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April 10, 2014 - 12:01am
1 week 2 days ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The mayor of the central Mexico city of Celaya thought he was having a private conversation when he told his staff that congressmen were requiring him to inflate a paving contract by 35 percent in exchange for $12.2 million in federal public works money.

Not only that, they demanded he go with the contractor of their choice.

But the conversation was recorded, leaked to the national Reforma newspaper, and its front-page story in...

April 9, 2014 - 11:47pm
1 week 2 days ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Suspected domestic terrorists detonated a car bomb outside a Bank of Greece building in the heart of Athens Thursday, causing damage but no injuries in a brazen attack hours before a landmark bond issue by the financially struggling country.

No group claimed responsibility for the 6 a.m. (0300GMT) explosion, which shattered windows in the central bank branch and buildings up to 200 meters away, and left the charred remnants of a car with only two...

April 9, 2014 - 11:22pm
1 week 2 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — China reported an unexpected contraction in exports in March, raising the danger of job losses as Beijing tries to overhaul its slowing economy.

Customs data Thursday showed that exports fell 6.6 percent from a year earlier, well below analysts' expectations of single-digit growth. Imports contracted by 11.3 percent, highlighting the weakness in Chinese growth.

China's leaders are trying to nurture growth based on domestic consumption...

April 9, 2014 - 10:40pm
1 week 2 days ago

PATNA, India (AP) — Indians voted in the crucial third phase of national elections Thursday, with millions going to the polls in the heartland states that are essential to the main opposition Hindu nationalist party's bid to end the 10-year rule of Congress party.

Suspected Maoist rebels, who have urged a boycott, briefly disrupted voting in their strongholds in eastern Bihar state and neighboring Chhattisgarh, carrying out acts of violence despite thousands of security...

April 9, 2014 - 5:50pm
1 week 2 days ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's government made a huge show of force against drug trafficking on Wednesday, sending more than 3,000 federal agents to raid 82 more "bunkers" in and around the port city of Rosario, where the death toll is soaring from a bloody turf war.

The raids by federal police, Border Patrol, Coast Guard and Airport Security police focused on the slums known as "misery villages" that surround Argentina's leading port city, where contraband...

April 9, 2014 - 5:08pm
1 week 2 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Defense Ministry said on Thursday that it has successfully launched a new observation satellite into orbit, one which is expected to be used to observe Iran and hostile militant groups in the Middle East.

According to the announcement, the Israeli-made "Ofek 10" satellite was launched late Wednesday in cooperation with state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries. The satellite has already begun transmitting data and visual material. It is expected...

April 9, 2014 - 4:23pm
1 week 2 days ago

PERTH, Australia (AP) — The head of the search effort says he believes searchers are closing in on the "final resting place" of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

This, after a navy ship heard more signals yesterday from deep in the Indian Ocean. And an analysis of two other sounds that were detected over the weekend showed they were consistent with a plane's flight recorders.

The signals are the strongest indication yet that the plane is now lying at the...

April 9, 2014 - 4:03pm
1 week 2 days ago

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
1 week 2 days ago

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
1 week 2 days ago

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...

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