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March 28, 2015 - 12:50am
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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Officials in Somalia say gunmen who stormed a hotel frequented by government officials and dignitaries killing at least nine people are exchanging fire with government troops more than 12 hours later.

Capt. Mohammed Hussein said Saturday that the government troops had managed to take up the ground floor of the Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel in the Somali capital, in Mogadishu, and the gunmen are believed to be on the fourth and fifth floor. The...

March 27, 2015 - 11:21pm
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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is arguing for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while speaking a major regional economic conference.

Xi delivered the keynote address at the Boao Forum held Saturday on Hainan island in the country's south, at which he lauded the promise of the Chinese economy despite slowing growth.

The Chinese president also celebrated what he said was a multipolar world in...

March 27, 2015 - 6:55pm
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is readying a gift for President Barack Obama when the two leaders cross paths at a regional summit next month: a petition containing millions of signatures denouncing U.S. aggression.

For the past week, Venezuelans have been lining up in plazas, government offices and even prisons to add their signatures to a manifesto against the Obama administration's recent decision to sanction seven Venezuelan officials...

March 27, 2015 - 6:37pm
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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities have arrested an alleged gang member as the suspected mastermind in the killing of a journalist.

Prosecutors say a wiretap captured suspect Antonio Televario Navichoc saying he ordered the slaying of Guido Villatoro.

Villatoro was a reporter and cameraman for local channel Servicable in the Suchitepequez department of southwestern Guatemala. He was gunned down March 13 as he was entering the office where...

March 27, 2015 - 6:08pm
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KOUROU, French Guiana (AP) — A rocket fired from French Guiana has launched two Galileo satellites for the European Space Agency as the European Union continues to expand its global navigation system.

Arianespace says the seventh and eighth Galileo spacecraft were placed into orbit Friday evening.

The European Union has said its 30-satellite Galileo navigation system will be fully operational by 2020. Two more Galileo missions are scheduled this year...

March 27, 2015 - 5:20pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall's Paris climate change talks, pledging to cut greenhouse gas and black carbon emissions 25 percent by 2030.

Activists and the U.S. government praised Mexico's announcement Friday, and the White House said the two countries will soon launch a "high-level bilateral clean energy and climate change policy task force."

The joint U.S.-Mexico...

March 27, 2015 - 4:19pm
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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court in El Salvador has acquitted 11 soccer players and two foreign businesspeople of criminal charges in a match-fixing scandal involving the country's national team.

Prosecutors had accused the defendants of money-laundering, concealment and illegal association. They faced possible sentences of up to 19 years if convicted.

Judge Ernesto Parada ruled Friday that the suspects' alleged conduct did not fit the...

March 27, 2015 - 3:54pm
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BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group has slammed Saudi Arabia's intervention in Yemen, calling it "surprising and painful."

Hassan Nasrallah rejected Riyadh's claim that it had assembled a coalition to conduct airstrikes against Shiite rebels in order to save Yemen, and accused it of ignoring the Palestinians in their decades-long struggle with Israel.

Hezbollah, like Yemen's Houthi rebels, is supported by Iran, which Saudi...

March 27, 2015 - 3:18pm
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three Swedish lawmakers have met Edward Snowden in Moscow to discuss surveillance and privacy issues.

Friday's meeting was organized by the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, which gave its annual human rights prize to Snowden last year. The former National Security Agency systems analyst sought shelter in Russia after leaking details of the United States' once-secret surveillance programs.

In a statement from the foundation, Snowden...

March 27, 2015 - 3:16pm
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Experts say Lufthansa could be looking at "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French Alps. And they say it would be difficult -- and even counter-productive -- for the German airline to try to avoid liability.

To do so, an airline would have to prove that the crash wasn't due to "negligence or other wrongful act" by its employees. In this case, prosecutors say the co-pilot locked himself in the cockpit and...

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