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Mexico Senate: civilian courts for soldiers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 08:54 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Senate on Thursday unanimously approved amendments to the country's military justice code that will allow for members of the armed forces who commit a crime against civilians to be tried in civilian courts.

The amendments were approved with 106 votes. They must still be approved by the lower house of congress.

The approval heeds a 2010 recommendation by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that urged Mexico to try soldiers who abuse human rights in civilian courts.

Bolivia fires hundreds of protesting soldiers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 06:47 PM

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's military leaders on Thursday ordered the dismissal for sedition of 702 enlisted men who had been protesting to demand they have the option of rising to the rank of officer.

The army, navy and air force said in a statement that they have ordered the dismissal of the soldiers because they "committed acts of sedition, rebellion, conducted political actions and attacked the honor of the Armed Forces."

US threatens to pull aid to Haiti over late vote

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 06:20 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The U.S. government has warned Haiti that it risks losing aid if it doesn't hold elections that are more than two years overdue.

The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince said Thursday that none of the money set aside for the Haitian government by the State Appropriations Act will be available until the U.S. State Department certifies Haiti is "taking steps" to hold the legislative and local votes.

Explosion targets journalist's car in Cameroon

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 06:18 PM

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — The Committee to Project Journalists says an explosion destroyed the car of a journalist in Cameroon who had been warned by the government to be careful over his coverage of security forces.

The group said Thursday that Denis Nkwebo, editor of the daily newspaper Le Jour and English-language correspondent for Radio France Internationale, was not hurt in the explosion outside his house in Douala, Cameroon's commercial capital.

UN Yemen envoy says rebel group agrees to talks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 06:17 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Yemen says the country's president and Shiite rebels have agreed to discuss the group's disarming.

Jamal Benomar told reporters Thursday that the Hawthis agreed to a new initiative by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to promote dialogue related to the rebels' "disarmament, demobilization and reintegration."

Hagel says Russian military exercises up tensions

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 05:22 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Russian military exercises on its border with Ukraine increase tensions and run counter to a diplomatic agreement it signed just last week.

Hagel spoke with reporters in Mexico City after he was informed of the Russian military exercises that President Vladimir Putin said were in response to punitive measures by Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian insurgents.

Residents of conflictive Rio slum stage protest

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 04:30 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Residents of a Rio de Janeiro slum that saw deadly clashes with police earlier this week are staging a protest in the Copacabana beach neighborhood.

Several hundred people have taken to the main thoroughfare of the much-transited neighborhood in Thursday's protest. It appeared to be largely peaceful, despite reports of an initial scuffle between demonstrators and police.

Report: Iran to cut portion of gasoline subsidies

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:37 PM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will cut a portion of its gasoline subsidies beginning Friday, nearly doubling some prices at the pump as part of a second round of cuts delayed since 2012, state television reported Thursday.

UN chief: Syria war threatens Lebanon's stability

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:26 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general is warning that the 3-year-old conflict in Syria poses a serious threat to the stability of neighboring Lebanon, as thousands of refugees stream into the small country and weapons and fighters are transferred out.

Vatican: Pope's private calls don't reflect policy

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:17 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — What Pope Francis may tell Catholics in private telephone conversations doesn't reflect church policy, the Vatican's spokesman said Thursday.

An unusual statement from The Rev. Federico Lombardi came after days of speculation that the pope wants to change Roman Catholic Church rules barring communion for faithful people who remarry after getting divorced.

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