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April 16, 2014 - 8:18am
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PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister has announced plans to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from pensions, social care and health care as a part of a 50-billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit.

Manuel Valls on Wednesday detailed the government plan to cut 10 billion euros from health care and 11 billion euros from pensions and social care by 2017, though he vowed to maintain the benefits for those with the lowest incomes.

The...

April 16, 2014 - 8:02am
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GAUHATI, India (AP) — A passenger train derailed in northeastern India early Wednesday, injuring dozens of passengers.

The engine and nine of the train's 13 coaches jumped the track near the Jagiroad station, about 140 kilometers (85 miles) east of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state, state-owned Indian Railways said in a statement.

The cause of the derailment was not immediately known.

Six of the injured passengers were...

April 16, 2014 - 7:47am
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino health worker who tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has arrived home from the United Arab Emirates, Philippine officials said Wednesday. It's the first known case of the deadly virus in the country.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said the Filipino's blood tested positive but he has no symptoms of the disease. He has been isolated and people who were in contact with him are being traced and quarantined...

April 16, 2014 - 7:45am
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LONDON (AP) — The children of musician Paul Weller won a privacy lawsuit Wednesday over paparazzi pictures published on a newspaper website.

Lawyers for the former front man of The Jam and his family sued Associated Newspapers over images of daughter Dylan and twin sons John Paul and Bowie that appeared on its MailOnline site.

Dylan was 16 and the twins 10 months old when the pictures, taken during a shopping trip in Santa Monica, were published in...

April 16, 2014 - 7:18am
28 sec ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO's air policing aircraft will fly more sorties over the Baltic region and allied ships will deploy to the Baltic Sea, the eastern Mediterranean and elsewhere if needed.

"We will have more planes in the air, mores ships on...

April 16, 2014 - 7:06am
50 min 27 sec ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials in Iraq say suicide attacks against security forces in a restive western city have killed at least eight security personnel.

A police officer says two suicide bombers rammed their explosives-laden cars into security checkpoints leading to the military operation command in the city of Ramadi on Wednesday, killing five soldiers and three police officers. He says 14 people were wounded in that attack.

A medical official...

April 16, 2014 - 6:59am
50 min 27 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — An aide to the speaker of the Lebanese parliament says that a parliamentary session to elect the country's new president has been set for next week.

Aide Mohammed Ballout said Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri made the announcement Wednesday. Ballout said the session will be held Wednesday, April 23.

According to Lebanon's sectarian-based power-sharing system, the president must be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim...

April 16, 2014 - 6:49am
50 min 27 sec ago

PERTH, Australia (AP) — As a robotic submarine dived into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person.

The Bluefin 21 sub surfaced early for the second time in as many missions, this time after experiencing technical difficulties. It was sent back into the water after its data were downloaded but there's been no sign of the plane,...

April 16, 2014 - 6:41am
1 hour 30 min ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter's Square.

A particularly jovial Francis hopped off his white, open-air car Wednesday to greet a group of fifth graders from Perugia who presented him with a T-shirt from their school. Seemingly joking, Francis asked if any of them wanted to take a spin through the square.

"Me! Me! Me!" they yelled.

Francis picked 11-year-...

April 16, 2014 - 6:39am
1 hour 30 min ago

LONDON (AP) — Police have charged the former chairman of Britain's troubled Co-operative Bank with drug offenses.

Paul Flowers, a Methodist minister, resigned from the bank last year amid claims of drug use and inappropriate expenses payments.

He was arrested in November after a tabloid newspaper published footage of him allegedly buying drugs.

West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors said Wednesday that Flowers was charged with...

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