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April 16, 2014 - 1:35pm
3 days 1 hour ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi activists say authorities have detained a prominent human rights lawyer in the capital.

Activists say Waleed Abu al-Khair was taken into custody Tuesday after attending a court hearing in Riyadh where he faces charges that include inciting public opinion.

The case is related to the work of Abu al-Khair's organization, Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia.

His wife, Samar Badawi, told...

April 16, 2014 - 1:30pm
3 days 1 hour ago

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Efforts by Ukraine's government to re-establish control over the eastern part of the country appear to have been dealt a setback today.

Pro-Russian insurgents were able to commandeer six Ukrainian armored vehicles, along with their crews. They hoisted Russian flags over them, as the Ukrainian soldiers manning the vehicles offered no armed resistance. Members of the pro-Russian militias, wearing masks, then sat on top of the vehicles in combat...

April 16, 2014 - 1:27pm
2 days 19 hours ago

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba on Wednesday published the full language of a new law that seeks to make it more attractive for foreign investors to bring badly needed capital to the island, but provides less advantage for projects that are 100 percent foreign-financed.

The law was approved by parliament and its broad outlines were aired in state media, and the text is now publicly available after being published in the government's Official Gazette.

Havana is...

April 16, 2014 - 1:22pm
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MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Survivors of a ferry sinking off the coast of South Korea are describing how they jumped into the frigid water wearing life jackets and then swam to a nearby rescue boat.

But there may have been many others on board who weren't able to escape. Nearly 300 people are still missing after the ferry, carrying 462 people, sank while on an overnight trip to a tourist island. Most of those on board were high school students.

At...

April 16, 2014 - 1:16pm
3 days 1 hour ago

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese security official says a longtime ally of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi detained in Lebanon has been moved to a Beirut hospital after falling ill.

The official said Marcello Dell'Utri is in stable condition.

A former executive in Berlusconi's media empire, Dell'Utri faces a final appeal of his conviction of Mafia association in Italy.

He was declared a fugitive in Italy and detained in Lebanon...

April 16, 2014 - 1:12pm
3 days 1 hour ago

BEIRUT (AP) — A spike in targeted murders of journalists in Syria landed the war-shattered country for the first time on the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual Impunity Index, joining a list of countries where journalists' killings are most likely to go unpunished, the international watchdog said Wednesday.

CPJ said the murders add a new threat to the mix in Syria, already deemed the most dangerous place in the world for journalists to do their jobs with...

April 16, 2014 - 12:53pm
2 days 22 hours ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in western Mexico arrested the mayor of a city that once served as a stronghold of the Knights Templar drug cartel on charges that he helped the gang extort money from city council members.

Prosecutors in Michoacan state said late Tuesday that they arrested Uriel Chavez Mendoza, the mayor of Apatzingan, after three city council members claimed he forced them to gather in a rural area, where cartel gunmen demanded each hand over 20,000 pesos...

April 16, 2014 - 12:50pm
3 days 12 min ago

LONDON (AP) — A jury Wednesday cleared former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick of all fraud charges related to a loans-for-shares scheme that preceded the bank's 2009 collapse.

The 65-year-old FitzPatrick had denied providing illegal financial help to selected clients.

The verdict removes the final charges against FitzPatrick. Other charges against him were dismissed by Judge Martin Nolan last week. The jury is still considering charges...

April 16, 2014 - 12:28pm
3 days 1 hour ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers — Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude.

The two female cubs have prominent black stripes and tawny white coats, while the male is nearly pure white.

Zoo veterinarian Guillermo Weimeyer says they were born three months ago following a labor that lasted more than four hours, and will keep breastfeeding until they reach five...

April 16, 2014 - 12:00pm
2 days 18 hours ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The diplomat who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 apologized Wednesday for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one million people.

Former New Zealand ambassador Colin Keating issued the rare apology during a council meeting to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide and examine what has been done since to prevent new...

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