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February 22, 2015 - 4:26pm
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HAVANA (AP) — Berta Soler, one of Cuba's best-known dissidents as head of the Ladies in White opposition group, says she'll submit her leadership to a vote by members of the organization inside the country.

Members of the Ladies in White living outside Cuba have called on Soler to resign in recent days, underscoring deep differences inside the organization.

Soler said Sunday that the group's estimated 270 members in Cuba will vote on her leadership...

February 22, 2015 - 4:20pm
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NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Investigators probing the cause of a small plane crash in the Bahamas that killed a prominent Christian minister and eight others say it was likely caused by bad decisions by the crew during stormy weather.

A Learjet carrying the Rev. Myles Munroe and members of his Bahamas Faith Ministries crashed Nov. 9 after striking a shipping crane as it attempted to land in Grand Bahama. The crash killed everyone on board.

On Sunday, the...

February 22, 2015 - 3:22pm
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A spokeswoman for a gold mine in South Africa says all 486 miners who were trapped underground after a fire broke out at in the mine have been found safe.

The spokeswoman says the 18 miners who had been unaccounted for have now been located.

The mining company says a rescue mission is underway to bring the remaining miners above ground.

The miners were trapped when a fire started about 7,500 feet below the...

February 22, 2015 - 3:20pm
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party has lost the two-thirds supermajority it held in parliament since 2010, which allowed it to pass a new constitution and other legislation without input from the opposition.

The National Election Office said Sunday that Zoltan Kesz, an independent supported by the left-wing opposition parties, defeated Fidesz candidate Lajos Nemedi in a district centered on the city of Veszprem by 42 percent to...

February 22, 2015 - 3:15pm
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian news agency says four suspects are in custody in connection with a deadly explosion today in Ukraine's second largest city, and for allegedly planning other attacks.

The bomb went off at a march that marked the first anniversary of the ouster of president Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich). Ukrainian officials say a police officer was one of the two people killed. About a dozen other people were hurt.

The attack...

February 22, 2015 - 2:21pm
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African mining company says 18 miners are missing after a fire broke out underground.

The Harmony Gold Mining Company said in a statement on Sunday that 486 miners were trapped when a fire started 2,300 meters (about 7,545 feet) below the surface.

Harmony Gold spokeswoman Charmane Russell said all but 18 miners had been accounted for shortly before 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) at the Kusasalethu mine, near the town of Carletonville...

February 22, 2015 - 1:51pm
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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says it will raise the sales tax on both local and imported cigarettes as it confronts a major budget deficit.

The decision announced by the presidency on Sunday increases a flat tax by at least 7 cents for a pack of less expensive cigarettes. More expensive brands will see an increase of at least 20 cents.

A similar move last July raised prices 25 to 40 cents per pack.

Unrest since the 2011 overthrow of...

February 22, 2015 - 1:33pm
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The grand sheikh of Egypt's Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's most respected seat of learning, says a historical misreading of the Quran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad have led to extremism among Muslims.

Speaking at the opening of a conference titled "Islam and the fight against terrorism," Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb condemned terrorism and called for religious curricula to be reformed to emphasize greater tolerance. He also warned of a conspiracy to...

February 22, 2015 - 1:06pm
1 week 2 days ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A video purported to be by Somalia's al-Qaida-linked rebels urges Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries.

In the video, released late Saturday, Somalia's extremist group al-Shabab again says its September 2013 attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, was in reprisal for Kenyan military involvement in Somalia. Sixty-seven people died in the mall attack. The video, using footage from major news...

February 22, 2015 - 12:44pm
1 week 2 days ago

ROME (AP) — The Jesuit religious order says an Indian priest who was abducted in Afghanistan eight months ago has been released.

James Stapleton, a Jesuit Refugee Service spokesman in Rome, said the Rev. Alexis Prem Kumar was released on Sunday and has since returned to his native India.

Stapleton says the priest is "tired, he's happy to be home."

Kumar was visiting a Jesuit Refugee Service-supported school near Herat, western...

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