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April 19, 2014 - 11:29pm
4 min 22 sec ago

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty,.

Officials say the search area may be expanded after that.

The U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 unmanned sub has covered around 51 square miles since it began diving into the depths on Monday. The latest data are being analyzed, but nothing has yet been...

April 19, 2014 - 9:12pm
4 min 22 sec ago

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese Cabinet minister on Sunday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals, in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors.

Lawmaker Keiji Furuya, who chairs the National Public Safety Commission, said on his website that he paid respects Sunday morning at the Yasukuni shrine ahead of a festival that starts Monday.

"I believe that to honor those dead who gave up their lives for our country is...

April 19, 2014 - 8:39pm
54 min 19 sec ago

BEIJING (AP) — Global and Chinese automakers are looking to the Beijing auto show to help boost sales in a slowing, intensely competitive market.

Brands from General Motors Co. to Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors are unveiling new and restyled sedans, sport utility vehicles and other models at Auto China 2014 this week.

China is the world's biggest auto market, with 17.9 million vehicles sold last year. But sales growth is forecast to slow from...

April 19, 2014 - 3:50pm
4 hours 4 min ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica.

The vigil is among the Vatican's most solemn services. Francis entered the darkened basilica with a lone candle, which he then shared with others to slowly illuminate the church. The symbolic service commemorates the darkness of the faithful over the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good...

April 19, 2014 - 3:50pm
6 hours 34 min ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Attacks across Iraq have killed at least 16 people today.

The deadliest attacks struck Baghdad's predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Dora. Police say two bombs exploded on busy commercial streets this morning, killing four people. At night, three more bomb blasts in the same area killed five people and wounded 10.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts, though Shiite militants have retaliated in the past for killings...

April 19, 2014 - 2:59pm
7 hours 44 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The final resting place for the ashes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez remains unclear. It could be Mexico where he lived for decades or his native Colombia. Perhaps even both.

Colombia's ambassador to Mexico says it's completely up to the family of the Nobel laureate who died Thursday in Mexico City. And the family so far has not revealed its wishes.

Ambassador Jose Gabriel Ortiz says Colombians from President Juan Manuel Santos on down...

April 19, 2014 - 2:08pm
8 hours 14 min ago

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The government's vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is raising fears of bloody confrontations.

The miners already have been clashing with police while intermittently blocking traffic on the commercially vital interoceanic highway that...

April 19, 2014 - 1:48pm
8 hours 14 min ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.

"We are in your city, but you don't know where we are," Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram terrorist network, says in a new video that threatens more attacks.

"Yes, we are the ones who carried out the attack...

April 19, 2014 - 12:47pm
7 hours 44 min ago

CAIRO (AP) — The head of Egypt's censorship board has resigned after the country's prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer to be shown.

The film, titled "Roh's Sweetness," had already been in theaters for over a week. It tells the story of a married woman whose husband is abroad and lives with a relative in a poor neighborhood where she becomes an object of desire and sexual obsession for men.

Ahmed...

April 19, 2014 - 12:32pm
8 hours 54 min ago

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The government of Guinea is planning to revoke the mining rights to one of the largest untapped iron ore deposits in the world, following a watchdog's recommendation.

A state-sponsored committee tasked with reviewing mining deals in the West African country published a report earlier this month that said it had evidence the rights to exploit the Simandou and Zogota deposits were obtained through corrupt practices and recommended they be canceled....

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