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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
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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
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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
2 min 43 sec ago

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...

April 1, 2015 - 6:44am
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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of doctors in Nepal have stayed away from their work at clinics and hospitals to support a colleague who has been on a hunger strike for the past 10 days demanding reforms in medical education and services.

The Nepal Medical Association says only emergency services were open in hospitals across the Himalayan nation on Wednesday. The strike has left most people in Nepal without access to doctors.

The striking...

April 1, 2015 - 6:36am
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BERLIN (AP) — A German police officer has been found guilty of murder for killing a man he met in an Internet chat forum devoted to cannibalism.

The German news agency dpa reported that the regional court in the eastern city of Dresden sentenced the man Wednesday to eight years and six months in prison. Judges concluded that Detlev G., whose last name hasn't been released, killed a 59-year-old businessman from Hannover in November 2013.


April 1, 2015 - 6:23am
2 min 43 sec ago

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president says the United States' release of military aid previously suspended will help boost Cairo's ability to combat extremists in the region.

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who overthrew Egypt's elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013, said in a statement Wednesday that the decision supports the strategic objectives of both countries in combating terrorism and extremism and maintaining security, particularly in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula....

April 1, 2015 - 6:15am
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's leader says the international community must insist on a "better deal" with Iran over its suspect nuclear program.

Benjamin Netanyahu says Wednesday that while world powers are making concessions to the Islamic Republic it continues to wreak havoc in the Middle East and threaten Israel with annihilation. He says a weak deal will endanger not only Israel but world peace.

He says a better deal would "significantly roll back...

April 1, 2015 - 6:02am
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Jetliners from the United Arab Emirates' two main airlines apparently got too close to each other over the Indian Ocean this week.

One of the carriers involved, Dubai-based Emirates, called it an "air traffic control incident" in a statement Wednesday. Neither it nor Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways would say how close the two planes came to each other.

Emirates says its flight EK709 was returning from the Indian...

April 1, 2015 - 5:50am
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ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish official says police have overpowered an armed man who stormed the ruling party's local branch in Istanbul, broke a top-floor window and shouted slogans.

Wednesday's incident occurred a day after two members of a banned leftist group held a prosecutor hostage in an Istanbul courthouse, and all three died in a shootout between the hostage-takers and police. It was not clear if the two incidents were related.

Selim Temurci,...

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