that Denis Nkwebo, editor of the daily newspaper Le Jour and English-language correspondent for Radio France Internationale, was not hurt in the explosion outside his house in Douala, Cameroon's commercial capital.

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April 24, 2014 - 6:17pm
26 min 29 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Yemen says the country's president and Shiite rebels have agreed to discuss the group's disarming.

Jamal Benomar told reporters Thursday that the Hawthis agreed to a new initiative by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to promote dialogue related to the rebels' "disarmament, demobilization and reintegration."

The Shiite Hawthis led a six-year insurgency in the north that officially ended in 2010, but a recent...

April 24, 2014 - 5:22pm
1 hour 6 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Russian military exercises on its border with Ukraine increase tensions and run counter to a diplomatic agreement it signed just last week.

Hagel spoke with reporters in Mexico City after he was informed of the Russian military exercises that President Vladimir Putin said were in response to punitive measures by Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian insurgents.

Hagel called the military exercises "...

April 24, 2014 - 4:30pm
1 hour 56 min ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Residents of a Rio de Janeiro slum that saw deadly clashes with police earlier this week are staging a protest in the Copacabana beach neighborhood.

Several hundred people have taken to the main thoroughfare of the much-transited neighborhood in Thursday's protest. It appears to be largely peaceful, despite reports of an initial scuffle between demonstrators and police.

The protest followed the burial of a young man, Douglas...

April 24, 2014 - 3:37pm
1 hour 56 min ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will cut a portion of its gasoline subsidies beginning Friday, nearly doubling some prices at the pump as part of a second round of cuts delayed since 2012, state television reported Thursday.

Under the new pricing scheme, state television said each car on the road would see its monthly, 60-liter (15.85-gallon) reduced-cost allowance jump to 7,000 rials (22 cents) per liter from 4,000 rials (12 cents). That works out to about 83 cents a gallon...

April 24, 2014 - 3:26pm
1 hour 56 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general is warning that the 3-year-old conflict in Syria poses a serious threat to the stability of neighboring Lebanon, as thousands of refugees stream into the small country and weapons and fighters are transferred out.

Ban Ki-moon's latest report to the U.N. Security Council, circulated Thursday, says the involvement of Lebanese groups in the Syrian fighting "has had a devastating impact on security," including several...

April 24, 2014 - 3:17pm
1 hour 56 min ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — What Pope Francis may tell Catholics in private telephone conversations doesn't reflect church policy, the Vatican's spokesman said Thursday.

An unusual statement from The Rev. Federico Lombardi came after days of speculation that the pope wants to change Roman Catholic Church rules barring communion for faithful people who remarry after getting divorced.

The question arose after Francis reportedly called an Argentine...

April 24, 2014 - 3:09pm
1 hour 6 min ago

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) — Czech police say a man faces a fine after having a near miss with a train while walking over a level crossing.

In a video provided by police, a car dropped off the unidentified man and he walked toward the crossing as the gates came down. He walked around the gates, but didn't start crossing the five sets of tracks until about 10 seconds later.

The man appeared to see the train approaching, because he broke into a jog...

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