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April 7, 2014 - 10:20am
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BERLIN (AP) — The No. 2 official in Germany's biggest far-right party has quit his post after being criticized for attending a birthday celebration featuring a penis-shaped cake.

German media previously reported that Peter Marx also faced criticism in far-right circles for his contacts to a party supporter who fell out of favor after she allegedly appeared in a pornographic film with a black man.

The National Democratic Party confirmed Monday that...

April 7, 2014 - 10:06am
1 week 2 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, wagging his finger, said China doesn't have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.

And he said America will protect Japan in a dispute with China.

Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said his country will not take the...

April 7, 2014 - 9:43am
1 week 3 days ago

WADOWICE, Poland (AP) — A new museum in Poland is offering viewers a chance to see what it's like to walk in the shoes of a saint — or at least to have a look at the black socks he wore for the journey.

With the late Pope John Paul II's elevation to sainthood set for later this month, his hometown of Wadowice is celebrating with the grand opening of a 6.2 million euro ($8.5 million) multimedia facility to show the faithful about his steps in life.


April 7, 2014 - 9:42am
1 week 2 days ago

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Latvia is joining Lithuania in banning Russian state television broadcasts because it found that several programs about the Ukraine crisis were tendentious and not in the Baltic nation's security interests.

A three-month suspension of broadcasts of all Rossiya RTR's programs begins April 8, following a decision by the Latvian National Electronic Mass Media Council, the watchdog's spokeswoman Sanita Blomniece told The Associated Press on Monday...

April 7, 2014 - 9:04am
1 week 3 days ago

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The director of the International Air Transport Association said Monday he wants to see a globally agreed upon tracking standard in place by the end of this year, which also takes into consideration the cost on airlines, in order to avoid another disappearance like that of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Tony Tyler told a small media gathering in Abu Dhabi at the Global Aerospace Summit that the cost of tracking will have to be...

April 7, 2014 - 8:50am
1 week 3 days ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirates airline crewmembers found a passenger bleeding heavily on a flight from Dubai to India after he apparently tried to commit suicide inside an airplane lavatory, the airline and Indian police said Monday.

The incident happened aboard an Emirates flight to the Indian industrial hub Hyderabad on Friday. The Dubai-based carrier said crew members discovered the passenger shortly before the plane began its descent, and "administered...

April 7, 2014 - 8:41am
1 week 3 days ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide car bomb attack on a police checkpoint north of Baghdad has killed five people, including three policemen.

Police officials say the bomber rammed his explosive-laden car on Monday against the checkpoint near the city of Samarra, about 95 kilometers (60 miles) from Baghdad.

Police say that the attack also wounded 11 people.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. All...

April 7, 2014 - 8:34am
1 week 3 days ago

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan will return to the kingdom within days after spending around two months abroad for surgery and retake his position as intelligence chief, including control of the Syrian dossier, said Saudi security officials late Sunday.

The Saudi officials said that during Prince Bandar's absence, Saudi Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef was put in charge of the Syrian file and of the intelligence agency.

April 7, 2014 - 8:33am
1 week 2 days ago

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb killed at least 15 people traveling in vehicles that had been diverted from a main road Monday after an earlier attack in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

The blast came after a relatively calm weekend in which no major attacks were reported as Afghans voted for a new president and provincial councils.

The Taliban had threatened violence to disrupt Saturday's vote, and staged a series of high-profile...

April 7, 2014 - 8:06am
1 week 2 days ago

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Gunmen inside an airport in Somalia shot and killed two consultants working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the U.N. mission in the country said Monday.

A U.N. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information hadn't yet been made public said the two slain workers were working on a counter-piracy program and were looking at the financial flow of money related to Somalia's pirate attacks.


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