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April 9, 2014 - 4:03pm
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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — American Samoa is keeping most schools closed for the rest of the week as the U.S. territory tries to contain a pink eye outbreak that has affected at least 2,400 students and teachers, disrupted court hearings and kept some passengers from boarding flights.

All 28 public schools were scheduled to reopen Wednesday after shutting down Friday. But only four schools in the remote island group of Manua are back in session. Officials in...

April 9, 2014 - 3:58pm
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan central government authorities on Wednesday began questioning the police commander who killed an Associated Press photographer and wounded an AP reporter, a day after he was transferred by helicopter to the capital — a rare case in which an Afghan officer or soldier who shot a foreigner was captured alive.

Local security officials who spoke with the suspect after he was first detained said he seemed a calm, pious man who may have come...

April 9, 2014 - 3:55pm
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MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat on Wednesday angrily rejected U.S. warnings against striking an oil-for-goods contract with Iran, saying that Moscow wouldn't be intimidated by threats.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in remarks carried by the state RIA Novosti news agency that an increase in Russian-Iranian trade is a "natural process that doesn't involve any elements of political or economic challenge to anyone."

Russian business...

April 9, 2014 - 3:54pm
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LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A 9-month-old Pakistani boy has been swept up in an attempted murder investigation that highlights the country's dysfunctional criminal justice system where even children are not immune from questionable legal decisions.

The toddler was brought to court last Friday as part of an investigation relating to an incident where residents in his neighborhood clashed with police. He was granted bail by a judge.

The incident began in...

April 9, 2014 - 2:36pm
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HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's government said Wednesday it has launched a probe into how hundreds of thousands of customer cellphone numbers fell into the hands of a U.S. government program that used them to secretly set up a mobile-based, Twitter-like social network on the island.

An Associated Press investigation revealed last week that the U.S. Agency for International Development program used the data to build a subscriber base for the platform, dubbed ZunZuneo, with the idea...

April 9, 2014 - 2:33pm
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico announced Wednesday they are investigating why a glowing bay that attracts thousands of tourists a year has grown dark in recent weeks.

The popular Mosquito Bay on the island of Vieques is considered one of Puerto Rico's top attractions, and government officials say they are worried about the bay's loss of bioluminescence.

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Carmen Guerrero said she is...

April 9, 2014 - 2:27pm
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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson, a former Trinidad and Tobago prime minister who was held hostage for days and shot during a bloody 1990 coup attempt, died Wednesday after a prolonged illness. He was 87.

National Security Minister Gary Griffith said Robinson had been hospitalized for several medical conditions related to diabetes. After prolonged ill health, he died Wednesday at dawn inside a private medical center in Trinidad's capital of...

April 9, 2014 - 2:09pm
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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — In a sometimes ruthless cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial Wednesday, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel scrutinized the athlete's story that he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake on Feb. 14, 2013.

Here are some of the key points Nel raised on his first day questioning Pistorius:

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INTENTIONAL OR MISTAKE

Nel began dramatically by urging Pistorius to...

April 9, 2014 - 2:04pm
1 week 2 days ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — About a dozen Honduran migrants who lost legs and arms after falling from trains during northbound journeys across Mexico asked the country's Senate on Tuesday to stop the government's persecution of Central Americans, protect them from criminal gangs and contribute money to shelters for their care.

The migrants say that drug gang members and other criminals frequently beat, stab or push them from moving trains during their journeys through Mexico to...

April 9, 2014 - 1:22pm
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Ukraine's capital are warning that they are prepared to use force to clear several government buildings that have been seized by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The country's interior minister says the standoff in Luhansk and two neighboring regions must be resolved within the next two days.

As he spoke, anti-government protesters in Luhansk raised high barricades along a thoroughfare in front of the...

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