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UK: Ex-Co-op Bank chair charged with drug offenses
LONDON (AP) -- Police have charged the former chairman of Britain's troubled Co-operative Bank with drug offenses.... 4/16/2014 6:39 AM

Mt. Gox headed for bankruptcy, not rehabilitation
TOKYO (AP) -- The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for dissolution after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application.... 4/16/2014 6:34 AM

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 6:28 AM

Afghan policeman shoots, wounds female lawmaker
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan policeman has opened fire and wounded a female lawmaker in the country's capital, Kabul, during what authorities described as a "dispute" between the two.... 4/16/2014 6:28 AM

Activists: Syrian airstrikes kill 4 in rebel town
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian military airstrikes killed at least four people early Wednesday in a rebel-held town along the Lebanese border, activists said, as pro-government forces intensify their campaign against some of the last rebel strongholds on a valuable supply line.... 4/16/2014 6:24 AM

UK unemployment keeps falling amid recovery
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's unemployment rate has fallen below 7 percent for the first time in five years, with earnings growth narrowly outstripping inflation for the first time since 2010.... 4/16/2014 6:22 AM

Belgian head of Congo's Virunga park shot
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded but his condition is improving, park officials said.... 4/16/2014 6:09 AM

Cuban doctors in eye of Venezuelan hurricane
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- When Judith Faraiz's son was near death after a severe motorcycle accident, she put his life in the hands of God and Cuban doctors.... 4/16/2014 6:06 AM

Russian economy slows amid Ukraine crisis
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's economy minister says growth slowed to 0.8 percent in the first quarter due to uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine.... 4/16/2014 6:06 AM

Gunmen kill 9 on bus in Ethiopia near dam project
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopian officials say that attackers fired on a public bus in the country's west, killing nine people and wounding seven.... 4/16/2014 6:05 AM

Israel police disperse riot at Jerusalem holy site
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police stormed a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem on Wednesday and fired tear gas to disperse a riot by Palestinian Muslim worshippers, officials said.... 4/16/2014 6:01 AM

292 missing, 3 dead in South Korea ferry disaster
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A multi-story ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by ships and helicopters. At least three people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.... 4/16/2014 5:59 AM

Baby lost in bombing chaos to be reunited with mom
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- A baby lost in the chaos of the bus station bomb blast in Nigeria's capital is to be reunited Wednesday with her critically wounded mother, a Nigerian newspaper reported.... 4/16/2014 5:56 AM

UK lawmakers slam lax security in Taliban attack
LONDON (AP) -- British lawmakers say commanders' complacency and inadequate security were partly to blame for the failure to stop a Taliban attack on a U.S-British base in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. Marines.... 4/16/2014 5:52 AM

Hoeness tax case has Germans dashing to confess
BERLIN (AP) -- The high-profile tax evasion trial against former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has prompted a surge in the number of Germans turning themselves in to authorities for failing to properly declare their taxes.... 4/16/2014 5:35 AM

If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US
BEIJING (AP) -- Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas.... 4/16/2014 5:27 AM

China's growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1Q
BEIJING (AP) -- China's economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses.... 4/16/2014 5:25 AM

Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A column of armored personnel carriers flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia demonstrators on Wednesday. Some of the troops aboard said they were Ukrainian soldiers who had switched allegiance.... 4/16/2014 5:10 AM

Pistorius trial: Judge sets 2-week adjournment
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ruled Wednesday that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday and resume again on May 5.... 4/16/2014 5:09 AM

World shares rise, shrug off slower China growth
TOKYO (AP) -- World stock markets rose Wednesday as China's slowdown in the first quarter was less severe than expected.... 4/16/2014 5:04 AM