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April 16, 2014 - 6:20pm
10 min 19 sec ago

TORONTO (AP) — A flight instructor who has figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been fired from his job at a flight simulator business for failing to show up to work on time and refusing to dress professionally.

uFly company owner Claudio Teixeira says he fired Mitchell Casado on Wednesday in part for "shaming Canadians" by "dressing like he was 15 years old."

Casado's relaxed style of jeans and plaid...

April 16, 2014 - 6:02pm
10 min 19 sec ago

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military says all but eight of 129 female students kidnapped from a northeastern school by Islamic militants are free.

Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade says one of the kidnappers has been captured. Without giving details he says "the others have been freed this evening."

The government said security forces were in hot pursuit of militants who abducted more than 100 girls at a high school early Tuesday.

April 16, 2014 - 5:43pm
10 min 19 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's biggest media company says he is afraid of Google and wants the company to become more transparent.

Mathias Doepfner, the chairman of Axel-Springer SE, accuses Google of abusing its dominance in the field of online search to squeeze out competitors.

His comments, published Wednesday by German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, come a week after Google chairman Eric Schmidt accused European publishers of stifling...

April 16, 2014 - 4:56pm
10 min 19 sec ago

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic is being criticized for building a temporary artificial beach amid a drought.

The yearly project is intended for those who cannot afford to travel during Holy Week and will include 12 pools near a boardwalk in the capital of Santo Domingo.

Critics say the project should have been cancelled since there is currently water rationing and interruptions in water service.


April 16, 2014 - 4:54pm
10 min 19 sec ago

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Six people are now confirmed dead, but there are fears that many more victims will be found in the aftermath of the sinking of a South Korean ferry carrying nearly 500 people -- many of them high school students on a class trip.

Nearly 300 are still missing after the ferry sank today off the southern coast of South Korea. Divers, helicopters and boats are continuing to search for possible survivors.

One survivor says as the...

April 16, 2014 - 4:34pm
10 min 19 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday it will investigate the latest apparent case of denial of medical care for poor women, after a pregnant Mixtec Indian woman died in a clinic along with the fetus.

The woman waited five hours for treatment at a government-run rural health clinic before dying of a heart attack and respiratory failure, the commission said in a statement.

It said she sought treatment at the...

April 16, 2014 - 4:29pm
2 hours 15 sec ago

GENEVA (AP) — A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow with additional economic sanctions.

It was not immediately clear how tough the sanctions might be and whether they would target Moscow's lucrative banking and energy sectors.

The U.S. official says diplomats from Kiev plan...

April 16, 2014 - 3:43pm
2 hours 15 sec ago

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Inmates have rocked a Peruvian prison with a Holy Week performance of the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Minimum-security prisoners joined national prisons officials in the audience of Tuesday night's performance in the Sarita Colonia prison in Lima's port of Callao. The patio was protected by dozens of armed guards.

A 35-year-old convicted robber named Freddy Battifora directed the work, whose cast included foreigners. Battifora...

April 16, 2014 - 2:57pm
2 hours 10 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Thursday's high-level talks in Geneva on Ukraine come as the country's eastern regions are awash in turmoil and pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities.

But for all the anxiety about Ukraine's future — bolstered by Vladimir Putin's contention the country is on the verge of civil war — the top diplomats of Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union may find their positions so far...

April 16, 2014 - 2:40pm
2 hours 10 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police said Wednesday they have captured a man identified as the second highest-ranking figure in the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel.

The head of Mexico's federal police, Monte Alejandro Rubido, said suspect Arnoldo Villa Sanchez was arrested Tuesday, in an upscale Mexico City neighborhood along with another man, two guns and several packages of synthetic drugs. Police said Villa Sanchez had coordinated a shipment of about 265...

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