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August 20, 2014 - 8:57pm
27 min 23 sec ago

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A power failure has knocked out the main subway line in Chile's capital, trapping thousands of riders and throwing Santiago's evening rush hour into chaos.

Passengers were stuck underground in train cars without lights, and it took subway workers about 40 minutes to begin began opening doors and leading people along the tracks to the nearest stations.

As the subway users streamed to the service, public buses became jammed...

August 20, 2014 - 8:08pm
27 min 23 sec ago

BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is poised to step out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power.

The legislature, hand-picked by the junta and dominated by active duty soldiers, is expected to hold a vote in Bangkok on Thursday nominating Gen....

August 20, 2014 - 7:58pm
27 min 23 sec ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Environmentalist Marina Silva announced Wednesday that she will be the new presidential candidate for Brazil's Socialist Party a week after its previous candidate was killed in a plane crash.

Silva, who had been Eduardo Campos' vice presidential running mate, met with members of the party in Brasilia who officially approved her as the new candidate.

The decision was widely expected. Party members and Silva's associates had said...

August 20, 2014 - 7:43pm
27 min 23 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — United Nations Security Council members are rejecting North Korea's request for a meeting to protest joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

North Korea sent a letter to the council on July 21 requesting the meeting.

British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told reporters that China raised the letter at a meeting Wednesday and asked other members for their opinions. Lyall Grant said "there was no support for a council discussion...

August 20, 2014 - 6:45pm
27 min 23 sec ago

VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency says that Iran is keeping commitments it agreed to with six world powers in a pact that temporarily caps its nuclear activities and eliminates material that could be most easily used to make nuclear weapons.

The finding is contained in a restricted International Atomic Energy Agency report released Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press.

Under the agreement reached late last year, Iran agreed not to...

August 20, 2014 - 5:18pm
27 min 23 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fourteen former federal police officers have gone on trial on charges of using excessive force in a 2012 shooting attack that wounded two CIA agents, Mexico's national security commissioner said Wednesday.

Monte Alejandro Rubido said there was no evidence the police officers had acted on orders from an organized crime gang, saying the attack on the diplomatic vehicle was a case of mistaken identity.

"We identified the motive in the...

August 20, 2014 - 4:19pm
27 min 23 sec ago

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The four men who died in a small plane crash in the Bahamas were from Florida, police said Wednesday.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force identified the pilot as Robert Dean Carlson, 47. The passengers were Robert Michael Kennedy, 65; Terry Wayne Haines, 57; and Matthew Sokolowski, 42.

Carlson and Haines lived in Ormond Beach, Florida. Kennedy was from Deland, and Sokolowsi was from Clearwater.

Assistant Police...

August 20, 2014 - 3:34pm
27 min 23 sec ago

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.

Hundreds of slum residents clashed with the gunmen, furious at being blamed and isolated by a government that has failed to quickly collect dead bodies from the streets. One 15-year-old boy was...

August 20, 2014 - 3:21pm
5 hours 27 min ago

PARIS (AP) — Leftist and pro-Palestinian activists have rallied in Paris to urge Israel to end its airstrikes in Gaza, after talks toward a lasting truce collapsed.

About 300 protesters gathered Wednesday near Napoleon's tomb in central Paris, waving Palestinian flags, photos of people killed in airstrikes. Some banners read "No to the massacre in Gaza."

Police watched carefully and the protest wound down peacefully, unlike several demonstrations...

August 20, 2014 - 2:54pm
27 min 23 sec ago

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The head of the Guatemalan military's joint chiefs of staff died in a helicopter crash Wednesday near the border with Mexico.

Interior Secretary Mauricio Lopez said Gen. Rudy Ortiz was killed along with four other military officers when the helicopter went down in a mountainous area of the western province of Huehuetenango.

Lopez identified one of the other victims as Gen. Braulio Mayen, commander of the army's 5th Brigade....

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