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April 24, 2015 - 10:15am
10 hours 26 min ago

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — A judge in Sicily on Friday confirmed the arrest warrants against the suspected captain and crew member of the smuggling boat that capsized in the Mediterranean's worst ever migrant disaster.

Mohammad Ali Malek, 27, from Tunisia and suspected crew mate Mahmud Bikhit, 25, of Syria, appeared in a Catania court and were ordered returned to jail.

Prosecutors have accused Malek of inadvertently ramming the overloaded fishing boat...

April 24, 2015 - 9:56am
18 hours 6 min ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish Foreign Ministry says it will not allow a nationalistic motorcycle group loyal to President Vladimir Putin to enter Poland.

The "Night Wolves" group had planned to enter Poland next week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Their plan was to cross several countries on their way to Berlin, following a path taken by the Red Army in its defeat of Adolf Hitler's Germany.

The Foreign Ministry in...

April 24, 2015 - 9:20am
10 hours 26 min ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Military officials say an ambush by Islamic State fighters killed the general commanding the first Iraqi army division and three of his officers in heavily disputed Anbar province.

The officials say a militant drove a piece of construction equipment packed with explosives into Brig. Gen. Hassan Abbas Toufan's convoy north of the city of Fallujah, while others opened fire.

A colonel and two lieutenant colonels were also killed in the...

April 24, 2015 - 9:01am
10 hours 46 min ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Ousted Yemeni President has called upon his allies, Shiite rebels whose power grab triggered a month-long Saudi-led offensive, to comply with a U.N. resolution which obligates them to withdraw from the cities they occupy.

Ali Abdullah Saleh issued his appeal on his Yemen TV network on Friday.

A combined force of Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and army units loyal to Saleh took over the capital last fall and eventually forced the...

April 24, 2015 - 8:56am
19 hours 56 min ago

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Survivors and relatives of victims of a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh are marching to mark the second anniversary of the disaster which killed more than 1,100 people.

Rana Plaza, an illegally constructed building outside Bangladesh's capital, housed five garment factories when it collapsed in 2013. The accident was Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster.

Activists joined Friday's march as relatives laid flowers at a...

April 24, 2015 - 8:56am
23 hours 26 min ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has authorized the use of more genetically modified food and feed amid a row over whether EU member states should be able to independently ban certain GM products.

The EU's executive commission said Friday that it has approved 10 GM foods, including strands of maize, soybean and cotton, after they "have been proved to be safe." Two kinds of GM cut flowers were also authorized.

The European bio-industries association...

April 24, 2015 - 8:47am
23 hours 36 min ago

LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo will vote Saturday in a vote that could see its president win power for a third five-year term, putting his family in power for nearly half a century.

President Faure Gnassingbe took power in 2005 after his father, who ruled Togo for 38 years, died of a heart attack. Last year lawmakers considered a bill that would reintroduce term limits, but it did not pass.

Opposition candidate Jean-Pierre Fabre is a strong challenger to...

April 24, 2015 - 8:40am
23 hours 46 min ago

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor's office says a formal terror investigation has been opened after the arrest this week of a computer science student who authorities say planned an attack on a church and is suspected in the shooting death of a woman.

The 24-year-old student, an Algerian identified as Sid Ahmed G., was being placed under preliminary investigation on Friday after prosecutors formally opened an inquiry on eight charges. The charges, which include killing...

April 24, 2015 - 8:34am
1 day 36 min ago

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's leading media companies are in uproar over proposals by political parties that would require journalists to submit their election coverage plans to a central committee for approval.

The country's three main parties are working on a new law that aims to ensure fairness and impartiality in election coverage.

A draft of the law, disclosed Friday, includes a proposal for coverage plans to be presented to a committee...

April 24, 2015 - 8:23am
1 day 46 min ago

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — An opposition leader in South Sudan says his house in the capital was surrounded overnight by the country's security forces.

Lam Akol told The Associated Press Friday that security operatives closed the two roads leading to his house in Juba, although they had not forced their way into his property.

Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth denied Akol was under house arrest, saying the politician remains a free citizen....

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