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April 18, 2015 - 4:04am
26 min 29 sec ago

FOURAS, France (AP) — With champagne, fireworks and a presidential blessing, a painstakingly built replica of the frigate once used to bring French troops and funds to American revolutionaries is setting sail for Boston.

Saturday night's celebratory sendoff for the 25 million euro ($27 million) Hermione seeks to retrace the 65-meter (213-foot) frigate's trans-Atlantic journey in 1780, when its namesake under Marquis de Lafayette's command helped to lay the foundation of...

April 18, 2015 - 2:37am
26 min 29 sec ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani harshly criticized Saudi Arabia Saturday, warning that the Saudi royal family in Riyadh will harvest the hatred it is sowing in Yemen through its airstrike campaign.

Since March 26, the Saudi-led coalition has been attacking Shiite rebels known as Houthis and allied fighters loyal to Yemen's ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Iran supports the rebels but denies providing any military support.

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April 18, 2015 - 2:31am
26 min 29 sec ago

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police say a teenage student was killed when Indian government forces fired on protesters on the second day of violent clashes in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

The protesters had gathered Saturday morning as shops, businesses and public transportation shut down for a strike called by separatists challenging India's sovereignty in Kashmir.

Police inspector general Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani says troops fired on the...

April 18, 2015 - 1:27am
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A security official says that at least 22 people have been killed after a suicide bomber attacked a bank branch in eastern Afghanistan.

Gen. Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, provincial police chief for Nangarhar province, said on Saturday that more than 50 people were also wounded in the attack in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.

Another blast was reported near a shrine in Jalalabad Saturday morning in which no one was hurt, said...

April 17, 2015 - 10:13pm
26 min 29 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gunfights and blockades of burning vehicles have been reported in the Mexican border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas.

The U.S. consulate in Matamoros said in message Friday that it had "learned of several firefights and roadblocks throughout the city of Reynosa," and it recommended that U.S. citizens take precautions.

The city government posted a warning on its Twitter site recommending motorists avoid several areas,...

April 17, 2015 - 9:55pm
26 min 29 sec ago

SYDNEY (AP) — Police in Australia say they have arrested five men on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks on police officers.

Australian Federal Police and Victoria state police say the suspects include two 18-year-olds who are alleged to be preparing an attack in the country including targeting police.

Another 18-year-old has been arrested on weapons charges and two other men, aged 18 and 19, are in custody and assisting police....

April 17, 2015 - 5:25pm
26 min 29 sec ago

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manual Santos is urging leftist rebels to demonstrate their commitment to ending a half-century conflict by setting a deadline or reaching a peace accord.

Santos didn't offer any cutoff date to conclude peace talks taking place the last two years in Cuba between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

But in a sharply worded rebuke he said Colombians' patience is wearing thin...

April 17, 2015 - 4:29pm
26 min 29 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran's foreign minister is urging U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to try to end "the senseless aerial attacks" in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition and establish a cease-fire.

Javad Zarif said in a letter Friday to the U.N. chief that the bombs are destroying hospitals, schools, roads, food factories and power plants — escalating a humanitarian crisis that is "approaching catastrophic dimensions."

He said "terrorist groups have...

April 17, 2015 - 3:28pm
26 min 29 sec ago

SHEARWATER, Nova Scotia (AP) — Canada's military has charged four members of the British Navy with sexual assault.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service said Friday the men were charged for their role in a "group sexual assault" in barracks in Shearwater, Nova Scotia on Thursday.

Prosecutor Scott Morrison said the British sailors were in Nova Scotia playing in a hockey tournament with Canadian Armed Forces. They were identified as Craig...

April 17, 2015 - 3:03pm
26 min 29 sec ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's troubled state-owned oil company says it will reveal its estimate on how much it lost in a sweeping kickback scheme when it releases an audited report of its financial earnings from last year's third and fourth quarters.

A statement released by Petrobras late Thursday said the results would be released on Wednesday.

Release of the audited results has been delayed by the investigation into a kickback-corruption scheme...

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