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April 16, 2014 - 8:06pm
1 min 48 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia's "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there.

Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic warned the council that the violence in eastern Ukraine risks "seriously destabilizing the country as a whole."

The meeting came a day before the top diplomats of Ukraine,...

April 16, 2014 - 7:27pm
11 min 46 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Wednesday up to a million people could face famine in conflict-torn South Sudan in the coming months unless the world takes immediate action.

Ban told reporters before meeting with Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union's commissioner responsible for humanitarian aid, that "life and death" issues are facing the world's newest nation — fighting, malnutrition and dire humanitarian conditions.

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April 16, 2014 - 7:25pm
11 min 46 sec ago

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — Lawyers for five men charged in the Sept. 11 attack are seeking to question the FBI about an apparent investigation of defense team personnel in the case.

A motion filed Wednesday in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, seeks testimony from three FBI agents and a prosecutor who also works for the FBI.

The request follows the revelation Monday that FBI agents questioned a defense team evidence technician.

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April 16, 2014 - 6:20pm
1 min 48 sec ago

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager.

uFly company owner Claudio Teixeira said he fired Mitchell Casado on Wednesday in part for refusing to dress professionally and making Canadians "look very bad all over the world."

Casado's relaxed style...

April 16, 2014 - 6:02pm
11 min 46 sec ago

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Scores of female students kidnapped by Islamic militants from a northeastern Nigerian school are free, Nigeria's military reported Wednesday.

Only eight of more than 100 students are unaccounted for, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade said in a statement that gave no details.

"The others have been freed this evening," he said.

The government had reported that security forces were in hot pursuit of militants who...

April 16, 2014 - 5:43pm
1 hour 1 min ago

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's biggest media company says he is afraid of Google and wants the company to become more transparent.

Mathias Doepfner, the chairman of Axel-Springer SE, accuses Google of abusing its dominance in the field of online search to squeeze out competitors.

His comments, published Wednesday by German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, come a week after Google chairman Eric Schmidt accused European publishers of stifling...

April 16, 2014 - 4:56pm
1 hour 1 min ago

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic is being criticized for building a temporary artificial beach amid a drought.

The yearly project is intended for those who cannot afford to travel during Holy Week and will include 12 pools near a boardwalk in the capital of Santo Domingo.

Critics say the project should have been cancelled since there is currently water rationing and interruptions in water service.

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April 16, 2014 - 4:54pm
1 hour 1 min ago

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Six people are now confirmed dead, but there are fears that many more victims will be found in the aftermath of the sinking of a South Korean ferry carrying nearly 500 people -- many of them high school students on a class trip.

Nearly 300 are still missing after the ferry sank today off the southern coast of South Korea. Divers, helicopters and boats are continuing to search for possible survivors.

One survivor says as the...

April 16, 2014 - 4:34pm
1 hour 1 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday it will investigate the latest apparent case of denial of medical care for poor women, after a pregnant Mixtec Indian woman died in a clinic along with the fetus.

The woman waited five hours for treatment at a government-run rural health clinic before dying of a heart attack and respiratory failure, the commission said in a statement.

It said she sought treatment at the...

April 16, 2014 - 4:29pm
3 hours 51 min ago

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

It was not immediately clear how tough the sanctions might be and whether they would target Moscow's lucrative banking and energy sectors.

The U.S. official says diplomats from Kiev plan...

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