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April 7, 2014 - 11:21am
1 week 3 days ago

TORONTO (AP) — For years, Canadians would cross the border to the U.S. to shop at Target. Exporting its cheap chic there seemed like a no-brainer.

Cracking the Canadian retail market, one-tenth the size of the United States', looks simple. But a year after opening more than 100 stores north of the border, Target has found business isn't so easy.

Shelves are hard to keep stocked. Shoppers complain the prices are higher than at U.S. stores. Sales have...

April 7, 2014 - 11:08am
1 week 3 days ago

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's interior minister says he is convinced that the Shiite militant group Hezbollah was behind a July 2012 bus bombing that killed five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver.

Asked by reporters on Monday whether Hezbollah was responsible for the bombing, Tsvetlin Yovchev said that "all traces lead there."

"What we can prove in court is another matter," he said, and added: "If you're asking me if I am certain of this -...

April 7, 2014 - 10:53am
1 week 3 days ago

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's former prime minister says he resigned because the country's new government is dysfunctional.

Oumar Tatam Ly, who had led the government since the country's first free elections following a coup, resigned Saturday.

A 2012 coup plunged Mali into chaos and expedited the seizure of the country's north by a mix of rebel groups, including al-Qaida-linked jihadists. After a French-led military intervention ousted the jihadists,...

April 7, 2014 - 10:39am
1 week 3 days ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard says its agents have dismantled an alleged espionage network with links to foreign intelligence agencies seeking to sabotage key industrial and military sites in the country.

The Guard's website, sepahnews.com, says members of the group were identified outside Iran and arrested after entering the country. It said authorities confiscated equipment including roadside and magnetic bombs as well as coded communications...

April 7, 2014 - 10:31am
1 week 3 days ago

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's foreign minister said Monday that his country will not cooperate with the United Nations human rights chief when she begins an investigation into alleged crimes from the island nation's civil war.

Gamini Lakshman Peiris said that Sri Lanka does not accept the authority of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to conduct an investigation. He said such an investigation will not be fair and objective because Pillay has a...

April 7, 2014 - 10:20am
1 week 3 days ago

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.

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April 7, 2014 - 9:42am
1 week 3 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...

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