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March 31, 2015 - 8:36pm
50 min 46 sec ago

TOKYO (AP) — A survey by the Japanese central bank finds Japanese businesses remain wary over the outlook for the world's No. 3 economy and generally plan to reduce capital investment.

The Bank of Japan's quarterly "tankan" survey will likely reinforce the conviction among many that more stimulus is needed to sustain growth.

The leading measure of business sentiment showed more than two-thirds of all companies anticipate further deterioration in...

March 31, 2015 - 8:03pm
50 min 46 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Amnesty International says Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world's total.

The human rights group's latest annual report says 2,466 people in 55 countries were sentenced to death in 2014.

It also says at least 607 people were executed in 22 countries last year.

The group says China likely executed more people than all other...

March 31, 2015 - 6:16pm
50 min 46 sec ago

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger says its troops fended off an attack on its territory by Boko Haram and destroyed a base used by the Islamic extremists inside neighboring Nigeria.

Niger's Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that the militants tried to attack Bosso, on the border with Nigeria, on Monday. But troops from Niger and Chad — who are helping Nigeria root out the insurgents — intervened, killing 47 militants and destroying several of their vehicles and...

March 31, 2015 - 4:58pm
50 min 46 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — Soren Kam, a former SS officer wanted for war crimes in his native Denmark, has died in Germany. He was 93.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center counted Kam among its top targets for the killing of an anti-Nazi newspaper editor in Copenhagen in 1943.

The center's top Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, told The Associated Press Tuesday that Kam had been "totally unrepentant" for his actions.

Zuroff said Kam benefited from a Nazi-era...

March 31, 2015 - 3:58pm
3 hours 10 min ago

HAVANA (AP) — A Cuban delegate to talks with the United States says the two sides have held "a respectful, professional, civilized conversation" on human rights in Washington.

Nevertheless, Anaysansi Rodriguez Camejo told Cuban state television that Tuesday's talks "ratified that there are differences."

She's Cuba's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva and a member of the delegation holding a series of talks with the U.S. on restoring diplomatic...

March 31, 2015 - 3:29pm
3 hours 10 min ago

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Nuclear talks involving Iran and six world powers -- including the United States -- will continue past the self-imposed deadline tonight.

U.S. officials say the effort to produce the outline of an agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program will be extended by at least a day. A State Department spokeswoman says there's been enough progress to justify the extension, although she says there are still "several difficult issues" to deal with....

March 31, 2015 - 2:30pm
3 hours 10 min ago

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The White House says the nuclear talks in Switzerland involving Iran and six world powers could be extended past today's deadline, if enough progress is made to justify it.

The statement suggested that negotiators haven't bridged all of the gaps, but that the sides are trying to produce a text with few specifics. There would also be documents outlining the areas where additional talks are needed.

Spokesman Josh Earnest...

March 31, 2015 - 1:44pm
3 hours 10 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Congolese army commanders have signed a declaration to combat rape in war, a move the United Nations welcomed as an important step in the fight against sexual violence during conflicts.

The declaration, signed in Congo's capital, Kinshasa, is part of a government plan adopted in September to end sexual violence by soldiers.

It requires every Congolese military commander to pledge to take a series of actions including respecting...

March 31, 2015 - 12:57pm
5 hours 30 min ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican finance minister has said he hopes to avoid any financial scandals with the upcoming Jubilee year, saying the plans will be subject to new Vatican procedures to ensure they follow international standards for transparency and accountability.

Cardinal George Pell outlined the Vatican's financial reforms Tuesday as he launched a book on better managing church assets — a priority for Pope Francis after years of financial scandal and...

March 31, 2015 - 12:44pm
5 hours 30 min ago

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The head of a Moroccan press freedom association says a court has convicted an investigative journalist of adultery and sentenced to 10 months in prison in an attempt to intimidate him.

Maati Monjib of the Freedom Now organization said Tuesday that Hicham Manouri was convicted of adultery and of charges related to housing prostitution. He was fined 4,000 euros ($4,340).

Police burst into Mansouri's apartment on March 17, beat...

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