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April 23, 2014 - 10:16am
1 day 5 hours ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — It looks like a piece of sheet metal with rivets -- but an official says the item that washed ashore in southwestern Australia isn't likely to have come from the missing Malaysian jet.

Investigators are examining it for any possible link to the plane.

The head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau says, "At this stage, we are not getting excited." He says the analysis of the material will probably be completed...

April 23, 2014 - 10:14am
1 day 2 hours ago

JASCE, Poland (AP) — In imaginary emergency drills, Polish security forces evacuated the Interior Ministry and rescued foreigners supposedly injured in a cross-border helicopter crash as part of Poland's first nationwide security exercises for decades.

Responding to reports of a helicopter crash, police and firefighters rushed to rescue people playing the roles of two pilots and a passenger injured when they crashed in the woods near the village of Jasce....

April 23, 2014 - 10:11am
1 day 5 hours ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's military commander said critics who called him out for wearing an especially luxurious watch should be quiet because the timepiece is actually a cheap Chinese fake.

A Singapore website flagged a picture of the general and his watch this week, saying it was from the Richard Mille brand's Filipe Massa collection and worth more than $100,000. The report caused a social media storm in a country where the average income is about $8.50 a...

April 23, 2014 - 9:47am
1 day 4 hours ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's president on Wednesday said that the death toll of this week's military campaign against al-Qaida has reached over 60 suspected militants, including several of the group's leaders.

Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's remarks aired on state TV came as a high ranking security official said authorities are examining DNA samples of the dead to determine their identities.

Earlier, a government official told The Associated Press that the...

April 23, 2014 - 9:46am
1 day 5 hours ago

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities will deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm, an official said Wednesday.

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said Naomi Coleman was detained at Colombo's airport after she arrived from India on Monday when authorities spotted the tattoo of Buddha seated on a lotus flower. She was sent before a magistrate who ordered her deportation.

Rohana said that Coleman has been handed...

April 23, 2014 - 9:41am
1 day 4 hours ago

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A United Nations vehicle securing an airstrip in northern Mali drove over a mine and a soldier with the U.N. force was seriously wounded, said a U.N. official.

Earlier Wednesday, a plane carrying U.N. officials and European ambassadors landed at the strip in the city of Kidal. When the blast happened, the delegation was already in town.

The soldier seriously wounded is from Guinea, said Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the U.N....

April 23, 2014 - 9:41am
1 day 4 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — The rundown, overcrowded Terminal 2 at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport is long gone, about to be replaced by a spacious new building built to handle 20 million passengers each year.

The new facility was hailed as a cornerstone of Heathrow's revitalization when shown to reporters Wednesday ahead of the June 4 opening.

Lead architect Luis Vidal said its extensive use of natural light and high quality acoustics should make it a calm...

April 23, 2014 - 9:37am
23 hours 12 min ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold new elections — a potentially historic step toward mending the rift that has split their people between two sets of rulers for seven years.

Following the announcement of the deal, hundreds of people took to the streets in Gaza to celebrate. Crowds hoisted Palestinian flags and posters.

"I hope it will be real this time," said...

April 23, 2014 - 9:36am
1 day 5 hours ago

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The task of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korean ferry is proceeding more quickly, with the official death toll now reaching 150.

But a government official says divers now have to rip through cabin walls in order to retrieve more victims.

Even with 150 people still missing, the funeral halls are already full in Ansan, the community near Seoul where more than 300 of the passengers were attending high school. A...

April 23, 2014 - 9:33am
1 day 5 hours ago

ALCALA DE HENARES, Spain (AP) — Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska has become the fourth woman to receive Spain's prestigious Cervantes Prize.

The 81-year-old journalist and author on Wednesday recalled her nation's many needy people and battered women when accepting the top prize for Spanish-language literature from King Juan Carlos. She also paid tribute to Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died last week at his home in Mexico City.

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