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April 27, 2015 - 10:59pm
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia*s Health Ministry is recommending the immediate suspension of aerial spraying of a herbicide that*s the cornerstone of U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops.

The ministry on Monday based its decision on the reclassification last month of glyphosate as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization's research arm. It said it was acting in accordance with a constitutional court ruling that it take precautions whenever credible...

April 27, 2015 - 10:06pm
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean appellate court has handed down a sentence of life in prison to the captain of a ferry that sank last year, killing more than 300 people.

Tuesday's sentencing is harsher than a November verdict by a district court that sentenced Lee Joon-seok to 36 years in prison for negligence and abandoning passengers in need.

A spokesman at the Gwangju High Court says that in addition to giving Lee life, 14 other...

April 27, 2015 - 6:11pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the United Nations cultural agency says a preliminary assessment of the famed World Heritage site around Nepal's capital is a "huge disaster" after this weekend's earthquake.

The agency says that an expert team will see whether the structures can be repaired or even reconstructed.

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova told The Associated Press in a brief interview Monday that it was heartbreaking to see the destruction....

April 27, 2015 - 5:41pm
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NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's government says its military has retaken control of the island of Karamga in Lake Chad after an attack by Boko Haram on its positions there.

In a statement Monday, Niger's government said its security and defense forces have cleared the enemies from the island. Suspected Nigerian Islamic extremists attacked an army base on the island last week, Niger's defense ministry had said Saturday night.

Niger joined a regional...

April 27, 2015 - 3:41pm
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BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Tuareg rebel group and an official say that another armed group allied with members of Mali's army has attacked a town in the north amid peace talks brokered by Algeria.

A statement by the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad said Monday that another Tuareg militia attacked a town held by NMLA and took a dozen people as prisoners. An official with the U.N. mission in Mali confirmed the attacks, speaking on condition of anonymity because he...

April 27, 2015 - 2:52pm
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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A gunman stormed into a police station in a northeastern Bosnian town shouting "Allahu akbar" on Monday, killing a policeman and wounding two others, authorities said.

The gunman was also killed during the attack in the town of Zvornik, police spokeswoman Aleksandra Simojlovic told The Associated Press. "Allahu Akbar" is the Arabic phrase for "God is great."

The Bosnian Serb police chief, Dragan Lukac, identified...

April 27, 2015 - 2:15pm
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Civil defense authorities in Saudi Arabia say that four construction workers were killed when a building they were working on collapsed on a university campus.

A civil defense statement says at least four other workers were injured in the collapse, which took place Monday on the campus of al-Qassim University in the province of the same name. It says some 50 workers were at the site at the time, without elaborating on their status....

April 27, 2015 - 1:26pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s outgoing special envoy to Yemen says the parties there had been "very close" to reaching a political agreement before the current violence and that the main sticking point had been who would lead the country.

Jamal Benomar also told reporters that a new targeted arms embargo could "inadvertently restrict the flow of much-needed commercial goods and humanitarian assistance" to the Arab world's poorest country.

Benomar...

April 27, 2015 - 1:02pm
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MILAN (AP) — A court in Sicily has convicted 20 Somalis who had received political asylum in Italy of a role in a vast criminal organization focused on migrant-smuggling.

Prosecutors in Catania said Monday that the defendants were part of an international migrant-smuggling ring that demanded "large sums of money" from migrants from Kenya and Somalia to enter Italy. They then helped them continue their journey to destinations in northern Europe, especially Sweden....

April 27, 2015 - 12:39pm
2 hours 46 min ago

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's foreign minister says the government will provide private housing to six ex-Guantanamo detainees only if they sign paperwork agreeing to terms they have so far rejected.

Rodolfo Nin Novoa made the statements Monday as four of the six former detainees kept up their protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo. They began protesting Friday night, and stayed through the weekend, using sleeping bags at night.

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