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April 26, 2015 - 2:33am
11 min 17 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande is holding a moment of remembrance inside a former gas chamber to honor Jews, Gypsies and French resistance fighters killed in the only Nazi concentration camp on French soil.

The ceremony scheduled Sunday afternoon at the Natzweiler-Struthof camp in Alsace is among events marking 70 years since the last Nazi camps were liberated by Allied troops in World War II.

Fighters resisting the Nazi occupation...

April 26, 2015 - 2:25am
11 min 17 sec ago

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Breakaway Turkish Cypriots are voting for a leader in a runoff that pits moderate independent Mustafa Akinci against hard-line incumbent Dervis Eroglu.

Sunday's poll will determine who Turkish Cypriots will entrust to represent them in talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus. The talks are expected to resume in May.

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of uniting the island with...

April 26, 2015 - 1:37am
41 min 19 sec ago

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a gunman shot and killed an acting police chief and a civilian in the southern Uruzgan province.

Dost Mohammad Nayab, spokesman for the provincial governor, said Sunday that Gen. Gulab Khan was killed late the night before outside the police headquarters in Tiran Kot, the provincial capital. The civilian killed in the attack was Khan's guest.

Nayab says a police officer suspected of involvement in...

April 26, 2015 - 1:12am
31 min 20 sec ago

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tens of thousands of Nepalese who spent the night outdoors under a chilly sky were jolted awake Sunday by strong aftershocks from a powerful, magnitude 7.8 earthquake that killed nearly 2,000 people across the Himalayan region.

Rescuers aided by international teams are clearing rubble in search of survivors while landslides are blocking roads, hindering aid efforts. Planeloads of aid material, doctors and relief workers from neighboring countries...

April 26, 2015 - 1:01am
11 min 17 sec ago

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Planeloads of aid material, doctors and relief workers from neighboring countries began arriving Sunday in Nepal, a poor Himalayan nation reeling from a powerful earthquake that killed more than 1,900 people and destroyed infrastructure, homes and historical buildings.

The disaster's international reach was also apparent on the slopes of Mount Everest where an avalanche triggered by Saturday's earthquake buried part of the base camp packed with...

April 25, 2015 - 11:19pm
1 hour 31 min ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's attorney general's office has notified nine foreigners and an Indonesian convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days.

Spokesman Tony Spontana says the ten convicts were moved to isolation cells on Saturday and given a 72-hour execution notice. It indicates they will face the firing squad at the earliest on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The executions will take place in Besi prison...

April 25, 2015 - 9:37pm
2 hours 11 min ago

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Kazakhstan is voting in a presidential election expected to overwhelmingly reconfirm the long-standing incumbent, who has ruled the former Soviet republic for more than 25 years.

Election officials in the oil-rich Central Asian nation have said they expect turnout to be high Sunday, although 74-year old Nursultan Nazarbayev's victory over his two nominal rivals is all but a formality.

Kazakhstan is experiencing an economic...

April 25, 2015 - 6:13pm
3 hours 41 min ago

HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden says that two of its nationals, held hostage in Syria, have been released and are reunited with their families.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry in Stockholm says in a statement it worked closely with several authorities and were particularly grateful to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was "crucial" in the release.

It also singled out Jordan as helping in the releases.

Ministry officials on...

April 25, 2015 - 5:29pm
3 hours 41 min ago

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Four former Guantanamo Bay prisoners are protesting for a second day in Uruguay demanding more help from both the Uruguayan and the U.S. governments for adapting to life in their new home in the South American country.

The men began their protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo on Friday and say they slept there through the night. They insist they will stay until they have met with the U.S. ambassador.

Former...

April 25, 2015 - 5:04pm
3 hours 41 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief is appealing to Indonesia to stop the planned executions of nine foreigners and one local who were convicted for drug crimes.

A statement from Ban Ki-moon's office says the United Nations opposes the death penalty "in all circumstances."

The executions have caused widespread outcry and threats from France, Australia and others of diplomatic consequences.

Ban is calling on President Joko Widodo...

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