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Cuba publishes text of foreign investment law
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba on Wednesday published the full language of a new law that seeks to make it more attractive for foreign investors to bring badly needed capital to the island, but provides less advantage for projects that are 100 percent foreign-financed.... 4/16/2014 6:07 PM

Nigerian military: 121 kidnapped students free
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's military says all but eight of 129 female students kidnapped from a northeastern school by Islamic militants are free.... 4/16/2014 6:02 PM

German media boss says he's scared of Google
BERLIN (AP) -- The head of Germany's biggest media company says he is afraid of Google and wants the company to become more transparent.... 4/16/2014 5:43 PM

Mexico probes death of pregnant woman at clinic
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday it will investigate the latest apparent case of denial of medical care for poor women, after a pregnant Mixtec Indian woman died in a clinic along with the fetus.... 4/16/2014 5:41 PM

Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The diplomat who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 apologized Wednesday for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one million people.... 4/16/2014 5:01 PM

Dominican Republic installs beach despite drought
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The Dominican Republic is being criticized for building a temporary artificial beach amid a drought.... 4/16/2014 4:56 PM

Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers.... 4/16/2014 4:44 PM

US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions
GENEVA (AP) -- A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow with additional economic sanctions.... 4/16/2014 4:29 PM

Bosnians see victims excavated from mass grave
SEJKOVACA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Denisa Hegic pulled her scarf around her nose to guard against the stench and drew back the plastic shroud. Shaking, she reached down to touch her mother's skull and caressed it.... 4/16/2014 4:18 PM

Inmates rock Peru prison with 'Superstar
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Inmates have rocked a Peruvian prison with a Holy Week performance of the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar."... 4/16/2014 3:43 PM

Romanian poet, dissident Nina Cassian dies
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian poet and translator Nina Cassian, who obtained political asylum in the United States after the Communist-era secret police found her critical poems scribbled in a friend's diary, has died in New York City. She was 89.... 4/16/2014 3:42 PM

Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable.... 4/16/2014 3:34 PM

Mexico nabs No. 2 in Beltran-Leyva gang
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican police said Wednesday they have captured a man identified as the second highest-ranking figure in the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel.... 4/16/2014 3:23 PM

Mexico arrests mayor for drug cartel extortion
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Prosecutors in western Mexico arrested the mayor of a city that once served as a stronghold of the Knights Templar drug cartel on charges that he helped the gang extort money from city council members.... 4/16/2014 3:13 PM

Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles
MOSCOW (AP) -- Thursday's high-level talks in Geneva on Ukraine come as the country's eastern regions are awash in turmoil and pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities.... 4/16/2014 2:57 PM

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius' lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete's shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned.... 4/16/2014 2:29 PM

Egypt Islamist sentenced to 7 years for forgery
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court convicted an ultraconservative Islamist and ally of ousted President Mohammed Morsi of forging official documents to conceal that his mother was a U.S. citizen, and sentenced him Wednesday to seven years in prison.... 4/16/2014 2:21 PM

Algerian election faces disaffected populace
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- The college students playing pick-up soccer along the faded grandeur of Algiers' sweeping waterfront say they won't be voting in Thursday's presidential elections, echoing the sentiments of many young Algerians.... 4/16/2014 2:11 PM

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman cleared of fraud
LONDON (AP) -- A jury Wednesday cleared former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick of all fraud charges related to a loans-for-shares scheme that preceded the bank's 2009 collapse.... 4/16/2014 1:59 PM

20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday.... 4/16/2014 1:57 PM