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April 28, 2015 - 12:58pm
1 min 40 sec ago

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The Panama Canal is installing the last of 16 giant lock gates that are a key part of the waterway's multibillion-dollar expansion.

Tuesday's installation of the 4,232-ton gate at the Pacific Ocean entrance to the waterway means the most critical phase of the expansion can start in coming weeks: the flooding of the locks.

Panama in 2006 decided to build a wider canal to accommodate vessels capable of carrying 2.5 times the number...

April 28, 2015 - 12:55pm
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BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's main opposition group in exile says it will attend upcoming consultations in Geneva with the U.N. special envoy to Syria aimed at re-launching political negotiations.

In a statement Tuesday, the Syrian National Coalition says its president, Khaled Khoja, informed the envoy, Staffan de Mistura, of the group's intention to attend.

A United Nations team will hold separate meetings with representatives of the Syrian government and...

April 28, 2015 - 12:25pm
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ROSARNO, Italy (AP) — A soccer team fielding only African migrants is hoping to win hearts and games in one of Italy's poorest regions, where locals and foreigners once clashed in bloody fights.

A local Catholic charity manages the team, Koa Bosco, near the town Rosarno in southern Italy. In 2010, clashes between residents there and migrants who work picking crops in the region left 38 people wounded. The fights began when two migrants were shot with a pellet gun in an...

April 28, 2015 - 12:10pm
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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann have won 500,000 euros ($549,000) in a libel action against a former Portuguese detective who published a book alleging they were involved in their daughter's disappearance.

The McCanns were seeking 1.2 million euros in damages from Goncalo Amaral, who was part of the police investigation into Madeleine's disappearance from a vacation home in Portugal's Algarve region in May 2007, days before...

April 28, 2015 - 11:49am
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MADRID (AP) — Spain's development ministry says a ferry heading from the Mediterranean island city of Palma de Mallorca to the southern coastal city of Valencia is burning at sea, forcing passengers to abandon ship in lifeboats.

Spanish media say more than 100 people left the passenger and cargo ferry Tuesday afternoon after the fire broke out when the ship was about 27 kilometers (17 miles) from Palma de Mallorca.

The ministry's statement did not...

April 28, 2015 - 11:27am
1 min 39 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — German lawyers representing dozens of families who lost loved ones in the Germanwings plane crash last month say they may sue the airline in the United States to get more compensation.

The law in Germany, where almost half the 150 victims came from, doesn't currently consider the deceased's future earnings and the emotional impact on families when calculating how much money relatives are entitled to.

Lawyer Elmar Giemulla said Tuesday...

April 28, 2015 - 11:21am
1 min 39 sec ago

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Hundreds of people are protesting in Tel Aviv against Israel's housing policies for its Arab citizens.

Protests by Israel's Arabs occur frequently, but seldom have they taken place in Tel Aviv, in a central square that typically hosts demonstrations for causes championed by Jewish Israelis.

In Tuesday's demonstration, the protesters are demanding that Israel cease home demolitions and provide housing solutions for its Arab...

April 28, 2015 - 11:20am
1 min 39 sec ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU border agency says its agents are so busy dealing with the record number of migrants entering the European Union that they can no longer screen people before they move deeper into the EU.

In a report released Tuesday, Frontex said that resources are focused on migrants' "immediate care, rather than screening or obtaining information on their basic characteristics."

The agency says that, once rescued, these migrants "continue...

April 28, 2015 - 11:17am
1 min 39 sec ago

HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden says it will allow Julian Assange to appeal a detention order against the WikiLeaks founder over allegations of sex crimes.

The Swedish Supreme Court said Tuesday it has "granted leave to appeal the issue of detention." It gave no reason for the decision.

The move follows a surprise reversal by Swedish prosecutors last month of their long refusal to question Assange in London where he has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy...

April 28, 2015 - 10:46am
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MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry has released photographs of its new tank, which will be shown to the public for the first time during next month's Victory Day parade on Red Square.

The photographs show the T-14 Armata tank with its turret covered with fabric. Only the platform, which also will be used for other armored vehicles, is visible.

The tank is said to surpass all Western versions because of its remotely controlled cannon and the...

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