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Polish border guards refuse entry for 10 Russian bikers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 06:03 AM

TERESPOL, Poland (AP) — Polish border guards say they have blocked entry into Poland for 10 Russian bikers who said they were following a path commemorating the Red Army victory's over Nazi Germany 70 years ago.

Dariusz Sienicki, a spokesman for the border guards, announced the move Monday after members of the Night Wolves, a nationalistic Russian group loyal to President Vladimir Putin, approached the border and tried to enter Poland.

Sudan's al-Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of vote

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 06:02 AM

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's Election Commission says President Omar al-Bashir has won re-election with 94 percent of the vote, extending his 25-year rule despite war crimes charges and multiple insurgencies.

The Election Commission puts turnout at 46.4 percent and denies widespread reports of low participation. Mokhtar al-Assam, the head of the commission, announced the results on Monday, saying reports of low turnout were "not accurate."

Head of Iran's Guard lashes out over Saudi 'treachery'

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 05:45 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard has accused Saudi Arabia of treachery against the Islamic world and compared the kingdom to Israel.

The official IRNA news agency quotes Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari as saying Riyadh is "following in Israel's footsteps" and "shamelessly and disgracefully bombing and killing a nation," apparently referring to Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been waging a monthlong air campaign against Iran-supported rebels, known as Houthis.

Burundi Red Cross: 6 killed in anti-president protests

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 04:35 AM

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — At least six people have been killed in clashes between police and civilians demonstrating against the Burundian president's bid for a third term, a spokesman for the Burundi Red Cross said on Monday, as hundreds continued to protest in the capital despite a heavy military presence.

Three people were killed in clashes with the police on Sunday and three others died of their injuries overnight, Alexis Manirakiza told The Associated Press by phone from Bujumbura, Burundi's capital.

Malaysia: ASEAN to avoid confronting China in S. China Sea

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 04:23 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's leader says Southeast Asian countries will avoid direct confrontation with China but will push for a quick conclusion to a binding code of conduct to govern behavior in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations' non-confrontational approach to the dispute has been effective in keeping tensions at bay. He said at an ASEAN leaders' summit that the bloc will pursue constructive engagement with China.

Syrian insurgents capture military base in northwest

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 04:17 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say insurgents have overrun a military base at a converted brick factory in the country's northwest.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the opposition fighters overran the base near the town of Ariha in Idlib province on Monday. It says the insurgents captured seven tanks, armored vehicles, heavy machine guns and ammunition.

The Jisr al-Shughour activist coordinating committee's Facebook page also reported the fall of the base.

Rescuers struggle to reach remote Nepal areas, as toll rises

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 04:06 AM

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal police say the death toll in the country has risen to at least 3,617 people from the earthquake that hit the Himalayan nation on the weekend.

The police statement did not immediately give any other details. So far 18 people have also been confirmed dead in an avalanche that swept through the Mount Everest base camp in the wake of the earthquake. Another 61 people were killed in neighboring India, and 20 in Tibet.

Spain: PM says economy on track to grow 2.9 pct this year

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 04:03 AM

MADRID (AP) — Spain's prime minister says the country's economy is on track to grow 2.9 percent this year and expand an additional 2.9 percent in 2016.

Mariano Rajoy gave the upbeat assessment a month before his party is expected to face a tough challenge in nationwide regional and local elections from the main opposition Socialist Party and two new parties attracting huge voter interest.

Rajoy's announcement Monday boosted the growth outlook from a 2.4 percent prediction for 2015 he issued in February.

Deutsche Bank to drop locations, streamline operations

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 03:26 AM

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Deutsche Bank is giving more details of its reorganization, saying it will hold a share offering for its Postbank branches in Germany.

Frankfurt-based Deutsche Bank says it expects Postbank to be removed from its earnings statements by the end of next year.

The bank also said in a statement Monday that it intends to streamline the bank to make it easier to manage. It said it would drop business locations in some countries to focus on countries and cities where it is strongest.

Bomb kills 5 in southern Afghanistan, clashes in north

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 02:14 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say five civilians were killed when a bomb detonated inside a house in the southern Zabul province, while in the north Taliban insurgents are clashing with police.

Atta Jan, head of the Zabul provincial council, said Monday that two children and a woman were among those killed in the explosion the night before in the Shinkay district.

In the northern Kunduz province, meanwhile, the Taliban battled police three days after declaring the start of their annual springtime offensive.

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