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April 13, 2014 - 9:09am
1 week 4 days ago

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two strong earthquakes struck the Solomon Islands on Sunday, triggering tsunami warnings, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

People throughout the Pacific island chain awoke to a strong quake at 7:14 a.m., government spokesman George Herming said. People on Makira and nearby islands southeast of the capital, Honiara, reported seeing three large waves after that temblor, he said.

The magnitude-7.6...

April 13, 2014 - 8:54am
1 week 4 days ago

LONDON (AP) — The former deputy speaker of Britain's House of Commons has demanded that prosecutors pay his extensive legal fees after he was cleared of rape and sex assault charges.

Nigel Evans told The Mail on Sunday that the case has destroyed his reputation and left him in financial ruin. He said the 130,000-pound ($217,000) legal fee used up his life savings.

Prosecutors alleged the 56-year-old lawmaker used his political position to sexually...

April 13, 2014 - 8:46am
1 week 4 days ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state television is reporting that a four-day, limited drill for border guards has begun in five provinces near the Islamic Republic's border with Iraq.

The report quoted border guard chief Hossein Zolfaghari as saying that the drill began Sunday. Zolfaghari said the drill is designed to enhance the level of preparedness on the country's border and that more than 4,000 border guards will take part.

Zolfaghari also said...

April 13, 2014 - 8:12am
1 week 3 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's chief peace negotiator on Sunday accused a hard-line faction of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's increasingly unwieldy coalition government of undermining her efforts, while Jewish settlers moved into a sensitive West Bank building that has been a flashpoint of violence in the past.

The sniping inside Netanyahu's coalition was the latest sign of infighting that has hampered U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's peace efforts. While committed...

April 13, 2014 - 7:54am
1 week 4 days ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say a car bombing in northern Iraq today has killed at least 10 people and wounded 12 others.

A police officer says the parked, explosives-laden car targeted a joint Iraqi army and police patrol while it passed through a busy commercial area in the city of Mosul. He added that at least five civilians and five security personnel were killed.

Mosul is located about 225 miles northwest of Baghdad.

Elsewhere...

April 13, 2014 - 7:52am
1 week 4 days ago

LONDON (AP) — British police are appealing for help finding five stolen dogs, including a Chihuahua puppy that recently won a major prize at the prestigious Crufts competition.

The thieves apparently broke into a house in the village of Lissett in central England and made off with the valuable dogs.

The best known was Xena, named best Chihuahua puppy at the annual Crufts dog show in March. Her mother, grandmother and two other Chihuahuas were also...

April 13, 2014 - 6:34am
1 week 4 days ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Officials say Dubai airport, the Mideast's busiest, will undergo a major runway overhaul starting next month that will see more than a dozen airlines shift flights to another airport in the city.

Dubai Airports said Sunday that two runways at Dubai International Airport will be closed at alternate times during the project, which includes resurfacing one of the runways, lighting upgrades and construction of extra taxiways. The work...

April 13, 2014 - 6:33am
1 week 4 days ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two clear front-runners emerged in Afghanistan's presidential election as partial results released Sunday showed a tight race that increasingly appears destined for a runoff vote.

Both candidates promise a fresh start with the West, vowing to sign a security pact with the United States that has been rejected by President Hamid Karzai, but their fierce rivalry has raised the possibility of divisive campaigning in what so far has been a relatively...

April 13, 2014 - 6:25am
1 week 3 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Irreverent musical "The Book of Mormon" and hit geopolitical drama "Chimerica" were the big winners Sunday at Britain's Olivier stage awards, on a night when London's small theaters flexed their substantial muscle.

"The Book of Mormon" — which stormed London just as it earlier wowed New York — won four prizes, including best new musical and best actor in a musical, for Gavin Creel.

Choreographer and co-director Casey Nicholaw said the...

April 13, 2014 - 6:17am
1 week 4 days ago

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates finance minister said Sunday that officials are finalizing a new law to boost entrepreneurship with broad incentives, part of a wider push to create jobs for a burgeoning young population.

UAE Finance Minister Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri told reporters at a news conference unveiling the new law that he expects it will go into effect within the next three months after Cabinet gives its approval. He said the...

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