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April 1, 2015 - 9:01am
8 min 32 sec ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's air traffic controllers' union is calling for an urgent upgrade of the country's air traffic radar system and for more staff to be hired to handle the increasing number of tourists coming in.

Union head Spyros Rolakis said Wednesday the country's air traffic control system was operating with diminishing staff and a radar system dating from 1999 that has only been upgraded once, in 2008. Rolakis insisted there has been no compromise to...

April 1, 2015 - 8:58am
8 min 32 sec ago

TOKYO (AP) — The whiff of a Whopper made hundreds of customers hungry for a Burger King special — "Flame Grilled" cologne.

Bottles of the special fragrance were sold at the fast-food chain's stores in Japan for a one-day promotion Wednesday for 5,000 yen (about $40), including a burger.

At a downtown Tokyo outlet, 17-year-old student Yuki Ishibashi bought one out of curiosity. He described the scent as "spicy."

Nanako Katabami...

April 1, 2015 - 8:58am
8 min 32 sec ago

ROME (AP) — Italy and the Holy See have signed an accord to cooperate on fiscal matters, as the Vatican works to improve transparency after a string of financial scandals.

Italy's finance ministry and the Vatican announced the agreement on Wednesday.

The ministry said "full cooperation" between Italy and the Holy See was now possible thanks to reforms begun by the Vatican in 2010. It noted that Italy was the first state with which the Vatican signed...

April 1, 2015 - 8:37am
8 min 32 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Jordan has closed the only functioning border crossing with Syria following heavy clashes on the Syrian side between rebels and government forces.

Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani says the Nasib crossing was closed late Tuesday because of clashes nearby.

A Wednesday statement by Syria's foreign ministry says it holds Jordanian authorities responsible for "obstructing the movement of trucks and passengers and any ensuing...

April 1, 2015 - 7:47am
8 min 32 sec ago

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco's Interior Ministry has announced the dismantling of a cell that recruited young Moroccans to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

The statement Wednesday credited the new Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation for discovering the cell based in the northern city of Fez. No details were given on the number of people arrested.

Last week the bureau announced the dismantling of a network spread over...

April 1, 2015 - 7:44am
8 min 32 sec ago

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of Nigerian civil societies say discrepancies in election tallies suggest the turnout was inflated in defeated President Goodluck Jonathan's southern strongholds.

The groups say the differences do not invalidate the victory of former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari, but should be investigated before April elections for state governors.

The Transition Monitoring Group's count shows 40.6 percent of voters turned out in...

April 1, 2015 - 7:35am
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is remembering St. John Paul II as an admirable example of suffering on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Polish-born pontiff's death after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.

Tourists and pilgrims applauded Francis' praise for John Paul during a public audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday.

John Paul, 84, passed away in his bedroom in the Apostolic Palace that overlooks the square on April 2, 2005,...

April 1, 2015 - 7:30am
8 min 32 sec ago

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine has rejected Georgia's request for the extradition of its former president, Mikhail Saakashvili, who is facing a criminal probe at home.

The Ukrainian Prosecutor-General's office said in Wednesday's statement that Saakashvili could face political persecution in Georgia if he is extradited.

Saakashvili, who was president in 2004-2013, left Georgia in the face of abuse of power accusations leveled by his political foes....

April 1, 2015 - 7:11am
8 min 32 sec ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — Africa's envoy to the European Union says EU plans to process migrants in the countries they leave or transit on their way to Europe is "a dangerous approach."

The EU wants Niger, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco to pre-screen migrants and is sending immigration officers abroad to help assess asylum demands.

African Union Ambassador Ajay Kumar Bramdeo told EU lawmakers Wednesday that by outsourcing migrant management, the EU would be "...

April 1, 2015 - 6:50am
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HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Officials say super Typhoon Maysak is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines around Sunday.

Paul Stanko of the National Weather Service says the typhoon was packing winds of 100 mph when it passed north of the Yap State atolls of Ulithi and Fais in the Federated States of Micronesia early Wednesday. There have been no reports of casualties in Yap.

An official with the Chuuk Emergency Coordinating Central...

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