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August 29, 2014 - 5:06pm
6 min ago

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — Panamanian authorities say they have arrested a fugitive Colombian right-wing militia leader accused in more than 5,000 murders who officials say was posing as a construction company owner.

National police chief Omar Pinzon said Armando Alberto Perez was captured in Veraguas province last weekend.

In Colombia, police director Gen. Rodolfo Palomino said Perez had led 1,500 militiamen who killed at least 5,200 people at the...

August 29, 2014 - 4:46pm
5 min 59 sec ago

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Jamaican gay rights activist who brought a legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law says he has withdrawn the case after growing fearful about safety.

Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court challenge to Jamaica's 1864 law that bans sex between men.

But in an affidavit, Jaghai said he has been "threatened enough times to know that I am vulnerable." He believes his "...

August 29, 2014 - 4:14pm
5 min 59 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-owned oil company is estimating its crude production will increase to 2.4 million barrels per day in 2015, compared with the 2.35 million barrels per day it expects to output this year.

Petroleos Mexicanos official Gustavo Hernandez says the upward estimate is based on the company's plans to re-activate hundreds of matures oil fields and start production in recently discovered reserves.

Hernandez said Friday more...

August 29, 2014 - 4:12pm
5 min 59 sec ago

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — In the aftermath of seven weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas, there are few signs of unity in what was supposed to be a Palestinian unity government.

Today, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is blaming Hamas for extending the fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip.

The war left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead, including hundreds of civilians. And Abbas told Palestine TV that "it was possible for us to avoid all...

August 29, 2014 - 4:05pm
5 min 59 sec ago

SAN RAMON, Mexico (AP) — The lumbering freight train known as "The Beast," a key part of the route for migrants heading north to the United States, rolled to an abrupt, unscheduled stop in the black of midnight.

Mexican federal police and immigration agents had waited silently in the brush alongside for at least hour, visible only by the glint of their powerful flashlights.

As the train stopped, the area was suddenly flooded with spotlights as agents...

August 29, 2014 - 3:26pm
55 min 59 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border.

"He was vague in a way that was very unusual, and it was hard for all of them to say goodbye," Sokolova told The Associated Press, recounting their conversation from earlier this month.

On Monday, 10 men from his division were captured in...

August 29, 2014 - 3:18pm
55 min 59 sec ago

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine are in firm control of a strategic coastal town (Novoazovsk), a day after Ukraine said tanks and armored vehicles had invaded from Russia.

Reporters today saw at least a half-dozen tanks in the town, bearing the flags of a would-be state proclaimed by rebels in two eastern Ukraine regions. None of the tanks carried Russian markings -- but ready-to-eat meals seen near one of the tanks carried markings that said...

August 29, 2014 - 3:15pm
55 min 59 sec ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. military leaders say it's too soon to tell if Pakistan's offensive against militants in North Waziristan has been effective or simply symbolic, but they say the operations have temporarily disrupted the enemy and sent insurgents fleeing into Afghanistan.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who stepped down Tuesday as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said there's no doubt that some fighters escaped across the border, along with displaced...

August 29, 2014 - 3:14pm
1 hour 5 min ago

LONDON (AP) — One security expert says British officials must have been hearing something that caused concern, in order for them to raise the country's terror threat level today to "severe," the second-highest level.

Officials said they weren't responding to any specific threat. But Christian Leuprecht, a security expert at the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen's University, says there must have been "something more concrete than, 'Oh, we'd better be careful.'"...

August 29, 2014 - 2:31pm
1 hour 26 min ago

PARIS (AP) — A 14-year-old French girl has been placed under investigation for allegedly planning to carry out jihad, the third in a group of teenage girls caught before they left home.

The Paris prosecutor's office said the girl from Quimper, in Brittany, risks up to five years in a juvenile prison if the investigation leads to an indictment and conviction.

The girl, not named, was in contact with two other teens, aged 15 and 17, all allegedly...

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