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April 16, 2014 - 5:34am
7 min 41 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — The high-profile tax evasion trial against former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has prompted a surge in the number of Germans turning themselves in to authorities for failing to properly declare their taxes.

Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Wednesday that some 13,000 sought to escape prosecution by submitting amended tax returns during the first three months of the year. The paper says the figure is three times higher than during the same...

April 16, 2014 - 5:20am
7 min 41 sec ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Officials in South Korea say nearly 300 people are still missing several hours after a ferry sank in the cold waters off the country's southern coast.

At least two people are confirmed dead, but there are fears of a much bigger death toll as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers continue to search for survivors.

One passenger says he believes that many people were trapped inside when the ferry sank. The boat sent out a...

April 16, 2014 - 5:13am
7 min 41 sec ago

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian newspaper reports that a baby lost in the chaos of the bus station bomb blast in Nigeria's capital is set to be reunited with her critically wounded mother.

The Daily Trust newspaper says 10-month-old Goodness is being cared for at a hospital where it was presumed her mother was among 75 dead victims of Monday's explosion.

Then family members found her mother Gloria Adams in another hospital.

The...

April 16, 2014 - 4:58am
7 min 40 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say that Syrian airstrikes have killed at least four people in the town of Zabadani, one of the last rebel-held towns on the Lebanese border.

Activist Ammar al-Hassan says the strike occurred early Wednesday. He says shelling also had increased on the town lying in the rugged hills of the Qalamoun region. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported on the strikes.

Zabadani protrudes into the Bekaa...

April 16, 2014 - 4:49am
7 min 41 sec ago

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded but his condition is improving, park officials said.

Three gunmen ambushed Emmanuel de Merode, chief warden of Virunga National Park, on Tuesday, according spokeswoman Joanna Natasegara. A statement on the park's website said he was traveling between Goma, a main city in the east near Rwanda's border, and Rumangabo...

April 16, 2014 - 4:34am
7 min 41 sec ago

BEIJING (AP) — Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas.

Major disasters draw lawyers looking to sign up clients for big lawsuits, and the missing Malaysian plane, which was carrying mostly Chinese...

April 16, 2014 - 4:30am
17 min 41 sec ago

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations and aid groups are seeking $272 million to help people fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic.

The funds will be used to meet the needs of some 360,000 people who have sought refuge from sectarian violence since December.

Last week, the U.N. Security Council authorized a nearly 12,000-strong peacekeeping force to bolster French and African Union troops that have been deployed to protect civilians...

April 16, 2014 - 4:18am
7 min 40 sec ago

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ruled Wednesday that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday and resume again on May 5.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said that she was responding to a request for a break from the chief prosecutor and which was supported by the defense. Pistorius' trial started March 3 and Masipa said the case had lasted longer than expected. She said she granted the break because a member...

April 16, 2014 - 4:07am
7 min 41 sec ago

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — A column of armored personnel carriers flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia demonstrators on Wednesday. Some of the troops aboard said they were Ukrainian soldiers who had switched allegiance.

An Associated Press reporter saw the six vehicles with troops in camouflage sitting atop enter the city of Slovyansk, a hotbed of unrest against Ukraine's acting government. Insurgents in Slovyansk have seized the local...

April 16, 2014 - 3:19am
37 min 41 sec ago

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

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

Rosenfeld says police then entered the site and dispersed the rioters with tear gas and other non-lethal means.

The compound is known to Muslims as...

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