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April 22, 2015 - 10:33am
4 days 34 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A 14-year-old Mexican girl seized by federal police and sent to a woman in Houston is being returned home after DNA tests showed she is not the woman's daughter.

Last week's removal of a screaming Alondra Luna from her middle school last week provoked an outcry from her family, who said authorities ignored proof of her identity. Federal police said they were acting on a judge's orders to send the girl to Dorotea Garcia, who says the girl had been...

April 22, 2015 - 9:41am
4 days 34 min ago

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Over 100 journalists have gathered in the Macedonian capital Skopje to protest against threats made to a journalist critical of the country's conservative government.

A funeral wreath bearing the inscription "final greeting" was delivered Tuesday to the home of Borjan Jovanovski, editor in chief of the Nova TV web portal. Jovanovski has previously been the target of verbal attacks. He was abroad when the wreath was delivered to his wife, who...

April 22, 2015 - 9:28am
4 days 34 min ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has started legislative work that would allow individual nations to ban the imports of genetically modified crops even if approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc.

Member states recently obtained such power when it came to the cultivation of genetically modified crops.

Wednesday's proposal by the EU Commission will go to the European Parliament and the member states for further discussion. Giving...

April 22, 2015 - 9:12am
4 days 34 min ago

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister says a widely used assault rifle has "no future" with the German military in its current form, escalating a dispute over its alleged shortcomings.

Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said last month that a study showed the G36 rifle has a "precision problem, particularly at high temperatures." Manufacturer Heckler & Koch has questioned those conclusions, complained about a lack of consultation and accused the government of...

April 22, 2015 - 8:46am
4 days 34 min ago

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The U.N. World Food Programme says three of its staff members are missing in the state of Upper Nile and will suspend operations in some areas because of safety concerns.

The agency said in a statement Wednesday that it is "extremely worried" about the fate of the missing workers, who disappeared on April 1 while on a trip to distribute food.

The statement said the men were traveling in a convoy from Malakal, the state capital...

April 22, 2015 - 8:14am
4 days 44 min ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in the last week of September.

The Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed the Cuba leg to reporters Wednesday. He didn't provide details or dates.

Francis has been credited with helping the United States and Cuba reach their historic rapprochement by writing to the leaders of both countries and having the Vatican host their delegations...

April 22, 2015 - 8:02am
3 days 9 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — A judge in Britain has granted U.K. trader conditional bail while he contests extradition to the United States to face charges of being a key figure in bringing about the 2010 "flash crash" — when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 600 points in five minutes.

District Judge Quentin Purdy granted conditional bail to Navinder Singh Sarao, saying he must provide a security of 5 million pounds ($7.4 million) — the amount he has in his trading account. His...

April 22, 2015 - 7:47am
4 days 44 min ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Police and soldiers officers raided a hostel considered a hotspot for anti-immigrant attacks as South Africa continued a crackdown in xenophobic violence.

On Wednesday, police spokesman Lieut. Kay Makhubela said that 11 men were arrested Tuesday night in a bid to snuff out any further unrest. He said police were accompanied by the South African military.

Makhubela said the residents of the dilapidated block in downtown...

April 22, 2015 - 7:38am
4 days 1 hour ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some 50 members of the Russian "Road of Glory" car rally marking Soviet victory over the Nazis 70 years ago have honored Soviet soldiers who fell in combat in Warsaw in 1945.

Flying national flags and wearing dark uniforms, the Russian and Belarusian drivers are passing through Poland on a journey from Moscow to Torgau, Germany, where Soviet, British and U.S. troops met in April 1945, shortly before the surrender of Nazi Germany.

April 22, 2015 - 7:32am
4 days 1 hour ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — Amnesty International is urging European nations to launch a massive humanitarian operation in the Mediterranean where hundreds of migrants are feared to have drowned in recent weeks.

The human rights group called in a report Wednesday for a multinational effort backed by "naval and aerial resources at a scale commensurate with foreseeable departure trends."

The report said almost 21,000 people had crossed the central Mediterranean...

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