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Lawyer: US man held in Cuba seeks to go home soon
HAVANA (AP) -- The lawyer for a U.S. man jailed for nearly five years in Cuba says he is determined to go home in the next year, be it alive or dead.... 4/23/2014 4:28 PM

Canada to end tankers linked to Quebec explosion
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada said Wednesday it was phasing out the type of rail tankers involved in last summer's massive explosion of a runaway oil train that incinerated much of a town in Quebec, killing 47 people and prompting intense public pressure to make oil trains safer.... 4/23/2014 4:19 PM

UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation Wednesday into reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, causing deaths and injuries.... 4/23/2014 4:17 PM

Russian social media CEO quits, flees country
MOSCOW (AP) -- The founder of Russia's leading social media network - a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg - has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.... 4/23/2014 4:16 PM

American arrested in Venezuela on murder charges
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A U.S. citizen has been arrested in Venezuela on attempted murder and weapons charges after he allegedly shot another man, authorities said Wednesday.... 4/23/2014 4:14 PM

Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers
CAIRO (AP) -- A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb Wednesday, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic militant groups keep up a campaign of violence since last summer's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.... 4/23/2014 4:08 PM

UN denies S. Sudan government statement
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The U.N. mission in South Sudan says the government is providing "erroneous" information relating to a recent massacre.... 4/23/2014 4:07 PM

Car bomb outside Nairobi police station kills 4
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Police in Nairobi say a car bomb has exploded outside a police station in central Nairobi and killed four people.... 4/23/2014 3:53 PM

Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for the country's June 3 presidential election, becoming the first official contender in a vote that will take place during the country's civil war and one that embattled President Bashar Assad likely will win.... 4/23/2014 3:47 PM

Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold new elections - a potentially historic step toward mending the rift that has split their people between two sets of rulers for seven years.... 4/23/2014 3:46 PM

New social networks connect cooks and diners
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants.... 4/23/2014 3:44 PM

Islamic militants detained in central Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- A "group of terrorists" masquerading as herders have been arrested in Nigeria's central-east Taraba state, the military said Wednesday amid indications that the country's Islamic uprising is spreading.... 4/23/2014 3:39 PM

Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's powerful army has asked a government regulator to shut down a leading private news channel over what the military calls "false" reports that the country's intelligence service shot one of its top anchors.... 4/23/2014 3:35 PM

Brazil enacts Internet 'Bill of Rights'
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's president signed into law on Wednesday a "Bill of Rights" for the digital age that aims to protect online privacy and promote the Internet as a public utility by barring telecommunications companies from charging for preferential access to their networks.... 4/23/2014 3:27 PM

Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.... 4/23/2014 3:14 PM

Officials say car bomb in northern Iraq kills 9
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Authorities in Iraq say a car bomb has killed nine people belonging to an ethnic minority in the country's north.... 4/23/2014 3:12 PM

Tunisia divided over Jews' use of Israel passports
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's elected assembly accepted a petition Wednesday to question the tourism minister over a decision allowing Israelis to use their passports to enter the country for an annual religious pilgrimage.... 4/23/2014 3:09 PM

Oldest living ex-MLB player dies in Cuba at 102
HAVANA (AP) -- Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.... 4/23/2014 3:06 PM

Mexico steps back from telecom, Internet limits
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's ruling party appears to have stepped back from proposals to block Internet and telecom signals, following protests that ended in physical confrontations in Mexico City.... 4/23/2014 2:54 PM

Mauritanian president says he will run again
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) -- Mauritania's president, who initially took power in a coup, says he will run again in upcoming elections.... 4/23/2014 2:49 PM