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April 25, 2015 - 6:13pm
4 hours 46 min ago

HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden says that two of its nationals, held hostage in Syria, have been released and are reunited with their families.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry in Stockholm says in a statement it worked closely with several authorities and were particularly grateful to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was "crucial" in the release.

It also singled out Jordan as helping in the releases.

Ministry officials on...

April 25, 2015 - 5:29pm
4 hours 46 min ago

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Four former Guantanamo Bay prisoners are protesting for a second day in Uruguay demanding more help from both the Uruguayan and the U.S. governments for adapting to life in their new home in the South American country.

The men began their protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo on Friday and say they slept there through the night. They insist they will stay until they have met with the U.S. ambassador.

Former...

April 25, 2015 - 5:04pm
4 hours 46 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief is appealing to Indonesia to stop the planned executions of nine foreigners and one local who were convicted for drug crimes.

A statement from Ban Ki-moon's office says the United Nations opposes the death penalty "in all circumstances."

The executions have caused widespread outcry and threats from France, Australia and others of diplomatic consequences.

Ban is calling on President Joko Widodo...

April 25, 2015 - 4:38pm
4 hours 46 min ago

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean authorities are downgrading the likelihood of another big eruption from the Calbuco volcano, although the mountain remains active and the ash clouds it already ejected have caused cancelations of more airline flights.

The head of the National Mining and Geology Service says Calbuco's seismic activity has changed. Rodrigo Alvarez says the volcano will stay active for a while longer but officials no longer expect a third strong eruption like...

April 25, 2015 - 3:57pm
6 hours 37 min ago

AUGUSTA, Sicily (AP) — Italian authorities say they have rescued 274 migrants from a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean, while more than 300 rescued a day earlier arrived in a port in Sicily.

Italian Navy spokeswoman Giorgia Trecca said Saturday's rescue took place off the Libyan coast but could not give details. There were no reports of any casualties.

Meanwhile, 334 migrants who were rescued on Friday were dropped off in the Sicilian port of...

April 25, 2015 - 3:47pm
6 hours 37 min ago

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The U.N. chief has appointed a new head of the emergency mission responding to West Africa's Ebola outbreak.

A statement from Ban Ki-moon's office says Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands will work closely with David Nabarro, the U.N.'s special Ebola envoy, as officials try to end an epidemic that has claimed more than 10,000 in the three hardest-hit countries: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The U.N. Mission for Ebola...

April 25, 2015 - 1:20pm
9 hours 57 min ago

PARIS (AP) — European authorities say police in several countries have detained 26 people in a crackdown on an organized crime network accused of trading in illegal horse meat.

Eurojust, the EU agency for judicial cooperation, said in a statement late Friday that the network falsified documents and sold meat from horses unfit for human consumption. The meat then made its way into the "legal food chain," unbeknownst to consumers.

The operation...

April 25, 2015 - 12:38pm
4 hours 46 min ago

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ferdinand Piech, chairman of the board of Volkswagen AG and a major figure in the German auto industry, has stepped down after clashing with other board members over his criticism of the company's CEO.

Volkswagen said in a statement Saturday that Piech, 78, was resigning with immediate effect.

Piech had said in an interview with Der Spiegel published earlier this month that he was distancing himself from CEO Martin...

April 25, 2015 - 11:57am
12 hours 7 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief has appointed a new special envoy to Yemen as pressure grows to return to talks in search of a political solution to the country's crisis.

A statement Saturday says Ban Ki-moon has appointed Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania, who until now has led the U.N.'s Ebola mission.

Ahmed replaces Jamal Benomar, who had said he was stepping down. Benomar had faced sharp criticism from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf...

April 25, 2015 - 11:51am
12 hours 7 min ago

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi's ruling party has nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza as its candidate to run for a third term in elections in June.

The party announced Saturday that he had been elected unanimously and unopposed.

The decision is likely to stoke tensions in the central African country, with critics saying another term for Nkurunziza is unconsitutional.

Burundi's contitution allows only two presidential terms...

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